There are probably a million and one mod guides for this nifty little Nerf gun called the “Nite Finder”. Why? Because it’s fairly futuristic and inexpensive which makes it any time traveler/steampunk/mad scientists wet dream. They run between $9 and $15 as of the point I’m writing this mod and can be found everywhere from Wal-mart to Toys R Us. I first picked one up for my Steampunk River Song costume with intentions of using it as an homage for her Alpha Meson Blaster.

River Song Alpha Meson Blaster

The inspiration piece. River Song’s Alpha Meson blaster.

As you can see, River’s gun is very, very close to the shape of the Nerf NiteFinder without any modifications at all, so the fact I stumbled upon the NiteFinder was fantastic.

For a while I simply looked at pictures of her gun, and stared at my own. To be honest, the white/light gray of the original is slightly boring, and even the more detailed version in the second picture doesn’t excite me very much. I thought about staying as close to the original design as possible, but then I thought to myself “why bother?”. After all, I’m not doing an exact cosplay of River; I’m creating a steampunk version. I looked at a few mods online and pondered and pondered and eventually I just got to it.

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