Nerf Strongarm Borderlands 2 Hyperion gun replica


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.

You'll need:

- 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. :)

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Bluejay19629 days ago
This is by far, one of the coolest instructable I've ever seen. Great job!
Darthorso (author)  Bluejay19629 days ago
Thank you dear friend! :D
BBoy.Saru2 months ago

Ciao! ottima guida e ottimo lavoro :D stavo provando a seguirla e sono arrivato alla seconda mano di nero e aspetto che asciughi, ma quando metti il nastro per coprire non c'è pericolo che l'adesivo rovini la vernice? :)

Darthorso (author)  BBoy.Saru1 month ago

Ciao! :D Grazie mille per l'apprezzamento.

Il trucco è usare una vernice di buona qualità su una superficie ben "scartavetrata", in questo modo farà ottima presa e non dovrai preoccuparti del nastro.

Al tempo stesso, mi raccomando usa un nastro carta leggero! Nei negozi/catene di fai da te, ferramenta e mesticherie dovresti trovate proprio il nastro da mascherature, che di solito usano i carrozzieri per questo tipo di lavori :)

A presto!

mi sa che il mio errore è stata l'impazienza XD che non ho dato molto tempo alla vernice per asciugare bene..però nel complessivo il risultato è stato buono essendo stato il primo tentativo, allego la foto così mi puoi dare il tuo giudizio ^_^

Darthorso (author)  BBoy.Saru1 month ago

Beh, mi sembra davvero un ottimo risultato, soprattutto per il primo tentativo! :D Complimenti!

Mi raccomando per le prossime repliche cura molto la carteggiatura, sembra uno step poco importante in realtà determina in gran parte come attecchirà il nuovo strato di vernice :)

Ancora complimenti :)

grazie mille mi fa piacere ^_^ eh in effetti mi sono impegnato poco nella carteggiatura, avevo poca carta e poca voglia ahahaha e dire che siamo una famiglia di falegnami XD al prossimo tentativo voglio provare a farla con i colori della maliwan :)

Darthorso (author)  BBoy.Saru1 month ago

Io ho comprato un nerf Centurion (il fucile lunghissimo da cecchino) e mi piacerebbe farlo maliwan, ho anche già i colori :) Peccato abbia zero tempo... come vedi il mio ultimo progetto è di mesi fa...

wooooooo quando riuscirai a farla voglio vedere la foto :D

gil.nackaerts2 months ago

Great work my friend! This will go nicely with my Handsome Jack cosplay!

Thanks for sharing the step-by-step proces!

Darthorso (author)  gil.nackaerts2 months ago

Great to know! :D Please post some pics of your finished cosplay, I'm curious! :D

djlee48 made it!5 months ago

Love This!!! Had to make my own. Very good Instructable!

Darthorso (author)  djlee485 months ago

This is epic!!!! Well done my friend, it's a marvellous gun now! :D

Thank you for your appreciation! :D

This is amazing. Such craftsmanship you have done, do you have a step by step on doing greatness like the Hyperion pistol.
Darthorso (author)  Jonathan Payne6 months ago

Thank you Johnathan, you are very kind! :D I have one or two project ready to post similar to this one, but first I want to wait for a proper contest to begin! :D

I hope this guide will help you with your projects, my dear friend! ;)

gbush-whitmer6 months ago

Do you think this will work with the Nerf Maverick REV-6? It's basically the same thing.

Pensi che questo funzionerà con il Nerf Maverick REV-6? E 'fondamentalmente la stessa cosa.

Darthorso (author)  gbush-whitmer6 months ago

I DO think so my friend! :) They are basically the same gun. I don't own a Maverick, but I think you'll only have to disassemble the internal parts in a different way (if internal parts are somehow different!).

But you can use this instructions for every gun in your armory! The painting process is the same.

When Instructables will make a proper contest, I will also publish a Barricade mod guide, where I'll also show the complete disassembling of an electric Nerf ;) (MUCH MORE difficult than this one!)

My third mod will be a Centurion one, where I'll hope to add some leds, too!

If I can help you with everything, you only have to ask my friend! :)

hcollier16 months ago

Hey, is there a way to do this without disassembling? I would disassemble it, but I can't since several of the screws are stripped, and I don't have a drill nor can I get my hands on one. It really doesn't matter that much if it doesn't look as good. Thanks! :)

Darthorso (author)  hcollier16 months ago

Hi dear friend! :)

Yeah, if you don't want to disassemble the gun, you can always paint it as it is, but some parts like the trigger won't be really good, 'cause you can't paint internal parts... :/

What about stripped screws you were talking about? It's strange, Strongarm is not supposed to have stripped screws... I've disassembled mine without using any drill at all... Maybe you are talking about a different gun?

Gabry2956 months ago

Forse sarebbe meglio mettere un breve video per la parte del Dry-Brush, comunque davvero bella figata!

Darthorso (author)  Gabry2956 months ago

Grazie mille Gabry! :D

In effetti il dry-brush è una di quelle cose più facili a dirsi che a farsi. Fidati che appena lo provi il risultato ti si palesa "magicamente" tra le mani!

Vedrai anche nella seconda pistola che posterò, ci sono ancor più foto :)

Bene! Sono stracurioso! :D

Darthorso (author)  Gabry2956 months ago

Aspetto che ci sia un contest Nerf o simile! :)

phudson47 months ago
ThisIsSteve7 months ago

Looks good. Nice ible

Darthorso (author)  ThisIsSteve7 months ago

Thank you! :)

I have another one about Nerf Mods almost ready... ;)

inoname7 months ago

That's a good one.

Darthorso (author)  inoname7 months ago

Thank you, I'm glad you like it :D

eyouel7 months ago
That's cool
Darthorso (author)  eyouel7 months ago

Thank you dear friend! :)

Another one is coming soon :)

inoname7 months ago

is a good one but not fires to far check out mine at fires ink cartrages up to 80 feats

Darthorso (author)  inoname7 months ago

Really good idea, my congratulations! :D

xarlock6677 months ago

I love the design of guns like this. (I have been shooting real guns since I was 3 or so.) But with no barrel they are impractical as all get out. I have given some thought though to making one that fires a steel, aluminum, or tungsten dart in a plastic sabot (casing) so that the fins on the dart could stabilize the round. It will be much fun once I find the time to work on it. Borderlands makes some of the most original gun designs I have seen, it is one of the main reasons I play it.

Darthorso (author)  xarlock6677 months ago

Great xarlock! Please, if you realize something like that, do not hesitate to post some photos here, it would be great.

I hope you'll follow me, I have some great project for future guns, indeed! :)

Have a wonderful day my friend.

bgibson727 months ago

Very nice, Darthoso! I am contimplating doing the same thing as my children have so many of the Nerf guns laying around, but I'm not sure if they would mind having them painted up or not. I would love to try to make a Maliwan gun with some green, purple or orange LEDs...Well done!

Darthorso (author)  bgibson727 months ago

Thank you very much bgibson72! :D

I'm sure your children would LOVE to have some special and unique weapons! Ask him! :) Maliwan weapons are beautiful, I also love the western look of Jakobs.

LEDs are one of the possibilities that I'm considering for future project. Stay tuned my friend! :D

I'll be looking forward to seeing those. I wouldn't mind doing one of each set. I also love the Torgue checkered pattern and Tediore's use of phosphorescent carbon fibre. So many possibilities with that game!!

Darthorso (author)  bgibson727 months ago

Oh yeah, that would be awesome! Please post some images when you'll realize a nerf mod, I'm very very curious about it! :)

And yes, Borderlands it's one of my favorite games ever and it gives you a lot of wonderful ideas! :)

Create, my dear friend! :D

nerfrocketeer7 months ago
Nice mods man! I can't wait to see the Barricade mod!
Darthorso (author)  nerfrocketeer7 months ago

Thank you dear friend! :D

I think the Barricade will be a little more difficult, because it has some electric parts (it's semi-automatic) and a more complex chassis! :D

I hope to start the Barricade this weekend ;)

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