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BendyStraw

Member Since 29 Dec 2007
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Topics I've Started

Reducing Pump Noise

23 October 2008 - 07:42 AM

Hey all,
I love my Titan, but I am getting annoyed with the amount of noise the pump makes. It makes a loud, squeaky racket whenever I pump it, basically telling all my friends "Bendy's here!"

Has anyone had any experience with reducing that sort of noise?

Tsunami Scattergun

11 October 2008 - 03:57 PM

This mod has been done for a couple of months, but I have been too busy to post the writeup. Now that I have a weekend of vacation I can post my newest creation.

I present the Tsunami Scattergun, SG-7.

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Introduction
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Ever since I first started using my first modification, the Absolver Scattergun in my weekly nerfing, I have come to love its ability to sweep a hallway from fifty feet. It did, however, have some pretty considerable drawbacks. It took forever to pump, made a horribly loud noise, was rather large and heavy for a single shot blaster, and making more would put me thirty more bucks in the hole.
I solved these problems by using a Buzz Bee Big Blast.
The Buzz Bee Big Blast is basically my favorite blaster ever. It is small, light, quiet, easy to minimize and modify, easy to pump quickly, and very cheap. I got mine from Five Below for only 5 dollars. Note that this is basically the same functional mod I did to my Titan, only with much cleaner and more war-friendly results, with only a modest decrease in range.

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Instructions
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Nothing like turning a 5 dollar nerf blaster into a total beast. Hereís what you need.

1) About 50 centimeters of 1/2" Hot/Cold SCH40 PVC. I found that the long pipe that Lowes sells work just fine, they are cream-colored and have thin walls. It is important that the wall of the pipe is nice and thin. Dart Taggers are a tight squeeze, but they fit all right with a little twisting. You are eventually going to need seven lengths, each about 6.5 centimeters.
2) You need two PVC fittings. First:
a)1 1/2" Slip/Thread PVC adapter, female
B)1 1/2" X 1 1/4" Slip/Thread PVC adapter, male
3) A hot glue gun, with plenty of hot glue sticks. Plumbers goop works fine too.
4) A dremel. You will need a cutting and a sanding bit. A hacksaw and sandpaper will also work.
5) A pair of scissors.
6) A broken, old dart to cut up.
7) Epoxy or Plumberís Goop.
8) About five centimeters of ĺĒ PVC, and expanding foam (optional)

Step one: The first thing you must do is construct an Absolver-style shotgun shell. Follow the URL to see the previous modification I made that use them:
http://nerfhaven.com...showtopic=10831
Directions on how to build them are in there so that I donít have to take up space and time rewriting everything.

Some members have since messaged me with some questions. Here is a little faq to help people so they donít have to wait for a response from me:
Q: What type of barrel material works with this? It looks like a pretty tight fitÖ
A: SCH 40 ĹĒ Thinwall CPVC. PVC is much too large. PETG or brass is also really thin, so those might work too. A tip Iíd suggest is to go to the hardware store, select the adapter you want, and try to fit as many ĹĒ CPVC pipes as you can into it. That way you find out how many will fit before you buy anything.
Q: What coupler do I need? Can I cheat on the size, and fit the same amount of barrels in?
A: No, if you plan on making the same thing as me, it is best that you purchase the exact same size fittings.
Q: Screw-on fittings suck! Canít slip couplings be used?
A: As far as I know, yes. I chose to use screw-on fittings due to personal taste. You are encouraged to make your shells using slip fittings. It should work just fine, and might help you reload faster.

Step two: Grab that Big Blast, and dremel off the orange ring that keeps the shell together. Mine was glued on, and it simply snapped off with a little cutting and forcing. Donít worry about harming the shell, you are going to cut quite a bit of it off later.

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Step three: Open the blaster up, and take a look at it so that you remember how it goes back together.

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Go ahead and pull out the internals and cut off the black stock barrel, all the way down to the white plastic. Donít cut any farther than that, or you risk damaging the orange tank seal. If you want to be safe, leave a little bit of the black stock barrel on. It should not matter much.

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Step four: Step Four and Five are optional. This was a successful attempt to eliminate dead space in the male fitting for increased range. Grab your length of ĺĒ PVC. Cut it down so that it fits into the male adapter, according to the picture. It should be just as long as the adapter is.

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Step five: Fill the space between the pipe and the adapter with your favorite expanding foam. I didnít have any so I just grabbed a little Styrofoam toy putty I had lying around. Do what works for you.
Use hot glue to make sure its secure and airtight.

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Step six: Oh no! The adapter wonít fit in the stock shell at all!

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Weíll have to fix that.

Using the picture as a guide, cut the shell down using your dremel. Admittedly, I was pretty heavy on the cutting, so that I wouldnít have to measure and trace the adapter and cut the barrel accordingly. Not only is doing that a huge pain in the butt, but getting it exactly right is difficult for me because Iím still relatively inexperienced with dremel work. The current minimalization cuts a lot off and exposes part of the internals, but requires less precision tracing, cutting, and measuring. It also makes the whole thing a bit lighter than other BBBB mods.

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Like all dremel work, sand it down after cutting.

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Step seven: Now that your shell is cut down to a manageable size, it is time to glue the male adapter onto the internals. You MUST use epoxy for this. Do not try hot glue, because it is not nearly strong enough to hold the weight of the adapter and the shell onto the tank.

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Take a deep breath, stick it on as straight as you possibly can (it fights right over it, so it isnít too difficult) and glue it into place. In the image, hot glue was used. I learned the hard way, so IĎll say it again: Do NOT try using hot glue for this step. Goop or epoxy is your friend.

Step eight: When everythingís secure and dry, reassemble the blaster. Before doing this, you will need to use hot glue to secure the internals to the shell. You must glue the tank to the shell because it will move around when you pump it, making it impossible to use. Donít freak out when you see that a little of the tank is exposed outside the shell. That is intentional.

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Step nine: Screw on the shell you made earlier using the instructions in the other topic, and its ready for test firing!

Ranges are remarkably similar to my Titan modification. Part of this is because Iím only using stock darts. Your mileage will, of course, increase if you use stefans and longer barrels, but have fun ramming seven darts down the barrels before every shot. Using stock taggers, it reaches approximately forty feet flat. I did not plug the pump, so doing that will also likely increase your range as well. Keep in mind that this mod is not designed for high range. The spread of this thing is ridiculous. If you are within range, you almost can't miss.
There's also a hex bushing in a 1/2" adapter in the materials pic. You use that attachment for singling by sticking some 1/2" PVC into it. It will fire a stefan at standard modded BBBB ranges, which is about 90 feet.

Here is the obligatory Youtube slideshow, with a video of it being pumped and fired.


Thank you for checking out my newest mod, and may you have as much fun with it as I have.
-Bendy

Dollar Store Mod

01 April 2008 - 02:26 PM

I believe I have it. This is probably the coolest mod I've done, ever. At least, in the past few months. I bring you:

The dollar store fucking walnut guru!

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Introduction
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I went to the dollar store. I bought a circus themed toy rifle that shoots orange rubber suction things. I then got in my car, took the parking ticket off my windshield, and went home.

Look at this beast!
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This fires little suction-tipped rubber darts. They fold when you bend them, but when fired out of the gun, they get about three feet of range! Needless to say, they will replace stefans in all of my future nerf mods.

Don't believe that this gun has brutal power? Check this out, and believe:
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Sorry about the blurry image, but the stuff that you are probably trying and failing to read is the warning label. It cautions against "using wrong the darts for rifle" and "not to eye or face the aim" Frown! A nerf gun is only fun when it blackens eyes at fifty feet. Lets mod this sucka and get some range out of it, eh?

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Materials
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You are going to need the following for this thang:

1) Dollar Tree "Circus" gun. The back of the package claims it has great merit, as it "Makes the impression of the circus shoting popular game." If this isn't going to get 100 feet modded, nothing will.
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2) Pair of scissors

3) A brain

4) Mountain Dew (Five or six cans)

5) A maverick REV-6.


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Instructions
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Step one:
Throw the Maverick in the trash.

Step two:
Take a look at the internals of the gun. I managed to tear off the end and cut it open with scissors. I didn't have a screwdriver on me, but it's nothing a little duct tape can't fix. Fortunately, the plastic was probably made with a gelatin base with pulverized rats in it, so it is easily cutable without a dremel. I don't have a picture because the entire inside of the gun was created out of the same black plastic. Which means that my shitty camera didn't get anything but a big black gun-shaped blob. Fortunately, it wasn't very interesting, because it had no plunger, but relied on simply a spring-powered lever that would simply knock against the back of the dart to force it out.
Oh, and see the instructions? to pull it back, and fire?
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Yeah. Those instructions are wrong. The gun doesn't even look like it does in that picture on the warning label. You pull the part that the scope fits on to fire. Gotta love the dollar store stuff. Children are guaranteed to not hurt themselves playing with this when you tell them the wrong way to actually make the gun fire. Brilliant. I expect Nerf to pick up on this soon, perhaps by saying that the Vulcan requires four D batteries to run.
I immediately took measures to allow the spring to stretch back farther.
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After I cut out the back to make it fire farther... The range increased by 100 percent!

Step Three:
Drink some mountain dew. Mmmm, mountain dew.

Ranges:
25
30
28
Lost Dart (Under the desk)
ranges are in inches
As you can see, I got easily double the power, double the freshness from this gun! I recommend this gun for integrations, side-arms, and using the sharp plastic edges to cut your wrists when you realize that you are never going to be able to afford a crossbow.

The best part? It came with these AWESOME duck targets!
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Here is a video, with a slide show, for real. Definitely not a popular music video from the 80s, starring a slim and sexy Rick Astley.


Mod powerfully, everyone, and have a great day.

EDIT: Updated video added. Ten times more awesome than anything, ever.

Maverick Problems

02 March 2008 - 02:56 PM

Well, now I know why people hate the Maverick so much. It has been nothing but a pain in the butt ever since I started to mod it.
I've removed the air restrictors, and oddly, one of the barrels doesn't fire the dart more than three feet. I've looked at my drilling job and all the air restrictors are done exactly the same, so I don't think that's the problem. Has anyone ever encountered this?

And now, after firing it a few times, the metal rod in the slider just broke out of the little hole in the gray plastic where it fits in. The slider bar won't stay in the gray plastic cocking bar anymore, preventing a good pullback. I considered using hot glue to get it back into place, but I wanted to ask nerfhaven if this has happened before to them, and what they were able to do about it.

Cruddy mavericks :angry:

New Buzz Bee Lineup?

25 February 2008 - 10:47 AM

I was checking out the Buzz Bee site when I saw that there were things I never saw before in their product lineup.
http://www.buzzbeeto...oduct_list.html
I've seen the Tek 10 of course, but not packaged without the target. An "Automatic" tommy 20? A tommy 12? A thunderbolt 10? A Lazer tek 8? A mega missile? Sounds like in 2008 Buzz Bee is going to be busy as a... um... that insect that flies and makes honey.
Too bad the links for the new things are grayed out, indicating they haven't made the site for them yet. So much for hyping their new products.
What do you think of these possible new additions? Buzz Bee has generally made easy-to-mod blasters, right?