Post by martinezthomes on Dec 12, 2017 6:12:40 GMT -7
Taking your first step into the world of making things is often the biggest mental hurdle; it's easy to be overwhelmed by all the tools, techniques, and technologies available to makers when you just want to get that fully-formed idea you have in your head into an object you can touch and hold. Take crafting weapons from video games or movies, for example. Prop makers like Harrison Krix of Volpin Props practiced for years before he was able to make convincing Mass Effect rifles that are now even showing up in live action TV commercials. That's daunting for someone who's just starting out.
But as one growing community has found, prop makers can bypass the complicated fabrication process by using toy guns as a base for paint jobs and custom modifications. Specifically, Nerf guns. The bright-colored plastic toy guns lend themselves to gritty science-fiction or steampunk redesigns, as Hasbro wants to keep the in-store models unrealistic to stay kid-friendly. And they're relatively cheap to boot.