|Project by Eric Vossbrink||posted 07-08-2009 09:13 PM||5133 views||35 times favorited||23 comments|
Update: Wednesday 7:18 pm
After many launches out in the front yard, the I found the smaller the water balloon…the longer the distance. I’ve also pitched up the front end and added a second bungee cord. maintaining the throw of the arm, but raising the trajectory and giving a little more oomph…. the result. 45’ 5”.
one post design modification is that the crossbar needs to be beefier. I broke 2 in distance trials today.
Look for the Launch-o-Matic 1.0.1 inthe days to come.
for all you highfalutin, in it for the arte, got all the best equipment, practical things like kitchens, armoires and cutting board makin’ “real” woodworkers…
From the guy who brought you the Left Handed Pencil Holder…
The Water Balloon Launch-o-Matic 1.0.0
This can come in handy when we have water wars with the McCoy’s across the street. The down side is that is so small that it doesn’t fire all that far maybe 30 feet.
It’s a great summer project, and it took the sum total 1 hour, a 2×4, a 2×2 and a few screws, glue, eye bolts, a bungee cord and a 6 year old constantly saying “is it done yet, is it done yet?”
Seriously, I’m going to modify it from the band powered to a Torsion powered catapult. If I can get a water balloon 50 feet with enough velocity soak my neighbor, I’ll be happy.
Unfortunately my 10 year old could not time the shutter on the camera to get the balloon leaving the contraption…maybe next time.
For all those who want to re-live the glory of the left handed pencil holder…click here