To the left, you can see one of the repaints already completed by Lee Vincent on the Xplorer Facebook page. Mine will be following suit, as the RapidStrike CS-18 bears a strong resemblance to the iconic M41A Pulse Rifle... a blaster I've already fielded as a Laser Challenge rifle. As my own Pulse Rifle sits and collects dust, waiting for somebody in my laser tagging group to make an Arduino-based custom OS to run it on, I'll be building yet another recasing to be painted to mimick the M41A's Black and OD Green colorscheme.
I also plan to utilize a modular system on this blaster to change to different lenses, much like the RE-CON that Sundawg built for the Laser Challenge lineup. The LTX is able to add hardware like a Shotblast, RapidFire, or SniperShot accessory. There's no planned equipment for the LTAR to physically upgrade the blaster (just gimmicky app-based upgrades), so a Sniper Lens attachment will certainly be in the works to allow this new blaster to go toe-to-toe with long-range foes while being able to compete easily in mid-ranged combat for the majority of the combat I typically see.
- First reshelled LTAR
- First Laser Tag-converted RapidStrike CS-18
- First blaster completed in my new home
- First planned modular platform for LTAR
Keep it here for updates on this new project! I'll likely dig into it once the MLTA's 8th Summer Season concludes this Friday. The Off-Season for laser tag is usually prime-time to start up new projects and test 'em out at the occasional games we'll have until Season 9 starts up in May of 2014. That's PLENTY of development time to get the kinks worked out of this blaster!