NASA Electron Gun
T3 rumoured scene
The Telegraph Online reports (January 09, 2003) about a NASA gun for T3:
Chuck Crawford shows an electron gun that was used as a model for a weapon on "Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines." Crawford said the film company asked Kimball Physics of Wilton to ship the device to use in the film, but the company was reluctant. The company did send specifications and drawings to use as a model, however.
Part of the inspiration for the labs and equipment in the new Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, "Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines," came from Kimball Physics.
Dr. Charles "Chuck" Crawford, founder of Kimball Physics, wasn't sure how or where the set designers came across an electron gun manufactured by the company for NASA. But they had, and they wanted to put that ominous-looking gun in Schwarzenegger's hands.
"They (the movie people) contacted us quite a while ago," Crawford said recently. "They wanted to lease a couple of our electron guns. We were concerned that if we sent them one, it would get damaged they are quite expensive. If I'd thought, what we should have done was send them one with no insides."
Instead he sent them pictures and specs of the gun so the movie people could build a model. Crawford also sent photographs of the Kimball Physics labs. One of the electron guns was sitting on a table in the conference room during an interview. It was a shiny, silvery, very futuristic-looking high-tech weapon about 4 feet long, looking like something straight out of the "Terminator" films.
"It looks dangerous because it is," Crawford said, explaining that this one was "a small one, only about 100,000 volts." An electron gun is used to produce a stream of electrons with a well-defined kinetic energy. Smaller, less powerful ones are commonly found in all vacuum tube applications, such as TV picture tubes. Bigger guns, such as the one Kimball Physics makes for NASA, use more energy and look scary enough to be a perfect fit for a muscle-bound cyborg.
Earlier this fall Crawford received a letter and several photographs from Bryan Hurley in Los Angeles, speaking for "Terminator 3." The letter notes, "Although our lab does not resemble yours, the photos you provided have inflected the tools and the stations." That is, they borrowed the look for the movie set, including the gun.
Having liked the first “Terminator” better than the more-popular sequel, Crawford said, “I’ll be interested to see the movie.”
Till then, hasta la vista, baby.
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