Tuesday, August 23, 2011
It is alive!
Yes, despite the sweltering heat, I did my dues and have done the first test shots today. The winch assembly is finished, and very solid (have to cut off the excess steel tube and bolts). I tested the mechanism by pulling back (against the lock) on the crank handle with all my strength, it holds.
No carriage still, so I can not cock it more than 85% (the sled hits the stands at that point). And I "only" used two layers of full with TB Gold per side, one fifth of what I am hoping to do in the end.
It shoots! And it exceeds my wildest dreams.
Sorry, no impact pics yet because I don't want to spoil the tension, but this thing is ab-so-lute-ly awesome. I rarely say that about my own stuff, but in this case there is just no way I can downplay the awesomeness.
Tomorrow, the carriage assembly and some minor optmizations. Stay tuned.
Posted by The Slingshot Channel at 8:16 PM