About 8 years ago I purchased my first set of prop replica kits. I found a small, hole in the wall type, outfit called Arsenal Models and got their catalogue. Being a long time Star Trek fan, although there were many options to chose from, there was no question of which I would pick. I got a Starfleet Tricorder, Starfleet Type 2 Phaser (Boomerang), and the TNG Type 3 Phaser Rifle.
The Phasers were pretty straight forward builds and painted about as simply. The Tricorder’s hinge was challenging and the kit needed a lot of work to make the door fit properly. The decals were odd but ended up working really well. Altogether it made for a great set of prop replicase from my favorite show and added depth to a cosplay I’d always wanted to do.
I have since let go of the Type 2 Phaser and the Tricorder in favor of a Master Replicas First Contact Type 2 Phaser replica and hopefully soon a Roddenberry TR-590 Tricorder replica. However since no one has made a licensed replica Phaser Rifle I’m keeping mine indefinitely.
Well it’s been long enough thought the rifle was some wear and tear and was in need of a bit of restoration. Some paint on the grips has peeled off, the sight has broken off, and the paint scheme had some accents missing. So it went ‘under the knife’. Check out these progression pictures and enjoy!