Not-a-Nerf Saber Firestrike Edition…A For Tyeth “Mod”

Hello everybody and before I do anything else I’d like to say a big thanks to all of you for checking out my “Sabermarionation” saber for Gerry Anderson Day AND for supporting The Atomic Mage as he launched his new site. If you haven’t seen the post from Wednesday you can find it here: https://ftsabersite.wordpress.com/2021/04/14/sabermarionation-a-saber-for-gerry-anderson-day-with-the-atomic-mage/ And you can also check out The Atomic Mage’s new site with this link: https://theatomicmage.wordpress.com/ I’m sure you’ll find his posts captivating (especially his “Six Sentence Stories”).

Back to the galaxy of lightsabers and laser swords, I was very busy over the past week producing the “Sabermarionation” article and haven’t been able to compile a full gallery of pictures for this week’s design (my laptop is slow and can’t multi-task whilst rendering) but I do have a handful of images of a Blaster inspired saber design. The saber isn’t modelled or based off Star Wars canon weapons but rather the NERF dart blasters I have recently purchased and hope to modify into a Cosplay prop. So here is my latest design…Not-a-Nerf Saber….

The Not-a-Nerf saber is one of the hilts I mentioned earlier this month that has a removeable chassis that holds all the electronics, enabling the components to be switched between different hilts. The chassis (or core as they are sometimes called) has a powerful LED light to illuminate the polycarbonate blade and at the pommel there is a speaker for all the sound FX. There are two screw fittings next to the illuminated activation switch and the recharge socket for the battery. Unscrewing these allows the core to slide out the hilt ready to slot into another saber with matching holes for the switches and screws. The aesthetic details include a nice curved “choke point” gripping area at the emitter giving the hilt a secure location to grab hold but also allow you to do the fancy spinning tricks which require a “softer” grip. The remaining portion of handgrip features a nice set of slanted rings to assist grip and they mimic the curve detail seen in the NERF logo. And as you can see there is indeed a 3D modelled NERF logo embellishment.

DISCLAIMER! THIS SABER IS NOT A NERF PRODUCT!

Sorry ’bout that, I had to mention that this isn’t an official product or endorsed by Hasbro. But it is heavily inspired by their product, the Firestrike spring action dart blaster. I bought TWO of these blasters and they have a nice blue, orange and grey colour scheme which I replicated in the glossy paintjob on my design. I will insert a few pictures of the blaster below but first I have a funny story to tell.

A few weeks ago, my good friend Neil (from MakeroomMakeroom https://makeroommakeroom.wordpress.com/) commented that I should consider temporarily renaming my site to The Nerf Mod Workshop or something similar as I was getting more invested in Nerfing (<yes that is a word) and planning on doing customisations of blasters…well I also know Neil is a fan of the TV Sci-Fi comedy Red Dwarf and whilst watching series 11 I noticed something in the episode titled “Can of Worms”…see if you can spot what I saw…

I spy with my little eye….

In the image you can see three of the main characters(from left to right) Dave Lister, Kryten and Arnold Rimmer in what appears to be a Mexican Standoff. But they are all holding laser pistols and…look closely and you will see that they are modified Firestrike Nerf blasters…the same as mine!

As you can see from the zoomed in picture the lasers are Firestrike pistols painted black and they have what appears to be a Berol Magnum permanent marker pen attached to the top as a sort of gunsight and there is a mechanic’s ratchet socket adaptor fitted onto the barrel…but you can still see the row of “V” shaped decorations under the barrel and the roundel that has the NERF logo. It looks like I chose a good blaster to modify if the crew of Red Dwarf use them!

Anyhoo, I haven’t started modding just yet but when the shops re-open in the UK fully I will go out and get some paints and supplies/parts and set to work. This brings me to the end of this slightly different post, I should be back to a full normal offering next weekend so I hope you will all call back to see that. Thank you so much for the great support and whether a first time caller or a regular visitor to FTSabersite you’re much appreciated. Till next time….

“Not-a-Nerf Saber – Firestrike Edition” is a For Tyeth Editions design inspired by Hasbro/NERF’s Firestrike dart blaster. IT IS NOT endorsed by Hasbro nor is it an official product. The 3D models and renderings were created by For Tyeth and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. “NERF” and “Firestrike Elite” are Trademark/ ©Copyright of Hasbro Toys ltd. “Red Dwarf” and associated names and material are TM/©Copyright 1989-2021 BY GRANT NAYLOR PRODUCTIONS LTD.

4 thoughts on “Not-a-Nerf Saber Firestrike Edition…A For Tyeth “Mod””

  1. I own session 11 but have yet too watch it. Well spotted I bet it is a nerf gun. Time to do anything has become scarce in my new job. Home life’s improving though.
    Maybe Atomic mage could feature some of you non sabre art. Lol must log in to the sabre forum at some point.

    1. Hi there Neil, glad to hear your situation is stabilising I have to watch whatever episodes I can when I can as I view it on cable TV and the schedules are mixed up, but from what I’ve seen RD series 11 is on par with the early stuff.
      I haven’t really done much non saber based art though I did start out by doing photo editing and building scenery for Microsoft Flight Simulator (I was a fan of flying helicipters in the sim but there wasn’t much scenery at low altitudes or out of the city boundaries – so I had learn how to create scenery files and models to build my own places of interest to fly). But i have created a few bits of art for forum members in the form of name banners and avatar pictures.

  2. Nice design work, FT, putting the Nerf into saber or the saber into Nerf! One thing’s for certain – ” It’s Nerf or nothin’ ” with you 🙂
    The Firestrike is a nice looking blaster too. Cool the pics of Red Dwarf!

    1. Hi Mage, I did do my research and found that the Firestrike was a versatile blaster. Many folk treasure and modify them while others just play with them. I gotta say there’s something satisfying about flinging foam darts at a target.
      As a former Toy Advertiser you may know that Nerf actually made foam coated “melee weapons” for use in Nerf wars. They had Nerf “daggers”, “axes” and even a Nerf “Katana” style sword. One Nerf YouTuber has a Nerf sword made from a Hasbro Obi-Wan Kenobi (plastic) handle and a foam swimming pool noodle. I just wanted to tip my hat to Nerf and the Firestrike design with my hilt. (I still have 2 or 3 more variants to come too) Thanks as always and Nerf on!
      p.s. I was also lucky to be able to get TWO Firestrikes as they are discontinued and getting rarer now in the UK.

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