Adorably deadly Mini Cannon returns

Boing Boing reader gatetree points us to a comeback video from the Mini Cannon (blogged earlier by Mark) and notes,

The mini-cannon videomaker seems to have followed almost every suggestion from the boingboing post of his first video in May.
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  1. Building the mini-cannon is one kind of amazing. Finding his ranges across a room with a cannon only a couple of centimetres across is also very impressive.

    1. I bet it’s like those Hot Wheels commercials that they used to have when I was a kid. They’d show the cars zipping along this incredible roller-coaster of a track that the kids just slapped down on the ground. However, when you tried to do it at home you found out there was only a one millimetre tolerance for error in that layout. The guys in the commercial must have taken hours to set it up using precision machine shop tools.

  2. I’d love to build something like this but these days I’m afraid of being charged with possessing a dangerous weapon or bomb making materials. Especially when you combine it with the balloon.

  3. That is the perfect way to start my Sunday!
    I love how the explosions were timed with the music.

  4. I had one of these once. My dad worked with some great machinists, and they made a bronze ship’s cannon complete with wooden carriage. The barrel was made on a lathe, was about 8 inches long, and the bore was about three-eights inch. One day we kids loaded it with powder from firecrackers and wadded it well with toilet paper. We didn’t dare try a projectile because we didn’t know its power (good thing, too). When fired(from our porch)it made the loudest boom I had ever heard and sprayed flaming TP as far as the middle of the street. The lady across the street came to her door, but by then we had scrammed.

    1. Note that Arabic also runs right-to-left – there are a number of countries that they could be in. Including non Middle Eastern countries, since software/OS localisation allows the situation where I’ve set up r-t-l computers here in Australia….

  5. Ahh, nothing like filling your works space with heavy metal vapor from florescent bulbs and CRT monitors… weeeeee. As they say, stupid is as stupid does, and getting stupider every day apparently.

    Also, if I were the guy who posted these, I would be a little worried about a future visit from the ATF, just saying.

  6. Anyone have an idea what the “explosive gas” in the balloon was? My initial guess is hydrogen (easy to produce), but I’m having a hard time figuring out how the small steel BB would ignite it. Is it really that hot after emerging from the cannon?

  7. Does this fellow have specs anywhere? To quote Spicoli from Fast Times, “my brother has the most amazing set of tools.”

  8. Agreeing with Anon #16: Don’t fluorescent bulbs have mercury in them?
    What a mess (cool video, though).

  9. OK how can I order one?? Like right now!! I want this for my desk at work…and as soon as someone asks if it works then BOOMBOOMKABOOM!!

  10. It’s just kinda… a gun, right? It’s all fun and games until someone gets shot in the crotch with the mini cannon.

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