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Inline Vortex Blocks

Unread postAuthor: noname » Sun Dec 17, 2006 8:02 pm

Finally, a post that belongs here:
This is a guide to making an inline vortex block. My mini SMG should be done within 2 weeks, now that I have a compressor to use it. I was going to make the block today and thought I might as well show you guys how.

It should only take 20 minutes to half an hour to make one.
Tools required:
Drill and Bits
Vice
Hacksaw

Parts required:
Thin walled metal pipe, 1/8" sheet PVC, or something else very strong, flat, and thin.
1/2" to 7/8" sheet PVC, acrylic, ABS, hardwood, etc.

Enjoy!
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The finished block.
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The finished block.
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The finished block. Use epoxy or superglue to secure the shrouds. Hot glue will cause the shrouds to fall off eventually.
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The brass shrouds made from flattened pipe.
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The brass pipe I used for the shrouds. You can see how thin the walls are: .016" thick.
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The brass pipe I made the shrouds out of.
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This is the block with a 5/16" hole drilled through it for the barrel. You can faintly see the guideline.
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Draw a guideline perpendicular to the back of the block and right at the top of the vortex hole for the barrel.
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Keep the part with the larger section of the vortex hole. Smooth out the edges and clean the shreds off.
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Draw a guideline about 1/4 of the way from the bottom of the vortex hole. USE A RULER. This is a really small block, you can make it bigger if you want to.
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Drill a 3/4" hole in a piece of 1/2" to 7/8" thick acrylic or PVC sheet. You can also use ABS sheet or something else strong. Acrylic smells sickly-sweet when you cut or drill it, it's disgusting. Just a warning.
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Unread postAuthor: noname » Tue Dec 19, 2006 10:46 pm

Am I the only one here who has the motivation to actually make a vortex gun? The only vortex BBMG I've seen that is actually a new topic are Mr. Plow's Ultimate Inline. Everyone likes clouds so much more for some reason. :? I will eat you all.
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Unread postAuthor: killagorrila99 » Tue Dec 19, 2006 10:51 pm

I making a vortex today! so get off my back!
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Unread postAuthor: noname » Tue Dec 19, 2006 11:05 pm

You never made a cloud that you posted though, so the "you all" excludes you. Inline or "regular" vortex block? How cool is it so far on a scale of 1 to 10?
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Unread postAuthor: killagorrila99 » Wed Dec 20, 2006 2:13 am

Definatley 10. Cool tut man, I'll use it.
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Wed Dec 20, 2006 2:16 am

Clouds are so much easier to make thats why everyone goes for the cloud, and there is no much difference performance wise, but vortex's look crap loads better.
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Unread postAuthor: experament_u2 » Wed Dec 20, 2006 3:42 am

nice work good how to i might make one
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Unread postAuthor: noname » Wed Dec 20, 2006 5:41 pm

I have all the parts for my SMG except for the male quick connect and the brass fittings that go from the blowgun to the vortex.. Both handles are done, one with a notch for a blowgun. The main body is 1" SDR 21 sleeved inside 1 1/4" Sch 40. The barrel is 9/32" aluminum sleeved inside 5/16" aluminum. You can also slide 1/4" brass into the airsoft barrel and it becomes a .177 caliber BB barrel. I just need to put it together, make it look all pretty using Bondo, then paint it flat black.
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Unread postAuthor: Mr.Russ » Fri Mar 16, 2007 4:31 am

awesome, i dont understand in-line vortexs, how do they stay still?
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Unread postAuthor: jjk92 » Fri Mar 16, 2007 5:00 am

i was wondering which one uses up more air a vortex or a cloud? thanks
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Unread postAuthor: lukemc » Fri Mar 16, 2007 8:25 am

vortexes generaly use less air to put out the same amount of bbs as a cloud. that is the only main difference.

EDIT: i was actually thinking of making a vortex block but i thought that you used a full circle like the one that the wiki links to not a half one like you are showing is there a difference in performance

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Unread postAuthor: noname » Fri Mar 16, 2007 5:00 pm

In "regular" blocks with full circles, the BBs can circle around multiple times, therefore wasting air and lowering the ROF. They also have to travel further with a full circle, so this uses even more extra energy.
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Unread postAuthor: Mr.Russ » Fri Mar 16, 2007 5:03 pm

thats a good point. now a question:

when you put the vortex block in, how does it stay in one place? its like fitting a square inside a circle(literally)
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Unread postAuthor: noname » Fri Mar 16, 2007 5:37 pm

You use a screw or two, if you want it to be detachable (you do!) for maintenance. You can use epoxy if you want, but there's no repairing/replacing if it gets worn down or shatters, or something bad happens in general.
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Unread postAuthor: Mr.Russ » Fri Mar 16, 2007 5:57 pm

so if i was using pipe with 35mm ID what dimensions should mine be?
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