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P9060824

By GKU on 15 September 2013 - 08:40 PM

P9060824

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Thrilled to be shooting

By Turtle on 02 February 2013 - 07:17 PM

Thrilled to be shooting

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My GF trying her hand at it

By Turtle on 02 February 2013 - 07:17 PM

My GF trying her hand at it

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D4

By Bigfoot on 08 January 2013 - 10:50 PM

D4
Bamboo skewer darts.
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nail darts

By Carbon on 07 January 2013 - 09:59 PM

nail darts

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Geezers workbench

By craftsman on 04 November 2014 - 02:45 PM

Geezers workbench
From 2001; Geezer used to punch out foam plastic from restaurant trays and burger joints take-out sandwhich holders, to make rings used as tailcones for bamboo skewer, wooden dowels and plastic drinking straw darts. The rings OD was the barrel ID, there were three to four rings per dart about 1/4 - 1/2 in. from the back, 1/4 in spacing between. Worked well, good for only a few shots each.
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Dart making 1 of 2

By craftsman on 31 October 2014 - 06:39 PM

Dart making 1 of 2
Gather your tools and plastic film. 1" brass brads, a small tube the same size as your blowgun barrel, a tailcone form (paper made the same size as your finished dart will be, a ruler (metric). Each dart's plastic film should be 0.03" to 0.04 in. thick by 23 cm long bt 4.5 cm wide. Cut a circular bevel on one corner, hold the plastic portrait: from the top (short edge) 2 cm, cut down to 1.5 cm from the top (not a circle, but an arc. See illustration.

The dart shaper will fit inside the finished dart. It has widest point diameter equal to a hair below the ID of your barrel. it is 200 cm (7.8 in.) long, and perfctly (or nearly so) round.
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1 L bottled water

By craftsman on 31 October 2014 - 10:30 AM

1 L bottled water
You can get these at Giant, Martins, or Stop-n-shop supermarkets. Once you drink the water, carefully remove the plastic label. Cut the label in half lengthwise to make two Ya (Fukiya style plastic film cone darts). Don't use the smaller, individual sized water bottles, the labels are too short.

To make a paper dart, (hand rolled, no metal tip) use a good magazine (not the cheap, newsprint paper style).

Instructions from Charles Shapiro, July, 2001:
High-kaolin coated magazine paper is best. Newsweek, Time, and other massmarket magazines are ideal. Upper-market magazines, such as Scientific American or Interview, tend to use heavier stock which is more difficult to work. Your paper must be slick and hard, but relatively lightweight. Wood papers such as newsprint -- even the coated newsprint which Sunday newspaper magazines use -- are unsuitable

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6

By Macfz on 21 October 2014 - 11:33 AM

6

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DSCN0882

By abusarak on 05 March 2014 - 11:19 AM

DSCN0882

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DSC00180

By GKU on 12 September 2013 - 01:37 AM

DSC00180

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