My Ray Gun From Found Objects

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About: I like taking stuff apart and making random things

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

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

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.

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

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.

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JonD7

Question 7 weeks ago on Introduction

Hi Kirby!

I can’t tell you how strange it is to find this - I’ve been looking for something VERY similar to this - your vaccum ray gun - for the past few years, after seeing a prop like it a long, long time ago.

I have tried replicating it and always come up short. I would love to speak with you as soon as you’re free, RE purchase, if you would be willing to sell it.

Please do hit me back ASAP.

Love & admiration for your work,

J

www.thenoisyalchemist.com

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keebie81JonD7

Answer 6 weeks ago

Id rather not sell it. I like it on my display shelf. I gave the parts in description to make your own. Looks like there is some of these tubes available on ebay, same for the Metco gun.

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Anshu AR

2 years ago

Nicely done! :-)

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ajarb

2 years ago

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

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bwebby

2 years ago

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

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shambuda2000

2 years ago

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

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keebie81shambuda2000

Reply 2 years ago

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

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shambuda2000keebie81

Reply 2 years ago

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

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TimN33

2 years ago

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

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throbscottle

2 years ago

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

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deluges

2 years ago

Nice transmogrifier gun

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wobbler

2 years ago

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

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keebie81wobbler

Reply 2 years ago

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

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rfox4keebie81

Reply 2 years ago

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

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wobblerrfox4

Reply 2 years ago

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.