Intro: Flamethrower Gauntlet (VLPD)
**This instructable is meant purely for guiding purposes, therefore the
end product you create is yours, and has no legal ties to me. Please be careful.**
I'm a starving tinkerer with a lot of ideas, and would like to share
some of them with this VERY impressive community. Please be kind,
this is my first instructable!!
My intention is to show you the basic components of this device
to create your own unique version of it.
I originally built the first version of this simply to have a squirt gun
mounted on the palm of my hand. It was powered by a c02 paintball
tank and had a serious amount of power, but was very awkward to use.
This new "base" version is a stand alone unit mounted on the forearm,
and can be operated with one hand. (after activating the safety)
I plan to create a few related instructables showing possible add-ons for
this device, including auxiliary tanks that can either be worn on the bicep,
or on the back.
There are an infinite amount of possibilities available for this device. I've
included an example of such an upgrade here; my flame gauntlet upgrade.
(This particular modification is not for destructive purposes, I was looking
for work as a prop creation artist a the time and wanted to create a dramatic working
prop for my job portfolio)
Step 1: TOOLS NEEDED
Heavy Gloves (protects the most important tools, YOUR HANDS. Working with power tools
and metal really puts your hands at risk, trust me, you'll regret not wearing them.)
Power Drill (Make sure you have a drill bit that can make a hole big enough for
your machine screws, and is strong enough to drill through aluminum)
Plumber's Tape (also called teflon tape, it is white and can be found in the plumbing aisle)
Crescent Wrench (having two is always a good idea, it makes tightening much more effective)
Pliers (Helps with tightening, and bending aluminum)
Shears or Scissors (To cut the quick ties, and the inner lining material for the gauntlet. If you choose to use kevlar, you will need VERY sharp scissors or shears.)
Sharpie marker (to make marks and leave yourself directions)
Conduit Bender (For bending aluminum flat bar. Not essential, but it's very tough work without it.)
Duct Tape (helps when you don't have an extra set of hands, or want to reinforce something)
Quick Ties (Easily and quickly holds components in place, you can also use Pipe Clamps.
I decided to use both to add extra strength and that heavy industrial look)
Step 2: THE 3 COMPONENTS
This is how my invention works. You could concievably stop here, think a bit and go build your unique version right now!! (that was supposed to be funny..)
COMPONENT #1 A barrel with a nozzle attatched at both ends. One end has a smaller nozzle through which liquid is fired out of, much like a squirtgun. The other nozzle is larger and fits into a tube that connects to another nozzle, linking it to a sprinkler valve.
COMPONENT #2 The sprinkler valve is linked to a tank that can hold liquid and air pressure. The tank is filled with liquid and pressurized, and when the sprinkler valve opens liquid passes through at a high rate due to air pressurization. The liquid moves through the connector tube, into the barrel, and exits at the nozzle.
COMPONENT #3 The above components are linked together, side by side, and must be mounted on the third component, the arm cage. Some sort of unit that can fit snugly over the wearer's forearm and handle the above components being firmly mounted to it.
Additional components may also include:
Two 9 volt batteries and connectors to operate the sprinkler valve.
An electronic switch to initiate the sprinkler valve.
An optional electronic trigger safety toggle switch.
A safety liquid shut off valve that separates the barrel and the sprinkler valve.
A glove to prevent the wearer's hand from becoming wet or scraping against the above components.
Quick ties, steel clamps, glue or duct tape to connect the above components.
Paint and other decorations.
A bike pump or air compressor.
A schrader valve (black stem valve that pokes out of car and bike tires)
Step 3: The Main Components; #1
Didn't want to build your own?!?!
Okay, I'll give you a hint.
One very long, detailed, *hint*. =)
THE LIQUID PROPELLANT BARREL AND ELECTRONIC RELEASE VALVE
There are 3 components to this device, this is the first one.
I built this part by part, starting from where the liquid comes out, all the way to where it starts.
I took as many pictures as I could to help you out, please go through once first before you do anything.
Just like a story book, get to know the story first before you tell it.
Good luck and as always, if you have any questions comments or concerns, please feel free
to let me know!!
Step 4: THE MAIN COMPONENTS; #2
Okay, so you've gotten to the sprinkler valve.
Here's a cookie.
Now pay attention.
The whole point of this is to show you that you can mix, match, create, delete and re invent
as much as you want.
Especially with component #2, the air/liquid tank.
For me, it was easiest to use PVC schedule 40 pipe and fittings (I build air cannons)
You can find schedule 40 pvc and fittings in the plumbing aisle at home depot, lowes, osh, or any hardware store really.
I stress that it must be SCHEDULE 40 PVC, because it is pressure rated.
Using other pvc can be very hazardous. Pressurizing normal pvc leads to explosions and serious injury.
All of that being said, you could use a big plastic coke bottle if you wanted to.
Think about it, add an air valve in the side of the coke bottle, pour liquid inside it, screw it into the sprinkler valve, pressurize it, fire.
There's a million ways you can create a liquid tank.
This is how I did mine though, if anyone has an easy way, or oh my God an INSTRUCTABLE, please comment and let us all know.
One piece of advice though, Make sure your tank is positioned so that liquid will readily move through to the barrel.
Use your head, be careful and good luck.
Step 5: MAIN COMPONENTS; #3
What?! You're still here?!?!
I'm out of cookies.
Here's the next step.
THE ALUMINUM ARM GAUNTLET
I also refer to this component as the arm cage, as it really is just a cage for your arm.
If you plan to make your own, your OWN way, make sure of two things.
1) The barrel and liquid tank can be secured to it very well.
2) It offers (your bare, fragile, human arm) protection from the metal components and fits well. (not too snug)
Okay, now If you want to do it my way, you'll need some strength.
I would suggest asking a friend to help, or possibly the terminator or superman.
Bending metal ain't easy.
Step 6: All Done.
Using that concept (pressurized liquid tank --> Sprinkler valve --> exit nozzle ) I hope you will be able to build your own unique version!
As you might of guessed, I am uncomfortable with providing exact instructions/material list. This keeps me safe should anyone try anything silly.
You can't deny that our generation uses squirt guns differently for fun.
To prove that, check out my video.
It's pretty old and LOW quality, but you get the point!!
Thank you for looking at my Instructable! Please feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions.
If you would like me to build something for you, I can do that too.
Head on over to my website. WWW.AEGISAVENGER.COM
thanks and be safe!!