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    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal

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    Post  Jeo Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:31 pm

    I couple of months back I started a weekly blog called Foam Dart Goodness where I've been posting an assortment of mod guides. While they're all well and good over there, getting them in front of more people to help more people is what I'm aiming for. Towards that end I'll be posting a few here as I go.

    Today I've gone a little further than that, OzNerf is getting my latest post before it goes live on Foam Dart Goodness. Hope you enjoy!
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    The Nerf Baricade, first released in 2010, it's one of the few flywheel blasters in Nerf's lineup. My first real foray into the world of blasters was pretty heavily based around the BuzzBee Tommy20, so I'm relatively fond of a good old set of flywheels. I know they aren't as efficient as most other types of blasters, they make a lot of noise and take a little while to spin up, but they're still good fun.

    I first picked up a pair of Barricades last year after a group I play with decided to have a day of dart tag games. I needed something that would fire taggers and the Barricade seemed like an easy option (the Dart Tag series of blasters still hasn't been released in Australia yet, scheduled this year). Throwing in a few Trustfire AA's quickly upped the voltage and away I went. The day as a whole went pretty well, the Barricades mostly functioning as intended. Only problems were when darts got jammed but the barrel still rotated, they were a pain to get out; and that the jam door sometimes fell ajar, meaning the flywheels would turn off. During the day I also found myself having the remove the batteries and check how much juice they had left with a multimeter. While significantly better than going flat mid game, still rather time consuming and somewhat annoying. All of these problems I've since rectified on this blaster.

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    Tools/Materials needed

    Screwdrivers (flat and phillips heads)
    3 x Trustfire batteries
    Digital voltmeter
    Soldering iron and solder
    Electrical tape
    Wire cutters/strippers
    Dremel with cutting tool

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    We'll kick off with the blaster itself.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3517

    Start by removing the battery cover.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3520

    In this case I'm using 3 Trustfire AA's.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3585

    We'll need to remove them too.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3521

    Then the external part of the on/off switch.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3522

    Like so.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3523

    Then remove all of the screws holding the two halves of the shell together. There should be about 15 screws. Because the switch and battery compartment is on the left side of the shell and there obviously needs to be wires between the two, we have to keep the two halves close by.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3524

    As always, take a moment to familiarise yourself with the insides and try to get an understanding of how it works.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3527

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3528

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3529

    Happy? Good.
    Next step is to remove the rotating barrel. We'll need to lift the front end up first, then pull the barrel out towards the front of the blaster.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3530

    Then remove these two screws.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3531

    Like so.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3532

    We'll now be able to remove the whole front section of the blaster. This is where the flywheels are located

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3533

    Like so.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3534

    The wires for the flywheels are kept safe under this cover. The small black thing poking up here is a microswitch that checks if the jam door is closed; if it isn't triggered, the flywheels won't turn. Since I was having troubles with the jam door popping slightly ajar of it's own accord, I decided to remove this safety.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3536

    Here you can see the switch from the back.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3537

    Pry it out with your screwdriver.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3538

    Then we'll need to remove this cover that hold the wires in place.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3539

    Pry it part way with your screwdriver.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3540

    Then just pull it off by hand.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3542

    Tada! One mircoswitch, free from it's original housing. It's a very simple circuit that only lets power flow from the red wire (from the battery) to the orange wire (going to the flywheels) when the button is depressed.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3543

    We want that connection to be on all the time, so simply cut the switch out.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3544

    Strip back a little of the covering from each wire.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3546

    Twist them together.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3547

    Then solder the join.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3550

    Then protect the join with some tape.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3551

    Now we'll move to the back half of the jam door mechanism. Start by removing these two screws and the arm they're securing. This arm is what actuates the dart pusher.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3552

    Then remove the dart pusher itself.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3553

    Then these two screws holding the jam door slider in place.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3554

    Remove this little chock.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3555

    And we should end up like this.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3556

    Move back to the middle of the blaster and remove the jam door itself.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3557

    Like so.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3558

    Now I don't actually have a photo of the correct way of doing this so I'll have to explain. See how the wires are on the trigger side of that post? Don't do that. Move them to the other side of that post. They will get in the way if you leave them as I've pictured.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3561

    Put the dart pusher back in.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3562

    Then the dart pusher arm.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3563

    Then the two screws securing it all.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3564

    Move back to the front of the blaster.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3565

    Run the wires back through their protective cover.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3566

    Then re-seat the whole front mechanism.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3567

    Same shot, from another angle.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3568

    Screw the protective cover back in place. Except, because we've removed the switch, we now only need the bottom screw.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3569

    All right, safety removal done! Now we'll move on to the digital voltmeter install. I decided to put mine at the back of the blaster, since that's where it fit best.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3570

    Here's the component itself. The one I've sourced has three wires; brown is negative, red is positive, and yellow is the trigger source (the voltage it's actually measuring). It can be powered off anything from 5-25v, but can measure up to 99v. Because I know my barricade will never run more than 25v, I can wire the yellow and red wires to the same power source.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3571

    Start by marking out where it will go.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3572

    Like so.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3573

    Then grab your dremel and get cutting.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3574

    Then do the other side.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3575

    Test fit!

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3576

    In addition to the hole in the external shell, I also had to remove part of the post on the right so that the wiring would fit.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3579

    Next, strip back a little of the wiring from the two power wires (red being positive and blue negative).

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3580

    Connect the wires from the voltmeter.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3581

    Solder!

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3582

    Then tape.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3583

    Throw some batteries in it, flick the switch and check if the voltmeter works.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3584

    Apparently I forgot to take a photo of this next step but it's really quite simple. Glue it in place.

    Go back to the other half of the shell.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3586

    Put the barrel back in. Reinsertion is the opposite of removal; feed from the front, seat the back first, then the front.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3592

    Put the shell back together, then put the outer half of the power switch back on.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3591

    There you have it. One Barricade, sans jam door, with inbuilt voltmeter. Below is how it looks with the blaster switched off.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3595

    Then, with the blaster switched on.

    Nerf Barricade - Voltage increase, inbuilt voltmetre, safety removal DSCN3596

    Now while most would say the voltmeter is really just there for showing off, which it admittedly is a little, it does still serve quite a useful purpose. There is now absolutely no guess work involved in "are my batteries going flat or am I just imagining I'm getting less range than before?", it simply tells you, right there mid game.

    Unfortunately I upped the voltage so long ago now that I couldn't tell you what the stock range of a Barricade is. However, with taggers this one is hitting around the 17m mark.
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    Post  Dietzie Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:41 pm

    Love it. Might use the voltmeter idea for my Stampedes.


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    Post  Jeo Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:45 pm

    I've done two Stampedes, a Rayven and the Barricade so far

    Legitimately useful, but mostly well cool.
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    Post  camo1010 Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:50 pm

    Very tidy job
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    Post  Acerised Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:01 pm

    Wow. This is nice.
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    Post  Apollo441 Sat Apr 07, 2012 1:00 pm

    Is it possible to do this mod without removing the safety lock?
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    Post  clunk07 Sun Apr 08, 2012 7:38 am

    Apollo441 wrote:Is it possible to do this mod without removing the safety lock?

    Yeh, the voltmeter addition and voltage increase will work fine without removing the jam door pressure switch.

    Cheers,


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    Post  WH1PLA5H Tue Apr 10, 2012 1:47 am

    I am thinking about doing the same thing to my Rayven and 2 Stampede's. Nice little write up. I removed all the safeties in my Rayven also, there is like 3 of the damm things for such a small gun.
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    Post  DEATHGUYJ Fri Apr 13, 2012 7:40 am

    where do i get the volt meter you used in this mod cheers
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    Post  Jeo Sat Apr 14, 2012 12:30 pm

    Search for digital voltmetre on ebay. You'll find a bunch.
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    Post  JoeyjoejoeJrShabbadoo Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:40 pm

    Jeo wrote:Search for digital voltmetre on ebay. You'll find a bunch.
    Agreed, I picked up a "7.5v - 20v Blue LCD Digital Voltmeter" for $5.41 Aud off ebay, sellers name was 'bestsupply123sz' just waiting for it in the mail now, going to dremel it into my modded stampede.

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