Digest Issue 09

‘Mamba’ Rival flywheel pistol hits Thingiverse

Story by Danny Ryerson

BigTendies’s FRP-13 Mamba. The Mamba is a Rival pistol that uses micro-size flywheels to propel darts.

Following the Viper and Grass Snake, Freedom Blasters (aka BigTendies on Thingiverse) released the FRP-13 Mamba, a mag-in-grip micro-flywheel-powered semi-automatic pistol blaster heavily reminiscent of the IMI Desert Eagle. BigTendies has released a parts list on the Mamba Thinigverse page, and Frontline Foam will sell fully assembled blasters in the near future, though no price has been released at the time of writing.

The Mamba feeds Rival rounds through its grip, much like a Hera or Apollo, with one crucial difference — it isn’t compatible with traditional Rival stick magazines. Instead, it uses Tendies’s Tornado mags, which are designed to feed using a pusher rather than a spring-loaded detent and be “considerably more compact,” according to BigTendies.

Performance-wise, BigTendies reported that the blaster gets 70-80 FPS on Valkyrie motors with micro wheels and predicted that it would achieve around 100 FPS with Honeybadgers, although he hasn’t yet tested it with Honeybadgers.

BigTendies first teased the blaster in December 2019 and has been working on it since then. The blaster has drawn much excitement from the community.

This is what the fortnite hc-e wished it could be [sic],” /u/Nerfherder_328 commented on the blaster’s /r/Nerf post.

Jangular, WalcomS7 talk tag on Tag Talk

Podcast from two Nerf YouTubers discusses hobby, blasters, more

Story by Danny Ryerson

Tag Talk’s logo. Tag Talk is a Nerf podcast hosted by content creators WalcomS7 and Jangular.

On Feb. 28, Jangular and WalcomS7 published the first podcast episode of Tag Talk, a talk show styled as

“your source for opinions and discussion in the Nerf hobby and community.” Future episodes of Tag Talk will be streamed live on Jangular’s Twitch channel and subsequently published to a dedicated webpage, tagtalk.buzzsprout.com.

Originally, Tag Talk was published as a video series, but from here on out will be recorded live on Jang’s Twitch and then published as podcasts. Future episodes do not have a set release date at the time of writing, although Jangular and Walcom plan to record more in the future.

This first new episode went over the name of the Nerf hobby and the possibility of rebranding high-FPS Nerf events as “dartsoft,” as well as the difficulty of “selling” Nerf to those who might be interested. Jang and Walcom both stressed that “dartsoft” could be more useful to get adults into the hobby.

“‘Nerf’ can be anything… but for the actual games we play, I think it’s a great idea,” Walcom said.

The episode also went over Nerf’s similarity to paintball and airsoft and the overlap that it has with both communities, and the possibility of attracting paintballers and airsofters who are dissatisfied with certain aspects of each community. The episode ended on a hopeful note, with more episodes to come.

“Make sure that you harass Jangular for making more episodes of this,” Walcom said.

DZP MK-1.1 faces supply issues

Story by MrGWillickers

Target’s online listing for the Dart Zone Pro MK-1.1. The DZP MK-1.1 was listed as “sold out” almost immediately after its release last weekend due to an inventory issue. (photo courtesy of Target)

The Dart Zone Pro MK-1.1 launched last weekend on Target websites, only for it to appear as sold out almost as soon as it went live. The MK-1.1 has been highly anticipated since the original MK-1 received a number of good reviews. 

Fans of the hobby seemed excited to finally be able to get a slightly updated version, with an improved stock and new coat of paint. Several people were speculating that the demand was so high that Target sold out almost immediately. This turned out to be untrue. 

Dart Zone has made an official announcement that the MK-1.1 is not actually sold out, according to a video posted on the Dart Zone Facebook page. Instead, they are saying that there is an inventory flow issue preventing Target from being able to ship the blasters. There is no word on what caused this inventory supply issue, but Dart Zone is claiming that this is an issue on Target’s end, not theirs.  

Dart Zone is also assuring customers that they can still get their coupon, which gives them ten dollars off purchases of DZP accessories, by emailing coupondartzone@primetimetoys.com

As of this time, there is no official announcement on when the supply issues will be resolved, but they did say they expect the blaster to be back in stock by March 20th. They are encouraging customers hoping to purchase the blaster to sign up to be notified when the blaster is available at Target.com.

Stock Blaster of the Week: Nerf Flyte CS-10

Story by Lanyx Desalia

The Flyte CS-10 with included mag and darts. The Flyte is a good, cheap option for someone looking to get into flywheel blasters on a budget. (photo courtesy of Nerf Wiki)

This week was a very productive Nerf week for me. I acquired several new and desirable blasters, but our focus is the Nerf Flyte. I got my Flyte at Walmart for $19.88 plus tax and had a chance to go over it.

The first thing I checked was build quality, compared to the preexisting Alpha Strike blasters, the plastic quality does feel much better with a few minor exceptions. The jam door is very flimsy and held in place by a simple retention clip. On the plus side, the jam door on the Flyte is completely unnecessary, unlike the Stryfe where the blaster will not function without either being modified or the jam door being in place. 

The second place where the plastic quality is a bit flimsy is the N-Strike barrel attachment point. This is not your standard barrel attachment point: It is a thin single wall of plastic that will work to hold a barrel on your blaster, but is kind of “squishy.”

Moving on to the blaster’s function; the Flyte requires four AA batteries (not included) to operate. To access the battery compartment located in the orange box at the bottom front of the blaster, pull in on one retention clip while simultaneously pushing down and “out” on a second retention clip at the top of the battery tray. This causes the “double hinge” (which is really just a thin strip of foldable plastic) to buckle and fold out to open the battery door. 

I find that this is not an ideal build for a piece of a blaster that people are going to have to access regularly. The first time I opened my battery door the plastic “hinge” developed white “stress lines” which led me to believe that this will be the first piece of my blaster to break.

Next up the magazine and magwell. The included magazine is not of the same quality of other N-Strike Elite mags. The plastic is neither as thick nor as refined as the standard Elite mag. One thing I have noticed, though, is that the dart retention is actually a bit better than I’m used to. My wife even tried to shake the magazine as hard as she could and the darts didn’t fly out, and this magazine doesn’t have the annoying habit of pushing the top dart out through the top of the dart slot.  

The magwell is unusual. In an apparent effort to cut costs, Hasbro did not include typical magazine guides on the Flyte. As noted by YouTuber LordDraconical, fitting the magazine into the magwell without the guides is actually a bit “crunchy” and nowhere near as smooth an operation as experienced Nerfers are used to. I did discover a simple trick to this, though. If you hold the mag release button in while attempting to insert the magazine, it actually goes in much more smoothly.

On a few final notes, I think Drac’s Flyte might have possibly been a “preproduction lemon,” as I did not have the same level of trouble he did with my rev trigger.  I barely press mine and it activates my flywheels no problem. The primary trigger pull is crisp and mechanical, with a satisfying click upon completion. 

The stock, while a bit short, is manageable, but the half-skeletonized look is still my main gripe about this blaster. The new Alpha Strike handle style is so much more comfortable than the original style.  

I took this blaster outside, and with little to no breeze managed a level shot of around fifty feet, though I’m not sure of FPS, as I don’t currently have a chronograph. I have not yet had a chance to open up this blaster and mess around with the internals, but I think I’ll probably wait until a more experienced modder than myself comes up with a new system for the flywheel cages and motors. 

Overall, I would recommend the Flyte. If you’re new to Nerf, don’t necessarily have enough money for all the “fancy” blasters out there, or just have no intention of modifying your blasters at all, go ahead and pick up a Flyte.


Community Spotlight

Mod of the Week: Captain America Longshot

Story by Lanyx Desalia

Liam Rasputin’s Captain America Longshot. This build includes a Centurion stock, Worker pump grip and Spectre barrel among other parts. (photo courtesy of Liam Rasputin)

This week we have a Longshot integration brought to us by Liam Rasputin of the Facebook group “Nerf Cosmetic Modders Welcome.” He integrated a Nerf Longshot with a Centurion thumbhole stock and a pump action kit to replace the bolt action. Internally, he installed a brass sleeper breech (a tube of brass which fits inside another tube of brass to create a better air seal), then painted the entire blaster in Captain America’s colors. To top it all off with the Star painted on the stock, he added a Captain America Shield greeble to the right side priming rod.

The paint is extremely crisp and well done, and the integration of the Centurion stock is so flush you can hardly tell where one blaster ends and the other begins. The Longshot has long been one of the most sought-after blasters in the Nerf hobby for its large and powerful plunger tube, and the addition of the brass sleeper breach I can only imagine increases that power. As to the stock, while many people dislike thumbhole stocks, the Centurion stock is one of the few stocks in Nerf products that is large enough for adult users.

Overall this blaster is fantastic, though I would say a smaller blaster might serve Captain America better so he could make use of his iconic shield. Either that, or enlarge the greeble to make it a full sized shield, this way you could cosplay as Captain America without forgoing the power of the Longshot. Great job Liam Rasputin, we hope to see more of your work in the future.

Featured Mod: Beautiful, beautiful Gryphon

Story by Danny Ryerson

Ehdrien’s Gryphon. It’s so pretty! (photo courtesy of Ehdrien Syrupson)

Ehdrien Syrupson’s Gryphon caught my eye from the moment I first saw it, and I fought like hell to try and get it as Mod of the Week. Unfortunately, my efforts were in vain, and this absolutely fantastic piece has been relegated to a lowly featured mod segment. Don’t worry, Ehdrien, you’ve still got a fan in me.

The reason I picked this blaster to feature is due to the sheer amount of cool details packed into the blaster. The cover on the holographic sight is filament-swapped for a super cool two-tone color scheme, the tape on the grip blends beautifully with the printed white parts and the single turquoise panel on the rail cover breaks up an otherwise plain part of the blaster.

Ehdrien also designed a bunch of his own parts for this build, namely the threaded flash hider and stock. The flash hider is a remix of Flygonial’s carbine barrel and is designed to work with an included faux suppressor.

The back of Ehdrien’s Gryphon. The stock is designed to be compact and easy to transport, and looks gorgeous on top of that. (photo courtesy of Ehdrien Syrupson)

The stock is probably my favorite part of the build. It’s designed to be removable for easy transport, but it doesn’t sacrifice any aesthetic value. It uses the same filament-swap technique as on the sight to create that slick turquoise stripe, and, in my opinion, the exposed wiring gives the blaster a rugged, functional edge to the very pretty aesthetics everywhere else.

To top everything off, Ehdrien also printed a few cosmetic rail covers and a pair of backup sights to fill out the blaster’s silhouette, then added a Slug angled foregrip as the final touch. 

This Gryphon is intended to hit 130 FPS, so it’s currently running a 42.5 mm cage with Kraken motors and Bulldog flywheels. Ehdrien doesn’t own a chronograph, though, so that 130 FPS figure is more an estimate than anything else.

All in all, this piece has me jonesing to build a Gryphon of my own. When I do, I’m for sure going to at least include that fantastic stock, if not any of the other parts that Ehdrien has designed.

Featured Mod: Valour’s ‘Toxin’ Takedown

Story by MrGWillickers

Valour’s Takedown, dubbed “Toxin.” Toxin has an upgraded spring and seal along with a slick coat of paint. (photo courtesy of /u/ValourLionheart)

Valour (u/ValourLionheart on Reddit) has put out another great mod. This time it’s a Nerf Rival Takedown he’s calling Toxin. For performance, he has added a Kronos upgrade spring from Turf Blaster. He claims it is now getting around 145 FPS.  

A 3D printed pump grip was added to increase both comfort and ease of priming. Valour says it’s a little bit hard to prime because of the spring load, but it seemed in his video to prime fairly quickly.

Of course, what’s really nice here is the paint job. The contrast between the black and the bright green really makes the blaster an eye-catcher. The blending of the different shades of green on the front and back do a great job contributing to the overall contrast and well-finished look. 

The choice to use a wash to bring out the panel lines, in my opinion, was one of the best things he has done here. It truly is the final touch that makes all the rest of the paintwork really pop. 


Opinions and Editorials

OPINION: On the CEDA Model S and its many, many issues

Story by Meishel

The opinions stated in this piece are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the opinions of This Week in Nerf Digest. — Ed.

Evike’s image for the blue CEDA Model S. At the time of writing, the Model S is on sale on evike.com for $89. (photo courtesy of evike.com)

I have decided to take this time to point out some issues with the Ceda Model S that have been brought to my attention. Many of the reviews are overly positive and hold other products to a higher standard. 

The Ceda S suffers from many of the problems of the original Ceda, mainly poor quality control. Mister Nathan’s Ceda S only managed to hit in the 150 FPS range a few times, but mostly 120-130. Valour’s had a 19 FPS spread out of the box, and couldn’t clear 134 FPS despite the 150 FPS claims from Jet. Walcom’s had a massive spread of FPS that he attributed to hitting the crono, but Naptown also had a 30+ FPS spread in his video, and we’re thinking the higher numbers he got was due to the cold. Bobololo noted on his stream Sunday night that his Ceda has creaky plastic, an unstable stock, and the pump grip instantly marked up the shell, all of which are problems that existed with the original Ceda. 

I know some people focus on maximum FPS numbers, but I’d like to explain why FPS spread is so important.  In the context of competitive play, which the Ceda S seems to be marketed toward, the more your blaster’s FPS varies, the more of a difference you have in your dart drop in the last 10-20 feet of your range. When you’re taking long range shots on a very small target, a difference of 30 FPS from shot to shot can translate to a difference of 5 feet or so of vertical spread. 

Imagine a person poking their head over a piece of cover, and it is your job as a back-field sniper to get that tag. Your first shot comes out at 150 FPS and sails over their head.  So you correct by lowering your aim slightly, but the next shot comes out at 120 FPS and lands 5 feet in front of the cover. That much variance makes correcting your shots nearly impossible because you don’t know whether the next one will be 120 FPS, 150 FPS, or somewhere in between.

There’s no denying the value of the Ceda S and its superior moddability over, say, the Dart Zone Pro. The Ceda accepts most Retaliator parts and quickly tears down. However, if Jet wants to market the Ceda S as a competitor to the Dart Zone Pro, they had better come correct. 

This is HvZ level performance at best. I wouldn’t bring a Ceda onto a BTA or FPT field based on what I’ve seen. For my money, I’ll stick with the more consistent out-of-box experience and the company that sponsors and attends our community events as well as actually has people that understand customer service.


Corrections

Last week, we published a piece on the Jet Ceda S stating that it was a new addition to Evike’s webstore. The Model S was listed on Evike nearly a year ago for pre-order, and has been up for regular sale for some time now. The confusion came over reviews hitting the internet of the Ceda S due to Jet hiring a new PR manager, which arguably is not news.

3/2/2020 5:54 PM: MrGWillickers’s name was originally published with the W uncapitalized, which was incorrect.


Credits

Owner/Operators – FoamBlast Adrianna & Meishel

Editor in Chief/Main Story Boarder – Lanyx Desalia

Section Editor – Danny Ryerson

Reporter – MrGWillickers