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by Drenchenator
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Water Blasters
Topic: Hasbro Hall of Fame
Replies: 1
Views: 559

Re: Hasbro Hall of Fame

Neat idea for a list! I definitely agree with a lot of this. I think once Hasbro came along each year had to have a gimmick and that gradually degraded the quality until the Super Soaker line got subsumed into Nerf, at which point it lost relevance. I like the Liquidator. It's definitely a solid PR ...
by Drenchenator
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Water Blasters
Topic: Spyra One
Replies: 55
Views: 5750

Re: Spyra One

I also have to agree that the second concept design would likely have better handling. Of course, this is not to say that the first concept design (current design) is a bad design. Both are good designs, in my opinion. The main advantage for the first concept design is that it allows a lot more flex...
by Drenchenator
Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Water Blasters
Topic: Spyra One
Replies: 55
Views: 5750

Re: Spyra One

This is an interesting design. I concur with Ben that the balance and handling could be an issue. If the gun is meant to be held with 2 hands I'd suggest more of a visual cue as to where to grip it with your second hand. Given that the gun is designed exclusively for short bursts (tap shots), everyt...
by Drenchenator
Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Water Blasters
Topic: 2018 New super soakers
Replies: 7
Views: 1490

Re: 2018 New super soakers

At this point homemades really are the only option. The Hasbro offerings don't even appear to use air pressure, which basically means they aren't Super Soakers. Super Soakers took off because the air pressure technology blew the squirt guns out of the water. Forget Hasbro ignoring CPS: they are igno...
by Drenchenator
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Water Blasters
Topic: 2018 Xshot, Buzz Bee, PTT Pressure Blaster Internals
Replies: 3
Views: 973

Re: 2018 Xshot, Buzz Bee, PTT Pressure Blaster Internals

Yeah, this sounds like good news. I'm glad that somebody is making CPS stuff, even if it's this El Cheapo kind. Hopefully this will sell well enough to justify better performance in general.
by Drenchenator
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Water Blasters
Topic: we should be worried about the future
Replies: 4
Views: 879

Re: we should be worried about the future

Wow, those are the dumbest soakers yet released by Hasbro. I thought maybe things had bottomed out finally but this really is a big step backwards. I also don't understand the Splashmouth. It just seems like they ran out of ideas. What could we build that requires no work but has a decent flow rate?...
by Drenchenator
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Water Blasters
Topic: If you could only have 3 water guns
Replies: 5
Views: 1021

Re: If you could only have 3 water guns

1. CPS 1200. I've always used this as my main gun, and I love how well it works in a variety of situations. I also like the CPS 2100 a lot but I prefer to have a strap (hence the 1200). 2. XP 150. It's hard to describe how good the 150 is, especially as a smaller gun. The best feature is that the pu...
by Drenchenator
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Marketplace
Topic: Super Soaker 50 20th Anniversary
Replies: 3
Views: 781

Re: Super Soaker 50 20th Anniversary

I wouldn't say they were rare. I recall seeing them in stores back in the day. They might be undesirable in the sense that anyone who might want to buy it probably already has an original Super Soaker 50, but some people still might buy it anyway. The performance of the Super Soaker 50 isn't that go...
by Drenchenator
Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: League Operations & Development
Topic: Bring Back the League!
Replies: 8
Views: 1347

Re: Bring Back the League!

I'd love it if we got some more regular battles like a few years ago. Right now I'm planning to move my car back from CA to MD, so I should be more able to attend stuff like I used to. I'll still be in CA most of the time working on my PhD, but at least next summer I don't think I'll get the job I'm...
by Drenchenator
Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Homemades
Topic: Potential Successor to APH
Replies: 17
Views: 1972

Re: Potential Successor to APH

Yeah, those videos are great! I apologize for my negativity here; your performance was just significantly better than I had expected based on previous work. But I can't argue with the videos! I've been interested in Tim's work, because he seems to design for performance by optimizing often neglected...
by Drenchenator
Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Homemades
Topic: Potential Successor to APH
Replies: 17
Views: 1972

Re: Potential Successor to APH

Do you have any pictures or videos of your previous build? I would like more details about your original design. The original piston water guns used 2 inch pistons and shot around 45 feet at 130 psi. Granted, this builder did not use any straws or flow conditioners or even a good nozzle. But given t...
by Drenchenator
Sun Jul 23, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Homemades
Topic: Potential Successor to APH
Replies: 17
Views: 1972

Re: Potential Successor to APH

The reason I get so excited over range is because the piston cannon was able to get consistent 70 foot puddle ranges anywhere from 105 psi+ max pressure without any lamination. Even if 80 feet is over-the-top right now doesn't mean its not possible with 120+ psi, lamination, and constant pressure g...
by Drenchenator
Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Homemades
Topic: Potential Successor to APH
Replies: 17
Views: 1972

Re: Potential Successor to APH

Sorry for taking a while to reply! I didn't have access to my main computer these last few days. I like the idea of being able to perform maintenance on the internals, but I don't know enough about union adapters to say whether that's a good idea or not. I will say this though. Parts like that are d...
by Drenchenator
Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Homemades
Topic: Potential Successor to APH
Replies: 17
Views: 1972

Re: Potential Successor to APH

I'm glad that you've priced out the majority of the project. The prices seem reasonable to me, but remember to include some margin for the unplanned too (add a reasonable percent to the overall cost). There is nothing that you can do about the amount of force, but other aspects may help. The equatio...
by Drenchenator
Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Homemades
Topic: Potential Successor to APH
Replies: 17
Views: 1972

Re: Potential Successor to APH

I think your simple design is quite minimal. I don't see any major changes you could make to simplify it. Personally, I think a basic homemade CPS design would achieve roughly the same performance with a lot less work and complexity, but I see the value in trying out something newer. However, I am w...
by Drenchenator
Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Homemades
Topic: Potential Successor to APH
Replies: 17
Views: 1972

Re: Potential Successor to APH

Hi watercrazy007! I appreciate your enthusiasm. Idea 1 seems like a simple correction to achieve linear flow, and probably would improve the performance noticeably. I think that using an elastic chamber would be a simpler design, though, without having to worry about the dropoff in pressure. I'm act...
by Drenchenator
Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Homemades
Topic: CPS in Backpack (not in gun)
Replies: 10
Views: 1254

Re: CPS in Backpack (not in gun)

I've always wanted to include a QFD in my homemade designs but never really figured out where to put it, so I never did it. I remember that the nozzles of some CPS guns that have pull valves (Splashzooka especially) could be automatically used as a QFD on certain nozzle settings, which was what I th...
by Drenchenator
Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Homemades
Topic: CPS in Backpack (not in gun)
Replies: 10
Views: 1254

Re: CPS in Backpack (not in gun)

It is possible to build a quick-fill device. http://www.sscentral.org/homemade/vhs.html has some instructions as to how. http://forums.sscentral.org/showthread.php?t=3884 has some (older) discussion. It's been a while since I've seen a quick-fill device, but I think that all you really need is an ap...
by Drenchenator
Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Homemades
Topic: CPS in Backpack (not in gun)
Replies: 10
Views: 1254

Re: CPS in Backpack (not in gun)

This is definitely an interesting project. To add to what Ben said, I think another potential issue is the ergonomics of the backpack. Assuming that each tube is fully filled, a 4-tube backpack that is 18" tall would carry around 4L of water. Add in the weight of the piping and other mechanical part...
by Drenchenator
Sun Jun 04, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Maintenance & Repairs
Topic: Maintenance is essential now more than ever!
Replies: 9
Views: 1426

Re: Maintenance is essential now more than ever!

I totally agree. I never modified my blasters because I was scared that it would be just break them or limit their life. The classic CPS guns already perform so much better than current ones that modifications don't make much sense (at least to improve range and output). I think features like the sa...