Saturday, June 21, 2014

Nerf Gun Camo: DIY Project

Red Ant has been all about some Army stuff, so I thought we might have some fun. I bought three "Army Men Colors", as Red Ant calls them, and had Red Ant pick out his favorite Nerf gun that he wanted us to paint.


The Nerf double barrel shotgun, the preferred weapon for all urban and jungle warfare.


First, we had to really clean the weapon, meaning that we remove all the decals.




I picked up two small flashlights for $1.00 each (with batteries) for a surprise. I covered the lens with frog tape. The end of the Nerf gun was also covered with frog tape to ensure that it still had an orange tip. Safety first.


I had Red Ant help spray the first base coat onto the weapon. 

About this time, our lovely neighbor, the Baptist children's ministry director, came out of her back door, and saw us working on our project. She asked, "Oh, what are you guys working on?" Red Ant stood up, "We are painting our guns," while beaming with pride. Her eyes got as big as dinner plates, and she scurried back into the house. I shrugged my shoulders, and let her think that they were real guns. I'm sure that she'll see the finished work before too much longer anyways. Might as well have her think the wrong assumption for a few days.


For a real weapon, I would have chosen a black flashlight, just in case the paint started to flake off.


Of course, Row wanted to have his centurion helmet painted the same color. Everything dried for a day in the garage.


The second color, flat olive drab, was added this morning. We clipped a few bush branches, and monkey grass to lay a pattern onto the shotgun. A word of caution: If you leave the zip ties in a five year olds hands, then the odds are extremely high that they will be rendered unusable.

Thankfully, I had purchased a small package of these and had a few more to use on the shotgun.


I had Red Ant show me which side he wanted the flashlight on, and before I attached it, he let me know that it was facing the wrong way. "I don't want the light in MY eyes!" Like I said before, smart fella!


Red Ant and I will finish the other side late tonight, or tomorrow afternoon. I'll post a picture of Red Ant in full combat gear in a few days. I also happened to find a pair of camo pants at the local thrift shop that were his size. He is super excited.

Keep Right On Prepping - K

15 comments:

  1. That's a great project. I like the way it's looking. Red Ant will be fully equipped shortly. He's not like "Red Chief" in the O'Henry short story "The Ransom of Red Chief" is he? He sounds like a pistol.

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    1. I'm not familiar with the story, but I will be. Red Ant is a good kid. Gets in trouble at school for head butting his brother, and punching people that won't leave him alone after he asks them to stop. Kinda makes a father proud.

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    2. For those that want to find the above mentioned story.

      http://fiction.eserver.org/short/ransom_of_red_chief.html

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    3. I read the story. I think young Dorsett was a little bit more spirited than Red Ant.

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  2. Love it!!!! Good job daddy!

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    1. Thanks, he has ignored all his other rifles so far.

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  3. Heh. He needs grenades and a claymore mine to go with that :)

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  4. Bravo. I would love to see a photo of the church lady..Priceless. My youngest son (20) bought a bunch of airsoft guns. I told him just to be careful. Even my daughters took turns shooting.

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    1. Airsoft guns can be some good training for muscle memory. Plus, if I remember correctly, a lot of them are the correct weight as well, so it'll work those muscles as well.

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    2. Plus the airsoft guns have a clip on them so you learn to remove to reload.

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