Monday 13 May 2013

Nerf Mega Centurion - Firing Video

Turns out the guys on Baidu who released those lovely pictures did have a video camera after all.

Don't go getting too excited yet though. As videos go, this is pretty poor.

Filmed at night, possibly with a smart phone with no real close ups, no proper explanation and crucially very few clues as tho how this beastie works.

The video was posted on Youku over the weekend and although the video is fairly poor, it does show a firing demo and a range test (of sorts). More importantly, it gives us some clues as to how this big fella works.

The video is password protected. Enter the password NERFER (case sensitive) to view it.

So what does this tell us?

Well, for a start, it's massive. A little longer than a Longshot but seemingly manageable in terms of weight. Either 'Ironman' has developed an invisible suit or (and I'm speculating wildly here) the blaster is very well weighted in the back to balance the weight of the long barrel.

We can also see from the video that the Centurion's prime is apparently very easy and smooth. It stands to reason that a blaster that boasts 100' ranges would have a massive spring. Such a spring would cause the blaster to have a heavy prime which this does not. It has been speculated that the Centurion has some sort of mechanical assistance, such as a rack and pinion gear system, similar to that of the Roughcut. In the video, when 'Ironman' primes the blaster, it does make quite a racket. Some say they can hear the chatter of gears which only feeds the idea of the presence of this type of mechanism. I am going to reserve judgement on this. The majority of the theories I have heard seem to have some merit. I guess we'll just have to wait to find out!

On to ranges.

I have received a translation of the video and I can tell you that although the range test in the video was poorly conducted, we do get some results from it.

The tape measure used was only 10 metres long so the ranges were a good estimate at best. 4 of the darts hit around the 20m mark, one hit 27m and another sailed beyond 30 metres. Not quite the 90-105 feet majority written on the box but still pretty respectable. Like I said, this range test was less than ideal so can only really be taken with a pinch of salt, but it still gives us an idea of what the Mega Centurion can do.

Those who hold range with a high regard will be pleased.

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