Longshot Boltsled ReinforcementAluminium Lamination Method By littlebro05Materials:
- 0.5mm Aluminium Sheet (can be bought from hobby stores or bunnings)
- 3 Day Super Strength Epoxy Resin ($10 at bunnings or k-mart)
- Boltsled (from your longshot...)
- Pliers (needle nose and the fatter kind o.O)
- Permanent Marker
- Scissors (to cut out the sheet)
- Some hand-eye coordination...
Picture below for people who love pictures.Step 1:
Place your aluminium sheets and trace it around your sled with a permanent marker. Make SURE you cut OUTSIDE the permanent marker, not inside it, You will understand why later on.Step 2:
Sand down lightly the area of reinforcement on L joint of sled and aluminium cut out (to get best bond with glue)Step 3:
Shape your aluminum with the pliers to make it fit nicely on the sled joint.Step 4:
Wash plastic under warm water do get rid of the dusty sanded plastic which may get in the way with the bonding. Don't do it with aluminium, it will rust. Pat it down to dry it down with some paper towelStep 5:
Mix 3 day epoxy together and put it on both the plastic and aluminium sandwiching them together.
I have tested it, it does work in the Longshot, but there is a very thin margin of error if you don't do it properly it won't run smoothly on the guide rails.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Coat-Hanger Method By TantumBull From NerfHaven
This is a write-up for reinforcing the bolt sled of a longshot, which is prone to breakage if springs are added. Most of the stress is put on the "L" joint where the horizontal parts meet the vertical segments. That's what gets reinforced in this write-up.
First take some coat hanger wire and bend it at a 90 degree angle or as close to that as you can get it. Make sure the wire gauge is thin enough so that when adhered to the vertical segment of the bolt sled, it doesn't protrude out of those brackets. You'll see what I mean it a little bit. My wire was a bit too thick, and that will be addressed later.
Now cut it so its the same size as in the following picture.
Drill a hole in the bolt sled as shown to allow the wire to pass through.
This is how the wire will be epoxied in.
Do the following step if your wire, like mine, protrudes from the vertical nubs that house it. If it was left protruding then your bolt sled won't slide properly across the LS shell. Basically just shave down the plastic where the wire will be resting. I just used the same bit on my dremel that I used initially to drill the hole, and just slid the tip across the plastic.
Now just epoxy it in.
Now do the other side. Sand down any overhanging epoxy. I will do that once the epoxy dries.
After looking at some broken bolt sleds, I decided mine needed further reinforcements.