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The Steampunk(ed) Nerf gun

For some reason known only to the elves that live inside his brain, my son recently decided that he wanted to paint one of his Nerf guns to be “Steampunk”. Where that came from, I don’t know. He’s never read a steampunk novel as far as I can tell, and… Well, let’s just leave that at “mysterious.”

And being our son, we said “Annoying project? Sure!”

We forgot to take a picture of the Nerf Maverick in its unmodified form, but here it is, courtesy of the cool website Think Geek–behind the cut:

The Nerf Maverick in its unmodified form.

Here it is, disassembled and sprayed with primer:


I think the copper is kinda pretty:


The barrel had to be brass, natch:


And here it is, all finished:


Confession: I asked him to leave those parts orange, so he could play with it safely outside, if he wanted.

I think it looks pretty good, and it’s got me looking around at some of the other Nerf guns and crazy water pistols we have floating around here.

Mirrored from Twenty Palaces. You can comment here or there.


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Apr. 12th, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC)
This gun is worthy of Malcolm Reynolds on Firefly, kudos.
Apr. 12th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It was a bit messy to do, but I hope we do it again.
Apr. 14th, 2011 03:51 am (UTC)
lol, the use of Firefly as a compliment to you! Ooooooh, burn!

ps, I can't see the final pic (the most important!) but that bronze spray looks fine.
Apr. 12th, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
That? Is seriously cool. (Why is it important to leave parts orange, if he wants to play with it outside?)
Apr. 12th, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)

Toy guns (should) have orange on the end of the barrel, so if a kid is running around with it, it's clear that it's not a real gun (and he won't get shot accidentally).
Apr. 12th, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
Ah, right. I thought that was probably it, but I didn't know (it's the kind of highly sensible law that we don't have in the UK).
Apr. 12th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
That's probably because you don't have a long history of horrific accidental shootings of children.
Apr. 12th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
That's true, too - but we do have a history of morons getting shot by the police while waving around convincing-looking replica firearms, which if they had bright orange bits might look a bit less convincing.
Apr. 12th, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
The laws have relatively minimal effect, and the number of accidental shootings is, and has always been, miniscule; like many other things, we've passed panic laws to address a problem because it became A Cause, not because it would really accomplish much (PATRIOT and the other anti-terrorism idiocy being the pinnacle of these, with the draconian anti-drug laws close behind). In a highly emotionally charged situation, the would-be shooter is unlikely to note color and react to general shape, perceived body language, and other situational cues. There've been people shot by cops who thought they had guns when their hands were *empty*. All a matter of a split-second reaction.
Apr. 12th, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
I've seen that exact Nerf gun done up as steampunk somewhere on the internet recently. Augh, how annoying that I didn't save the link.

Google "steampunk nerf" and check out the many images. Does your son surf the internet without you?
Apr. 12th, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
He does, and he's looked up other steampunk mods as research for this job. He also modified the toy so the barrel comes out farther, like a real pistol.

A lot of the other steampunk... what to call them? Redecorations? "Mods" seem like it should be saved for actually changing the physical gun. Anyway, other changes involved glueing on gears, tubes, gauges, etc. We may get into that at some point.

The scary thing is that he wants to turn it into a business.
Apr. 14th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
I'm guessing you saw this one: http://www.boingboing.net/2008/01/26/steampunk-nerf-guns.html

Which I didn't save either, but is one advantage to reading everything via Google Reader.
Apr. 12th, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
Wow, what a sense of style!
Apr. 12th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
Apr. 12th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
very cool!
Apr. 12th, 2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
Apr. 12th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
you are a Cool Dad for helping him out. I dont suppose he will let you play with it though...
Apr. 12th, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC)
I should mention here that I only helped a little bit. The larger share of parental assistance came from his artist, former-film-prop-making mom.

And the boy is out for the morning, while the gun is sitting on the couch right next to me...
Apr. 12th, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
Apr. 12th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
Where's yours? You can't have a proper duel without at least two armed people.
Apr. 12th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
He prefers me unarmed.
Apr. 12th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
Lovely work. Though Agatha Heterodyne would recommend you convert it to a plasma projector.
Apr. 12th, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
That'll have to be one of the water pistols.
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