Post by The SITH OverLORD on Dec 4, 2007 10:13:45 GMT 8
No, they are diff mold.
Richard's & Mr E's ones are round-barrel (aka Type-IIIa phaser rifle), it originated from a solid resin prop which i ordered from US at over US$200 as well.
The one I bought recently is square-barrel (aka Type-IIIb phaser rifle), and it's fibregla ss-resin hollow replica from Taiwan. (I suspect it was mold from the solid resin)
Thanks for pointing out the differences Dr EMH. To a non hardcore Star Trek fan, but helluva hardcore STAR WARS fan, these Phaser Rifles look similar. Am I correct to a ssume that your Taiwan made Type-IIIb phaser rifle is much more detailed than the piece at the Outpost and won't require so much detailing work to make it a screen accurate prop?
BTW can you please PM me the DETAILS of your Taiwan soure?
As this prop is well painted, and fully installed with light and sound, it was detained by Customs (as I expected) upon arrival in S'p. Luckily I have already sought in-principle approval from the Police (Arms & Explosive Department) in Nov 2007 before I ordering it from UK, hence everything run very smoothly. I went thru a few places today, and finally gotten all the necessary written approval documents from both Customs as well as Police.
Why do I go thru all the trouble? ... Well, mainly b'cos this prop is very expensive. It cost me £200 + £100 S&H + 7%GST during import. Total nearly S$1,000! (i.e. nearly RM2,300!) I m glad I can now owned it legally.
Yes, Master Plo, it's equally likely that S'pore Customs may confiscate it as well ... it's the risk we have to bear.
I have recently published an article to share with our S'p trekkies on how to import weapon props into S'p legally ... by showing a step-by-step process ... There is no 100% assurance the prop will be cleared by Customs nor lost in transit ... but the risk is minimised if cautions are taken.