Picture of District 9 inspired Nerf mod
I'm a fan of the movie District 9, the guys at Weta really know how to create.  AND so do the guys at NERF!

I've seen a couple Nerf repaints and I got inspired.  I went down to the local KMart and scored a Nerf Stampede on sale after Christmas for $12.97.  Brought it to the workbench and got busy!
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Step 1:

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The goal of this build was to keep the Nerf fully functional, without any internal mods.  It's a prop for goodness sake, I don't want to put an eye out!

The Stampede is just begging for this look.  Here's a list of materials and tools used:

Nerf Stampede, although so many of the Nerfs are perfect for mods.
Random bottles or can
E6000 glue
Random bits
feet from a dryer
masking tape
terry cloth rag
razor knife
sand paper

The first thing we did was play around with bits on the workbench and see how things shaped up.

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From there we filled in the screw holes, (no internal mods now!) and started gluing bits and pieces to the Nerf.  I do use inspiration from actual Weta District 9 weapons, mainly this one.

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Here we go with a few things glued on.

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As I mentioned, I'm not a big fan of sanding.  But this detail sander did save some time scuffing up the main body for paint and cleaning up where I put Magic-Sculpt into the screw holes.  It's noisy!  wear ear protection!

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One of the big things about District 9 weapons was the use of bottles and cans.  I had an empty rubbing alcohol bottle and mated that up with the bottom of a soda bottle to create a gas bottle look.

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Then I used some Magic-Sculpt to create some detail on the bottom of the 'canister'.  Basically so it didn't look so much like the bottom of a Dr. Pepper bottle. (I don't get paid for product placement...yet.)
dude this looks amazing! nicely done!!
Thank you! I'm tempted to go out and find another Nerf at the Goodwill store and see what I can do next.
there are a lot of people that make props and still get mulah .did you know most weapons in fantasy films are mainly nerf and water guns and all the artist does is paint it to look real and he gets paid lots of $$$$$.thats how easy it is,but i think YOU have a awsm talent.
OH MY GLOB,this is the best movie inspired paint mod i have ever seen.You should do s.f.x coz this gun seems legit.
Thank you! I don't know, does anyone make a living building props? ;)
ilpug2 years ago
Oh my Glob...

Well done sir, an internet to you.
monkeywork (author)  ilpug2 years ago
Thank you, I could not ascii for higher praise.
No problem, this thing is of movie quality. You should do some photo shoots with it, it would turn out great!
At first, I thought the first (and last) photo was a screen shot from the movie.

Very well done! Thanks for sharing.

monkeywork (author)  GorillazMiko2 years ago
Thank you, it really did come out better than expected. If I could have found a lobster claw oven mitt this morning, I would have added that to the shot.
Hahah. This scene was awesome.