Atomic Disruptor Raygun: steampunk gun made from radios and cameras

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22 Responses to “Atomic Disruptor Raygun: steampunk gun made from radios and cameras”

  1. Jason Olshefsky says:

    But how well does it work?

    (*sigh*)

  2. redsquid says:

    Oh boy! Steam punk mashup goatse indigenous twitter Blah blahblah. When will this steam punk thing fade? Its just a hollow slogan. This thing isn’t even steam punk. Last year every ‘juxtaposition’ was labeled as a ‘mash up’. Now anything kludged together from old junk is called ‘steam punk’. What is victorian about an atomic ray gun with a plastic handle? SRSLY?!?Why do I have the sneaking suspicion that some one at BB has a financial interest in the brass fittings and wierd goggles market? Rampant scene boosterism is kinda lame.

  3. redsquares says:

    No, fair enough JFrancis.

    But from a *-punk ‘historical’ perspective? I don’t like it called steampunk, especially with the atomic trefoil. This is more atomic-age (preGoogie) retro-futurism. All things science-y radioactive are in a 1940′s+ era (I’ll accept 1934-5 if we want to include the rise of the Axis, and maybe even back to 1911, Edward needs to not be there, actually, the moment Franz Ferdinand breathes his last, Steampunk’s last coals start to burn).

    Let me throw out more buzz words to get the point across!

  4. Rob Beschizza says:

    Steampunk raygun gallery time!

  5. Man On Pink Corner says:

    Loktal tubes = teh cool

  6. Anonymous says:

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  7. Takuan says:

    clearly they never heard of Colonel Nigel Thumbwaite’s expedition to Oklo, to plant the flag of the Empire.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_nuclear_fission_reactor

  8. dculberson says:

    Redsquid, if you don’t enjoy it, move along, and allow other people to enjoy it.

  9. cuvtixo says:

    It’s fairly obvious these artists are riding the coattails of the previously commercially successful “cyberpunk” literary genre (I don’t find steampunk lit very interesting as a genre) This is, however, a pretty good first attempt at retro-futurism. Bruce McCall has a good presentation of his take on “retrofuturism” at TED talks. The minimag isn’t so good, but +1 for vacuum tubes as replaceable “cartridges.” One might get better stuff deconstructing old hair dryers– in fact someone might be able to build a small armory of “ray guns” with a large enough collection of junked handheld hair dryers. Redsquid’s reference to goatse made me laugh, though. So, start rethinking the titles for these things, Cory!

  10. cuvtixo says:

    I’m sorry, instead of “these artists” I shoulda put bloggers and marketers who are over-exposing the whole “steampunk” label. If the real artists are finding their inspiration with this theme, and their stuff is being admired and sold, well who the heck am I to judge? Just retire the steampunk label, which was never accurate in the first place. (punk? what the heck is punk about it?)

  11. Anonymous says:

    There is no possible downside that I can see to carrying a gun shaped object labeled with radiation trifoils. I wouldn’t fly without it.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Kick ass, but -1 for the maglight barrel.

  13. Pantograph says:

    Radiopunk?

    I must say it does remind me of Leather Goddesses of Phobos.

  14. nosehat says:

    @#10: Why do I have the sneaking suspicion that some one at BB has a financial interest in the brass fittings and wierd goggles market?

    If it’s at all possible to have a financial interest in this market, I want one! I don’t care how much money I loose.

  15. dr.hypercube says:

    1) Takuan wins again!
    2)Agree w/ #4 for the -1, but…
    3)…tons better than the last stimpank gun I recall seeing here.

  16. redsquares says:

    … and here I had forgotten all about Victorian atomic energy.

    When, oh, when is the term “Diesel Punk” going to catch on with the rest of the “TransNational Wireless Visualized Telegraphy Network” or as you may know it, “The Internette”?

    Come to think, I hope it never does and I can enjoy my time flying airships into Behemoth Creatures made by the National Socialist Axis of Eurasia without seeming like I’m just following a trend.

    Either way, My ENIAC beats your Analytical Engine, AND my goggles are cooler.

  17. jfrancis says:

    @11 – no, you are right, and I agree with you. hence #7

  18. jimh says:

    It’s not a minimag barrel. It’s an 8mm projector lens, but since it reads as a mini-maglite, same difference really.

  19. jfrancis says:

    Nice. But not Steampunk.

  20. jfrancis says:

    The Victorian Era ended in 1901, and radioactivity would not be discovered for another negative 4 years.

  21. jfrancis says:

    Einstein builds a working warp drive: 1905.

    Well, almost.

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