|PFLAGER KATSUMATA CORP (P.K.C.)|
by: Peter Ong [ ]
PFLAGER KATSUMATA CORP’S PK SERIES D – ENFORCER 12mm Mini-Mag Gun
Directed by Ridley Scott, “Blade Runner” has been an iconic Science-Fiction movie since 1982. Set in fictional Los Angeles during November 2019, the movie centers around Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) as a retired police officer whose job as the “Blade Runner” means tracking down bioengineered organic androids (living flesh and tissue) and “retiring” them by killing them with a powerful handgun. Each Tyrell Corporation Nexus-6 Replicant has a four-year lifespan before they automatically shut down. However, several have escaped termination and came to Earth illegally. It’s Deckard’s job to hunt down these fugitive Replicants and terminate them. The weapon of choice is Deckard’s PK Series D handguns with the remarkable resemblance of a Magnum handgun. Termination of the Replicants requires a powerful weapon since the android Replicants could take some degree of damage and still continue functioning. In fact, the PKD became such an iconic movie prop that Adam Savage of Discovery Channel’s MYTHBUSTERS spent a great amount of effort to replicate the PKD handgun, paying particular attention to the metal movie PKD handgun prop.
Designed by Rick L. Ross of Southern California, the “Enforcer K.M.S. Issue 2017” non-firing Science-Fiction handgun replica appears as a weapon that fits in the “Blade Runner” movie universe. Mr. Ross created the name PFLAGER KATSUMATA CORP (P.K.C.) as the fictitious company that manufacturer the PK Series D handguns in the Blade Runner universe. As of 2013, P.K.C.’s latest creations are the “Enforcer” and “Prowler” series, stubbier-barrel handguns than the original PK Series D. These model versions come with or without the silencer can. Mr. Ross envisioned the “Enforcer K.M.S. Issue 2017” as the gun the character Zhora, one of the Replicants chased by Deckard, might have carried in the Blade Runner universe.
PFLAGER KATSUMATA CORP’S PK SERIES D – ENFORCER (K.M.S. Issue 2017) represents a 1:1 scale real-size non-firing replica of the Los Angeles police officer’s standard issue handgun, complete with Laser Guided Targeting System and attached barrel can silencer. The K.M.S. kit comes with electronics---wires for the laser sight and LEDs underneath the barrel of the handgun---in addition to two disc batteries for powering the electronics. A gray 8X11-inch folder contains a very detailed 22-page instruction manual with line diagrams and perspective views of the parts to guide in kit assembly. This 1:1-scale Science-Fiction replica handgun kit has a degree of assembly complexity that corresponds only to advanced modelers who know how to work with resin since sanding, screwing, drilling, and painting skills are required.
My review sample arrived quickly from Southern California. It was custom-cast per my request. When I opened the box, I saw plastic airbags and a foam sheet protecting the gray binder containing the instructions and the black box containing the Enforcer kit. Mr. Ross designs, casts, prints, and hand-packages each kit and took great care with each of his products.
The handgun replica itself comes in a thick gloss black cardboard box with the P.K.C. company logo on the cover. The frontal side flap contains checkboxes of handgun variants and the Enforcer KMS Issue was checked. Inside, the dark gray resin parts are heat-sealed in multiple compartment pouches within a plastic bag. Screws, electronics, metal parts, and gun components are divided and sealed within their own separate bags. There’s a fair amount of resin.
Upon inspection of the dark gray resin, the parts are very well-cast, crisp and detailed on the exterior with no visible air bubbles, distortions, warping, blobs, errors, or sinkholes. I could identify grooves, screw-on threads, textured machined grips, indentations, and screw holes. It’s amazing to scrutinize the different grooves and textures in the resin, molded as if the resin parts were actually machined metal. Rounded surfaces look rounded, proportional and smooth. Curved surfaces had gentle curves consistently running the length of the piece. Mirror-reflected pieces such as the handgrip reflect each other symmetrically. The machined grooves and thread patterns were crisp and well-spaced apart and looked as if imprinted. The solid resin has good heft to it and the dimensions make the modeler feel as if actually holding a “PKD Enforcer K.M.S.” movie prop. The finger grooves of the handgrips are very ergonomic; my hand just wraps around the grip so well, placing my thumb in the proper position in the thumb trench groove on the left side. As such, this gun seems designed specifically for right-handers. These two handgrips are really well-mastered and engineered; they are solid resin with an one centimeter thick hollow frame in between them to house the batteries. The solid handgrips then are screwed together to sandwich the hollow frame. As such, one could squeeze the grips as tight as possible without damaging the delicate electronics inside or crushing the handgrips because the forces are distributed well around the frame and grips. Most of the other resin pieces are equally durable with half a centimeter thickness to 1.5 centimeter thickness for the silencer cans.
The imprinted lettering showcases another masterful artist’s stroke with “ПƃC 5201314” imprinted on the side of the silencer can. (“ПƃC” is the Russian acronym for Silencer device). The thinner imprinted Japanese letters were perfect, no flash or distortions in them, and appear as if engraved by a master engraver. The handgrips also had Japanese characters, finely raised in their circular symbol. On the receiver slide “48000356” and “PFLAGER KATSUMATA” were engraved on the right side while “12MM CSLS SERIES – D8” was engraved on the left. These imprinted words are remarkably crisp, lined up, spaced perfectly, and devoid of any imperfections whatsoever, an important characteristic on a relatively smooth curved piece. I am amazed at the workmanship of the engraved letters which look almost laser cut. Other lettering could be found on the gun---the end of the receiver top housing has “6054KLR” and “PK CORP” perfectly engraved into the resin piece.
Mr. Ross sawed and sanded away the pour blocks and he did a pretty good job at it. The cut surfaces have been smoothened with no raised indications that a pour block was there before. There are noticeable seams running down the exterior sides of major pieces---the receiver’s upper slide and interior, the sides of the handgrips, the silencer screw-nut connector, and a few other parts, but fortunately none of the seam lines appear to cross the textured surfaces or crisp raised grooves in my sample. Resin flash remains in some interiors of the major and smaller pieces. An experienced resin modeler should sand down these seams and flash with some tender care and since the seams are on smooth surfaces, the sanding should eliminate any traces of them.
Electronics consists of two 3V disc lithium batteries, a thin red wire, metal battery connector plates, two small green LED bulbs, a resistor, and a couple of sockets for the bulbs and wires, all sealed in its own little plastic bag within the handgrip and slide bag. The instructions explain what the electronic parts are and how to assemble them. The working LEDs and target scope LED add a degree of realism and specialty to this kit.
To secure the replica handgun for holding, the Enforcer K.M.S. kit includes two long and three short metal screws, two gold threaded connectors, a large lug nut hex screw, and a smaller bag of short metal threaded tubes. The screws are in black and the threaded tubes appear to be aluminum. The metal parts are welcome because with handling, even superglue may not be strong enough to weld the thick and heavy resin pieces together. Furthermore, the screws allow the modeler to change out the disc batteries housed in the handgrips. Do note that this gun is meant as a display showpiece. The instructions warn the modeler to apply only gentle pressure to the two triggers to turn on the power and to activate the LEDs. The front trigger turns on the power and the two green LEDs under the barrel. The rear trigger activates the LED in the scope when the power is turned on. Even though the triggers rotate on metal tubes, this isn’t a handgun replica where one should squeeze the triggers like a toy.
The printed instructions are some of the best 3-D graphical perspectives I’ve seen printed for a garage kit. Mr. Ross created the 3-D line diagrams using Rhino 4. He did a fantastic job with page layout, placing the perspective line diagrams with plenty of white space for descriptive text and arrow pointers. The diagrams and text appear in proper size for ease of readability. The text informs the modeler very well, telling what the parts are, where to drill, insert, screw, superglue, and how the parts should join and function with each other. The last few pages describe that the front trigger turns on the power whereas the back trigger activates the LED in the targeting scope. Red and black Japanese symbols on the page corners and CLASSIFED in the page footer highlight the attention to detail and effort the fictitious P.K.C. company placed in these instructions and also gives the modeler a sense that these instructions are important “Eyes Only” documents as if they came from the Blade Runner universe.
Mr. Rick L. Ross has produced a remarkably well-crafted, detailed, and very ergonomic Blade Runner “Enforcer K.M.S. Issue 2017” non-firing Science-Fiction handgun replica complete with working LED electronics and batteries. His “Enforcer K.M.S.” looks like it belongs in the Blade Runner universe. The resin quality and care to detail in the kit, packaging, and instructions shows extremely well. The complexity of assembly in addition to the drilling of resin makes this kit highly recommend for modelers with skills in assembling resin kits.
Special Thanks goes to Rick L. Ross for the “Enforcer K.M.S. Issue 2017” replica handgun review sample. (Kit has been returned to P.K.C.). All CAD, color, and instruction photos and graphics that are not set against a blue paper background are copyrighted by Rick L. Ross and are used with permission by this author for the sole purpose of this kit review.
- www.wikipedia.com (The Free Encyclopedia) “Blade Runner” movie.
- Rick L. Ross: Sculptor and owner of PFLAGER KATSUMATA CORP (PKC), Southern California.