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 on: Today at 04:12:02 AM 
Started by Dysvalence - Last post by ArcAngelXVI
I've always wanted to see how well a flywheel would perform under heavy rain conditions. Almost found out this past week during SBU's HvZ but the mission (which was Final Stand) was canceled due to heavy rain & wind.

Needless to say, we taped up any opening we assumed capable of causing a malfunction in preparation for the weather.

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 on: October 23, 2014, 06:39:53 AM 
Started by Dysvalence - Last post by Zombona
I have been lucky enough to avoid rain and snow during the games I play. I always keep an EAT in my care for just such an occasion though. I primary a Stryfe.

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 on: October 22, 2014, 02:26:43 PM 
Started by Dysvalence - Last post by torukmakto4
You generally aren't going to have any critical immediate problem with a Stampede due to rain. Brushed motors can survive occasional dripping or spraying water; an old brush breakin method involves running them submerged in water. Keeping the gun drip-proofed with tape as you have been doing will minimize water ingress and risk of corrosion. If all you have on factory screws (which have a very thin plating and rust readily) is discoloration, I doubt you are even getting much liquid water in there.

After a mission, don't put it away wet, at least remove tape, open the port, take the battery out and leave the buttplate off, stand the gun and your wet mags somewhere dry or next to an air vent or fan.

Keep the battery pack dry (wrap it and the connector in plastic if necessary).

Flywheels would be a step back, as while they won't be harmed by rain either, they do have a major performance/reliability problem with moisture ingress or wet ammo interfering with the friction between flywheels and projectile. It rained constantly at UGA and we had occasional trouble with flywheel guns having no velocity or jamming. That is certainly what is happening to the Stryfes at your site. Rain missions are the only time I drag out my old Swarmpede.

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 on: October 22, 2014, 12:13:36 PM 
Started by Dysvalence - Last post by Dysvalence
So I opened up my stampede to clean it before a weeklong, and found what appears to be corrosion(or at least discoloration) on all the heads of the internal screws. It doesn't seem to be a problem and I'll be running a spare 'pede, but rain is notoriously common on campus and apparently covering the seams and jam door with electrical tape isn't perfect. For me nothing has failed during missions in moderately heavy rain and snow, but there are multiple stryfe users that have had enough failures to carry a spare rampage just for rain.

I'd prefer to not worry about this so I'm thinking of slathering the insides with silicone sealant, but stampedes have too many moving parts and I don't think the shell has enough clearance over the motor for a coat of silicone. I've considered flywheels but 130's don't spin up fast enough(I have a rewired stock motor rapidstrike on 2x2S IMR), and 180's would protrude right where I hold the blaster. In any case I haven't quite figured out how to waterproof the microswitch for the accel trigger. So like, any ideas or prior attempts?

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 on: October 22, 2014, 10:22:11 AM 
Started by Chevalier Mal Fet - Last post by Hardware
I don't have a GoPro, but I have a Polaroid video camera that serves the same purpose, and made a mount for tac rails. Although the RF-20 is sorely lacking in them, can the camera be mounted on top? We ended up with a couple hours of FPS styled footage for our promo video, and it looks awesome.

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 on: October 22, 2014, 04:03:30 AM 
Started by otoryuo - Last post by stevengwatson
I was the assistant head mod of the Missouri State University Live Action Society's HvZ game of Fall 2013 which had 498 players. The way we had this all decided is that we had an HvZ council that would be nothing but mods/NPC's. There was an odd number of us so there would not be a tie vote on anything. When I was the head mod the year before that I started the council and if it came down to a big decision I got all of my mods together and we voted. I lost the vote on what I thought was right but we did it as a democracy. We had the OZ who was a moderator one time and I stripped him of being a mod due to him supporting the Zombies 100% of the time which is understandable in his case. The best thing to do is an odd Council and do votes on any big things such as kicking someone out of the game for threats/violence. There was a kid once who threatened me once and I am a Prior United States Marine. I talked with my other mods and we kicked him out of the game so fast it was not even funny. The next time we played HvZ he was the most respectful player. Councils only work if they are non players. Players will always stick to their team. Our LAS Vice President is usually the voice for the Humans and we usually have a trusted person as the OZ so we can talk to both of them to get something worked out.

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 on: October 22, 2014, 12:24:14 AM 
Started by Chevalier Mal Fet - Last post by Chevalier Mal Fet
Aw, if you saw it soon after it went that means it spread farther than I thought!

We plan to repeat the GoPro this semester - it belongs to one of the mods and he lends it out to various players he thinks will give good footage. I'm actually going to recommend he NOT give it to someone with an RF20 - I got almost nothing useful out of that video, since 90% of the action was hidden behind the stupid blaster. Sad

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 on: October 21, 2014, 05:53:27 PM 
Started by Chevalier Mal Fet - Last post by Ross_Varn
I caught this video a couple hours after it uploaded, I think. Great stuff.

Our attendance around here seems to go in cycles, but I can't help but wonder if we're losing traffic due to the main-page overhaul...

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 on: October 21, 2014, 05:44:27 PM 
Started by Jesse Abram - Last post by Jesse Abram
I hope you do!

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 on: October 20, 2014, 02:55:45 PM 
Started by martynjy - Last post by Herbert West
Is it just me, or have things on the Nerf side been lackluster recently? [...] I guess there are just limits to what the Nerf group at Hasbro can develop, due to ammunition size and safety constraints.
I think it's a combination of both this and the fact that pretty much every useable category of weapon has now been done.

You've hit the nail on the head here. (On the other hand, if you like gimmicks, Nerf's recent offerings have been rather good.)

Nerf also seems to be releasing a lot of repaints recently, probably for similar reasons.

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