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Nerf Retaliator M8 Avenger poor mans Mass Effect mod

Nerf Retaliator M8 Avenger poor mans Mass Effect mod

Hi funsters! Time for a new Nerf mod. I realize my Nerf mods may seem few and far between lately, but I certainly haven’t forgotten it was Nerf modding that got me into wanting to be a prop maker. The Nerf mods won’t stop and here is a new one for the Nerf fans out there. I took some photos as I was doing this, as I thought if anyone else wanted to give it a go this might make it easier than me rambling on, trying to explain. I’m pretty sure veteran Nerf folk will know straight away by looking at it what was done and how, but for those that might not, images! Let’s take a look at how the poor woman’s / man’s M8 Avenger Nerf mod was made.

Nerf Retaliator Stock cut mod for M8 Avenger Mass Effect Rifle

Cut like so!

First up the base of this mod is of course the Nerf Retaliator, which bears striking resemblance to the Nerf N-Strike Recon CS-6 with some sweet new attachments, most notably the sexy new stock (can a stock be sexy? I don’t know, but if one can, this is it). It was actually the stock of this gun that urged me to try an M8 Avenger mod (not in a voice in my head kind of way… honest), because of the shape and the non solid nature of it.

You will note that annoying ‘end cap’ (thanks Jon) sticks out further than the cool stock when you attach it, so let’s start by sawing that off and grabbing some styrene to fill the hole (just press the styrene agains the hole in the stock and draw around and and cut it until it fits, glue!). This gives a nice finish to the back end.

Next up you’ll need the sight for the top, for this I used a toy telescope cut down because I liked the shape of the eye-piece (yes I am that fussy when modding). You can use anything here, but keep in mind if you want it to have a slight M8 Avenger look, you may need to cut it up, so an expensive Nerf sight might be best kept for other things. As with the hole in the stock, I filled the hole in the front of the ‘sight’ with styrene and sanded it all neat like.

M8 Avenger Nerf mod Mass Effect gun Nerf Retaliator - Parts

All the parts laid out, more sanding and good to go!

Front, you’ll see I’ve flipped the barrel extension that actually comes with the Nerf Retaliator upside down and attached it under the other barrel, which Nerf folk will recognize immediately as coming with the Nerf Spectre. I did this because I wanted the top barrel shorter than the under barrel, thus playing up to that M8 Avenger aesthetic once more. For those circle ‘button’ things I found awesome rubber caps in the hardware store, but anything circular that you can fit four per side will do the job. Oh and fill in the screw holes.

Nerf M8 Avenger Mass Effect Assault Rifle in Black

Personally I thought it looked awesome like this, but not very ‘Mass Effecty’

Once it had been hit with the undercoat and a couple more coats of black it was time to tape this puppy up. Taped in all areas that were to be left black, so the front part of both barrels, the grip and trigger, eyepiece of the sight and of course the stock. Ran all these to the overall build (i.e. if you look at the stock you will see it runs in line with the taped area so it isn’t jarring, likewise with both barrels and the grip). Sprayed it grey.

For the “N7” I used perspex laser cuts, so these are raised and look REALLY clean, incidentally I sell sets of these for $12AUD plus postage and the N7 on a black perspex backing with pin for $15AUD, cool for cosplay or everyday use. Just in case anyone wanted them for their own blasters. I’ve used them on a few now and they are real classy.

Nerf retaliator mod M8 Avenger assault rifle from Mass Effect

And we’re good to hop the Normandy and take out Reaper scum!

Once all the taping was done it’s time to hit the dry-brushing and detailing. I also threw in a few decals here and there, though you can’t really see them in the image, they look cool and add some more authenticity to the build overall.

Mass Effect M8 Avenger Nerf Mod the Retaliator Nerf Elite

Boom! It’s a different color based purely on lighting. The top is more realistic.

Well, that’s your lot, the poor woman’s / man’s M8 Avenger is in the pipe 5 by 5. Till next time, keep on modding!

Post written for home blog of Nerfenstein… the geek you can catch up with on her Facebook page, or if you Tweet… there’s always Twitter!

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  1. Love the weathering/paint job… any links/tuts/articles going more in depth on your approach?



    • Sure thing X, just type “Beginners Guide” into the search (bottom right ish) and there’s a full guide I wrote hen I first started and have kept reasonable updated since. I hope it’s of help.

  2. How much you selling for?

    • You would be looking at $250 for this puppy.

  3. absolutely love this mod!

    I have thought of modding blasters in a battle worthy way, but this is something awesome. I might have a crafk at this. If it goes terribly wrong… well i know where you blog!

  4. Hello there, I am currently putting together a mass effect costume, and was looking for someone to build some weapons, are you interested?

    • Got your email and replied 🙂

  5. Hello,

    I was wondering if you’re still selling the N7 plaques? If so, I’d like to make a purchase. Thanks!


    • The pin versions are in my store (right hand sidebar ‘The Prop Shop’). If you’d prefer working it out via email so you can get just the parts that’s cool too, just send me a message (

  6. I love this mod.How long did it take for u to make it?

    • Hey Joe, it took awhile (a few days probably), but I did it quite a while ago. I’m not a fan on it now when I look at it, but it’s still okay for a cheap version I guess.

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