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Out of the High Tech Man-Shed comes the Homemade Rail Gun and the Homemade Plasma Rifle.

Many a great idea has moved from concept to working prototype under the roof of a modern man shed, a fortress of solitude for many. Two very good examples of the creativity that takes place in the shed have recently been demonstrated to the world. Two variations on the always impressive electromagnetic rail gun.

Ziggy Zee and his band of electromagnetic enthusiasts are fist up with their rail gun powered by a series of 9 volt batteries. Don’t underestimate the power of the Duracell however, the heavy weight gun fires chunks of aluminium with 27,000 joules of power. Still not up with BAE’s rail gun that fires with 33 mega-joules of power but it is enough to wreak havoc on pumpkins and mobile phones. Certainly enough power to make you want to stand clear when firing.

Next up Alex Smyth and friends assembled something a little bit different, a rail gun that fires plasma bullets. Instead of using a slug of lifeless aluminium as the projectile the Alex rifle uses a coper sleeve with a capsule of Zeon gas inside. As the Zeon capsule passes through the rail gun it becomes excited and turns into a plasma gas able to piece steel plate. An altogether impressive piece of home-made kit.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the spectacular test firings of two new home-made rail guns. Demonstration videos that highlight the power of a good man shed and some electricity. Sit back relax and prepare to be impressed by the magical power of magnets.

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PiPhone, the DIY Raspberry Pi Smartphone…

The Raspberry Pi has led to many great DIY electronics projects and people love phones, so it’s probably inevitable they would be combined. The result of this glorious mashup is the PiPhone, the DIY smart phone.

David Hunt is the DIY guru behind the PiPhone and many other amazing Pi DIY projects. To simplify development the phone uses off the shelf parts; an Adafruit touchscreen display, SIM900 GSM/GPRS mobile module, a Raspberry Pi and cable ties. A parts list that led to the $150 build cost.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the DIY project that could save your life, who knows when you might have to build your own phone to get out of a tough situation. Sit back, relax and let the DIY ideas run wild…

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