Ok, so I've had this one brewing for a while now, and seeing as my Levin build is coming to a close (check the motoring sub-forum for that one), it's finally time to get started. Let's get the disclaimers out of the way... DO NOT TRY TO REPLICATE THIS YOURSELF UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!! This project will be using high voltages and currents and high velocities which if mistreated can be fatal. I am a registered electrician with over a decade of experience, so I have enough knowledge to know exactly why what I am doing is a bad idea. So what am I making? A Linear magnetic accelerator, otherwise known as a gauss or coil gun. My design will be a three stage, SCR fired unit with reluctor feedback and 5640uF of capacitance at 400V per stage (12x 470uF, 400V caps per stage). Also, I'll be designing it to look the part too...  This project has now been christened: Project MADELINE. MAgnetic DEvice for LINear accEleration Thanks to roomandu for the name.