Designed by John Pope and Howard Scott for Howard Scott (Team NightForce)
The Ghost in the Shell was an idea Howard had two years after his friend, Kyle, died. He wanted to use the guts out of Kyle's old gun to create the first custom gun for Team NightForce. The shell of the gun is a water gun purchased from Wal-Mart. All the water guts were pulled out of it. After a lot of redesign work on extremity placement, the guts of Kyle's ESS gun were placed in the shell. A rechargeable 7.2v battery was placed in the water tank. A recharge port was installed in the large refuel cap. A "pillow switch" push button was installed as a trigger. The ESS single shot/duration shot switch was redesigned by John Pope into the pump action of the old water gun. The forward position is Duration Shot; the back position is single shot. The internal switch is wholly constructed by John. The hit indicator light on the ESS gun was pulled into the sighting assembly on the front of the gun. The lens/emitter assembly is a custom unit designed and constructed by John. Just below the emitter assembly is a Sunburst mod. Power is provided by a closed AA battery system separate from the gun power. The charge indicators are two LEDs placed on either side of the front of the gun. As the strobe charges, these gems slowly begin to glow. A separate trigger actuates the flash. As soon as it discharges, power is immediately applied to the capacitor to charge it again. This gun is awesome!
Oh. Here's the picture of it.
Playing in the dark like we do, we have to use flags and bases that are visible at night.
All PVC is 3/4", although you will need two PSI thicknesses... be careful about which you use where.
All items were purchased from Lowe's because they are right around the corner.
What you'll need for a single base:
We do not use any glue to secure our pieces, but you certainly could. The finished "foot"looks like this
That's the foot of the base.
The Base Column and the Flag Baton are simply lengths of 200 PSI PVC with couiplers and the LED wands. They made using the same method, but we use a 2' base column and a 1' flag baton:
What you'll need for a single baton:
I like these because of the push-button and the replaceable batteries (the wand comes off and the LED insert comes out to gain access to the batteries, three button cells). These come in three colors, red, green, and blue. My ESS teams can be divided into red, green, and yellow. OK, so the yellow team has to use the blue wand. It all works out. Also, the 480 PSI spacer and the 200 PSI baton work perfectly with the width of the colored handle of these. I recommend them highly.
First, you have to cut the lanyard connector off the LED wand.
Next, you will cut the spacer from the 480 PSI PVC. Lightly push the coupler onto the 480 PSI pipe, and mark the point where the coupler ends once the pipe is fully inserted.
Cut the spacer and put it aside for a moment.
Next, cut the 12" baton from the 200 PSI PVC. Since this is a baton, and not the base, I wouldn't go much longer on this piece of PVC. People will be running with it, and this will have the 6" of LED wand sticking out of the top.
Now to construct the baton:
Push the spacer into the coupler. You can smack it really hard on a concrete floor, or brick wall, to push it in and keep it there, or you can glue it. We don't glue anything, just in case we make a mistake.
At this point, you would turn the colored LED wand on either solid or flashing if you were playing a game. I use solid light for the base and flashing light for the flag.
Insert the LED wand into the coupler/spacer unit so that the spacer is on the up side of the coupler.
Push the wand into the coupler, and you will feel it click into place.
Push the 200 PSI baton into the coupler to complete construction.
Use this same method to construct the base. We use a 2' piece of 200 PSI PVC for the column, but this length is up to you and how tall you want the completed base/baton to be.
To complete construction of the base, place the completed base column (the taller of the two batons) into the side outlet elbow in the center of the completed foot:
You'll want to push down pretty hard. This piece is not supposed to come out during game play once the wand is turned on and in place.
The baton simply sits on the coupler/spacer of the base, using the secured base wand as a slip post.
Our two new bases. We have since fixed the issue with the heights being different. The lean is not something I can fix, yet.
This is just in case you want the full heavy industrial look. We used them forever, and they were amazingly sturdy, but they were huge, not very storable, and a pain to carry and transfer from site to site and between games.
What you'll need:
We get more than 24 hours of constant use out of these LED circuits. That's about 6 nights of play. The batteries can be found fairly cheaply online.
We needed something portable, but sturdy enough to hold the flags stable. These are made entirely from PVC.
All PVC is Schedule 40.
For ONE Base, you will need the following:
For ONE Base, you will need to cut the pipes above into following:
This completes the Flashlight Support.
This completes the Upright Assembly. Set this unit to one side
Side One Assembly:
This completes Side One Assembly
This completes Side Two Assembly
This completes the Stand Assembly
This completes the Base Staff Assembly
We discovered several years ago that each standard footlocker trunk holds 14 standard unboxed guns wonderfully! Recently, after converting all our headsets to the Velcro Strap Mod, we realized we now had a way of storing our headsets in the lid of the trunks. Some sticky-backed Velcro and ten pop rivets later (the sticky part of the sticky-backed Velcro didn't hold), we have the trunks converted into ESS Battle Boxes! Both fit into my car's trunk.
Each Battle Box has its own Accessory Kit.
Box 1 is the Master Box and includes 14 Ladder Straps, 14 Forehead Straps, 13 red LEDs and 13 green LEDs for the Strobe Flags (in case the current LED dies), and extra red, yellow, and green lenses for the Team Mod.
Box 2 is the Slave Box. Its contents are almost identical to Box 1, but it includes no Team Mod lenses.
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