It’s been hazy days for more than 2 months now and really bad for outdoor workouts. On the left is a situation report photo from Ex-Machina, taken last Saturday, 24th October. It was so hazy, smoke thick in the air, that the POL-ITE (Polytechnics – Institute of Technology) archery competition (Queenstown Stadium) was cancelled until further notice. Poor kids must have been disappointed after training so hard for the event. We are all hoping that the peat fires in Indonesia will stop soon and clear skies, fresh air return once more.
Meanwhile, our Eagles have been investing time towards a vision for a World Archery Field format shoot. Given our scarcity of space, we have thought it possible to stage 6-7 lanes with 12-14 targets. This is a concept which was circulated around after our Princess Cup outing and now gaining momentum.
Thankfully, we have our Club President’s support and 3 bays of our range have been set aside for achieving this dream. We have room to lay out 6 lanes with 12 targets for a modified World Archery Field Shoot. So our Eagles have been hard at work to achieve this aim.
Dark Knight kicked off first and experimented with PVC pipes for a cost effective frame. It was good but the 1″ pipes, while capable of holding up a 1.2m x 1.2m board, felt a might too unsteady when it came to pulling out arrows. This frame stayed up for a couple of weeks before he worked again on the low target boards, using recycled 2″ x 1″ wood sections. It turned out pretty cool. Dark Knight even glued together some old foam to see how it stood up to real shooting.
After that, our Ex-Machina got fired up and worked on a collapsible design. It is so well finished that it can go into any of our living rooms. Using 2″x2″ sections, the frame is robust and the edges finely smoothened with a router. It can be folded nicely for compact storage. However, cost control concerns soon took over. Together with Dark Knight, they worked to piece together a frame using only 2″ x 1 ” sections, which does the job, is lighter and much easier to move around.
In the meantime, our field archery target papers have arrived i.e. 20cm triple face, 40cm, 60cm and 80cm single faces…. the yellow centre with black rings stuff that are rarely (if ever) see in Singapore. We test shot these targets through the haze last weekend. There are some optical differences between these and the standard 10 ring, 5-colour targets. Firstly, the gold is more outstanding by contrast. Secondly, the 20cm targets give the illusion of being smaller!
We’d like to extend a big “Thank-you” to Ex-Machina and Dark Knight for their selfless contributions. They are hoping to have the rest of the target frames completed soon while the rest of us will be raiding the target foam stockpile to make sizes that we need….. Other Eagles have been experimenting with different foam materials for target boards but have not had any success. Looks like the purpose made stuff is still the better deal!! Stay tuned for our next update on this Eagles’ project.
Update 11th November 2015
All the frames are done! We are only short of 3 target boards now. Really, EXM and Dark Knight deserve kudos ad infinitum. Last weekend, some of our ever eager Eagles tried out the almost completed works to a Flint Round. Conclusion? It’s tough! Here you see Dark Knight, EXM, Kat and Decrepit walking back from the target boards …… a bit dejectedly but ever determined to give it another go!
- reported by Tyger