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You Can’t Polish a Turd, but You Can Disguise One

You Can’t Polish a Turd, but You Can Disguise One

I’m making a couple of AER9 laser rifles at the moment for commissions, so needless to say, the AER9 has been on my mind a bit lately. For non Fallout fans, it’s a weapon that appears in the “Fallout” series of video games. It’s an iconic weapon due to its cool and very distinct style. The AER9 is sort of this epic, post apocalyptic chic piece of art deco meets art nouveau, meets metalwork dystopia. Overall, a pretty sweet mix.

I’ll include an image of the Fallout AER9 I made ages ago below, so you can see what it looks like. Hopefully you will be able to see where I borrowed from it for this rather odd build. The title of this post will soon become clear.

Fallout AER9 Laser Rifle prop build EVA foam Nerfenstein foamidable

The left side of the AER9 Laser Rifle from Fallout… ‘Foamidable’ looking weapon!

You Can’t Polish a Turd, it’s not a pleasant saying, but it suits the occasion. The Rocketeer Helmet that I posted last week, I was really unhappy with, it was a turd. No amount of work was going to fix its problems and have it remain a Rocketeer helmet prop. Having said that, sometimes you can ‘Disguise A Turd’ and that’s what I’ve done here. I reimagined the Rocketeer helmet into how I thought it might look if the designer of the AER9 Laser Rifle in the Fallout universe also designed the helmet. Here’s the result:

AERocketeer AER9 Laser Rifle from Fallout meets a Rocketeer helmet - mashup

The AERocketeer – an AER9 Laser Rifle from Fallout meets a Rocketeer helmet. Why not?

There she is, the AERocketeer helmet in all her microfusion celled glory. Tried to inject a little Rocketeer / Vault-tec crossover, like Secord No. 1991 (Cliff Secord is the name of The Rocketeer and 1991 is when the movie released). I made the battery to represent the AER9 battery. I left off the radiation warning and warning tape because I didn’t want it to look like I’d just stuck everything on there I could.

AERocketeer the Fallout AER Rocketeer Helmet prop

AERocketeer – Fallout meets The Rocketeer helmet

Everything there was done with purpose, even the green plastic in the lenses (green screens on Pip-Boys). Most importantly, the golden turd looks better in its Fallout form, though still not perfect, it’s better than it was and more a talking point.

AERocketeer - Fallout meets The Rocketeer helmet

Bit dark, but another angle of the AERocketeer helmet. Still not perfect, but better than it was!

Remember.. sometimes don’t go with the obvious, go with what’s in your crazy little mind!

Till next time people… what do we say?! ….
DO GOOD THINGS!
Nerfenstein Out!

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Originally written for Nerfenstein.com home blog of Nerfenstein… Gold Coast based Nerf Modder, Prop Maker, Foam Smith and Artiste who just happens to have a vajayjay. She can also disguise turds… handy! Catch up with her on her Facebook page, or if you Tweet… there’s always Twitter and guess what, she actually replies!

One Comment

  1. That is one good looking helmet. BTW I’m a big Rocketeer Fan.