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« on: May 22, 2011 02:49:51 PM »

Hi everyone!

After a long absence from crafting due to stupid uni i'm enjoying busting out some crafts in my newly found free time in the summer hols  Cool My first big project is this beut!



She's my baby!  well, technically my boyfriends baby, but still.  It's taken me all day, but i'd definitely say that it was worth it.  she started out as a simple nerf maverick, Although I forgot to take a picture of her before she got all prettied.  She's been taken apart, sanded, scratched, painted, stained and put back together again.  Here's a couple of in progress shots to show the journey!

base coat (this is when my boyfriend remembered that we were going to take pictures Cheesy)









I used acrylic paints, but in future I definitley think I will invest in some of this RubnBuff stuff that seems to be common across the pond, I couldn't get it in edinburgh at such short notice but i'm quite intrigued by it.  I will also be investing in a can of spray paint to get the base coat down.  I did it by hand to try and save money and it was very annoying, especially when you just want to get cracking with the fun stuff. 

Lastly, a fancy posing shot taken by my boyfriend on his new fangled camera-majig.  C&C most welcome!







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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2011 03:08:35 PM »

Lovely.
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2011 06:45:57 PM »

This is a great mod. I never would have guessed it started as a nerf gun. Very cool!
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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2011 09:05:31 AM »

Thanks! I'm really proud of it, planning to do another pair in a different style, with holsters and accessories! They'll have to wait till payday though Sad
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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2011 09:56:44 AM »

This looks so cool!  I JUST told DH I'd do something like this to his Maverick.  I have a couple of questions, though...  Was it easy to take the gun apart and put it back together?  Does it still work? 

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« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2011 12:53:39 PM »

Thanks! The gun was pretty easy to take apart, just a few screws on one side of the gun, However you just have to watch for the innards springing out, I dunno if its quite common for that to happen but it's easy enough to put together again.  It happened to me which means this one is no longer functional as I lost a bit when it all sprang out Cry (just an excuse to buy a new one and try again!)  but providing all the bits on the inside stay the same the gun will be functional.  Also I would recommend keeping the paint away from the inside of the barrel where the nerf's go, as it takes aaages to dry and can cause problems with firing the nerfs as they get stuck in the barrel.

I can't wait to see your DH's spangly new Nerf gun!
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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2011 01:13:12 PM »

Heh, he already has three, which is why he's letting me mess with one to begin with!

What do you think the probability of getting a kick-ass paint job without taking it apart is?  Do-able?
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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2011 02:53:13 PM »

I think it would be do-able without taking the gun apart but quite tricky, areas like underneath the trigger and underneath the pullback mechanism would be quite difficult but I imagine with some tape to hold them in place while you paint underneath you could probably get them done.  I'd definitley advocate taking apart a gun like the maverick and painting it in pieces however, as its not too hard to reassemble and it makes life a lot easier for painting.  It's really down to whatever you would feel more comfortable about doing it, and theres a lot of videos on youtube about how to take apart and reassemble the guns etc, but I imagine either way you'll be able to make a fab end product Cheesy
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