MY dad recntly forbade me from using the computer. In a fit of boredom I got my Mecanno collection out. After sitting around a bit, I decided to improve on my previous wrist-mounted crossbow (yeah, I made it myself), and make a proper crossbow. Here are some pictures (Warning, big).
^The crossbow, next to a 30cm ruler.
^The Bow, made out of strips, with 4 laminations. Its bloody hard to pull back.
^The trigger mechanism.
^The polystyrene target I made. The thing can fire pencils so deep, they don't come out when you hold the target upside-down.
Stuff I'm going to add:
- Goats foot, for reloading
- Longer launch rail
- something to stop the pencils kicking up when they leave the rail
- The catches for the trigger will be moved to the exterior, to enable me to knock the pencils properly.
- Padding on the stock
- A sight
It fires pencils, which I modify by sawing the end square with a hacksaw, then filing a knocking groove in.
So, wadda ya think?