I did not have a small enough threading tool or tap to make the threads in the tank end cap. When I got a pipe tap I broke the tank when twisting it. So I'm doing it all again now that the fittings are threaded.... This give me the opportunity to take more pictures and weigh things....
The end caps:
The end cap weigh 40 gm for the blank end and 61 gm for the end with the fitting and pipe nipple.
The aluminum end caps weigh more than the whole rest of the tank. While the origional short tank had a mass ratio of 3.5. An 8 foot version constructed identically would have a MR of 6.7 .
To put this in persepctive, an aluminum sphere with 31000 psi UTS will have a MR of around 6.4. After I threaded the fittings I built a new tank that was about 18 inches long to try and pressure test. I took it by my friends at FloMetrics and we pressure tested it to 1500 psi. It did not fail at 1500 psi, that was just the limit of the water pump we were using to presurize it. The NPT threads around the pipe nipple leaked, but the tank held at 1500 PSI! Since I had used the pipe nipple as a winding post I could not tighten it to make the leak go away. I've been told that aluminum NPT pipe threads leak badly, but some things you need to learn yourself. If anyone has recommendations on a type of pipe fitting that can be used in aluminum and won't leak please let me know. Next time I get a dewar of LN2 I'm going to hook a pressure transducer to the tank and burst it at low temperature. I'll keep everyone posted.
I may also try fabricating some larger PET tubes and building a 4 or 6" tank.
A picture of the whole tank:I did not use any glue on the main part of the tank I only used "gorrilia" glue on the ends to secure the windings.