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Post by isoaker » Wed Apr 18, 2007 9:18 am

Well, I opted to open up the Water Warriors Tarantula box this morning. Thankfully, unlike other plastic-entombed electronics, the Tarantula's box was relatively easy to open, not requiring scissors (though some may prefer to use scissors or a knife to cut some of the tape).

The Tarantula is much smaller and lighter than the Scorpion on first impression. It also does not appear to have a separate PC, instead relying solely on its motor to generate pressure behind the stream. I need to charge the battery pack so I can't comment on how the stream performance is. One little thing I really do like is the battery pack access panel on the soaker; it uses a hand-turnable holder to keep the cover in place meaning one does not need to use a screwdriver to access the battery pack.

WW Tarantula Pictures can be found here for now (not linked to from any other part of the website yet).

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Post by Adrian » Wed Apr 18, 2007 9:22 am

That is one funky looking soaker. I can't wait to hear how it shoots.

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Post by Dacca » Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:05 am

It looks like george lucas took a star wars blaster and smashed it together with the armordillo
more reliable then a max-D trigger

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Post by SilentGuy » Wed Apr 18, 2007 8:54 pm

Wow...it looks weird, but in a neat sort of way. Sweet!

Hard to tell when it's still inside the box. ;)

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Post by JLspacemarine » Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:52 pm

Nice, I like how it looks. Reminds me a Halo 2 beam rifle. Plus, the same colour sheme as a splashzooka (And it might shoot 3x too due to the size of the nozzle).

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Post by isoaker » Thu Apr 19, 2007 7:17 am

Some basic stats:
Length: 47.5cm ~19.4"
Width: 9.5cm ~3.9"
Height: 21.5cm ~8.5"

Reservoir Volume: 1700mL ~56.7oz.

First firing impressions: interesting blaster. Good, solid stream produced by the motorized pump. However, compared to what the Scorpion can do, I still prefer the Scorpion's separate PC and larger nozzle selection. The Tarantula seems to push out a solid 1.5x-2x stream (need to measure stats) at a good velocity. Pump is only activated when the trigger is pulled and isn't too noisy. Reminds me of a souped-up handheld battery-operated pipette (for those who have worked in a research lab). Overall, though, it seems nicely balanced and relatively light. The reservoir does not seem to use an intake tube, but its inner shape does not appear to quite funnel all the water towards the intake hole; a little water will likely be unusable, though haven't fully tested that yet.

One thing is for sure; this soaker would be very easy to dual-wield.

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Post by isoaker » Sun Apr 22, 2007 12:28 pm

Water Warriors Tarantula review posted!

Such an awesome day outside, but I'm at work, thus no chance to do range testing still; hopefully one sunny weekend soon... time will tell.

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Post by Silence » Sun Apr 22, 2007 4:41 pm

Nice review. I get the impression the Tarantula is more of a dual-wielding or backup weapon than a primary weapon, which would be fine. :cool:

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Post by isoaker » Sun Apr 22, 2007 4:47 pm

Yeah, not a heavy hitter, but being motorized, would serve as a good back-up or a primary in a smaller water fight.

Too bad it doesn't have a strap, but then again, few soakers that size do.

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Post by hydroblitz » Mon Apr 23, 2007 9:49 pm

I saw this gun yesterday in London Drugs.

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