Archive for July, 2011

Costume Project: Nemesis Era MACO Carbine

Initial design concept

For a while now I’ve want to do something different and one night while looking over my ever increasing collection of toy weapons I discovered that I didn’t have any Star Trek weapons, an odd occurrence considering I had so many Star Trek costumes planned. Another reason was I’ve recently joined Starfleet International, the Star Trek fan club as a ‘MACO’ a fictitious posting within the chapter I’m apart of. As the club promotes the franchise and encourages Star Trek costuming I felt that an addition to my list was a costume that mirrored my position within the chapter.

The issue I discovered that while looking at the MACO, is that they were a new incarnation, developed for Enterprise, and never seen in any of the older franchises. Considering my dislike of Enterprise, I decided against adopting that era uniform, and as most of my other uniforms are from the TNG/DS9 era, I felt a design based on that era was more prevalent. However, that meant that I was designing the costume from scratch.

While the uniform itself is going to be a long term issue, one aspect I was able to look at is the rifle.

Considering that I had commissioned a Type 3c Phaser Rifle, I felt that something smaller to supplement the roles of MACO’s was more appropriate. which was started the MACO Project that I have been working on.

The Mark 36-G is a Personal Defence Weapon utilised by Starfleet MACO and Marine forces as a supplement to the larger, more popular Type III-F Compression Rifle.
It is designed following tactical encounters with both the Borg and Reman Remanent Ground forces aboard Starfleet Vessels to be used in conditions where the larger rifle has been found to be unwieldy, namely in counter boarding operations where the possibility of MACO and Marine response teams have to move between decks via a starships Jefferies Tube System; a method of travel made almost impossible when using a Type-III.
Designed to utilise the same Sarium Krellide Powercells of standard phasers and rifles, the Mk 36-G is also designed to mount additional combat packages, to increase its usefulness. The downside to the smaller frame of the Mk 36-G is that it is useless as an improvised melee weapon as the Type 3 has been used in the past. However its size far smaller than most ‘assault’ weapons of races marked by Starfleet Intelligence as ‘potential threats’ means that Starfleet MACO and Marine personnel are less likely to tire from extended operations of having to carry a larger, heavier rifle

Its based on the G36K Submachine gun, namely because the one I had broke at the stock at Supanova Brisbane, and its fate was in limbo, and because the weapon has a futuristic look to it. I have seen Phaser rifles built off the XM8 rifle, but I felt that all that would have done would have just built a new long rifle.

The first issue was how to take a 21st century submachine gun and turn it into a 24th century carbine, the main glaring point was the fact that Star Trek weapons don’t have visible magazines and iron sights.

I also initially toyed with the idea of following the design of the Enterprise MACO rifle, in that having a fore grip, but at the same time keeping with the design aesthetic of the TNG Movie era rifles. The issue with having a fore grip on this weapon was the painful similarity the MACO rifle had with the early TNG Phaser Rifle, and alternatively the initial design I had for the Carbine. 

The design I came up with (above) was a simple mock up I made, before realising the still unresolved issue of the muzzle. Removing the forward iron site leaves the front of the weapon looking blocky and counter to the rest of the design. I’ve looked at a number of different concepts that I’m not entirely happy with so for the time being the muzzle stands. I also planned on adding the bracket connecting the rear of the stock to the handgrip, but all attempts to get it to sit properly and have it able to be carried countered each other. By appearances there isn’t enough space to allow it without major modifications to the grip and stock. 

At this point I am still attempting to build the Optics suite that is on the First Contact Type 3 Rifle, the one that is pictured above. But at this point its not easy, alternatively I have a spare scope setup that I have lying around that I might use as well. Aside from that I’m in the process of cleaning up a lot of the break lines, as well as the speaker port.