These are my first three hand gun prototypes. (in order L-R). The
first two on the left are shaped from surfboard foam, i.e. broken
longboards , and glassed like a normal surfboard.
right board is my latest design. It is constructed with a laminated
fiberglass plate for a planing surface, which was made by layering 25
sheets of 4 oz. glass and a strip of kevlar onto a mirror, which was
coated with carnuba wax for mold release. Then I layed another mirror on
top, and compressed this sandwhich with 50 pounds of weight. Once dry, I
popped the fiberglass plate off, cut and sanded the template, and
softened the edges.
The handle is shaped from surfboard foam,
and attached to the fiberglass plate with laminating resin. I had to
glass the inside of the handle before attaching though, to be able to
access that portion. This final design has worked out the best. I really
like the look of the transparent fiberglass plate, and i’m now looking
into using unidirectional graphite for reinforcement, weight reduction,
and badass looks!
The handle is placed so that the center
point of your hand aligns with the center point of the board, making a
perfect pivot point, so you can manipulate the board in all directions.
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[img_assist|nid=1053857|title=Fiberglass plate hand gun|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=900|height=679]