Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Paintball/Airsoft Mine Project

I found this recipe online and modified it to my own needs
  • 4" PVC cleanout plug
  • 4" PVC female cleanout adapter
  • 4" PVC cap
  • PVC cement
  • 1/2" PVC piping (at least 6")
  • 3/4'' PVC piping (at least 6")
  • 1" screw
  • a nut & bolt (just long enough to go through 1/2" PVC)
  • CO² cartridges used in airsoft guns
  • PVC cutter (is nice but can use a hack saw too) {not pictured}
  • Power drill
  • 1/8" drill bit
  • 3/16" drill bit
  • 5/16" drill bit
  • 3/4" spade bit
  • Baby powder (talcum powder is too hard to find, baby powder is cheap)
The original design called for paint to be sprayed out. That worked for his design. In the Army we don't put paint in our simulated mines for training, we use baby powder. Paint is just too messy.

Step One: Use PVC cement and bond the
4" PVC female cleanout adapter and 4" PVC cap together. Make it a tight seal. No gap between the two.

Step Two: Cut a 3" piece of 3/4" PVC piping. Drill holes at base where CO2 will escape. I drilled 4 holes with the 5/16" bit.

Step Three: Drill Pilot hole in PVC cap (dead center) and sink in 1" screw. My screw is a hex screw with a rubber gasket. Good tight seal.

Step Four: Use PVC cement and glue 3/4" PVC piping piece dead center inside the 4" Female cleanout adapter/4" Cap thingy with the holes down at bottom closest to PVC cement.

Step Five: 4" PVC cleanout plug needs a hole dead center with the 3/4" spade. This will be for the 1/2" PVC piping to go through. You will need to scrape some PVC out because it won't fit without you helping it. Then with the 5/16" bit drill 8 holes for the powder to escape.

Step Six: Glue 1/2" cap to 1/2" PVC piece (about 3 1/2"). Drill hole for nut and bolt inside mine. This is to prevent the plunger coming out of mine.

Step Seven: Drill hole between cap and mine itself in the plunger. This is for the safety pin. I made my pin from a BudLight bottle cap.

Step Eight: Camoflage your mine as your region ground color matches best. Put Powder in mine, screw tight, bury in ground, pull pin, talk a friend into stepping on it for a test.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween Treat: Bloody Liver Jello Shots

  • 4 boxes of cherry Jello (strawberry would do as well)
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 cups of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
  • Blue Food Coloring
  • 1Qt pot
  • 10x15 baking pan
  • 1cup measuring thingy
  • Rubber spatula
  • Serving tray (it's nice if it's light colored to show the gore)
Step One: Boil your 3 cups of water in your 1Qt pot

Step Two: Add Jello mix and stir until dissolved

Step Three: Add about 4 to 5 drops of blue food coloring to make it nice and dark red

Step Four: Pour in and stir your 2 cups of Captain Morgan Rum

Step Five: Pour mixture into 10x15 pan and refrigerate

Step Six: Stop-up sink and fill with about an inch of hot tap water. Once Jello is loosened flip over onto serving tray. With a CLEAN hand rub your hand in the bottom of the baking pan and get jello residue then smear it around the "Jello Liver" for gore. Cut into cubes on pan and serve.

They went very fast at my party so make plenty.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pumpkin Carving time

Thanks to I was able to find a face I like. Then I proceeded to pirate it because I'm a cheapskate. Here's my attempt to copy it. Because immatation is the best form of flattery...or whatever.

Their Pumpkin-

My Pumpkin-

Not bad if I say so myself...which I do.
It was accomplished with my X-acto knife and a very nice pairing knife I picked up at a Mennonite country store.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Corkboard Stencil Project

The wife was hinting that she wanted a corkboard that was cool. So I got the hint and hit and got these below. They are 1/4 inch thick and perfect for this project.

I rounded up my handy X-acto knife, some poster board that was laying around and a pencil. I cut the posterboard to the exact size of the cork tiles, 12'x12'

I drew a bird and a nest because the wifey loves that stuff. I then cut out the offending pieces. Laid them flat on the cork and used two complementing colors of paint. I used acrylic paint. It dries fast and is in wide abundance in my house and at most craft stores including Walmart. My wife wanted blue and green, soft hues.

The result was everything I wanted. The wife likes 'em too.

As you can see I flipped the stencil and have reverse images of both. Make sure you let the stencils dry before you flip them or it'll ruin your project. Paint is really hard to remove off of cork.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Camo my Paintball marker project

I purchased my basic Tippmann A-5 and then proceeded to upgrade and specialize it to my wants, needs and tastes. Now that I have her the way I want it, it's now time to make sure I don't standout in the woods wearing all Multicam Camoflage carrying a black weapon. So my project began buying Krylon Ultra flat spray paint. I bought it on post at the PX for $4 a can. I know it can purchased at your local Home Depot or Lowes for about $6 a can. Being in the military has it's advantages, like no taxes and sold slightly above cost. I also needed for this project some masking tape (just the plain stuff, not the blue junk).

Step One: Disassemble marker and setting aside parts you don't want to paint such as the grip

Step Two: Tape off areas that you'd like to keep paint free such as the Tippmann seal on the left side, serial number, sights and barrel opening. Use an X-acto knife to precisely cut your pieces.

Step Three: Time to paint? Not yet soldier. First you want to clean off the marker. You think she's clean? She's dirty, you just can't see it. If you want a good bond you'll want to get all the oils your fingerprints leave behind and any oil that was lubricating the weapon. Baby wipes work good.

Step Four: Paint? Okay. As long as she's dry from your cleanup.
-First coat is the base coat is a full coat of Krylon Ultra Flat Khaki. Let it dry for ten minutes.
-Second coat: More Krylon Khaki. Let dry ten more minutes.
-Third is a stripe of Krylon Ultra Flat Brown. When I say stripe its a faint stripe across the middle of the object. Then you use the Khaki and dust the drown stripe lightly. Let dry for 20 minutes.
-Fourth coat: At this point of painting you'll need your stencils. Don't have any? Too easy. Find your X-acto knife and a few paper plates and start cutting some camouflage shaped splotches. Now using your own creative freedoms start putting on Krylon Ultra Flat Olive. Let dry 10 minutes.
-Fifth coat: For this coat we're going back to the Krylon Ultra Flat Brown. Using your homemade stencils to cover your marker. Let dry 10 minutes.
-Sixth coat: This is the coat of almost white spots. Spots are usually very small or short and narrow stripes. These may look white but are really a little sand color. This coat uses Krylon Ultra Flat Sand. Let dry 30 minutes.
-Seventh coat: This is our protective coat. Using Krylon Flat Clear coat. This is actually three coats with 10 minutes between coats.

Step Five: After letting the objects dry for several hours, usually overnight. Remove masking tape and reassemble.



Want a really good tutorial to Multicaming your marker go HERE