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Bug Blaster: M-41A Pulse Rifle
phantom_phanatic309
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Posted: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 06:13 AM UTC
I'm hoping it will be a fun build. If it doesn't work out, it hasn't broken the bank.
It will be a purely display piece that I'll mount on the wall of my modelling room /man-cave. I also have an airsoft Mauser C-96 knocking about somewhere that I keep meaning to convert to Han Solo's Blaster.

I should be able to make a start on it at some point in the next few days.
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016 - 08:40 PM UTC
Wow, that looks very daunting. I hope the construction goes well.

It must look very impressive when finished. Looking forward to see more
phantom_phanatic309
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Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 11:00 AM UTC
As we all know Sci-fi is full of iconic weapons. Phasers, light-sabres, blasters of all descriptions and yes even a screwdriver.
One of my favourites has always been the M-41A Pulse Rifle used by the US Colonial Marines on Aliens. The look and sound of it captured my imagination as a child. Yes, I know it was an 18, but I loved SF. This movie never bothered me, perhaps because I knew about filmmaking and model effects I knew it was all make believe. ET and Close Encounters on the other hand, used to terrify me!
Back to the gun though, everything about it just looked right. This was a weapon that would work. Only years later did I learn the props were built using M-1A1 Thompsons and SPAS shotguns.
I have always wanted one, and seeing how the airsoft version is outside of my budget, I was thrilled when I came across a 1:1 scale card kit on evilbay for a mere 12. I had to get it.









The kit is printed in full colour on several A4 sheets of glossy card. Most of the construction is pretty simple, just being blocks and boxes. I will be swap a few pieces, barrels and some smaller details from plastic parts. I think it will give a better finish, particularly the barrels as I doubt I will get a perfect cylinder shape.

It's been a few years since I've built a card kit and certainly nothing on this scale. I'm sure I will have plenty of questions during my build.