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#364572 What Happened to NerfHaven

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 09 May 2020 - 12:37 AM in General Nerf

A huge problem (as said above) is the spread that our community has on different social platforms. While its certainly allowed for more people to explore and discover our hobby, it has really spread us too thin as a community. When I was younger, I really used to hate the strict rigidity the moderation team kept in running the site. While nothing is wrong at all with how its run now, nor any other online forum outside of this, but the tight ship that Nerfhaven was made sure that content and conversation stayed on track and was useful for the community's growth.

 

Also abiding by the older rules of forums before reddit's rise is just too much work for most people now and is a turn off now that other alternatives exist. Information and posting is much easier on reddit and facebook, but you'll rarely ever see a composed writeup or build guide there which is why Nerfhaven remains a beacon to some in that way to easily work through the archives.

 

I just really wish there was a way for reddit/facebook and NH to coexist in a way where both could be utilized together, but theres too much overlap for new users to jump backwards I'm afraid.




#364135 Nerf Variance

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 08 August 2019 - 10:02 PM in Homemades

Forward: This was a project I designed during my last semester at school. It was an open studio project, so I chose to make a mock line for the Nerf brand. It essentially exists as a line to bring the casual nerfers and makers of the community together. This CAD model has taken me more than 150 hours of work to get to this point. Definitely been my biggest project I've taken on yet! Here's some of the details.

 

Edit: Now with less crunchy images!

 

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Here's an animation of the transition between the Standard Kit to the Bullpup kit.

 

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=920uCaPHMXU

 

The Kit utilizes internals stolen from a Retaliator/ Recon Mk II outside of a new plunger rod, trigger, and mag release. I utilized brass threaded inserts and thumb screws to attach different sections of the blaster together. These can be purchased at McMaster-Carr

 

Brass Heat-Set Inserts For Plastic, 6-32 Thread Size, 0.150" Installed Length : 94459A280

Knurled-Head Thumb Screw
Slotted, Stainless Steel Low-Profile, 6-32 Thread, 1/2" Long : 91746A644

 

The parts themselves are fastened with nuts that were superglued into place and bolts that were cut down in most places to fit flush:

 

Passivated 18-8 Stainless Steel Pan Head Phillips Screw, 4-40 Thread Size, 2-1/4" Long : 91772A517

Low-Strength Steel Hex Nut Zinc-Plated, 4-40 Thread Size : 90480A005

 

 

Finally, the parts themselves are available at Thingiverse for download/printing. Would love get feedback/see what people do with this project, whether it's via printing it themselves or remixing it. I've got the STEP file on Thingiverse.

https://www.thingive...m/thing:3798762

 




#363138 Air Zone turbo fire modification notes

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 22 June 2018 - 11:48 PM in Modifications

I'm confused here. What makes this relevant over the initial writeup you mentioned?




#362986 3d sledgefire scan

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 07 May 2018 - 08:05 PM in General Nerf

I really don't know why you'd need to. You can currently still buy Sledgefires on Amazon.




#362926 Koosh Vortex

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 15 April 2018 - 12:30 PM in General Nerf

Disregard.




#362925 Koosh Vortex

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 15 April 2018 - 01:53 AM in General Nerf

The rings aren't the mythical level of rare described above.  There are a few packages of rings on ebay at the time Im posting this, as well as several koosh launchers other than the powerstrike.  

Here's something I put together about the Koosh Vortex line.  https://imgur.com/a/GrvyHLet me know if you have any more questions.  

Just because they are on ebay doesn't mean they aren't rare. None of the listings are much less than 90 dollars. 

 

Also got to look out for the newer generation of koosh blasters that came out a few years ago. They have much smaller rings, all though they work and perform the same way. They won't work in older Koosh blasters.




#362688 Trying to get back into it

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 09 March 2018 - 02:58 PM in General Nerf

What's up Veg

 

As of recently, the South East Nerf Community kind of exploded and exists mostly on FB now. They have wars monthly if I remember, but they are almost all "superstock" which are lightly modded springer or flywheel blasters using stock darts so not really the same place where things like +bows with speedloaders play well together. They usually get one to two "NIC" (homemade, heavily modded blasters, homemade darts) a year, but haven't been able to host any in the last year. So hell if I know at this point if it'll ever get back to higher powered blasters in GA.




#362623 (WIP / DESIGN) Homemade SplitFire.

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 25 February 2018 - 02:14 PM in Homemades

If you have any ideas on how to do this, I'm all ears. It's been eluding me for the past few hours.

I feel like if there was a realistic and simple way to connect two tanks to the same trigger, but pull their pins on two distinct pulls, Hasbro would have had the solution years ago. I'd say at this point, the best option is making the trigger pull easier so it will be easier to pull each pin independently on a single pull. You could try making the trigger pull lever action on the pins. I'm pretty sure the splitfire trigger works from this motion anyway. You'd have to move the pump forward much more/ cut down the pump shaft and tube probably to give the trigger enough room to complete that motion.




#362621 (WIP / DESIGN) Homemade SplitFire.

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 24 February 2018 - 09:57 AM in Homemades

You could always add a bigger spacer on the pin behind the first one, and reduce it on the second one. Would give you the same effect without having the tanks staggered.




#362609 THIS one simple design will have you in TEARS...

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 21 February 2018 - 03:38 AM in Homemades

Just out of curiosity, are there any homemade Nerf AEGs?

No, for the reasons said above.




#362599 Idea for a homemade E.L.A.B (Extension spring lever action blaster)

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 19 February 2018 - 11:34 PM in Homemades

You might want to take a look at the Wipeout paintball pistol.

 

Yeah that's pretty much what the sketch is. I couldn't find a good pic of Maximizer internals so I went from memory on what the pistolsplat internals looked like.




#362586 (Design) XNYX- 3D printed pump action springer

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 18 February 2018 - 10:41 AM in Homemades

Any chance we can get a section view to see what's going on in there?




#362571 Idea for a homemade E.L.A.B (Extension spring lever action blaster)

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 17 February 2018 - 02:32 AM in Homemades

This sketch doesn't work for a few reasons. The lever pulling on the metal bar shown in the picture must make contact with the back of the channel in the plunger rod to prime the blaster. In the primed picture, the plunger rod is all the way back but the bar is still in the same place, so as of now it still needs work. I was bored enough tonight to do a quick sketch of how this will probably be achieved.

 

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It'll need a lot of 3D printed parts and some more intermediate machining, but its more than what you have now.

 

I'm intrigued by this. If I ever have any extra time outside of my schoolwork, I'll model this up in Fusion




#362566 switch help

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 16 February 2018 - 05:09 PM in Modifications

#2, useless suggestion.  A multimeter cannot tell you how much current a switch can handle.  Only specifications can do that, without surgery and mathematics.

Yes it does. You switch it to test continuity. They are made specifically to do that. 




#362558 switch help

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 16 February 2018 - 02:07 AM in Modifications

Multimeter




#362521 (WIP / DESIGN) Homemade SplitFire.

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 12 February 2018 - 01:56 AM in Homemades

Yes I could use one pump, but I would rather have 5 pumps to full pressure rather than 10. However, one of my biggest concerns is this will be WAY too hard to pump, considering the AT2K is already really difficult to pump 5 times. 
 

I think the force required to pump 2 at2k pumps would be much more than pumping one pump 10 times




#362516 "Cascading Compressed Air" Design for a modular repeating barr

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 11 February 2018 - 03:20 PM in Darts and Barrels

The only thing I've ever done conceptualizing of, but never developed that is close to this, was having two hopper tubes that had a two way valve that could be alternated between the two tube magazines. Maybe there's a way of applying this electronically and having a motor switch over a panel that exposes the two tubes individually?




#362508 (WIP / DESIGN) Homemade SplitFire.

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 10 February 2018 - 05:28 PM in Homemades

The incremental innovation of the breech cutaway is awesome. Two questions, from that back facing iso view, its hard to tell if the trigger has two stages to pull the pins independently. What's the purpose of two pumps? Will you have one pump handle?




#362246 [WIP / Design] Homemade Crossbow

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 15 January 2018 - 04:56 AM in Homemades

So the top "Crossbow scope" is the pullback to prime the blaster? Would that not spring forward when fired, and hit your face if it was leaned against the stock?




#361713 What would you people consider the rarest blasters or attachments?

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 03 October 2017 - 03:39 PM in General Nerf

Ha! I've got one of those! It's missing it's feed tube but functional. It does work with normal ballistic balls and is a fun lutzy semi auto blaster. It's currently out for a commissioned upgrade to run on a 3s and fang motors. We've run into some flywheel problems though. the old are not liking the new motors. We're hoping it will be able to spit out ballistic balls at or near rival speeds. Once all that's done i might try to mod it up with a hopper to turn it into a ballistic caliber nemisis.

I'm curious about the size of this thing. Do you have any pictures of it out of the box? The perspective on that rendering is so cranked, its hard to get a feel of its proportions.




#361646 2017 Modification/Homemade Contest

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 25 September 2017 - 06:34 PM in General Nerf

Any updates on when the results will be coming back?




#361636 Homemades Picture Thread

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 22 September 2017 - 06:08 PM in Homemades

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Finally got the hopper and barrel mount added to the IPAC. Still need to change up the pumpgrip, forward mount, and stock. At least its evolving...slowly.

 

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Peep that iron sight

 

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Peek-a-boo!

 

Writeup here




#361596 The NIC Spring Database

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 15 September 2017 - 01:47 AM in General Nerf

It's shown above in the chart and not mentioned, but the 9637K36 spring makes for a really strong catch spring. I found out about it on some other forum post here, but it makes for a great catch spring replacement on nitefinders, firestrikes, and other brand blasters. Also great in rainbow catch-style builds. It comes in a pack of three and is about 10" long, making it easy to cut down for whatever size you want.




#361595 .5-.625 ACBR

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 15 September 2017 - 01:41 AM in Homemades

Thanks for the shoutout! The plunger I fabricated was definitely inspired on the plunger of Captain_Slug's PCSR and Caliburn, but all ideas come from somewhere. 

 

Otherwise, it looks very complete. More detail shots near the end on how things go together and how the system works would help explain things. Looks like some good submissions actually came out of the contest this year. Glad it was extended.




#361524 Slimeball Gobzooka

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 07 September 2017 - 12:53 AM in Modifications

If you just slap a hopper clip and barrel onto it, couldn't it be a viable alternative to a 4B? Or is that just too uncreative.

For a blaster that is capable of firing 400 FPS from a single barrel (a hopper is a single barrel), this would be banned unless you increase the darts loaded per shot. Not really a viable alternative.




#361505 IPAC: Inverse Pump Action Carbine

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 04 September 2017 - 02:14 AM in Homemades

 you can replace the elbow at the back of the plunger tube with a tee that has a CPVC washer (cut from the sheet used to cap the wiffle tube) glued into the port you want to seal, that gives you a partial 1/2 SCH40 pipe female connection for a stock, and you have the bottom of the grip available for a triangulated stock rod.

I'll look into this method. As long as the stock can be secured where it will not cause the tee to shift in the reducing bushing, and it is structurally sound, this may the method I move from here onto.




#361492 IPAC: Inverse Pump Action Carbine

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 03 September 2017 - 01:47 AM in Homemades

 

There's room for improvement in the efficiency of the material usage in this design. You could limit yourself to a single square foot of polycarbonate and use that limitation to find alternative ways of assembling all the components. I also think there's way more material used than needed, particularly in the stock.

The stock was definitely an error in sense of scale for me. Finally seeing and resting weight upon the stock made me realize how unreliable this method was in ergonomics and definitely material. The next version will contain much less plastic, but due to the design, I'm still limited to applying the delrin/polycarb to the outside of the body, making it noticeably wider in the back. 

 

The main reason I have to use such a large sheet of plastic however, is because of the lower body length, which is around 18 inches long. If I can find a way to make this in two pieces while keeping the profile width down and maintaining structural integrity, I'll do it.

 

Edit: Or is it that when you prime back you're moving the catch, and it engages in the front of the plunger head. When you pull forward, that's when the spring compresses/plunger moves back?

Yes, this is something I have to address more clearly. I haven't made a writeup in quite a while so I forget how much detail you have to include. I may do a firing video to explain, but essentially, the 1" PVC inside the 1 1/4" PVC body is the "catch shuttle" that allows the catch to be mobile inside the system. It is secured directly to the pump grip, so when that is pushed backward, the back of the shuttle compresses the spring as it moves with the pump grip. At peak compression, the plunger rod engages the catch, and is now locked into the shuttle. When the pump grip is moved forward again, the shuttle with the attached plunger rod with compressed spring move with it. The trigger is connected to the catch lifter by an aluminum bar, which engages the catch when it is fully forward again. Because the catch and trigger are essentially disconnected systems, the trigger can be compressed while priming the blaster. This is how the slam fire is activated when the catch shuttle is pushed forward. Hopefully that addresses it for now.




#361475 IPAC: Inverse Pump Action Carbine

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 01 September 2017 - 02:07 PM in Homemades

Might as well put a crossbow like stock on it while your at it, a pump action '95 crossbow is the stuff of legends and myths.

Stated in the forward paragraph, one of the main goals was to innovate upon previous builds and blasters, and create a unique system to mock up real product development. As cool as it would be to make a machined version of a pump Crossbow, I'd be doing nothing new there and unless the patent on the Crossbow wasn't renewed (let's imagined it was), then I may be infringing on some patent laws so I'd respectfully decline altering the design in that way.




#361459 IPAC: Inverse Pump Action Carbine

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 31 August 2017 - 01:08 PM in Homemades

Not to be rude, but the whole blaster other than the stock, kinda looks like a stock '95 crossbow, did you take inspiration from the '95 crossbow?

Nah great question. I started to realize that it began to resemble the Crossbow as I began to complete it.  The front 45 degree angle of the pump grip and body was something I chose to give the form an aggressive, but proud stance. The U shaped barrel of the inverse design has been around, but I wanted the barrel at the top to feel more incorporated into the overall design, so the I chose to angle the top of Stock 1 down from there, causing the template to then look like a wolf or hound silhouette, so I rolled with that. However, most of it's design was spawned from the ideation sketches and the full rendering shown above. I honestly thought it mostly resembled the SPAS-12 until I designed the stock.

 

The form may look similar, but the internal design is completely bespoke and works completely differently from a direct pullback plunger system like the Crossbow, so I'm happy with that.




#361453 2017 Contest Entries

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 31 August 2017 - 01:45 AM in General Nerf

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#361452 IPAC: Inverse Pump Action Carbine

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 31 August 2017 - 12:59 AM in Homemades

FORWARD: The goal of this design was to create a prototype blaster and treat it as a product for sale in stores utilizing the design method for use in my design portfolio. With the help of research from the community here, not only did I succeed in building this prototype blaster, but I have found many innovations through this process that I hope can benefit in the community. Those who helped directly via email, or by filling out my survey, thank you. Also a huge thank you to Captain_Slug for the recent revolution of homemade design that greatly impacted this process. Now, onto the writeup.

 

 

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Going back as far as I can remember with homemade blasters, a large majority of people’s work has been purely functional; nerf blasters were too weak and the parts weren’t durable enough for our needs, so hardware store parts and piping made a proper substitute. Due to the ready-made nature of using pre-made parts, form and ergonomics weren’t a consideration until after functionality was developed. Aesthetics and performance were, and continued to be two separate focuses in homemade blaster design, which limited how far this process could be taken. Over the past few years, more focus has been put into ergonomics, but the form of homemades still has been very lacking. Not until the Caliburn and the increasing use of 3D printing has thoughtful consideration of form been established. We still have more work to go, but I hope this blaster becomes a trailblazer in functionality, and form giving in homemades with the hope it inspires and proves that you don’t need a 3D printer to make a blaster with thoughtful form-giving.

 

Based on the research drawn from the community’s engagement, I have found solutions to popular problems of large majority, as well as adding some finer nuances to homemade blasters:

 

  • Form over function-give it a proper look. I ended up taking an aggressive approach to its form

  • Availability to break down for transportation/storage

  • Reduce the overall size, and have the barrel mounted within the overall body length of the blaster for storage and maneuverability in the field

  • Better ergonomics and safety for the user (trigger guard and in the future, trigger lock)

  • Functionally- needed to have a smooth operation, performance and more (integrated ‘slam-fire’)

  • Ease of break down for maintenance

  • Utilize similar parts as other popular writeups (Captain_Slug’s work) to allow interchangeability of parts within community builds

  • Durability

 

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TOOLS NEEDED:

  • Phillips Screwdriver

  • Allen Wrench

  • Drill with 5/32”, 7/64”, 9/16”, ⅝”, ½” Drill bits

  • Dremel with sanding drum and metal cutting disk

  • File/sandpaper

  • PVC Cement

  • Plumber's Goop

  • Tapping set and a 6-32 (7/64”) tapping bit

  • Masking Tape

  • Clear Scotch Tape

  • Printer/printer paper

  • Wire Cutter with 6-32 screw cutting holes

  • Scissors

  • Exacto knife/box cutter

 

PARTS LIST:

 

                Part                    McMaster Part Number                        Optional

 

½” Threaded Standoffs (3)        91125A445

 

 

Catch Spring                             96565K36

 

 

¼” Allen Screws                        94355A144

 

 

½” Allen Screws                        94355A148

 

 

Extension Spring                       9654K973

 

 

½” Lock Screws                         90403A148

 

 

1 ½” Lock Screws                      90403A157

 

 

[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[k26]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]               9637K26

Spring    

 

 

Skirt Seal                                   9562K46

 

 

⅛” Aluminum Bar                       4490T171

 

 

½” Thumb Screws (4)                93585A015                                    Optional

 

 

⅝” Aluminum Pipe (2ft)              1658T11

 

 

½” Black Delrin                           8576K15

 

 

Rubber Gasket                           90133A420

 

 

¼” CPVC sheet (6x6)                 8748K118

 

 

½” Aluminum Hex                       91780A127

Standoffs (9) 

 

 

2” Aluminum Hex                        91780A339

Standoffs (3)

 

 

1 ½” Aluminum Hex                     91780A337

Standoffs(9)

 

 

1 ¼” Clear PVC (4ft)                     49035K21                                      Optional

 

 

¼” Polycarbonate sheet                8574K43

12x24”

 

 

¼” Delrin sheet 12x24”                  8573K35                                  Optional only if you plan to laser cut parts. Don’t buy polycarb if so

 

 

Aluminum Unthreaded                  92510A445

Spacer (1)

 

 

⅛” Acrylic Sheet                             8560K275

 

 

1” PVC (2ft)

 

   

1 to ½” Reducing Bushing

 

   

½” CPVC (2ft)

 

   

½” CPVC Elbow (2)

 

   

½” PVC (1ft)

   

 

 

Now that the formalities are out of the way, now let’s get to the fun stuff.

This blaster has a lot of measurements and parts that need to be accurate in order to work correctly. To make things a little easier, I made a PDF file of all of the templates I created for the blaster which are available HERE: Attached File  PRINT_IPAC_Templates.pdf   906KB   300 downloads. I have also created a vector file for the templates not for PVC that can be laser cut if you have one available to you which can email me or PM me if you'd want that file. NOTE- if you choose to laser cut the templates you CANNOT use polycarbonate. Use the Delrin listed in the parts list. Otherwise, use polycarbonate. It’s cheaper.

 

Part 1: Templates


PVC:

Start by cutting out the PVC templates, taping the templates that are listed as parts of a bigger template size together, and wrapping them around the suggested PVC with tape. Cut along the seams with your dremel, bandsaw, or scroll saw and use the proper drill bits where they are listed. I’d recommend drilling pilot holes with a much smaller drill bit first, or use a nail and hammer on the center of each hole and lightly tap a small indention into the PVC so the drill bit has a point to grip into.

 

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Cut the two small pieces out of the 1 ¼” PVC Wrap [3] after the holes are drilled and set them aside for later. They are used to create a spacer between the 1” PVC and the pump grip. I used a mitre saw for the 45 degree cuts at the ends of of the 1” and 1 ¼” PVC templates and a dremel on the channels for the pump grip. Again, use whatever is available to you.

 

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Take your 1” to ½” reducer bushing and put a few wraps of tape around it until it fits snug in the end of your 1 1/4 “ main body. Push it in until it’s flush with the main body, and drill two 7/64” holes through the holes already provided by your 1 ¼” PVC main body. Use Plumber’s Goop and apply it fully around the reducing bushing, and push it in. Wipe away any excess glue, and use your ¼” set screws to mechanically fasten it in place.

 

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Take your two ½” CPVC elbows, and cut a section of CPVC to connect them together. It is necessary that the two elbows touch when together. When the you get the two elbows properly aligned, draw a line in sharpie to use for reference after glue is applied so you know they will be straight. Use PVC cement to make sure they stay together.

 

Next, cut a section of Sch 40 ½” PVC that will sit flush in your reducing bushing. Cut a length of ½” CPVC with a enough extra length for one of the elbows to attach to. Hammer that piece of CPVC into the PVC. Test fit your elbow. If it sticks out too much, trim the length of the exposed CPVC until the PVC and CPVC elbow touch. PVC cement the CPVC to the CPVC elbow, and push the entire assembly into your reducing bushing to test fit it. If all is correct, remove it for application later in the build.

 
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CUTTING FLAT PLASTICS:

Next, use a glue stick to glue the other flat templates on your choice of Delrin or polycarbonate and drill out the holes where suggested on a drill press. Go slow with this as to not rip the template. On some of the bigger holes (⅝” and 9/16”) it might be a good idea to use an exacto knife and cut out that circle. That way if the bit does tear up the template, it’ll only tear the part of the paper template you plan to cut away anyway.


Also remember to cut the lower body cover from the ⅛” thick acrylic.

 

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NOTE: do not cut out parts labeled “plungerhead3” and catch side at this point. They will be discussed later. Then cut out each template with your choice of cutting implement. Scroll saw and laser cutter obviously work best but a dremel and sand drum will work just fine too.

 

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Once cut, this is a good time to file and sand the plastic smooth and bevel the outside of each handle, pump grip, and stock template.

 
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The front, oval shaped mount will need to have the back half filed or sanded down to fit into the PVC main body at the proper angle.

 

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*For the catch piece, do not cut out the template labeled “catch side” in plastic. That is meant to be glued to the side of the catch lower once cut out and drilled through where the center line is labeled.

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Once this is done, sand down the bottom of the catch lower where the catch side suggests in its shape.

 

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Take your 1” PVC Shuttle from before, and drill a ¼” hole on the inside wall opposite of the ½ rectangular hole you should have already cut. This should be drilled in the same hole the 7/64” hole was already drilled, shown on the PVC wrap template. NOTE: Only drill this ¼” hole half way through the PVC:

 

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Put a ¼” allen screw at the top of your catch piece

 
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Cut about a ½” of the K36 spring off to be used as the catch spring. The ¼” hole and the allen screw on the catch will work in tandem to make sure the spring stays in place later. Leave these to the side for finishing later.


**For the Plunger Head 3 piece, also do not cut this out of your polycarbonate or delrin. This is meant to be cut out of the sheet of CPVC listed above. Once cut out, secure the wiffle tube cut from 1” PVC to one side of this piece with your PVC cement. Make sure you score the edges before hand.

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At this point, drill through your plastic at its center where the lines are suggested. I took a fine point sharpie and brought the lines over from the template, then made a center line shown below:

 

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All holes must be made using a 7/64” drill bit unless told otherwise. I made a little jig for my drill press to make sure my holes were straight. Its just a piece of wood board with a sliver of wood screwed into the middle of it, and another free moving sliver of wood to go on the other side, held tight by a mechanical vice. Might be a good idea to make something similar.

 
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Once all of the many holes in your plastic is drilled, use your tapping kit and cut threads in all of the 7/64” holes.


Now to cut and drill things without templates :(

Don’t worry, it’s not too much work.


PLUNGER ROD:

The plunger rod in total is 9 1/4 “ long, with two sections of ½” diameter Delrin rod at a length of 7 ½” and ½” respectively. Both sides of the 7 ½” section of delrin needs at least a ¾” deep hole with your 7/64” drill bit in the center of each end of the rod. The ½” section needs to be drilled the full way through. I cut a 9” section of delrin rod and drilled a ¾” long hole in one side and a 1 ¼” long hole on the other and cut a half inch segment off of that end of side with the deeper hole and trimmed down the excess until I had two sections of delrin at the proper size. Make sure to take your blade kerf into consideration when doing this It’s probably best to keep the delrin a little longer than needed and trim anything down after this process.

 

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Tap the holes you drilled, and put the two segments of delrin onto a 1 ½” length screw with the unthreaded aluminum spacer in between. Take a file or sanding drum to the end of the smaller section of delrin rod and bevel that edge. This will be how our plunger enters the catch.

 

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Take the Plungerhead one piece and score one side of it using sandpaper. Take the thick rubber gasket listed above, and super glue it to the surface.

 

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On the other side, put the plungerhead 1, plungerhead 2 (with a skirt seal around it), plungerhead 3 (with wiffle tube attached) and the other end of the delrin rod together with the 1 ½” screw. It should look like this:

 

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The plunger is done for now, and set it to the side.

 

ALUMINUM BAR:

This part is to connect the catch lifter and trigger together. Start by cutting the aluminum bar to 10 ¼”.

 

On the trigger side, drill 7/64” holes, 3/16” and ½” from the end of the aluminum. On the catch lifter side, drill 7/64” holes, ¼” and ½” from the end of the aluminum. Again, it’s best you make a pilot hole or make an indention with a nail before drilling. Tap these holes and use your ¼” screws to attach this to your trigger and catch lifter. Make sure it’s screwed into the same side of both parts. It should look like this:

 

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Commentary:

This will be how the slam fire on the blaster is engaged. The catch itself moves freely from the catch lifter, allowing the trigger to be pulled and the catch lifter engaged while the blaster is being primed. As long as you keep the trigger compressed while you are moving the catch to its standard position, it will run into the catch lifter, releasing the spring when its motion is complete. This was the biggest innovation of the blaster and took a large majority of time to plan out correctly. It needs a lot more work, but this is a good step in the direction of slam fire homemades and creating blasters with a much smaller profile than ever before.

 

ALUMINUM TUBE:

Cut a section of the ⅝” diameter aluminum to 3” with your dremel or proper metal cutting disk on your mitre saw, or on your bandsaw.

 
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Make sure to bevel the edges with a file, then sandpaper. Watch your digits, this can be very sharp after it’s cut!

 

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Once completed, hammer this into your spring rest piece. This will help guide your plunger rod into the catch area.

 
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PUTTING IT TOGETHER:

All that’s left to do at this point is put the pieces together in the right places. I figure pictures are easier to follow than text for this part, so here's a ton of pictures showing how everything is put together properly. Make sure that the bottom of the pump grip and all parts attached inside the 1” PVC utilize Allen Screws at ¼” length, while the catch upper and lower and the main body to lower body mount are connected together with an Allen Screw at ½” length. If you choose to purchase them, four thumb screws are meant to connect the stock 1 to the stock 2 for ease of removal. Unless noted otherwise, all other parts are secured with your ¼” screws.



Put the blaster together in the order the pictures show:

 

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Take note that three of the ports behind the trigger use the round stainless steel standoffs.

 

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Use your ¼” Allen screws to secure the trigger and catch lifter to the aluminum rod.

 

NOTE: I moved the extension spring to the top of the piece instead of on the side as the screw port would suggest. This HAS to be done due to lack of room in the lower body. I like this much better anyway.

 

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Secure the upper and lower body mount using ½” allen screws. Screw in the middle one until it is flush with the top of the template. We will use this later to screw into the upper body.

 

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Use the ¼” Allen screws to screw in the first catch plate.

 

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Put the catch spring into the channel drilled for it earlier. To put the catch in place, carefully guide it in on its back with the allen screw side entering first. When it’s hovering over the spring, start to turn it on its side, placing it right on top of the spring as shown in the picrues above.

 
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Screw the other catch plate in place.
 
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Test the catch by screwing the catch lower in place using a ½” allen screw. I guided the plunger rod into the catch area as a point to press against as I screwed to catch lower in place. Remove it when secured, and depress the catch. It should a smooth and snappy motion. When satisfied, unscrew the catch lower for later.

 

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Screw the spring guide in place on the other side with ¼” allen screws.

 

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Time to screw the two sides of the lower body together. Notice how the extension spring is secured to the screw port shown.

 
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Check the trigger mechanism at this point. It shouldn’t snag anything. Should also be smooth and snappy.

 
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Next secure the pistol mount with ½” Allen screws.

 

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Slide the upper body through this mount. Then from the front, slide in your plunger rod, spring, and catch shuttle in that order.

 

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Make sure to use Lithium grease or silicon grease before putting the plunger into the main body. Also, make sure it’s going the right way.

 

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Align the upper body properly, and line up the hole that corresponds with the lowerbody/upper body mount. Take your allen wrench and screw the pieces together.

 

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Now you can re-attach the catch lower to the catch upper. I again used something to hold the catch upper in place, and screwed the catch lower to it. I had to move the aluminum bar out of the lower body to do this.

 

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Take the lower body cover from earlier and secure it. Not only does it cover the bottom of the blaster, but it is crucial for the catch lifter to use its surface to press against and allow the strong catch spring on the catch to be depressed.

 

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Put the pump grip together.

 
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Cut down four 1 ½” screws for use on the pump grip.

 

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Put the pump grip spacers in place on the catch shuttle, and secure the pump grip to them.

 

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Finish it off by attaching the front mount to the front of the plaster.

 

At this point, attach the barrel section to your bushing. Put a CPVC barrel into the exposed CPVC elbow and align it into the front barrel mount.

 

STOCK:

 

I'll have to add more pictures later, but it is really easy to assemble. Put a 1/2" hex standoff on the two screws sticking out of the back of the pistol grip.

 

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Secure the bottom of stock one to that point with another screw. For the upper screw port, remove the screw in the upper body securing the reducing bushing, and thread the screw through the port in the stock 1, and then back into the main body. A 1/2" screw may be too short, so cut down two 1 1/2" screws to work here. You may notice that the stock 1 doesn't sit flush on the main body. Put 4 #6 washers in between to make up that space. Then use the 2" hex standoffs to connect the two sides of stock 1 in all of the screw ports except for the two 7/64" holes in the back.

 

Separately, take the two sides of stock 2 and attach them together with the 1 1/2" hex standoffs in every screw port but the two 7/64" holes in the front.

 

The stock 2 should slide into stock 1. You can use 4, 1/2" set screws or optionally the 4 thumb screws to secure them together.

 

 

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At this point, the blaster is finished. Test the trigger pull, and if it successfully lifts the catch. If all works like it's supposed to, when the blaster is primed, and the pump grip is pushed forward, it should fire. Slam fire should also work at this point too.

 

You can also attach a hopper at this point. You’ll notice that the pistol to main body mount doubles as a support for a PVC wye if it is attached.

 

TAKEAWAYS:

 

I’ve put a lot of work on the form of the blaster, and spent a lot of time working on the ins and outs of the whole of this project. But there are still some things that need work. Due to the time constraints of getting my portfolio done and making this writeup in time for the blaster competition, there are a few things I still have to improve: Like said before, I plan to work in a trigger lock, as well as adding a way to deprime the blaster without firing it. Because the slam-fire system I have set in place at this time, the catch can only be released at the end of its motion, meaning you either have to fire the blaster off or cover your finger over the barrel to safely deprime the compressed spring. In the future, I will work on that and look into 3D printing certain parts to improve its ergonomics and form. But for now, I am very happy with it, and I hope those who choose to build this are to and make their own customizations to the design. I had to get it out to make the blaster contest deadline, otherwise, I would have fine tuned a lot of things. Trust me, this thing works, it's just not up to my build standards. I will continue to update this thread with changes I inevitably make.

 
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Close up shot on the barrel mount:
 
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View looking through the front sight:
 
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Displaying the removable stock and hopper, which was a main focus on making the blaster compact for storage/transport:
 
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To Working Prototype:
 
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#361309 2017 Modification/Homemade Contest

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 16 August 2017 - 09:55 PM in General Nerf

So there was a lot of interest, but we only have 2 entries with a couple weeks to go.

 

Are people working on projects? Do we need to extend the deadline?

I definitely am, although I had no idea this contest was going. Extending it at least another month, or to the end of December would be great. 




#361295 THIS one simple design will have you in TEARS...

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 15 August 2017 - 03:30 PM in Homemades

I meant the plunger tubes beside the mag. Like a sandwich [plunger mag plunger]

Uh, there's only one plunger tube. Two side by side with a magazine in the middle would make your handle at least 4" wide which isn't exactly a handle anymore. Even if you reduce the diameter of the two plungertubes, getting proper air output and them firing together consistently does not work.




#361264 Boomco Crankforce Disassembly and Internals

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 11 August 2017 - 05:49 PM in Modifications

You could slice the front plastic part in half along the shell line, glued or not. The screws around there should keep it closed pretty well.




#361141 Homemade Blaster Survey

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 31 July 2017 - 04:13 PM in Homemades

 

I'm pretty happy as well, but there's always room for improvement. At least, that's how I took it.

Exactly. It was more meant as if you HAD to gripe on anything you wished your blaster was better at, based in a realistic opinion, what would that be?

 

Why does everyone forget the 'e' at the end of silicone?

Edited from metalloid darts to synthetic rubber darts*




#361136 Homemade Blaster Survey

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 31 July 2017 - 12:45 PM in Homemades

The biggest complaint question could use a 'none of the above' option. 

Kinda too late now, but this option has been added.




#361130 Homemade Blaster Survey

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 30 July 2017 - 11:07 PM in Homemades

            *IF THE POLL ABOVE IS NOT SHOWING UP, PLEASE FILL OUT THE SHORT SURVEY REDIRECTED HERE. Thanks*

 

 

           As an industrial design student, I've been working on my portfolio for companies lately. I've been trying to get some extracurricular projects in there, so I've been trying to develop a homemade blaster design for the past few months to submit. I've got my design nearly thought through, and will release it to the community at some point soon. The work on this project as a whole still needs a lot of work, which includes background research to my design that was created to address the wants and needs of the community out of homemades that I have noticed over the past few years. None of my research is concrete however, so for those who use homemades, if y'all could complete the quick survey, I have attached, that would help me tremendously with the background work I have to do. 

 

Thanks in advance!

 

 

EDIT: If there is anything you wish to add or think homemades could grow into/need work in, feel free to reply below. Your perspective is greatly appreciated.




#361067 Alternative Koosh Vortex Rings?

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 22 July 2017 - 03:54 AM in General Nerf

They are of smaller size than the original Koosh rings.




#361024 Alternate SNAP triggers?

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 17 July 2017 - 11:45 PM in Homemades

I've seen people use two pieces of polycarbonate instead of the clothespin body, with the original spring from the clothespin connecting the two pieces. But at that rate, it'd be more beneficial and more durable to just make the leap to a rainbow variant catch style.




#360827 Painting Images or Personal Logos

Posted by Spud Spudoni on 28 June 2017 - 05:14 PM in Modifications

Not really. A few coats will do it. Vinyl stickers are very thin. 

 

I'd recommend doing more research on this subject anyway.