Introduction: My Ray Gun From Found Objects

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This is my interpretation of a ray gun that I made with some parts found at Delaney's Surplus a few years ago.

Step 1: Parts Needed

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You will need something with a handle. I found this Type-2E Metco Metallizing Gun.

Then you need something that matches up well at looks like it could shoot some cosmic rays and kill some bad guys. Vacuum tubes always work great for this part. I am using a 5868 United Electron vacuum tube. It is fairly big. Measures in at about 6" tall and 4.5" diameter.

I also have this old screwdriver thingy that could work as a handle but did not have a smaller vacuum tube at the moment. I will save that for another project.

Step 2: Test Fit

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Check to make sure the parts fit together and if any sanding or other items will be needed to put together. These fit together perfectly and didn't need any other prep work.

Step 3: Clean the Parts Up, or Not.

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The vacuum tube had some information wrote in marker on it. The date it was put in to use and serial number. Using an alcohol pad wipe I was able to remove that stuff.

I like the grungy look of the metallizing gun. So we will leave that alone.

Step 4: Final Assembly

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I put a bit of hot glue on the glass nub of the vacuum tube to hold it together.

The total cost for this was around $25 I think. As always your cost may vary depending on how you find the parts and if they are originally in working condition or not. I lucked out on finding these this cheap. Looking at ebay for these items the price could be up to $200 or more.


Josehf Murchison made it! (author)2016-09-02

What do you think you could do with one of these?

those can be the part in the front, they have an awesome shape

The little black speck under them is a 2N3904 transistor

Vintage vacuum tubes look so cool.

Josehf Murchison (author)2016-09-02

I wish I saw this before now nice job.

Anshu AR (author)2016-08-29

Nicely done! :-)

ajarb (author)2016-08-14

I'd stick with calling it a metalilizing gun, that sounds like a Si-Fi / Steampunk weapon already!

bwebby (author)2016-08-14

Really nice work! I made a similar thing a while back, amazing what you can do with old junk eh?

shambuda2000 (author)2016-07-25

You should put some wires and a janky looking power module on this thing.

Oh, and you should enter the Heros and Villains contest, too.

keebie81 (author)shambuda20002016-07-25

Great idea, I need to come up with a character idea though

Frankieocnarf (author)keebie812016-07-26

Vault dweller

you could be someone from Rick and morty

shambuda2000 (author)keebie812016-07-25

I think this would be pretty cool as a weapon belonging to the agents from Warehouse 13 or maybe a Buck Rogers style hero.

LoganB22 (author)shambuda20002016-07-27

Warehouse 13 is perfect, or even that episode of Voyager when they did the Black and white episode on the holodeck.S5, Ep12

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TimN33 (author)2016-07-29

Wow! an actual "Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator"

throbscottle (author)2016-07-28

So cool! Mine only goes up to 11, this baby looks like it can go all the way to 23!

deluges (author)2016-07-27

Nice transmogrifier gun

wobbler (author)2016-07-25

Looks fantastic. What's the range on this thing and how many shots?

keebie81 (author)wobbler2016-07-25

Have not tested it yet. The flux generator isn't working correctly.

rfox4 (author)keebie812016-07-26

check the quantum oscillator 9 times out of 10 it's been reverse polarized by being inserted upside down ;)

wobbler (author)rfox42016-07-27

The trouble with quantum oscillators is they are working and not working until you actually look at them. I also don't like how they keep disappearing and reappearing again at random. I've started to use Multiverse branded oscillators instead which are made out of a spacially resonant string. Only problem is they are so small they are really difficult to solder and don't even bother looking for one if you drop it.

burnerjack01 (author)2016-07-26

I think Martin the Martian had one of these.

SeamusFrederick (author)2016-07-25

looks like you really did luck out with finding the metalizing gun at less than $25......what's your secret? lol

keebie81 (author)SeamusFrederick2016-07-25

Yeah, I didn't know what it was and neither did the guy at the counter.

MyLittleZombie (author)keebie812016-07-26

Lucky, I can't find the metalizing guns for less than $150, and the tubes alone go for $350 I want to shop where you do!!!

mddeming (author)MyLittleZombie2016-07-26

You can often get dead tubes which are sold as "For Display Only", cheaply.

Frankieocnarf (author)mddeming2016-07-26

What store did you get this stuff from?

keebie81 (author)Frankieocnarf2016-07-26

Delaney's Surplus -

And the best part is the sculpture garden behind the place!

Frankieocnarf (author)keebie812016-07-26

Thanks! Although.... That's in Wisconsin..... I'm in Louisiana

Frankieocnarf (author)2016-07-26

You can't expect me to make this without saying "pew pew" when aiming it at trick or treaters while wearing my vault suit.

Benadski (author)2016-07-25

Very nice! Just be careful with (what's inside) the glass though. There are tubes with some nasty stuff in them. Things like BeO for example.

Usually Baffled (author)Benadski2016-07-26

One additional precaution, bad enough so would not use a normal tube this way. These tubes have a vacuum inside and when the glass breaks it implodes, that is, the glass parts fly toward the center but then sometimes pass the center and fly outward at high velocity or alternatively collide with other stuff (that big electrode) break into smaller pieces which then come out at pretty high speed. However they are generated, these can damage at least to eyes and maybe also skin depending on luck and other details. In laboratory environments experiments are often done either with protective containers for large, evacuated, glass vessels or in metal vessels which (if improperly designed) collapse but without the shrapnel. One alternative would be a strong plastic coating able to hold back the glass but for a user lacking the skills to produce a suitable coating, it is better to go to safer decoration.

keebie81 (author)Usually Baffled2016-07-26

Yeah, its basically a prop piece to set in my cabinet with other knick knacks. I wouldnt take it outside or to a convention

M L G (author)2016-07-26

This looks absolutely fantastic! Proper Buck Rogers Style!
To be on the safe side you could use a filament bulb - elaborating on that idea you could gut the metalizer gun and insert a battery to power the filament bulb, dont know how big a battery you would need though to power a filament lamp? probably 12v?
I'm not very knowleagble about this sort of thing, just an idea as it would be pretty neat to have a bulb that actually lights up!??!!! proper ray gun!

LydiaT2 (author)2016-07-25

Great Steampunk!

Stan1y (author)2016-07-25

Like the idea

healthy_smoothies (author)2016-07-24

this looks awesome

TheCommander (author)2016-07-24

great build!!! I like the design

gravityisweak (author)2016-07-24

Awesome. Reminds me of the Foo Fighters album. Very nice piece.

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