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The Quad v.2 (.5?)

Sorry I haven’t gotten much updated on the quad lately.  I’ve been away from shop space, and have been wrestling with a weighty conundrum- literally.  I did get a sheet metal housing built for around the motor inside the frame, but I am getting VERY concerned with how heavy the structure is getting.  It is currently sitting at 42 pounds, without pistons, motor, the side walls, and any of the PVC body of the guns themselves.  I’m starting to consider using what I have as a prototype and starting over with aluminum, at least for the bulk of what I have already built.

The pros:  lighter, easier to drill holes in

The cons:  more expensive, I’ve never welded aluminum

Ultimately, I think the pros outweigh (sorry for word choice there) the cons.

There’s just the terror factor of the “new” I’m facing.  (Get over it, Scot)

Sheet metal motor housing.  covers the top and bottom faces of the framework

Sheet metal motor housing. covers the top and bottom faces of the framework

 

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To get a sense of where the barrels will sit, and how much of a surface is getting added to the “in between” area

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The first barrel, cut and notched to fit around the frame and pillow block, with the other three ready for the saw.

 

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The four barrel bodies loosely in place.

 

More of the quad v2

Hi, folks

Some more of the pics from building the framework for the “working” quad gun out here in Seattle.

Trying for a little bevel on the the reducer and the 2" PVC "slide" so it's not as obvious its a separate piece

Trying for a little bevel on the the reducer and the 2″ PVC “slide” so it’s not as obvious its a separate piece

Making an end cap for the moving barrel

Making an end cap for the moving barrel

The barrel and end cap attached to the piston.  The 1 1/2" PVC barrel slides in the 2" ABS pipe "slide" supported by the reducer with the "1" on it at the frame end, and the body of the gun at the business end

The barrel and end cap attached to the piston. The 1 1/2″ PVC barrel slides in the 2″ ABS pipe “slide” supported by the reducer with the “1″ on it at the frame end, and the body of the gun at the business end

The PVC cement isn't rated for the reciprocating action (found that out the hard way), so I threw a 10-24 bolt through the layers of PVC.  Thinking of ways to make it better, but for now, the nut can turn on the piston shaft, so it works.

The PVC cement isn’t rated for the reciprocating action (found that out the hard way), so I threw a 10-24 bolt through the layers of PVC. Thinking of ways to make it better, but for now, the nut can turn on the piston shaft, so it works.

The over/ under pair with the slide sowing on the lower, to give an idea of how the frame sits.  Default is with the barrels extended

The over/ under pair with the slide showing on the lower, to give an idea of how the frame sits. Default is with the barrels extended

And after the lower barrel has "fired," showing the 8" travel distance

And after the lower barrel has “fired,” showing the 8″ travel distance

A different view

A different view

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A co-worker of mine engraved this for me from a roofing nail.  Thought it was a neat share.

A co-worker of mine engraved this for me from a roofing nail. Thought it was a neat share.

Adding some support for the 6" tube, as well as a location to attach a counterweight frame for behind the pivot.

Adding some support for the 6″ tube, as well as a location to attach a counterweight frame for behind the pivot.

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The gun assembled and hooked up to air to show a friend who is now going to look at control for the solenoids for this thing.  You can see in the foreground the second frame being assembled

The gun assembled and hooked up to air to show a friend who is now going to look at control for the solenoids for this thing. You can see in the foreground the second frame being assembled

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The beginnings of the counterweight frame

The beginnings of the counterweight frame

The holes ill have 3/8" bolts welded in through the frame to attach weights to.

The holes ill have 3/8″ bolts welded in through the frame to attach weights to.

the counterweight frame built.  I later realized I am going to have to go back and fix where the stand-offs attach- the spacing is just a bit too tight vertically with the piston frames

the counterweight frame built. I later realized I am going to have to go back and fix where the stand-offs attach- the spacing is just a bit too tight vertically with the piston frames

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This gives an idea of how it goes together.  The counterwieght frame will bolt on, rather than be welded, an

This gives an idea of how it goes together. The counterwieght frame will bolt on, rather than be welded, an

The shot hammer is there because of the misaligned tabs and sleeves for the counterweight frame.  Also give a bit of color, don’t you think?

 

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The body on the frame.  Notice how the 6" tube doesn't sag now that there's a bit of support under it, compared to when it was hanging off the side of the lighting rack.

The body on the frame. Notice how the 6″ tube doesn’t sag now that there’s a bit of support under it, compared to when it was hanging off the side of the lighting rack.

Welding the two frames in to one piece.

Welding the two frames in to one piece.

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I had to pack everything up for when we loaded out of the theatre.  I’ve already been appropriately chastised for it being piled like this. (head held low)   Hey, at least I used a packing blanket.

Greg and I have been talking about figuring out the Rolls engine piece that forms IG-88′s head, and more importantly, the forward end of the main body of the gun, in order to replace the 6″:4″ – 4″:3″- 3″:2″ reducer sequence.  Greg talked to a guy on theRPF who has a pep file of it.  Printed out on 8 1/2 x 11″ card stock, the thing is HUGE.  But that’s what scaling is for, right?

More to come

Scot

Quad V2- “the reciprocator”

Hi,

Greg and I have been discussing making a “working” (ok, not really working, but actuated) version of his beautiful Quad Gun display model.  Following a lot of back and forth messages, a shopping list, measurements and  some great pictures, I started building a sketchup model of the innards of a skeleton for version 2.  Progress will be in a bunch of bursts, but so far I’m pretty pleased with the results.

There were a couple of false starts, here and there.  The 1/8″ strap I have connecting the two end pieces of the frame didn’t survive a minor fall off the table, and have since been replaced with 1″ x 1″ square tube, but that’s later.

 

The Piston in the 6":4" reducer, just for size comparison

Bringing some parts to work on

 

Welded the two forward verticals together to get the holes lined up

Welded the two forward verticals together to get the holes lined up

mounting hole and the pass through for the piston

mounting hole and the pass through for the piston

The front end of the frame, with arms to support the PVC barrel.  Sorry for the blurry quality.

The front end of the frame, with arms to support the PVC barrel. Sorry for the blurry quality.

A rough fit up of the support for the PVC barrel

A rough fit up of the support for the PVC barrel

The frame with the PVC pieces laid out to show where things would fit as they come together.

The frame with the PVC pieces laid out to show where things would fit as they come together.

Time lapse videos from the Mythbusters Behind the Myths show in Huntsville

Project team member Daniel Valdez (creator of the fantastic Steampunk Professor X Wheelchair) set up his iPad mini and captured these great time lapses of the maker area where we had the Falcon cockpit and quad gun set up.

Mythbuster Adam Savage dropped by twice before the show to chat and check out all the cool stuff in the room.

Setting up before the show: (Adam Savage comes in to chat and take pictures from around 00:02 until around 00:16)

 

During the show (watch for the huge influx during intermission): (Adam Savage drops in again to chat from about 00:10 to about 00:17ish)

 

And finally, loading out to the trailer:

 

Oh yeah, and this is what we were dealing with during load-out (yes, that is horizontal rain):

The rain really made it a challenge trying to get the Falcon pieces into the trailer that night (and into the morning). We left the Von Braun Center at around 1:30am. Leah and I got home to Nashville around 3:30am Sunday morning.

 

Setting up for the Mythbusters Behind the Myths Tour in Huntsville

We were invited by MindGear Labs and Makers Local 256 to display the cockpit and quad gun in the maker area adjacent to the concert hall. We worked from about 9am until 4pm, when the room was opened to the public and to ticket holders for the night’s show. Here are some pics of the setup process. We had a special visitor, and I’ll talk about that in an upcoming post.

Falcon Project on display at Mythbusters Behind the Myths Tour in Huntsville

Will you be in the Huntsville area this Saturday December 21? Want to see the Full Scale Falcon Project cockpit and quad gun in person, along with a lot of other awesome maker projects? In conjunction with the MythBusters: Behind the Myths tour, we’ll be joining MindGear Labs and Makers Local 256 in exhibiting our ambitious project.

The show-and-tell begins at 4pm in the Von Braun Center’s Ballet Room, so come on out!

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Makers Local 256

Mythbusters Behind the Myths Tour

GMX (Geek Media Expo) Day 3:

Hi Gang,

GMX was AMAZING!  There was SO MUCH going on…  But I am exhausted.  I’ll get to all the gory details later but I wanted to post more pics…  As always, all my thanks to Chris, Leah, Jeanette, Patrick and Scott (thanks buddy), and everybody who helped out, for all your help.  And of course the entire GMX team!  Enjoy!

The end of the day…

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More pics, videos and hopefully interviews coming…

OH!  Chris and Co… I officially hate those platforms!  ; )