Rapidstrike Rewire

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This is a very basic Rapidstrike rewire. This will not get you top tier performance, but, if you are an electrical noob like me, it is a great place to start. The primary goal of this mod was to rewire the Rapidstrike so that it could use a battery pack, and to add a voltmeter in order to monitor the charge of said pack. The secondary goal was to gain sufficient knowledge to prepare me for a more advanced Rapidstrike build. Throughout this build I followed Torukmakto4’s “Standard Rapidstrike, An Illustrated Guide.”

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A Good Blaster at Your Side: Modifying the Nerf Han Solo Blaster

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If you have already seen my imgur post on the Nerf sub-reddit, then most of this will be review. That said, I will be going over the mods I’ve done, so far, on my Han Solo blaster, as well as my opinion of the blaster, and my future plans for it.

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Review: Blastersmiths UK Big Bag O’ Blasters (aka Big B.O.B.)

If you have ever seen The Mummy, then you probably remember the scene where Rick O’Connell, played by Brendan Fraser, pulls out his roll of weaponry. If you are anything like me, the first thought that occurred to you was, something to the effect of, “I want one of those.” For this reason, I was compelled to purchase the Big Bag O’ Blasters (or Big B.O.B.) from Blastersmiths UK (BSUK). BSUK is a company, based in the United Kingdom, that offers bespoke Nerf tactical gear as well as upgrade kits and parts for certain Nerf blasters.

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Review and Modification: The BoomCo Farshot

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When BoomCo was announced in early 2014, I was curious. When a toy giant like Mattel decides to throw their hat in the blaster ring and take on the reigning champ, you take notice. However, I had my reservations. The designs were unique, the color schemes were cool, and Mattel was trying new things. Unfortunately, some of those new things had no triggers, and were obviously designed for a younger demographic.

One of the major things that turned me off to BoomCo, at the start, was the darts. Don’t get me wrong, I am open to new ammo types. I loved Nerf Vortex (while it lasted). I like some of the Nerf Mega line. I’m excited about where Nerf Rival is going. Heck, I used to rock a Koosh Vortex Tornado back in the day. However, BoomCo’s propriatary darts seemed to be specifically designed for target shooting. Smart Stick Darts that have been designed to stick only to photo paper targets are an impressive feat of chemical engineering, but I don’t often find myself shooting at people that are covered in photo paper. So, I figured that BoomCo wasn’t for me, and I left it alone.

My interest was rekindled with the announcement of BoomCo’s Halo blasters, not because I’m a Halo fan, but because I’m a prop maker. I decide to give BoomCo a try. The opportunity came in the form of a Farshot on clearance at Walmart for $3.

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Custom Modified Strongarm and eBay Store Launch

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I had one last Orange Mod Works 7kg spring, and I decided to install it in this Strongarm. I chose to leave the air restrictor in place, as it is an important part of the mechanism that seals the plunger tube to the cylinder upon firing. Besides, modern Elite style air restrictors are reasonably efficient. Dart velocities seem significantly higher than stock, and slam-fire is working well. This blaster would be a great secondary for super-stock Nerf or Humans vs Zombies.

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As for the paint, I started with a charcoal gray vinyl dye base coat. I added hand painted black and green detailing. I tried out a Rust-Oleum satin clear enamel. It seems to be a bit more durable than the clear acrylic spray that I usually use, but I think I prefer flat clear coats to satin. That said, I am quite happy with how the green turned out. The orange pieces were left unpainted for safety purposes.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I will be listing my remaining inventory on eBay. This Strongarm is one of three blasters that are currently for sale. Check out the eBay listing here.

Please take a look at my other blaster listings as well.

Custom Zombie Strike Crossfire Bow

Custom N-Strike Alpha Trooper

I will be listing more blasters in the coming weeks. All blasters will be listed as auctions with a base price of $5-$10.

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Nerf Rival: Gimmick or Game Changer

I promised my overall opinion of the Nerf Rival line, and here it is. As a disclaimer, I must admit that I only have first hand experience with the Apollo. After much deliberation, I have chosen not to purchase a Nerf Rival Zeus MXV-1200 at this time.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the idea of a magazine fed flywheel Rival blaster, and I hope Hasbro makes more. However, the limited magazine size (12 rounds) and the awkward magazine changes make the Zeus unsuitable as a primary, in my opinion.

As an aside, my regular readers have probably noticed that I do not review every new blaster as it comes out. I leave that to the Youtube reviewers who get free promotional PR packages, and/or have a larger budget than I do. As my hobby budget is limited, I have to be selective of the blasters that I purchase.

Both the Apollo and the Zeus serve as excellent “proofs-of-concept.” With these blasters, Hasbro has proven that the technology is there. Higher velocity, more accurate, “off the shelf” blasters are a reality. The Rival blasters prove that they are not just another gimmick (i.e. Modulus, Elite-XD, etc.), chiefly because they live up to their claims. What is needed next is refinement, specifically in the areas of ammo capacity, ergonomics, and usability.

To be specific, I would like to see an ergonomic, high capacity (18+ rounds), pump action or flywheel primary, with a mag change as smooth as the Apollo’s.

Second, I would like to see a Rival side arm that is as functional and holster-able as the Hammershot. (I would be willing to sacrifice a bit of velocity for a compact secondary blaster.)

Most of all, I want to see a sniper style blaster that lives up to its looks. I’m not asking for a miracle. I just want something that is capable of accurate shots over 50 feet, and looks as cool as a Longstrike.

Whether, or not, Nerfers will be willing to trade in their darts for “high impact rounds” remains to be seen. However, initial reception seems to be enthusiastic.

Ultimately, the success of the line hinges on what Hasbro does next.

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