Take the toy you remember from your childhood and supersize it!
Michael Pick (US) from Huntsville, Alabama set out to make a larger-than-life version of the Nerf N-Strike Elite Longshot CS-6.
His massive creation hit another target - achieving the record for the largest Nerf gun at 3.81m (12 ft 6in).
The life-long Nerf fan felt that "bigger is better" and aimed for his creation to be 300% larger than the original, which turned out to be no easy task.
Michael’s creation shattered the previous record of 1.82m (6 ft) held by creator and engineer Mark Rober.
"The most challenging part of this build would have to be making the air system fit into the shell of the Nerf gun. Since my supersized build had to be exactly scaled to the standard Nerf gun, the space I had to work with was very limited. Nevertheless, I found a way to make everything fit." - Michael Pick
So how did Michael, dubbed the "casual engineer" on YouTube, make the Longshot toy even bigger?
A space software engineer by day and a YouTube creator by night, Michael used his know-how to develop an initial model using computer-aided design (CAD).
With his completed design ready to go, he cut and created a giant plywood structure.
After setting the wood foundation, he built the more complex pieces, including 3D printed scopes and internal mechanisms.
His final step included a paint job to make it look exactly like the standard size Nerf gun it was modeled after.
Of course, the world's largest Nerf gun also requires the world's largest Nerf darts! Michael created these matching darts for his toy gun using a combination of PVC pipe, foam, and 3D printed caps.
The finished item needed to function like its standard size counterpart.
With a paintball tank serving as the launching power, along with an intricate system within the structure, it can propel 12-inch darts that can reach 50 miles per hour.
At the toy gun’s full potential, it can shoot the darts at 80 psi and reach distances of up to 250 ft.
With these rates, the darts have no problem striking through pumpkins, balloons, drywall, and even concrete blocks!
Michael didn’t have record-breaking on his mind at the start of this project. Though he adds, it’s a "cherry on top".
"It feels amazing! I’ve spent a lot of time and effort on this build, so earning a Guinness World Record title is a really nice way to end this project."
With one official record under his belt, Michael’s aiming for more. He’s working on his next record-breaking project already, but is keeping the details under wraps for now.
We can’t wait to see which record-breaking target he goes for next.
Take a look at some of the other awesome creations Michael has built on his Youtube channel!