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by Drenchenator
Tue Jun 16, 2015 6:58 am
Forum: Water Wars
Topic: [Bethesda, MD] Soakemore 2015 - June 19-22
Replies: 71
Views: 6941

Re: [Bethesda, MD] Soakemore 2015 - June 19-22

I just wanted to come out of hiding and say that I should be able to come. Mark me down.
by Drenchenator
Mon May 26, 2014 6:52 pm
Forum: Homemades
Topic: Cloudburst CPS Prototype
Replies: 22
Views: 3292

Re: Cloudburst CPS Prototype

Believe it or not, I have been working to finish this! I've concluded that my original trigger system for Cloudburst will not work, so I suggest that you avoid it. I based this trigger system off the system used in the CPS 2100 and similar blasters. The problem keeps coming down to the valve failing...
by Drenchenator
Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:27 am
Forum: Water Wars
Topic: Soakemore 2014
Replies: 112
Views: 9960

Re: Soakemore 2014

I'll come again this year. I had a lot of fun last year the one day I came, so I'll try to show up a bit more. That said, I actually enjoyed the "naval war" scenario, though I agree with SEAL that it would be better if it wasn't one-dimensional. The paper-towel thing sounds interesting, since just l...
by Drenchenator
Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:48 pm
Forum: Modifications
Topic: Replacing on board pumps?
Replies: 12
Views: 1634

Re: Replacing on board pumps?

Pressure isn't always the determining factor in performance -- flow rate, nozzle size and type matter too -- but it's still important. The pressure given in the article is peak pressure for the air pressure guns. The pressure increases as you pump in an air pressure gun, so the peak pressure would b...
by Drenchenator
Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:33 am
Forum: Modifications
Topic: Replacing on board pumps?
Replies: 12
Views: 1634

Re: Replacing on board pumps?

No, you shouldn't have to expand the diameter of any other parts to accomodate the extra flow. And even if the flow rate becomes to high, you can always pump more slowly, but I highly doubt that will ever be an issue. I think the biggest issue with replacing a pump in a stock gun is finding the righ...
by Drenchenator
Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:35 am
Forum: Homemades
Topic: APH Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1048

Re: APH Questions

I've battled against my brother a few times when he used an APH. APHs are generally adequate for battle but not awesome. Their performance (range and output) is much higher than most other water guns, so I always found myself reluctant to approach an APH user. The big downside to the APH is the high...
by Drenchenator
Sat Jan 11, 2014 8:55 pm
Forum: Homemades
Topic: A strong solution of the Navier-Stokes equations?
Replies: 2
Views: 623

Re: A strong solution of the Navier-Stokes equations

The Navier-Stokes existence and smoothness problem is a huge unsolved problem in mathematics. The Navier-Stokes equations are a set of nonlinear differential equations that describe the motion of fluids, so that's why it's important for water guns. The problem is that there is has been no mathemtica...
by Drenchenator
Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:22 am
Forum: Homemades
Topic: Battle practicality of homemades
Replies: 8
Views: 947

Re: Battle practicality of homemades

I used polycarbonate rod for Cloudburst's pump (McMaster-Carr part number 85485K43). I couldn't find anything suitable locally, so I just got pretty much the best material I could find on McMaster. Technically, you don't need a drill press or a jigsaw: you can replace the drill press with a handheld...
by Drenchenator
Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:42 pm
Forum: Homemades
Topic: Battle practicality of homemades
Replies: 8
Views: 947

Re: Battle practicality of homemades

I think numbers are too subjective, so I'll give write out my thoughts for the points I'd like to make. The APH design is generally too tall and front-heavy. It works, but I never really liked it from a usability standpoint. The standard CPH design works very well and is highly practical. Ben and I ...
by Drenchenator
Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:30 pm
Forum: Water Wars
Topic: Downpour 2013 Review
Replies: 21
Views: 1842

Re: Downpour 2013 Review

SEAL, thanks for putting this together. Overall, I enjoyed coming and definitely think it was worth the 6 hour drive I had to make to get there. I did get hit the most, but this was also the first war in which I had hits (I had 2 total). That's a huge success for me! I do think we need to get more p...
by Drenchenator
Fri Jul 26, 2013 6:04 pm
Forum: Water Wars
Topic: Downpour 2013 - Official War Planning Thread
Replies: 114
Views: 6709

Re: Downpour 2013 - Official War Planning Thread

I've run into a problem with my travel plan. I've been planning to arrive tonight around 11:30, but I've just noticed that the campground closes to check-ins after 9 PM. So I'm coming tomorrow morning, arriving by noon.
by Drenchenator
Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:34 pm
Forum: Homemades
Topic: Cloudburst CPS Prototype
Replies: 22
Views: 3292

Re: Cloudburst CPS Prototype

It isn't working yet. The thing that's holding everything up with the trigger system, which it still doesn't close entirely. I've been thinking that re-orienting the valve arm may help, but I haven't had much time to plan this part out yet, though. I've got more free time coming up, so hopefully I'l...
by Drenchenator
Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:46 pm
Forum: Water Blasters
Topic: 2013 "Marks" Convention
Replies: 10
Views: 826

Re: 2013 "Marks" Convention

This is really needed. When I made the SSC marks guide a few years ago, it was basically an aggregate of a lot of other guides. Ben and I didn't have too many guns, so it was difficult to make content, so I concentrated on some of the more superficial aspects (like paintjobs and detailing). This mea...
by Drenchenator
Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:01 am
Forum: Modifications
Topic: Modding My XP Pool Pumper Blaster!
Replies: 46
Views: 5188

Re: Modding My XP Pool Pumper Blaster!

Ok, that looks like a good idea then. I thought there was a very tiny lip sticking out of the valve, but those pictures reveal that there's plenty of surface area available. All that I could recommend is to clean up the surfaces and rough them up a little before applying any epoxy, so that the bond ...
by Drenchenator
Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:48 pm
Forum: Modifications
Topic: Modding My XP Pool Pumper Blaster!
Replies: 46
Views: 5188

Re: Modding My XP Pool Pumper Blaster!

This could be trickier to fix than you think. Simply attaching the pipe perpendicularly to the valve (a butt joint ) is weak and liable to break again. There should be some kind of overlap to strengthen the joint. This is mostly to prevent force in the direction of the valve's plane from breaking of...
by Drenchenator
Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:40 pm
Forum: Homemades
Topic: Pumps Guide - SuperPiston MK I and MK II
Replies: 24
Views: 3689

Re: Pumps Guide - SuperPiston MK I and MK II

@Drench: What is the ideal pipe ID for the grommets? As you know, PVC is made to very precise OD specifications, but the ID can vary wildly. This is why I have trouble seeing PVC as a good, consistent pump shaft material. I've used rubber grommets as pump seals in both Riptide and Cloudburst, and b...
by Drenchenator
Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:08 am
Forum: Homemades
Topic: Pumps Guide - SuperPiston MK I and MK II
Replies: 24
Views: 3689

Re: Pumps Guide - SuperPiston MK I and MK II

http://images.sscentral.org/riptide/pump_rubber_grommets.jpg I've posted about my design before. To me, it's a 100% functional pump design without any glaring flaws. I think it addresses most of those points. I'll address the points in order: - With two grommets, the design doesn't leak. One gromme...
by Drenchenator
Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:35 pm
Forum: Homemades
Topic: Nozzle size poll
Replies: 4
Views: 637

Re: Nozzle size poll

There are a few types of drill bits, and flat and round bits are two of them. Another are hole saws, which are usually reserved for larger size holes (holes larger than 1/2 inch in diameter). When you think of a drill bit, you usually think of a round bit, which is a cylindrical bit that twists arou...
by Drenchenator
Fri May 24, 2013 5:44 pm
Forum: Homemades
Topic: Cloudburst CPS Prototype
Replies: 22
Views: 3292

Re: Cloudburst CPS Prototype

http://images.sscentral.org/cloudburst/cloudburst_prototype_internals_spring_test.jpg I've been testing out springs to make the gun function enough for battle. Unfortunately, I tried out a spring from Lowes and two springs from McMaster, and none of them close the firing valve all the way. There ar...
by Drenchenator
Wed May 22, 2013 8:04 am
Forum: Homemades
Topic: Cloudburst CPS Prototype
Replies: 22
Views: 3292

Re: Cloudburst CPS Prototype

On a side note, I cannot get the end screw in the LRT to seal! They're simply not spec'd to the same diameter that barbs are, so while a barb and endcap are wasteful (you need twice as many parts as necessary and some teflon tape), perhaps a better alternative would be a plug insert. Unfortunately,...