I have always loved Warehouse 13, and I thought the standard issue tesla gun the agents are given would be a great starting project. I have been playing with programming a Raspberry Pi Pico and an ESP32, so I think I'm ready to get started on a full project.
The main parts will be 3D printed, mostly because I do not have the equipment or skills to mill these parts out of metal. And the vacuum tubes will be purchased as is.
The goal for the programming/electronics will be fairly simple - a lighting like blue light in the main forward tube that glows brighter the higher the dial is set.
Raspberry Pi Pico
This will be the microcontroller for the project, mostly because it's small and inexpensive.
NeoPixel Mini Button PCB
I will use this to light up the gun when it's fired.
I contacted a local 3D printer, and they were able to find the above link to all the pieces, minus the vacuum tubes, needed for the Tesla Gun. I don't intend to use all of them, mostly for the silver handle part, and the brass barrel, and the things to connect the vacuum tubes and button.
I'll be using a Raspberry Pi Pico, a Neopixel Mini Button PCB, and one of the buttons that came with my PIco starter kit as the trigger. I may also try to add in something that would set the dials going when it's fired but I'm not sure yet how to do that. I will also use a potentiometer from my starter kit to dial up and down the 'power' or how bright the light will be.
I am hoping I'm able to find these or something very similar to use.