Thanks for adding this to the directory.
I'm working on modding and beefing up a BBB (currently disassembled; I'm going to go out today and buy the materials for Zorn Lemma's BBB Overhaul
; and Fome's Fome Arrows.
The reason for my keeping the bow arms is that I need to use this for a larp; and I'd rather buy a 20$ Bow, spend maybe 5-20$ on materials; and mod it myself; than pay 60$ for a shortbow; and 12$ per arrow; each of which would need to be rebuilt for saftey; and each of which are a complete write-off if damaged (since they're now unsafe; carbon shaft arrows last
; but I'll bet that I can make a ton of Fome's arrows for only a buck or so in materials each. Meaning I can use the modded BBB with more than 10 shots total (most people here have anywhere from 5-12 arrows max; and that's 100$ min for the arrows).
Plus, a nerf gun can be used anywhere. A real bow can't.
I think that's the main reason for rebuilding the bows on these guns.
I might try something a bit "larger" in terms of bow arms though (perhaps make the arms of the bow larger, and thicker, to pull attention away from the 'gun' part). I need to buy a sheet of blue insulation foam for some other things, and it sculpts really well under an Olfa brand utility knife. I've got one here that's got to be about 30 years old now. I replace the blades every so often, but the knife itself is nothing but steel and high-impact plastic. It's useless for Nerf modding though, you need a proper hacksaw, files, and a rotary tool to work with plastic.
On thread Necroing: Yeah, it's a necro, but honestly, I don't see any real threads here on doing more than paint-jobs when it comes to cosmetc re-work or modification of a nerf launcher that often has extensive internal modifications and reinforcements.
The point that I wanted to make in my post was why people would still want to re-build the cosmetic parts; as well as why people want methods to retain or build on purely cosmetic parts on a nerf gun. A lot of Nerf weapons are perfectly legal for other combat games (ranging from Airsoft, to Larping; to just plain wanting a "bow" instead of a "gun"); however, they often need to have their appearance changed, so that they don't appear anachronistic, or atleast to blend in with what you want the gun to now look like.
In the long run though; a modded nerf gun that is then "dolled up" to look like something else is going to cost less than the 200$ on a starter bow and a dozen carbon-shaft arrows. Which will still need a lot of careful work in order to remain safe. While the nerf gun relies soley on all foam darts, which nearly everyone is able to accept as safe.
This thread has given me some ideas for my current modification project, and I hope to post it and the in-development pics, and hopefully the finished product, pretty soon.
I'm sorry if my post seemed like an illegitimate necro though. I've gotten used to an other board's posting style, where necros aren't cared about, but if you start a new thread without searching, the vitriol just flies because you didn't bother to look at what has already been done. (The Gaming Den
; it's mostly tabletop/RPG game design; people that can't do basic math shouldn't go there; many game design problems are how a game designer or game dev couldn't add 2 and 2 properly (and literally, couldn't do simple math)).
Edited by Judging Eagle, 27 July 2009 - 05:21 PM.