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Phantom-like Menace
03-28-2006, 01:23 PM
I just received my set of P-90s in the mail today and they are absolutely astounding pieces. The company, Marauder, puts out a number of weapons that would look nice in the hands of Star Wars figures and if you collect 1:18 scale military figures you really need to get some of this company's product. I'm psyched to buy more! As nice as these look in the pictures they are so much better in person.

http://www.marauderinc.com/servlet/StoreFront

pbarnard
07-19-2006, 03:20 PM
I'd second that. I've bought several sets for my joes. None yet for Star Wars. But the price point can't be beat, and nothing like having 50 P90s for planned Stargate related customs.

pbarnard
10-08-2006, 08:09 PM
Marauder John creates original work accurate 1/18 scale weapons. In the past he's created things like a Pulse Rifle, Colonial Marine (from Aliens series), and Sci-Fi Blaster in addition to the excellent variety of real world weaponry.

This latest wave includes something very interesting to all Star Wars fans: A Modified British Sterling Machine gun with collapsable stock. This is better known as the Stormtrooper Rilfe!!! This time the Stock actually moves. Other innovations in this line include AK's with removable clips, rifle stands...

I've dealt with John and his company several time, always happy to do so. You get prompt service, affordable prices and shipping.

Sorry if it's too much like an ad, but wow, this guy does good stuff. Please if you do order from him, let him know that I've sent you (email pbarny@hotmail.com) and you read it on SirStevesGuide.com. He treats his returning customers great with extras, and if enough demand, he may create a "starwars board" special like he's done for joeboard members.

http://www.marauderinc.com/servlet/Categories

bobafrett
10-08-2006, 10:06 PM
Is this Stormtrooper rifle/blaster an actual replica size or the 1/18th scale you mentioned? I am looking for an inexpensive realistic looking Stormtrooper blaster to wear with my armor at conventions, but would keep my Kenner toy blaster for doing events where kids are present.

JediTricks
10-08-2006, 10:16 PM
It says on the page 1:18th, which would be perfect for Hasbro 4" figures.

The work looks so accurate that I wonder it'd actually fit in a SW figure's hand, between the trigger guard and short, fat handle it may not work out, I would want to see a sample first before buying a dozen or 2.

pbarnard
10-08-2006, 10:41 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/Stormtrooper-Blaster-12-Star-Wars-Type-1-18-Weapons_W0QQitemZ190038607003QQihZ009QQcategoryZ75 1QQcmdZViewItem

That's the eBay store link to the dozen blasters. I'll also post some up when I get mine.

JediTricks
10-08-2006, 11:59 PM
Those 2 photos look pretty good for the gun, I am tempted. Make sure to take better photos with newer figures (it's 11 years old :p) and let us know what you think when you get yours.

pbarnard
10-09-2006, 01:04 PM
Those 2 photos look pretty good for the gun, I am tempted. Make sure to take better photos with newer figures (it's 11 years old :p) and let us know what you think when you get yours.

What is eleven years old? The figure is a VOTC stormtrooper by the looks of it.

Damn Columbus day delaying my mail by a day...It may be a week away till I get mine now. But if some one from any of the Joe boards gets some and posts up some pics, I'll link it just the same.

JediTricks
10-09-2006, 05:42 PM
Wow, those photos are bad enough to make a 7-year-old figure look like the '95 Stormtrooper. :p

pbarnard
10-10-2006, 09:23 PM
Wow, those photos are bad enough to make a 7-year-old figure look like the '95 Stormtrooper. :p

Ummm 2 year old figure? John apologizes and in an email confirmed that it's the VOTC stormie (actualy a San Diego Comic Con 501st).

JediTricks
10-11-2006, 03:50 PM
Well, to be fair to me - because that's who it's all about after all ;) - the VOTC's body is slimmer than the Commtech's and its colors aren't as good and its helmet isn't as big or as well-defined, look at how the brow-band touches the lenses. Plus, that pic is a bit chewed up. :p Still, it gets the job done, shows off how the figure looks holding it close-up.

pbarnard
10-14-2006, 06:26 PM
I just got my shipment of mostly Modified British Sterlings today...

Here are some various stormtrooper molds each holding that one gun...I do have one very honest complaint, especially compared to Marauder John's other weapons. This complaint should be weighed against the fact that this is nearly perfect. The trigger guard here is a real draw back. The series 1 weapons don't have a trigger guard as do most of the series 2. The mold is sturdier than the rubbery junk that Hasbro's been including for the E11. The look is that of the movie/tv screen. When held by the figures, they look like real functioning weapons that are being fingered or ready to be fired. The other thing of note here is that the stock is held by two small pins. If you wanted a stockless weapon, clipping the pins would be an option.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/marauder_potf2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/marauder_hl.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/marauder_snow.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/marauder_ct.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/marauder_endor.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/marauder_sand.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/marauder_close.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/marauder_gl1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/marauder_gl2.jpg

Alright, if you want some good replacement weapons, would like to standardize your imperial troops or would like to doa total refit of all your troops like me, this is the set you can't miss on.

JediTricks
10-15-2006, 04:34 PM
Think the trigger and guard could be easily snipped off to fit the hands better? I would remove the stock myself because it's in the movie version. Does the plastic feel brittle or solid?

Not many seem to be viewing the thread, maybe it should be in another section like Hasbro TSC.

pbarnard
10-15-2006, 05:54 PM
The plastic is very solid. It feels like the 80s GI Joe weapon types. These aren't casted but actually machine tooled. They're made in a factory in china, and than MJ imports them in here. You would need an exacto blade/scissors to do that.

I have no problem with copying/pasting the relevant parts of my posts to another thread.

JediTricks
10-20-2006, 08:09 PM
PBarnard here sent me a sample of the accessory, and it's pretty nice. I was surprised how close to the size of the modern Hasbro version it is, it's within a millimeter or so of the Hasbro one, but with twice the detail and a more accurate shape. Unfortunately, the accuracy of the shape hinders its usability, it fits great in the VOTC stormtrooper's hands with its separate trigger finger which accomodates the trigger & guard, and bent-forward wrist which accomodate the back of the gun; but in an older figure's hands that are straight-ahead like the Commtech stormtrooper, it fits awkwardly and has to be slightly off to the side because the back of the gun will push up against the forearm. Also, the plastic survived me putting it in the figures hands over and over, but I did worry every time that there was going to be some breakage, especially when working with the CTC stormie. The thing I found hardest to work around is the element that was probably the most clever aspect - the folding stock sticks out a bit for clearance issues and gets in the way of hands often or just pops off, because it's a separate piece it also makes 2-handed poses much more difficult to accomodate. I'm going to keep working with the one I have, see which figures it can fit - I have about 20 CTC Stormies and a lot of heroes who could use these things - and probably order a dozen in the next few weeks, but I do wish that stock was integrated instead of separate, I would probably order 3 times as many if that were the case.

Thanks again PB for sending me the gun. :)

pbarnard
10-21-2006, 02:57 PM
I agree with you on the trigger is what hinders it. I'm glad you like it. Maruader John apreciates your words and any and all who'll order it now on JT's word.

JediTricks
10-21-2006, 06:58 PM
Actually, I'd say its biggest hinderance is the folding stock, it gets in the way and sticks out too far. The trigger guard is really not that big a deal by comparison, trigger-finger hands can use it and older figures can either hold it lower or cut the guard off - part of what seems like the guard's fault also is that the width of the grip near the top is pretty extreme so older cupped hands just can't wrap around it. I look forward to finding figures that work with it though, I can't get enough Stormtrooper blasters since so many OT characters use them in the saga at some point.

pbarnard
10-21-2006, 07:51 PM
You can always remove the stock. It's not hard to do.

JediTricks
10-22-2006, 06:40 PM
But the gun doesn't look like a Stormtrooper rifle without it, that's part of what makes the barrel section unique.

LTBasker
10-25-2006, 12:24 AM
Maybe they could be asked to make two types of it, one with the folding stock and another with the folded stock integrated thus reducing it's profile.

I emailed the guy asking about 1:12 scale weapons (and managed to mention SirSteves :p) but unfortunately he said that right now they don't think theres enough interest to divert efforts toward them. Was hoping they would make a 1:12 P90, since even their tiny 1:18 P90 is far superior to the Diamond Select one.

Phantom-like Menace
10-25-2006, 01:51 AM
Think the trigger and guard could be easily snipped off to fit the hands better? I would remove the stock myself because it's in the movie version. Does the plastic feel brittle or solid?

Not many seem to be viewing the thread, maybe it should be in another section like Hasbro TSC.

I know I started this thread about Marauder in customs.

http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?t=31507

Seeing them folded together into one general Marauder thread in whatever section you see fit wouldn't upset me.

pbarnard
10-25-2006, 03:10 PM
Maybe they could be asked to make two types of it, one with the folding stock and another with the folded stock integrated thus reducing it's profile.

Except that it's already made. THESE ARE NOT RESIN CASTS BUT REAL PLASTIC! He has them sculpted, than molded, takes the molds to China and makes a factory run with however many he expects to sell and see some sort of profit on. From what he's willing to say is that broke even with Wave 1, profited on Wave 2 (and still has stock left), and Wave 3 and an upcoming exclusive with Power Team Elite/World Peace Keepers may just be enought of invest more and more in doing these sorts of things.

If you don't like the stock, take it off. It's not hard. If you want the look of the stock, than it's a bit more challenging.

JediTricks
10-25-2006, 03:33 PM
Maybe they could be asked to make two types of it, one with the folding stock and another with the folded stock integrated thus reducing it's profile.It's a bit early for me to ask someone to change their product to suit my needs, but I do think it'll make his product better - the stock doesn't even fully transform (the larger part folds flat on the real one once the arm is swung back) so it's not quite exact in either regard.


I emailed the guy asking about 1:12 scale weapons (and managed to mention SirSteves :p) but unfortunately he said that right now they don't think theres enough interest to divert efforts toward them. Was hoping they would make a 1:12 P90, since even their tiny 1:18 P90 is far superior to the Diamond Select one.I was gonna ask you "why 1:12th", it's not a SW scale, then I realized you want a P90 for your Stargate SG1 figs. :D



If you don't like the stock, take it off. It's not hard. If you want the look of the stock, than it's a bit more challenging.Well, that's the thing, the folded stock is part of the weapon in Star Wars, taking it off only removes the authenticity of the look.


I'll merge the threads.

Phantom-like Menace
10-27-2006, 01:19 AM
He has them sculpted, than molded, takes the molds to China and makes a factory run with however many he expects to sell and see some sort of profit on.

Huh, I was curious how he managed to make them as high quality as he does. They aren't your usual homemade plastic offerings for certain. Now I know he doesn't have some insanely well-stocked shop in his garage. Since my five month odyssey of trying to get a job is over, I'm really going to have to order some more weapons of various kinds. . . . Maybe as soon as I beat some of these creditors away with a stick.

pbarnard
10-29-2006, 06:45 PM
This GI Joe site probably does the best job in photographing the weapons. The reviews are albiet syrupy and way over the top in the manufacturer can do no wrong no matter the product.

http://generalsjoes.com/reviews/2006/misc/marauderinc_series3_page1.htm

Earlier series reviews can be found
http://generalsjoes.com/misc.htm

pbarnard
02-07-2007, 03:20 PM
Hey All!
At long last, here is the list of Marauder "Gun-Runners" Series #4 items. To avoid any disappointment, had to wait until all potential production issues were settled before posting the list. Several complex designs, so the engineering was rather tricky. The list is 99% a "GO" for release. Hopefully you all like the items and can find uses for them with your troops! Planned avail date is this April:

Heavy Weapons:
-RPK AKM-47 Squad Automatic Weapon with Bipod, Removable Drum Magazine & "banana" ammo clip

-Gatling Gun (minigun aka "Ole Painless") w/ ammo belt & Ammo case

Rifles:
-Combat Shotgun (with full stock and "spare" shells that can be attached to side of stock or side of receiver)

-M16A3 w/ removable Clip (a BASIC weapon..nothing fancy just the US standard)

-"Modular" M4 Carbine with simulated "rail" attachement system (NO top mounted carrying handle) with removable:
-Grenade Launcher
-Night scope
-Regular Scope,
-Ammo Clip
-Double Drum Clip
-Silencer
-Standard Front Grip
-Front Grip with Laser Sight
...basically make any style of M4 you want.

-UMP H&K Machine Gun w/ removable clip

-"Take-a-Part" Sniper Rifle (5 piece weapon that can be assembled & Unassembled)

-50 cal Sniper Rifle w/ bipod

-XM8 w/removable clip

-Famas w/bipod

-G36 Assault Rifle (Full size, NOT the Commando)

Accessories:

-Briefcase - w/ working lid, can fit the 5 piece Sniper rifle and most other small weapons inside

-"Generic" Silencer (works with "most" Marauder weapons)

-Smoke Grenade

-"Stick" Grenade

Pistols:
-Walther PPK (Bond....James Bond)

-M1911 45 Automatic (with hammer "cocked")

-Glock Automatic Pistol

Hope to have images of the reduced prototypes ready in about 10 days and final prices as soon as possible.

As always, Thanks for your support!
MJ

Series 4 Listing for all that are interested.

Phantom-like Menace
02-09-2007, 02:36 AM
Thanks for the heads up.

pbarnard
02-17-2007, 11:09 AM
Here is the latest from Marauder-John himself:

Here are the images of the Marauder Series #4 weapons. Posting several images of the weapons and the weapons with figures (to show size). The white "reduced" prototypes are shown, but production items will be BLACK (added a current production black AK47 & M16 w/Grenade launcher for size reference). The white color makes it very difficult to show the detail of the items and in order to get the images to load couldn't post very high res images. The white prototypes are VERY fragile and didn't get too aggressive with the poses. That is why some items are not held by the pistol grips and none of the new bipods are used on the weapons.

All the Series #4 items
http://members.aol.com/marauderinc/s4big.jpg
Close-up of the some of the smaller items. Hammer is "cocked" on the 45 & shotgun shells are removable from shotgun. Working briefcase & Sniper weapon (issue with weapon, several mistakes made with reduced prototype and also "take-apart" feature "may" not be possible with final weapon...weapon "might" be canceled). The minigun will be produced in "sections" as opposed to one solid piece. Separate parts help maintain the detail of the weapon, add to the realistic look in 1:18 scale AND make it easier for customizers to modify. Will ship in sections or assembled, whatever is requested.
http://members.aol.com/marauderinc/s4f.jpg http://members.aol.com/marauderinc/s4g.jpg http://members.aol.com/marauderinc/s4h.jpg
The "modular" M4 & all components, along with some possible versions that can be made. Removable components on final production weapon will have "snug" fit, just didn't' want to take a chance in damaging the prototype for the pictures.
http://members.aol.com/marauderinc/s4b.jpg http://members.aol.com/marauderinc/s4c.jpghttp://members.aol.com/marauderinc/s4d.jpg http://members.aol.com/marauderinc/s4e.jpg
50 Cal Sniper Rifle, RPK Squad Automactic, UMP, Briefcase & weapon, Combat Shotgun, Silencer (on an Uzi), 45 pistol & M16a3.
http://members.aol.com/marauderinc/s4i.jpghttp://members.aol.com/marauderinc/s4j.jpg http://members.aol.com/marauderinc/s4n.jpg

Famas, Glock Pistol, smoke grenade & a "possible" version of the M4. PPK, stick grenade, full size G36 and another "possible" version of the M4. Minigun, ammo case & Xm8

http://members.aol.com/marauderinc/s4k.jpg http://members.aol.com/marauderinc/s4l.jpg http://members.aol.com/marauderinc/s4m.jpg

Avail date is still on target for April and will post final retail prices as soon as all the production costs are known. Hope you like what you see!
Thanks again for your support!
Marauder-John

Phantom-like Menace
02-17-2007, 09:46 PM
That minigun is pretty sweet, but I was hoping for more sci-fi guns for clone troopers. I like the shotgun a lot too though.

JediTricks
02-18-2007, 08:47 PM
Man, those are insane! This guy's got real talent, those are some small, detailed parts. I can't imagine how much it must be costing to tool these tiny pieces up.

pbarnard
02-18-2007, 09:32 PM
Man, those are insane! This guy's got real talent, those are some small, detailed parts. I can't imagine how much it must be costing to tool these tiny pieces up.

Neither does he. But as stated above, the take apart sniper rifle isn't working out and may lose that feature. Prices to be announced in ~April. The M4 is working. I don't know about this line, guess I went crazy on earlier waves and made my GI Joe armies standard and ordered sufficient Sterlings, but can always use more. This wave, I don't know what I'd do if I have a bunch of M4s and some of the other more Euro style guns.

pbarnard
05-30-2007, 01:51 PM
Had an interesting conversation over at FFURG in this thread (http://www.ffurg.com/FForums/index.php?showtopic=2992&st=15) about the BlasTech DH-17.

I fired off this quick email to Marauder John


John,

You do marvelous work and do great wonders by offering everything affordable. It was my pleasure when your Series Three came out to spread the word about it to some Star Wars collecting and customizing sites and send the samples to various people at those sites. Over at ffurg.com we were wondering if you were ever interested in doing any more Star Wars weapons if you would focus on a more general weapon found through out the Expanded Universe. http://www.ffurg.com/FForums/index.php?showtopic=2992 we've started discussing the virtues of what are called a BlasTech DH-17 and a MerrSonn Model 44 in the Star Wars Universe (WotC Arms and Equipment Guide). This is the weapon that should be included with the new Death Star Trooper but isn't. http://www.rebelscum.com/swsaga/sw0412dodonnablaster.jpg and http://www.rebelscum.com/swsaga/sw0413goldleaderblaster.jpg are examples of the weapon. In general, there is some dissatisfaction with a smaller version included with many other figures http://www.rebelscum.com/toys/potjrebeltrooperrtfront.jpg . There is some belief that the base of this weapon is also a British Sterling with a different barrel. If there are any taking of requests for future waves, some of us in the Star Wars collecting community would apreciate you considering this weapon in future assortments you offer.

Thanks for time in reading this. Look forward to ordering some things in the not to distant future.


I got back the following response:


Hi!
Greetings! Thank you for the email suggestions! Sadly, the prototype for the Mg34 wasn't finished in time for this series, so the "Stormtrooper Heavy Blaster" won't be in this series. :-( But please take a look at the compact sniper rifle, has some great SW possibilities. Will add your suggestions to the candidate list for release. Since so many of the SW weapons are "real world" weapons that are "modified" for sci-fi use, there is lots of gray area with the weapons. Like what was done with the "Modified British Sterling", that same approach can be taken with other weapons. Also, looking at a "Modified Broom Handle Mauser" aka Han Solo's Blaster. The Rebel Trooper is just a modified British Sterling, so if the demand is there and can justify the considerable production & development expense, will make it.

Again, thank you for the support and the email. It is because of SW fans like you & the folks on Ffurg that make these weapons possible!

So we were going to get a long blaster but something prevented it. Oh well, can't win them all.

Phantom-like Menace
05-30-2007, 03:40 PM
Thanks as usual for keeping us in the know. I forgot the minigun is going to be series 4, so I almost freaked out when I didn't see it in series 3. I'm really looking forward to that one. Oddly nothing in series 3 interests me, not because it's not good quality but just nothing I can see in the hands of clones aside from the Sterling and I just don't need those.

pbarnard
08-03-2007, 11:50 PM
Series 4 is available and ready for order http://www.marauderinc.com/servlet/Detail?no=199


1 (ONE) Complete set of all Marauder "Gun-Runners" Series #4 1:18 Scale Custom Weapons: "Modular" M4 Assault Rifle w/ ALL Components, M16A2 Assault Rifle w/ Removable Clip, H&K G36 (Full Size) Assault Rifle w/ Removable Clip, Combat Shotgun w/ Removable Ammo Shells, RPK PKM Machine Gun w/ Removable Ammo Drum & Bipod, XM8 Assault Rifle w/ Removable Clip, UMP Machine Gun w/ Removable Clip, FAMAS Machine Gun w/ Bipod, 50 Cal Sniper Rifle w/ Bipod, Silencer, PPK Automatic Pistol, "Tactical" Automatic Pistol, 45 Automatic Pistol, Smoke Grenade, Stick Grenade, Briefcase w/ Working Lid, High-Energy Plasme Disruptor w/ Scope and Gatling "Minigun" w/ Ammo Case. The Marauder "Gun-Runners" Series #4 Complete set contains 45 Weapons & Weapon Accessory Pieces.

pbarnard
08-21-2007, 02:18 PM
ow, the Wave 4 stuff mini-review...So not a pure customs post...

Overall, I'm very happy with the look and appearance of these weapons. The removable and modular features of several add a variety and customizing potential to several models, and even though the parts don't fit, a bit of sanding and glue and you can even change weapons meant for one gun with another. I limited my purchases to the things that looked interesting to me: Gattling Gun, UMP, Plasma Diruptor, and Modular M4s. The one con to this line is that you do have to do some sanding of the tabs to get the best fit, and this should be done with the finest sand paper one can finde, 150 grit or higher. If you're worried still about them falling out, can always glue it in.

Plasma Disruptor
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/plasmas.jpg

This is the variety of weapons one can make from the series 4 Marauder Inc Plasma Disruptor, formerly the compact sniper rifle. I'll put in a blurb about the joys of this weaponThe plasma disruptors overall resemble PotF2 Princess "Monkey-Face" Leia's additional blaster rifle. The beauty is that by trimming off various parts, gluing them back together, changing eye scopes, etc to get a variety of weapons. I was able to make something very similar to a Merr Sonn 434 "Death Hammer", a scanner seen used by the Rebels on Yavin, a double barreled blaster rifle, and a variety of heavy blaster pistols/blaster carbines. 2 different Scanners similar to that of the Clone Wars and the Rebel Sentry in ANH when the Falcon approaches Yavin and the fighters go to the Death Star. I also think these weapons and the customs that can be made from them would work great with the Mando Set from Entertainment Earth that is forthcoming.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/weapontest024.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/weapontest043.jpg

One can also make the Death Hammer from above.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/weapontest037.jpg
Seen here with a modular M4 scope.

Or the more rifle variety which is similar to Princess Leia's PotF2 blaster rifle
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/weapontest030.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/weapontest034.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/GI%20Joe%20Collection/weapontest014.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/GI%20Joe%20Collection/weapontest016.jpg

We'll lead off here with a solid entry, the UMP Tactical Assault Rifle with a removable clip. The gun itself is a nice size and can be gripped by a variety of different figures. The one grip is that the clip is a bit too long for the gun.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/GI%20Joe%20Collection/weapontest020.jpg

Now here is the Sam Carter discussion. During a few episodes in Season 8 (prominantly in the Avenger 2.0 episode), Carter is seen with a gun that is not a P90. It has a front hand grip, the barrel is ribbed, not too long a muzzle and uses the double drum clip. So what is it? An M4? An MP5? I don't know. Suppose I could get some gun expert to see it and identify it exactly. I looked at the UMP and see many of these qualities except for the double drum clip. Trimming down the M4s clip and gluing it on, I was able to recreate this "look".

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/GI%20Joe%20Collection/weapontest035.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/weapontest036.jpg

The Gatling Gun is surprisingly modular as well. Instructions are included on how to assemble, and the ammo belt feed and air canister aren't reversible. There is a small size difference in the length of the slots and pegs. The components are a handle, cross bar/support handle, main feed, ammo belt feed, canister, barrel and barrel end included is an ammo case that can be made into a back pack or carying case with cloth/elastic/leather strips. It is rumored or hinted that there will be a bullet clip later on.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/GI%20Joe%20Collection/weapontest040.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/GI%20Joe%20Collection/weapontest039.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/GI%20Joe%20Collection/weapontest041.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/GI%20Joe%20Collection/weapontest025.jpg

Grunt Comic pack, Footloose DTC, Recondo SpyTroops, and Snowjob v1 got the modular m4s in the configurations seen. Grunt has a small scope, laser scope with small handgrip and double drum clip because he's the primary infantry soldier. Footloose got the grenade launcher since he got Hasbro's modular M4 but with a double clip because he's also a primary infantry soldier. Recondo got a large scope
with a flash supressor and grenade launcher. He's the jungle trooper and needs a way to hide, as well as have enough punch to blast through the thick underbrush should it be needed. Finally Snowjob got the other large scope, laser hand grip, and flash supressor. It is noted that Snowjob is a target shooting instructor. I wanted his gun to reflect that.

This piece overall is the jewel of the line. Each gun, if you buy all the add ons, has 48 possible combinations of accessories or lack there of. My suggestion to those that are going to buy this weapon is to buy 1 of the 4 M4s with all accessories and 1 set of the M4s with just a removable standard clip. You can than make multiple looks, use the extra parts to make other weapon customs with the Plasma Disruptor or UMP as I have done.

Again, this is the cost effective and impressive way to upgrade, replace or just treat ones self to some great accessories to complete customs or a collection.

pbarnard
09-03-2008, 10:05 PM
Hey Folks!
Series #5 is NOW available on the website and eBay store. Thanks again for your patience! Also, the Modular M4 is back in stock, too. Here are just a few pictures:

Series#5
http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc176/marauderjohn/5complete1.jpg


“Ninja Scimitar Sword”
http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc176/marauderjohn/5fscim3.jpg


SCAR-H
http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc176/marauderjohn/5fscar.jpg

Some of the “possible” new modular configurations using some of the mod weapons & mod accessories:
http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc176/marauderjohn/5modweapons5.jpg



Also, with your order, don’t forget to pick out your “Joeboard” freebie item to add to your package (ANY single weapon, from ANY series…your choice!).

Again, thanks for your support and hope you like the items!
MJ

Well bringing up a dead thread, but look at that nice little pistol there. And the scope is removable too.

Phantom-like Menace
09-04-2008, 10:15 AM
I ordered three of the grenade launchers and twelve of the Auto-9s. They haven't come yet, but I'm expecting them any day now. I'm really looking forward to arming some clones with them.

Tenric78
09-04-2008, 02:39 PM
I need a mini-gun!

Phantom-like Menace
09-05-2008, 01:44 AM
My order came in today.

I really like the grenade launcher. It has an interesting look, and the grenade drum slides in and out very smoothly. I expected the drum to be one solid piece, but it's actually two, so one side includes each of the individual tubes. Very nice detail. I'm going to give the three I got to the three Target Kashyyyk AT-RT commanders in my GAR to replace their original weapons.

I'm a little disappointed with the Auto-9s, but I think my problem may be more with the design of the original Robocop prop reduced to 1:18 more than with Marauder's take on the weapon. My only problem is that it's just so thin, almost blade thin. I was really hoping it would be beafier.

For my freebie (always look forward to seeing what I got), they gave me the M-14 EBR Rifle with a Marauder series 5 high powered scope, series 4 laser sight front grip and series 4 silencer. This isn't something I would normally buy, since I arm clone armies, not G.I. Joe armies, but I can appreciate this weapon. Their modular stuff seems great. It all fits nicely, and the customizing possibilities are nigh miraculous at that scale. It's weapons like this that make me want to arm Joe armies.


I need a mini-gun!

I've been perfectly happy with my mini-guns, and my brother purchased some for his clones as well after seeing mine.

pbarnard
09-05-2008, 03:11 PM
My order came in today.

I really like the grenade launcher. It has an interesting look, and the grenade drum slides in and out very smoothly. I expected the drum to be one solid piece, but it's actually two, so one side includes each of the individual tubes. Very nice detail. I'm going to give the three I got to the three Target Kashyyyk AT-RT commanders in my GAR to replace their original weapons.

I'm a little disappointed with the Auto-9s, but I think my problem may be more with the design of the original Robocop prop reduced to 1:18 more than with Marauder's take on the weapon. My only problem is that it's just so thin, almost blade thin. I was really hoping it would be beafier.

For my freebie (always look forward to seeing what I got), they gave me the M-14 EBR Rifle with a Marauder series 5 high powered scope, series 4 laser sight front grip and series 4 silencer. This isn't something I would normally buy, since I arm clone armies, not G.I. Joe armies, but I can appreciate this weapon. Their modular stuff seems great. It all fits nicely, and the customizing possibilities are nigh miraculous at that scale. It's weapons like this that make me want to arm Joe armies.



I've been perfectly happy with my mini-guns, and my brother purchased some for his clones as well after seeing mine.


Everyone seems to be reporting getting theirs today. Makes me want to take off early from work not only because it's friday, but because I want my things!!!!

I've seen on 3 different boards (joebattlelines, ffurg and now here) a love it or disappointment with that Auto 9.

I'm told already that the Mauser pistol doesn't fit any current Han solo holster, but we're working on that at FFURG.

I'm most interested in the that HK sub machine gun. That too me has the most potential.

pbarnard
09-06-2008, 12:46 AM
Well, let's see what we got in the mail today :thumbs-up: I always like things from Massachusetts with Marauder John's name on it.

So, I got a small order. First, I was very excited about the H&K MP-7 submachine gun. First, it has loads of potential customization in Star Wars setting as a heavy blaster pistol. Next, it is part of the modular line. So that means any optic or the M4's flash suppressor can work with it as well. Also, it's got that front grip, meaning it won't be too awkward in most figures hand. Next, I got three sets of the optics. These work with the series five modular weapons which I passed on, and the series 4 modular offering, the M4. They're primarily for customs, and those will be pointed out as they're used and made. If you want to make a variety of weapons or make your Clones unique by adding a scope to their rifle, this is the set you want. Cost point makes it very attractive at a little less than 17 cents per item. Finally, the last thing I ordered was a set of Modified Mauser Pistols or BlasTech DL-44 Heavy blasters.

That's where I'll start my discussion.

I thought, neat, now I'll be able to arm the commoner, after Han Solo, in a similar fashion to my stormtroopers. But than, I got to thinking, wait, the heavy pistol is highly restricted, it is not a common weapon due to its lower rate of fire and limiting range relative to the standard blaster pistol. Than I got it in hand, and it's pretty much doesn't fit into the holsters as meandnoonelse (Gene) said. It is a bit odd. Most Marauder weapons lack a trigger guard for the same reason many Hasbro made guns do, so they fit in the figures hands perfectly. You lose an aesthetic but gain a function. Here, we have a perfectly aesthetic piece, that doesn't quite fit into the hands. Is it any less iconic? Should you buy some for your Han Solos? Definitely. But this is one time where I don't think I'll go overboard on second and third ordering to build up the number. The pistol does lend itself to making an easy custom of the DL-18, or the standard blaster pistol of the Star Wars universe. What this pistol does is show the need for the DH-17 to be made even further. SO PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE consider the DH-17 (or another modified sterling to avoid the bogey lawyers).

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/handl444.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/handl443.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/handl442.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/handl441.jpg

There is one character that can use this gun with its removable scope with no problem. He can use its holster as well.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/villie_dl441.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/villie_dl442.jpg

Good Old Dependable Villie. How nice, everyone's favorite undereducated, mercenary Devoranian friend can use a better gun now.

Next, I'm going to move on to my favorite gun of this series, the Heckler and Koch MP-7 submachine gun. First it has a removable clip, a place to take any of the modular optics, and it can accept the modular flash supressor. I am out of silencers, but I don't think it will quite fit, but could be made too :rolleyes: and the front hand grip. If you remove the front hand grip and clip, you end up with something that looks like the Merr-Sonn IR5 "Intimidator" from the Arms and Equipment Guide which is an oddity and ends up in Hutt hands. But it isn't a BlasTech, so it would add variety to your SW armory for fringe/bounty hunter types. This definitely would be not be a weapon of Imperial or Rebel use. Going more terrestrial, there would be over 20 different varieties using the optics and flash supressor. I can't say what it is, but it's like falling in love. I know I like it, can't explain why, it just is a very solid weapon.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/fett_mp7.jpg

Here it is acting as a heavy blaster pistol.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/GI%20Joe%20Weapons/mp7.jpg

This is the standard H&K MP7. This is what you get when you just order a plain one. Clip and weapon. Neat looking, and exotic enough. But

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/GI%20Joe%20Weapons/firefly_mp7.jpg

Here's the version I'm giving to Firefly in my GI Joe collection. Supressor and one of the new optics added on. I did secure it with glue. Now, let's go sabotage something.

While showing the plain optics package would be boring, I did add some to some M4s that didn't have them because I was begining to repeat combos I'd already used.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/GI%20Joe%20Weapons/dusty_m4.jpg

Dusty's getting the straight gunsight. This makes it like the bbi M4 (which is now my second favorite weapon).

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/GI%20Joe%20Weapons/sneakpeak_m4.jpg

Sneak Peak is using the same optic I used on the MP7 for firefly.

Finally, I got a grenade launcher as my board member freebie. I had problems communicating with John and this is what I was sent. I'm not going to complain (well yeah, I am, but free is free) about getting the wrong weapon. It's nice. Aesthetically it is perfect. The drum is removable. This is one of the little things that set back the development of the line. I'm not sure who's going to get this one yet, if I'll keep it etc.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/GI%20Joe%20Weapons/customs_0467.jpg

As a customizer, get the Modular Optics package. So worth it. As a collector, the MP7 would make a cool addition to your army with the right packaging. As a customizer, the MP7 also is fairly versatile and would make many unique additions to your collection. Finally as a Star Wars fan, the Mauser pistol would be a nice addition, but I can't recomend it as highly as I have the Sterlings (E11/Stromtrooper-1s) or MP7s or Modular M4s.

Phantom-like Menace
09-09-2008, 09:59 AM
You're definitely selling me on the MP-7. My brother is going to be placing an order soon, and I was planning to add a couple of handguns for Lt. Falcon to the order, and I might just have to order a set of MP-7s.

pbarnard
09-09-2008, 12:02 PM
You're definitely selling me on the MP-7. My brother is going to be placing an order soon, and I was planning to add a couple of handguns for Lt. Falcon to the order, and I might just have to order a set of MP-7s.

To build the one I made for Firefly, you would need the modular items which like all things, are sold seperately. But I can't explain it, I just like that gun and it's options/potential.

Phantom-like Menace
09-10-2008, 12:37 AM
I'm most likely just using the stripped down MP-7 like you have in the hands of the concept Fett. I tend to let my Joes and Cobras keep the weapons they come with, so no need to outfit them.

pbarnard
11-24-2008, 10:49 AM
So first, the custom...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/GI%20Joe%20Weapons/mp5_4.jpg

I fixed what I feel is one of the glaring weakness of any accessory, the fact that the barrel of the gun is solid and not hollowed out. I drilled several of each model out. The centering needs some work, but there's no brad point bit that'll facilitate that for my skill level.
The process I used goes like this for all of them now that I've learned from the first time. FIRST grip the entire barrel of the gun all the way back to the housing. If you don't, you risk tearing or severely bending the weapon. I took the smallest brad point bit I had and gently used that to make a centering hole. One could do this with an awl as well. Than I took a 1/16" bit and drilled my hole. I would than step up a bit size until final hole size is made. After that, because the plastic is softer now and can stretch, I took the next sized bit and by hand scraped the insides clean. Finally I took a hobby knife and did the same thing trimming off loose threads.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/dl44_hollow2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/dl44_hollow1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/plasmahollow.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/blastechfett.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/Star%20Wars%20Weapons/rawkchopspec.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/GI%20Joe%20Weapons/m203_hollowed.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/GI%20Joe%20Weapons/maraudergrenade.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/GI%20Joe%20Weapons/mortar.jpg
A Short-Fuze type mortar
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/GI%20Joe%20Weapons/bbi_grenade1.jpg
A bbi Grenade Launcher
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/GI%20Joe%20Weapons/hasbro_uzisilencer.jpg
Hasbro Uzi with full stock and silencer
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/GI%20Joe%20Weapons/bond_silencer.jpg
Marauder Inc Silencer on the UMP (James Bond's weapon)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/GI%20Joe%20Weapons/bond_silencer.jpg
Marauder Inc MAC-10 silencer hollowed out
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/GI%20Joe%20Weapons/mj_mac10.jpg
Marauder Inc Silencer on Uzi of Snake Eyes
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/GI%20Joe%20Weapons/mj_uzisilencer.jpg
Hasbro VvV Snake Eyes Uzi
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/GI%20Joe%20Weapons/hasbro_m4203.jpg
Hasbro's M4 M203 combo with both flash supressor and grenade launcher hollowed
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/pbarny/GI%20Joe%20Weapons/mj_m4203.jpg
Marauder Inc M203 Modular launcher hollowed out.
The bigger the weapon, the easier this is. The harder the plastic, the easier this is. Marauder guns are easier than Hasbro which are easier than bbi's. I actually wrecked a bbi missile launcher.

If you need help with the technique, please lmk. I'll do what I can short of doing it for you

DarkArtist
11-25-2008, 09:54 AM
nice work. they look awesome. hoping my order comes soon. placed it on Saturday so hopefully i will get them either tomorrow or on Friday. can't wait, will post pick asap

DarkArtist
12-06-2008, 06:57 PM
my order finally arrived this morning. these weapons/ accessories look amazing. can't wait to put them to good use. will post pics soon. definately be ordering from them again and again:thumbsup:

Val Da Car
12-10-2008, 05:11 PM
I emailed MJ to see if he could make a chain gun on the size of the McFarlane Military set (Air Force Gunner) is a great custom for a Gunship (and Clone troopers can hold it nicely)

pbarnard
09-09-2009, 03:23 PM
Anyone checked out the stands from the JoeCon 09 yet?

http://generalsjoes.com/reviews/2009/miscellaneous/marauder_ids_stands.htm

I haven't but thought you'd like to see.

DarkArtist
09-11-2009, 07:20 AM
those stands look awesome... might actually get a some of these as well as some mini-mag stands. i like the concept of the each but the idea of being able to create the illusion of action figures hanging on walls and ceilings appeals to me as well

JediTricks
09-15-2009, 04:05 PM
Dang, Marauder keeps coming up with cool concepts. I'm not in love with the idea of spending that much to build a riser stand, but the end result is hard to argue with.