A bad day of testing.

Well, I did it. I actually went to a field and tossed some boomerangs, or would be boomerangs. mostly sticks.

I had a few boomerangs I bought on ebay or received as gifts. Two were very nice performers. The four Arno Monsori boomerangs worked, but were awfully short range. I am not sure they were getting 15 meters, let alone 20. They are pretty boomerangs they just don’t go very far.

The rest of the boomerangs were ones I shaped, although most were prototypes. I had three boomerangs made from a shape that David Fantone sent me and enlarged to 110 and 120 percent. The 110% one in 5mm plwood did not make a full return, The 120% one also in 5mm actuall crashed after starting to turn left. It never laid over. The second 120% one is in 1/4 inch plywood and actually fared better than the other two, making it about 3/4 around.

Next I tried a Herb Smith Sycamore which only got 3/4 back. I was surprised at the distance it got so maybe a bit of additional carving will help. I also had a Smith modified Sportsman which flew very well. Finally something that worked! I had two more boomerangs, a copy of an African woman done in both the original and a reverse image. The original was only ok but the reverse was not very good at all.

I wanted to try some LDs but couldn’t find a field big enough and the wind was very low Sunday. I now have 20 LDs that need testing before I can go further with them (paint etc).

Final thing: I didn’t throw for more than about 15 minutes but my right arm/elbow is a bit sore today.

BoomerangDave

By boomerangdave

Little by little, more booms

the temps continue to sneak into the high 40’s so I take any chance to make some boomerangs. The now ready to paint WindJammers got finished. I did them all the same in a metalic red color with gold stenciled swirls.

From there I went back to basics to trace some polycarb blanks and plywood blanks. Then I cut them out on the bandsaw. I made these up to send to my friend David Fantone. He was out of 5mm plywood so I cut the blanks for him. Of course there are a few extras for me.

After that I decided to finish off sanding the 2.3mm G10 long distance blanks I had previously cut. With the ones I did last week, I now have 14 ready to test fly wich include 3 Swish, 4 Milpas Reaper and 7  Voyagers. I think I have another 6 or 8 blanks in 3.3mm G10 to shape , but that will be another weekend. 

It was good to cut, sand and paint boomerangs. Maybe I didn’t do any one boomerang from start to finish but the whole process was just like doing that.

BoomerangDave

By boomerangdave

time to make some boomerangs

Well between the temps inching up and a bit of free time, I managed to make some boomerangs this past weekend. Of course I didn’t complete any from start to finish but did different things that added up to boomerangs. First the shaping. I managed to shape some long distance boomerangs from 2.3mm G10 fiberglass. There were two of Dave Hughes’ Swish model, 2 Voyagers in a 90% size and 2 Milpas Reapers. I like the Reaper a lot and think the thinner version will be easier for me to throw. A trip to the field will let me know for sure. Here are the shaped blanks.

Next I drilled holes and weighted some Windjammer boomerangs with pennies. When I originally tested these they seemed lighter than previous versions and the extra weigh helps a lot. I did some finish sanding and these are ready to paint.

Since it isn’t warm enough to spray paint outside, I stayed inside and finished up a few more boomerangs. I had a few Rainbow Trout boomerangs hanging around and since I paint those with acrylics, they were first on the list. They came out pretty good. In the photo, the top version is my old one, which was decorated using a wood burning tool. 

The final two boomerangs i finished were a Veebru and a Boomerang Fever which I decorated with permament markers. Here’s the Veebru in my Rising Sun decoration. The pattern comes from two stained glass windows I have hanging in my kitchen windows.

Thats it for now. Lets hope I can squeeze in some time to make more, and time to write about it. BTW, several of these boomerangs are now listed on ebay for sale.

BoomerangDave

By boomerangdave