If you ever wanted to create a movie quality Alien Rifle Prop now you can. In this tutorial I will instruct you in the basics of how to utilize a disposable flash camera to make the effect of a blaster.
You can utilize a toy gun for the housing of the flash unit with minor alterations, or you can go to the extreme and make a new design from scratch like I did.
Determine the overall look of your alien weapon so you envision the end product when searching for objects you can utilize in the construction of the weapon. The local thrift shops or dollar store are great places to start. I bought many types of toy guns and other plastic items I envisioned could be used in the construction of my weapon. It is amazing how many ways you can repurpose every day items for the external construction. I used just sections of toys, PVC pipe, styrene plastic sheets, and hardware to give a completely new and original look for my rifle.
Below are some of the parts I pieced together from toy guns and PVC pipe etc.
Here is an image of the pieces put together as units for assembly.
With the plastic housing off, you are ready to remove the flash unit parts and lay them out on your table. You will see the wiring to the flash unit, noting the color of the wires and where they are connected on the circuit board and to the capacitor.
Note: there is also an electrical contact on the circuit board that allows the capacitor to be reactivated. I made a button on my rifle to be able to press the contact in and activate the flash unit. If this were not on the circuit board of the flash camera it would cause the battery to continually drain and not recycle charge
Lengthen the wires by splicing sections of additional wire. The goal is to have the flash unit in the front of the barrel with the circuit board and capacitor located closer to where you want the trigger.
This allows the bright light from the flash to shoot out the end of the barrel and give a better effect with maximum brightness.
Finally, choose your power supply. If you are only going to have your rifle flash, you will only need to have space for a 1.5 V battery and it will be relatively easy to incorporate that into the rifle design since it is so small.
Don’t forget about battery access, an easily removable panel is necessary for changing out the battery.
My Alien Rifle has many LED lights, a sound speaker and a motor that rotates a crystal.
This design took a total of 8 batteries of various sizes, so the planning for the battery storage was a little more complicated. You decide how elaborate you want your rifle to be.
I envisioned my alien weapon looking fairly brutal, so I created a detachable bayonet also with flashing LEDs.
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