Electronic switches.... Need some advice...

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Skyler101, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. Skyler101

    Skyler101 Sr Member

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    Hey Guys...

    Just wanted to ask the experts about electronic switches. Am planing to scratch build some blasters out of wood, and would like to put in some LEDS.
    I am hoping to look for some sort of spring switch that would reset the trigger when they are released. SOmething like a toggle switch, but once I started looking, I realised that I had no idea what to look for!!!:facepalm

    So, what would you recommend. The guns will be heavy, so the triggers will be solid. Just want to find the best part so I can jump into this project.

    Links would help if you have them...

    Cant wait to show you guys the build... :love

    -Skyler101
     
  2. Drewid

    Drewid Well-Known Member

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    If I understand what you want to do correctly, you're looking for a momentary switch. These are push button switches with a mechanism (usually a spring) to return the circuit to a default state (usually open circuit).

    Here's a link to a very basic switch:
    http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=060-632
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  3. Skyler101

    Skyler101 Sr Member

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    Yeap... Thats what I am after. I have used those before, but I have a feeling that the spring inside that unit will not reset the trigger which I have to fabricate from MDF.

    Is there a heavy duty version of that type of switch?

    -Skyler101
     
  4. CynderBloc

    CynderBloc Active Member

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    You can get momentary foot switches, as in, the type of switches that are used in guitar pedals. (Like this one)

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    They're very rugged, but I have no idea how strong the spring is. They measure roughly 13x13x40mm which should fit in a blaster though

    EDIT: The easiest way would probably be to use a simple cheapy push button switch and fit springs to the trigger yourself
     

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