Check this out! someone just sent us a link and it looks like a great starting point for a
homemade net gun!
TITLE: Dress for duress
A costume should be designed to protect its wearer from the range of threats that his style of operation makes likely.
It is tempting to design a suit to protect against everything imaginable, but it is simply not a viable strategy unless you have the resources to design and build a state of the art mechanical suit to carry the armor plating, lead plating, custom scuba gear, cooling system, etc, etc, etc, required for protection against all conceivable threats.
A well-trained, highly mobile Superhero might opt for minimal protection in order to avoid sacrificing speed and mobility, especially if his actions are well planned and he uses the element of surprise to full advantage.
When choosing to incorporate protective measures into a costume, always carefully weigh the benefits and drawbacks of those additions and always test out the suit in non-emergency conditions: get geared up and do some housework, work out or go for a jog. A street fight is not the place to learn that you can't roll properly because your suit is too bulky, or that your arm guard is prone to catching on your utility belt, or that your helmet nearly renders you deaf. Work out any potentially fatal flaws before taking a new suit into action. Pinching and chafing can be very distracting.
That being said, a few of the protective measures you might want to consider are:
SOFT BODY ARMOR can be procured second-hand from various sources such as EBAY. Soft body armor usually protects against penetration from most handgun ammunition, but severe blunt trauma can still occur, sometimes resulting in death.
HARD BALLISTIC INSERTS can be added to soft body armor to provide protection from blunt trauma and higher velocity ammunition. They are not inexpensive, and they are generally not meant to be reused. Hard inserts may, of course, further limit mobility.
HARD BODY ARMOR is also available, however it is harder to find, more cumbersome and much more costly. I have seen a solid ballistic vest that had been fired upon and it still looked like it was intact, although I am not an expert and am not sure what particular material it was made of.
CUSTOM GARMENTS can be constructed, but be sure to research the materials you will be using! Kevlar fabric must be kept dry in order to do you any good! Make sure you are using a material designed for ballistic protection: not all Kevlar fabrics are suitable. waterproof coverings for Kevlar panels are essential! If you buy a second-hand vest, be sure to inspect the panels for integrity.
Some of the ballistic fabrics require special cutting tools and this should be factored into your budget if required. I have been pricing Kevlar fabric and it is not inexpensive. The best price I have found is around $33.00 per yard and many layers are required for even the most basic level of protection. I have been reading a lot about Dyneema, which appears to be superior to Kevlar, but I have not been able to find a source for the ballistic version: Dyneema UD. I assume it is quite expensive.
It might be more cost effective, in some cases, to remove the soft Kevlar panels from a second or third vest and put them into service protecting other areas, rather than creating custom panels from scratch.
CHAIN MAIL: Good mobility, reasonably priced and decent protection from edged weapons. It is not much good against blunt weapons and is useless against firearms.
Here is a link to good information on bullet-proofing:
If anyone knows of a source for small quantities of Dyneema UD Fabric, please E-mail me the link at VIKINGWIZARD(at)GMAIL(dot)COM That's all for now. Be safe.
PROTECTIVE COSTUME MATERIALS
Contributed by: By Rob Mandeville
Bunch of different sites have schematics, not sure which is best.
Not sure where to purchase these or how effective they are.
Here ↑ are some links to free directions to construct homing devices. I would have just copied and posted the plans here, but was unsure about copyright restrictions.
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Dark Knight. (THANKS!)
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