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In this Instructable I am going to show you how to put a remote control that enables radio sockets into a NES Zapper. As well as how to make a duck hunt lamp, to put it to good use.

This is a great way to safe energy, because believe me turning off electronic equipment has never been so much fun (not just for kids). Especially if the socket is normally hard to reach.

Don't worry, if you don't know anything about electronics, as long as you know how to solder you are fine.

Take a look at the video, to see it in "action". As you can see, I've added a small switch at the bottom of the handle, which turns the sockets on and the trigger can be used to turn them off again. It has a range of about 100 ft.

Step 1: Stuff you need

Picture of Stuff you need


What you need:
Radio switch + remote control socket (I used this one, but it is only for European sockets. If you are looking for an US version, check out this one. I couldn't find an exact match, but taking a look at it, it might even be better, because you won't have to shorten it)
NES zapper (I found a broken one at a flea market, if you can't find one/ don't want to destroy a working one just use an other type of toy gun)
Litz wire
Sanding paper (high grid I used 1000)
Small push button switch
Flat diamond file
Hot glue gun
Soldering iron
Screw driver


What you need:
Thick frame (I used "RIBBA" from Ikea, depending on what frame you use you might need spacers)
Green, white, black and orange vinyl
LED strips
paque acrylic plate according to your frame size (If you don't want to buy it you can also use vellum behind the original glass)
Hot glue gun
Screw driver
(a cutting plotter is useful, but not necessary)
(depending on your LED strips you might need a soldering iron)
(certainly helpful are: a sticker squeegee and a spray bottle with soapy water)

I've used instructables for years, but have never joined. Today, after seeing this, I created an account just to tell you how absolutely neat I thought this was. Then I thumbed through all your other stuff and wondered how I'd never seen it before. You are quite brilliant Ms. BritLiv. Great intstructables! I'll be trying this one in the near future.

ianmi2 years ago
very cool, would be better if the trigger turned the device on tho
rwhite37872 years ago
Would there be a way to attach a sound chip to make some of the Duck Hunt noises? Not super talented at this, so I'm just brainstorming. :)
I want every thing in your room
BrittLiv (author)  sleepydino112 years ago
Thank you! My next instructable is my clock, I hope you will like it, too.
jmjohnson853 years ago
When I watched the video I had the same idea as jdwaynes1980. I was thinking the gun could "shoot out" an IR signal at IR sensors on the fixtures.
megaduty3 years ago
Umm, tight-ness! I want your room!
BrittLiv (author)  megaduty3 years ago
Thank you, sure, as long as you bring your 3D printer ;-).
Game on :-)
I would love to have this but where you fire at a single light to turn it on, and fire again to turn it off. Such an awesome idea, thank you!
BrittLiv (author)  jdwaynes19803 years ago
Do you mean just one switch instead of two?
liila3 years ago
Wow, this is amazing! Did you make the Mario coin block lamp as well? Any chance you could make an Instructable?
BrittLiv (author)  liila3 years ago
I've updated it, I hope that helps.
liila BrittLiv3 years ago
Thank you, thank you, thank you, I didn't realize that you could turn it on by tapping on it, that makes it even more amazing.
BrittLiv (author)  liila3 years ago
Thanks, I might. Maybe if I have some time later today (as a bonus step to this Instructable)
mechaninja3 years ago
Seriously, seeing people use original controllers and such is starting to piss me off. I honor the Idea; it's quite ingenious, but it's just depressing to see good vintage items be modified beyond repair...
You need to chill, she wrote, that hers was broken... Though I totally agree with you. I've grown up with my NES and would never let anybody lay a hand on it.
davevil3 years ago
its perfect!, but you forgot some steps like, how to soldering & led strip.
this will be my project coming soon.
BrittLiv (author)  davevil3 years ago
It is actually quite easy, check out this instructable, to find out more about it: http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-solder-wires-onto-a-common-LED-strip/
iceng3 years ago
What does it do ?
Turn on the light only if you point the barrel of the gun ?
Or anywhere in the area ?
I really want to know...

BrittLiv (author)  iceng3 years ago
anywhere in the area, it has about a 100ft range. (It's not just for light, anything electronical will work...).
iceng BrittLiv3 years ago
Thanks for the quick response, your second pic in step 3 had me.
I or you could add a pin point IR LED in the nozzle and an IR receptor
in the frame edge ANDed with the RF detector to make it
some what directional.... :-)
That is a pretty sweet setup! Never seen a more perfect light and light switch combination :)