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Toy guns are an excellent medium to practice your cyberpunking skills. Already in generally the right shape, cheap, and often equipped with lights and sounds, toy guns offer many bonuses a scratch built gun doesn't. Amongst them is ease (customize and slap some paint on), and effects (lights are easy, but sounds aren't). In this Instructable I'll document the transformation of my gun from a child's toy to a rebel's best friend in the future struggle for freedom. Also handy for time travelers, bounty hunters, vampire slayers, costume and prop makers, or anyone needing something with a little more... kick



Step 1: Selecting a Gun, Materials

Righto, the best toy guns for improvement are ones worth improving. Lights, sounds, screws, minimum/no glue or heat welds, good shape, fairly sturdy, are all signs that the toy needs to be reborn as a tool. Avoid ones that are difficult or impossible to disassemble. Cheap squirt guns are another option, they cant be taken apart, but many greatly resemble real guns, and make good cheap props.

As far as customizing goes, a big bin of random bits of junk is great. I used:

a dish soap bottle nozzle

a piece of what I think was a extension cord roll holder

an odd electrical fitting left by the telephone man and discovered when I ran it over with a lawn mower

lots of bits from a cd player

for the heads-up display, I used some copper wire, a antennae coil, a coil from a mechanical pencil, laser diode and scan lens from a broken cd player (non functional), the lid from a flash drive i took apart, and of course a pair of shooting glasses

As far as paint, spray paint is king. It may be wise to apply a spray on plastic primer, as some plastics just don't like spray paint. For superfine detail work, model paint. I went for a gray/blue/black color scheme.

For gluing together, I used E-6000. It's cheap, gloopy and it holds. Epoxy and JB Weld also work.

If your mucking about with the electronic effects, a soldering iron, solder, wire, and whatever else you need will be needed.

You'll also need a screwdriver of the appropriate type, hacksaw, and a razor blade / exacto knife
Great concept, but there is no input or power supply.
I hate vampire slayers. What if you are a good vampire huh?
good vampires...<br /> interesting...<br /> You must be refering to the non-<em>twilight</em> ones<br /> I mean they're the only ones worth killing<br /> (It's a waste of ammo to kill edward or jacob or whatever-the-hell their names are)
you got it right
I have yet to meet one...
<em><strong>Blade!</strong></em> Blade is a good vampire<strong>.</strong><br/>
&nbsp;He is a half vampire
Half or whole he is still good, no?<br />
&nbsp;yes, but being half human makes him good, at least thats what I believe
Steampunk is way cooler.
<sup>not</sup><br/>
It is way cooler. Steampunk I mean.
No. They are equally cool, if not that cyberpunk is cooler. The coolest thing is a mixture of Cyberpunk and Steampunk.
So that would make is cybersteam?<br />
By that logic, why don't we call it punkpunk?
because that would sound stupid<br />
&nbsp;As does cybersteam. My point.
Well, at least it's not called Cyber/Steam Double-Punk'd.
do the sunglasses really work if so what do they display?<br />
&nbsp;Nah, they just look cool.
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Nice looks pretty cool! Is that you Bryan? If not sorry
but this is cool too
i prefer steampunk
What is cyber punking
<a rel="nofollow" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberpunk">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberpunk</a><br/><br/>Cyberpunking: the art of making cyberpunk crap, converting something to cyberpunk style<br/>
I like it a lot, and good spirit!
Thanks!
Is it possible to vote for it?
my question is does it work?
The heads up display? Maybe...
That wasn't a laser diode! cool instructable!
No?
that little thing had what, 10-20 pins on it? it absorbs the reflection of the laser off of the CD/DVD
Aye, one's the reader but I'm fairly sure the other is the projector...
this is what a laser diode looks like
. Great job! . Some ppl get in a hurry with paint. I'd emphasize a little more that the paint need to be completely dry before applying masking tape. This can take well over an hour with some paints. . I painted my transmission recently and found some blue masking tape (3M/Scotch) that works much better for me than the "old stuff." It's not quite as tacky (easier on fresh paint) and the backing seems to be slightly more flexible (curves and bends are easier).
Alrighty, thanks for the input!
Nice! I really like it.
Thanks!
Those are some awesome sunglasses. My dad has a pair like that, but they have the american flag on them. :D
Nice gun mod too, but I was more impressed with the sunglasses at first. ;)
Thanks! (on both counts) Believe it or not, I picked up those glasses for 25¢
Thrifty!! *thrifty dance*
You have a thrifty dance?
I have a dance for everything.
Ooooh! Do you have a safety dance?<br/><br/><sub>You can dance if you want to, you can leave your friend's behind...</sub><br/>
...Misplaced apostrophe I hope?

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