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  • 15 DangerouslyMad Projects forthe Evil Genius

  • Evil Genius Series

    Bike, Scooter, and Chopper Projects for the Evil GeniusBionics for the Evil Genius: 25 Build-It-Yourself ProjectsElectronic Circuits for the Evil Genius, Second Edition: 64 Lessons with ProjectsElectronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius: 28 Build-It-Yourself ProjectsElectronic Sensors for the Evil Genius: 54 Electrifying Projects50 Awesome Auto Projects for the Evil Genius50 Green Projects for the Evil Genius50 Model Rocket Projects for the Evil Genius51 High-Tech Practical Jokes for the Evil Genius46 Science Fair Projects for the Evil GeniusFuel Cell Projects for the Evil GeniusHolography Projects for the Evil GeniusMechatronics for the Evil Genius: 25 Build-It-Yourself ProjectsMind Performance Projects for the Evil Genius: 19 Brain-Bending Bio HacksMORE Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius: 40 NEW Build-It-Yourself Projects101 Outer Space Projects for the Evil Genius101 Spy Gadgets for the Evil Genius125 Physics Projects for the Evil Genius123 PIC Microcontroller Experiments for the Evil Genius123 Robotics Experiments for the Evil GeniusPC Mods for the Evil Genius: 25 Custom Builds to Turbocharge Your ComputerPICAXE Microcontroller Projects for the Evil GeniusProgramming Video Games for the Evil GeniusRecycling Projects for the Evil GeniusSolar Energy Projects for the Evil GeniusTelephone Projects for the Evil Genius30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius25 Home Automation Projects for the Evil Genius22 Radio and Receiver Projects for the Evil Genius

  • 15 DangerouslyMad Projects

    for the Evil Genius

    Simon Monk

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  • To my mother, Anne Kemp, whose love, kindness, and good cheer continue to serve as an example to me and all who know her.

  • Simon Monk has a bachelors degree in Cybernetics and Computer Science and adoctorate in Software Engineering. He has been an active electronics hobbyist sincehis school days and is an occasional author in hobby electronics magazines. He is alsoauthor of 30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius.

    About the Author

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    Contents

    Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xiIntroduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xiiiEvil Genius Project Descriptions and Ratings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xv

    1 Coil Gun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1What You Will Need . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2Test Firing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8Theory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

    2 Trebuchet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15What You Will Need . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17Fire! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22Tuning the Trebuchet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22Theory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

    3 Ping-Pong Ball Minigun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25What You Will Need . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27Theory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

    4 Mini Laser Turret . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35What You Will Need . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36Ideas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45Theory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

    5 Balloon-Popping Laser Gun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50The Ray Gun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50The Balloon Popper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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