Introduction: How to Construct the Battle Worn Plasma Rifle

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Hi, its me once more - so here it is a half-ible on how to make my plasma rifle.

Here is a quick vid i put together also!

Firstly to all you eager 'im gonna rip you to pieces and ignore the be nice policy' commenters

This has been put on instructable before in the form of a slideshow. The only reason i am writing this -ible is for gothic-valentine, who after seeing my slideshow expressed a wish to know how it was made in more detail, luckly for them i had replica parts of all the main elements laying around.

I do not expect this to be a full -ible, more of a guide.

So, lets get to it.

Step 1: The Parts

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Ok, here are some pictures of the main parts i used before being put together,

There are 4 main sections

The Oki Toner cartridge, from the digital press at work.

A metal L bracket from my local Wickes store

A 270 degree(i think) hinge, also from my local wickes store.

A Selection of carrogated cardboard,

A role a Industrial strength Double sided Tape (50 GBP worth!)

An also alot of other various bits of rubbish that ive collected from many places!

Step 2: Placing the Parts Together!

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Ok, well the pictures explain this the best, so not much to say.

I attached the long metal section to the top of the toner cartridge using one long strip of the DS tape. This stuff can hole 4lbs so dont worry bout it falling apart.

I also decided to saw off the Blue section of the cartridge, and also the annoying little tab at the other end!

Also bend the metal bracket to the right angle for a comfortable handle.

Step 3: Making the Handle!

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Ok this is where you have to use you imagination a little.

The handle was made using a stack of the corrigated cardboard (bout 5-6 layers)

I Started by making a template, i did this using paper,
place the paper under the metal section of the handle, and draw a kind of handle shape, as in the pictures.

Also marking where the metal bracket sits

Then cut this shape out of the card, including the slit for the metal section!!!

The cardboard then just slots ontop of the bracket, wrap some tap around here to keep it secure

Finally i added the hinge ontop as in the second photo, again attached with the Super DS tape, and also some super glue.

The third picture is a snapshot from the original plasma rifle build, here it shows the bracket, with the card handle in place. (also with a few extras stuck in place)

Step 4: Adding Lots of Bits a Crap to the Gun.

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Ok, now this section is more of a freestyle section, now that you have the main section, you need to bulk it up.

Again pictures do best here. The first picture shows the Original Rifle but with labels of various sections.

The second picture shows another snap shot, this time just before painting it.

Ive also added loads of close up shots showing details throughout.

The handle was also modded using an old Lynx (or Axe to some of you) bottle, i cut off one side, and just stuck it over. the 3rd picture shows a comparison shot.

Step 5: Painting

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Ok, again this section lacks detail, what with this being a half-ible.

Basically, i masked off a few sections, like the hinge on the top, and thecd lens, and parts of the trigger.

Then i let loose with the spray paint!
I used Direct to metal spray paint, i always use this as normal spray paint just doesnt hold the same.
(again i got this from my local wickes store)
you can pick any colour scheme, but i recommend a dark colour underneath. As always lots of thin coats works alot better than one heavy coat, TAKE YOUR TIME, and DONT rush it.

Leave it over night.

Ok, an optional way to improve the effect, is to use a method called dry brushing.

Here i basically dabbed some Deep red acrylic paint onto a spare peice of card. Then get a DRY brush, it has to be BONE DRY. and dap a tiny bit onto the brush, then brush this onto which ever sections you want to look 'battle worn' after a while you will get a feel for how much pain, pressure etc.

Again look to the details shots below.

Step 6: Finished!

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Well there we are, i hope this is of some use.

This instructable is dedicated to gothic-valentine. whom hopefully will be trying to convert this into a working BB gun!

Enjoy a few more glory shots.

Also, here is the link to my original slideshow which has a few more shots.

Thanks for reading, and as always, any questions just comment!


starfox384 (author)2012-02-17

where would i find the ink cartridge?

starfox384 (author)2011-01-05

so EPIC!!!

citason (author)2009-09-11

hey whats the handle/trigger made of??

KentsOkay (author)2008-12-17

This is cool! To imagine I've never seen it before....

gmjhowe (author)KentsOkay2008-12-17

Ha, it was my first project as part of my redeux.

From the age 16-19 i did very little 3D model work, then ive had this recent flurry of items.

btw ive got some paper for my book of time! woot!

KentsOkay (author)gmjhowe2008-12-17

*moans* stupid weather!! warm up so I can spray paint already!!!

gmjhowe (author)KentsOkay2008-12-17

I always spray in the bitter cold, its rains thats the biggest pain.

KentsOkay (author)gmjhowe2008-12-17

So I can spray in the cold? ACK!!! *runs to go get silver spray paint and glue*

gmjhowe (author)KentsOkay2008-12-17

what made you think you couldnt... i always have, and its always cold over here. Make sure you wear gloves, the exiting pressure make the can super cold.

Berkin (author)gmjhowe2009-01-24

LOL, I'm sure it would... Have you gotten burns from the freezing metal yet?

thequestioner (author)2008-11-24

wow, im gonna make this, u dont mind if i use it in a short film do ya?

gmjhowe (author)thequestioner2008-11-24

Your welcome to use my work, for free, as long as full credit goes to me.

thequestioner (author)gmjhowe2008-11-28

you will be personally named in the credits :D

SKINZ (author)2008-08-19

looks the dog bollocks

grevious (author)SKINZ2008-09-23

wtf? "looks the dogs bollocks"
is that even proper grammar...

thequestioner (author)grevious2008-11-24

its an english thing

grevious (author)thequestioner2008-11-25

yeah i see that, i guess you dont have "the bees knees" or "the ducks nuts" either lol. or knackers.. bet you dont know what they are =D

gmjhowe (author)grevious2008-09-24

I don't know, but if you're going to pick at peoples grammar at least get your punctuation right. WTF is an acronym, and therefore requires capital letters, and i think you will find that 3 periods is the incorrect symbol, and it should in fact be '…'

gmjhowe (author)SKINZ2008-08-19

thanks! be sure to check out my other more advanced weopens.

Maffu (author)2008-10-17

Information: "The Dog's Bollocks" is an English colloquialism meaning excellent, great, or the very best. Also "the puppy's privates", "the badger's nadgers" or "the bee's knees".

gmjhowe (author)Maffu2008-10-17


gmjhowe (author)2008-09-28

Thank you!

Black Cat (author)2008-09-28

this is awesome mate...have to say, ur one of the best gun replicators on instructibles rite here!!

gmjhowe (author)Black Cat2008-09-28

Thanks, thats a great compliment!

gmjhowe (author)2008-09-26

You need to remove that comment right now, i take back any kind of defence i gave you before.

mariome101 (author)2008-08-16

Love the job hoping i can build a good replica

gmjhowe (author)mariome1012008-08-17

Glad you like it, be sure to post some pics when its done!

Mattrox (author)2008-08-08


gmjhowe (author)Mattrox2008-08-17

hey! thanks

Magnus Cole (author)2008-06-19

That is the coolest thing I have seen in ages. I have the very same Ink cartridges at work we go through three or four a quarter easily. So I am looking forward to making my own. Thanks!

gmjhowe (author)Magnus Cole2008-06-20

We get through 3 or 4 a week! good thing were on click charge!

Magnus Cole (author)gmjhowe2008-06-20

Glad we don't go through that many, I'd freak out. Will let you know how mine comes out, planning on adding a magazine with a LED power meter.

gmjhowe (author)Magnus Cole2008-06-20

im currently in the process of bulding V2 complete with glasware, lasers, and folding bits

Magnus Cole (author)gmjhowe2008-06-20

Now that sounds fantastic, hmm Lasers now that is an idea, I am tossing up with trying to figure out how to put in a sound effect. Power up and firing noises. That would be cool.

gmjhowe (author)Magnus Cole2008-06-21

sound effects are a hard one, im no expert at electronics really, i bort one of these for the light effects Ebay laser torch

gmjhowe (author)gmjhowe2008-06-20

ps, thanks for the comment, im glad you like it!

Azulao (author)2008-06-17

This is an incredible achievement, I hope you are applying your abilities in the film industry. I know I would kill to have someone with your skill as a prop master. I particularly love the reverse-arc concept, is it your own original design? Also, the handle of the rifle seems somewhat choppy and dull compared to the sleek edge of the main body; was this done for the "worn" effect? Is there any way to order a copy of this or your other pistol? Can't wait to see your next project.

gmjhowe (author)Azulao2008-06-17

hello, there, firstly, thanks for your comment it has been the great end to whats has turned out to be a great day. I actually work as a Junior Graphic Designer, so my skills dont even touch the film industry. Pretty much all the items a create are based on my own ideas (tho i do subconsciously pick up ideas from all sorts of places) The handle i must admit, i was sure what to do with, and i have been thinking about reworking it. The plasma rifle itself i have already decided to sell, as im currently building V2. Which has added light effects and glassware. So if you want the original, just name a fair price, and its yours. If not, then i would be more than happy to create your own custom piece, we can easily discuss costing via email. I will send you a message with my email in it (this also doubles as my Msn instant chat address so feel free to add me) Thanks again, jake

stian (author)2008-06-14

awsome god jobb

gmjhowe (author)stian2008-06-14


patnet369 (author)2008-05-28

i would put a cheap laser or some king of light thing

gmjhowe (author)patnet3692008-06-14

hey i currently working on my new plasma rifle, complete with laser, uv leds, and camera flash

HardCoreHacker (author)2008-05-20


LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-05-12

sweet! looks really good

Dominion-Network (author)2008-05-10

Thanks for this, I'll start gathering parts together for the project, I will be planning on taking step by step pictures and I'll post it on here with credit to you for the original plasma gun :) is that circuit board on the side from a scanner or something??

gmjhowe (author)Dominion-Network2008-05-10

also any parts you want, i have the cartridgeand the metal bracket, if im sending you those i had mareswell chuck in a few circuit boards etc

Dominion-Network (author)gmjhowe2008-05-10

that would be great, check your inbox, i've pm'ed you with my email address

gmjhowe (author)Dominion-Network2008-05-10

its actually from the inside an old tft flatscreen!

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