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Message started by joe_meadmaker on Feb 5th, 2019 at 2:24pm

Title: Slinging some big pieces of ice
Post by joe_meadmaker on Feb 5th, 2019 at 2:24pm
A short while ago I posted a photo of a new sling I made.  I made it to throw some great big ice cubes I had in the freezer.  This past weekend I was able to try it out, and here are some videos from that slinging session.

A couple points on this session.  Using a sling this long with a heavy projectile was way more difficult that I thought it would be.  I also only had 5 or 6 pieces of ice, so I was trying to get things figured out pretty quickly.  But by the end I still hadn't quite gotten the rhythm down.  Which can really be seen in the last video.  When I watched that, I just started laughing.

Part 1: https://youtu.be/ibdtUz_IjDs
Part 2: https://youtu.be/f27c5_9lVug
Part 3: https://youtu.be/tX-FORU1lk0

Title: Re: Slinging some big pieces of ice
Post by timpa on Feb 5th, 2019 at 7:26pm
WOW, Huge ice cubes!
The last video was the best.

I made ice balls for Christmas balls:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBnH_ZuF2qQ

Title: Re: Slinging some big pieces of ice
Post by joe_meadmaker on Feb 5th, 2019 at 9:13pm
That's awesome :D

I have to try a pirouette throw one of these days.  I've never even attempted it before.  It just never comes to mind when I'm out slinging.

Title: Re: Slinging some big pieces of ice
Post by Willem208 on Feb 6th, 2019 at 12:15pm
Didn't that hurt your arm? That last vidro sure is funny! ;D

Title: Re: Slinging some big pieces of ice
Post by joe_meadmaker on Feb 6th, 2019 at 2:13pm
No problems with the arm.  Although I was concerned about that.  I went out and was slinging normal sized ammo for 10 or 15 minutes before the big ones.  So my arm and shoulder had a pretty good warm up.  And with the big ice blocks, I tried to let gravity and momentum do most of the work.  It's definitely something I'll try again at some point.

And a follow up story on the last video.  As soon as I released it I knew it was a bad throw.  While the block was in the air I thought, "I'll just go get it and throw it again".  But even though the ground was a little spongy, it broke into 3 or 4 pieces :(

Title: Re: Slinging some big pieces of ice
Post by perpetualstudent on Feb 7th, 2019 at 4:54pm
I got a pair of 2.5 inch ice sphere molds for Christmas. I've made several spheres but haven't slung any of them yet. It's still on my to do list.

Title: Re: Slinging some big pieces of ice
Post by joe_meadmaker on Feb 8th, 2019 at 6:20pm
Great stuff!  I've recently started using those myself.  I have one mold that's just a single.  And another that makes 6 at a time.  They have quickly become my favorite sling ammunition. :)

Title: Re: Slinging some big pieces of ice
Post by Kick on Feb 9th, 2019 at 8:41am
I'm going to take the credit for getting more people using round ice moulds :D

Title: Re: Slinging some big pieces of ice
Post by joe_meadmaker on Feb 9th, 2019 at 10:04am
I definitely give it to you.  Such a great idea!  I'm now one of your minions out there trying to convert people ;D

Title: Re: Slinging some big pieces of ice
Post by Willem208 on Feb 9th, 2019 at 3:44pm
Around here the ice will melt before I can even get to throw it lol ;D

Title: Re: Slinging some big pieces of ice
Post by Bill Skinner on Feb 10th, 2019 at 10:57am
A really simple, (and cheap) way to make round ice balls is to just use the round balloons.  Fill them up to the size you want and stick them in the freezer.  Put a slice in the balloon and remove it before you throw it.

Title: Re: Slinging some big pieces of ice
Post by Kick on Feb 10th, 2019 at 12:56pm
Long term I would say the moulds are cheaper and it doesn't take long. They're reusable and as far as I can tell will last forever so you don't have to keep buying balloons. Only cost a couple of quid as well.

Title: Re: Slinging some big pieces of ice
Post by joe_meadmaker on Feb 10th, 2019 at 5:33pm
Continuing the topic of making ice balls for projectiles, I made another video this weekend doing some slinging with them.  The ice balls were made with a 2.5 inch mold.

I'm not throwing at a target.  But there's a pretty defined bush area in the center of the foreground brush.  That's pretty much what I'm throwing at.

https://youtu.be/Mzpe9aQewfg

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