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!
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
feet from a dryer
terry cloth rag
The first thing we did was play around with bits on the workbench and see how things shaped up.
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.
Here we go with a few things glued on.
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!
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.
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.)