It seems that, after many years of avoiding the juggernaut that is the Doctor Who franchise, I have finally become fan. How do I know? Well, after catching "Midnight" and "Turn Left," I just spent the last couple of days building a custom sonic screwdriver.
That's probably a sure sign.
It's a "junkbin" project, where I made use of crap I happened to have sitting around; the only parts I bought specifically for the build were the acrylic cabochon for the tip and the rubber bumpon over the activation switch. The body is an old Tiger Electronics lightsaber duel game, which came in the form of a pen shaped sort of like Obi-Wan's TPM lightsaber; the head is a chopped-down Sonicare toothbrush head (the part that fits inside the body), and the neck is parts of several collapsible radio antennas. The tail end is outfitted with the bearings form a 24" bike wheel, a section of plumbing repair coupler, and the plunger from a retractible pen. I'm not sure what the brass bits in the head are; I just had them lying around. I replaced the buttons on the game with capacitors and one LED scavanged from an old circuit board, since the rubber buttons refused to take paint.
It's painted with almosd spray paint, stippled with brown using the end of a stiff brush; the metal is Krylon silver, brass and coppor leaf spray paint.
And of ocurse, it allows quick diagnostics and repair of all major compuer brands:
As luck would have it, the light broke just after I finished taking these pictures. Not sure what's wrong yet, but hopefully I can get it worked out...
Thanks for looking! Now to get one of those Charcater Options nuWho screwdriver toys...