The Phaser II, as provided, is very nice. Unfortunately, in my sample, there was a significant pro- duction flaw (read: sinkhole) on the right side of the Phaser that simply could not be ignored!
It is not hard to correct, but it is tedious. I decided to "fill" the depression with MS, and then re- store the structural elements with blade and burr once the putty had cured. I am now about 80% done; and so far, so good. . .
As a sidebar note, the grip of the Phaser, which is molded en suite with the hand, is arguably one of the weakest aspects of the figure. This has since been replaced with a scratchbuilt resin grip that slides into the gripping fingers. Final detailing and finishing await. . .
“When the cost of a hobby exceeds the fun and doesn't attract new people, the game is over.” -
Oscar Koveleski, August 2003