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This guide will walk you through the assembly of the electronics for the Make Vector Weapon Kit. When you’re done with the build, it should sound like this and look like this:
Assembled

This circuit was designed by Chris Lody, a fabulous Maker who’s invented an impressive array of musical circuits. Chris’ original design for the RayGun Vector Weapon appears in Volume 35 of MAKE Magazine, as a stripboard DIY project and with an optional sci-fi, laser-cut enclosure.

Unlike the stripboard version found in the magazine, the Maker Shed kit is hassle-free, with all parts included (except the 9V battery) and each component clearly labeled on the board. This is a great through-hole kit for an aspiring soldering pro, and makes absolutely awesome sounds when it’s assembled.

If you bought the complete kit, you’ll have to assemble the enclosure when you’re done with the electronics.

Eric Weinhoffer

Eric Weinhoffer

Eric is a Manufacturing Engineer at Other Machine Co., where he uses large machines to make smaller machines. When not building things, Eric enjoys skiing, cycling, and climbing.


  • Jonathan Bruce

    The 8-pin socket holds the LM386 Audio amp, but what IC is supposed to go in the 14-pin socket?

    • Eric Weinhoffer

      The CD40106B Hex Schmitt Trigger IC fits in the 14-pin socket.

      • Russ Smith

        Not part of the parts list.

        • Eric Weinhoffer

          Thanks for pointing that out, Russ. It’s in the parts list now!

  • Don

    Great kit. My son and I just finished building it. We chose to use an old squirt gun as the enclosure. The battery mounts on the other side, I’ll have to figure out a way to incorporate an enclosure for it.

    I wasn’t able to upload an image, it kept erroring out. I put the images up on my flickr page.
    https://flic.kr/s/aHsk7BVke6

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