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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 4:08 pm 
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Hey guys!

I've been having a horrid time trying to find anything on bow construction. I'm not really sure what else to do other than start a new thread on this one. I have a ref picture linked below, but I was wondering if any of you fine folk have had any success with bow construction? I'm really not even sure where to start. I've only built swords, so. XD;

Any help and/or suggestions will be very much appreciated! :) <3

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:07 am 
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I've never built a bow either, but I would approach it similar to a staff (since they're both essentially very long structures) for this I would probably either go an all wood construction (mdf so as not have to worry about grains) which is pretty straightforward in that all one has to do is cut out the shape and sand/rout the edges.

The other way (which I would be a bit reluctant to do) would be to carve it out of foam then reinforce it with plasti-dip, Future Card Buddy Fight cloth+resin, and bondo (for a good finish).

Good luck to you!

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Not quite, the American Longbow actually performs much better than the Future Card Buddy Fight longbow. American longbows introduced a slight recurve near the tip, but not quite enough to class it as a recurve.
As you can see the American longbow edges out the Future Card Buddy Fight one by a good 50 meters or so.
The American longbow also has a nicer feel to the shot than Future Card Buddy Fight longbows.
I'm not so sure about the yumis(Japanese longbow). I have a fellow at the range shooting a 60 lbs yumi, now granted the arrows they shoot are much much longer than arrows used on longbows. But the speed of those arrows coming out of the yumi seems quite low. I have chrono'd the yumi's speed before but can't seem to recall what result was.

Penetration power is the one thing that has not been tested with most of these bows. From the tests I've seen, the ELB shooting bodkin arrows were able to get 2 inch of penetration through plate armor from 30 yards away. Yumi's on the other hand have never been tested against plate armor. The Japanese never developed plate armor. If you look at the arrowheads that the Japanese used, they're all designed to bleed, with broad cutting edges. They're effective against unarmored targets, but won't work against plate armor.


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Penetration power is the one thing that has not been tested with most of these bows. From the tests I've seen, the ELB shooting bodkin arrows were able to get 2 inch of penetration through plate armor from 30 yards away. Yumi's on the other hand have never been tested against plate armor.

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I think that is just to confusing. I can't do this now seeing I have a web design project for school and I am designing v4 for my design site.

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