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tdc57
10-13-2009, 21:55
Hey guys!.. Im thinking about making some ballistic gel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballistic_gelatin) for testing the different rounds and calibers I have.. :cool:<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
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As I understand it there are basically two ways to do / achieve this.:whistling:<o:p></o:p>
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http://www.customcartridge.com/pdfs/BallisticGel.pdf (http://www.customcartridge.com/pdfs/BallisticGel.pdf) <o:p></o:p>

Buy (true) ballistic gel @ $300 for 25lbs <o:p></o:p>
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Set the gelatin over a pan of water and heated it until it melted. A candy thermometer was used to make sure the gelatin mixture didnt get hotter than 130 degrees. During the melting process, we stirred carefully to minimize air getting trapped in the gelatin<o:p></o:p>
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My question to the team is has anyone ever tried either of these methods?? If so what are you thoughts (is it worth it) did it work as you expected it too? Or am I just wasting my time??. :dunno:<o:p></o:p>
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Boxerglocker
10-13-2009, 22:33
EHH... I'm not going to say it would be a waste of time but regardless of what you decide to do. You will need a control and a means of establishing it. That sort of research is already done for you in most cases buy funded labs of manufacturers. Now if you want to see how your cast bullets expand in comparision to factory loads at the same power factor in your own reloads. I would say the old wet newpaper milk gallon jug trick is a fair comparision. You can even wrap them in old denim or t-shirts to add to the simulation. Just my two bits...

tdc57
10-13-2009, 23:11
Well my thinking was to more or less use it for my .50 Beowulf (400gr – 600gr) rounds.:50cal: I would like to know the difference a 600gr bullet makes vrs a 400gr bullet.. I’ve already blown up cinder blocks, watermelons, etc, etc..


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But with Ballistics gel I can see what kind of damage it would cause in a human or animal.. Not that I’m planning on shooting either one, but I think the cavity it would create alone would be at least picture worthy.. :cool:<o:p></o:p>
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Ballistics wise my 400gr rounds are shooting @ 1629 fps with a kinetic energy of 2359 fp :wow: so I can compare them to my 500gr & 600gr bullets and see what’s what.. <o:p></o:p>
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Boxerglocker
10-13-2009, 23:35
Well my thinking was to more or less use it for my .50 Beowulf (400gr 600gr) rounds.:50cal: I would like to know the difference a 600gr bullet makes vrs a 400gr bullet.. Ive already blown up cinder blocks, watermelons, etc, etc.. But with Ballistics gel I can see what kind of damage it would cause in a human or animal.. Not that Im planning on shooting either one, but I think the cavity it would create alone would be at least picture worthy.. :cool:<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
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Ballistics wise my 400gr rounds are shooting @ 1629 fps with a kinetic energy of 2359 fp :wow: so I can compare them to my 500gr & 600gr bullets and see whats what.. <o:p></o:p>
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MAN :shocked:.50 Beowulf??? that's going to take a LOOOOONG tray of gel I would imagine.

tdc57
10-13-2009, 23:50
:whistling: Well they say a rifle block should be 8x8x36 and a pistol block should be 8x8x24 and Ill never know without giving it the old Glock talk go/ try.. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
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The largest thing Ive shoot it through so far is a 12 telephone pole (scrap piece) and it punched right though it..:supergrin: So I really dont know if it will work??.:dunno: But Im willing to try it if I can find out this method of making the gel will work.. :)<o:p></o:p>

havensal
10-14-2009, 05:52
<--- Has strong suspicion that 8"x8"x36" block will look much like the watermelon above. :wavey:

ron59
10-14-2009, 06:35
<--- Has strong suspicion that 8"x8"x36" block will look much like the watermelon above. :wavey:

If he's punching through 12" telephone poles... then I agree 100%. There won't be a solid hunk of gel sitting there, it'll be "blowwwwnnnnn UP, sir!" (think Billy Murray in Stripes).

tdc57
10-17-2009, 02:37
Ok… It Friday night and let the fun begin.. Please note!! This is my first attempt at anything like this so I might fail miserably or I might succeed, either way we’ll find out together.. (Wish me luck!).. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
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After an exhausting search on the web review different molds, cast and just about everything else I could find I made up my shopping list and headed out with my kids to have some fun (dad’s style) and here is what we ended up with. <o:p></o:p>
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After watching several video of “myth busters and ultimate warrior” I decided to make 3 different types of ballistic molds to shoot up with my .50 Beowulf <o:p></o:p>
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I’m starting out with the head and a large screwdriver (70 % Vodka and 30% OJ) <o:p></o:p>
My task / requirement here is a make a plaster mold from the skulls that I can use to make the shape and size of the head of course I’ll need to hollow out the skull add the brain and then insert the piece into the mold once the jell has been mixed up and is ready to pour.. <o:p></o:p>
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I take one of the skulls and I need to add approximately 2” around it so I can achieve a mold that will allow approximately 2” of jell for this task I’m going to be adding the resin tape to the exterior the skull adding approximately 2” to the totally mass. I need to make sure that I still keep the basic shape of the head so I’ll be pressing the tape to the skulls and trying to keep the same basic shape throughout this process. <o:p></o:p>
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tdc57
10-17-2009, 02:38
OK.. One roll and one screwdriver down, lets start on the second roll and the second screw driver.. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
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Halfway done with the second roll and the 2nd screwdriver (note) getting harder to type.. http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii195/TDC57/fun%20stuff/anim_rofl2.gif http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii195/TDC57/fun%20stuff/drunk.gif

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eXistenZ
10-17-2009, 02:41
I haven't had a screwdriver in ages...mmmm, yummy!

tdc57
10-17-2009, 02:56
OK… Now the second roll and drink is completed. It’s coming long nicely so far (I think) IDK. LOL.. http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii195/TDC57/fun%20stuff/greensupergrin.gif<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
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Cool… I’ve now successfully downed two screwdrivers and have wrapped the skull with two rolls of resin tape, now I need to wrap the skull with painter tape so I have a smooth service to place in the plaster mold and start on my 3rd drink.. <o:p></o:p>
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OK… I’ve completed the basic size of the skull ie (3 rolls and 3 drinks) done / down and I'm now ready for the molding phase..



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I’m sorry guys, but It’s late... I’m trashed http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii195/TDC57/fun%20stuff/tease.gif and going to bed..

tdc57
10-17-2009, 04:45
PLEASE Stay tuned for tomorrows update as I attempt to make a plaster mold of the head and start on the body mold and continue and my way through the process..
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TDC...

ronterry
10-17-2009, 12:28
Nice work Top Dead Center (TDC?)... Keep us abreast of your fine work here.

I would most certainly encase the gel in pine around the sides. That should hold it gel together, and probably could double as a mold.

BTW: I thought cali looked down on .50 Calibers!

Here's a lower I made just for the Beowulf :wow: Still saving for the upper :dunno:... I think I even bought 4# of Lil'gun for this beast... Looking forward to shooting her though! :supergrin:
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tdc57
10-18-2009, 03:13
OMG..:wow:. that is Bitshen!! to the tenth degree..:supergrin:. WOW.. verry cool.. can you do that to mine?? Please!.. :whistling:

I'm PM you in the morning..

Way cool Sir

Thank you sooooo much for sharing.. :drool:

have a great one Big guy..

TDC..

tdc57
10-18-2009, 03:14
Progress is moving along slower than anticipated / hoped.. Ooo well dad by day and mad builder by night is the life lead.. LOL.. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
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I noticed that I need to add more (gerth) to the head and I also needed to add a neck! (I don’t know what I was thinking last night!) http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii195/TDC57/fun%20stuff/shakehead.gif<o:p></o:p>
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10-18-2009, 03:15
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Ok now that I’ve achieved the proper size of the head and neck it was time to get the Vaseline out and coat the head and cardboard box (Vaseline) is required so the mold doesn’t stick (so they say and I’ll find out soon enough) <o:p></o:p>
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tdc57
10-18-2009, 03:16
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Cool now the head and the box are completed covered in Vaseline it was time to breakout the plaster.. Since I’ve never worked with it before this should be at least a learning experience for me.. I added the proper amount of water first (remember never pour water on powder! Always start with the fluids and then slowing add the mix) IMG! It’s not enough mix!.. http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii195/TDC57/fun%20stuff/embarass20.gif… I’ve the box coated and if I don’t try something then I’ll lose the box and mix. After pouring the mix of plaster into the box (not a chance in hell!) DAM!! Not even enough to cover half the head (as I was hopping too on the worst case senerio). <o:p></o:p>
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10-18-2009, 03:16
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OK.. I have my plaster bandages that I was going to use for the upper torso mold so lets try these and see how they work.. I started by cutting them in strips 3’ long (folded in 1’ sections) cleaned out all of the initial plaster out of my bucket filled it with hot water and proceed to use the plaster cloth / bandages. This is kinda cool as it all new to me.. <o:p></o:p>
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I added the first strip of plaster cloth (foled one end over about ”) for the seam and begin to cover one side of the head.. DAM this stuff dryes FAST!.. It starts to tackup really quick here (so have everyting ready).. <o:p></o:p>
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10-18-2009, 03:17
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Ok I’ve completed one side of the head (Hey this just might WORK!) Cool.. I’ve got probely 5 layers of plaster cloth on now (I have no idea how much is required) but this should might work.. (lets find out together).. LOL.. <o:p></o:p>
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10-18-2009, 03:18
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10-18-2009, 03:18
Hay that actually worked! Right on.. (lesson learned) I use this process on the upper torso it should work great!.. Also the vas worked as it should have and I had no issues at all removing the two halves. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
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10-18-2009, 03:19
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10-18-2009, 03:19
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Thanks for your time everybody, have a great one and please stay tuned as I fill the skull with gel, mount the brain, stitch back up the skull and blaaa, bllaaaa , bblaaa <o:p></o:p>
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Myke_Hart
10-18-2009, 06:53
Interesting. Tagged!

GlockJD
10-18-2009, 09:39
lol can't wait to see the finished "testing" :P

tdc57
10-18-2009, 23:14
So with the wife and kids gone (swimming meet) I had the afternoon to myself and decided to make the best of it. I started off with measuring out 1 lbs of the gelatin mix and 4 .31 quarts of water, once everything was all measured out I decided to mix it and get in a little football at the same time. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
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10-18-2009, 23:14
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10-18-2009, 23:15
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10-18-2009, 23:18
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The melting process went quick and easy without any issues at all. I used a huge pot filled it full of water and then found a mixing bowl to set inside the pot (thus making my own cockpit. Keeping a close eye on the temp to ensure that it never exceed 106 degrees and stirring occasionally. <o:p></o:p>
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10-18-2009, 23:18
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88_gurgel
10-18-2009, 23:25
tagged

tdc57
10-18-2009, 23:36
tagged


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Have a great one sir and thanks for the tag..

GlockJD
10-18-2009, 23:40
8 feet?

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10-27-2009, 15:13
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10-27-2009, 15:14
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10-27-2009, 15:14
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10-27-2009, 15:15
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10-31-2009, 02:57
So forward progress continues, heres my progress on the upper torso.. With any luck I should have it completed ie (Plaster mold and gel poured) by Sunday.. I only have to make up two more heads and then off to 29 palms for a day of shooting everything with 400, 500 & 600gr bullets..<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
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10-31-2009, 02:57
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10-31-2009, 02:58
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10-31-2009, 02:59
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eXistenZ
10-31-2009, 03:05
That thing is getting seriously freaky looking...


Carry on! :thumbsup:

Cobra64
10-31-2009, 03:50
That thing is getting seriously freaky looking...


Carry on! :thumbsup:The whole project is freaky. I gues it's timely in that it's Holloween.

eXistenZ
10-31-2009, 03:52
The whole project is freaky. I gues it's timely in that it's Holloween.

I'm jealous. It looks fun!

88_gurgel
12-08-2009, 14:14
any updates?

eXistenZ
12-08-2009, 15:35
any updates?

Yeah, what he said!

Motown Fire
12-08-2009, 16:13
TDC57 what's the deal ??? Any progress on this ??? This has been the best thread in a looooooooong time here.

88_gurgel
01-03-2010, 09:02
updates?

Customtle
01-03-2010, 19:46
Hmmmm I wonder if TDC's wife found that head in her fridge and replaced it with the real head of the Artist

eXistenZ
01-03-2010, 19:49
Like most projects it probably ended due to financing or time constraints.