Wednesday, June 27, 2012

LTX EF5: Update #2

I finally started digging into the Super Soaker shell at a quick Mod Night a few friends and I threw together.  After examining the lens built by LazerBait and doing some test fitting of the shroud, I determined that the most accurate and effective way to mount the lens would be from deep inside the blaster utilizing the Super Soaker's mounting point for the tail end of the spinning barrel it used to have.  I cleared out the rest of the internal structure to make room for the lens and used the metal LED mount to attach to a piece of plastic I cut to fit between both posts.  It's a super solid connection and it should make adding a sight really easy to zero and adjust.





I also started work on mounting the sensor dome.  Unlike the LTX DMR, this sensor will be centered and I'm still trying to figure out the best way to mount it.  Currently I just have a big hole in the top of the blaster that is roughly the right diameter for the sensor dome, but I'm thinking of using some of the original housing to make a more secure fit for it.  If I use the two halves, it'll also be easier to separate the blaster from a construction standpoint, so I'm really leaning towards doing this.  The main problem this poses is that the parts to house the sensor dome are wider than the space I currently have.  I'll need to make some alterations to the shell around it to accommodate that, but it's still doable.

Below is a video that'll explain the mods a little easier.  Progress is really moving forward rather quickly, so I'm hoping to ride this momentum through to get a completion date in soon!

The first Update can be found here: LTX EF5 Update #1

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8 comments:

  1. What would happen if you did that with the lightning storm attachments or with a hydro cannon?

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    1. You mean if I used the Lightningstorm Stock? I suppose I could use whatever stock I wanted with this. I'm not sure which one I'll use. As for the Hydro Cannon... it's not exactly the most mobile thing on the planet. You could certainly turn one into a laser tag blaster, but I prefer mine to shoot columns of water!

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    2. I meant with the stock and drum and yes I agree with to keep your hydro cannon a water gun since I'm not a big fan of laser tag. I was just wondering what you can do!

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    3. The drum is kind of useless unless I wanted to make a gigantic oversized battery pack or something. I'm using the normal clip to build a 9V battery pack for this blaster. It should work fine.

      You can turn ANY blaster into a laser tag gun if you're resourceful enough. It's just a matter of installing the electronics into whatever you're using. Heck, you could make a laser tag bathtub or frying pan if you were clever enough. I just choose to use platforms that are... conducive to playing laser tag. Toy blasters are the easiest to work with.

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    4. Haha! Yea true. That's what I meant about the drum!

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  2. I have found 3 defective LEDs from the last batch I bought. Same batch yours came from. Hopefully you will test it out before adding glue.. not that I have ever done that:)

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    1. Oh I've faced more than a few failures to know to test things before mounting them/closing it up! That's the key to avoiding hangups like that in a recasing: TEST EVERYTHING!

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  3. Nice work mike! looks bad ass even with factory colors, kinda reminds me of a u.m.p-45 i might even take your idea and use this blaster as a recasing for the new LTAR, (im sorry but they went back to the classic "tiny gun /No stock" deluxe style so im gonna end up butchering my first set) but this is even a perfect gun for the ltto users out there! youve got a keen eye for recasing,slave guns dude!

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