The amazing and talented Craig Smith has made our day again:

This one is both neat and sickening to collectors.

About 1983, when I was fifteen, I dropped my dad’s red Bakelite soldering gun and broke the casing. Of course he was upset, so I did my best to “fix it.” So I took my original Star Wars Han Solo pistol and gutted it to hold the soldering gun components. I even ran the lightbulb up into the scope on top. The button on the handle worked well for the trigger switch. Ten years later, when the old house was sold, the gun wound up in my belongings. To this day, when an underpowered iron just won’t do, I pull out the “Han Solderer” and get the job done. Half of me likes the mod, the other half is ill over the fact that I gutted my vintage Star Wars toy. What’s done is done.

“Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good soldering gun at your side, kid.”

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


  • http://twitter.com/broadwing broadwing

    Payback for all those Graflex flash guns gutted for lightsaber replicas, perhaps. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=13748811 George Hadley

    This post made my day :-) Thank you for this!

  • http://twitter.com/restifo Christian Restifo

    Han soldered first!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_54MQ5JEEFUVLQDTR2MBLS6FGDQ Ramona Fuller

    i cant believe this!! me and my sister just got two i-pads for $42.77 each and a $50 amazon card for $9. the stores want to keep this a secret and they dont tell you. 
    Go here, http://tinyurl.com/3qa436v

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_54MQ5JEEFUVLQDTR2MBLS6FGDQ Ramona Fuller

    i cant believe this!! me and my sister just got two i-pads for $42.77 each and a $50 amazon card for $9. the stores want to keep this a secret and they dont tell you. 
    Go here, http://tinyurl.com/3qa436v

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_54MQ5JEEFUVLQDTR2MBLS6FGDQ Ramona Fuller

    i cant believe this!! me and my sister just got two i-pads for $42.77 each and a $50 amazon card for $9. the stores want to keep this a secret and they dont tell you. 
    Go here, http://tinyurl.com/3qa436v

  • Anonymous

    This is super awesome.  Great work.  10 millions times better than your original gun.

  • slatanchokes

    fag