Yes, we all know why recasting is not cool with any prop making community. This is just to tell every potential recaster why it is not accepted and wrong. So please do not bash any recaster here, as I do not want to start any arguements or just the general flaming of someone that has re-casted a prop. I also beg that you do not bring up any past confrontation with a recaster.
First and foremost, We WILL find out you have recasted an item. It may take a day, or a month. The members here and elsewhere have researched the specific props, be it Star Wars, Star Trek, or Telletubbys, it does not matter. The propmakers have worked on these props, whether they are simple shin tools, or helmet, for hours on end, upwards of 50 hours or more.
Now there are two situations in which one in recasting is semi-ok, and the other is absolutely not tolerated.
Let's say I buy a Bobamaker helmet, which I did a few months ago.
So anyways, lets say I bought that helmet and it has just arrived. All that is in my mind is to recast this to have a few copys for myself, and myself only! If I do not share it with you guys, by means of pictures and/or videos, then you will not know that I am recasting this. It is behind closed doors and nobody will know. Now here is the tricky part. While nobody is watching me 24/7, It is semi wrong, it is considered fraud. Now, the propmaking community there is no government, to regulate who does what and punish those that break the law. There are only moderators and Admin to ban and suspend accounts. This is just like making counterfeit money, it is against the law. We do not have laws here that are regulated by the president of propmaking country. Recasting in its own is against prop making ethics. And you will have a bad image from time to time. You can be an honest person in real life but your online image will forever be tarnished. Word will spread and whenever 987654321a is brought up, they are going to say that "he was accused of recasting a Bobamaker, or FettPride"
Now I have no means of re-casting my Bobamaker for any reason. If I want another Bobamaker, I will just wait my 15 weeks and buy another one from him. Not recast a work of art that he hand sculpted.
Now here is the dark side of recasting. The recasting and SELLING of a certain propmakers work. This is considered fraud as well. Your work will be considered fraudulent and you will never be trusted anymore, even if you ship it overnight for free. Everybody I know, absolutely despises recasting of a propmakers work. If you sculpt your own helmet, gauntlet, tricorder, and mold and sell copys of it, then you will be far more respected. Counterfeit money again, if you make it and keep it to yourself, you might never be caught, but if you decide to use it, then at one point you will be caught.
Just a few words on recasting.