Here are a few of the steps that went into turning a nerf gun into a plasma rifle. I really have to learn to stay to one background and the same camera when I do these things. Next time I'll plan better.
It looks like it's no longer functional since the clip is no longer there, you can't move the pump-loading-thingy (look at my extensive knowledge of gun parts), and the barrel is blocked. It looks great, it would just be fun to shoot friends with a nerf gun that looks like a plasma rifle.
I make Fallout Inspired props as well I made a set of Nuka Cola bottles and some nuka cola caps but this prop is amazing and yes I would fell like a total bad ass with a plasma Rifle on my back DD oh and if you would like to see my fallout props check out my album I have on my profile ^_^
I had done some minimal dis-assembly with the first lighter gray layer, but then ended up not for reasons I'm not really sure of. I'd definitely consider keeping it disassembled for longer next time. It was pretty hard to get in some of the cracks with the spray paint. Thanks for the advice!
My biggest tip: don't be afraid to mess up, since you can always make it work for you.
Other, more practical tips: have someone look over your work. My husband has helped me immensely with telling me what was bad and what was working. He also helped me with the more technical work. Finding the right kind of gun as a base is also important. I was really happy when I found this Nerf gun since it was about the right shape and size. Otherwise, garage sales were my best friend when making this stuff.