We are gearing up for a Space themed Father / Son camp this fall, and the big finale involves a Laser Gun. The look I'm wanting to shoot for (pun intended) is something akin to the shrink ray from Honey I Shrunk the Kids.
My plan thus far? Well... I don't really have one other than going to the hardware store and piecing together some do-dads. I'm not very handy, so I don't really know where to begin as far as parts and all that. It doesn't have to be nearly this elaborate, I'm hoping to be able to build it for less than $100 if at all possible. I'm more concerned with the laser gun itself than the mount, as we could just use a camera tripod or something.
So I'm here to ask if there's anything I'm missing. Are there better places to start shopping than the hardware store? Any tips or tricks?
Also, It would be great if the laser had a visible power source as well. I was thinking a glowing crystal type of thing, with a slot or canister or some type of transparent place on the laser where we could place the crystal so the kids could see that it's powering the laser.
Any advice on where to get or how to make a glowing crystal would be helpful too. Thanks guys!