Aluminum Starship Meets Jeep

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by PDK73, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. PDK73

    PDK73 New Member

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    Hi everybody, I've almost completed my first homemade slingshot. Just letting the camo paint harden before I put it all back together again. Its a starship design mostly aluminum except for the forks (wasn't sure what the tensile strength of the aluminum flatbar was so I opted for steel in the interest of my face). I shot it a bit before paint and its a nice shooter. Would like to get it all adjusted right and eventually weld up a bent version with no extra hardware. Only concerns really were fork strength and the strenght of the bolt holding on the fork (I don't plan to ever top a 50lbs draw so I think its all good.) Nothing new in the design (alot like a King Cat really), just figured I like looking at everybody elses builds so I ought to put something on myself:lol: I'm not sure about the picture...it shows up in the preview but not the post so far? Is there a trick to posting a photo?<img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt="Rolling Eyes" longdesc="14"><img src="http://i43.servimg.com/u/f43/17/23/13/33/102_3014.jpg" border="0" alt="">
     
  2. CaptainBacon

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    Very Nice. I may have to break out my metal stock and whip one of these together specifically for high destructive purposes. <br><br>The extra hardware has it's trade-offs. You could amend the design to be collapsible. Although a bent one would probably look a hell of a lot more interesting, and gives much more design freedom. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_idea.png" alt="Idea" longdesc="18">
     

  3. PDK73

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    Thanks. I agree the bolt together design has the advantage of being adjustable. I tried different fork widths before painting it and went with what seemed nicest to aim/shoot. Also with the telescopic aluminum you could add an extended fork to the front as long as you wanted, or something like a whisker biscuit and wider fork for a sling bow. If you knew the angle that was right for you I think a bent main frame would be better. Once you pull really heavy bands the single bolt has to be tightened within an inch of its life to hold. I'm hoping to try it out hunting snowshoe hare in the near future and see how it does. Heres a finished (for now at least) picture with the "indoor" bands attached (intended band set below).<img src="http://i43.servimg.com/u/f43/17/23/13/33/102_3015.jpg" border="0" alt="">
     
  4. Alukuchen

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    Woooow that looks like it was made in izhmash! very very cool! If armbraces wouldn't be prohibided in germany i would...<br>Astounding! Super nice work!
     
  5. PDK73

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    Thanks for the compliments. The arm brace really does make it easier to shoot (its like "Slingshots for Dummys") not just for the heavy bands either. It provides almost instant consistancy and makes you feel like a marksman. That being said its pretty big for a slingshot. I made a version of Joerg's hammerhead today (I just think its a super cool looking design) and tested it out before final sanding and finishing and it was a little humbling to see my accuracy minus the wrist brace. Here's a pic of the hammerhead (not going to start a new topic for it I think)<img src="http://i43.servimg.com/u/f43/17/23/13/33/102_3016.jpg" border="0" alt="">
     
  6. tokSick

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    Hi there,<br>Your first one must be great to shoot with.<br>I tryed to make a Hammerhead and i can assure you; it don' t looks nice as yours.<br>Thanks for sharing.
     
  7. Karok01

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    Dunno why, but the basic structure and the grain of the handle reminds me of a Thompson (Tommy Gun.) I know it's nothing alike, but the asthetic (spelling*) caught my eye. I bet it's dead accurate too. Very nice job. P.S. It looks like this thing is made for a sighting system of some kind. You wouldnt be able to use Iron sights, but maybe some short horizontal fiber-optic bow sights couls work, based on the hardware used. I may be wrong, but just an idea.
     
  8. JoergS

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    Nice hammerhead!
     
  9. HonzaS

    HonzaS New Member

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    Good job! Hammerhead I really like it. I'll also produce. But now I have another unfinished slingshot. Plumhammer. Coming soon will be finished. I give to homemades.
     
  10. PDK73

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    Thanks guys, stained the hammerhand today...probably should have used some wood conditioner on the plywood first as it came out a bit dark and splotchy but I'll take some steel wool to it when it dries and see if its back to sanding again:?: For the starship, I'm not sure if I'll add a sight or not, I find I shoot the slingshot better off hand like a shotgun rather than aiming like a rifle. Still fiber optic and red dot sights are pretty cool so, maybe. You can aim using the band attachment bolts but there is no adjustment for elevation. As for unfinished slingshots, I've got a stack of them: I built Joerg's bullpup first but with a rolling lock instead of a his pivoting lever mechanism (wrecked the stock trimming it on my band saw and was too pissed off to redo it). Here's a little plinker I've been toying with, very light and uses a similar release to Joerg's double barrel.<img src="http://i43.servimg.com/u/f43/17/23/13/33/102_3017.jpg" border="0" alt="">
     
  11. PDK73

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    <img src="http://i43.servimg.com/u/f43/17/23/13/33/102_3019.jpg" border="0" alt="">The finished hammerhead. Waiting for some TB gold from the ebay:D