Monday, May 24, 2010

Oh, The Things I Could Theoritcally Build...

As has been mentioned, I am prone to browsing in hardware stores. I usually have just one specific thing to purchase or nothing at all, but my manly instincts draw me to them. The particular location of choice for me at the moment is a massive Menards.

Recently, I found the section with PVC pipes, which immediately got me thinking about a certain video by Linkara about a prop he had made which used PVC pipe. This got me thinking: what could I make with this stuff?

I'm seriously considering trying my hand at making a sci-fi prop gun. It would be an obvious fake (I don't want to make anything that looks like a real gun, nor do I think I could pull it off), and I can tell already that it's easier said than done, but I like the idea of having one. I also like the idea of potentially designing a character around it and cosplaying as said character at conventions. Extremely nerdy, I know, but it sounds like fun.

I know some people are likely to suggest creating the TF Gun from EGS, but I'd rather design something new for this. Besides which, the basis I want to use is PVC pipe, and the TF gun is really blocky. I'm likely to upgrade the design in the comic to make it look more streamlined, but I'm really just interested in making a generic sci-fi blaster.

This could easily just remain an idea in my head. I don't know if I actually want to spend the time and money on it given that I don't know enough yet to be able to know how much time and money it would require, but it's something I want to look into. If anyone knows of any good tutorials on this sort of thing, I would definitely be interested.


  1. Um, don't you mean "theoretically?"

    Also, I would so totally love to see you build a TF gun. Dare you to make one of the settings, "More Floof!" XD

  2. Its possible to build a FTL drive from a magnet some copper and a battery, well in theory

  3. For some reason I'm seeing you dressed as Han Solo, Dan.

    Resender: Shh, you're not suppose to let the primitives know that until we're ready to initiate First Contact.

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  5. The best test for whether it's a good gun idea: Picture Chibi Omega Grace playing with it. If you go 'dawwww', it's awesome.

  6. Perhaps we could get a sketch or design of the type of blaster you'd like?

  7. Hi. This is off-topic, but your comic website seems to be down. I've tried to reach it for several days, and all I get is "Could not locate remote server. You tried to access the address, which is currently unavailable. Please make sure that the Web address (URL) is correctly spelled and punctuated, then try reloading the page." Thought I'd try to bring it to your attention. Thanks.

  8. Yeah, it's working fine for most people, but some have issued complaints that range from recent to back when I first joined 910CMX.

    Hatter, can you e-mail me? I'd like to get to the bottom of this, and I suspect I'll need to put you in contact with one of my associates to figure this out. My e-mail address is listed in the blogger profile.

  9. @Lord Killerfish: first contact has been made. It has been answered with a declaration of war.

    Which is why we need pure hearted humans to "discover" these theoretical devices.

    Which reminds me--have one of you gotten the plans for the TF gun to appear by Dan... or have none of you gotten him drunk enough to slip it in while he has blacked out?

  10. Well, I don't really have any tutorials for you, but I can say with a fair bit of certainty that barring using Styrofoam or wooden carvings, pvc is by far the cheapest material you could be using for this.

    From there its just a matter of buying the tools which would probably consist of a couple hacksaws of varying size and a metal file or two for rounding out edges and working smaller details. Oh and pipe glue.


    Pretty good tutorial for how to make a pretty cool looking prop blaster for less than $20.