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Naked Nerf – The Nerf Scout stripped realistically bare

Naked Nerf – The Nerf Scout stripped realistically bare

Nerf modders ahoy! I’ve got something different for you. In the hobby of Nerf – as with humans – it’s easy to be swept away by the external aesthetic, but really, what matters is what’s on the inside (it’s cliche, but it’s oh so true). For that reason and because I thought it would make a nice Nerf art piece, I bring you ‘Naked Nerf’, what I hope will be a series of mods that show off the internal workings of Nerf blasters, but all painted up like they’re made of metal and not plastic.

The first mod in the ‘Naked Nerf’ series is one of my favorite Nerf blasters, the Nerf Scout. I love the Scout, though of all the Nerf blasters I’ve modded, it is probably the one that is most prone to fire failure. For this reason it makes a great prop only modification, you can easily weight it, you can glue all parts together, you can add to it and for the beginner, it’s lots of nice detail that isn’t crazy hard to sand back. For this mod, it’s made to still fire, though I do think that would play havoc with the internals paintwork, thus this being a display piece of art as opposed to a Nerf War weapon of choice.

Naked Nerf - Scout internals stripped bare

Here she is, cutouts made, internals / externals all painted.

Stripped it all down, sanded EVERY piece (other than the plungers rubber ring.. those don’t sand O_o), washed them in soapy water (removes all lubricants), re-sanded internals. Marked out where the internals run on one side of the shell, I chose the screw side as they are cool details also. Hit the bandsaw and carefully cut out the pieces, put it together to check it’s all aligned, paint!

Naked Nerf - Nerf Scout internals stripped back and modded

Almost there! Naked Nerf Scout together without slide

I went for heavily contrasting colors on the body and slide, so that the internal section pops, blue and red were my colors of choice, you could use any colors you like. I kind of wished I’d painted the internals of the shell in brass, so the gunmetal color of the internals popped more, live and learn.

Naked Nerf Scout internal mod art piece

Take a peek inside the Nerf Scout

And the left side:

Naked Nerf Scout internals made real- Left side uncut

Keeping all the Nerf detail – something I don’t normally do!

And the right side finished:

Nerf Scout stripped Naked - Naked Nerf series of mods

And finished, the Naked Nerf Scout stripped bare showing internals

And that’s your lot. I hope this little art piece has made you think about the hidden when we’re modding Nerf blasters, all those beautiful details we just forget about usually, some really sweet curves and lines all hidden beneath the shell!

Til next time funsters….

Remember it’s what’s on the inside that counts.. now go do good things!

Nerfenstein out!

Originally written for home blog of Nerfenstein… Gold Coast based Nerf Modder, Prop Maker and Artiste who just happens to have a vajayjay. Catch up with her on her Facebook page, or if you Tweet… there’s always Twitter!

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  1. Madness… awesome madness.

  2. What kind of paint did you use for the red and blue?

    • Just acrylics.

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