Adding Smoke F/X to Toys Using E-Cigarettes

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Adding Smoke F/X to Toys Using E-Cigarettes

In this video from Tested, Sean Charlesworth and Jeremy Williams add some special F/X to the amazing Codename: Colosus robot model from Michael Sng. We’ve written about Michael’s work here in the past.

Using an Adafruit soundboard and a small speaker, they added sounds to the lumbering, walking, and weapons-firing model. And using the same e-cigarette/vape pen hack that Seand and Norm used on their Ghostbusters’ ghost trap, they added smoke effects.

As they point out, those stacks on the back of this steampunky beast were just begging to be brought to life with real smoke. As you can see from the build, adding smoke to any model using the guts of an e-cigarette is fairly simple and straight-forward.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance 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 to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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