The expectations for my project just increased, and I need 2 internet sources for nerf modification. Obviously, I would love for these to be from NH. So, what I am asking any active user on this site (and thanks again Cna) : Can you copy/paste modding basics (I think by joeyagrll...maybe), and also, can you copy/paste a good NF write-up? Not too complicated, but still good. I would do this myself, but I was a retard and got myself suspended until July...Oh, and I need this by monday. Also, just for the bibliographical purposes, I need the URL (link) for the topics at NH. Thank you again... I'll find out a way to repay you....
Its ok because we basically have the whole site to ourselves.Here you are:
A lot of people have trouble modding. They look at some of the seemingly more structured write-ups, and think "How do they do it that good? Mine looks like crap!" It's really not that hard. There are some simple rules and things you can do to help your modding process out.
First off, the location. You want a hard surface, but something that is okay to get scratched up. If need be, put a block of plywood down or something to protect it. Also, you're going to want a seat, because you may be here for awhile. A light is something good to have, too. If you are doing excessive gluing/painting, you may want to find a well ventilated area to do this. A heater or fan to control temperature is a good idea. You want to be comfortable. Good places for modding are workbenches in your garage or basement, or on a desk.
Materials. There are a couple of key things you will need. One is a Dremel, or other rotary tool. This small power tool will work wonders. Grab some spare parts to it. Also, a hot glue gun with plenty of spare glue. A multi-temp gun is a good investment. A surge protector may be needed for excessive tools. Okay,
onto the list of items: You should get various sizes of screwdrivers, needle nosed pliers, scissors, wire-cutters, duct tape, electrical tape, epoxy, Plumber's Goop, a ruler, spare rags/cloth, rubber bands, and a few knives. Also, keep several kinds of
pipe/tubing on hand. 1/2"schd. 40 PVC, 1/2" CPVC, a few 1/2" PVC couplers, and some vinyl tubing. All of the above is available at a Lowes or Home Depot, or similar hardware store, for low costs. If you can get your hands on it, find some brass tubing. Sold at most hobby stores, get a few feet, as it's sold in foot long intervals for about $2.50. The sizes you are most likely to work with are 17/32" and 9/16".
Now, you don't need everything above, but having it all will help. If you are going to record your work, you may want to get a paper and pencil to write your process down. If you have one, use a digital camera. Pictures are always nice, and a good set of pictures will always improve your mod write-up.
Onto the actual basics of modifying Nerf blasters. I'll divide it into two sections, air powered and spring powered blasters. Air powered guns have pumps and air tanks that hold the air until you release it by pulling the trigger. Spring guns have springs, plungers, and plunger tubes inside, and compress a spring with the plunger backwards, lock it in place, then release it when you shoot. First, a few basics. After you unscrew the gun, place a towel or cloth over the gun as you remove the case. This way, anything that flies out doesn't go shooting across the room. Hopefully, nothing will happen, and you can either remember the internals or take a picture before going on. It will help as you put it all back together.
Spring blasters are rather simple to modify. The general thing to do is replace the barrel with one more suited to the task. For guns with low air delivery, such as pistols, you most likely want a barrel that is slightly tight for your dart. For guns that deliver air slower but in greater amounts, such as old arrow shooting blasters, a tight fit that telescopes into a looser one works well. For reference, look at Cxwq's Darts and Barrels article on this site. Now, you also want to remove any air restriction that gets in the way of air flow. Make sure that the dart cannot get sucked into the plunger tube, however. If your barrel is directly connected, you may want a piece of brass or plastic at the back to prevent the dart from getting in there. Another common thing to do is either replace the spring with a stronger one or add rubber bands to the cocking handle outside the gun. This way, the plunger snaps forwards faster, generating a faster airflow.
Air guns are likewise easy. Don't be daunted by the seemingly complicated internals or ideas, it's actually quite simple. One of the main mods is to take the pump and fill the hole at the back of the pump handle with hot glue. This hole prevents over-pumping, and reduces the amount you can pump a gun. If you do this, make sure you don't pump it too much. When it starts getting hard, stop. Barrels for air guns should have a neutral fit in most cases with the dart. A fairly long barrel is good, though.
Hopefully, this has helped you understand modding basics and given you some useful hints in your modding process. Remember, we want to see your mods, so make sure you have good descriptions and pictures to match. It will make your mod seem much more professional.http://nerfhaven.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=1634
Go ahead and open your gun up. You first have to take the cap off of the handle where the batteries go. Keep up with anything that flies out, including springs and a small square washer at the bottom of the handle. The gun is simple, once you get past the electronics, but they aren't that complicated. The internals are all screwed in. You may want to leave the light in; you may want to take it out. I'm leaving it in for now, to shine in people's eyes and such when I get bored. It adds a bit of weight to the gun, too, so that may effect your judgement in either way.
I was happy to see a heavy spring and well lubed gun again.
The plunger and barrel, however, were odd. It broke into quite a few pieces. It's simple to put it back together, though. You will notice that the plunger has a "cap" on it. Take it off, and the end of the shaft could knock your barrel out. You may want to drill a large hole in the middle of it for a better air path, I belive the blaster is already adequate. I left it in, and looked at the next piece. It was a small spring and pronged thing, some stupid air restriction, obviously. I did away with it.
See this thing? When I did, I knew right away what to do.
You should have felt that coming. Now, we just stick a barrel on here.
I used PETG, you can also use 9/16" Brass for a similair performance. The PETG was lighter, and I didn't have the majority of my tools with me, so I was limited on what I could do. The stock darts fit suprisingly well into this PETG. I would suggest you contact IronRhino for some. Either way, a good 4" will do you well.
Stick it on, and apply glue. Epoxy would do so much better, but like I said, I didn't have most of my stuff.
Plop your new barrel assembly and the plunger cap back on the gun. I would add more glue in between, because we are going to remove everything in front of this that made it fit nice.
Stick it all back in there, it's not too hard. The PETG fits nice, I added electrical tape for hold and protection. I also fit the orange thing at
the end of the barrel back on to keep it straight and hold it some more. It's a snug, but comfortable fit.
There. The Nite Finder, with it's new barrel. I need to stick rubber bands on there. It's getting average 52' right now, which is impressive. I think bands will add a few more feet.
I cut these ammo holders off, so I could fit the blaster in my pocket easier.. This is a small blaster, much smaller than the Tech Target. The ranges, again, are comparable to a Lock'n'Load, and it feels good, is incredibly cheap, and has a light on it. I hope you guys like this gun. It's cool, but I don't think I'm going to use it myself, not just yet anyways. I still can't put the LnL down. I don't think it has the range or power, but it is much more accurate (without the light), and the grip seems to melt into your hands. A steal for the price and simplicity of the mod. Enjoy.http://nerfhaven.com/mods/rags_nitefinder/
THe pics aren't working though.