Greetings from Singapore

Discussion in 'Welcome & Introductions' started by GoldenWall, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. GoldenWall

    GoldenWall New Member

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    Hi all,<br>Stumbled upon Joerg's vids on Youtube while looking at sling bows and wahlah!! here I am. Loved the DIY'ed launchers, bolt-shooters and whatnots, and whatever those were, they looked awesome anyway!<br><br>Where I'm from, anything that launches a projectile are generally classified as prohibited, so... NO small caliber handguns or rifles (be it live rounds or air-powered pellets), NO slingshots, NO blowpipes, NO pistol crossbows... in short, NO nuthin' but that doesn't stop anybody from DIY-ing stuffs for pinkering in one's own backyard! Guess that's another reason why I wound up here! <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt="Rolling Eyes" longdesc="14"><br><br>Seems like I'll be lurking a bit while I go through past threads, FAQs, blueprints (and attempt making them) but yeah, think it's gonna be fun hanging out here with like-minded people.<br><br>So yep, warm greetings from SG and thanks much for a fun and destructively fun site!!<br><br>Regards,<br>Ron
     
  2. Greetings and welcome, sorry to hear laws are so stiff where you live, don't go getting into trouble.
     

  3. GoldenWall

    GoldenWall New Member

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    Thanks for the welcome, Mike (?).<br><br>Laws are there for a reason, although I can't deal with being completely stripped of thinking independently or being creative, as Joerg have shown (this fella doesn't know of any limits, does he? *grin*). Anyway, let's leave politics at that and enjoy our tinkering hobby.<br><br>That said, I don't recall being "stucked" at Youtube for so long, running vids one after another, but I'm truly awed and fascinated. Now watching "200 lbs ueber slingshot with assault rifle scope!" and <strong>THAT's</strong> one helluva slingshot. Will browse a bit more for the blueprint later, if there was one (and the steel dart pistol). I'm a happy camper even if these prints stays on the drawing board, just knowing what can possibly be made out of the humble ply and elbow grease.<br><br>Cheers,<br>Ron
     
  4. JoergS

    JoergS Administrator

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    Welcome here!<br><br>I realize that the laws in SG are really tight... but the mind is free, right? <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"><br><br>There are several things I can't do here, too, but in general crossbows are unregulated. Pretty much the last "shooting" weapon that you can make at home, without a gunsmith license.
     
  5. tokSick

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    Hello and welcome Ron.<br>You probably have a lot of different and beautiful kinds of wood in Singapore. I can' t wait to see your creations.<br>Red.
     
  6. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    welcome<br>the laws here in Holland are almost just as tight, but it didn't stop me either. <br>just make sure you don't hurt anybody and it won't hurt anybody.
     
  7. FIAAO

    FIAAO Failureisalwaysanoption

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    Welcome Ron!
     
  8. GoldenWall

    GoldenWall New Member

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    Yes, Joerg, the mind is free and thankfully, there aren't many demographic borders on the internet. Legally, the crossbow is as prohibited here as a slingshot (which is fairly ridiculous) and so long as I don't make a racket playing with 'toys' that explodes, I should be safe.<br><br> I noted that the 'multiplex' (9 laminate layers) that you've used to make the slingbows<br> are different and appears stronger than from what I see locally, <br>usually 3-5 ply, excluding the outermost veneers. Will I need to further reinforce construction, for example, the <br>frames of 'Zombie slaying arrow shooting slingshot'??<br><br>TokSick (Red?), we have a variety of medium to hard woods and some are really nice but not many are native species since deforestation (in the name of progress and development) pretty much cleared out the land and we rely a fair bit on imports. Burmese teak, for example, is a very dense-grained hardwood, nice but very tough to work with, even when using power tools.<br><br>At this point, I'm experiencing 'neuron overload' (or simply overwhelmed by choices) with a first build but I'm inclined to start with something small like the '007 slingshot'.
     
  9. JoergS

    JoergS Administrator

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    The plywood I use is birch, and often referred to as "marine grade". It is very expensive, but really solid. The best quality you can find is "airplane grade", lots of layers, no voids. <br><br>What you found is probably for construction work - not so great for slingshots.
     
  10. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't saying not to enjoy yourself, was just saying don't get in trouble. My favorite saying in the world I stole from the disney movie Aladdin, "You're only in trouble if you get caught."
     
  11. Joerg, I had a question for you. You said that the crossbow is one of the only shooting weapons left to you in Germany, what of pellet guns/ air rifles, and paintball guns? I know this is off the subject of slingshots but I was curious.
     
  12. JoergS

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    Any weapon that has a tube like barrel that a projectile is pushed through is regulated. You may buy a (weak) air rifle without a permit, but you can only build one if you have a gunsmith license. Safety laws I guess.
     
  13. Oh ok, thank you for taking the time to answer my question, much appreciated.