Iíve played with Lego for as long as I can remember and continued collecting the stuff through to my mid teens. I shifted to Lego Technic at the age of eight and it was then that I built my first Lego Technic gun Ė a single-shot spring-powered rod launcher. Through the years I switched to rubber band power and various pistols, carbines and crossbows reached successive pinnacles of power and accuracy. By my mid teens, these were clip-fed and were pump- or bolt-action. A shift to rubber bands themselves as projectiles allowed the evolution of semi-automatic mechanisms. At their peak, these fired up to a dozen industrial rubber bands with a crisp and precise trigger mechanism.
Now, one year into a mastersí degree in mechanical engineering, Iím trying to bring some of my old designs back to life and also experimenting with some new ones. Iíd hoped in this renaissance to cross frontiers previously beyond my reach. Having warmed up with the Micro Uzi, I then started work on the newly finished Chaingun which boldly goes where no Lego gun has gone before. Hopefully Iíll be able to muster enough creative juices to follow it with another equally momentous invention. I simply hope that everything I build in the future wonít be anti-climactic by comparison with an 11-rounds-per-second chaingun. Thereís something distinctly cooler about a gun that shoots Lego bricks (as opposed to rubber bands), so my next project might work along those lines. A long term dream is a semi-automatic brick gun with a cycling bolt that feeds bricks from a magazine. Iíve tried and failed that quite a few times.