Beautifully executed, cleanly cut - the TriadStrike masterpiece by Andu Mijomee! Guide below:
When images of this first started rolling out, it got the attention of many people, modders and non alike who were interested in the outcome of the commission piece. Credit should be noted as per pSyks comments:
"This mod idea isn't completely original, but the originality lies in the triad barrel placement and cleanliness. Credits to Trent and Kenji cos credits should be given where they are due. Kudos to Andu for making this so cleanly." pSyk
This said, I got in touch with Andu, and hit him up with some face time away from the mod bench :)
MyLastDart: How long have you been modding?
Andu Mijomee: About one-and-a-half years, believe it or not. I’d bought some Mavericks with the intention of painting them for Katniss’ (My fiance’s) Black Widow costume. (I never did get around to that mod.) I was a Residential Assistant on campus at the time, and was called to let someone into their room. My intuition (also known as a Spidey-Sense or, to Deadpool, Common-Sense) tingled, and I grabbed a Maverick on the way. My friends had staged an ambush and couldn’t believe that I’d known. Those same friends told me their plans to steampunk their Mavericks, and when I started doing research I was hooked.
MLD: Where do you get inspiration to design commissions?
AM: Everywhere. The way I design anything is rather simple—I choose the best features from every source that I can find, and put them together. I like taking a theme and trying to build a blaster around it—I designed several blasters based on airplanes, for instance. I’ve also been collaborating with Brian Johnson of Johnson Arms on a sorta-screen-accurate replica. One of my most important design philosophies is this: if you can’t make something exactly like you want, try to make it capture the essence or feeling of what you’re trying to do. For instance, my old Darth Vader costume wasn’t very accurate, but walking around in my combat boots with a cape billowing around my heels made me FEEL like Darth Vader.
MLD: Did you always plan to do commissions?
AM: A: I am very interested in doing commissions. I used to want to make a small business out of it like Coop, but didn’t see how I could get the gig, in showbiz speak. I really, really like new and interesting-- especially unique-- ideas. If anyone would like to inquire about a commission, they can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will require 30-50% of the agreed upon fee up front. They should also be willing to wait a while—we’ll talk about that during negotiations. Some commissions would greatly help me fund my personal projects.
MLD: What's been your most challenging commission to date?
AM: The TriadFire. The Zaneshot was only tedious.
MLD: The Mod and Stock community have been pretty taken by the project - did you think it would be so popular?
AM: Not at all. The commissioner just asked me to put the Triad’s head onto the Firestrike, but how to do that was up to me. Through most of the lengthy planning process I expected it to be ugly as sin, but about the time that I finally figured out how to pull it off I realized that it was going to look awesome. Qi (Awesomely Nerf / Awshum Nerfer) has been my go-to guy in the NIC, and when I sent him the pictures of the test-fitted shells he was the first to point out that it was actually really, really nice. I didn’t expect it to cause nearly as much excitement as it did, though. Were it not for the pushes from Thatnerfguy, I probably wouldn’t have edited those videos for another month or more.
|Internals - the Firestrike PPS could've remained, but the commissioner didn't want it|
MLD: Q: How long did the TriadStrike commission take to complete? (From start to finish.)
AM: A: Six or seven months. (Let me explain!) I couldn’t figure out how to get it working. After some initial work I set it aside all summer, waiting for inspiration. When the school year came around and Gojira started asking for his blaster (rightfully so) I decided to forge ahead, plan or no, and the final form quickly materialized in my head. It took about a month of actual work, mostly on weekends.
MLD: What was the most difficult part of the project?
AM: There were two. The first was a result of several personal philosophies—I refuse to compromise on either form or function. I also require that all of my projects be maintainable—they HAVE to come apart and go back together again. Until I struck on attaching the head directly to the plunger, this seemed nearly impossible with hardware-store materials. The second, and probably the most arduous challenge, was piping the air from the plunger to the Triad. I tried several methods that just didn’t work.
MLD: Any special tools you used to complete the mod?
AM: My dremel, plastic repair epoxy, and plastic-compatible epoxy putty. I used PC Plumber’s, but plenty of others would work.
MLD: If you could help yourself do it again, what tips would you give?
AM: Whether you like it or not, entertain different methods of doing what you want to do. Your current direction may be a dead end, and others may be better anyway.
MLD: Are there any other Frankenstein projects that could use this process?
AM: I’m really not sure. The guy I look to for Frankensteins and mash-ups is Thatnerfguy. I suppose there’s no end to what could be done with the power plant (air tank, plunger, etc) of one blaster and the head/barrel/turret of another.
MLD: Anything funky you are working on right now?
AM: I have many, many, many projects in my head. I just can’t keep up. I do have one with great sentimental value on the board, another for next year’s Firefly-themed Halloween costume, and an Invader Zim-themed blaster for Katniss. (It was supposed to have a Remedy Metal kit, but you can’t find those anymore.) I am also starting on a blaster that may create nearly as much of a stir as the TriadStrike, though for different reasons. If you stay tuned, I promise that you won’t be disappointed.
MLD: Any message you would like to share with fans?
AM: I love being a part of the Nerf Internet Community. Nerf really is a drain on my time and finances, but there are so many good ideas and great people floating around that I can’t think of a better outlet for my creativity at this point in my life. P.S. If you find someone whose weirdness is compatible with yours, who lets you be you, and who supports your dreams and eccentricities, hold on to them. If it weren’t for Katniss, I wouldn’t be doing any of this!
MLD: Is there anything else you want to add before they hit the video guides?
AM: I’m a student in many fields, particularly aerospace and applied engineering, as well as liberal arts. I’m currently working part time in my engineering department’s office and have a large role in a Civil Air Patrol squadron. I started the Nerf League on campus and am secretary of a Minecraft club, too. To boot, I’ll be starting my pilot’s license in a few months. Despite all that, I won’t be giving up Nerf anytime soon.
Intro from Andu about the blaster, and his intentions for the project, and a range test.
Andu has broken this project down in to 3 parts, I know a lot of fans will be be trying this!
If you're on Facebook, show some love to Andu's page and hit 'Like' ! I know I'm not the only one who possibly has a kickass new sidearm :D Let me know if you dig this!
Credit and rights of the photos go to Andu Mijomee