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Yet ANOTHER steampunk mod mav by silvernomiko Yet ANOTHER steampunk mod mav by silvernomiko
Okay, so I got caught up in the steampunk thing after working on an art trade with a fellow artist . . . and getting so into steampunk, I decided to make a steampunk costume for Halloween. And now it shall accompany me for many cons afterwards. :D I want to give much props to [link] because I was inspired by that mav as well as a few others for references.

I like purple. Hence the purple theme. My steampunk outfit was black, brown and, of course, purple. :D

I took apart the gun and hit some nerf modding forums and did a few things to the innards so now it shoots further (I stretched the spring as well as added in a few pennies to shorten the space the spring is allotted. I also removed the air pressure limiters in the barrel. And did the mod so the barrel can come out all the way.) >:D

I scrubbed down the gun and sandpapered it and added a few scored marks. Then I cleaned it and primed it with black plastic spray paint. Then hit it with brown undercoat and gold and then a sealant. (Ah, I also liberally used a friend's model paint) I did look around for gears, ordering "clock innards" from ebay as well as cannibalizing a broken shredder, various found objects, and some sort of surge gauge and stuff. I also bought a few things.

Totally fun. I can't wait to make a pair and add the chains to them and make the holsters (I might wimp out and buy one, though).

Seeing as how fun it was to make, I know a coworker's friend sells modded steampunk mavericks. For anyone hitting this page, would you be interested in buying pre-steampunk modded mavs? Like at the next local anime convention? If so, how much would you drop down for one of these bad boys?
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Senosis Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
what grade of sand paper do you use?
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tjenator Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
I love the purple. QUESTION! How did you get the barrel to come all the way out like that? I can't seem to do it!
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
Sorry for the EXCEPTIONALLY SLOW RESPONSE. D: But I modded the inside to do so. There are a lot of great tutorials online to help you. But essentially you end up using a wire run through the bottom of the gun (you have to carve out a new channel for it) and use that for the barrel instead of the original fittings. It's more effort, but it just looks cooler, imo.
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tjenator Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
Thanks, I already figured it out though.

But thank you! I appreciate your taking the time to respond.
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
Well that's good then, modding the nerf gun was sooo much fun.

XD;;;; I'm so sorry. I was MIA from dA for about . . . 3 months. >_>;;;; *lamer*

Did you mod a gun? If so, did you upload a pic?
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tjenator Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
Yes, and Yes, but it's not as good as yours.
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
Awesome. :D Aw, thank yo. ^^;; I'm sure yours was still fun to mod. It takes a lot of work and effort, but it's fun to have a "custom" gun. Sure, everyone ELSE also has a Maverick. But you're the one who chose the colors and what to do to it. Which is the unique and custom part of it. :D!
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tjenator Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
Your welcome! Yeah, I love showing it off to my friends.
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SaintJimmy121190 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
I love nerf before but this is hardcore
amazing job!
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
Ah! Thank you. :D I'm really happy since it's my first time modding. When I was walking around at Anime Matsuri recently, someone asked me how I did it. XD!! :heart: Made me happy since I'm still new to prop making. Hehe. There was a lady from La De Das that had some WICKED cool mavericks for sale. It's really fun to look into steampunk mod stuff. It's so neat.
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SaintJimmy121190 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
I have always admired the Steampunk lifestyle, but lately it seems to becoming more of a passion then anything else, and I was blown away by your gun. I have been looking into so many different things lately, and recently discovered that a friend too has a passion for it. I will deff look into more mod stuff though.
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
Ah, thank you again really. #^^# :blush: The flash kinda took away from it, but it does look more of a worn duller gold rather than shiny. I had lots of fun painting it and making it look just so. I was actually thinking of modding another gun or two in hopes of selling them at a convention. La De Das had a few gorgeous guns and they were selling for $50ish and $90ish respectively. I wouldn't sell mine for that much but they were crazy awesome mods, definitely.

That's awesome, it's fun to get into something like steampunk together. Etsy is a good resource too. Even if you don't end up buying stuff, you can get inspired to make stuff. Also, my steampunk outfit is nearly 80% thrift store finds, so you can start out with a pretty simple base. The essence of cosplaying steampunk is in the details. Also, there are some steampunk/gear scrapbooking embellishments you can order online or maybe a craftstore carries them. It's a lot cheaper that way then how I went about getting gears for my gun. *laugh*
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SaintJimmy121190 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
Wow, really? Well her guns must be pretty awesome. Though if I had the cash, I would probably buy one.
I love thrift stores, they are awesome for just about everything, especially vintage things.
But I will have to check into the online things, though I know for gears and such, there are plenty lying around our basement and garage.
So, working on anything now?
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
Yeah, they were pretty amazing, though as said I've heard people are even selling steampunk modded nerf guns on Etsy. I found this link off facebook, actually, lol Steampunk Emporium. It looks neat. One day I'll actually buy a pocket watch, lol. I'm so lazy otherwise. XD

I'm not working on anything at the moment, at least not for steampunk costume. Although I was tempted to make some steampunk jewelry with my leftover clock innards to help recoop the cost. I figure I can do another nerf gun and then some necklaces. ^^ Otherwise, I'm totally into some steampunk illustration stuff. I dunno, I just love designing characters/clothing and that includes steampunk. ^^
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SaintJimmy121190 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
I've been looking around. Im honestly thinking about getting my own nerf gun, but im afraid if I take it apart to paint it and what not, I a going to ruin it. I also met a guy this weekend that makes goggles and such and he makes holsters for the maverick nerf gun, they are pretty epic.
steampunk.bigcartel.com

You should deff make more stuff, Im interested to see it. Im not the greatest at illustrating or anything but I have my moments, I just hate habving ideas and not being able to get them out.
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
Ah, I was super freaked about that same issue as well. I made this crazy detailed illustration and guide for myself as well as took pictures in stages while I dissected it. But I also found a few great resources and one even has picture by picture instructions for modifying a nerf gun (which includes taking it apart). That's a pretty cool site, I like the goggles. I own three pairs of goggles and various assortments of hats and head/face accessories, lol.

Cool, yeah I keep forgetting to buy metal epoxy glue. That or maybe borrow my friend's soldering stuff. I just love steampunk stuff. I'll find some pics of my outfit and upload them. It's not really complex (as I don't really have skills sewing or anything), but I like it. :) I think most steampunk outfits are works in progress, slowly accumulating new and more stuff. *laugh*
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Aberleigh Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
That is wicked! Btw, what is a mavericks?
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
Thank you. :D Maverick is the name of the Nerf gun. Feel free to search for "steampunk maverick" and you can find all sorts of neat modded guns. :D
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Aberleigh Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
ohhh, that makes since XD
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
Lol. It's a great toy in and of itself, really. I want to get everyone I know to drop $10 on one so we can have a big Nerf fight, lol.
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Aberleigh Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
haha, sounds fun :P At a Karate party it was a water gun fight XD, I didn't have a good gun so I was soaked
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
Hah! Karate party? Interesting. Yeah, you gotta get good weaponry for your own protection and the detriment of others. I actually got my friend's husband to pick up the gun because he works at Toys R' Us. Yeah . . . he had gun envy and now wants the nerf gun that has a 30 dart clip in it. She got a Maverick, too. So for Christmas, I think we're going to have to gang up on him. *laugh* 'cause 2 vs. 1 still wouldn't be fair.
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Aberleigh Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
haha sounds fun XD
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F1yMordecai Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
oh that came out really cool! Good thing you used a revolver style too, so really fits with the steampunk theme.
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
Yeah, it's totally the Nerf gun of choice to modify for steampunk. There are tons of pictures out there. It just fits so nicely. I'm amazed that the first person thought of it, because it's just so . . . ugly/garrishly toy colored. *laugh*
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F1yMordecai Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
lol yeah, one day I'll have to make one :)
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
Yeah, definitely. It was a LOT of fun to make. I think I'm more prone to making props than I am to the actual sewing/constructing of a cosplay costume. Part of that is, of course, 'cause I can't really sew. Lol.

It was also fun hunting around to find what junk metal I've got laying around or what I can scavenge to cobble together for the steam-ish element to it. *laugh*
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F1yMordecai Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
hahaha yeah sewing takes time to learn...only reason I do is because I started at a young age. hehe junk metal is a good find ;)
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
Yeah, I just never was a home ec type of girl though I have big regrets now on that matter (I can sorta cook...I'm still alive. I can clean. Like a mo fo. And sewing...well, my MOM can sew. -_-; ).

Lol, yeah, I need to just push myself, because I love drawing costume designs. I've got pages and pages of them. My friend, Ice, said she'd sew them and we could wear them at cons some time. But I should learn myself, because it would be cool to see them come to life.
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F1yMordecai Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009
haha I grew up with baking, sewing, and crocheting but never really considered it home ec ;) now I have to think about that. I'm an okay cook - can follow a recipe really well - but a much better baker (COOKIES FTW!).

you should upload some of your costume designs to here :) even if it's in scraps. I'd love to see them.

OH speaking of steampunk...we have a formal New Year's dinner each year and this year I'm thinking of going in that style...we're going to the Renaissance Festival tomorrow, so that would be a good place to look for a corset ;)
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009
Hehe, well I think of that as the overarching description. I never actually took a home ec class at all (I probably would have greatly benefited from one though). Yeah, I can follow a recipe but I can't really substitute too often. And it's not like I could make something from scratch knowing so-and-so pairs well as a flavor profile and this-and-that will make something delicious. Though from time to time I'll toss a bunch of stuff together to make soup from leftover vegetables and stuff. It's usually bland or a bit oddly seasoned . . . for that, I don't force others to eat my "kitchen experiments" (I love that term a friend of mine coined for his cooking). I don't like to waste food, but I won't force others to try my attempts either, lol. Yeah, I can bake if I follow a recipe. XD

Man, I should. I don't upload too often because I generally just sketch and then don't make FINISHED ILLUSTRATIONS. And it seems like people get in a tizzy if deviations aren't colored and inked and all that jazz. Also, I'm lazy, lol. But, yeah, I just love costume design--especially clothing that you wouldn't wear normally unless you're a character in a Yazawa Ai's manga. *laugh*

Oooh, yeah totally! I haven't broken down and bought a corset 'cause I know they cost money. There's a pretty awesome vintage costume shop in town but they're expensive. So . . . yeah, stickin' to the thrift shop voltron action (combined to make a better oufit).
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Nightblue-art Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Ohh prettyness :D sounds like fun!
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
Sankyuu. :D It really was. I was worried about having so many parts just chillin' on my (rather messy) desk, but I took pretty detailed notes/illustrations as well as had access to a few tutorials and put it all back together pretty quickly. :D
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Marjolijn-Ashara Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I am diggin' the purple :D It looks awesome!
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
Awesome, thank you. :D I think a hit of color adds a lot to the look, rather than just metallics. ^_^
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Marjolijn-Ashara Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally agree, gives me lots of inspiration for my own gun which is in the making :D
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silvernomiko Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
Ah, cool. :D Glad I can help inspire others. Ya' totally gotta post a pic of it when it's done (and tell me about it)!

Steampunk is just so much fun. :D
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