I did this blaster build for my wife's Mara Jade costume.
I started with a nerf zombie strike blaster and completely disassembled and repainted each part. I sanded off all logos, and used filling compound where necessary. I purposely left the screw holes unfilled in case I want to change the fonts or preform maintenance. I do want to replace the standard screws with surface mount 6-32 button heads.
I did a tri tone finish, I have gun metal accents, silver trigger and recharge port, and the rest of the blaster was painted black, then dry brushed silver.
Next, I gutted the internals to make room for a soundboard, LED, and battery.
I used a spark soundboard with some creative wiring.
I wired the trigger to the auxiliary switch tabs, pressing it plays the blaster or stun sound depending on which font is active, and holding it down makes the empty/jam sound.
I wired a momentary switch to the clash sensor tabs, and pressing that switch plays a reload sound.
I wired the primary switch tabs to the primary switch, it turns the blaster on and off.
Each font has a blast color, font one plays blast sounds and has a 6w RED, font two plays stun sounds and has a 6w BLUE.
I have the swing sensitivity set as high as possible, swinging the blaster very fast, like your swinging it up onto target, plays a target acquired sound.
Last Edit: Aug 10, 2014 14:06:02 GMT -5 by saberforge
My only nitpick is that there is no diffuser in front of the LED. Don't look down the barrel when it's lit, lol.
Dude, you and me have a very different philosophy, I am going to keep pushing the brightness until I accidentally make a real blaster.
It really is on purpose though, I even have a mylary brightness booster in it, it throws an awesome wide pattern. When my girl is on stage with this in a costume contest, she can blast out at the crowd and it will look awesome, should help with scoring.
Last Edit: Aug 10, 2014 3:11:53 GMT -5 by saberforge
I just worry about peoples eyes when it comes to Class 2 lasers (which is what all of the LEDs we use in sabers are classified as) but as long as they don't suppress natural blinking, they should be ok. At least that's what Wikipedia tells me, lol. Seriously, I like the blaster. I'm just one of those "safety first" guys when it comes to what we display on the forum that all the little kids see and want to emulate.
ARKM: *waves hand* "I'm not the slacker you're looking for"
Jun 23, 2017 16:24:16 GMT -5
ARKM: Sadly no. Well, that's not entirely true. I did finish writing it but did not perform the steps and take pics of said steps.
Jun 23, 2017 16:26:30 GMT -5
ARKM: So it's like "Step 5: Using the high temperature temp, tape the paper with the design on it onto the metal part to be etched."
Jun 23, 2017 16:26:53 GMT -5
ARKM: ... but there's no Pic 4.
Jun 23, 2017 16:27:10 GMT -5
profezzorn: from other things I've read it's just PNP blue with some heat and pressure applied, right?
Jun 23, 2017 16:37:26 GMT -5
ARKM: Some use that. I could not get successful results with it but others have.
Jun 23, 2017 16:47:16 GMT -5
profezzorn: so what do you use?
Jun 23, 2017 16:47:36 GMT -5
ARKM: I personally use glossy magazine pages. I just rip a page out of a magazine and put it in the printer. The pages have to be the right thickness for the printer though. Too thin and they rip in the printer.
Jun 23, 2017 16:47:42 GMT -5