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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Series: Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569767165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569767160
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One must assert dominion over their desktop. Between the instructions provided in John Austin's book and access to your company's office supplies cabinet, you need tolerate no threat to the security of your cubicle."  —William Gurstelle, author, Absinthe & Flamethrowers and Backyard Ballistics



"We love this MacGyverization of office supplies, and the book is probably the perfect Christmas gift for the man who has nothing, or the cubicle monkey in your life."  —Charlie Sorrel, Wired.com



"Mini Weapons is the Holy Grail: a beautifully illustrated guide for making all manner of miniature munitions, from slingshots and catapults to mines and bazookas, with supplies that can be found in any household, office, or classroom."  —Gizmodo.com



"Learn how to build an arsenal of weapons from office supplies and junk-drawer items in an effort to annoy your coworkers, family and friends."  —Draft Magazine



"Cubicle farms are full of enemy combatants begging to be taken out."  —Wired Magazine



"These inexpensive ideas are fun for all ages and can inspire the kid in all of us."  —Appleton Post Crescent



"Take your cubicle wars past the archaic stage of just spitballs and elastic bands with John Austin's book, Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction."  —OhGizmo.com



"Nothing inside that will land you on the FBI watch list. (We dont think)."  —Urbandaddy.com

About the Author

John Austin is a professional toy designer and author of MiniWeapons of Mass Destruction: Build Implements of Spitball Warfare and So Now You’re a Zombie.


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John Austin worked as a senior toy designer in the Boy's Research and Development Department at Hasbro Toys. His principle area of expertise was the creative process of new product development. During his initial five years, he worked on popular brands like; Transformers, Star Wars, Iron Man, Spiderman, Jurassic Park, Tonka and Gi Joe. Skilled in 3D computer modeling, illustration and creative thinking, he brings many of these talents to the creation of his book projects, as well as ever-increasing market awareness for each individual product he works on.

For more information, fun free content and downloads, visit johnaustinbooks.com

Customer Reviews

My daughter loved getting this book for Christmas.
Ron
We have already pre-ordered the third book and are anxiously awaiting it's arrival.
Amazon Customer
He has hours of fun making all the weapons and it uses items that he has at home.
D. A. High

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Shala Kerrigan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 20, 2011
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Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2: Build a Secret Agent Arsenal by John Austen is the sequel to Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction.

If you haven't read either of them, they contain instructions to build all sorts of neat weapons that are meant for "office warfare". I've never worked in an office with that kind of office warfare but I really like both books.

I really don't recommend this at all for kids or adults who are liable to shoot the weapons at each other.

I'm a fan because of interesting projects built out of easy to find office supplies. The emphasis is firmly on safety. You are reminded to wear safety glasses and given ideas for targets to fire at instead of firing the projectiles at people.

As a firm believer that fun examples make it easier to remember basic math and science principles, these books go hand in hand in my family with discussions about things like Newton's Laws of Motion, and how they apply to projectiles. We get to build things and compete with each other for accuracy shooting at targets.

In this sequel, the guns and weapons are powered by balloons and rubber bands. They are made to look like models of real guns. Not realistic looking enough to be scary, but realistic looking enough to make most young men and women who are interested in such things happy. Most of the projects call for hot glue and craft knife use, so supervision may be necessary.

The ammo for these is creative and inexpensive. Candy, mini-marshmallows, pennies and even cotton swabs.

In this book, other than the weapons, there are also projects for spy equipment like projects that can be used safely by kids or adults. A periscope made from CDs and toothpaste box, cipher wheel are some examples, lots of ideas for concealed storage.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MD on January 5, 2012
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Great ideas for office "wars." This makes you look like a pro when the rubber band wars break out! Building takes a little practice but anyone that has a Lego background should have no problem!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam Scott on July 14, 2013
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This book gives instructions to build some of the coolest and spy-like weapons there are. Extremely detailed instructions and pictures to give the creator insight on how to build the weapons properly. Great book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 9, 2013
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This book is SOOO fabulous. It got two 13 year old boys to put down their Xbox controllers for several days on multiple occassions. My son went to the dollar store and spent his own allowance to buy supplies to make all the cool stuff in this book. Not that it's necessary, you will probably have stuff to make this at home, but he wanted to make it ALL. We have already pre-ordered the third book and are anxiously awaiting it's arrival. The first book was great, too. Although we all preferred this one over the first.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By strawberry letter 23 on March 13, 2012
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Great for 10 yrs. and up. Easy to follow instructions.you don't have to go out and buy supplies to make these fun gadgets. You will have everything you need just laying around the house. Breeds creativity. I highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harlequintet on January 15, 2013
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I love the book, mostly for the pistols in it. I have a lot of extra playing cards from hosting poker at my house and they make the guns look awesome. Plus, I can use them to shoot candy at the players not paying attention. Not only does it get their attention, they get candy out of it! :D
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vielleicht on June 22, 2012
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The book is fun to flip through and build out of. It also helps form ideas for other weapons. The only thing is that only about half the books good, the other half is more like a different version of a similar devise in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ron on January 16, 2012
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My daughter loved getting this book for Christmas. She read it cover to cover and now we are working together to build some of the projects. The descriptions of how to build are good and most projects can be built with minor supervision of kids.
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