NightOps Style ManuMortar, Rubber Scales

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by JoergS, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. JoergS

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    I want to give a total of four ManuMortars to Cold Steel on Saturday. I already have the Osage Orange one. Next, I tried something very different: Rubber as material for scales. <br><br>I bought a huge rubber mat, 1 cm thickness, on amazon. Not expensive. That isn't foam rubber, it is the massive type. Think car tyres. Butyl, of course, so useless for slingshot bands. <br><br>But it offers more friction than anything else. Like a competition grade motocross bike handle. <br><br>It was easy to shape (you can cut it, saw it out, file it, sand it - no problem). What you can't do is polishing it - it will always stay rough, like suede leather. And - like the motocross handle - it will always rub off a bit. So dirty hands are to be expected. <br><br>You can glue it onto wood with epoxy, no problem. The only issue arises when you finish the frame. No matter what you do, it is impossible to NOT darken the wood with the rubber particles that rubbed off. Since the effect is uneven (kind of blotchy), I decided to go ahead and use black ink on the wood. I put on the ink, then sanded with 1200 grit, then inked again - and afterwards, I applied linseed oil. The oil takes the ink deep into the wood, and seals it there. <br><br>The effect is stunning (I think). With Thera Band Black, this will look so cool. And the purchase you get from the rubber is out of this world. <br><br><img src="http://i75.servimg.com/u/f75/16/32/46/92/rubber10.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br><img src="http://i75.servimg.com/u/f75/16/32/46/92/rubber11.jpg" border="0" alt="">
     
  2. CEZ

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    Really nice, and yet another great way to finish multiplex!
     

  3. Tysonspapa

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    Great One. What also works good, is the colour for easter eggs.
     
  4. stej

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    Wow, that is stunning! Are dirty still expected? Or did you use other finish for rubber?
     
  5. JoergS

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    I think if you want the rubbing effect to stop, you have to cover the rubber with polyurethane. That stuff won't fully harden, more like a plastic cushion. But the friction will go away. <br><br>I will leave it as it is - the velvety look is just too cool.
     
  6. stej

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    Sure, this thing really looks cool. No doubts..
     
  7. Saderath

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    That looks really good!
     
  8. JoergS

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    Now I am working on one with purple heart scales.
     
  9. FIAAO

    FIAAO Failureisalwaysanoption

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    I Think this one is the coolest yet. Awesome!
     
  10. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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  11. Courier

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    It looks very, very cool, Joerg! <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"><br>A good name for this edition would be "Sneaky Shot". <br>We really enjoy your collaboration with Cold Steel, because we see more of your awesome slingshots. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_wink.gif" alt="Wink" longdesc="15">
     
  12. Very cool, just needs a flashlight and a red laser, then it will truely be tactical <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  13. LW

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    Since now this one is my favorite! Just changing the Multiplex with an Aluminum frame<br>(maybe polished) will look awesome. <br><br><br>Maybe this can be a sales Concept. The Aluminum Frame is always the same, an you can order<br>it with different types of handles&hellip; (Wood, Rubber, Micarta) depending on the<br>price you are willing to pay. Perhaps changing the Handel&rsquo;s can be done by<br>yourself, so you are able to change the look ore even the form of the handle<br>after a while?<br><br><br>Just some ideas from my crazy brain&hellip; <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt="Rolling Eyes" longdesc="14">
     
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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>LW wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
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    <br><br><br>Maybe this can be a sales Concept. The Aluminum Frame is always the same, an you can order<br>it with different types of handles&hellip; (Wood, Rubber, Micarta) depending on the<br>price you are willing to pay. Perhaps changing the Handel&rsquo;s can be done by<br>yourself, so you are able to change the look ore even the form of the handle<br>after a while?</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br>That would be awesome. " Pimp My Slingshot"....<br>Very nice one, Joerg. I love it!</span>
     
  15. mojo

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    Aye, this is really the dark side of your new creation - no complicated style but what a beauty, very elegant <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/drunken_smilie.png" alt="drunken" longdesc="30"> ! Nice clean work, very professional !
     
  16. slingpit

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    That´s a realy nice one. I bet you can shoot it with wet hands. It doesn´t matter.
     
  17. Bert the Welder

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    What about a wax buffed into the rubber, as a bit of a sealer? Just a coffee shop thought. <br>How about a black alum. skull crusher at the tip of the handle? Not too big. Just enough sticking out an still stay stealthy. <br>Very beautiful SS. You'll have to wear a Tuxedo when using it.
     
  18. von_z2

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    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>Milan_Vladisavljevic wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">Blueprint please</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>He's been contracted by Cold Steel to design this for commercial production. This is one blueprint I don't think we can have. </span>
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    <br>"non impediti ratione cogitationis" <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_wink.gif" alt="Wink" longdesc="15">
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  19. JoergS

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    "Contracted" is not really true, I simply promised them a design. I won't take any money as always. But they will give me free material for future projects.<br><br>I do have a pdf of course, but can't open it up to the public. Hope you understand.