Adam Savage of Mythbusters is working on a perfect replica of the gun from the science fiction movie “The Fifth Element,” which stars Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman and little known actor by the name of Luke Perry.
For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, the Zorg ZF-1 is the end-all, beat-all king of weapons. It’s an assault rifle complete with homing bullets, a rocket launcher, arrow shooters (with explosive and poisonous tips), a net launcher, a flame thrower and the “ice cube system” (freeze gas). To top it all off, it’s ambidextrous. Who wouldn’t want a toy like that?
Ever since seeing it on the silver screen 13 years ago, Savage has been trying to replicate the ZF-1. The truly tragic thing about it is that he could only work from screenshots he’d taken from the movie, so he worked on the gun for seven years before he managed to get his hands on an actual movie prop. Only then did he discover that his measurements were about 10 percent off and he had to start again from scratch.
Luckily, he has a dedicated community of ZF-1 fanatics at his back who are researching ways to build their own ZF-1. Savage has drawn from their expertise to create a basic ZF-1 replica that is slowly nearing completion. When it’s done, he plans for it to have moving parts, full electronics and possibly even sound effects. It has taken Savage more than 13 years just to get this far, but once he’s is finished he’ll be the proud owner of one of the coolest movie gun replicas ever created.