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    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase

    Jeo
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    Post  Jeo Tue Dec 25, 2012 8:38 am

    Merry Christmas all!

    Oh well, lets try again shall we. This post form part two of my three part series on the new Nerf Hailfire over at Foam Dart Goodness . The first looked at reviewing the blaster in its stock form, this post will cover off some mods to improve it, then in the third we'll take a look at how those mods worked in game. The main issues I had with the blaster during its first test were to do with the clip advancement. Particularly when loaded with heavier clips, say 18's, the rotator sometimes simply wouldn't advance. I'm really not a fan of things not working they way they should so this had to be rectified. The solution for this came from our friends over at S.O.F.T (for which you can check out their original video on the subject here . While we're fixing the clip advancer, we'll also up the voltage to increase range and make it easier to reload on the fly.

    Enough talking about it, let's get to it!

    _________________________________________________________________________
    Tools/Consumables used

    Screwdrivers
    Dremel with cutting and grinding attachments
    3x Trustfire batteries
    1x Dummy AA
    _________________________________________________________________________

    As always, we'll kick off with the blaster in question. Start by removing all of the screws from the shell. If you've still got the clip advancement handles on, there's two screws on the inside of each handle. Remove them then pry the handles free.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5669

    In the shell itself there are three different sized screws.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5670

    The short one came from here.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5671

    The three medium length ones came from here.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5672

    The rest are all the standard length Nerf screw.

    As always, take a moment at this point to have a good look around the blaster and try to get an understanding of the internals.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5673

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5674

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5675

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5676

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5677

    Happy? Good, lets continue.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5678

    Remove the jam door.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5679

    Then the trigger; it's held in by one black screw.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5681

    Then the dart pusher bar.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5682

    Like so.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5683

    Move to the front and remove the clip advancement handle bar.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5684

    Then remove the motor assembly.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5685

    It's held in by one screw here.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5686

    You can then access this bar. Remove it and the rest of the clip advancement assembly.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5687

    Like so.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5688

    It's held together by this screw; remove it.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5689

    Right, now the real work begins.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5690

    On the bottom of the mag well there's one centre screw, remove it.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5691

    And the turret and magwell will cove free.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5692

    We'll start with the turret.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5693

    It should come apart into three pieces.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5694

    Remove the screw in the clutch assembly.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5695

    It will separate. The point of this component is to act as a slip clutch; we don't want that.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5696

    Instead we're going to glue it together. Be careful not to get any glue in the advancement track (the toothed bit in the middle here) as it might interfere with the advancement rod.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5697

    The next issue is this gap here. The bottom part of the turret is too long, which allows for unnecessary movement between the magwell and the shell; we don't want that. What we're going to do is shorten the turret so the magwell butts up hard against the shell.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5698

    We need to remove 3~4mm from the bottom of the turret but very much treat this as a trial and error game. Cut a little, reassemble, check clearances.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5699

    Reassembly goes in this order...

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5700

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5701

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5702

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5703

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5704

    Once it's back together we can check clearances. The photo below shows you what we're aiming for; no more gap. Again, cut a little, reassemble, check clearances until you get this. You will not get it right on your first try.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5705

    Once you've achieved that we can actually start putting the blaster back together.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5706

    The advancement rod goes this way.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5709

    Place the whole assembly back in the blaster.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5710

    Reattach the spring.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5711

    Replace the motors and screw.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5712

    Then the priming handle.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5713

    Then the pusher bar.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5715

    Then the trigger.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5716

    Then the jam door.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5717

    Like so.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5718

    Replace the shell and we're essentially done.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5719

    To make it easier to reload on the run I also decided to ditch the wings.

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5720

    Yay dremel!

    Nerf Hailfire – Clip Reliability, Easier Reloading and Voltage Increase DSCN5721

    Finally the voltage increase. Nothing special here, just replaced the standard AA batteries with higher voltage Trustfires. I tried combinations of 2, 3 and 4 (roughly 8, 12 and 16 volts respectively) and found that I preferred 12v. It sure does shoot further at 16v, but the accuracy is incredibly decreased.

    Stock (6v): 7-8m
    12v: 11-22m, most within 12-13m
    16v: 15-32m, most within 19-23m
    littlebro05
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    Post  littlebro05 Tue Dec 25, 2012 12:11 pm

    Nice! Keep up the great work Jeo.
    cfb_rolley
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    Post  cfb_rolley Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:57 pm

    Nice mod guide! I just got a hailfire for christmas too... from myself :p

    What's the difference between the US version and the AU version? Is it just a resistor or something?
    Jeo
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    Post  Jeo Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:59 am

    Yep, only difference.
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    Post  cfb_rolley Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:28 am

    Rad. I can't find internals of the australian hailfire anywhere, is it a standalone resistor or is it part of the circuit board on the motors?

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