Sabot's for 2" & 3"

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Sabot's for 2" & 3"

Post by adronl » Sat Jul 11, 2009 7:22 pm

I am looking for as many options as I can for 3" and 2" sabots please post as many idea's and options as you can. I am having a bit of trouble getting the launches right.

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Re: Sabot's for 2" & 3"

Post by SSCBen » Sat Jul 11, 2009 10:45 pm


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Re: Sabot's for 2" & 3"

Post by cantab » Sat Jul 11, 2009 10:48 pm

Disposable cups maybe? They usually taper, so you can cut them to fit your barrel nicely.
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Re: Sabot's for 2" & 3"

Post by zeda.beta » Mon Jul 13, 2009 4:09 pm

I had really great luck with the sabots in the section for homemades, but instead of a tennis ball can I used a couple of disposable plastic cups with one styrofoam inside for padding. Otherwise you could always use a grocery bag.
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Re: Sabot's for 2" & 3"

Post by C-A_99 » Mon Jul 13, 2009 6:14 pm

Pringles/tennis ball cans, when used alone as the sabot, are not very good at sealing and tend to have high friction. They used to be common before trimming the tapered cup, which is now the most common method. See below, tennis ball cans, pringles cans, and the grocery bag are only used for padding, to reduce the chances of the balloon getting popped before exiting the barrel.

Currently, the best, most easy to mass produce sabots right now are tapered cups trimmed down. Simply take any cup that fits into the barrel, put it in straight (and somewhat tight), draw a line around the cup using the barrel to keep it steady, and cut along it. Numerous cups work for 3" barrels; plastic party cups are the best, but cups used by restaurants' soft drinks also work. The only issue is that they have a gap due to the paper wrapping around.

I haven't been able to find many cups suitable for 2" barrels other than styrofoam ones. There are a few others but seem to be harder to find.

http://www.sscentral.org/homemade/shells.html

These sabots are the same as above, with an added holder to slow the sabot down so it doesn't go as far, and to prevent the balloons from popping. This addition is optional.

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Re: Sabot's for 2" & 3"

Post by adronl » Tue Jul 14, 2009 12:44 am

Pudding cups like snack pack pudding cups either that or I'm going to walmart to look at their cheap plastic cups . The links Ben posted will help me find a permanent sabot though

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Re: Sabot's for 2" & 3"

Post by Specter » Tue Jul 14, 2009 6:56 pm

i use a disposable plasic drink cup in my 2" barrel. cut to size when shoved into the end of the barrel,
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