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EricTzH

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Rapid Red Writeup: Shell Integration, LEDs & Modification

31 August 2017 - 02:26 PM

Before reading this,
I highly suggest to Watch The Timelapse Videofirst:
 
 
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Project Overview:
This writeup is about my rapid red modification and shell integration. I will be using this blaster mainly for CQB and HvZ games. I choose Rapid Red is because they are the most affordable option to try new stuffs, compared to many other flywheel blaster after the discontinued of Stryfe. 
 
Aims
- For HvZ and CQB Games
- Operatable by a single hand (as another hand will be holding a foam sword) 
-Lights up my way at night (while eye friendly) 
- Medieval Classical Feel (Because I love it!) 
- LED design that looks cool
- Solve small handle problem 
 
Things I've Done
- DIY Stock made by lightweight material 
-  Shell Integration : Adding new Handle from Distruptor's (the "New Strongarm" ), Distruptor's Priming Slide for Stabilizing Stock. 
- Internal Modification : Meishel 2.0 Motor
- Paintjob 
- Others: Quick Mag Releases, LED wiring 
 
General Mod Material
-Epoxy Putty: Wood and WaterWeld
-Epoxy Gel
-DAP contact cement 
-Semi Transparent Plastic Folder
-LEDs Diode and Resistor 
- UPC pipe
 
Wiring Materials:
-Meishel 2.0 Motor
-Submianiture microswitch
-18 Gauge Silicon Wire
-950mAH Li Po (Not recommended for Stryfe, for Stryfe use this for higher amperage : 1300 mAH Li Po) 
 
-Dremel Rotary Tool and Attachments: Grinder, Sanding, Enforced Cutting Wheel
-Hack Saw
-Soldering Iron and Solder
-Wire Striper and Wire Cutter
-Hot glue gun and Hot glue sticks 
 
Paintjob Material
-V&F Black Automotive Base Coat
-Aged Copper Spray Paint
-Cheap Acrylic Paint from Walmart: Black White Red Blue Yellow 
-Antique Gold Acrylic Paint 
-Wheel Clear Coat
 
Step 1: Disassembly 
All parts from Rapid Red are disassembled. 
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Remove some internal parts in Distruptor that is close to the Handle, Take out the Priming Slide. 
 
 
 
Step 2: Shell Cut
Cut off the Rapid Red Handle, then throw it away. 
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Cut off Distruptor Handle
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Some trimming will be needed to allign the new handle to the rapid red. 
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Cut off the "back half" of the Priming Slide, This will be used to hold the DIY stock. 
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Step 3: Combining Shell
Drill a hole at the back part of the blaster. 
 
I use contact cement to temporarily hold the handle before apply epoxy putty.
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Applying Epoxy Putty on Handle and the Priming Slide to Rapid Red Body
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Using Epoxy Gel as internal reinforcement (But then I realised SmoothCast is a way more cheaper option)
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Step 4: DIY Stock 
Cut out your choice of pipe(I use UPC not PVC here), apply epoxy putty to stick them to the blaster.
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I choose a  rubber flat vacuum wand I thrifted from Goodwill, because it is lighter than plastic and wood.
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Rubber vacuum wand flex a lot, so applying epoxy putty directly wouldn't works. I nailed a small piece of wood on it ( I get this wood for free, you can get some small wood in Walmart DIY Crafting area )
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Step 5: LED Holes
Use a sharpie to mark out places that I want to cut a hole
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Use Dremel drilling attachment to drill the holes
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Sand the cutted holes so it looks smooth
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We need something to dilute the LED lights. Cut off some semi-transparent plastic sheet(I use semi-transparent plastic folder), hot glue them to those holes.
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Step 6: Paint Job 
Sand the body of Rapid Red
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Base coat using Automotive Vinyl and Fabric Black
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Glue Gun Drawing, set the temperature to High, and draw the pattern.
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Base coat again on Hot Glue patterns, using Automotive Vinyl and Fabric Black as well
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Aged Copper Spray Paint
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Adding black Acrylic Paint(mixed with around 1-1 water)for blackish shadow effect
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Use a Dry brush/ Sponge, rub some dry gold paint on it.
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Paint a layer of Black Acrylic Paint at the bottom half.
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After the black paint dries, mix red paint with a little bit of water, brush on the black surface, rub it with your finger/fabric. To make it bloooodyyy cool.
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Step 7: Internal Wiring and Necessary Shell Cut
I use Meishel 2.0 motor, subminiature switch and 18 gauge wire.
 
Some parts are needed to be grind off (Dremel grinning atachment) in order to fit the Li Po
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Soldering.
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Test motor spinning direction
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Step 8: LEDs and Magazine Fit
Solder 
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Before closing the shell, I tried a couple times of reopening the whole thing, readjusting and do extra shell trimming, so that it fits the magazine, rev trigger and able to be closed .

 

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Flywheel and Cage Questions

29 June 2017 - 07:45 PM

I wish to get a battery cage and flywheel for my stryfe but i some questions that Google couldn't answer me:

1. What is the meaning of "Brushless" cage or motor? Is that okay to use brushless cage for non-brushless motor? 
(mine is Meishel 2.0 motor, which I believe its not a brushless motor)

2. How to choose a flywheel to buy?
( I saw there's many brand of flywheel in etsy,  each brands has different type of flywheel too, while I saw worker produced metal flywheel which looks cool but not sure if thats practical.. is there any way to check their specs/any judging methods besides of using the "more expensive means better performance" approach?)


HvZ EndWar: How many darts to bring?

10 June 2017 - 01:20 PM

Im joining the upcoming HvZ EndWar in Ohio University for all 3 days, and currently I want to order some darts from Amazon.

 

Any suggestions on how many darts shall I prepare?

Or, how many darts will you prepare based on your experience ?

 

*I will be playing with a Stryfe(w/ five 18-magazines), and a Hammershot, both modded.


Nerfers around Southern Illinois? Let's host some games.

04 June 2017 - 10:44 AM

I am planning to run some Nerf War and HvZ game in Southern Illinois area. Im currently a student in Carbondale, the college town where Southern Illinois University located. After the summer classes started and more students are back to campus, I will start advertise it around the campus and try to recruit some new people into our sport.

 

Right now I'm still making some Posters/Flyers, it will be introducing what is Nerf War and HvZ, and also our Facebook Group. I also seeking for more members and people who interested in running games together.I have also bought 10 second hand blasters(4 recons, 6) for rent/borrow, darts and DIY some barricades for players to take cover in game.

 

Any Nerfers near/around Southern Illinois so I can add you into our Facebook group?

 

Also, I wish to hear more stories from someone how did your nerf group started and grown.


Rapid Red Rewiring & Motor Questions

29 May 2017 - 04:27 AM

I'm planning to rewire or even change the motor(if the time allow me to do so) of my rapid red. I'm seeking a way to get it finish before Jun 22, so that I can use it in the End War HvZ.

1. May I know is there any other motors i can get ASAP (ideally max of 1 week shipping)?

2. Which motor works on Rapid red besides of Meishel's Motor? Is Stryfe motor like 3s Rhino Fire going to work?

3. What battery or wire shall I use IF I'm just rewire, and NOT CHANGING the motor? is those wire and battery in Stryfe rewiring guide applicable on Rapid Red?

4. Im searching for more rapid red rewiring n internal modification guide. Is there any link you know ?
(besides of Meishel's.) (I could not find any other on Google)