After breaking the case off his Dad’s Bakelite soldering gun in 1983, Craig Smith decided to fix the device by fitting its components into a gutted Star Wars Han Solo pistol, which included running the lightbulb up into the scope on top and rigging a button on the handle as the trigger switch.
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.
Somewhere out there, George Lucas and Radio Shack executives are rubbing their chins in dollar sign induced fascination.