first recasings in 2006.
The details on this blaster make it stand out. Even the panels for the LED gauges have been repainted with aluminium that really make them stand out. I've also reworked a few aesthetic parts of the blaster, taking away some of it's "Random Steampunk" look to a more refined and streamlined design. The trigger grip and shotblast pump-handle both have been smoothed out as well. I've sanded off most of the logos and details to further emphasize a more militaristic look to it.
So why do this blaster in OD Green and Black? Well, truth be told this is kind of one of my favorite color schemes, as it resembles that of the Pulse Rifle seen in the classic Sci-Fi movie Aliens. It was actually Mike Yate's work on his M41BP for ESS laser tag system that inspired me to want to make one of my own. I would probably not have built my M41A Pulse Rifle were it not for seeing his work to rekindle my love for this blaster. So I thought it was fitting to do a Pulse Rifle-esque paintjob on this blaster with Combo Mount #4 on it.
|Looks a little funny without the Shotblast attachment|
This CTDYNE Phoenix LTX is the 20th blaster in our LTX armory. There are 18 stock blasters available to loan out for games, my LTX DMR and this blaster. LTXs will serve as the backbone of our armory from now on, so it was really great to get this rare piece of hardware to further support our use of this equipment. The Midwest Laser Tag Association (formerly OLCA) will be using these all summer long and I expect to be switching between my LTX DMR and this fella depending on the situation. My DMR is better suited for long-range combat while this guy works much better for mid-to-close range engagements. I may enhance this blaster or change it's accessories, but I doubt that beautiful Combo Mount will ever be taken off of this blaster!