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Royal War College of Mandalore => Jadd Halls of Knowledge => Tutorials => Topic started by: Raestin Ke'Varek on Oct 03, 2018, 10:44 AM

Title: : NERF Conversion
Post by: Raestin Ke'Varek on Oct 03, 2018, 10:44 AM
NERF Conversion
Lead Author: Raestin Ke’Varek
Edited by: MMCC Education Team


This tutorial will help guide you through the process of modifying a NERF weapon with the goal of getting the weapon approved. It is not a complete guide but when used together with the Nerf Tutorial Video  (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=156245.0), you should be well on your way to creating a successful NERF conversion.




Conversion Tips






But what about the Star Wars line of NERF guns you ask?  Surely they’re good to go right out of the box, right?  Well...they’re almost ready.  While the Star Wars line has indeed been modeled using existing canon references, and they’re very close to being ready to use, there are still things that you will need to do to make them passable.  Some of the things listed above, still hold true. 





Reference Photos

Shown below are some reference photos of NERF blasters, and some of the most common features and areas that need attention when doing a conversion. Many of these features are so common, that you see them on most every NERF weapon.  Some of them can be a bit more subtle, but they all take away from the Star Wars aesthetic, and should be altered in some way. 

** Note: The following reference pics have MANY things that need to be changed on each gun.  For simplicity sake, we've highlighted only a few on each gun.

(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/teams/education/Tutorial_Nerf_Conversion/nerf tutorial img 1.png)



(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/teams/education/Tutorial_Nerf_Conversion/NERF IMAGE 2.jpg)



(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/teams/education/Tutorial_Nerf_Conversion/NERF IMAGE 3.jpg)



(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/teams/education/Tutorial_Nerf_Conversion/NERF IMAGE 4.jpg)



(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/teams/education/Tutorial_Nerf_Conversion/NERF IMAGE 5.jpg)



(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/teams/education/Tutorial_Nerf_Conversion/NERF IMAGE 6.jpg)



(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/teams/education/Tutorial_Nerf_Conversion/NERF IMAGE 7.jpg)



(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/teams/education/Tutorial_Nerf_Conversion/NERF IMAGE 8.jpg)



(https://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/images/teams/education/Tutorial_Nerf_Conversion/NERF IMAGE 9.jpg)






Nerf Conversion (Progress  Pics)

The following is a series of photos showing a start to finish NERF conversion of a Sledgefire blaster.



Base NERF Sledgefire:
(https://i.imgur.com/6hGOezR.jpg)


Screw holes and lettering that need to be removed:
(https://i.imgur.com/ACfwDDR.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/2rZAfo5.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/DnLC2pQ.jpg)


Stock and grip need to be removed / modified:
(https://i.imgur.com/5eGLctR.jpg)


Starting to come together.  Words removed, parts of the blaster removed, SW scope assembly added, sintra panels added.
(https://i.imgur.com/1BPyXRA.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/S2YgB65.jpg)


Custom sintra (6mm) foregrip added:
(https://i.imgur.com/DRPBlDA.jpg)


Custom barrel (travel hairspray can!) added:
(https://i.imgur.com/xiqm8DG.jpg)


Trigger cut, and grip filled in then shaped:
(https://i.imgur.com/2Yrk2Cc.jpg)


Adding little greeblies:
(https://i.imgur.com/0II717s.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/0IRqAUo.jpg)


Base coat of black primer:
(https://i.imgur.com/oeHUyAp.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/TT1hrsq.jpg)


Base coat of metallic silver, followed by adding the black details:
(https://i.imgur.com/Dsq0Ryn.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/KqGZnuZ.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/XFOByDR.jpg)


Finished, weathered product:
(https://i.imgur.com/VsBNMvv.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/cFFYQOP.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/oMlzcCg.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/z2wRjzl.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/vazPjmX.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/jbB9bej.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/VpJ0O5Y.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/odpRPTy.jpg)





Before and After:

Photo permission courtesy of: Raestin Ke'Varek (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=29501)
(https://i.imgur.com/6hGOezR.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/VsBNMvv.jpg)


Photo permission courtesy of: Kebiin Ke'Varek (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=30090)
(https://i.imgur.com/p3li9ZS.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/xJwWJtp.jpg)


Photo permission courtesy of: Anansi (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=36173)
(https://i.imgur.com/8Ogz6Kp.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/VC0JKrz.jpg)

In summary

There are more ways to modify nerf weapons for approvability than could possibly be listed.  Let your creativity go wild...just keep the Star Wars aesthetic in mind, make sure you eliminate the distinctly "nerf" features, and keep a WiP so you can get feedback and advice.  And most of all, have fun.

--MMCC Education Team--