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Published on Aug 16, 2009
This is a video of how to make your own sling protectors. You can make any plastic / protector you like, in this video I also create a protector for the "boat" that _always_ gets destroyed on Fish Tales.
The plastic I use is Polycarbonate which is also called Lexan. It comes in sheets of various thickness, what I'm using is slightly less than 2mm (about 1/12 inch). I would recommend slightly thinner than what I have used (I guessed when I purchased my sheet).
I make my plastics larger on the side that takes the impact (from of the slings typically, the boat base in Fish Tales). You probably don't need to add as much as I have in this video, indeed you may not even need to add any. I use the marker pen thickness as the amount that I add but my marker pen had gone fat and fuzzy with over use and created a fatter than usual outline.
Remove the marker pen from your original plastics with Methylated spirits (denatured alcohol).
This process is useful for also replacing clouded / cracked clear plastics as well. I replaced a couple of plastics in Apollo 13, including a huge one that's about 600mm long over the shooter lane and they came up amazingly well.
I've even made a plastic (with graphics) for a "World Cup Soccer" using this process. The graphic I printed on high resolution paper on my inkjet and sandwiched between two clear plastics. While not identical in colour when held up beside the original plastic, you would never know that it wasn't original. Fortunately the thickness wasn't easy to see where the plastic was placed.
For a bit of a laugh, if you look really closely at the last shot (of the boat plastic in place) you might see me in the captive ball. :)