Resources

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Materials Used
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Below is a list of materials I've used for Nerf projects. Listed will be the name of the item, what I've used it for, my opinion on the product, and a hyperlink to the product online. Many of the hyperlinks are not to locations you should actually buy the product, they're just there to give you an idea of the price and more details on the product. I buy a lot of these materials locally at hardware/electronic stores.


General

Nerf Blasters
    - Retailers: Target, Walmart, Amazon, or K-Mart
        ~ If a blaster or product is available in stores, I usually buy them from these retailers.
    - Other: eBay, Craigslist, garage sales, flea markets, Goodwill/thrift stores
        ~ Many blasters aren't available in stores because they're discontinued. These options are great places to check for old, rare, and sometimes valuable Nerf blasters.

Koosh Darts LINK
    - Koosh darts were a great alternative to expensive Nerf Elite darts that performed quite well. I say "were" because I noticed a change in design with my second order that ruined my opinion of these darts.
    - My original review video of these darts was positive.
    - My retraction video explains why I don't like them anymore.



Nerf Upgrades

Orange Mod Works LINK
    - Pretty well-known in the modding community. They offer upgrade parts for various blasters.
    - I've made a few reviews on these products: Longshot Immortal kit, Retaliator stage 1, Strongarm final stage, Retaliator stage 2

OzNerfNerd LINK
    - 3D printed parts for various Nerf blasters.
    - I made a general overview review and a Retaliator upgrade kit review.

3D Printer from eBay - Jealous Panda LINK
    - 3D printed parts specifically for Nerf blasters
    - I made a general review video covering a few of the products

Worker
    - Quality rip-off parts for Nerf blasters
    - These parts are very nicely molded and perfectly compatible with Nerf blasters.
    - Video reviews of their products: General overviewbanana magazinesforegripsretaliator pump-action kitsstocks
    - These parts can be found on Taobao by searching 'Worker Nerf' - A big drawback is that they ship from China, so shipping times can be lengthy.



Nerf Gear

NarrowBase LLC LINK
    - Very high quality 3d printed Nerf gear.
    - I made a general overview video and another covering a rail converter and magazine mount
    - NarrowBase magazines holders were in my HvZ loadout for a while - it's great gear!

BlasterSmithsUK LINK
    - Quality tactical gear for Nerf accessories.
    - As I cover in my review video, the 3D printed parts I received were crap - but their gear is high quality.
    - I used the BlasterSmithsUK magazine holder for an HvZ invitational I attended. I cover my full loadout in this video.

Limey Tactical LINK
    - Quality Nerf tactical gear
    - I made an overview video on the Stryfe holster

Condor Outdoor Gear
    - Many pieces of gear I've used are made by Condor Outdoor. This is a company that makes tactical gear for firearms and airsoft, but many pieces can be adapted for Nerf use.
    - Some gear I've used include: chest rig, admin pouch, EMT pouch, and a dump pouch.
    - This gear is used in my 2014 HvZ Loadout video and my 2015 HvZ Loadout video.



LED Stuff

SuperBrightLEDS (.com) LINK
    - A great place to buy LEDs. I would definitely recommend getting them online compared to in person - you'll save a ton of money.
    - Their prices and shipping costs are very fair.

LED's I've used (blue) LINK

    - These are the LEDs I used in my Stryfly, Strayven fire-fly techNerf Cam, other Nerf Cam, Crossbow, and the other Crossbow.

9v Battery Holder LINK
    - I use these to hold 9v batteries in place in LED circuit.
    - They can be screwed into the shell and they secure the 9v battery very well.
    - The hyperlink is just a reference, I buy these parts in-person at Radioshack.



Flywheel Blaster Stuff

Xtreme Pro 180 Motors LINK
    - These are great replacement motors for flywheel blasters.
    - These motors require shell cutting to fit because they're longer than the stock motors.

RM2 130 Motors LINK
    - These do not require shell cutting, unlike the 180's listed above.
    - These motors are only recommended if you cannot use upgraded batteries - they perform better than the stock motors when restricted to alkaline batteries.

IMR Batteries LINK
    - IMRs feature a different chemistry than Ultrafire/Trustfire Li-Ion batteries
    - If you use another source for these, ensure they're button top style and size 14500 to ensure proper fit in AA trays.

UltraFire Batteries LINK
    - Size 14500 Li-Ion batteries that fit in the stock battery trays of many Nerf blasters (the ones that fit AA batteries).
    - The ones in the hyperlink ship from within the USA, so shipping is pretty quick.
    - If you use another source for these, ensure they're button top style and size 14500 to ensure proper fit in AA trays.

TrustFire Batteries LINK
    - Size 14500 Li-Ion batteries that fit in the stock battery trays of many Nerf blasters (the ones that fit AA batteries).
    - DX (Deal Extreme) is based in China - shipping can take a while.
    - If you use another source for these, ensure they're button top style and size 14500 to ensure proper fit in AA trays.

Li-PO Battery Pack LINK
    - Definitely not the cheapest Li-PO option, but this is the pack I used for my Rapidstrike modification.

Dummy Batteries (AA) LINK
    - Dummy batteries act as a place holder in your battery tray. They are shaped like batteries but don't have power, they only conduct electricity.
    - These are great if you want to run three 14500 IMRs, Trustfires, or Ultrafires in a stock Nerf tray that takes four batteries.

AA to C Battery Converters LINK
    - These converters allow you to use 14500 or AA batteries in a tray that accept C batteries.
    - These are great for modders that want to run upgraded batteries in their Rapidstrikes without rewiring it to a new battery tray.



Painting Stuff


Vinyl Dye LINK
    - Great as a primer for any paint, or as a base coat by itself.
    - You can find this at many autoparts shops such as Auto Zone or Advanced Auto Parts

Brush Paint (Citadel) LINK
    - This paint gives a great finish and is easy to apply smoothly
    - This is a water based paint

Clear Coat (Dupli-Color) LINK
    - This product gives a smooth, durable finish.
    - You can find it in matte or gloss, the hyperlink is to gloss.
    - You can find this at many autoparts shops such as Auto Zone or Advanced Auto Parts

Brush Paint (Krylon) LINK
    - I no longer use this paint, but I'm keeping it as a resource for anyone referencing old videos.
    - This is very inexpensive paint.
    - This is an enamel paint.
    - The hyperlink is for reference only, I suggest buying it at a hobby shop (it's like $2.50-$3.00 a bottle). I used to buy it from Ace Hardware.

Clear Coat (Rustoleum) LINK
    - I no longer use this paint, but I'm keeping it as a resource for anyone referencing old videos.
    - This can be purchased at many hardware stores.

Paint Brushes (Citadel) LINK
    - I personally love my Citadel paint brushes.
    - Due to their cost, I'd only recommend them if you paint a lot of blasters.



Tech

Chronograph LINK
    - I cover the concept of chronographing Nerf darts in this video.
    - I use this chronograph is many videos to compare the initial velocities.



Materials

Smooth Cast 65D LINK
    - This is a casting resin that can be applied in liquid form before drying into a hard plastic-like material.
    - I use this material to strengthen shell integrations.
    - I made a demo video on this material, and it's also featured in a Strayven video and The Firestriker video.

Solvent Weld LINK
    - I use this to bond plastic to plastic quite often. It's pretty cheap and is pretty strong.
    - This material is great for surface connections (between the connecting points of two parts), I don't often use it to layer on top of a joint.

    - Epoxy putty can help you blend shell integrations, install internal components, reinforce existing internal components, and much more!
    - Many people focus on 'this brand' or 'that brand' but the application of the material and how you work the putty is more important than the brand you use (in my opinion).
    - The Loctite brand stuff is more expensive than the off-brand stuff at most hardware stores. This link is only for reference, I personally recommend buying it from your local hardware store for a lower cost.

Wire (for LEDs) LINK
    - LEDs don't demand tons of current, the type of wire you use isn't a huge deal.
    - I buy this stuff locally at a RadioShack store, the hyperlink is just for reference.

Polycarbonate LINK
    - I use polycarbonate for LED diffusing, integration support, homemade blasters, and other things.
    - I usually use 1/8" and 1/4", although the other sizes can come in handy for special purposes.
    - I usually buy this material in 12"x12" or 24"12" depending on the shipping costs.

Clear PVC LINK
    - I use clear PVC for hopper clips and barrel sheaths.
    - I do have a hopper clip guide video and a barrel guide video that feature clear 1/2" PVC.



Tools

Ryobi Belt Sander LINK
    - I mostly use my belt sander to sand integration cuts and polycarbonate.
    - I use Ryobi tools because they're affordable and get the job done.
    - I don't think this entry-level tool would be great for everyone, but it works well for my plastic working and mild use.
    - Ryobi changed their tool color from blue to green. My blue tools are a little older than the green ones.

Ryobi Bandsaw LINK
    - I mostly use my bandsaw to cut shells for integration and polycarbonate sheets.
    - I use Ryobi tools because they're affordable and get the job done.
    - I don't think this entry-level tool would be great for everyone, but it works well for my plastic working and mild use.

Ryobi Drill Press LINK
    - I don't use my drill press too often for Nerf, but it's great to drill holes in polycarbonate sheets. If you only modify blasters (and don't make homemades), a hand drill is likely more than enough for you.
    - I use Ryobi tools because they're affordable and get the job done.
    - I don't think this entry-level tool would be great for everyone, but it works well for my plastic working and mild use.

Dremel 3000 Series LINK
    - I use my Dremel rotary tool for sanding, cuting, filing, and drilling.
    - It's a great all-around tool that can do all sorts of things.






Did I miss something? Feel free to contact me (details in the 'About' page) to ask for a hyperlink to a product I've used in one of my videos.