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Glow in the dark sabot (warning big pics)

Unread postAuthor: Lentamentalisk » Sat Oct 13, 2007 3:18 pm

I was making a sabot for my upcoming 2" pneumatic, when i ran across an old pack of glow-in-the-dark powder. I remembered reading that you could mix it with paint, so that you could paint something GITD (glow-in-the-dark,) so i tried mixing it with epoxy and then coating the faces of my sabot with it. the results were incredible.
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the sabot was made of two slightly less than 2" disks of balsa, with 1/32" birch plywood wrapped around it to make it slide better.

edit: can anyone explain to me how to get the pics to show up on the post rather than having to link to flickr?

edit: finally got them up!
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Unread postAuthor: Killjoy » Sat Oct 13, 2007 3:45 pm

Holy sh*t that is awesome. Incredible how bright it glows.
Yeah, copy the link for the picture into you post, then select the entire link again and click the Img button at the top of the post/edit page and it should put the link between two IMG tags. Should look like this [img]your%20pic%20link[/img].
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Unread postAuthor: Lentamentalisk » Sat Oct 13, 2007 3:49 pm

that isnt working for me... the [url][/url] (not caps) is working, but the same format with img isnt working... where is tech support when you need them?
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Unread postAuthor: Lentamentalisk » Sat Oct 13, 2007 3:51 pm

ooooh, i know what it is, flickr doesnt actually have a site of pics, it just displays the images, so you cant link to the pics themselves...
do you know a good site to put them on?
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Unread postAuthor: Killjoy » Sat Oct 13, 2007 3:51 pm

Weird no clue why, maybe a mod will come around to help. Wait, are you trying the above links? because if you are you need to right click on the picture and select properties, and then use address it gives for the Img.
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Sat Oct 13, 2007 3:52 pm

Alumi-glow powder, nice! Once you have your pics hosted, click the img button, paste the url for the pic, then click img butten again, no spaces.
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Unread postAuthor: Lentamentalisk » Sat Oct 13, 2007 3:56 pm

no matter what i try, it doesnt work... have you guys used flickr before for this site, or do you recommend another?

could anyone with mod privileges just change my post to make it work, then I could see exactly what I would need to do?
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Sat Oct 13, 2007 4:01 pm

I've never had any problems with www.photobucket.com.
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Unread postAuthor: Killjoy » Sat Oct 13, 2007 4:05 pm

Yeah just tried it, didn't work. Photobucket is your best bet.
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Sat Oct 13, 2007 4:15 pm

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Works from photobucket!
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Unread postAuthor: Lentamentalisk » Sat Oct 13, 2007 4:28 pm

yay! i finally got it working! thank you all for your help.
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Sun Oct 14, 2007 8:52 am

Nice to see someone else using balsa wood :)
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Unread postAuthor: Lentamentalisk » Tue Oct 16, 2007 6:08 pm

Since it is a sabot, I thought that it should be light, so as not to make it take too much longer to speed up the projectile, and I happened to have massive amounts of 1/2" balsa in my closet as legacy of my model rocket faze, as well as the birch plywood, which is also quite light. Also, my hope is that because it is so light and non-aerodynamic, that it will just tumble when it leaves the barrel, and not damage itself when it hits the ground.
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