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InigoMontoya

VERA: A Transonic Impact Gun

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InigoMontoya    81

A while back I made some references to a very large potato gun I was working on. At the time I believed I was OK to talk a little bit about it but it turned out my Is weren't dotted and my Ts weren't crossed. That is fixed now. And thus, I return to present to ya'll my favorite creation. VERA. It's a gun designed to study transonic impact but what makes it fun is that it really isn't anything more than a very carefully crafted potato gun... If your potatoes come from Chernobyl Farms, that is.

 

Enjoy.

 

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Phi for All    4741

Oh VERA! That is AWESOME Inigo!

 

Did you name her after Jayne's assault rifle from Firefly or did the acronym just fall that way?

 

And what is the flash at 2:27 just as the sabot leaves the barrel? It's not there in the earlier shot.

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InigoMontoya    81

Yes, it's a Firefly reference. I had to work hard for that acronym! :)

 

The flash is the result of two things....

 

1) Doubling of the kinetic energy. When the sabot hits the sabot stripper, some aluminum was vaporized.

 

2) The sabot was redesigned after the first shot and made to be much more... fragile. Yes, fragile is a good word.

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Phi for All    4741

Yes, it's a Firefly reference. I had to work hard for that acronym! :)

Shiny!

 

The flash is the result of two things....

 

1) Doubling of the kinetic energy. When the sabot hits the sabot stripper, some aluminum was vaporized.

 

2) The sabot was redesigned after the first shot and made to be much more... fragile. Yes, fragile is a good word.

Fragile, hmmm. Somehow it doesn't fit VERA. How about "cooperative"?

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InigoMontoya    81

Haha oh, you're an engineer. I was thinking that potato gun is way too huge for just a hobby.

 

Well yeah, but.... Potato guns *are* my hobby. I figure it takes a special kind of engineer to convince your employer to indulge you in your hobby. ;)

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Appolinaria    115

Well yeah, but.... Potato guns *are* my hobby. I figure it takes a special kind of engineer to convince your employer to indulge you in your hobby. ;)

 

Trade lives, plz ?

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