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My first ray gun

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My first ray gun

Post  maduncle on Sat Oct 11, 2008 9:36 am

I have made my very own ray gun - kind of felt like the steampunk version of the Jedi apprentice making his lightsabre!

It is all from market scrounged junk, left in the original patina where ever possible.

I am trying to work out how to post pics to this forum Very Happy , meanwhile if you want to see it and provide comment you can check out my blog

www.austeampunk.blogspot.com

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Re: My first ray gun

Post  The Kernel on Sat Oct 11, 2008 9:51 am

Excellent

especially the "used future" (past?) appearance with the patina
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Re: My first ray gun

Post  ms_boo_dreadful on Sat Oct 11, 2008 11:12 am

very nifty! i never knew a cocking gun(ahem...yes as in the stuff you put around your bathtub to seal it) could look so nifty! i think so far this is my favorite ray gun ive ever seen!
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Re: My first ray gun

Post  maduncle on Sat Oct 11, 2008 11:48 am

Why Miss Boo you presume to assume...

The handle part probably held a saw blade or file.
The long thin brass rod below that runs into the hande was part of a lab apparatus for holding glass test tubes.
The main chamber is a rheostat cylinder - with end plates cut to sit on the brass frame.
The rear of the ray gun cylinder is the base of a gas lamp and holds an old brass voltmeter.
The front of the ray gun is a piece of threaded plumbing, held in place by the brass lab clamp.

I am flattered by your comments - i am trying to go for a victorian feel to my builds (see my computer), and ray guns can look a little fifties.

So - no caulking gun components, although they are a jolly good source of handles I say!

onwards and upwards...
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Re: My first ray gun

Post  Herr Döktor on Sat Oct 11, 2008 12:13 pm

Wonderful ray gun, sir! I also took the liberty of viewing the rest of your blog, and the Communicator is a thing of beauty and wonder!

Keep up the good work!
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Re: My first ray gun

Post  Paul8v on Sat Oct 11, 2008 12:46 pm

Some lovely work there Cool

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Post  ms_boo_dreadful on Sat Oct 11, 2008 1:31 pm

fantastic! always interested in some thing that isnt what it atfirst seems! thought...i wonder if i could take my old broken caulking gun and turn it into a ray gun similar to this...hmmm....
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Re: My first ray gun

Post  Jemima Annabelle Clough on Sat Oct 11, 2008 4:15 pm

Wonderful!

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Re: My first ray gun

Post  Dusza Beben on Sat Oct 11, 2008 9:18 pm

Most excellent use of matterials!
The same goes for your case mod!
Oh, and the cyclecar is exactly the kind of vehicle I wish to build
any chance of a link?

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Post  Gazongola on Sat Oct 11, 2008 11:00 pm

ms_boo_dreadful wrote:very nifty! i never knew a cocking gun(ahem...yes as in the stuff you put around your bathtub to seal it) could look so nifty! i think so far this is my favorite ray gun ive ever seen!

I believe the term is caulking...
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Post  Gazongola on Sat Oct 11, 2008 11:08 pm

Nice gun anyway! I love it!
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Re: My first ray gun

Post  Rowan of Rin on Sat Oct 11, 2008 11:34 pm

Absolutely fantastic. The patina really makes it look the part, I would certainly be quivering in fear if I were on the receiving end of that raygun!

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Re: My first ray gun

Post  Lady Penelope on Sun Oct 12, 2008 5:26 am

Very nice build!
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Re: My first ray gun

Post  maduncle on Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:58 pm

I appeciate the feedback on my first ray gun, now I need to finish it.The fortunate thing about this baby is that it takes a cylinder 36mm in diameter 146mm long inside the rheostat body. So - I can build different 'power supplies' for the gun as long as they fit the dimensions.

Ideas so far include:

1/. A clear plastic cylinder full of glitter and blue UV dye.
2/. A big brass spring.
3/. Old radio valves in a brass frame.
4/. a long stack of gear wheels.

Ultimatley I would like to get an old wooden box for the ray gun, line it and and set it up with different power source cylinders in the box so the gun can be changed at the whim of the user.

Off to Tasmania for two weeks touring tomorrrow - hope to call into as many markets and junk shops as I can find to gather more parts...
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Re: My first ray gun

Post  JingleJoe on Wed Oct 15, 2008 6:20 pm

By Jove, I repaired a voltmeter just like the one on the back there!
It looks great Very Happy
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Re: My first ray gun

Post  Flonker on Sat Oct 18, 2008 6:44 am

I LOVE that raygun.

Wish I'd thought about that for an idea. Still trying to think of a concept to make my set...

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