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#1 Roschili

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 10:50 PM

Hello. I am working on a school project which requires a Nerf Blaster that can be fired with a remote control. The blaster must be able to fire four times and fit in to a 12"x12"x12" box, 1 cubic foot. The Barricade and Stryfe seem like the two best options, but both are too big (14" and 14.9" respectively).

My question is this: Which of the two would be easier to cut to length? Can someone who owns one or both of them tell me if it reasonable to assume that I could cut 3" off of each blaster?

The competition will involve firing stock elite darts, but distance and accuracy aren't nearly as important as being able to fire. I have looked at pictures of the internals for both blasters, and it seems like it would be quite simple to shorten the barrel and perhaps cut off the part where the stock would attach.


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Posted 26 November 2013 - 11:10 PM

Ive never opened up a barricade. But I do know that in the stryfe the stock attachment houses the pole for the trigger mech return spring to attach. Cutting it off means finding a new way to make a return mech (its a giant pain in the ass, ive done it). On the stryfe you can cut off the faux barrel (muzzle). That should save you those few inches needed. There isn't anything moving or vital in the front beyond the orange motor housing. As far as pushing a button and it firing, you are going to have to use some kind of servo/actuator. But the stryfe itself is very slim (2-3 inches thick) so there should be plenty of room in the box.
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Posted 26 November 2013 - 11:14 PM

Ive never opened up a barricade. But I do know that in the stryfe the stock attachment houses the pole for the trigger mech return spring to attach. Cutting it off means finding a new way to make a return mech (its a giant pain in the ass, ive done it). On the stryfe you can cut off the faux barrel (muzzle). That should save you those few inches needed. There isn't anything moving or vital in the front beyond the orange motor housing. As far as pushing a button and it firing, you are going to have to use some kind of servo/actuator. But the stryfe itself is very slim (2-3 inches thick) so there should be plenty of room in the box.
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I was thinking about doing something very similar to what you suggested. I hadn't noticed that the trigger spring was in the stock attachment, I don't think it is quite as close to the end on the barricade from what pictures I have seen. I am currently working on a setup involving a servo to actuate the trigger.

Thank you for the suggestions!
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Posted 26 November 2013 - 11:57 PM

Hey dude, sounds like a cool project, I had an idea, depending on how big the internals of a rapidstrike are (Ive never owned one, so I don't know) you might be able to cut it down, and then just wire the button from the trigger to the button on the outside of the box, since it uses a servo to actuate the firing in stock form, that way you wouldnt have to make your own servo movement for the trigger. (I could be totally wrong, but thats how it seems to work from what I've seen about it, sorry if this is totally wrong, haha.)

Heres a picture of the rapidstrike, it doesnt seem very large at all if you cut it down in the same way as the stryfe:
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Posted 27 November 2013 - 08:01 AM

I have a box that is 11.5 x 11.5 x 8 and my Stryfe fits completely inside just fine; no cutting; flaps closed.


Amazon and Walmart both list the Stryfe as being 15" long.


BenFett-
That is a very interesting idea, I will certainly look into it.

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 12:17 PM

Amazon and Walmart both list the Stryfe as being 15" long.


BenFett-
That is a very interesting idea, I will certainly look into it.


Probably meaning the packaging.
The stryfe is about 13 inches from stock attachment point to muzzle, you could chop off at least 3 inches from the muzzle.
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#7 Azrael0987

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 03:39 PM

Just measured my rapidstrike. From the motors to where the stock starts is roughly 10 1/2 - 11 inches. Pretty much perfect for what you need. You should be able to cut it down from the front and back just enough to get in your box. You would have to rewire a new battery tray in though because the stock one would be cut off. But that's no big deal at all.

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 06:47 PM

Probably meaning the packaging.
The stryfe is about 13 inches from stock attachment point to muzzle, you could chop off at least 3 inches from the muzzle.


Oh that's a good point, thank you for the dimensions.

Just measured my rapidstrike. From the motors to where the stock starts is roughly 10 1/2 - 11 inches. Pretty much perfect for what you need. You should be able to cut it down from the front and back just enough to get in your box. You would have to rewire a new battery tray in though because the stock one would be cut off. But that's no big deal at all.


Very interesting, I will seriously consider this idea!


Edit:

Is anyone able to get me dimensions of the barricade? I am assuming that it is also shorter than listed because of packaging.

Edited by Roschili, 27 November 2013 - 06:49 PM.

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Posted 29 November 2013 - 10:30 PM

I took the barrel thing of my barricade and the dimensions are L11xW4xH8. I hope this helps.
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