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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



 
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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
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rjaykus3 years ago
Great concept, but there is no input or power supply.
z0mbi3 man5 years ago
I hate vampire slayers. What if you are a good vampire huh?
good vampires...
interesting...
You must be refering to the non-twilight ones
I mean they're the only ones worth killing
(It's a waste of ammo to kill edward or jacob or whatever-the-hell their names are)
you got it right
KentsOkay (author)  z0mbi3 man5 years ago
I have yet to meet one...
Blade! Blade is a good vampire.
 He is a half vampire
Half or whole he is still good, no?
 yes, but being half human makes him good, at least thats what I believe
Steampunk is way cooler.
KentsOkay (author)  robert the robot5 years ago
not
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.
Wesley1 Foaly74 years ago
So that would make is cybersteam?
By that logic, why don't we call it punkpunk?
because that would sound stupid
 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?
KentsOkay (author)  guitarmaster1015 years ago
 Nah, they just look cool.
Derin5 years ago
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history3235 years ago
Nice looks pretty cool! Is that you Bryan? If not sorry
ecko39115 years ago
but this is cool too
ecko39115 years ago
i prefer steampunk
Articas5 years ago
What is cyber punking
KentsOkay (author)  Articas5 years ago
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberpunk

Cyberpunking: the art of making cyberpunk crap, converting something to cyberpunk style
daltonjcw5 years ago
I like it a lot, and good spirit!
KentsOkay (author)  daltonjcw5 years ago
Thanks!
Is it possible to vote for it?
z0mbi3 man5 years ago
my question is does it work?
KentsOkay (author)  z0mbi3 man5 years ago
The heads up display? Maybe...
Sandisk1duo5 years ago
That wasn't a laser diode! cool instructable!
KentsOkay (author)  Sandisk1duo5 years ago
No?
that little thing had what, 10-20 pins on it? it absorbs the reflection of the laser off of the CD/DVD
KentsOkay (author)  Sandisk1duo5 years ago
Aye, one's the reader but I'm fairly sure the other is the projector...
this is what a laser diode looks like
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NachoMahma5 years ago
. 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).
KentsOkay (author)  NachoMahma5 years ago
Alrighty, thanks for the input!
Gjdj35 years ago
Nice! I really like it.
KentsOkay (author)  Gjdj35 years ago
Thanks!
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