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Message started by NooneOfConsequence on Nov 10th, 2019 at 11:48am

Title: The trash sling challenge!
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Nov 10th, 2019 at 11:48am
Ok, I have a challenge for yíall... the trash sling challenge!  This isnít a slinging skill challenge, itís a sling making competition. I want to see what happens when people get creative with new sling materials and building styles.
Hereís the idea: make a sling from anything, but you arenít allowed to spend any money on it at all. The sling should be capable of launching a tennis ball at least 5 times in a row (video proof) before it falls apart. You should have at least two different materials in the sling. Bonus points for creativity, complexity, and video production quality. Emphasis is on making the sling from TRASH... i.e.  I donít want you to wander into the woods and make a sling entirely out of scavenged natural fibers, but you could, for example scavenge natural cordage and then make a pouch out of newspaper or a broken plastic cup.

Iíll send the winner a custom  asymmetric tennis ball sling made with [non-trash] braided cordage and leather  recycled from an old couch :)

Since we are just about to start the 2019 SITH, Iíll make the deadline for this  challenge March 31 2020.

Good luck!

Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Nov 10th, 2019 at 12:04pm
FYI, my inspiration for this challenge came from the video that Tombelaine posted a few days ago:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hq9TWDx5SLk

Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by joe_meadmaker on Nov 10th, 2019 at 1:46pm
Cool idea!† I've already got a couple things in mind.

Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by vetryan15 on Nov 10th, 2019 at 4:32pm
That sounds great.  I am definitely interested.  How many submissions can each pereon have?

Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Nov 10th, 2019 at 6:35pm

vetryan15 wrote on Nov 10th, 2019 at 4:32pm:
That sounds great.† I am definitely interested.† How many submissions can each pereon have?


Hmmm... I canít see a reason to limit the number of submissions. Only one trash sling will win, but submit as many as you want. Iíd love to see other people one-up other submissions and build off of each othersí ideas. I think thatíll make this more fun.

Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by Tomas on Nov 11th, 2019 at 6:13am
I'm in

Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by Curious Aardvark on Nov 11th, 2019 at 6:27am
Hmm, made ducktap slings in the past and there's a great video of one of our members making slings from plastic bags.

I will have a think :-)

Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by Kick on Nov 12th, 2019 at 8:00am
I'm in. It's dark and miserable in Finland currently so I need something to do.

Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by ghost0311-8541 on Nov 12th, 2019 at 7:06pm
I am in this for sure.

Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by Mersa on Nov 15th, 2019 at 1:06am
I have a few ideas , I'll see what I find in the bin

Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by Kick on Nov 15th, 2019 at 2:10am
I'm going to be working on mine today. I came up with the idea just last night before falling asleep. Good old hypnogogia :D I think it might just work but I think I would want to make a "making of" video so it might be a while until you get to see my efforts.

Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by Kick on Jan 3rd, 2020 at 2:56pm
OK. So I tried using Blender to video edit and... Yeah that's going to take some studying before I can use it. For now I'll stick to the default video editor which is terrible but I know how to use it :D

I suddenly remembered I hadn't done this video so I thought I would finally get round to it. Now, the question is, have I cheated? I'll leave you guys to judge that. I can always come up with another sling if this is deemed cheating. I still need to do a video showing it being tested so let's hope the weather improves enough not to ruin my camera if I take it outside.

https://youtu.be/QLazuzoaYog

Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by Curious Aardvark on Jan 4th, 2020 at 9:42am
well if you used a used bag - definitely counts :-)

Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Jan 4th, 2020 at 10:18am
Nice!
Blender is a pain, but once you figure it out itís a great program... especially for the price :)
When Blender 2.8 came out, I had to re-learn everything because they completely rearranged the menus.

Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by Kick on Jan 4th, 2020 at 1:48pm

Curious Aardvark wrote on Jan 4th, 2020 at 9:42am:
well if you used a used bag - definitely counts :-)


A very used bag in fact. It had been used to transport some cut pieces of pine which had been left in the bag a bit long and started getting moldy. Pine resin, mold, moisture and dirt. Very fun to work with I can tell you...


NooneOfConsequence wrote on Jan 4th, 2020 at 10:18am:
Nice!
Blender is a pain, but once you figure it out itís a great program... especially for the price :)
When Blender 2.8 came out, I had to re-learn everything because they completely rearranged the menus.


I'll have to devote some time to it this year. For now, the default one is good enough, but I would like to make some nicer videos.

Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by Rat Man on Jan 5th, 2020 at 1:00pm
† † Though I no longer have either, several times while on my Husky walking/slinging adventures I forgot to bring a sling.† †† †
† † On one occasion we walked to a quarry lake that was surrounded by yellow police crime scene tape because there had been a recent drowning there.† I made an Appu Sling from the tape.† It slung some egg sized stones for ten or fifteen minutes before it stretched too much to be of use.
† †† Another time when I had forgotten a sling we walked past a pile of trash.† Included in the trash was an old TV.† I pulled the electric cord from the back of the TV, split it, and made another Appu Sling from it.† This sling was durable and worked surprisingly well.†
† †† I have made many other slings of opportunity from† pieces of rope or twine I've found, pieces of cloth, trash bags, etc..
† † Good post.†
† †† †

Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by Jaegoor on Jan 9th, 2020 at 5:05am
MC gyver erlegte einen bŲse  Russen mit einem StŁck Tuch, welches er zu einer Sling umfunktioniert.  ;D

Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Jan 9th, 2020 at 10:25pm
Hereís a little sling preview for the trash sling challenge. I am editing the slinging video that goes with it tonight. Obviously I canít win my own competition, but I wanted to give others a little inspiration :)

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Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by Kick on Jan 10th, 2020 at 9:24am
Great stuff!

Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by joe_meadmaker on Jan 10th, 2020 at 7:51pm
Just like everyone else, I don't have a video yet.† That should happen tomorrow.† But here's my sling and how it came to be.

The retention and release cords are made from the leg seams of a pair of blue jeans.† I dug out an old pair of jeans with way too many holes to be of further use.† The loop and pouch connections were put together with contact cement and reinforced with some extra pieces of hemp twine.† On a side note, I also got some material from the legs themselves that I'm going to turn in to sling pouches.

The pouch is made from two things.† The rings are plastic spacers that were originally used to separate rare earth magnets I bought a while ago.† I've been keeping them around trying to think of something to do with them.† The plastic rings are then tied together with some little pieces of hemp cordage.† That cordage was just excess which was cut off the end when I got done braiding a sling.† The pouch is kind of like a plastic and hemp "chainmail".

Hopefully I'll be able to get this thing out tomorrow for a test.


Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Jan 10th, 2020 at 11:47pm
Nice lookin trash sling Joe!
ok... here's my video:

https://youtu.be/N5yavFr1Oa8

Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by Kick on Jan 11th, 2020 at 6:00am
Leg seams! That's genius. I'll remember that one.

Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by Kick on Jan 11th, 2020 at 6:08am
Great video! I feel I should have a second go where I get a bit more ingenious with it.

Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by Mersa on Jan 11th, 2020 at 9:53pm
This is my submission.
I guess it's not overly pretty and I could probally throw as far but hey it's trash and it's a sling.

EDIT: just realised I didn't follow the instructions , however it is very capable of throwing over 5 times , the videos are throws that are somewhat accurate, I can upload more if I need to provide more evidence but the throws are pathetic ha ha
Second fail is its only made from one material , a plastic bottle , I missed that I should combine materials but I did use a flame(stove top) to melt and stretch the "cords" ha ha.
http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?action=downloadfile;file=trim_36AA966C-306A-48CF-AE3B-F590325FC72A.MOV (7046 KB | 7 )
http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?action=downloadfile;file=trim_2ECDA2C1-340A-4EEE-8E77-6DD503F467BE.MOV (4459 KB | 7 )
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Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Jan 11th, 2020 at 11:51pm
Ha!  Mersa, that sling is definitely not going to win any beauty contests, but nice job!

Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by joe_meadmaker on Jan 12th, 2020 at 12:03am
Nice Mersa, that's a great idea!† Great videos so far guys!

Here's my entry.† I was also outside the rules slightly.† I don't actually have a tennis ball.† I'm using my street hockey balls which are of a similar size and weight.

https://youtu.be/WPxiGgaY77Q

Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by Mersa on Jan 12th, 2020 at 12:14am
Nice work joe, great sling.
Always nice to see how accurate you are with your actual sling and iceball ammo.
Hope my SITH sling lands for you soon and you find a use for it.

Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by joe_meadmaker on Jan 12th, 2020 at 10:09am
Thanks man!† I liked the sling, but it didn't work anywhere near as well as I was hoping.† Whose idea was it anyway to make slings out of junk. ;)
Definitely a fun experiment!

And on the SITH sling, I got it some time ago.† I'm pretty sure I had the first sling picture in the SITH topic.† If you missed your 'Thanks', open up page 6 and scroll down through.

I've already had it out, but the unfortunately the ammunition I was trying to use was a little too large (was not an ice ball ;)).† I've got an another idea and am looking forward to the next round with it. :D

Title: Re: The trash sling challenge!
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Feb 13th, 2020 at 9:04pm
Only a few weeks left. Any other competitors?

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