As a kid my parents took me to see 'Moonraker
,' and I remember how cool it was to see those semi-realistic lasers flashing and burning whatever they were pointed at. Later in life I bought a book that showed me how to build my own ruby rod laser, complete with battery backpack. And finally I got my hands on an Information Unlimited catalog, which has some literally hair-raising kits. Be warned: this is NOT a toy! It is a real class IV laser gun
, packing 500 joules of pulsing energy that truly will burn holes in stuff. Hard stuff, not just plastic cups. Also, the cost of materials isn't cheap-- the xenon lamp costs $400 alone. But if you're really set on your own laser gun, you probably don't care about the cost, right? Hugo Drax
didn't care about cost, that's for sure.