OK, instead of keeping on adding on to the Hasbro conversion thread I'll post a new one for a Rubies conversion and any one wanting to do the same.
We already know that the Hasbro version is smaller then the real EE3 blaster by around 8" and the new Rubies blaster is the same in size.
So we don't need a debate on it's size or it's usage as a prop, because it can be used as a prop with great results more so then the Hasbro version IMHO.
Given that both the Hasbro and Rubies blasters are both 24" long and Sidewinder said his blaster is 32" long so this makes both blasters 8" short of the real thing. Thus this is the difference in length as posted by Fett 4 Real.
Here are pics of my new Rubies blaster EE3 custom conversion, and this Rubies blaster can be used for a decent ROTJ or ESB blaster as well with a bit of work and be more convincing then the Hasbro version in size and feel.
After many long walks around holding my present custom blaster and just trying to get a feel for it I decided it just wasn't working. While it looks good IMHO and I like the bolt action and all, it is just clumsy to hold on to and in the way even with the light off.
Sooooo, I got the sawzall out and had at it and I got a very promising custom conversion of the new Rubies blaster.
This is the result, it fits perfectly with 1 1/2" PVC pipe.
I got a resin copy of the Webly stock handle bracket and Webly gun grip off eBay and it is almost a perfect fit and size with the Rubies blaster as pics show, I cannot comment on the sizing of the Hasbro version in this aspect.
Although I haven't perfectly fit it together yet, this test fit shows just how good the sizing and proportion is of the Rubies gun frame is when compered to the real Webly casts.
I've got a nice piece of red oak that I will be using for the stock and when done this blaster will come in at around 33" +- so it will be just a tab longer then the real EE3 blaster.
Given the info I posted, I think this Rubies blaster can be made serviceable for a great looking ROTJ or ESB blaster prop for those folks looking to do one on a budget or build a custom like myself.
Will it be 100% accurate? no
Will it be small when when compared to the real one? No, not if built within spec length of the real one.
Will it be usable as a costume blaster prop? YES!! With a little bit of work.
Now get building guys!!