Project Tezlar

Last week I bought a nerf gun. It looked like this:

...or at least it did until I started hacking at it. Now it looks like this:

The plan is to pimp this thing steampunk style and try to create something like the tezlar guns which are used by the characters in my book Tourmaline. In place of the revolving magazine I intend to install the crowning glory of this awesome weapon: a plasma ball.

I even have the ball. It arrived today from the States. It looks like this:

Now I won't lie to you - electronics is not really my thing. I'm going to be needing some help and advice if I don't want my fingers to end up looking like crispy roasted twiglets.

I'll get back to you on this in a bit.