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Catching Real Lightning with Thor’s Hammer!

Catching lightning with Thor's Hammer

“I have got to be the first person to have ever called real lightning to Thor’s Hammer!”

In our latest attempt to Make it Real we traveled down to Dallas, Texas to visit Applied Tesla Technology — the manufacturers of some of the world’s LARGEST tesla coils. We brought with us a replica Mjolnir (also known as Thor’s Hammer) as well as a Captain America shield to attempt to recreate a few scenes from the Marvel Movies, such as Avengers, and Thor.

The Tesla Coil produces an astonishing 20′ long electrical arc — enough to kill a person almost instantaneously. Watch the video below to see how we did it!

Red Hot Rebar Firing Crossbow

I’ve wanted to do this project ever since I first saw it in Half Life 2, and subsequently, Garry’s mod. It’s the Resistance Crossbow. It’s likely one of our most accurate Make it Real projects yet, both in aesthetics, and functionality. It really works.

The Resistance Crossbow is a long-range sniper weapon featured in Half-Life 2 and Episodes. It is ruthlessly effective against distant, unsuspecting opponents, but is difficult to utilize in melee combat or against fast moving opponents due to its very slow reload and the low velocity of the projectile. The primary trigger fires a bolt; the secondary trigger zooms in on targets, the only weapon in the unedited Half-Life 2 with such a function.

We built it out of mostly scrap steel, using a leaf spring from a trailer as the limbs of the bow. Two contacts short a piece of rebar, which acts as a giant resistor (and ammunition). Upwards of 1000A @ 7.4V (that’s 7.4kW of electricity) flow through the rebar, heating it up within seconds. It has an estimated draw weight of around 180lbs, which is very high for a crossbow. But due to the weight of the bolts, they do not fly very far. Using a regular crossbow bolt it is terrifying.

We Made the Umbrella Gun from Kingsman!


When 20th Century Fox asked us if we could recreate the umbrella from Kingsman, we said of course!

The Ultimate Sleeping Pod

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While most YouTubers do a simple unboxing video of mattresses in exchange for a Casper sponsorship, the Hacksmith team had a better idea. They decided to go all out and take as much sleep-assist technology — and build the ultimate sleeping chamber — designed after a futuristic apocalypse style cryo-stasis pod of course!

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