WoodRiver - Slingshot Kit
Mischievous Dennis the Menace may have been the original slingshot bad boy, but he has nothing on our kit. With this WoodRiver® Slingshot Kit you will be able to create a custom, ultra-precise...
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- Fun and simple kit to build
- Handle material & mechanical fasteners sold separately
- Intended for target practice only
- Use paper or ping pong balls only
- Great gift idea
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Needs a redesign
Bought this for my son for xmas so we could build it together. It took a bit more work than we expected and in the end, not a great slingshot. Pros: Solid metal frame, durable Cons: 1. I suppose it's a fairly simple project, but some build notes would be helpful. What adhesives to use, how to assemble the band, where to get the pin, what metals are recommended, etc. Again, not a big deal as we can figure it out on our own, but a little documentation with hints would be appreciated. 2. No pins. Why not? It would be cheap to include 3. The holes are not exactly round or at 1/4" (yes, that's the size of the pin hole). You will probably have to drill the metal out. The second receptacle for the pin has gaps on top and bottom, which means your bit will catch more than the hole. Clamp your frame hard. 4. My frame was not flat. You'll need to do some metal sanding. We got the gap close enough for epoxy, but it took a bit of sanding time. 5. Most quality slingshots these days use flat rubber bands, not tubing. Easier to manage and more efficient. This slingshot comes with tubing. 6. Ok, those were minor annoyances. I could live with all of the above with a little grousing. The real problem is that this is not a great design. The space between the two posts (where you shoot your projectile through) is about 38MM. It's funny that they recommend that you shoot ping pong balls (for safety reasons). Guess what size ping pong balls are? 40MM. I suppose you can find some old non-regulation 30MM size balls, but you would still have problems clearing the hole consistently. And as such, if you choose to shoot pellets or other smaller shots, bear in mind that it will be difficult for a youth to shoot straight as the margin for error is very small on this slingshot. To the point of being unsafe. With some practice you can reduce the frequency of hits to the posts or your hand, but it won't be enough, and you'll toss this slingshot before then. It's too bad, I really love Woodcraft and their products and I wanted to love this. Maybe we can get a redesign for next year. Larger overall, posts that can accomodate both flat bands and tubes, better tolerances and quality control.