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  2. Hello everyone ! I actually doing an incinerator, with a storm armor that take place on my room [emoji28] I'ts just a begining, a lot of work must be done, like the helmet (a FX that must be changed). I'll post all update
  3. Well there's that as well, the Anovos kit is the same, but I am sure there's a screen capture of a trooper with a pair of 2 left arms or 2 of something.
  4. Actually RS armor comes with only outer parts for the shins and is approvable to Centurion. As they shouldn’t as the CRL clearly states that decals are allowed all the way to Centurion as long as they emulate handpainted. Basic and EIB that don’t matter.
  5. It gets worse, by the end of filming most of the armour was in a dire state and it was mostly a grab bag of parts. Thing like 2 right shins or parts held together with tape are everywhere if you look. The thing to bear in mind though is the 501st trooper is to some extent the idealized version of what we saw. No tape, no 2 left shins, no "Mr No Stripes". Given you have a Hero helmets you will need to follow that CRL. So you will need new ears and a new holster (attached with 4 fastenings as per the CRL). Most garrisons don't care about decals vs hand painted at basic levels but it's a question for your future garrison. As with most legal things this is never as clean as most would like and there is 2 sides to each story. He certainly made the armour, and probably had a part in the mold process. What is clear to anyone with eyes however is that the armour he's currently selling is not made from those molds, too much stuff isn't right.
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  7. Looks like you double posted, but no photos in this one
  8. Welcome aboard Joseph. This is a huge resource for all things Storm trooper and we have some of the best and closest to screen accurate build threads on these boards. Head on over to the Getting started section and have a read through to get you on your way. https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/38-getting-started-read-this-first/ To my knowledge, there is currently no Aussie made First Order TK armour available as yet, so we have no option but to order from abroad. You do however have a few choices of armour to buy, head to this link and go down the list and you will find at least one of the vetted FO TK armour makers There are others available like, KB, and 850 armour works, plus a few different Helmet makers. You can find TFA build threads here https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/152-tfa-stormtrooper/ Good luck on this most exciting journey you are about to embark on.
  9. Hello, I have been a big fan of the 501st for some time and thought I would finally dive in and begin the process of building my own costume to use for events. Located in Point Cook, Melbourne Australia I am looking to start the construction of my TFA First Order stormtrooper costume and any help of where to buy everything would be awesome. I don't know much about building things but I would love to support Australians who do so if you know anyone or any businesses then please send me in the right direction. Thanks, Scrivens
  10. Hello Everyone, just wanted to share this. I just finished up two of my helmets like this and thought I would post it. It is fully lined and padded. Interior is painted black. All of the wiring is hidden behind the neck tubing. There are four fans. Bottom fan left faces across while right bottom faces angled down and across. The top two face up towards lenses. On the lower base by chin is a box with two switches. Left switch turns on top fans and right switch turns on bottom fans. Both powered by a single 4x AA battery box in the back of the helmet. There are ear speakers that attach to a mic system for amplified hearing. It runs a Icomm unit that is attached to a powered amplifier that leads to Hovi tips. All self contained in the helmet. Very snug fit and comfortable. So honored to be on board with everyone. I have three complete sets that I completely customized. Look forward to meeting everyone.
  11. Hello Everyone. First and foremost let me just say I have never seen a group made up of so many nice people and so many friendly people. Wow, such an honor to be a part of something so special. Anyway, glad to be on board.
  12. Hey all, Thanks for the info. It is truly appreciated. I will post detailed pics of the pieces and how they fit together by this weekend. I'll aim for a new post in the build section? I'll also copy and paste allot of this info there. I am 5' 10, and about 190 lbs, so the armour should fit okay. This is incentive to lose that extra 10 or 15 lbs to get closer to that typical British actor size they used in ANH After getting home I only unboxed the helmet (of course!) before heading off for a work function. People have complained about the odd shape of the SDS helmets. And I can attest to the fact that it seems warped. However, from my readings most of the original helmets were all oddly shaped and individual. No matter how much I love the movie, I've never had the opportunity to even be close to a set of armour before. I've gone all these years thinking all the armour was the same between all the movies, not realizing there were differences in design, fit, shape of helmets, paint jobs, etc. I hadn't even noticed after watching all the movies dozens of times that the teeth colour had changed! I thought I had researched this to death before buying. I downloaded pics of the SDS, plus images from 501st, movie screen grabs and other sources. From online, I could make out some of the differences, but some other differences described by users eluded me. As I mentioned before, there is way too much info out there. Many forum discussions go back and forth "No this armour had this feature" " No, you are wrong. This armour was different during this scene, with features such as this..." All very confusing. Things like the complete plastic belt will be fixed before trooping. I'm pretty handy and this should be an easy fix. From my reading, it seems like every original suit was an individual work of art and not the same as any other suit. That's what makes this confusing. Some sites I've gone to briefly describe what is wrong with the SDS, but from my understanding it is a recast of ROTJ and ESB parts. After talking with the VERY HELPFUL customer rep in the UK, he told me the suit was based off of ANH armour. I have noticed the following: 1) This is listed as a hero helmet and has most of the features, (like the bubble eye lenses) but there are 4 ear bumps not 3. 2) Tear drops, rear vent trap details are very neat decals, not painted 3) The holster is a ESB design. Black loops meant to fit over the belt I'll know the quality of the molding once I get everything unpacked and laid out, but even if I think it looks good, somebody may say "Nope. It's wrong" As to the licencing and claim for design rights, that is a topic which I don't really want to discuss in depth. But like details about the armour, from what I've read (and it is not an exhaustive study by any means, so be gentle on me) there are many varying stories about this saga, some which go along with the theory everyone states of AA lying. However, I've also read parts where AA states he didn't do the complete design, he just designed the molds to better suit production. Anywhoooooo, More to follow this weekend. Cheers
  13. Hi Sorry for the delay... the belt is from RWA Ross from Isle of Wight, UK the holster is also from Ross. @Ukswarth used your Anovos TK build thread to help me with the placements and strapping thank-you !! Hopefully I got just the belt and some painting touchup to do !! and then I be finished .... need a E11 now.. but for some reason I started to 3D print a DLT 19 lol maybe Napoleon complex..
  14. Hi I have this KIT and I am 5"7" I did not need to trim anything I did get a bigger kidney plate as I am a fatty Be careful trimming the Bells its hard to see the cut lines I trimmed to much from mine so had to get another set.. Ross has videos on you tube how to build his kit etc highly recommend Dan AKA CableGuy has this kit also. For me I did not use the popper kit. I went with MrNoStrips https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/20859-accurate-anh-stormtrooper-strapping-brackets-v-20-now-available/?tab=comments#comment-257207 Flexiable Hand Guards and rivets and TD screws and helmetscrews (Just in case) Justjoesoph63 https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/34902-centurion-level-rivet-sets-for-sale-open/ for other strapping I used ukswrath anovos TK build https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/35086-uswraths-anovos-tk-build-stunt/ You need plenty of decent strong clamps grips, Magnets , lexan scissors, straight edge, sharp knife and sanding block with papers.. Be careful on the kidney piece mine broke at the crease.. other stupid things I did... trimmed to much from bell.. trimmed ad sides a bit to much as I am a bit fat needed shims or Ross,s Chunky Kidney piece. Hovi metal mesh cut them round instead of watching Ross Video how to stamp the out looks neater will make a 3D mode for this once I get replacement Mesh Messed up the stripes on the helmet.. make sure its aligned and the right way and its stuck down properly.. Messed up the thickness of the Helmet lines easy fix to redo.. make sure your ab buttons are not rounded off they should be square. Belt placement double double check measure twice cut once stuff.. Hovi Tips when painting dont paint the end rings of the Hovi tips just the outside part black I was obsessing to make things square and aligned etc... its not meant to be!! Welcome! enjoy building your Kit!! Hopefully now I finished my travels, I can finish my kit this weekend! paint colour guide https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/45651-anh-paint-colour-guide-tamiya-equivalents/ My build thread https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/45747-rwa-anh-tk-stunt/
  15. Since the vocoder was the most perplexing for me, I’ll start with that. The stock vocoder is rubberized, but lacks the 3D gap on screen. Recreating that pretty much requires annihilation and rebuilding. First task: Remove the rubber coating. Turns out you don’t have to perfectly preserve the white plastic underneath. Then I cut away the outer ribs. I’m not sure if I could’ve left the rubber coating on the inner three ribs. I made replacement ribs out of windshield wiper fluid hose from the auto parts store. For the inner ribs I cut the hose in half and glued it on. The rubber neck seal is integral to the helmet so I left it on the front. I left part that connects to the three center ribs and did my best to line up the hose halves with it. I just threaded the remaining tubes and glued them in place, working from the center outward. I only used CA (superglue). Since I was mounting the speaker behind the vocoder, I didn’t want to fill the gaps with ABS. I improvised and used the outer layer of a dust mask. It’s rather like Tyvex, but obviously breathable. It was a pain to glue it in there and make it flat. I’m sure there’s a clever way to do this but it escaped me.
  16. https://imgur.com/gallery/rvMqLPq is this about how the brow line should look?
  17. Here is the kidney after being trimmed: And here is the butt taped on to make the proper length - almost 3/4” overlap. Yes I did trim that much off! My hips aren’t too even because of scoliosis, so I hung the butt so it looked straight. I did the same return edge trick with the butt. I haven’t pulled the tape off yet to fill in what’s under it and smooth the rest. I trimmed the buttons waaaay too close! This is my salvage result.
  18. Yes, the vertical edge of kidney and butt plate are already line to line. No notch is needed. I see what you mean about the ab might be able to drop same amount when choose to cut any off butt. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  20. I can totally understand that over the top information. I want to look awesome but not scared if I don’t have it exactly.
  21. Hi Michael, My thought for the red line on the bottom plate was just to reduce the overall height of the butt plate. If the sides match up, it will probably be better to leave it at the sides. Is your butt plate correctly overlapping the kidney? Not easy to tell here but I think it might be? If so. It should be possible to have the kidney and butt touching at the back without upsetting the side alignment of the ab and kidney. It’s possible that your ab plate could drop by an inch or so. Once there’s a strap from the cod to the butt, that should hold things in place. :-) For the butt plate, just follow screen reference butt plates to gauge the ideal shape (if you choose to trim any parts, that’s is). :-) Dan
  22. Hiya, Honestly, I wouldn’t choose SDS myself due to the quality of the moulds; however, if it looks good to you when you look at it, and it fitted your budget and your delivery needs, then you’re all set. As you now have the armour, I’d probably leave the ifs and buts behind and make the best of what you have. If you do choose to join the 501st with this armour, check with your local Garrison for what changes they might need for basic, then check out the EIB and Centurion applications for this armour. Best of luck in your journey. Dan
  23. Nice work just a few things, your forearms need to rotate so the cover strips align with the biceps. You could also reduce the gap at the elbow by bringing down your biceps a little. Your thigh ammo strip has a pretty big twist to it, perhaps a little heat and some pressure will help to straighten it a little. Watch the closure of your calves, the right one is open at the top. Appears your shoulder strap elastic loops are a little loose. A few tweaks and I'm sure you'll be fine. Good luck with approval
  24. I ... I think I might be done. I should redo the bicep straps, and I need to re-glue a couple of magnets, and there's a couple of things I want to fiddle with in the helmet ... But ... I didn't take all the photos wanted for a Pre-Approval thread, but here are the "basic" five:
  25. I wish I could. I had a computer crash and my files are lost. And I can’t find whom I shared them with last. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  26. Hey Jeff, you should put some of this thread and the files if you wish to share them, over in our 3D section. Nice work bty.
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