Adding effects to someone else's prop:
So I was at a build party. I was introduced to
The gun is MASSIVE. The green thing is a 1 foot ruler for scale. This is the biggest prop I have ever worked with. And I get to do stuff to it. So before I started anything I actually had the owner (Britfang) pose with it. I wanted to see how would he use it. What areas will be totally exposed, and what area will be totally invisible. Basically where can I hide stuff. Also He wears gloves with this outfit. Really nice gloves. I was allowed to borrow one. So I can make sure I can manipulate it, or basically turn the lights and fans on and off.
I started by carving out the area I thought I would need.
I then painted that area black with some poster paint. The foam is green, and I din't want any green showing. So lots of poster paint.
I painted the switch I had to get up with Hugo to get the color exact. The below switch is a DPST switch. Basically with 1 flick of the switch it can run 2 separate circuits. Which is good because the fan wants 6 volts. And I am afraid that many volts will burn out the LED's.
I painted the wires.
Below is my test of the wire routing. The way this person poses with the gun you don't see the right side of the gun. So I cluttered that side up with wires.
I made a little mount for the lights. Basically 2 led assemblies from flashlights. I wired them up in parallel. They were built to run of 3 AAA's. I ran them off 2 AA's.
I then carved out even more of the gun to make the fan fit. This is a fan from a r400 ibm laptop (fru # 45N6140) . It is fairly quiet. I think in the noisiness of a convention, it will be fine. It puts out a lot of air.
Here is how everything looks jammed in
I don't know if the photoexplains it well. But I hid 6 AA's in the 'hand shroud' of the gun. The batteries are right where the hand hold the gun, so it balances well.
I strung some blue tinsel on a kabob. Super glued the middle.
The lights work, the fan pushes the tinsel out the front.
I painted some craft foam to hid the fan, and the giant hole I made.
The fan is strong enough to push the tinsel straight up.
A close up of all the wires.
Hugo with his gun. It is a really big gun.