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#1 wldworld

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Posted 21 June 2007 - 05:35 PM

First off, I don't know what to call these. They've been in my head for awhile now, but since CS has posted something similar I will go ahead and temporarily call them Mobvees (Mobstacles Variant). If you've got a good name for 'em send it to me via PM and if I like it you can have credit for it. Well, enough with the talk and onto the invention.

Original Mobstacles:
http://www.nerfhaven...?showtopic=8930

Here's what I've made:

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These are not the only type I plan to build. I also plan to build a 6 foot tall 2 foot wide "box" and a "house" shape. For both those Mobvees I need special PVC connectors you can only get online at certain places. They are called 90 degree outlet or "PVC corners". If you are interested in building more 3 dimensional shapes, I would suggest looking into buying these. They are about $.99c each online + shipping. Here's a picture:
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What you need:

1. 1/2" Conduit PVC $1.09 per 10 ft piece at Home Depot (Amount: Depends on size of VMOB)

- This PVC is used for electrical wiring and has much smaller thickness compared to SCH40 or SCH80. The thickness makes it cost 70% less then SCH40 PVC, making it perfect for this application. It is gray in color.

2. 1/2" PVC Tees $0.30 per piece (Amount: 4 per Mobvee)

- These are shaped exactly as their name suggests, in a T shape. You need 4 to build one Mobvee.

3. 1/2" 90 degree PVC Joints $0.25 per piece (Amount: 2 per Mobvee)

- These are shaped like an L. They connect two pieces of PVC at a corner. You need 2 to build one Mobvee.

How to build:

I think this is pretty self-explanatory. Treat the PVC and connectors as large scale Knex. Only difference is you need to cut your PVC and figure out how big you want each Mobvee to be. Here are the plans I have drawn up for my various shapes:

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Covering the Mobvees:

I myself am going to use old sheets and cut and sew them together in the correct dimensions to fit correctly around my Mobvees. If you do not have old sheets you can use the tarps that CS suggested in his guide or you can use clear plastic. This is the cheapest option I could find and it was like $10 for a huge roll of 2 mil plastic sheeting at Home Depot. The only disadvantage to this is that you can see through the obstacle, which takes from the fun of them. You could try and spray paint the plastic - but I don't think it would stick to well.

Closing
The great thing about these structures is that the materials are so cheap. I went to Home Depot and bought all the materials I have listed for $25 and built six Mobvees. To cover them it will probably cost a bit more if you do not have old sheets that you can use, but they are still really cheap to make and pretty darn sturdy. Another great thing about them is that they are really portable, especially the ones I showed you how to make in this tutorial. You can take off the "feet" that keep them placed and stack them up and throw them in the backseat of a car pretty easily.

Stay tuned for part 2 in which I will construct the "house" and 6ftx2ft "box" and show the finished field.

Edited by wldworld, 21 June 2007 - 06:59 PM.

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I broke my clippers trying to cut the spring. So I couldn't break the spring with my bare hands so I used a hammer to pound the clipper handle and one of the clippers broke off.

#2 Cennipe

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Posted 21 June 2007 - 06:15 PM

These are great it you don't want to take along a sledge hammer and pound stakes into the ground, or if you have a concreat court, or inside. The only thing I could see is that people might pick them up and use them as tranportable, if that's a word, cover. Or a team might decide to build a fort out of them. You could just make a rule agenst moving them. What would also be could it make a ton of these, give each team a cirtain number, and say, "here, build a fort out of these." See which team utalized (sp) the barackades better. You could also color code them and only teams form that team could move them. That last one might be a bad idea.

Edited by Cennipe, 21 June 2007 - 07:34 PM.

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Posted 21 June 2007 - 06:47 PM

Nice idea. Now I can make these at my wars with my cousins.
EDIt: Also, can you put a link of CS way? or the keywords I should putinto the serch function?

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#4 wldworld

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Posted 21 June 2007 - 07:00 PM

EDIt: Also, can you put a link of CS way? or the keywords I should putinto the serch function?

http://www.nerfhaven...?showtopic=8930

Edited by wldworld, 21 June 2007 - 07:00 PM.

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QUOTE(Dragoon @ Jun 23 2007, 02:47 PM) View Post

I broke my clippers trying to cut the spring. So I couldn't break the spring with my bare hands so I used a hammer to pound the clipper handle and one of the clippers broke off.

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Posted 21 June 2007 - 08:02 PM

I'm jealous of your cheap pipe.
And I put my topic in the Nerf Wars section because obstacles aren't weapons and I wanted the people that lurk primarily in that section to see the thread.
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#6 wldworld

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Posted 21 June 2007 - 08:06 PM

I'm jealous of your cheap pipe.

Haha.

And I put my topic in the Nerf Wars section because obstacles aren't weapons and I wanted the people that lurk primarily in that section to see the thread.

Think I should get it moved?
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I broke my clippers trying to cut the spring. So I couldn't break the spring with my bare hands so I used a hammer to pound the clipper handle and one of the clippers broke off.

#7 GothicWombat

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Posted 21 June 2007 - 08:50 PM

cool idea, one thing you could do to try to keep people from moving them is to fill the legs with sand or cement or something so that it's heavier and isn't moved as easily. also another idea for when you cover them is to not have them solid but cut a hole in the middle or someplace so that if someone is a good shot they can get them through the barricade, wait for the covers i got a good idea about how to do it really easily like and stuff, just make like a pillow case for them only with both ends open and you can slide it over and then you can have a hole in the middle but if you decide you want it a solid barrier you just rotate it until the holes don't align if you understand what i'm trying to say.
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Posted 21 June 2007 - 09:01 PM

Cheapest covers I could find and ended up using are tarps. I got 5' x 7' tarps for $1.40 each and even some dollar stores carry them.
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Posted 24 June 2007 - 02:31 PM

I'm jealous of your cheap pipe.


Didn't he just use 1/2" gravity flow (thinwall)? I can get it for under $2 for a 10' length. I guess I assumed everybody got it cheap.
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Posted 24 June 2007 - 02:38 PM

I'm jealous of your cheap pipe.


Didn't he just use 1/2" gravity flow (thinwall)? I can get it for under $2 for a 10' length. I guess I assumed everybody got it cheap.

No, it's PVC conduit. It's found with the electrical wiring stuff at Home Depot. It's $1.09 for 10 feet. The 1/2" gravity flow is something like $2 at my Home Depot. 91 cents makes a $18.20 difference when you are buying 200 feet of this stuff.
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I broke my clippers trying to cut the spring. So I couldn't break the spring with my bare hands so I used a hammer to pound the clipper handle and one of the clippers broke off.


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