I like to film stuff, and when I was interested in getting a smaller tripod although it wasn't to expensive to purchase a branded one, I realized that I had a spare old nerf Vulcan tripod being unused. It was such a fun and easy project and I would highly recommend to give it a go if you have a Vulcan or rhino-fire tripod just sitting around. The mount is very versatile, it can be move 360 degrees around, and about 60 degrees vertically.
However before you start here are some tools and materials you'll need:
- Vulcan or Rhino-fire tripod
- 6.35mm / 1/4'' Bolt and two nuts that fit into you camera
- Spray paint
- Detailing paint (optional)
- Cordless drill and 6.35mm / 1/4'' drill bit
- Dremmel/Rotary tool (optional)
- Sand paper
- Super glue
Step 1: Disasembly and System Modification
So, the first thing that you'll need to do to this is disassemble the nerf tripod. This is pretty easy, you basically just remove all the screws from around it, on all three layers of the top. The white piece in the second photo can be discarded, this usually locks the mover into one of two positions. The next thing that you want to do is sand/grind off the corners of the axle at the top of the body, I just used a rotary tool, but you could do this by hand it would just take longer. Once that is done you can apply some silicone, or lithium grease just to ensure the parts move smoothly.
Step 2: Applying the Connection Nut
So this step makes connecting the camera possible, once you've separated the turning head (First photo). The you can mark out and drill the hole for the bolt. It really comes down to how your camera is positioned as to where to put the hole but I found it was up in the corner. You then wand to super glue the nut it place. (Note. Although you want to be quit with positioning the nut once you have applied the glue, still make sure that it is perfectly in line with the hole.)
Step 3: Paint Prep
With the two pusher pieces that you removed from the turning head snip off the internal part with end cutters (First Photo). You then sand them down to a smooth finish. Because I didn't want this looking nerf related anymore I decide to grind and then sand off the logos (Third and Fourth photos). The Fifth photo shows all the part you'll need ready for painting, again I would recommend giving these all a sand with a high grit sand paper.
Step 4: Painting
To paint this layout the pieces on a flat surface, I would recommend newspaper, then begin but spraying long slow strokes. I would recommend to make the first coat a light coat, then make a heavier second and or third coat to the parts. (Note. Make sure to get both sides of the pieces and most of them you can see inside.
Step 5: Final Touches and Assembly
When putting this back together I would recommend replacing the old spring with a much heavy one, this in entirely optional but after play around with it I appreciated the strength it had to hold a position. Because I sanded off the logo on the side of the legs where I didn't paint, I decided to touch this up with some hand brushing of acrylic paint. Then the second nut and the two supporters can be glued onto the turning head, the bolt can then be screwed on when the glue it dry. After fully assembling it I realized that the gap into the head wasn't so pretty so I taped this up with some electrical tape. Otherwise the build is complete! I've really enjoyed playing around with this tripod, and although small can be used for all sorts of angles, and I would definitely recommend giving this a try if you can no use for your old volcan tripod.
Thank you very much for viewing and if you are interested in nerf related build perhaps you might like to check out my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqZ_pruEYLsJAGVyu... Or Website: http://maxmods.wix.com/maxmods