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CHRONOS: Nerf Nite Finder mod by Hypercats CHRONOS: Nerf Nite Finder mod by Hypercats
I love this thing. It's sexy as hell, and would be a perfect sidearm for a lady Steampunk captain. I wanted to make it as dark and as battle worn as possible, whichi s why everything is so dark on it. I might have to try to make a newer, cleaner one.

Still fires darts, although it only seems to fire whistler darts. Streamline darts seem to be more firm and don't want to go down the barrel all the way, like there's a lip that they catch on. Whistlers still shoot well and whistle through the air. :D

I originally had the wings glued on with expanding urethane glue, but the contact surface was so small that they didn't hold, which is why I had to switch over to a pair of brass screws. They hold the wings on super tight!
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:iconthejugglingoctopus:
TheJugglingOctopus Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter

I gotta say, I love your paint jobs and your original stuff. And I can see you have some sculpting skills. Challenge yourself ! Go beyond the norm! Look at weird boxes or strange shaped throwaway stuff. Think out of the Nerf! I know ya got it in ya!

Scavenge for any thing that might look usable. I just cannibalized a old destroyed player piano and got tons of parts and bits! Forget custom mavericks, everybody and his troglodyte cousin does Nerf.

Just advise from a fellow prop builder...:)

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:iconhypercats:
Hypercats Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I challenge myself all the time. Right now, I'm experimenting with printed surfaces and faux paint effects. 
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:iconthejugglingoctopus:
TheJugglingOctopus Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter

There is a product you can buy that does instant rust also.

Stay creative!!

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:iconhypercats:
Hypercats Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah there's techniques that involve iron patina and a mixture of glue and water to make it rust.
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:iconthejugglingoctopus:
TheJugglingOctopus Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
powdered Ice tea mix, glue and water with a finish coat of clear acrylic
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:iconhypercats:
Hypercats Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
If you think powdered Ice Tea mix is orange, you should try a bag of Thai iced tea! It's got added dye powder!
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spacephrawg Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
best use of that round thing ever
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PoshSingularity Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional Artist
The contrast between your wood and metal looks great. Where did you find the wings?
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:iconhypercats:
Hypercats Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Home Depot.
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acecatz Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, this is really cool! I've been putting off trying that wood technique but now I hav to try it! Do you have another video on ageing?
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:iconhypercats:
Hypercats Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Do you mean like drybrush techniques and weathering?
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Macaronnicat Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
That is soooooooooo coooooooooool...
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:iconhypercats:
Hypercats Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconmacaronnicat:
Macaronnicat Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Np. :D
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Wolfprintz Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
It'd look absolutely perfect if it didn't have that silly Nerf pullback.
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:iconhypercats:
Hypercats Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah I could cut it off and put a brass ring there instead.
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ajldesign Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Beautiful work and concept. Love the wood grain technique and aging!
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:iconhypercats:
Hypercats Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I love the shape of the Nite Finder and still have some things that I want to add to it. It only has one LED which is NOT ENOUGH LEDS NEEDS MOAR LIGHTS!
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katterley Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
These are cool! Great work!
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:iconhypercats:
Hypercats Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks!
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Nils-Iver Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'd buy that.
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:iconhypercats:
Hypercats Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's really good to know. I'm never sure if my ideas translate well to the finished piece, or if I personally think something looks really awesome, but everyone else thinks it's just another blah custom painted steampunk Maverick. Seriously, GIS "nerf maverick paint", there's like a million of those things. Or click this: [link]
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Nils-Iver Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I know right? yours where at least pretty original compared to the most.
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vlakorados Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Ehrmehgerd, please tell me how you accomplished the wood grain effect! I have a hard time getting that right so I usually just wind up wrapping the handles in leather...
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:iconhypercats:
Hypercats Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
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vlakorados Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
You have my thanks and eternal gratitude.
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:iconhypercats:
Hypercats Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
keep an eye on the youtube channel and hypercats.net also, we'll be updating the woodgrain tutorial and showing off some of the finished woodgrain pieces up close with a 1080p video soon!
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IamHaden Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
its been a while since i simply stumbled upon a nice-looking steampunk gun. love it! =D
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:iconhypercats:
Hypercats Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! My goal is to use existing Nerf guns that people have seen painted and Steampunk'd a million times, and do something new without completely changing the original gun.
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IamHaden Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well, mission accomplished. =)
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relasine Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
That is beautifully done. I am rarely fond of Nite Finder mods, but this one is glorious. Where on earth did you find the wings?
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:iconhypercats:
Hypercats Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Home Depot.
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:iconrelasine:
relasine Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
In what department? Cabinet pulls?
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:iconhypercats:
Hypercats Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I think they were on a random end cap. :( They're probably supposed to be trim accents or something.
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GirlyGamerAU Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Wow... so many nice touches on this... and your woodgrain is epic. It looks great dark btw. The 'wings' look amazing!
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:iconhypercats:
Hypercats Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I want to get some video to show off the woodgrain, it looks pretty good up close too!
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Arsenal-Best Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Another wonderful design. Love the wings!
And again I'm awed by your painting expertise!
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:iconhypercats:
Hypercats Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! It's a fun design, and I really want to make some more of these.
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Splicer02 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
From my experience with the nightfinder, darts have a stick thing that the head is attached to that goes into the foam pipe that makes the body of the dart. Some types of darts have it go about a third of the way down or so, so they get stuck on that air restricter stick thing thats in the barrel. I tried to take mine out with some pliers to make it more powerful but just broke it in half, so I failed what I was trying to do but can now use any nerf darts :P

Anyway, this one looks freaking sick :D
I'm working on a steampunk costume myself, I love the pressure gauge and that wing shape thing. Wicked awesome paint job :D
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:iconhypercats:
Hypercats Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
That makes sense! Thanks! I figured it had to be a dart issue since the Nite Finder is one of the oldest N Strike guns, and Nerf's been through like 5 different darts since it came out. I don't like spending the time to remove air restrictors, magazine eject tabs, pad the springs, etc, unless it's requested. It's especially a lot of work when the end user is only going to use it for costuming anyway.

The gauge and the watch guts both have a thing piece of clear plastic glued over them to give them a bit of a "gauge" glass look. I should get some video tomorrow to show it off from other angles.
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Splicer02 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
I was just playing around with mine with some friends who got into nerf for a while. Took it apart to try and paint it, but my friend had some ideas to make it more powerful too so we added another spring and tried to take out the air restrictor.
Ended up running out of time for painting, I'll have to get around to that at some point. Might even add some stuff so I can use it in one of my costume projects, thanks for the inspiration :D
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:iconhypercats:
Hypercats Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
No problem! Post some progress pics if you get the chance!
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Splicer02 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
I will if I can find the camera :D
Thanks for the interest
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