Nerf Raider CS-35 Custom Yellow Edition

March 6, 2011 at 2:05 pm (Informative) (, , , , , )

So much for the “not turning this into another Nerf Blog” thing… Because here’s another one right after it… XD

If you remember in my last Recon post, I touched on a customisation I’d wanted to perform on the Raider ever since I set eyes on it.

When we first bought a Raider for our friend as a birthday present that started our current obsession with Nerf, I took issue with the pump handle. It just looked far too out of place. Over the years I started getting accustomed to chopping up Nerf Blasters in the name of customisation and getting them to match what I envisioned for them.

The issue with the Raider was that it was so expensive in Australia, ($50 on sale and at that very rarely). But it was a trip to America that lifted this restriction. Funny story actually, I was staying at New York at the time with my girlfriend so of course I had to visit the ToysRUs there. There I found the Raider for a princely sum of $35+3.50 tax so I jumped straight on that bandwagon. At the register, the cashier was more than happy to provide us with his personal Email on which we could contact him if we ever held any Nerf Parties. After that, I happily carried it to our dinner date, and happily carried it home.

That would have been the end of it had we not stumbled into KMart the next day. There I saw the Raider on the Shelves. For $25… I love America for it’s refund policy. I promptly went and refunded my expensive Raider and planned our next trip out to KMart to replenish the Nerf Stash.

I had also dabbled in the idea of buying one of the N-Force foam melee weapons, but at ToysRUs they weren’t exactly the cheapest things. I was tossing up the idea of the Battle Axe, or the Long Sword. And at KMart I found the Marauder Long Sword for $17+1.70 tax.

Needless to say I snapped at the chance. I also picked myself up a Raider, and once again, happily went home.

Fast forward to my return home, I had a relatively large piece of furniture we collected in Japan, and a similary sized sword. With all that cardboard from the Raider Box, a natural combination was hatched.

I give you, the Nerf Chair Sword. (You’d need XRay eyes to see it, but the Sword is pretty much strapped to the chair by way of lots of packing tape and Cardboard Raider Box)

Fast forward even more to present day, I now had a relatively cheap Raider that I could customise to my hearts delight. I quickly lopped off the pump handle to form a shotgun hand grip.

I tore it apart to gut the insides in preparation for spray painting, I’d point out to you that it may be easier in fact just to leave the internals in place and mask over them for spray painting, because the internal mechanisms are a little fiddly and don’t take well to being taken apart and put together alot.

The Raider is one of those guns where if you don’t put it together while standing on your belly, rubbing your leg, and patting your tongue while sticking out your forehead, it won’t work properly.

If you remember the details of my Recon post, I used Tamiya spray paints to coat the stock in yellow. This time I decided to try some from my local hardware store. It came in a bigger tin and was half the price. Thinking that this would be far more economical.

Unfortunately, you need to take more care when using cheaper paints. The main problem was that alot of the surface detail was lost. The Raider lettering ended up slightly less defined by virtue of the paint not conforming that well to the edges. The digital camo patterning on the body of the gun that came out so well on the Recon stock was lost out a little for the same reason.

All in All, I may have to investigate some better alternatives between this quality and value balance. Watch this Space.

One more thing to watch out for is to try not to spray paint on a very humid day. The paint ends up atomising far too much and going everywhere.

As you see it here, it’s 99% complete. I’m still tossing up whether or not to hack up another raider stock to sit over the butt as it looks a little weird there. But I don’t have anything that I’m willing to butcher as yet, and I’m discouraged by the idea of wasing the rest of the stock just for the clip on piece.

I still need to sort out a way to finish off the pump handle, but that may just end up being a flat piece of plastic stuck on to cover up the hole.

Anyway, less talk more pics!

Once again, a little brush painting goes a long way. The only part I masked off was the grip handle (the pump handle was removed for spray painting), and the button to release the clip. Everything else ended up being yellow and had to be repainted.

The Raider CS-35 lettering was done with a Gundam Marker, but any fine point permanent marker will be sufficient. Just take your time.

So that’s the end result! A Nerf Raider matched to the rest of your yellow N Strike Arsenal.

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