Aug 4, 2011, 6:46 PM - The $50 gatling gun / mini gun
Here's a simple mod I did to a store bought toy gun:
I'm surprised I haven't seen more mods of this particular gun online. It's a lot of fun and pretty easy to do.
Toys R Us sells a Nerf-type dart gun called the Air Zone Punisher. (It's not an actual Nerf gun, but a knockoff).
It's a pretty good gun as-is, but it needs a paint job and extended barrels to look more realistic.
Here are some before pictures:
And the the finished product:
I extended the barrels with PVC, and unscrewed one of the retaining discs and moved it forward to hold the barrels together (there are two retaining discs that are made up of two parts screwed together, so I split the second one in half, making three discs total. It's very clear what to do when you have the actual toy in front of you).
The PVC barrels are long and just slide all the way inside the existing barrels until they touch the back. I held them in temporarily with black tape, but I may go back and use something that looks a bit better later.
Still from a foot or two away, the tape isn't that noticeable.
(And since these photos were taken I've gone in and added a bit of silver dry brushing to the bullet belt. It looked a little too black next to the weathered gun.)
Here it is in a photoshoot by my friend Adam Chilson:
The best part about this mod is that the gun still works like new. It's really fun to pull the trigger and watch the barrels spin into action. The dart-firing action is an optical illusion as they fire from a center barrel, not the spinning ones, but when it's shooting you really can't tell.
There have been some excellent miniguns scratch built by members of this forum in the past, and this one isn't as realistic looking as those, but for $50 or so ($40 plus tax for the gun and a few bucks for materials) it's a pretty good option for people that don't have the time or skill to build one themselves.
One more bonus photo:
Here's how the gun looks mounted on the hood of Adam's Mad Max-style battle truck. (Large file size photo)
Last edited by Max Replica; Aug 5, 2011 at 2:00 AM.
Aug 4, 2011, 7:19 PM - Re: The $50 gatling gun / mini gun
There's a gun in that last pic? Lol - just kidding. This came out great. The TRU by me is closing and I could pick this up 30% off... Hmmm...
Aug 4, 2011, 10:44 PM - Re: The $50 gatling gun / mini gun
Aug 4, 2011, 10:48 PM - Re: The $50 gatling gun / mini gun
very cool. Found it on the toys r us website.
Aug 5, 2011, 1:48 AM - Re: The $50 gatling gun / mini gun
Nice mod! I was thinking about extending the barrels for quite some time now, and your methods is easy and looks good. I will adopt this mod into my project. Thanks!!
Aug 5, 2011, 1:59 AM - Re: The $50 gatling gun / mini gun
Thanks for the compliments.
The extended barrels would look even better if they were grooved to match the existing barrels, but it's really not that noticeable under most lighting conditions (but most of the pics here were taken in bright sunlight).
Aug 5, 2011, 7:43 AM - Re: The $50 gatling gun / mini gun
Aug 6, 2011, 1:15 AM - Re: The $50 gatling gun / mini gun
Holy crap, that looks amazing. Why don't toys r us have that gun over here!!!!!!
Aug 6, 2011, 4:09 AM - Re: The $50 gatling gun / mini gun
HOLY CRAP! I happened upon those photos on modelmayhem.com a few days ago and I remember thinking how cool a prop that gun was and how expensive it would be to rent prop minigun from a prop shop.
Then I happen across this. man the internet is a small world.
Aug 6, 2011, 3:46 PM - Re: The $50 gatling gun / mini gun
By any chance could you go in to exactly what paints you used? I'm new to this and I would love to make one of these.
Aug 6, 2011, 5:26 PM - Re: The $50 gatling gun / mini gun
Quite a long time ago... we're talking late '80s, early '90s time frame... a manufacturer of cap guns (possibly Tootsie Toy) made an electronic toy gatling mini gun with orange lights in the tips of the barrels to simulate muzzle flashes, ROTATING barrels, "realistic" firing sound FX, and most important of all... IT FIRED ROLLS OF PAPER CAPS! So you could REALLY get that gunfire sound going!
At the time it had a relatively realistic paint job, too, but that would be a major no-no these days.
EDIT: I just found, on a Google search, an Air Soft gatling mini-gun that looks just like it came out of a movie starring Ah-nuld! Only problem: $3,500.00!!!!
Last edited by Jack T Chance; Aug 6, 2011 at 5:32 PM.
Aug 6, 2011, 7:39 PM - Re: The $50 gatling gun / mini gun
I'd love to see a pic of this if anyone finds one. Sounds awesome.
Jack T Chance said:
Aug 6, 2011, 7:43 PM - Re: The $50 gatling gun / mini gun
I'd be happy to. I used duplicolor brand black primer. It's an auto spraypaint that I got at the auto parts store (O'Reilly)
I've also heard of people using an "adhesion promoter" (also from the auto parts store) as an undercoat to get the primer to stick better. Haven't tried that yet since the paint sticks pretty well for me, but I might do it next time.
After a few coats of black, I rub the whole thing down with a rag. This gives just a very slight shine to the flat black and makes it look more like powdercoated steel.
Finally, I use Rub N' Buff brand paint (available in small tubes at art supply stores) to hit all the edges and give it a worn metal look. I've used both their silver and pewter colors and either one looks good.
Aug 6, 2011, 7:51 PM - Re: The $50 gatling gun / mini gun
What do you use to apply the Rub N' Buff? Just a normal brush?
I just checked Toysrus.com Home - The Official Toys"R"Us Site - Toys, Games, & More and they have the gun at the store around the corner from me. Im gunna go grab one right now.
Aug 6, 2011, 8:06 PM - Re: The $50 gatling gun / mini gun
I just put the rub n' buff on the corner of a rag. Just a tiny bit. Or you can use your fingtertip.
Just hit any edges of the gun that look like they might get their coating scraped off under normal use. You'll probably get the hang of it pretty quick. Subtle is better at first, you can always add more later.
If you really screw it up, just spray some more flat black and try again.
I should also mention that I took all the stickers off first. They were kind of a pain to scrape off, but soaking them in some alcohol first really made it easier.
Oh, and if you really want the whole thing to look nice you should fill in the screw holes with some epoxy before you begin painting. If you find my post somewhere in the long nerf gun thread I talk about what product I use for that.
Aug 7, 2011, 1:35 AM - Re: The $50 gatling gun / mini gun
Here's what it looks like after a night's work.. Like I said I have been looking for a way to extend the barrels for awhile so I did it as soon as I have time.
It has actually been modded to lazer tag. And I just mod the Vulcan tripod so it will fit.
I will be painting it black, but I can't find Rub n' Buff where I lived. Do you know if there's an alternative paint for weathering?
PS. The picture was edited but only to remove background and added a fake shadow.
Aug 7, 2011, 2:25 AM - Re: The $50 gatling gun / mini gun
Looks cool so far. I'm not sure exactly what you mean about modded for lazer tag, but it sounds interesting.
You don't really need the rub and buff. You can pretty much use any kind of silver paint. You can brush it on with a small brush, use a rag, or I've even seen people use silver spray paint (sprayed onto a surface like a paper plate, then dabbed with a rag and then rubbed onto the gun).
Frankly, it's kind of hard to get wrong. You just want some subtle silver paint on all the raised lines, corners, edges etc. so that it looks like there is silver under the black paint, and it's being revealed as the black paint is scraped away (whereas, in reality, you're doing it in reverse).
Aug 7, 2011, 2:35 AM - Re: The $50 gatling gun / mini gun
That's pretty cool man, you got a not so cool gun and made it awesome. Keep up the good innovation!
Aug 7, 2011, 4:27 AM - Re: The $50 gatling gun / mini gun
Great. I'll give it a go.
It has lazer tag blaster internal installed, since it will be played with, I'm not going to put too much effort into painting since it will be scrapped off after heavy use.
Aug 25, 2011, 1:18 PM - Re: The $50 gatling gun / mini gun
Amazing stuff! whats the weight of this baby?
Aug 25, 2011, 1:22 PM - Re: The $50 gatling gun / mini gun
It weighs about 5 pounds without batteries inside, or 6 pounds with.
(that's basically the original weight of the toy since the added pvc barrels don't weigh much).
Aug 25, 2011, 3:58 PM - Re: The $50 gatling gun / mini gun
Oh snap, you've presented me with yet another temptation for the shopping list. Exceedingly good work!
Oct 10, 2011, 7:36 PM - Re: The $50 gatling gun / mini gun
I've since made an upgrade to this gun, with metal barrels (electrical conduit pipe from Home Depot happens to be just the right width) and a better way to connect the barrels to the gun (no more tape).
The gun is a lot heavier now with the metal barrels vs. the plastic so hopefully it won't give the motorized spinning mechanism any trouble. I'll let you know what I find out.
I'll try and post some pics soon.
Oct 10, 2011, 7:45 PM - Re: The $50 gatling gun / mini gun
That's just sweet! I gotta build one for the Jeep!!
Oct 10, 2011, 11:05 PM - Re: The $50 gatling gun / mini gun
I used PVC pipes and that slow down the rotate speed, but it still moves so I'm not complaining.
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