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Unread postAuthor: SpudBlaster15 » Wed Aug 22, 2007 1:47 am

Ok, so this isn't real ballistics gel, but this recipe makes a substance that is damn close. Penetration tests have shown it to be within 10% of the consistency of FBI grade gel.

You need:
- 2 boxes (56 grams) of Knox gelatin
- Measuring cup
- Water
- Mixing container
- Mold for the gel to set in
- Mold release agent (cooking oil works well)
- Mixing apparatus (a spoon works well)

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Measure out 1.5 cups of warm water.

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Apply your mold release agent to the inside of the mold using a paper towel.

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Pour your gelatin powder and water into your mixing container. Stir until well blended. It should look like this.

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Pour the mixture into your mold, being careful not to spill it all over your kitchen.

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When all of the liquid has been added to the mold, ensure that no air bubbles are trapped in the mold by looking closely at the side of the container. If bubbles exist, allow the container to sit for several minutes. They should rise to the surface and escape.

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Place the container in the refrigerator or freezer for 30 minutes to 3 hours, or until the mixture has solidified.

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Once the mixture has become viscous enough to be removed from the mold, it can be removed by gently tapping the bottom the container. It should now look something like this.

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Allow the gel to sit for an additional 8 - 10 hours in the refrigerator (not freezer). After this time period, it is ready for use.

When not in use, store the gel in the refrigerator. Should it become too profusely mutilated by ammunition, it can be cut apart, melted in the microwave, and re-cast.
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Unread postAuthor: chaos » Wed Aug 22, 2007 1:50 am

Very Good tutorial mate, congrats :thumbright: :occasion5:

edit: oh forgot to say, shoot it then post the pics on this thread.
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Unread postAuthor: Redcoat » Wed Aug 22, 2007 2:01 am

um can you get Know Gelatine in AUS?
very good i like it.
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Unread postAuthor: SpudBlaster15 » Wed Aug 22, 2007 2:05 am

I'm sure you can get gelatin (doesn't really have to be a specific brand) in Australia, as it is used for several aspects of cooking.
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Unread postAuthor: Redcoat » Wed Aug 22, 2007 2:10 am

cool thanks.Is this supposed to represent the human skin/flesh etc?.
Seen it on mythbusters tonnes.
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Wed Aug 22, 2007 2:25 am

Yeah great tutorial, class A stuff :P

The stuff on mythbusters, is proper sh|t I believe, like FBI grade I would say, they need to keep the results as realistic as possible.

Anyone see that episode of junkyard wars where they had to shoot balloons down? One team actually used 2 sprinkler valves on their air cannon, though a team of spudders from this site could of done ALOT better.
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Unread postAuthor: Marco321 » Wed Aug 22, 2007 2:59 am

MrCrowley wrote:Yeah great tutorial, class A stuff :P

The stuff on mythbusters, is proper sh|t I believe, like FBI grade I would say, they need to keep the results as realistic as possible.

Anyone see that episode of junkyard wars where they had to shoot balloons down? One team actually used 2 sprinkler valves on their air cannon, though a team of spudders from this site could of done ALOT better.


I heard the real stuff is expensive.

Yeah i saw that episode yesteday lol it was good. I knew that crossbow wasn't going to be powerful and the same with that slingshot.
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Wed Aug 22, 2007 3:14 am

Nice, I'm going to have to try this.

As a sidenote:

Anyone see that episode of junkyard wars where they had to shoot balloons down?


Junkyard wars is appalling compared to the original UK program, "scrapheap challenge". I can't bear to watch it, so overbearingly American.
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Unread postAuthor: Redcoat » Wed Aug 22, 2007 3:27 am

Yeah, i liked ScrapHeap challenge where has that gone? I used to get it in AUS. This is an example of what happened to The Office but both versions are good, British Office better though.( i mean in taking brits ideas and using them in US).
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Unread postAuthor: tylerthetatertosser » Wed Aug 22, 2007 3:43 am

i also made a ballistics gel block like spudblasters but mine was was made from 6 boxes (168 grams) of gelatin and a liter and a half of water

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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Wed Aug 22, 2007 3:55 am

Redcoat wrote:This is an example of what happened to The Office but both versions are good, British Office better though.


It works both ways however, Mythbusters for example is infinitely better than the similar UK show "Braniac".
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Unread postAuthor: Redcoat » Wed Aug 22, 2007 3:57 am

yeah i know but didn't Brainiac come out after Mythbusters I'm talking originals.
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Unread postAuthor: thespeedycicada » Wed Aug 22, 2007 8:29 pm

the better way to do it (mkes it more like the FBI stuff) is to mix it while heating it and add cinnomon oil put it in the fridge for 2 hours then heat it again to 110 degrees then put it in the mold and let it sit over night. you can find better instructions by using google and searching "how to make ballistics gel"
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Unread postAuthor: SpudBlaster15 » Wed Aug 22, 2007 10:59 pm

I have used that method (minus the cinnamon oil), and I find it to be a waste of time, as the resulting gel is identical to the stuff made using my much simpler method.
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Unread postAuthor: iPaintball » Wed Aug 22, 2007 11:03 pm

You can get much more amusing results from balistic clay, but you can also use regular modeling clay. But if it' spenetration you want, balisics geltin is the way to go.
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