Hi to everybody, dear friends! :)
I'm Filippo, I'm italian (from Bologna), so I apologize for my bad english XD It's a long time since follow Instructables, but I've never made one of my own. This is my first one!
I love Borderlands and Nerf Guns, so... the result is simple! I made a replica out of a Nerf Strongarm, one of the most common and cheap guns of the N-Strike Elite series. It's a beautiful toy, like all of the other Nerf Gun. But obviously, it looks like a toy (and for a good reason!). Our aim is to turn this little guy in a Borderlands weapon, and this time I took my inspiration from Hyperion guns: yellow is the main color, and there are always some white stripes on the chassis. The name of our creation will be HYPERION STRONGARM! :D Not very clever... but effective. So, let's start with a shopping list!
Remember that I'm writing down italian prices for everything. I know for sure that in America Nerf Guns are cheaper. Sigh.
- Nerf Strongarm (17€ on amazon Italy)
- Sand paper grit 80 + grit 240 (5€ total)
- Masking tape (in Italy we call it "nastro carta": paper tape), several sizes (3€)
- Spray paint: white, yellow, black (15€ tot)
H20 Spray paint is always good, but I have used a more generic paint for hobbies and decoration. Luxen is a very good quality and cheap brand here in Italy. Avoid spray paint that make an extremely thick layer or are to glossy. Matte paint are the best for this kind of plastics.
- Primer spray for plastic (4€)
- Good quality acrilic paint, chrome-silver effect (9€)
- Little brush, good quality (2-3€)
- X acto Knife, or a similar pen cutter (5€)
Tot: circa 50€
You will also need:
- a philips screwdriver
- mask for painting if you are making the project inside
- paper, water
ATTENTION: as always, if you are using spray paint (even H2O based) the best choice is to work outside, in a well ventilated area. We don't want to paint our lungs! :) Pay attention to the cutter too.
NOTE: A lot of this material (almost everything except for the gun) will not be used entirely for the project. In fact, the "real" usage of the paint and other things will cost you 30€ circa, Nerf included. :)