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tbr
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So these ďpost-a-long-a-modification-buildĒ style posts seem to have become the thing to do now, so I thought Iíd try one myself. This is completely opposite to the usual way I do things as I donít like to talk about a build until it is finished, just in case it all goes wrong and never seeís the light of day or I do something stupid and can pretend it never happened.

So I thought it was about time I tried out doing an integration, Iíve done the LiPo thing, Iíve made a simple swarmfire sentry gun, Iíve added a raspberry pi camera to a Hyperfire, Iíve done the Hellcats thing, Iíve painted blasters in many colours, done the decal thing and even gold leafed a Stryfe... so I thought it was time to try out an integration.

So after reaching out to the Britnerf community for a certain Blaster I was after, Rab stepped up and offered me exactly what I was looking for, much thanks for that!

A few days later a package arrived.....


And inside was a terrible blaster!

But it is large and quite sexy!

So after getting rid of all the bits I don't need I'm left with this.


Now if you had paid attention to the blasters I like to use you may have noticed that there is one I like above all others, and thatís the Stryfe. Itís flywheel, which I like, Itís Semi-Auto so it stops me spraying my load everywhere in one go and the wiring inside is simple enough for me to understand. Iím getting better at the whole wireís thing and itís not quite the voodoo magic I treated it like a few months back.

So hereís what Iím planning...

Iím not the first to do this and the oneís Iíve seen look really nice and importantly this build gives me something Iíve not had before in a blaster and thatís internal space.

Look at all the empty space!!!!


You could put anything in there, LiPo's...


All the Raspberry Pi's in the world...


A flask of whisky...


to be continued....


Last edited by tbr on Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:25 am; edited 1 time in total
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Do we get to vote on what goes in the stock?
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There's definately going to be a LiPo in there, I just need to figure out a way to put them in and take them out without having to take apart the whole blaster. I also want to add some kind of lighting to the blaster when I pull the rev trigger, some kind of side LED's that streak along the side of the blaster would be good.

I'm also planning on putting a little raspberry pi zero with camera and wifi dongle in there for something that I'm not mentioning until I've got a prototype working.

So even though I now have more space, I'm quickly filling it.

What LED's to use I'm completely unsure about,

This looks impressive, I wouldn't mind something like this. but I had visions of the light traveling along the blaster a bit like Knightriders.

Oh and there needs to be a voltmeter there somewhere too Smile
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Love the idea of a Knight Industries blaster.. †Perhaps to rig the Pi to come out with pithy comments?

"You're low on ammunition Michael. Perhaps you should starting hitting the enemy?"
"Good shot Michael. †I'm sure the child deserved it."
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Short little update today... think I've found a pretty simple way to make the back end of the blaster removable so a LiPo can easy be plugged and unplugged without having to take the whole blaster apart.

If I cut straight down the black line I think the position of the screws should mean that the shell is still quite sturdy and it means I only have to undo 5 screws to take the side of the stock off.



If its not too sturdy I may need to investigate a method to keep the two pieces more sturdy at the join. I seem to remember a video of Bobolobo's where he used a kind of metal clip to keep a battery tray attached which could work.
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On my build I'm using a stock stryfe battery door on the end of a bsuk stryfe battery tray extender and I'm thinking of using something like this...

https://www.google.co.uk/imgres?i...wg_KBowGg&iact=mrc&uact=8

... probably not the best for your purposes but I'll let you know how it works out. [/list]

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I was thinking of something along these lines.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sourcing...ests-Spring-2-Piece/dp/B008POVUWU
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Oh yeah, †he had that on the back of one of the stampedes, †either the 'murica or commie one, †I think. Very practical.

EDIT: It was the Corbyn one (jk)
https://youtu.be/w-5JFlUKeD0

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So today was the day that I began the actual slicing and dicing of the two shells. I was out in the shed, in the cold for far longer than I had planned and I only managed to sort out one side, hopefully the other side should be a bit quicker to sort now I know where exactly I need to cut and dremmel.

The front of the blaster is still very rough, I left myself plenty of extra length to play with and I'll cut it down once I've decided exactly where I'm going to cut.





During the extensive dremmeling of the Centurion shell I discovered that I was going to have to position the Stryfe higher up in the shell than I had planned, this meant that I had to remove some parts of the thumbhole area that I didn't want to but if I hadn't it would have been uncomfortable to hold. This means that I'm going to have to do a lot more re-building with epoxy-putty than I really wanted too, but that's the way it goes.




I also had to remove more of the Stryfe's body shell that I thought I would due to it being placed higher in the shell. This means that the stock area isn't quite as secure as I want, and as this is where the return spring attaches I need to make sure this is strong.

So next job is to sort out the other side of the shell and then comes the actual attaching of the stryfe and centurion shells. I have some devcon on the way, and I need to buy some Putty. Hopefully I'll be able to get to it next weekend.


-- Next day edit

So after looking closer at the other versions of this integration online it appears that others have pretty much removed the bottom half of the centurion at the front, where I have kept it so that my stryfe is enclosed in the centurion shell. This is why my stryfe sits higher inside the centurion. Now my decision is do I carry on with this or do I whip out my spare centurion I was able to source last week and try again..... as cutting into the top of the thumbhole area was really something I wanted to avoid.

I'll have to have a think about that one.
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Looks like an epic build, cant wait to see it finished. The integrated flask of whisky is something I could definitely get into Very Happy

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Seriously Bigal don't encourage him lol
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Sweet work, TBR. Definitely want to do an integration now
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So I've been having a think about things I can add to the blaster that I havn't done before, this has lead me onto the idea of an ammo counter. Now I don't really see this as being that practical a thing in use really but more something fun to build and add to the blaster.

As I'm planning for there to be a flavour of Raspberry Pi in the shell it shouldn't be that hard to put together. From what I've seen it's simply an IR emitter and a receiver in the barrel, when a dart breaks the beam then the Pi registers a dart being fired.

Will have to do some experimentation when my IR components arrive.
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Oh Lord, and so it begins ........ lol
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Something that just occurred to me. Smile



Interesting.....
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looking at utilizing that for your ammo counter read out?

EDIT:

something like this.

http://ammocounter.com/

EDIT

Please don't double post. Use the edit button if you have something to add something before someone else posts.

Posts Merged.

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I wasn't, due to the space restrictions, but I could possibly depending on size of display now I'm thinking about it....I was thinking about the other thing I told you about that I'm not mentioning on here yet.
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So it's been a few days since I last posted an update, this is mainly due to the fact that it's not very neighbourly to be dremmelling at night so my available hours have been limited.

I've almost got the stryfe and centurion shells to fit together, I've had a little bother getting the stryfe to fit inside the centurion and I've had to remove more of the centurion shell to get the stryfe to fit. It's very close now and hopefully this evening I'll be able to finish so that the shells all fit together, then I have to actually bond everything together... with a mixture of Devcon and Epoxy putty I think

There's some larger gaps between the outer Centurion and the inner Stryfe in places, I'm not sure yet how exactly I'm going to fill those in, as I need the surface area to keep things stuck together firmly. I assume lots of epoxy putty but I'm open to idea's.

Also the last few day's I've had various electronic components arrive and I've started to test them to make sure they work. I see lots of learning of python in the next few weeks as I try to get things working as I want.



I also had a thought regarding the Ammo counter I'm planning on installing. My initial idea was to have an IR beam in the barrel that would be broken when a dart passes. Then I realised I'm putting an ammo counter in a single shot Stryfe with a mechanical mechanism. After a bit of googling to back up my thoughts I've come to the conclusion that I'm simply going to use a small microswitch that gets pressed when the stryfe mechanism fires. This way I avoid the potential issue's that may arrise due to using an IR beam. Now this does mean that my counter will count even if a dart isn't fired but I feel that this trade off I can live with, it's Nerf, not life and death.
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Now this does mean that my counter will count even if a dart isn't fired but I feel that this trade off I can live with, it's Nerf, not life and death.


Now you say that, but when you're giving it the whole 'are you feeling lucky punk' and it turns out you have fired six shots rather than five you're going to wish your counter was more accurate  Very Happy

Aside from that - loving the build.

If i've interpreted the problem with the shell integration right i was going to put some metal/plastic reinforcing rods between two shells i'm looking at joining to give it a bit of internal rigidity. And just devcon those into place where they won't interfere with internal mechanisms.

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If i've interpreted the problem with the shell integration right i was going to put some metal/plastic reinforcing rods between two shells i'm looking at joining to give it a bit of internal rigidity.


That sounds like a good plan, I'll have to investigate materials myself to do this, specially as the Stryfe isn't symetrical.

With regards to the Ammo counter, I believe it's really only going to error in saying I have less darts than I have. If every trigger pull counts as a fire and for some reason a dart didn't come out I'm going to have more darts than I thought, I can't see me ever having less.


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