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Old 05-16-2007, 09:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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It looks like a original VL-200 with a motor and eyes slapped on it. I'm wondering if these were ever production models or more of prototypes. I'm guessing this may be one of the first agitated hoppers. A little history and maybe a ballpark guess of what it's worth (both eyes and motor still work) would be nice. Thanks.
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Old 05-16-2007, 09:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That is the original VL2000. It was a production model(basicly a factory installed upgrade) before they started making the newer style shells that have the compartments for the eyes, battery, motor, etc molded in the 2 piece clamshell design.
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I would not call them a "factory upgrade", as the shell was specially molded with "mounts" to hold the hardware.

There were 2 versions: the 90rnd VL1000, and the 200rnd VL2000 (shown above).

Those were made for much of the early 90s. I think around 1994, the VL1000 was dropped, and a new shell was made for the VL2000 that enclosed the motor and battery. Shortly afterwards, the VL-2000 Shredder came out, and VL-3000.

My brain hurts, but I do remember having the old-style VL-2000, and replaced it with the new style in 1994?

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Thanks for the help guys. That's kinda what I figured. Any idea how rare they are or how much they're worth?
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Old 05-18-2007, 09:09 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have sold several for around 15 each not including shipping.
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So the VL1000 is kinda like the vl90 but with a motor? anybody got one for sale? I'm interested!
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Wish I'd have kept some of that old crap, if only just for the nostalgia.

Stupid lids used to break all the time though. The vl2000 was a huge upgrade. Still running my original 9v on my pumps. Works like a charm. The shells on VL200s went to hell around about....2000 or 2001. Then they got better when they went back to the older style.

Anyone remember the VL that was made of compressed foam rubber for bounces? "Yeah I am still in...all my paint is smashed into a fine slurry and oozing out of my feedneck, but I am in!!! Woot!!!"
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Stupid lids used to break all the time though.
I was told that the problem with all the lids breaking was that the polycarbonate sythetic used was EXTREMELY strong, but had one major flaw:

The chemicals used in paintball made the lids extremely weak. SOmething about the glycol being a semi-solvent for the polycarbonate. So, as soon as you got any paint on it, it was eventually going to break.

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I was told that the problem with all the lids breaking was that the polycarbonate synthetic used was EXTREMELY strong, but had one major flaw:

The chemicals used in paintball made the lids extremely weak. SOmething about the glycol being a semi-solvent for the polycarbonate. So, as soon as you got any paint on it, it was eventually going to break.

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