updated 06-21-13 K'nex Directional Mine Prototype w/ video link

I just wanted to let the community know I am still alive and well. Also check out this new directional mine I've been working on. It is an early prototype but it is currently shooting 25-50 green rods 50ft with a good spread! Check out the video to get a sense of the impact. Here is the link! http://youtu.be/qjnVRb7sp6o

pic below is random

Also one last thing while it is fresh on my mind... I've noticed a growing number of designs that use modified K'nex pieces that are cut or mangled somehow to get the gun to function or look a certain way. I'm not saying that this is a sin however I would like to challenge each of us to challenge ourselves by building guns that are true K'nex guns with true K'nex unmodified parts. I have been guilty of this once in the past myself so don't take this to heart. All I am asking is this... I am impressed and more inclined to build a gun that doesn't required or include any broken pieces over a gun that requires any. It is a pet peeve of mine because to me the art of building is using what we are given and creating with wit and ingenuity something great! Again I am not condemning people... I only trying to encourage the art of K'nex guns that don't use broken/modified pieces. Lets do our best to clean up our work and build impressive guns without changing the pieces! Thank you to those that build clean keep it up I am excited by the community at large. It is very cool to see everyone's designs I learn from each and everyone of your creations! Keep up the good work, and lets continue to get better!

06-21-13 Ok I spent some time working on this new powerful directional mine and I must say it is pretty cool. The prototype was built specifically with power in mind. Every part of the prototype is bulky and heavily reinforced. Because of its sturdy design I have loaded it up with over 20 size 64 rubberbands which as you could imagine has quite a bit of force behind it! So naturally it shot pretty incredible. My issue with it was not how it functioned but how it looked and considering I built it more as a test of concept than an actual product to use in a war I wanted to scale it down and see if it still preformed as well in a much smaller package. IT DOES! The newer more compact design is currently being built and tested. Initial tests are promising and I am truly excited to release the designs ASAP. The goal of my new compact mine is to have a easy to use sturdy mine that could be loaded up with 25green rods or more and shoot then in a good pattern directionally at the desired target at 25-50ft away. This is a tall order for such a compact less rigid design. However initial tests are promising.
One more thing... I plan on releasing a series of Instructables on how to build my favorite "war" creations. I realized that many of my favorite designs have never had proper building instructions. It is important to me that my designs are up to date and made clear for everyone so that the build is flawless. I can promise this... My designs are only as good as those that build them mean this... If my designs are not followed piece by piece, step by step, then don't expect the same or even similar results that my guns or whatever were designed to achieve. If I say to use a size 64 rubberband that means use it. lol. I promise that result will vary greatly if not built completely and utterly the same as I show. LOL with all that being said I plan on releasing instructables for the following... My latest designed TR8, Grenade, Directional Mine, Fin Ammo, and more. The first release will most likely not be for a few weeks at a minimum depending on when I have time to due so.
Again thank you everyone for your support over the years I hope you have had fun building with me and I plan on continued builds in the future. Keep a lookout for the new 2013 instructions!

Picture of updated 06-21-13 K'nex Directional Mine Prototype w/ video link
TheDunkis4 years ago
Yeah, I feel bad every time I have to use a uncommon piece let alone a broken one. My rule of thumb is that if I have it just from pieces naturally breaking, I'll use it and let others know that I either figured they'd have it or, though maybe less optimal, they can be replaced by full pieces.
Anywho, you gonna get pictures of that mine? I couldn't really see clearly everything going on in the video.
Knex Lego Maniac (author)  TheDunkis4 years ago
yeah that was the point of the video lol I wanted you all to hear the impact because it hits hard but not give it away yet
It is still a prototype but once I am a bit further along in a day or two I will post some pics for everyone.
As for right now I'm having too much fun shooting it! lol