custom movie props and customized nerf guns

About Meh

I’m just your typical customizer of NERF and other seemingly innocent toy weapons. I specialize in Military, Video game  and Steampunk styles, but I can do custom work if you need it (Including resin kits and whatnot!)

As I have new items ready, I’ll be making them available on Etsy.com and eBay so check them out.  Most of my work is requested, so don’t be shy :)

 

 

If you’re not the patient sort, shoot me an email at JohnsonArms76@gmail.com for custom requests! :)

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34 responses

  1. Matt

    Awesome stuff! I’ve always loved custom Nerf guns and your level of detail is incredible!!
    (hoping this is what counts as the contest entry as well haha)

    March 9, 2011 at 7:06 am

    • Indeed! ;)

      March 10, 2011 at 2:52 am

      • The_NERF_Lover_:P

        Hey, could you make a Star Wars type Rifle wich the clones use in the movies but a reacon version if u could make this u r truly a ledgend:))))))))))))))

        July 12, 2012 at 2:25 am

  2. Seth Crino

    Wow man, your stuff by far rises above all others!

    March 28, 2011 at 12:57 am

    • Thank you, Seth. I really appreciate that. I hope you’ll hang around and check out the new stuff as I strive to get better and better :)

      March 29, 2011 at 1:34 am

  3. Hey, this is das-licht-trager@da.
    Dropping by to check up on your blog and show some support! (and I needed a way to subscribe.)

    April 16, 2011 at 3:40 am

    • I appreciate that! I hope the site was fun to check out and I always appreciate the support!

      April 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm

  4. Dragonman

    Your work is amazing sir. I’ve wanted to do paint mods on some of the nerf guns I’ve accumulated for a while and wanted to ask a few questions from someone more skilled than I. 1. What kind of sandpaper do you suggest for the pre-paint removal? 2. The little details *like the screws on the mavericks* do you go in and do those after the primary paint job is done? 3. Do you use tape or something else to cover areas you want to retain their color/paint later? I appreciate any pointers you can dole out for a neophyte like me, keep up the good work!

    June 23, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    • Thank you very much! I use 220 for the smaller logos and then go over it with 500 before I put on the basecoat. For the large logos, 100 grit can still be cleaned up using 220 grit afterwards to remove the really deep scratches. Concerning the detailing, I do the smallest details last, including the screws and such. Less chance of messing up that stuff later :) I hope that helps and send me links of your work!

      Brian

      June 24, 2011 at 12:25 am

      • Dragonman

        It does it really does. This will go a long way towards a finished, and hopefully professional looking, job. Assuming I ever figure out how to work my digital camera and upload pics of the end result, I’d be glad to send you the fruits of my labors. Thanks for the pointers, Peace!

        June 24, 2011 at 4:28 pm

      • The_NERF_Lover_:P

        Hey could u make a WWII style longsrike C-S6??? if so plz reply.(It would be nice if it was the same type in ‘Saving Private Ryan’) thanks

        July 12, 2012 at 2:22 am

      • I can replicate just about anything you need, Ian! I can also do the Starwars themed rifle if you’re interested and have the budget for them. The rifles can get a bit expensive, but they’re worth the time spent, promise :) Just shoot me an email at johnsonarms76@gmail.com when you’d be ready to get started!

        July 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    • Oh and I do use tape for masking off areas. You just need to watch out for paint bleeding. Use light coats! :)

      June 24, 2011 at 12:27 am

      • Dragonman

        So lets say I’m about to paint the handle of the gun and I’m taping over the grip. You remove the tape and spray the grip afterwards and just try to be accurate?

        June 24, 2011 at 4:30 pm

  5. Static Kyota

    Johnson I used to have you as a friend on my facebook but I deleted it. Been seeing your work uncredited so I been calling the people out and posting a link to your blog. Nice to see your still doing your thing.

    October 16, 2011 at 6:08 am

    • I appreciate that very much and thank you for your continued support :) I know the photos get used for different purposes and I’d really only be upset if the work was attributed to someone else! Sometimes I’m sure the photos are found 2nd and even 3rd hand so they may have never known who the painter was. Kinda like a lot of Meme’s that spread like crazy! I know I’ve posted a few, but always say they’re from reddit, etc :)

      October 26, 2011 at 5:27 pm

  6. Ethan Schoonbeck

    I’d Like to see you do a nerf nitron with a black base coat and green flames, that would be awesome…. But you are definatley the best painter I have seen ever.

    December 28, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    • Thank you Ethan! If the prices get any lower on the Nitron I’ll have to give that a go! :)

      December 28, 2011 at 10:31 pm

  7. Ethan Schoonbeck

    Thanks man! Thats just awesome. It would be an honor to see the master go to work. :)

    December 29, 2011 at 3:35 am

  8. Ethan Schoonbeck

    Yeah I also forgot to mention that I did get the Nitron for chistmas and I think it is pretty fun and cool. I could just see some cool paint themes for this blaster!

    December 29, 2011 at 3:39 am

  9. Benjamin

    Hey Johnson, I’ve come upon your site several times in the past, and I have to say, I’ve always admired your work. I’ve done a few projects myself when it comes to painting Nerf guns, and I’d thought I’d become relatively proficient in it. Whenever I come back to this site, though, I get a lesson in humility when it comes to my own skills; your stuff blows anything I’ve done straight out of the water!

    If it wouldn’t impact your business by giving up some of your tricks of the trade, I had a few questions. Primarily, what kind of paints do you use, especially for detail work? (I’ve been using a mixture of spray paints for large surfaces and medium detail work, and model paints for detail work.) When it comes to painting “metal” effects onto paint, I’ve seen a few guides online talking about “dry brushing” techniques to get that worn-down, metallic look. Is this the way you paint for that effect? (In essence; how do -you- get that wonderful metallic look on a Nerf gun?) Lastly, do you use a clear finish coat on your projects to preserve the paint? I’ve had the problem in the past with those finish coats coming out cloudy; are there any specifically you use?

    I apologize for the wall of text, but I’m very curious. Thanks much!

    March 12, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    • Hey Ben! If I missed this message before, I apologize. I’ll shoot you an email so we can chat about the paints!

      Thanks for your patience, it’s been a crazy month!

      Brian

      April 27, 2012 at 8:08 pm

  10. Marcus Wong

    I’ve painted one nerf gun so far but I want Tory more. I’m wondering about how to make the nerf gun look weathered. Do you apply a layer of light gray before your base color, then scratch before apply clear coat? Is there a technique you could share?

    April 12, 2012 at 8:52 pm

  11. Great blog and great work. I’m posting an article about your work on my blog after catching the article on Tested. My son is going to love this and I am also looking forward to Modding and painting some of his many Nerf guns.

    June 6, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    • Thats very cool! Yeah, I was honored to have them ask my opinion. I know I don’t go as deep into the performance mods, but I know a few things about cosmetic mods, lol.

      If you need me for anything related to your story, just let me know :)

      Brian

      June 6, 2012 at 9:48 pm

  12. Dylan

    Hey, your stuff is truly amazing!! Really neat stuff!!

    I was wondering… I’m trying to make a steampunk costume. I kind of want to have an SS AS-1 Nerf gun and a basic Dart Tag Pistol painted steampunk style, with the SS AS-1 attached to the side of the pistol. Theoretically, if I sent you my guns (I live in Northern Utah) how much do you think it would cost me, and do you think you would be able to get it to me before Halloween?

    October 21, 2012 at 2:03 am

  13. Spencer

    Have you ever considered doing anything from Peter Jackson’s “District 9″, i think there is plenty to work with with the alien weaponry in that film that would translate perfectly to this application.

    November 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    • I have done a few, but not to the extent that I’d like to. It would only take a commissioner to get one done though! :)

      November 7, 2012 at 12:27 am

  14. Lucien

    Basically repeating Benjamin’s “wall of text.” My fiance and I are huge into costuming as well as her parents, so being able to make somewhat decent looking guns would be a huge boon to our outings. If you wouldn’t mind maybe just copying the email you send Benjamin to me on just the basics of paint removal and what paint seems to work best and whether you dry brush or use some other technique to get that amazing metallic realism on your guns, I would be forever grateful. I’ve seen so much of your work popping up over the internet and it really is amazing. I was colored very impressed from the very first one i saw.

    p.s. I do not plan on selling anything I make, I would never try to profit from someone else’s knowledge, but f this is something you would rather not share I would completely understand, just respond and tell me so.

    Thanks man, and please keep them coming.

    December 5, 2012 at 8:25 pm

  15. how much for the following:a custom star wars alpha trooper
    steampunk style lanard x8 revolver
    steampunk style nerf double barrel shotgun painted+modded
    custom stryfe with paintedblack/modified/ stock, with custom
    ak 47 style black painted nerf clip
    and please make all of them shoot nerf darts and function

    December 27, 2012 at 6:35 am

  16. James

    Saw one of your Mass Effect guns on ebay. Have you ever looked at using a cs-6 deploy. It collapses and expands like the guns in the game do, and with the pump action could make a good shot gun prop. http://sgnerf.blogspot.com/2010/02/nerf-deploy-cs-6-review.html

    Also great work!

    January 1, 2013 at 5:25 pm

  17. You’ve inspired me. So I took a look at Psyk’s tutorial on YouTube. Here’s the thing I’ve always been horrible with gas propelled pigment. Have you ever used vinyl dye? If so is it a little more forgiving than K Fusion or model paint / enamel? Also do you ever end up with a finish you’re just not satisfied with, and end up sanding and re-painting sections? You’re doing an amazing job. If my financial situation ever changes, a Johson Arms commission is on the top of my list. Keep it up.

    January 19, 2013 at 6:38 pm

  18. I’m really in the market for airsoft guns, I know you work with nerf guns but would you even consider an airsoft build?

    April 12, 2013 at 5:38 am

    • I honestly work on anything a person might request. I would be interested to hear what you have in mind, please shoot an email to me at johnsonarms76@gmail.com

      Thank you!

      April 18, 2013 at 7:04 am

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