What do I have to rebel against? What have you got?
When I got to the point of almost finishing the Nitefinder pistol, I realized I had a lot of paint and Bondo left. Upon a visit to Le Target with my husband, I also realized that the Nerf Rebel Fleet Trooper guns were running out at local stores. I had been dithering over whether or not to get the gun, because to me it meant a commitment to eventually make the costume. However, I had so much fun with the Nitefinder, that I figured I should do this project too, regardless of whether I make a RFT costume or not.
Above, of course, is my current arsenal of functional Nerf guns. I have one more, but that was taken apart and could never get it back together right. It was basically the sacrificial lamb for the Nitefinder modification project. When you are dealing with a gun that only costs $6 at the store, you can have backup. The grey and green unmodified Nerf gun was bought from Food 4 Less' closeout shelf for $3. No darts included for that price, but still, a score.
However, the Rebel Fleet Trooper gun is a licensed product. And as such, you pay for the price of the license. One thing that is really cool about the gun is that it is pretty darn accurate and lower price at the same time. Master Replicas made an RFT gun, but it was a limited edition, very expensive, and weighed 30 pounds. The only place you can really get the thing now is on eBay. For $275.00, in this case. The Hasbro Nerf version is only $20.00. It costs a little more in some places, but $20.00 is the usual price. It comes in two paint jobs: dark blue and camo green. Both are wildly and completely wrong looking. But still, putting it right is not a big problem. I'll show you the steps.
Here's the gun I got at the Northridge Target.
The worst detail on the stock toy is this random orange nurnie here:
Let me give you a closer view of this fugly thing.
It's there to hold darts. Sound familiar? Anyway, this is SCREWED IN ON THE INSIDE. The only way to remove it totally and completely is to take the thing apart and unscrew it. However, it is so easy to screw up a Nerf gun after opening it up, so you have to get rid of the foul nurnie by cutting it off from the front.
Here's how I dealt with it:
I cut the "wings" of the dart holder off, leaving a little wedge-like nurnie in its place. It's not perfect, but at least it's not this vulgar, fugly thing. It could be another adjuster knob on the gun. The terra-cotta colored blotches on the gun are Bondo ding filler -- again, the premixed stuff in a tube, not the stuff in a can you have to mix. You sand the patches down so they are more-or-less flush with the body of the gun. Note also that I got rid of most of the (ahem) cocking ring. (ahem) Again, to use it now, you put the stub between your index and middle finger, and pull it like a bow string.
The next step is primer-ing the gun. This is just standard grey sandable primer.
Next, you hit it with flat black paint. Again, just standard flat black spray paint.
Then after the flat black dries, you get out your matte clear coat and seal up the paint.
Here's the result.
Anyway, I will be making a holster for this, and maybe some sort of display thingy I can mount on the wall. Will I do an RFT uniform? Will I not? The problem is that the damn helmet, which is part of the Rebel Legion standard for the RFT uniform, will cost me something like $110 - $130 to make. Ouch. Then again, I want to support Sunrider Base's projects somehow, and the RFT uniform is less expensive and less fussy than the Endor Commando or the various variants on the pilot costume. And now I have the gun. Pow. Blam.