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Pykrete projectiles, like ice but better

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Pykrete projectiles, like ice but better

Unread postAuthor: DTReaper » Thu Dec 28, 2006 9:00 pm

I recently have viewed your site and decided to join and noticed that many people use ice as projectiles as I do. I in my reseach have come across a way to strengthen ice by alot. The precise name for this substance is called pykrete. It is super strong and very easy to make. all you need to do is take a mold of your barrel. The same size PVC or whatever you want (I use dixe cups, I shove the small side in the barrel and cut away the excess and use that). The you can use sawdust or I have read any type of wood pulp so like TP or paper towels. You put a 14% sawdust to 86% water by weight in your mold and let it frezze. This type of ice will stay frozen longer and will be much stronger. To find more info about it look here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pykrete . Hopefully this helps people.

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Unread postAuthor: experament-u2 » Thu Dec 28, 2006 9:14 pm

thats a smart idear but iv never used ice rounds are they good?

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Unread postAuthor: Bluetooth » Thu Dec 28, 2006 9:21 pm

Ice rounds are awesome and I have actually used that with tissues as the wood fiber for my mini pneumatic. I once read a book on that. Didn't they use it to make ships?
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Unread postAuthor: DTReaper » Thu Dec 28, 2006 9:27 pm

Yes they planed on making a very large ship called the Habakkuk. It was never built but the idea lived on. And Ice rounds are pretty good, they are cheap to make.

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Unread postAuthor: Insomniac » Thu Dec 28, 2006 10:30 pm

Thats a great idea! It would make for some nice damage pics.
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Unread postAuthor: Deko » Thu Dec 28, 2006 10:57 pm

my friend said hes done that with saw dust but ivve never seen him use it or used it myself but it sounds like a good idea

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Unread postAuthor: Torch » Thu Dec 28, 2006 11:03 pm

Dayum, that's a good idea. Come spring ima try that..
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Unread postAuthor: DTReaper » Thu Dec 28, 2006 11:14 pm

Thank you all for welcoming me, I prolly will try some myself tomorrow but as I dont have a digital camera I can't get damage pics. I'll let you know the difference between the two when I'm done with it.

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Unread postAuthor: boilingleadbath » Fri Dec 29, 2006 2:43 pm

Not exactly news... heck, we have a <a href="http://www.spudfiles.com/spud_wiki/index.php?title=Pycrete">spudwiki</a> artical on the material.

None the less:
1) Thanks for informing our forumites that don't check out the spudwiki that such a material exists.
2) Everyone should feel free to contribute to the spudwiki... worst case scenario, your balantly false information gets replaced with truthful stuff, thusly improving the artical.
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