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    here's mine...

    lego rest

    box with a hole in it to stop the arrow falling off

    Slot car motor and drive thing






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    The cresting looks extremely fine and neat. brilliant

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    on the last shot you can see the effect of a slightly wobbly arrow...
    It certainly shows up your non-straight wooden arrows...
    Si

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    Thanks for the inspiration folks i will go and knock one up this week.

    EV thanks for offer on catapult rubber. I got some surgical tubing so i will give that a go first.

    Now, how does one dip their arrows to get an even coat of varnish/paint.

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    What power pack do you run the motor from Si.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davy Tee View Post
    What power pack do you run the motor from Si.
    An old Samsung mobile phone charger - it's only 5V.

    One thing I should mention that its important if you are doing wooden arrows that might wobble about a bit - use a riggers brush. Here's pne along side a normal brush:



    The long hairs act like suspension and allow you to get a nice even line even on a wobbly woody...

    You can get them at any art store - mine cost me £3. Here's a link:

    size 0 rigger brush

    Here's some I finished off today.

    These were the first set of arrows I ever made - I've learnt to put the fletchings a bit further from the nock now...


    Cheers
    Si

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    I'm interested in what paints you're all using to crest with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaselpool View Post
    I'm interested in what paints you're all using to crest with?

    Jase
    I've used Tamiya, Vallejo and humbrol enamel - the enamel is by far the best.
    Tamiya is a nightmare; dries on the brush, goes stringy and doesn't thin very well
    Vallejo are good pigments, but I only have matt, so need a coat of gloss over the top.
    Humbrol gloss enamel in the little tins is great.

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    >> Now, how does one dip their arrows to get an even coat of varnish/paint.

    I've been dousing a rag in danish oil and wiping it down the shaft - for a couple of coats - then a quick polish.

    Si is at this moment regretting going for the funky black look and all the horrid messing about this entails!

    Regards paints i'm using vallejo acryllic model paints - and a coat of gloss.

    Did try the old Humbrol enamels but the pots when opened hadn't coped well with being ignored since 1986!

    Cheers
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    Very nice arrows Si.

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    Ok i did it, I knocked a cresting machine up for £10.99 the price of the model boat motor. All other parts were made from scrap wood lying around and a small bit of the kids Lego (thanks for idea Si) and an old (30 years) model railway transformer i had in the loft.

    It works a treat and is giving very smooth cresting lines, At the moment i am using marker pens and they give a fantastic if somewhat matt finish.

    When the kids go back to school next week i will start with the paints and post some photos on here.

    Thanks for the ideas everyone it looks and works great.

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    Davy - Congrats on knocking up your cresting jig!

    Quite satisfying isn't it?

    Now, that's two jigs powered by Train controllers and boat motors out there and one from a Scalextric motor and a phone charge... i wonder what other weird creations are out there!

    Cheers
    Ev

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    I am totally hooked EV

    Ok here it is the Davy Tee Cresting machine mk1
    I appologise for the quaility of the photos i had to sell my good camera to fund my Bow purchase but you get the general gist.







    The speed can be altered from 0 to 1000 RPM with the train controler. I would recommend this power source if you can get hold of one or like me have one in the loft for the last 30 years.

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    Sorry again for pic quaility if you squint you can just make it out lol.



    I used Humbrol Enamals and they work excellent.

    Arrow is attached to motor by a piece of surgical tube fitted to the nock.

    There is a shadow casting the black onto the silver in the pic however the lines are perfectly straight with no bleeding.

    Thanks again to all for inspiration and saving me £145.00 buying a commercial one.

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    Cool Jigs everyone. I love the lego idea! I managed to make a start on my own jig yesterday (with a lot of dodging of thunderstorms). My main challenge was that I needed to make it very cheaply, so the wood is old leftovers and the only thing I bought was the motor (£9.99 from Maplin) and a power jack (about £1 from Maplin). What I was actually aiming for is what I've termed a Flesting Jig. That is, a Cresting Jig combined with a Fletching jig.





    The end block on the far left has markings on the side you can't see for fletch positions and the two central V-blocks come apart & have wooden dowels so that they can connect together again in the correct position (you can see one is separated in the photo).

    I still have a couple of things that I need to do:
    • Find a suitable connector to attach the arrow shaft to the motor
    • Add some padding to the V-blocks
    • Probably make the end block thinner since the Flecting would be quite far forward as it is


    I also think I'm going to make a block with a groove to rest the brush on & transparent frame for laying out my cresting pattern. Oh and maybe a speed controller for the motor, depending on how it goes. It's currently geared to run at about 90rpm.

    In all I'm quite happy with how it's turned out, but I'm still waiting for my shafts to arrive before I can do anything with it.



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