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Plasma-powered Death Ray

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Store-bought death rays are too weak. They injure your victim or light him on fire, but fail to vaporize him completely.

Higher-end models will vaporize individuals, but what if you need to bring down a helicopter?

Now you can harness the power of the atom in a convenient, hand-held laser blaster. Use this power to obliterate armies, navies, and even small cities with a single blast!

Great for invading Earth, establishing yourself as someone's arch-nemesis, or dispatching handsome British government operatives, the Plasma-powered Death Ray is a necessity for today's busy super-villain.

The gun is shown in this video with my Realistic Alien Costume.



 
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Step 1: Made of

Picture of Made of
Materials:

1. Plastic toy water pistol.
2. Plasma ball "mood light" from auto parts store.
3. Laser pointer pen.
4. Antique spray paint.
5. Crayola Model Magic or other filler

Tools:

1. Soldering iron.
2. Dremel or other rotary tool.
3. Super glue
4. Glue gun.

Step 2: The Plasma Ball

Picture of The Plasma Ball
I bought my plasma ball online as a "mood light" auto accessory.

Although it is meant to be plugged into a car cigarette lighter, the packaging includes two battery packs so that you can see what it looks like before you buy it. These battery packs were the ones I used to power my plasma ball.

I carefully cracked open the plastic casing around the glass globe. I opened up the plastic casing and discarded it. I also cut off one of the battery packs (it works with just one) and the LED light. I found that there was no need to connect the wires the connected to the LED light.

Step 3: The laser pointer


I bought a cheap $2 laser pointer at the discount store. It was the kind you use to torment your pets. Using a rotary tool, I cut out the section of the metal tube that has the button.

I removed the button and then soldered some longer (about 12') wires onto the contact points where the button was.

I attached a new, bigger button to the other end of the wires.
xD your funny dude
tgonzalez1411 months ago
can i get a link to this product
That's really cool.
Great for a vacation in a video game world or some other exotic dimension. ;)
plmqaz12432 years ago
Where did you get the plasma globe?
plmqaz12432 years ago
Great job aiming the laser directly into the camera and messing up the color balance.
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Does that vaporize people or is it a prank?:[
Bindlestiff (author)  coollionsing23 years ago
I guess you'll have to build one and see.
:)
splazem3 years ago
Awesome.
RabidAlien3 years ago
Nice! Wonder if it would have been possible to remove the two globes in the middle of the gun, and replace those with two plasma balls? That would look great! On your next build, try keeping the original gun trigger, but have the button attached to the trigger inside the gun body, so pulling the trigger actually activates the button. Or a spring (for tension and trigger return) and some bare wire contacts would work too, cut down on weight and cost.

Great build, though! I'm lovin that plasma ball!
Bindlestiff (author)  RabidAlien3 years ago
Howdy! That would indeed look cool. I had some trouble fitting the plasma ball guts inside the gun as it was, so that would probably have to be done with a gun with a bigger body. The battery pack and the transformer necessary to run the sphere are each about as big as the sphere itself.

As for the trigger, I actually intended to use the original trigger, but broke it by mistake in the process of removing the water pump.

Both great ideas! I think my next step will be to make it look more weathered and battle-worn.
SHIFT!3 years ago
Now all you need is a robot army before you can begin your plan of World Conquest!
Bindlestiff (author)  SHIFT!3 years ago
A robot army. That would be perfect. Who wants to get going on that instructable? I would be much obliged!