Friday, 18 August 2017

Mod: Thermal Hunter Handle Replacement and Lever Mag Release

While the Thermal Hunter has a fair few things going for it, there are a couple of standout issues ergonomically. The handle and stock are very short, and the mag release is rather poor. Furthermore, the magwell and pump are quite far away from the handle. Initially, I had planned on straight replacing the handle and stock attachment point with that from a Retaliator, but after seeing John Yechan Seung's take, decided to copy that instead.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Quick Review: Artifact Gen 2 Plastic Flywheels

Some time back, Artifact released a new wave of plastic flywheels. As I missed my chance to get more flywheels the previous time they were available, I quickly jumped on getting four pairs this time around. Shortly afterwards they ran out of stock, however they are currently available from Monkee Mods. Given I quite liked the previous Artifact plastic flywheels even with all their flaws, I was very much looking forward to receiving these Gen 2 wheels to test out.
Note that while the G1 wheels were available in both "full" and "truncated" forms, the G2 wheels were only ever available in this particular shape.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Review: Buzz Bee Stryker Force (15m) [Zenith]


The Stryker Force is the smallest new blaster in Buzz Bee's latest wave of releases. It is a manual action revolver somewhat reminiscent of the older Air Max 6, though of course being a conventional springer rather than an air blaster. In particular, this wave of releases also contains Buzz Bee's brand new darts. I will be reviewing Buzz Bee's new darts in a separate post. The Stryker Force includes 6 PrecisePro (PP) darts and 2 Long Distance (LD) darts.
Note that while the Stryker Force is not identical to the Zenith, they are very similar, both physically and functionally.
Disclaimer: This blaster was sent to me for review by Buzz Bee Toys. Despite their contribution, I will do my best to ensure that this review remains as objective and unbiased as possible.

Monday, 7 August 2017

MHvZ Game Report 5/8/17


Another game at Melbourne HvZ. We had some pretty good games and a solid turnout, and I had an opportunity to give some of the new Buzz Bee blasters a go in combat.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Quick Mod: MTB Neo Rhino Prototypes

While visiting the guys at MTB, I was given prototypes of some new MTB motors, Neo Rhinos and Neo Hellcats. These motors have a different wind to the regular Rhinos and Hellcats, as well as fancy new motor cans and neodymium magnets. The Neo Hellcat prototypes I received are unfortunately lacking the neo magnets, however the Neo Rhinos had them so I threw that pair into my Bullpup RS to try out at yesterday's MHvZ.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

MHvZ Game Report 8/7/17


We had a great turnout at MHvZ today, which resulted in some rather impressive hordes. We also tried out some new gamemodes.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Quick Mod: Jyn Erso Blaster with Meishel 2.0s


In my order from BlasterTech not long ago, I received a pair of Meishel 2.0 motors made by FoamBlast. My Jyn Erso blaster had been waiting for upgrade motors for a while since I'd actually run out of suitable 130s, so I took this opportunity to get my Jyn Erso blaster modded while also testing out these new motors.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Quick Review: BlasterTech Stryfe Motor Cover and Grip Extension


Received a package of parts from BlasterTech today, a Stryfe motor cover, a Stryfe grip extension, and two Meishel 2.0 motors. I'll be installing the Meishel 2.0s into my Jyn Erso blaster at some point, but the Stryfe parts I could install immediately.

Friday, 12 May 2017

MHvZ Game Report 6/5/17


We had some solid games today at MHvZ. The on-off rain did dirsupt play a little, however we managed to miss the majority of it.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Review: Star Wars Jyn Erso Deluxe Blaster

The release of Rogue One brought with it, among other merchandise, a new set of Star Wars Nerf blasters. The Jyn Erso blaster is the most expensive general release one, and the only one of the three that offered any practical potential use. Due to its insanely high retail price, I put off buying it until they were discounted to half price at my local BigW. Is it worth it, even at half price?

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Mod: RapidPDW Overhaul


My barrelless RS, the RapidPDW, was my first Rapidstrike rewire, utilising stock motors and some stock switches off a 2S battery. Since then however, I have completed no less than four complete Rapidstrike builds (one of which was not my own), and the RapidPDW was left on my blaster rack collecting dust. I finally got around to giving it a motor upgrade.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Jase3D Parts: Thumbscrews, Flared Stryfe Magwell, RS Pusher Cover

Ordered some Jase3D stuff as well, a couple of newer parts. I ordered up some thumbscrews, a flared Stryfe magwell attachment, and an RS pusher motor cover.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

MHvZ Game Report 11/3/17 - More Flywheel Saturation, Successful Husk


I hadn't attended a full Nerf event in months, so I was really excited to get back into action at this month's HvZ.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

BlasterTech Parts: Rapidstrike Mag Release, 5kg Elite Spring (Updated 18/6/17)


I recently ordered a couple of things from BlasterTech (BT). Within that package was a Worker Stryfe mag release, a Hellverine (Hellcat mislabelled as Wolverine), 2 BT Rapidstrike mag releases and a BT Elite 5kg spring. I've covered the Worker mag release and Hellcats before, so this post will be focusing on the RS mag release and the Elite 5kg spring.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Mod: Artifact Motor as a Rapidstrike Pusher


The Artifact motor is the fastest motor created specifically for Nerfing purposes. It is rated to 50k RPM at 7.4V, significantly beyond the next closest of the MTB Wolverine Mk2 or Honey Badger, at around 45k RPM at 7.4V. The Artifact motor is also an odd size, being a little longer than the traditional 130 motor, but significantly shorter than the long 180 motor.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

2016 Nerf Roundup

I somehow forgot to make this roundup post at the end of 2016, so here it is, two months late.
2016 was an up-and-down year for Nerf, there were some good releases, and some not-so-good releases. Non-Nerf brands had a fantastic year however, with both Buzz Bee and Dart Zone releasing some real winners.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Loadouts with MTB


MTB recently uploaded another of their loadouts vids, this time featuring my Bullpup RS (and associated other parts), as well as my Rhino-Fire. It covers all the major points and is of course a far higher quality video than anything I'd make myself.

If you're wondering about the lack of activity recently, no I'm not leaving the hobby or anything so major. It's simply a matter of not having the time to produce content, and not having any real content to actually produce. I won't be doing anything Nerf related for the next month or so, but I will be returning in time for the March Melbourne events, and hopefully by then I'll have more content to put up.

As a final note, for anyone who has posted a comment in the past ~2 months, my apologies for not approving the majority of them, a change in the Blogger UI meant that I actually don't immediately see the number of comments awaiting approval, and I only just now remembered to check them.