Saturday, August 31, 2013

Mini Review: Nerf N-Strike Reflex IX-1 ('Elite' Repaint)


(Crispy)

Hey everyone!

Today i have a small review of something basic for you, until my replacement RapidStrike arrives for me to review properly.

Today we are looking at the Elite repaint of the Reflex.
Although sporting the Elite colours, there is no mention of Elite on the packaging.

I picked this up recently at the Target 20% off sale for a whopping $6.40, usually $8. I know, it's a budget breaker, but someone has to review it right?

Physically, this blaster is the same as it's predecessor internally, with only a redesigned slide and paint job. Performance wise it's exactly the same, but i am seeing a slight range increase. I think this is due to it being new, and the o-ring and lube have not been compromised.
Pretty standard on the back, nothing special.

New and old. Yes my keyboard is glowing blue, be jealous.





























Would i recommend this blaster? Probably not, it is basically the same as the original, plus with have blasters in the Elite line which are similar in size and outperform it, mainly the Triad. If you are a completionist like myself, pick one up now while on sale otherwise don't bother.

I'm sorry for this not being a long or in depth review, but it's a basic blaster. Over the next month i hope to get a Rapidstrike, Guardian Crossbow, Elite and Rebelle App Rail and maybe something else up for you.

Thanks Squaddies.

Crispy.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Quick Review: Nerf N-Strike Elite Pinpoint Sight - A PROPER accessory. :D

(Link) Hey guys! Hope this post is finding all my Squadron friends alive and well. Now, we all know about the history of the Nerf Pinpoint Sight, right?

The Nerf Pinpoint Sight (PPS) has a pretty illusive history. Resembling an SMG Scope, it has been praised by the NIC as being one the most 'useful' 'first-party' Tact. Rail attachments Nerf has ever produced, and demand has been high for this sight ever since it has been released under the N-Strike brand several years ago. But, it has remained under our radar for many a year, having never being bundled with a main blaster, only being released under a Mission Kit in the yellow N-Strike era, which was pretty rare to find. And of course, if you're a mad collector like me, you'll try anything to get one :P 

It HAS been announced that the PPS will be seeing an Elite 'remake/paintjob' and will be offered as a bonus at Australian stores later this year. Now, this news is rather exciting! A few of my friends from the mainland received 'Elitetified' PPS's as a bonus for being awesome :D

I received an EPPS, by luck or by chance (in this world, it is the people you know :P) a PPS from the one and only Uncle Neil of Canberra DT group fame, and when I picked up the package from the mailbox, I was SO ecstatic. I swear, my face was like this:



Uncle Neil, if I ever make it over to a Canberra event, I am gonna shake you by the hand. :D Now, I think we all know what comes next. REVIEW TIME! :D (Pic spam detected) 

The Elite PPS comes in a rather small box, with minimal box art.
Fun Fact: It is the same box art from the yellow N-Strike era. :P
Instructions... Always useful. :D
Now, has anyone TRIED using the EPPS on the Hail-Fire? No?
Good job, you get one Gold Star :P
Is that a blue Maverick? Well, that's just lazy. :P
What you get in the box is rather small, just the holy grail and instructions
 Even the instructions are simple :P But it gets the job done. 
The EPPS styling is VERY similar to an SMG Scope,
something you would find out of Call of Duty or Mass Effect.

I'll let the pics do the talking. :D







Not bad, eh? It is pretty sweet. :)


The crosshairs. Sources say the pane is on
more of a slight angle than the original, but I couldn't confirm this.
The light is a bit tiny if you ask me, it IS just a small LED. But it does get the job done :D


If you're not sure how the EPPS works, turn the light on, and attach to a blaster. The goal is to line up the light, the center of the crosshairs and your target in one straight line. I'll demonstrate this in an upcoming vid.
It is actually pretty accurate, with only a few darts going off-course due to the individual nature of each dart and blaster I've tested the EPPS with.
Requires 2x AAA batteries to operate, friends.
Mounted on top of a Strongarm. Line up the target and BAM!
Mounted on a Retaliator, it is a bit of a design flaw while priming,
but it DOES add to the feel and 'RIFLE' aspect.

The config of DREAMS. Ever since the yellow N-Strike days,
people have been begging Nerf for PPS's JUST for this config. :D

Elite Alpha Trooper CS-12 (Omega Trooper CS-25) + EPPS + Retali Stock + Rampage 25-dart drum = EPICNESS.


FPS view. The PPS does add to the blasters,
looking down the scope taking aim is VERY cool. :D


So, what do I think? It's a good buy, especially if you like customizing your blaster and collecting Nerf. If you ever find one going for cheap, grab it. :D Plus, there is that sense that you own one, one of the rarest items in Nerf history. :D

Now, the exact details for the upcoming Australian store deal for the EPPS haven't been confirmed yet, but as soon as we have some solid intel, we'll post it up on the blog. Till next time, Squaddies! :D

I swear, Uncle Neil is a Nerf saint :D

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Nerf MEGA Centurion Mod Guide!

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Hey Squaddies, as promised here is a mod guide for the MEGA Centurion. This will serve as a follow up to Alex's review.

Myself nor S.O.F.T. are responsible for any issues caused by modding your blaster. It is your own choice, and your responsibility.

Mods covered

Detachable Barrel
Mag Lock
AR Removal
Slit Sealing
Reinforcement

Detachable Barrel

This is much easier to do if you have not already attached the barrel, otherwise you will have fight for a long time to get them apart, but it can be done. First up, unscrew the barrel and break the glue that seals the rest together.



Once open, you will see a crescent moon shaped piece sitting in this groove.

                                         

Remove this and the spring. There are two small screws you need to remove to access the other lock. Once done, you should have this.



Reassemble, but this is only half of the job. The other locks are inside the blaster itself.


Open the blaster unit, this may take some force. Two screws are different from most standard screws, they are located here.


Focus on the front end, there is a lock on either side of the shell. Simply unscrew and discard.

Located in front of the mag lock, in the empty space.

 Mag Lock


There are two ways to do this, either take apart the mag box and remove it, but i decided to snap off part of the spring holding it, and glue back into the open position. Follow the picture above.

AR Removal


While open, move to the plunger. Slide the whole thing forward, and it will soon slip out of the retaining tracks. At this stage, locate 3 screws holding the face onto the tube. Pull apart, and the AR components should fall straight out, being the AR, spring, and a retention ring. Do not screw back together yet.

This track holds the PT assembly in place. Slide forward, it will soon be able to come free.

Inside the PT after AR Removal.

Inside the breech, without AR.

Nerf engineers have been kind enough to add rubber stoppers to absorb the impact force, so there is no need to worry about plunger padding. You cannot get inside the PT without destroying it anyway.


Slit Sealing

With the plunger tube is free, you can proceed to Epoxy or Plastibond over the slits. I bogged one, and taped the other. You can tape both if you prefer, just make sure it is a very good seal. Once completed, screw back to the plunger face.

Front of PT to the left. Both are airtight.

Reinforcement

This may not be present in your blaster, but in mine a screw started to pull out when I had first opened it. If you see this anywhere, unscrew if needed and epoxy for strength. Once set, we can reassemble.
 

Reassembly

Once the plunger assembly is back together and epoxy is set, slide the plunger back into the retaining track. There is a piece of plastic you must leave in place, it is used to prime and hold the breech in position.
Unprimed.

Primed, with the above piece holding the breech in position.

Try to line up the priming handles before putting them back together. You may need to move them to get the gears to lock together correctly, otherwise this will happen.
Something's not quite right here...

Once together, try a test fire with a dart and if its all good, screw it up and have fun!

Remember, this blaster is quite a pain to get back together. The gears don't like meeting up properly, but if done properly, you will see the promised range, and hopefully some more accuracy. I know i did!

Enjoy, and feel free to ask questions below.