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Nerf Longstrike Movie Prop by JohnsonArms Nerf Longstrike Movie Prop by JohnsonArms
Here's the final product on a gun that will be used for filming and also public appearances. All Nerf logos were removed and I added a custom heat shield under the barrel to match a previous version. The coloring had to stay pretty reserved, but I think it came out pretty good. I'm hoping to land more of these opportunities this summer and the weather really improves around the..world? :)

Brian

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:iconspeedracerdude511:
speedracerdude511 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist
HOW WAS THIS DONE
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Splicer02 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
This looks really awesome :D
I just recently bought a LongStrike myself and I was thinking of painting it black or dark green for either a short film or costume...
Is there any tips you could give me?
Do I have to take the whole thing apart or can I just paint it all together?
Last question, is there much of a danger of doing it wrong? I was hesitant to buy it because it was more expensive than I'd like. If I screw up I will not be able to get another one...
If you could answer these it would be great, if not nevermind then :P
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BabyTasteLikeMayo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
I love your work on these guns man!
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davethesoldier Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
it looks like an futuristic Mosim Nagad or an M14
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:iconjohnsonarms:
JohnsonArms Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I agree :)
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:iconarinoth:
Arinoth Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
What kind/type of paint and sealant did you use?

I originally just used spray paint and the spray paint sealer however I want to do better/more detailed work this time around.
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:iconjohnsonarms:
JohnsonArms Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I think it was Krylon mostly, but I used a variety of paints on the different parts so it's honestly hard to remember :) I use that and Rustolem mostly when I use the rattle cans.

Take your time with the paint drying, that will be the best thing for making a better end product!
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:iconarinoth:
Arinoth Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
Yeah I used Krylon too, perhaps my area wasn't ventilated well enough, temperatures not warm enough or perhaps didn't wait long enough between coats of paints.

I was like i said earlier, hoping you did some paint by hand as well so I'd know what kind of paint to potentially use as spray painting is impossible where I live now.
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:iconjohnsonarms:
JohnsonArms Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I use testors and humbrol and a few others, but it would be very tough to lay a basecoat with them. You'll end up with a lot of paint build-up and that takes away from the realism. I hope you're able to find a solution!
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:iconarinoth:
Arinoth Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
I hope so as well, I picked up several more nerf guns on clearance at a store here, some may get a paint job others may just go straight to my paint airsoft nerf association that i run at my university
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:iconjohnsonarms:
JohnsonArms Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
That sounds really cool. I've thought about setting up a class for kids to show them how to make a custom gun. Just gotta find the time to do it :)
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:iconarinoth:
Arinoth Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
It is, we had only one event last year, funding and location. Hopefully this year and next year we can get more people and have a lot more fun.
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:iconm24snipaz:
M24Snipaz Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
Taking it outside with no orange tip? You could get in serious trouble...
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:iconjohnsonarms:
JohnsonArms Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ya, it's intended for film use. No tip required on a controlled set. I add orange if they're used for Nerf wars or anything besides displaying it. :)
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7th-Batallion Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
how did you guys get rid of the logos and "digital camo" patter so perfectly? I've been trying to figure out how to do that on mine for a while.
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JohnsonArms Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, the digital raised parts are usually still there, but after you hand sand the entire body, you have a chance to knock down a lot of that raised stuff. For the logos, you gotta get some low glit # sandpaper and either use a sanding mouse or just elbow grease. I do mostly hand sanding since I get a chance to go over every inch of the gun before I apply any paint.

In the end, it's just a lot of practice and trial-and-error. I'm sure you'll get to where you want to be if you keep plugging away at it! Good luck!

Brian
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Clarencezer Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011   Digital Artist
pew pew pew :D
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:iconjohnsonarms:
JohnsonArms Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Lulz!
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:iconaxelhonoo:
AxelHonoo Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, this is fucking beautiful.
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:iconjohnsonarms:
JohnsonArms Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha, thank you! Much appreciated
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:iconaxelhonoo:
AxelHonoo Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your very welcome, and cheers my friend.
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:iconjohnsonarms:
JohnsonArms Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
and to you, thanks kindly!
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:iconaxelhonoo:
AxelHonoo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww:

You know it's funny, I was in Target the other day and I was in the nerf ile. And I thought to myself, dude I bet :iconbcjfla76: could totally sprus these up. :XD:
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:iconjohnsonarms:
JohnsonArms Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha, that's awesome!
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:iconaxelhonoo:
AxelHonoo Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol :XD:
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Protozerg Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG OMG OMG OMG! WAAAANNNNTTTT!!!!!

Serious: This is a really great painting work. I love the silver and greys and how they blend in together seamlessly and the black painted areas really make it stand out.

:D:D:D:D:D:D
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:iconjohnsonarms:
JohnsonArms Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Break open that piggy bank!! ;) Really glad some of the subtle stuff shows in the photo. When I do a final photoshoot tomorrow I should have some good light outside that will make it shine a bit more on the highlights
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:iconprotozerg:
Protozerg Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't wait. :D
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:iconpraxian:
Praxian Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
That is awesome! It's like a futuristic M14 :D.
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:iconjohnsonarms:
JohnsonArms Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Ya, the Longstrike is a great gun because it really has a realistic shape..for the most part :)
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:iconcephalopod78:
Cephalopod78 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
What film is it that these are for?
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:iconjohnsonarms:
JohnsonArms Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'll post it when I can!
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:iconteslapunk:
teslapunk Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
COOL!
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:iconjohnsonarms:
JohnsonArms Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :)
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:iconteslapunk:
teslapunk Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
welcome :D
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CPT-Blackridge Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
too much silver to be practical in my totally honest opinion, but an excellent paint job and mod nonetheless
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:iconjohnsonarms:
JohnsonArms Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I would have had more black, but the paint scheme had to be consistant with the other gun that I didn't paint. I know what you mean though. :)
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:iconhypercats:
Hypercats Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
How exciting!
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:iconjohnsonarms:
JohnsonArms Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks Chris!
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:iconskaramine:
Skaramine Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ready to win Battle:LA!
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:iconjohnsonarms:
JohnsonArms Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Indeed! :)
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