Armand78 wrote:what is the tell then? i.e. how do we identify the new modified end blaster from an original? I'm still not 100% clear on this...I've seen pictures on tig but could do with an explanation.
I'd forget about the butt and concentrate on the side profile. On the diagram below are the 4 known variants on the left and the new Repro on the right.
In my opinion you can tell straight away from looking at it that it is Repro because it looks too smooth and the barrel is too symmetrical (5). All the other repros have much more texture and the barrel varies in width at different points along it.
However, if that is too hard to see then I have marked up based on TIGs documentation the telltale signs of the other 4 blasters.
- V1 can be identified by the vertical line highlighted (1).
- V2: the site highlighted is much more squared off (2a) on this version than the Repro. In addition you can see that there is a line running all the way along the barrel (2b).
- v3: again the site is much more squared off than the Repro (3a). In addition this variant has two vertical notches on the barrel (3b)
- v4: this is the Ledy variant, is much rarer, and can be identified by the very rough sculpt to the design.
Hopefully this will help you identify the new Repro Blaster variant.
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