The Hans Solderer

#Childhood

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

Make Magazine brings to attention what must be one of the coolest unintentional mods: the Hans Solderer.

As its creator, Craig Smith, explains:

This one is both neat and sickening to collectors.

About 1983, when I was fifteen, I dropped my dad's red Bakelite soldering gun and broke the casing. Of course he was upset, so I did my best to "fix it." So I took my original Star Wars Han Solo pistol and gutted it to hold the soldering gun components. I even ran the lightbulb up into the scope on top. The button on the handle worked well for the trigger switch. Ten years later, when the old house was sold, the gun wound up in my belongings. To this day, when an underpowered iron just won't do, I pull out the "Han Solderer" and get the job done. Half of me likes the mod, the other half is ill over the fact that I gutted my vintage Star Wars toy. What's done is done.

"Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good soldering gun at your side, kid."

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