So after about two and a half weeks of waiting and calling up the Pasig City Central Post Office, my package from Orange Mod Works (OMW), which was shipped out of their Taiwan office, arrives. I’d like to say that the people at the post office were most helpful, allowing me to periodically check with them through the tracking number supplied to me by OMW. However… there’s just one bit I’m not too sure about. The Philippine Customs office.
We have a lot of stories about Customs people… a lot of them associated with corruption. So when I was asked to come and sit down in this guy’s office, instead of paying the usual PHP40 fee for imported toys, I had a feeling something was up. The transaction had all the trappings of a pretty legit affair, with calculations and customs documents and receipts and all. They guy said that what I was bringing in was not a toy and that it was to be classified as something similar to airsoft parts (b******t, i thought), but being unsure myself, I went along. Everything felt okay until the point where the guy reaches over for his man-bag, pulls out his wallet and places the bulk of what I paid him into it.
It seems like the stories about Customs people will just have to keep on living. This dude is definitely not the exception to the rule. So, fellow nerfphers, just remember, to bring at least 30% of the total purchase price of your OMW stuff when you come and claim it at the post office. My customs experience aside, here’s what I brought home:
I got the Alpha Trooper kit, which OMW calls “The Rifleman”. Inside is this:
And because I managed to grab it during pre-order, it came with this sweet little piece:
I can’t wait to install this on my Alpha Trooper, something which I’ll be writing about in a future post on this blog.
UPDATE: In a recent email from OMW, a couple of users have reported issues with the 6kg spring that shipped with the first batch of Massacre kits (like mine). There have been reports of the pring placing undue stress to the priming rod of the Alpha Trooper. Subsequent kits will now ship with the 5kg spring and plunger padding. Looks like I’ll have to pad my plunger and find a way to reinforce the priming rod. Good luck to me! haha!