Steampunk Nerf Barrel Break Shotgun

I was at Toys R Us because I am a giant child and I can’t help but check out the Nerf guns when I saw the Nerf Barrel Break.

I thought to myself, I haven’t modded a Nerf gun in a while and a futuristic double barreled shotgun just seemed to cool pass up.

I reinstalled the bullet rack on the side because I wanted to put the compressor on the tac rail.

I made six brass buckshot type bullets and two “explosive” amber liquid bullets just for fun.

The brass bullets are made out of an old brass clocks legs and hardware. The liquid bullets are vinyl tubing capped at both ends with 3/8 brass flare nuts. The liquid is actually watered down, Tangerine Orange Mio water flavor.

You can find all of the compressor pieces in the plumbing section of any hardware store. Its made with 1inch copper pipe cut to the length of the rail, 1inch caps, 3/8inch copper Tee fixed to the back, a soft copper coil running from the Tee to the steam gauge and the gun, copper pipe hangers connecting it to the tac rail hardware, and a brass valve handle screwed into the front.

Lets talk about steam gauges. I searched high and low for a vintage steam gauge or any sort of steam gauge looking object I could make look like one and I came up empty. Then I found this build to help me out. Basically the build is about taking a brass closet door handle thing below.

You find a picture of the style indicator dial you want online or use the guys in the other build and print it out. I wanted to use a real indicator needle so I just decided to make my own dial as well.  I am providing a plain one and the one I used in my project down below if you feel like using mine.

After I got all of the parts together I got to work.

I actually used the plastic from the package for the glass cover. After I added the paper dial, gear, and clock hand, I glued the plastic to the front. Since the package comes with two of those brass door things, I cut the brass ring off of the front of the other one with a Dremel and glued it on front if the plastic to have a nice beveled edge around the plastic cover. From there I just wrapped the outside, under the edge in some leather to give the finished dial a beefier look.

For the final touch I cut out a leather grip for the handle instead of just wrapping the handle in leather lace or something like that.

That concludes my barrel break build. I hope you enjoyed it and if you have any questions or would like more details, comment or shoot me an email. Otherwise, shut up nerds.






Bullet Shield Prop

This is a prop I made for a short film called Tracked that will be coming out in a few months. The story required a homemade bullet shield plate that gets shot with a large caliber bullet.

I took some cardboard from some boxes I had around and cut out how I wanted the plate to look. I did some layering to make it look like someone had made it out of scraps since the movie is in the post apocalyptic future.

I cut out a bullet hole with an exacto knife. Then I painted it with fiberglass resin from Autozone. The resin basically turns the cardboard into hard plastic. After that I covered it in Bondo body patching mold also from Autozone which gives it that tan sculpture look. From there it was just sanding and painting. I used black matte acrylic paint for the base and then silver acrylic paint for the metal sheen.

When I was all done with the plate I made a mushroomed bullet out of the cap of a paint pen. The mushroomed part is just hot glue that I layered up around the base.

Total finished product.





Tron Tables

These are some tables I modified for a Tron fan film that was not able to be completed. I didn’t want them to go to complete waste so I figured I would share them with you guys.

Tron Table
 The table above was a foyer table I bought from Amazon that already had removable, frosted glass panes in it, which was nice. This was supposed to be in a bar scene so I got futuristic looking stools for it, also from Amazon. For the lights I went to Home Depot and got a few small, wireless, fluorescent lights that you use under cabinets and whatnot. This would allow for the tables to be easily moved and for no cables in shots.
Tron Table 2
This table took a bit more work. It is an outdoor coffee table, also from Amazon. It originally had no walls around it and was completely see through. I frosted the bottom side of the glass with can of spray on frost from any hardware store. Then I used black foam board and cut out a panel for each side of the table that I could pop in and out for easy access to the lights. I also used white foam board on the inside to get a little extra pop from the lights.