Of course, you could use these effects in any number of raygun projects, but I chose to build an LED Star Wars Rebel Trooper Blaster pistol because, well, "Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid."
The Original Star Wars props were based on old Sterling sub-machine guns. Like the originals, my blaster is largely a model of a Sterling SMG with a few additions, such as the aluminum emitter and the scope.Receiver/chassis
I built my Blaster from PVC, aluminum tubing, scrap aluminum bits, sheet aluminum, wood, and miscellaneous bits and doodads that I had lying around. If you choose to build a Star Wars blaster, there are templates available that will help you with the lalyout. I used the template
linked to at the top of this page
on the Blaster Builder's Club forum to make the reciever tube, trigger guard, and magazine housing.Emitter
The emitter is aluminum tubing with aluminum trim. The cone tip is made from a wooden furniture leg from Home Depot. To aluminize the cone, I epoxied an aluminum skin to the outside.Handle/Trigger
The handle is wood, and is glued and screwed in place. I made a trigger that hits a momentary switch when pulled, which trigggers the electronic effects. I installed a power switch in the handle as well.
The grip is from an actual Sterling SMG. There are resin copies of the grip out there, but I found that the real ones
were cheaper, and they don't shatter when you drop them.
The sight is a cheap red dot gun sight that I bought n ebay. I made a mounting rail from aluminum.
I painted everything but the emitter with a few coats of semi-flat black. There are some neat prop metalizing
paint tricks that you can do with the finish as well.