The Unofficial Instructables 2017 K'NEX Gun Contest!

Greetings, Instructables K'NEX Community! Now it's time for the Unofficial Instructables 2017 K'NEX Gun Contest! I am hosting this contest to hopefully stir up some creativity in the Instructables K'nex Community. There will be five winners, each of which will receive a place in my "Top Five New K'NEX Guns of 2017" collection. I will also post pictures of the winners' guns on this forum topic when the contest is over, and the winners will each receive a custom image "trophy" to put on their profile page if they wish. I will try to build as many of the entered guns as I can, and I will judge them by range, efficiency, accuracy, and innovation.

If you wish to enter in this contest, here are the rules:

1. The K'NEX gun that you wish to enter in the contest has to have been posted to Instructables.com from Jan. 1, 2017 and up. No older entries will be accepted. Also, it must be working. Test your gun out several times before posting it.

2. Your entry must be a fully documented Instructable, with pictures and full instructions, as well as information about the gun. A video would be preferred, but is not necessary. Multiple entries are allowed, but please take your time building your gun.

3. The contest is active from January 16th, 2017 - May 29th, 2017. No entries will be accepted unless they meet these deadlines.

4. To enter, you must build a K'NEX gun in 2017 and post it to Instructables.com according to the guidelines listed above. Then, you must provide
a link to your instructable in the comments below. All entries will be posted above once accepted.

Now that the guidelines are clear, get out your K'NEX, awaken your imagination, and start building! I am looking forward to seeing, building, and testing the entries. Hopefully this contest will stir up some creativity in the Instructables K'NEX Community. If anyone has any questions or concerns regarding this contest, please PM me, or let me know in the comments below.

(Partial credit for pictures goes to CorgiCritter, MechMind7, Seleziona, and dr.richtofen)

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knexguy5 days ago

It's coming up on 10 years since I created my account here.

Maybe, just maybe, I'll come up with something. Falcon V2?

bro that would be crazy! It would revive just a bit the community and inspire new people.

The Knex Inventor (author)  knexguy5 days ago

It's wonderful to see you active again, knexguy! Good luck, and I am looking forward to building and testing your entry when it is done!

Dreamwave2 months ago

I guess I picked the right time to make a reappearance! ZipDart v.2 coming soon, that's what I'll enter

The Knex Inventor (author)  Dreamwave2 months ago

Awesome! I am really looking forward to it! It's great that this contest is getting so much attention.

The actual build is "super-top-secret" until posting it, but I've definitely gotten the core gun that I will submit. It is a bolt action, repeating railgun that gets upward of 100ft ranges flat (zero drop for a full 30ft, then gradual drop from there) with the ammo that fits in the magazine. Super psyched to get it working, but will definitely take my time before posting to work out every single kink I can.

The Knex Inventor (author)  Dreamwave2 months ago

Nice! Can you also make a video for it when you post it?

Gun is more or less complete, now just evaluating ammo revisions to try to get one that is the most stable in flight without catching when taken out of the mag

100 feet flat is quite the performance, even with fin ammo.

I've seen it with the TR8 before, so I know it's possible.

As for ammo, rods seldom go past 70 feet, though a blue clip and green rod snapped together might be able to get quite a bit more then that.

Good luck on finishing your entry up!

Yeah, just did a range test and found that it is flinging a grey connector + green rod + blue clip a full 120ft. I honestly don't know how it's getting these kinds of ranges, as there is a fair amount of friction inside the shuttle mech and I don't have a ton of bands on it.

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