The laser by the way was exactly the same as you'll find in laser pointers these days,
just bought it as a separate component.
Seems the reason why is that the customer likes to photograph the models,
plan was for a model set with smoke to show up the laser.

I never saw the results though, still that wasn't part of the deal so there ya go.
Even so, I think it was effort well spent and I was happy with the finished item.
I do believe that lately there have been some re-issues of this kit with white metal cast hands.