Introduction: Customizable DragonflY Assault Crossbow
Here it is, a new design aimed at portability, but still packs more than a punch.
It uses a trigger previously seen on the Blockhead, which has never misfired(and believe me,that is important when playing with so much power).
This Instructable features 4 bows, one Y-shaped two normally-shaped and one odd block; all a personal choice. The stock is optional, however it makes it a lot easier to aim and makes it a lot more comfortable. The DragonflY is also very piece efficient and provides excellent firepower for 6 rubberbands.
3. Easily fires 150 feet*
4. Modular: Instructable will be updated with different bow types, scopes and stocks.
5. Wide opening: The front bow is very wide, which means it can fire all sorts of ammo.**
6. Easy loading/Low friction: The trigger has been improved, which makes it easier to load, reduces friction.
7. Powerful: Shoots clean through cardboard.
Like it said, I will update the Instructable with new things for it.
If you happen to have made a good bow,stock or scope, you could always post a picture of it, I will build, make instructions for it in here and of course give you credit or the design.
Ammo will get a special section soon!
Don't forget to rate eh? =d
Updated: 1 time
*Depends on length of handle and number of rubberbands.
**Depends on what type of bow used.
Step 1: Minimal Pieces Needed
This is not 100% accurate, but should give a good indication:
Without Optional Parts, basic Y-bow crossbow (Counted from pictures)
Step 2: Y-shaped Bow
Sturdy, light and releases arrows early. Power without long handle here.
Step 1(Pic2): Build two of these.
Step 2(Pic3): Add those together.
Step 3(Pic4,5): Add these 12 yellow connectors.
Step 4(Pic6): Build two of these and add together.
Step 5(Pic7): Add this to the rest.
Step 6(Pic8,9): Add these two red rods.
Step 7(Pic10,11): Add 12 green rods.
Step 8(Pic12,13): Build this. optional
Step 9(Pic14): Add like shown.
Step 10(Pic15,16): Add these 14 red rods tan is optional
Step 11(Pic17,18): Add 2 red connectors, 8 yellow connectors, 4 white connectors, 2 light grey and 4 white rods.
Step 12(Pic19): Add 2 yellow rods, 2 blue rods, 6 white rods and 14 green rods.
Step 13(Pic20,21): Add 5 grey spacers, 2 small wheels and 2 blue spacers.
Step 14(Pic22,23): Add rubberband chain like so.
Step 3: BlockBow
An oddly shaped; yet very powerful blockbow, might also be useful as hammer.
Step 1(Pic2): Instructions are in the normal shaped bow section.
Step 2(Pic3): Build these.
Step 3(Pic4): Add together.
Step 4(Pic5): Add 10 red rods.
Step 5(Pic6): Build.
Step 6(Pic7): Build.
Step 7(Pic8): Add 20 gray spacers and the two parts from last step.
Step 8(Pic9): Add together.
Step 9(Pic10,11): Add 6 rubber bands, 2 strings.
Step 4: Normal Shaped-Bow
Sturdy, traditional, flings arrows very late and is very slow in wearing down rubberbands.
Step 1(Pic2): Build this.
Step 2(Pic3): Add 12 yellow connectors.
Step 3(Pic4,5): Add 8 blue connectors, 4 green rods and 5 red rods.
Step 4(Pic6): Add 12 green rods.
Step 5(Pic7): Build these.
Step 6(Pic8): Add these to the rest.
Step 7(Pic9): Add 10 red rods.
Step 8(Pic10,11): Add 5 gray spacers, 2 small wheels and 2 blue spacers
Step 9(Pic12): Build these.
Step 10(Pic13): Add to rest.
Step 11(Pic14): Add 4 yellow rods and ( Add 3 bendy yellow rods. optional)
Step 12(Pic15,16): Add the rubberbands.
Step 5: Quick,Effective,Bow
Very small light bow that, requires little effort and pieces.
Step 1(Pic2): Build.
Step 2(Pic3): Build.
Step 3(Pic4): Add together as shown.
Step 4(Pic5,6): Add 4 blue rods.
Step 5(Pic7): Add 10 red rods.
Step 6(Pic8): Build these.
Step 7(Pic9): Add 10 gray spacers and 4 blue spacers.
Step 8(Pic10): Add together.
Step 9(Pic11): Add 6 rubber bands as shown.
Step 6: Handle
Plain old handle, with some extra attachment points, making this longer will generally make the crossbow more powerful.
Step 1(Pic2): Build these segments.
Step 2(Pic3,4,5): Add these together as shown.
Step 3(Pic6): Build these parts.
Step 4(Pic7,8): Add the parts as shown.
Step 7: Trigger
The most complicated part, also the part I would be proud of.
Step 1(Pic2,3,4,5): Build what the pictures show you to build.
Step 2(Pic6,7): Add this to the rest, use a rod to snap it in.
Step 3(Pic8): Add 8 gray spacers and 3 light gray connectors.
Step 4(Pic9): Build this.
Step 5(Pic10): Build/tape this, see image note.
Step 6(Pic11): Build this.
Step 7(Pic12,13,14,15): Add parts together like shown.
Step 8(Pic16): Build this.
Step 9(Pic17,18,19): Add like shown, it is added in two halves.
Step 10(Pic20): Add 2 green connectors and 1 yellow connector.
Step 8: Pointy Stock
Pretty comfortable, if not a dangerous melee weapon. optional
Step 1(Pic1,2): Just build it, its completely symetrical.
Step 9: VeryShortStock
Use this if you haven't attached a stock to fill up the attachment point.
Step 10: Pointy Scope
Standard scope for easy aiming. optional
Step 1(Pic1): Build these.
Step 2(Pic2): Add like shown.
Step 11: Assembly
Ofcourse the coolest thing to do =d
Step 1(Pic1,2): Build these and add like shown.
Step 2(Pic3): Attach like so.
Step 3(Pic4): Attach bow like shown.
Step 4(Pic5): Attach stock like shown.
Step 12: Adding the Rubberbands
It is pretty hard to get the rubberband in, just take some side panels off. You'll never have to do this again, as I haven't seen a rubberband snap here.
Step 13: Ammo Types
These are all the types of ammo it will fire, there may be some I haven't tried yet.
Step 14: Done!
Yay! You're done with building, now go on and have some fun =D
You can come back to this Instructable and build a different bow, stock, scope..
Try experimenting with different kinds of ammo.
If you happen to have made a good bow, you could always post a picture of it, I will build, make instructions for it and of course give you credit or the design.
I will make a new section for ammo when I have the time.
Also keep in mind that I have thoroughly tested the damage it will do to humans..and let me tell you, it hurts ;p
Also avoid shooting straight into walls, unless you have some spare pieces and a vacuum cleaner nearby.