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#26 Zack the Mack

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 12:08 PM

Food for thought:

Do you really need to hit things as hard as you can with this?


100% agreement with Fome.

The new Nerf swords are already dangerously dense. Further stiffening them is the equivalent of trying to tank expand or airflow mod a singled titan.


The Fury swords like the one this guy's working on are a lot squishier than the Marauder and Warlock. Even if you get slashed full-throttle, they really don't hurt.

Remember, folks, it's more fun if you hit them with the flat side of the blade. SMACK!!
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Posted 14 February 2010 - 12:21 PM

Yes, the marauders and the warlocks appear to be some foam/rubber hybrid material. The fury swords are just foam. Pure, squishy, nerfy foam. The pain factor for those is set to tickle.
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#28 Vengeful Waffle

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 12:32 PM

If you need to reinforce a marauder, you are swinging it too hard.
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Posted 14 February 2010 - 12:36 PM

Not necessarily. I decided to reinforce it after my friend broke his. The breaking of his marauder made me realize that should I let my friends use mine, I should reinforce it for fear of them breaking a $20 item.
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Posted 14 February 2010 - 01:01 PM

The Fury swords like the one this guy's working on are a lot squishier than the Marauder and Warlock. Even if you get slashed full-throttle, they really don't hurt.

Remember, folks, it's more fun if you hit them with the flat side of the blade. SMACK!!


I didn't realize these were the earlier release of Nerf swords that were being modded with a solid core. The title says "Marauder Longsword Reinforcement" so I assumed from the other comments that this was the case. I guess having the OP on ignore is not conducive to comprehending what the posts are about.
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#31 death by cheez

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 01:22 PM

As far as I know the Fury's have a solid core, because we've never had one break, even with ColtsBoy29 getting the crap beat out of him with one at church camp.... I wish I had a video of that, it was priceless!!! But the marauders have a hollow core, except for an inch or so of solid plastic in the tip.

I'm not gonna do much reinforcement on the fury's, at least until I see one break, which I have yet to see or even hear of. I've only heard of marauders and warlocks breaking. The only thing I'll do on the fury's at the moment in make sheaths for them, because it gets very annoying have to set down your sword to reload your blaster, then pick it up again when you run away from the horde of zombies chasing you.
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Posted 15 February 2010 - 12:39 AM

I worked extensively with carbon fiber both as tubing and as sheets. When it cracks/breaks/fails, it becomes razor sharp. If however (as mentioned by ... dang it doesn't scroll up enough for me to quote someone) it's wrapped in something else it would be far less likely to fail catastrophically ("gee, I'm sorry it took your arm off, it was wrapped in foam..."). Although wrapping it up extensively would offset any lightweight advantages, so you'd have to design with some degree of fail-safe and still maintaining a level of fun (what, the 20 pound foam sword isn't heavy enough?).

I digress though, good job on reinforcement. Next we'll have classes on spinning the sword so violently so as to block all incoming foam. Muhahaha, wouldn't that be an awesome sight (or not)?
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Posted 15 February 2010 - 08:52 AM

That would be killer, but highly difficult to do. I may try it if I get bored enough though....
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Posted 15 February 2010 - 10:52 PM

Just as an added note: 1 1/4" SCH 20 PVC (or 1 1/2" if you can't find 1/4) fits nicely around the blades of the G.I. Joe swords, as well as the Furys. I'll be making a sheath for my GI Joe sword out of this material.

I will be checking asap for what size works best with Marauders, or someone can go ahead and beat me to it if they want.
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Posted 18 February 2010 - 10:25 AM

I worked extensively with carbon fiber both as tubing and as sheets. When it cracks/breaks/fails, it becomes razor sharp. If however (as mentioned by ... dang it doesn't scroll up enough for me to quote someone) it's wrapped in something else it would be far less likely to fail catastrophically ("gee, I'm sorry it took your arm off, it was wrapped in foam..."). Although wrapping it up extensively would offset any lightweight advantages, so you'd have to design with some degree of fail-safe and still maintaining a level of fun (what, the 20 pound foam sword isn't heavy enough?).

I digress though, good job on reinforcement. Next we'll have classes on spinning the sword so violently so as to block all incoming foam. Muhahaha, wouldn't that be an awesome sight (or not)?



I to have worked with carbon tubing of the type I posted in my link, and when it has cracked it has never become "razor sharp". Rather I've seen it look more like a pulverized fiberious vine. So I don't know what you are talking about. This is not epoxy coated carbon fiber, which might be what you are used to working with.
Wrapping it in a layer or two of electrical tape or inserting it into some PEX tubing will hardly add weight at all, we're talking a few ounces here. The another reason I used PEX tubing on my particual project was to allow it to fit in the sword without rattling around so much, as well as to increase safety.

The main reason I have advocated for use of Carbon fiber tubing is the fact that it is far more durable than wood, lighter weight metal, and far less dangerous than either if it breaks. I'm just waiting for Cheez's sword to be thrust into someone hard enough to cause the wood to splinter, break sharp poke through the foam and gouge someone's eyes out. Let's face it is's a toy sword, people, especially teens (cause I know I would have back inthe day) are going to hit harder with it than they should.
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Posted 18 February 2010 - 04:11 PM

Several things with that J: the wood is dull, the hole I drilled is filled to the brim with hot glue, and then there is the tip which is epoxied back on. I don't see the wood shattering, going through 6 inches of hot glue and then further on to someones face. The only one of my friends I see possibly breaking this is a guy named Sam, because he somehow broke his rock band drum set in 2 pieces, and we never invite him to the wars as a precaution. We've usually only got to deal with him on wednesdays. And for another thing I will say getting stabbed in the face with these when they are broken hurts like hell, because Sam stabbed me in the face with the one that totally shattered at the end (concrete walls, a sword, and one overly strong teenager don't mix well.).
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Posted 19 February 2010 - 06:59 PM

Dang you idiots! Just hot glue in a length of 1/4 or 1/3 inch CPVC in there and kabamm!








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Posted 19 February 2010 - 07:30 PM

Dang you idiots! Just hot glue in a length of 1/4 or 1/3 inch CPVC in there and kabamm!


I would have, but the lowest I can get CPVC in in this area is 1/2 inch, no lower, but plenty higher.
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Posted 21 February 2010 - 07:53 PM

Only way that I see foam weapons useful is to use them for barricading purposes. Pool noodles between narrow spaces (like doorways, etc.) and noodles assembled in civil war-styled palisades (that would operate on a one-touch one-kill basis) are actually good if you are in intense Defend the Core matches. These swords are completely useless only if they are used in one game: Dueling.

Everyone gets 2 shots in a single loading pistol and a sword. All darts must be loaded from the muzzle (no breeches, couplers utilized here) to make the pistols cumbersome. Everyone starts with someone near them (their own dueling "opponent"). The round starts, and shots are fired, then frantic swordfighting, etc. ensues.

It can be played as an ongoing free for all with the last man standing, or at larger wars made into brackets where you get one dart per match. This is the only gametype where melee is useful.
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Posted 21 February 2010 - 08:03 PM

I beg to differ with your failure that you call an opinion, even though what I just said can be viewed as an opinion. Melee weapons are the most useful item for the zombies in a round of HVZ. Zombies start with swords, but humans start with both swords and guns. Zombies melee humans once, human is automatically a zombie. proceed until there is 1 man standing that is still a human. That last human is the alpha zombie for the next round.

See, melees are useful! They allow zombies to kill you, eat your flesh, disembowel you, eat your guts, then diddle your chest cavity. Now isn't that lovely!
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Posted 01 July 2010 - 11:34 AM

Been larping for over 10 years. Using wood for a core is insane at best. I'm planning on testing solid fiberglass for a core and ill post the results.

*update* 1/2" solid core fiberglass kitespar hammered 2/3 through the normal core adds a bit of heft. Makes a damned fine weapon for heavier combat.

Edited by kyndrion, 10 August 2010 - 10:09 PM.

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