Recaster Alert - Final Verdict Page One Post One


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Here is is the actual guy who is ripping me off and here is his current auction for my tiles. Anyone recognize this e bay user name y-winger 1

I contacted evil bay and I really can't do anything else at this point. He intends to continue using the molds. My conversation with him on AIM:

Gauntlett: Hiya
Gauntlett: Can I ask you a question
Gauntlett: Are you enjoying recasting my tiles that I sold to you on March 21st of last

msfockered: hello?
Gauntlett: hiya
Gauntlett: This Charlie or Garrett
msfockered: Garret, who's this?
Gauntlett: This is the guy you bought the death star surface panels from last year
msfockered: Don't remember that.
Gauntlett: really
Gauntlett: do you still use paypal?
Gauntlett: Do you also not recall sending me 112.50 for the 9 death star panels you bought from me off ebay?
Gauntlett: on March 21, 2005?
Gauntlett: well?
Gauntlett: Transaction Details
eBay Payment Received (ID # 0SM4645930063925K)

Total Amount:
$112.50 USD
Fee Amount:
-$3.56 USD
Net Amount:
$108.94 USD

Mar. 21, 2005
15:33:44 PST

Item # Item Title Qty Price Subtotal
7502576950 Star Wars Death Star Surface Panels 9-Panel Kit 1 $105.00 USD $105.00 USD

Shipping & Handling
(includes any seller handling fees) $7.50 USD
Shipping Insurance : --

Total: $112.50 USD

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Star Wars Death Star Surface Panels 9-Panel Kit

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The additional 5 pieces I want is A,B,C,D,A. Please notify me when you ship these. Thanks.

*** Error while sending IM: Refused by client
Gauntlett: Nothing?

Gauntlett: Nothing?
msfockered: Sorry, I don't type real fast so I can't answer everyone at once.
Gauntlett: So do you even care you are ripping me off?
msfockered: I don't mean to rip you off if I don't remember. If you say that you did sell them to me, then I will obide by the laws of reproducing someone elses work then have to stop.
Gauntlett: dude look at your own paypal. march 21 2005 look at the auction details
Gauntlett: if you are abiding by not selling others works then I would think that you need to send me the molds
Gauntlett: or destroy them and send me the pictures as you destroy them step by step each one
msfockered: I see the feedback from the transaction. I will stop then because I don't want to make others mad at me.
Gauntlett: and the molds?
msfockered: Well, I need the molds for my own use. I am currently making a display for my own collection and need to be able to make them for my models I have at home.
msfockered: I apologize for the mix up. I really thought I had purchased them from a flea market and didn't remember buying them from you.
Gauntlett: I cant stop you from further stealing from me. By not destroying them or sending them to me you intend to further recasting my work
Gauntlett: People like you make this hobby suck
Gauntlett: you drive the good builders away with your lack of ethics and lackluster moral code
Gauntlett: if you make one more copy of that even for yourself you are stealing
Gauntlett: pure and simple
Gauntlett: may god have mercy on your soul


The gentleman who was selling these has contacted me and has provided me with the information of the person who sold them to him claiming to be his own design.

I checked the name and email against my sales records and sure enough I sold a set of 9 panels to this guy on ebay last year. I am going to work with the mods from several boards to find out if this person has registered with them to find out if he is a member anywhere.

If that turns up empty I will be seeing if any of you know who this guy is. Thank you so much for the support today guys. It is days like today that I realize that although there are a few bad apples the majority of us watch each others backs.


Mike Salzo emails me this link to an ebay auction this morning. I was laughing at first but now I am super pissed.

This asshat is selling my Death Star panels and even offering a "Certificate of Authenticity to show that it is an original model being produced by Gares Designs & Creations"

Man how can someone feel good about doing this. The only thing I can say is that he is at least overcharging for them. Does anyone know who this guy is?

Here is a link to my site showing my progress as I built these:

The picture in his auction:

My Set:
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Sr Member
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Buckeye_01 @ May 9 2006, 09:10 AM) [snapback]1241225[/snapback]</div>
That sucks man. I hope he gets whats coming to him for all his BS claims.
I just sent this to him via e Bay

Just so you know, I do not appreciate you recasting my work. I worked hard to make these and I do not appreciate you claiming them as an original piece from you.

I am asking that you at least have the decency to remove this auction.


Boba Frett

Sr Member
Can you file a complaint with eBay and have his auctions pulled? It looks like you have enough evidence to support that he is a lying scumbag recaster.


Sr Member
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Boba Frett @ May 9 2006, 09:18 AM) [snapback]1241234[/snapback]</div>
Can you file a complaint with eBay and have his auctions pulled? It looks like you have enough evidence to support that he is a lying scumbag recaster.
I honestly do not know since, technically it is an interpretation of the death star surface. Although it is my original work I am not sure if I have a leg to stand on. I also want to give this guy a chance to do the right thing. Either way it will be interesting to see what he decides to do.



Master Member
I would say they look nothing like the Deathstar surface and have nothing to do with it.


Sr Member
Looks to me like this is 100% your work inspired by the Star Wars films, I believe that gives you a leg to stand on in the matter.



Master Member
At least he had the decency to shuffle the pieces around in a failed attempt to make it look different from your. What a putz. :angry


Sr Member
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Bryancd @ May 9 2006, 09:33 AM) [snapback]1241253[/snapback]</div>
At least he had the decency to shuffle the pieces around in a failed attempt to make it look different from your. What a putz. :angry

hahaha that he did. No repsonse yet.


Sr Member
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(rocketeer25 @ May 9 2006, 10:02 AM) [snapback]1241269[/snapback]</div>
Sorry to hear about this, Greg. :angry

Any idea how he got a copy of your base?
Not at present. When I get home tonight I will look through my records and see if I ever sold some to anyone in his area or someone with a similar name. Not tooting my own horn but I have sold allot of these since I made them. So who knows.


<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Montagar @ May 9 2006, 10:04 AM) [snapback]1241270[/snapback]</div>
He is also selling them on his web site (larger pictures of each of the sections):

Oh Mother @#$%. I am pissed now. This guy has a serious set of brass ones.

Oh look everyone, this gentleman has a contact page:


Sr Member
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(EchoLeader @ May 9 2006, 11:29 AM) [snapback]1241320[/snapback]</div>
Greg, here's more info on this guy at his blog.

Yeah I have his address and phone number now. Trying to decide what to do.



Sr Member
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Bryancd @ May 9 2006, 11:39 AM) [snapback]1241324[/snapback]</div>
Let us know if we should engage in a e-mail assault.
No none of that, although I cannot control what others do ;)

If you google his name, and you can get it off his website blog page, he appears to be a well known modeler with allot of awards.

I want to give him every benefit of the doubt before I do anything rash.

Thanks for having my back B



New Member
I have a feeling you are going to get the ass of this deal. You put in all the hard work, and he takes all the credit. I don't doubt your word in the least, but are his casts the same size as yours? Again, I am sorry to see this happen.