Mark VII


High-speed scrambled eggs


These are our hazmat suits. They are made of hazmat.

Mark VII was intended to add a new control system. Installation of this was delayed by the Olympics - with police rumored to be conducting random anti-terror searches on public transport, it was judged too dangerous to transport a box of homemade electronics and wireing that may be mistaken for a bomb. Instead a new chamber was added to contain shrapnel. A sandblasting chamber modified to stand on end.

With this, we could finally achieve one of our great plans: The fastest ever scrambled egg.

The blast chamber. Splat.

Session two


11/12-08-12

With the olympics still delaying the installation of the new control box, there was time to refine the equipment further. Most importantly, this meant the use of a new high-speed camera. A Praktica DVC 10.10 FHD. Not a dedicated high-speed camera, but a budget low-cost video camera that happens to support a 240FPS mode. A true high-speed camera remains prohibatively expensive - but the Praktica can perform acceptably, even if limited to a very low resolution and with evident sensor noise. Like all high-speed cameras, high illumination is essential - for this, we used a 400W security floodlight.

432x240 at 240FPS. It's as good as I could afford.

We also discovered that the equipment is no longer capable of crushing cans. The new blast chamber requires longer connecting cables, and the increased inductance is a serious impediment to the type of ultra-fast pulses needed for electromagnetic crushing efforts. Plans are already being drawn up to fix this by mounting the capacitors on the rear of the chamber - not just for the reduced inductance, but as a means to render the equipment more compact and less prone to accidential damage.


Session three


02-09-12

The olympics finish, but the paralympics prolong the delay yet again. Still unable to install the new controls, instead we exploded bananas. One new item was added: A Faraday bell, which served briefly as an indicator of charge. Before any video was made of this, an unfortunate malfunction occured resulting in explosive disassembly.