I shattered the two drillbit 'bodkin' arrowheads putting big holes in an old mobile phone...the points were only meant as a temporary
proof-of-concept construction and made on a rainy afternoon with what craft materials I had to hand (4x 35" dowels for the shafts from a former kite,
sketch-pad paper for binding and card for the fletches, a handful of rechargeable-screwdriver philips-heads that had been wrecked, for the arrowheads;
and two tubes of superglue).
I stuck the cordless-screwdriver phillips-screw-bit onto the end of the dowel with blutac to hold in place as I then wound superglue-saturated strips
of sketchpad paper round them, ensuring that the tip wasn't lopsided and off-centre to the body of the arrow-shaft...a bit like building up matting
when you use resin and fibreglass but wi ' glue n' paper instead
(note: when playing with large quantities of superglue, it will always get onto your hands and sick stuff to them, always allow at least 15minutes for
any glue on your hands to dry before using the bog!
Each arrow lasted a good 100+ shots into compressed corrugated cardboard target pads 6" thick but as soon as they hit the steel/plastic body of the
mobile phone the arrowheads shattered apart but not before leaving the 'bodkin arrow tips' embedded 3/4 of the way into the fone chassis!
I've been trying my hand at longer range accuracy using found stone-shot on the beach today plinking beercans filled with seawater and it's a lot
harder than it seems to hit a rabbit-sized tincan from 20 metres with .50 to .75cal equivalent-size pebbles.
My miss/hit ratio was something like 20-1 (not bad for a beginner...two weeks at an hour a day's practice should see me fillin me casserole pot by
the end) but when the pebbles DID hit, they went thru-and-thru, even tho the cans were filled with water, and kicked and spun a good few feet thru the
air when hit
The misses were rather more spectacular...I'd arranged the cans at 10, 15, and 20mtrs away from me at the foot of a cliff so whenever i missed, the
pebble/gravel projectile would either explode in a cloud of shards, or riccochet off the boulders and make 'zzzzz-ing' noises though the air, I
caught a stone shard riccochet in the face and it PROPER hurt!...there's more than enough power there to drop a bunny, even without an arrow!
Originally posted by fred3110
have you thought about using a dart point for the end of the arrows? I bet you could skewer bugz bunny no problem using one and it shouldnt get stuck
in like normal arrows
My first arrow-tip attempt used the finger-barrel of a stainless-steel parker-pen that fit snugly over the arrow shaft, I found anything like that (or
a dart head&sleeve assembly) was just too heavy and made the arrow nose-heavy requiring a real steep arc to the trajectory at range...ready-made
archery arrows should be perfect as they come ready-balanced for flight, are screw-thread tipped to take a variety of points and aluminiuim/fibreglass
arrows wont buckle and warp like my wooden dowel arrow-shafts did
Originally posted by WatchRider
how is it the rest ties into the catapult/slingshot? Are you just gaffertaping it on or using screws/bolts?...Is it an assembly on the site job or a
The first 'arrow rest'I made was just sculpted from plastic card and a pile o' blutac so ant improvement such as the brush-rest has got to be a
bonus to accuracy with arrows...i've found that just for experimenting, gaffa tape works just fine if you cant find a way to clamp the arrow-rest
onto a limb of the slingshot