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[nerf] Fusefire (Zombie Strike)

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 04:56 PM

Target recently had a buy-one-get-second-nerf-50%-off sale, so I picked up a Fusefire (among other things). This brand new blaster looks really good, but the Vortex line has kind of been lackluster especially since there's only one electric in the lineup, so I was interested to see if this new addition was any good.

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Here it is straight out of the packaging.

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With the LEDs turned on. There's a space for three AAA's in the handle, believe it or not.

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This blaster is rear loading. It has a five-round internal magazine set up similar to the FN P90, which feeds front-to-rear above the chamber.

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This gate acts as a one-way stop for the XLR discs

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You can barely see the discs in the magazine when the LEDs are lit

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Looking down the barrel when the LEDs are illuminated

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It's a rather hefty blaster, and I'm not exactly sure what all that space under the barrel is used for. Next time when I open it up I suppose I'll find out

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15 second exposure time. The blaster looks very sci-fi.
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Posted 22 April 2014 - 11:58 AM

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Finally got this thing on the workbench.

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The muzzle is a separate piece of softer plastic that must be removed first

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Slide the piece off

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This is what it looks like afterwards. Be careful you don't lose the orange piece right below the muzzle, it can slide off

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Screw pattern for the blaster

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Speaking of screws, there was one screw in particular that I felt stripped easier than the rest of them...or any Nerf hardware that I've disassembled, actually. I ended up heating the screw with my soldering iron and pulling the shell apart, not recommended as it completely destroys the screwhole but it's not near anything important so I didn't care.

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Got the shell separated at last.

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Inside we find a similar setup to the Praxis (and I imagine most fullsize Vortex blasters). The bumper design has been improved, this time it's a larger silicone rubber cushion. The cushion also has a spring backup so the impact time is maximized, thus dissipating more energy. Also, as you can see from under the arm, the torsion spring setup is the same so we can do the same trick with this one.

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This is the sliding assembly to fire the blaster. Same lock setup as before.

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Spring plate screw

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Firing assembly screw

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This screw is to remove the trigger linkage, but as it turns out it can be left in. It's completely separate from the rest of the mechanisms

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Removing this anti-reversion lock

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To separate the chamber and the spring assemblies, remove these two screws

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and these two too

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A whole bunch of locks can come out

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separating the top half from the bottom

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This is the LED assembly that charges the chambered disc

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Removed so I can put in my own LEDs

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Nice clear plastic

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Checking the one-way valve for the internal magazine

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Doubled up spring makes it less likely to get stuck

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Popping off the top LED rail. All of this is dead space, so I can fill it up with whatever lighting system I'd like to use. Ideas, ideas...

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Going back to the slide, I remembered that I pulled off a lock earlier

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If the lock's not there, then I can remove the piece that the lock feeds into

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The spring assembly isn't screwed together, it's a friction fit pin in the arm's fulcrum and a normal pin through the bumper pivot.

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Tap it with a hammer to convice the pieces to separate.

I ran out of time to completely finish the modifications, but as of right now I'm thinking of doing the same thing to the Fusefire that I did to the Praxis, which was move the location of the spring so it's preloaded higher. I also need to figure out what I'm doing for the LED lighting, as I definitely want to keep that function. The batteries in the handle also help to balance the blaster.
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