Hey everyone sorry for being so absent lately, things have been pretty crazy for me lately.
If you remember, in my Rapidstrike review i mentioned i was awaiting printed parts for a MasterStrike from LaserGnomes. They arrived a few days later and finally after finding some free time and getting a little bit of gameplay in, I owe you something.
For those who don't know, LaserGnomes are based in San Fransisco. They are big fans of saving blasters from landfill, and refurbishing and rehousing them. I myself have recieved countless blasters from them, most of which are not readily avaliable in Australia. Lately they have increased their footprint in modding, mainly making blasters hit their desired potential, and making them more user-friendly.
Below is a link to their Facebook page, the best way to get in touch and see what they have on offer.
I have always been a fan of the Masterkey, from when it was first produced with a Stryfe and Roughcut. I was all set to make one, then we found out about the RapidStrike. I was in love. So i held off until something came along to make it look pretty. That's where LaserGnomes stepped in.
Initial prototypes looked promising, but they continued with R&D to produce a wonderful product that is perfectly suited, and looks like it was made by Hasbro themselves.
|The connector (Blue) and RC trigger catch.|
Both pieces are printed out of PLA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polylactic_acid), instead of the typical ABS (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acrylonitrile_butadiene_styrene)
|Close up of the RC trigger catch. Has LG on this face.|
|Very nice printing, can barely feel the ridges between layers.|
|This side has screw holes to secure the Roughcut.|
|The Integrator in its correct position. Looks good.|
The Roughcut Slam Fire Trigger piece is surprisingly the most difficult part to install. The gears in the RC need to be aligned correctly. If not it can cause problems ranging from being unable to fire, unable to prime, slipping gears, the list goes on. LaserGnomes were happy to help with troubleshooting, and I eventually managed to get it right!
|Once installed, locks into position, it won't fall out.|
|Barely a gab, much better than cable ties or glue.|
LaserGnomes came up with a fantastic design, deserving of the name, MasterStrike!
Make sure you check out LaserGnomes, they have plenty of 3D parts in their shop app, as well as newly released and vintage blasters and parts on their eBay store. Make sure you look into the shells for the SledgeFire, for MEGA darts, and a single Elite dart, the SlugFire!
Hope you enjoyed reading this, and sorry for the long delay between updates!
|My personal MasterStrike!|