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26 January 2011 @ 11:20 am
River Song's gun  
Hey guys, I just thought you'd like to know that some guys over on the PROP forum have found a really good match for River's gun in Big Bang. Here's the thread:

But the basics is that, it's very close to a Nerf Scout IX-3, which you can only get in a 3-pack called "Nerf N-Strike 3-in-1 Unity Power System" which is about $50-60. (here on TOYSRUS) There is also a knockoff of that particular Nerf gun, but I couldn't find it online or what the brand is. (see this page about the knockoff). The Nerf Nite-Finder isn't that bad of a choice either, though if you don't have the money for the 3 pack or you can't find the knockoff Scout.
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scifilesliescifileslie on January 26th, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info I actually purchased the Nerf Nite-Finder for like $7 in hopes it might be an OK match. Glad to see I am not too far off. Now for the painting. Not quite sure how to go about it or what sort of paint to use...if worse comes to worse I plan to carry my Klingon Disruptor as a side arm.
Aimeeaimeekitty on January 26th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
Hi! Use a primer paint first (you can get a spraypaint) then spray it the color you want, but make sure it's a plastic paint, like Kryolon. Have fun!
scifilesliescifileslie on January 27th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
Do you think that I would have any trouble if I had a painted nerf gun in my checked luggage? Should I let them know at check in?
Aimeeaimeekitty on January 27th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
checked luggage is usually ok, but you might as well let them know if you're nervous about it.
ssshuntssshunt on January 27th, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
Oh I have sent message after message to this guy, hoping he may have one left. Haven't heard back yet. Thanks so much for posting this! I also have a Nerf, but I have no talent when it comes to making props, unless they're sewn. Thanks again.
galacticprobegalacticprobe on January 27th, 2011 04:13 pm (UTC)
Just in case anyone else hasn't noticed this yet, River's gun (at least this one) is another case of prop recycling. I got an e-mail notice from Amazon about "The Doctor Who Visual Dictionary", and when I went to the link for the book, there is another link for a "sneak peek" inside the book.

Well, as I scrolled through the few sneak peek pages it showed, lo and behold I saw that River's gun is actually a repaint of Novice Haim's gun:

(If you have trouble getting to that sneak peek page through the link above, here's the link directly to the Amazon page for the book. Under the image of the book is the link for the sneak peek:)

So for all you Cat People out there this prop can do double duty.

ssshuntssshunt on January 28th, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
I finally got through to the guy, and he does not have any River guns now. Sob.
But I ordered the Nerf Scout and plan to try it on my own (hahaha) but no way will it be ready by Gally. So I will just use the soft air gun I have. I played around with painting it some last night, got the numbers on (well, I free handed but it's not too bad) and I need to do the darker stripes. Those I will need help on, since they are so precise. And my hands are not. Still, was fun to rub paint all over the gun and then wipe it off, play with different effects. I could get into this, I think.

I have the same question as above--of course I'm taking the gun in my luggage, but should I notify the airline first? It's obviously a prop, but these days, you never know.
Aimeeaimeekitty on January 28th, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
If you're really worried, you should call the airline to find out their policy!
galacticprobegalacticprobe on January 29th, 2011 05:51 am (UTC)
Another possibility is to just put the gun in a nice, well-padded box (crumpled newspaper works great) so it doesn't rattle and mail it to the hotel you're going to be staying at. ("If it fits, it ships for one flat rate.") Call the hotel, give them your reservation confirmation number (put it on the box's address label along with your name and arrival date), and tell the hotel that you are expecting a package, and that it may arrive before you. If it's a respectable hotel they will hold the package for you.

That way you can avoid the whole airport and the Terribly Stupid Analpores (a.k.a. TSA) grief, and the extra little expense of shipping it ahead (and back home) will be well worth it. Coming from a retired Dept. of Homeland Security Military employee, I've had those T S A$$es steal my stuff from my checked baggage, even though I was travelling under official government orders and exempt from baggage search, according to their own rules (which they obviously only follow when it's convenient for them).

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