My New Workshop

It is one of my dreams to have my own shop, complete with a forge and wood working tools, as well as a Nerf gun rack. While I, as of yet, have no forge and most of my wood working is done with hand tools, part of my dream is now a reality. Behold!

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This is the dining room area in our one bedroom apartment. It has now been transformed into my craft workshop. (Can you believe my wife is cool with this?!) The far left shelf houses my sewing machine, a tub of random materials, tools, tapes, and adhesives. The next shelf over holds fabrics and sewing equipment on the bottom, and Nerf parts and ammo on the middle shelf. The tops of both shelves are reserved for current projects. See anything interesting? (If you look closely you might notice a few blaster shells on the left, in various stages of being repainted. On the next shelf is a new-in-box Retaliator along with a few small boxes from Orange Mod Works.) The far right shelf is all Nerf storage.

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This is the bulk of my collection, but it does not include the painted blasters, or the ones currently being worked on. IĀ  have estimated that I currently own 70 or so Nerf blasters. Some of them will remain stock, most will be modified and/or painted… eventually. Points of interest in this photo may include my short barreled Vulcan (on the top shelf, it has quite the future in store for it), my modified Centurion (bottom shelf, this blaster is not worth the $50 price tag), and my squirrel prop from my Daryl Dixon costume.

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Harley’s Handcannon

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I thoroughly enjoy comic books! Super heroes fascinate me, as do the villains. Batman is at the top of my list of favorite heroes, and certainly has quite the collection of memorable malcontents in his rogues gallery. One of the most enjoyable of these antagonists is Harley Quinn. Given her love of toys, and penchant for over-sized handguns, she is the inspiration for this prop blaster.

This project started life a a Nerf Dart Tag Snapfire 8. I was curious about its single hand firing mechanism. It’s honestly pretty underpowered compared to the Elite series, but the mechanism is interesting. In hindsight I should have included a picture of the internals, but, as this is purely an aesthetic mod, it isn’t that relevant to the project. Speaking of aesthetics, I found the Snapfire to be rather unattractive. In particular, I disliked the way the shell came to an awkward point at the back. As this shape has no effect on the blasters operation, I did away with it.

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I patched the resulting hole using two custom pieces that I fabricated from 1/8″ ABS plastic sheet.

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I removed the Nerf Dart Tag badging, and sanded the entire blaster with 400 grit. Everything got a Krylon Fusion, Satin Black base coat. The inner shell and cylinder were drybrushed using Citadel Paints, Boltgunmetal model paint, to give them a worn steel look.

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I relabeled the speed/power settings.

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In keeping with the Harley theme, the right side of the outer shell received several coats of Krylon Gloss Cherry Red, while the left side remained black.

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Right side.

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Left side. The 8 was reshaped into an H using my Dremel and some epoxy putty.

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I used a silver Sharpy paint pen to do the weathering on the outer shell to get a chipped paint effect. I followed that up with several layers of Krylon Satin clear coat.

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If you like it leave a comment. I’m always trying to improve my painting skills, so constructive criticism is welcome as well.

A BRIEF DISCLAIMER: I am not affiliated with any of the brands that are mentioned in this post or any of my others. I simply wish to share the products that I used, in the hopes that it might help others. Thanks for reading!

Teasers

While it is true that I have not been very active online as of late, that does not mean that I have been inactive in my creative pursuits. That said, I thought I might offer you all a taste of what is to come.

For those of you who are interested in my foam weaponry: I have two, more recently built, swords that I will be posting pictures of. I am currently working on a video game inspired sword and shield commission. When the commission is complete I will be posting a write up of the build process, as well as pictures of the finished pieces.

For those of you who are interested in my Nerf mods: I am currently in the middle of four builds. The first is a customized pair of His and Hers Nerf Jolt dueling pistols. The second is a DC comics villain inspired Nerf Snapfire mod. The third is a modified Buzzbee Pirate Flintlock. Finally, I have some exciting plans for a very unique Lanard Rotator X8 mod.

Neo-Victorian Gun Blade

This is a piece that I made a little over a year ago.

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It’s a Nerf Night Finder turned gun blade. It was made for a female cosplayer, to go with her steampunk thief costume.

I removed the ammo holders as well as the “laser sight.” Aside from an AR removal, I left the Nerf internals unaltered. The barrel was made from a 1/2 inch PVC coupler. The blade is carved from a piece of pine. Here you can see it unpainted.

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I carved the blade to fit the shell then used plumber’s epoxy to fill the gaps. Next came a base coat of mat black spray paint (Krylon Fusion for Plastics), and some detail done in model paints. I added a few decorative bits that were suppliedĀ  to me by the young woman. The detailing was finished with the addition of some leather cord.

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Assassin’s Creed Inspired Hidden Gun

I know that I’m not the first person to do something like this, but I think my take on it is unique.

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It started life as a Nerf Jolt. I cut the barrel off, and made a new one from 1/2″ CPVC. I used an old Recon catch spring and a piece of ball point pen to rework the trigger.

Here’s a link to a write up that helped me solve those problems. http://nerfhaven.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=21954 It’s by a Nerf Haven user named iamthatcat.

The armor plate is heat shaped PVC, and the straps are small dog collars. The feature that I am most proud of is the ring trigger. It fires with a flick of the wrist.

The Marauder: A Work in Progress

I’ll admit it, I bought a Nerf Raider just for the drum magazine. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the Slam-fire feature, but I really just wanted more ammo capacity for my Recon. This left me with the problem of what to do with an under-used Raider.

One afternoon, as I was watching the first Iron Man movie for the third or fourth time, I was struck with an idea. The arm mounted flame thrower on the Mark I inspired my most ambitious mod to date. I call it the Marauder.

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I gutted the raider, and sawed off the barrel. I removed the pump action, and reworked it into a bolt action. Then I cut off the grip, and glued the trigger back so that it would always be in Slam-fire mode. Once I was sure that it was working properly, I used two kinds of epoxy to attach the blaster to an armor plate that I had fashioned from a length of 4 inch diameter PVC pipe.

It still needs permanent straps and a finished paint job, but it is fully operational, arm mounted Slam-fire goodness.

I’ll post more pics when I get around to finishing it.