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.

1. Lightweight
2. Comfortable
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)

Bendy grey:0
Bendy red:0
Bendy yellow:0
Bendy blue:0
Bendy white:0


Small Wheel:4
Medium Wheel:0
Gray spacer:10
Blue spacer:4
Amazing! Outstanding! With the right rubber bands (#64's) and the right ammo (red rod with blue ball and blue rod) it managed to puch a hole through a 3 layer cardboard box. Thank you!<br><br>Will post a better parts list soon for a more accurate list ;)<br>
could you try and make an angled handle, that one looks quite uncomfortable
Yeah, it wasn't the best handle ^^<br>I was more focussed on making a solid trigger mechanism.<br><br><br>Not anywhere near my k'nex currently, but I do know that this trigger is obsolete.<br><br>The first/second picture contains a single-shot trigger, which will fit, but will require readjusting of the wheels on the bow. Might be even worse in terms of comfort ;x<br><br>If you really want to get creative, try the 3-shot trigger on picture 3-4, but it might be hard making the bow hold 3 strings. See topic for more info on this one.
what do you mean by flings arrows very late?
Good one, I have no clue what I said two years ago =s<br><br>Its just a normal bow, nothing special on this one, so dunno =d
the ammo flung back and hit me in the face&nbsp;why ?
this may sound cruel but.... <br /> roflcopter
&nbsp;I'm sorry but i laughed so hard to that. i can just imagining the rod go up your nose XD
do we actuly need to make this?<br />
These are the basic pieces required to build the y-bow<br />
I built this about a week ago. just got a pic and I love it ! :-) P.S I modded it alot so yay<br />
&nbsp;is the piece count including the stock
Piece count is without stock, as it is optional.<br />
is there anyway around the hinge jount?
Uhm I don't think so, you can try using a trigger like this one(don't build the casing):<br/><a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/S1DC0ZCFEXKLWZR/">http://www.instructables.com/id/S1DC0ZCFEXKLWZR/</a><br/><br/>or,<br/><br/>Just building the part until pic8 will work, just use a separate rod to hook the arrow onto and fire.<br/><br/>I will try and use a different trigger on my next bow, because a lot of people don't seem to have the hinges.<br/><br/>Sorry if I couldn't be of help =/<br/>
outa the reaper, block head and this crossbow, which one would you say had the best balance between, power, accuracy, and reliability, tho its mostly power that interests me.
The blockhead has the same trigger and is the most powerful one.
I'm gonna build this as soon as you answer this: Which bow has the best balance of power and accuracy?
I think it would be the Y-bow as they are all accurate, but that one is the strongest.
Hmm... which bow would wear down rubberbands the quickest? I bet it's the Y-bow...
Yes it is the Y-bow, as the rubberbands hit the rod pretty hard every time.
I'm asking you too many questions aren't I? :P Here's another one (as I haven't built it as I said I would lol) How reliable is the trigger? Can it handle #64s tied up?
Well the trigger will hold it easily, the red connector on the arrow must be ductaped. (the one in the Ammo Types section) But bows are not made to handle those... One could try though =P<br/>
i tried on the quick bow and it bent and became unstable
The rubberbands could be too strong or you have too many on. I never saw it become unstable..but it could be possible as the bow is not made to be as sturdy as possible.
this was with 2 strings of 3 64s it works fine with 32s and i tried a ammo of a red rod with a tan clip and a grey clip it has great puncture
Yeah 64's are a bit too thick for a small bow, I did make a cannon using four strings of six 64's though =d<br/>
was it one of i am canadians
Nah, this one was rectangular and had to be put against the wall to load it lol
OK :D Speaking of which, I need to get more duct tape....
Attached to each set of wheels are there 2 rubberbands tied together?
There are two strings of three rubberbands tied together. See the last picture if you want to know how to attach them.
Do you want me to make a review?? I was planning on building it and do not mind.
If you want to, I don't mind at all =d<br/>
Should be up later today. Will you put a link on the instructable??
Yeah I'll do that, thanks for the review.
No problem.
It&#8217;s up. Here is the link. <a href="http://www.instructables.com/community/Customizable-Dragonfly-Assault-Crossbow-Review/">http://www.instructables.com/community/Customizable-Dragonfly-Assault-Crossbow-Review/</a><br/>
Whoa. Mesa gotta BUILD!!!!
Actually, I'm gonna build my own. The trigger system will be almost exactly the same, though, probably.
tank you ;) i realy like it ! 5* &lt; 1000 times :D<br/>
hmm... i dont know which of your crossbows to build-reaper, blockhead, or this one? Which is the most reliable, still keeping good power? 5* on all 3 already<br/>
also, which is easiest to build?
Well this has every new improvement I have found till now, the others don't have these improvements.<br/>The Blockhead should be the most powerful as it has the most rubberbands.<br/>This one just aims at making the power portable, yet at the cost of some of that power.<br/><br/>At the moment I have everything taken apart, I am going to make something massive lol =d<br/>
thanks alot i think ill make this one-with y bow. now ive just got to get some of those rubber bands lol
I haven't built anything in a while so I think I'm gonna do this and the VSS.
Can someone please post a picture with the Block Bow on it!?
3rd Picture on front page:

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