Interview with the 18-year old design wiz behind the rubber band machine gun
18-year old Ukrainian design student Alex Shpetniy has created the toy gun of our dreams. With an already successful Kickstarter project to get development underway for his rubber band machine gun, we interviewed him about where the idea came from and what’s next for this cool toy. Also, we have exclusive photos of the camouflage version! Check it out and drool.
What was your inspiration to start this project and were there any specific pop culture influences that made you want to make a rubber band machine gun?
Several years ago, I found on the Internet a mention of rubber band machine guns. These toys are very popular in Japan. There’s even a competition to see whose gun shoots better and further. That’s where I had an idea to make my own machine gun that would be superior to analogues in technical and quality specifications.
I immediately started to make the first machine guns. I have had experience of working with wood, quickly developing the first prototypes.
How has your education in design and interest in aeromodeling factored into the development of this invention?
I was working in aero-modelling for more than five years. These acquired skills were very helpful to me. Currently I’m studying art and design.
Did the Fast Charger come with the initial design, or did you make it after realizing that it’s hard to reload 672 rubber bands?
I did the fast charger after finishing the gun. It was necessary to solve the problem of long charging, and a month before the start of the campaign, I made a charger, which has become the main chip of the project.
Your project has been a runaway success in terms of funding. How do you intend to satisfy demand? Do you have any plans to put it out on the commercial market?
We already started the production of the machine in order to finish all the work in time. Yes, after the campaign everyone can order the machine gun!