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    I had a window of drier weather today, so I took the leap and decided to get things painted. I moved our cars out of the garage, turned on the new shop lights, and also turned on a fan because it was still about 90 degrees. But with the humidity at just 50%, I knew that I could get a lot done. The fan mostly helped to keep the overspray out of the garage itself. Here are all the parts on their hangers. I still had a few pieces to prime before painting. This was the "dry zone". Out of frame, and to the right, is another garage door opening. That's where I did my painting to keep the other parts free from overspray. After almost 3 hours, I suddenly heard thunder, and I checked my local weather radar. A huge storm cloud was headed my way! Luckily, all the parts had been covered with white gloss, and I was just waiting for things to gas off enough for the 2k clear coat. So everything went onto garage hanging storage at the back wall of our garage until the weather cleared up. I was pretty happy with how things looked at this point. The armor looked nice, and if I wasn't such a perfectionist, I could have called the armor "done" for white paint. I ran some errands after this, and noticed that the rain never happened. Realizing that I still had about an hour of time left to paint, I pulled out all the parts again, popped the 2K Gloss, and began to apply the final clear coat. And while I thought the gloss white was shiny on its own, the 2K Gloss was blindingly glossy! This stuff is remarkably gorgeous. In the pic below of the back plate with the 2K Gloss applied, you can see the reflection of my car. Shiiiineeeeyyyyyy!!!! And the chest is also just as glossy. Swoon. The pics don't really do justice to the shine on these parts, so you'll just have to take my word for it. I used 2 cans to cover most of the parts in 2K Gloss. I have two more, thankfully. I still have to fix some paint hiccups on the ab, belt boxes, and thermal detonator. One can should be more than enough for those. And I'll have an extra can on hand for future touch-ups. Now to wait for a week or so for things to cure really well. Then it'll be time to polish. I am thrilled to be done with the bulk of this part of the build!
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    Last weekend I felt a little bit bored. so I took some Trooper in my garden for inspection. Okay, the Clones also wanted to go outside.
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    In Memoriam Detachment Leader Executive Officer Provost Marshall Deployment Office Pre Approval Forum 3D Section Field Exercise Award Master Armorer Program Replica Section Program First Order Battle Group Forum Hosting Hall of Fame Just For Laughs Order 66 In The Media Challenge Coins Common FISD Acronyms and TK Glossary Imperial Attaché Program EIB & Centurion: What do these terms mean? Advanced Tactics Awards EIB - The March To 1000 Fire Teams Merchandise Public Relations Staff List 2020 Follow FISD On 16th April 2020, Henry Winland (SL-7133) passed away. Henry was instrumental in the formation of the first 501st Canadian Garrison Squad, and the 501st Legion - Badlands Garrison, that became his home. It is said that the quality of Henry’s Darth Vader attracted new members to the 501st Legion. Henry was an engineer, and he put his skill to test in his fandom. Henry created droids and other remote automations. His creations displayed his personality as Henry quietly stepped back and interacted via his remote controls. Henry is survived by his beloved children, Madison, Gavin, and Hugh. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. "Buckets Off" On the 20th of April, 2020, Jon Farmer of the Southern California Garrison passed away. Jon bears the distinction of being a honorary member, before becoming a full-fledged, active trooper in both the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion. His accolades include model-making and animation for “Star Wars Episodes II and III,” “The Clone Wars”, and helping to create the “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” theme park for Disney. Humble and generous with sharing his talent, Jon was known for his infectious smile that would light up any room. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. "Buckets Off" Boom operator Ken Nightingall, who is well known for his work on Star Wars: A New Hope, has passed away at the age of 92. The Association of Motion Pure Sound (AMPS) confirmed the news of Nighingall's death, saying he passed away in his home on Tuesday, May 19th (via Deadline). Nightingall is survived by his son Terence Nightingall, who also works in the film industry as a camera operator and a director on projects like NCIS: Los Angeles. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. "Buckets Off" What a busy month it's been so far! There are several people I would like to shout out for getting stuck into moving things forward since the last news letter and into June. Not in any particular order Wingnut TK50297 Jeff, for his continued work on the Visual guides. And hes just completed the Incinerator trooper, so go check those out. Hoda TK77520 Eric, for getting the trading cards caught up to date and ready for invoices. gmrhodes13 TK85421 Glen, for all the marvelous forum header and Facebook template work Ripper_L TK55550 Danny, for his video editing all nighter for our order 66 Detachment submission Thanks guys, I and I'm positive the membership thank you for your contributions. We move ever closer to the magic 1000 EI, keep those applications coming in, our Deployment officers are ready and waiting for you. The legions first global campaign Order 66, was an on again off again on again event that finally made it to social media, i hope everyone had some time to get online and enjoy the content from garrisons and detachments around the world. I must say there were some outstanding submission and I felt very proud to be a member of the legion. I cant wait for the next event like this because I know the game will be on to have the most impressive video content in the galaxy. Back to the Detachment, we have started some work on the RotJ CRL, the staff had a discussion and we think it's time for the inclusion of as weathered Endor variant to this CRL. The decision will be made with the LMO team as to it becoming an addition to the current version or it's very own CRL, we have a few options but once we get into it we shall keep you posted as it starts to form. We are also looking to make a small change to the TFA FOTK CRL with regards to the Thermal Detonator. This would be the addition of some language making it acceptable for the part to have visible seams as they were constructed for the movies. We understand not all armour makers can facilitate that so the hopes are the LMO's will deem both acceptable. HIGH IMPORTANCE Last Years Detachment Shirt Run As you are aware, last year saw a rather large run on detachment shirts. Due to the increase in quantity a further price break was reached so there is a remainder of monies left over. Mark who helmed the run will be creating a new thread for all those that purchased to chime in on whether they would like a refund of the small difference or would like to donate their couple of bucks to charity. We are thinking MAW (Make a wish) would be the best charity to support as it fellows in the footsteps of the recent Legion Order 66 fund raiser . Make sure you do take the time to chime in on that post as it will only be open for little over a month. If you do not make comment on Refund or Donate, it will be assumed you are happy to have your amount donated. We will be posting the final amount donated along with a copy of the donation receipt once this is done. It's Pride month so feel free to fly your Pride colours and share your patches coins and designs. Aside from it unifying, us you've got to love the rainbow colours brightening up the place. While we talk about brightening up the place, we have done a small tidy up of the Replica section and introduced a new banner for the department. (thanks for the design gmrhodes13). As we have done with the First Order Battle Group, we will continue to move through the term rejuvenating the forums section by section. Stay well, stay safe and see you all again for next months edition. With Unquestioned Loyalty Andrew Franke TK11469 "Sly11" Detachment Leader With Unquestioned Loyalty Tony Jobe TK10116 "ukswrath" Executive Officer With Unquestioned Loyalty Tim Waychoff TK51878 “Dark CMF” Executive Officer With Unquestioned Loyalty Steve Sheades TK10466 "starsaber25" Leading Provost Marshall With Unquestioned Loyalty Chris Pearson TK10991"themaninthesuitcase" Provost Marshal With Unquestioned Loyalty Aaron Gibson TK99725 “Pyrates” Provost Marshall New Deputy Deployment Officer! On behalf of the entire Command Staff, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the newest member of the Deployment Officer team! As a Centurion level TK, Mario (TKSpartan) has proven himself time and time again with solid, practical advice for those not only starting a build, but for those aiming for higher levels as well. Dueto his armor knowledge, constant presence here on the FISD and willingness to help one and all he now joins the Command Staff as Deputy Deployment Officer, so please help me in welcoming him. Congrats, Mario!! ATTENTION: Future Expert Infantry level TKs! Due to Rebel propaganda, we as Stormtroopers are (unfairly) notorious for our "inability" to hit a target. BUT, one we will definitely be hitting a bullseye on this year is the 1000 mark for those earning the Expert Infantry badge! As you may have read, we have ONLY 31 spots left to be a part of this milestone in FISD history, and you can be a part of it! We as D.O.s as well as the rest of the Staff and Detachment are here to help you do what it takes not only to get that badge under your name, but to have a much better looking set of armor! DON"T Forget! We have a special one-of-a-kind merch item that will accompany this milestone! One thing we ask is that you take a look at the following links before submitting, and if you have questions, just ask. If you have any specific concerns, always feel free to PM either of us... we are here for you! @justjoseph63 @shashachu. 1. March to 1000 info.- Link 2. CRL page- Link 3. EI/Centurion info- Link 4. CRL quick reference guide (OT)- Link Deployment Officers With Unquestioned Loyalty Sha Sha Chu TK-19233 "shashachu" Deployment Officer With Unquestioned Loyalty Joseph Pedigo TK-10963 "justjoseph63" Deployment Officer Deputy Deployment Officers With Unquestioned Loyalty Mario TK-48117 "TKSpartan" Deputy Deployment Officer The FISD is pleased to announce the addition of a new area in the Advanced Tactics forum dedicated to those ready to submit for basic 501st TK approval. This section will allow future Troopers the opportunity to submit photos of their completed build to be reviewed by the Staff, Imperial Attaches and others in preparation for forwarding it to their GML for approval. Any and all advice/suggestions given will be specific, constructive, helpful and respectful. Please note that this program will NOT take the place of your local GML, as Detachments are not chartered for costume approval and can not override a GMLs decision, but is instead a peer review program designed to help you look your best and offer guidance and positive feedback. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about your completed armor, weapons (if applicable), accessories, etc. and get accurate information from the experts here at the FISD.. the definitive home of TKs worldwide. For more information on this program, please visit the link here Contributor Awards Greeting fellow Troopers, Don't forget to visit our 3D section when next surfing the FISD forums, there is plenty of useful information to potentially help you on your next TK adventure. You may be a designer wishing to showcase your latest designs or prints, or maybe looking for a file to print your very own Blaster or Laser Axe. You might be feeling may generous and share with our community a new TK related 3D file and maybe win yourself a 3D contributors award so check out the details below and be part of the in house 3D community. Keep your eyes on this guy: Bsati from the German Garrison is working on updating his TFA helmet files, he's making great progress and we truly appreciate his transparency and skills shown with his work. Keep up the great work Trooper Take a look at his progress. Main forum title: 3D Parts and Technical Sub topics: 3D Printer owners Your place to discuss what printer/s you own, recommendations, tech talk and the like, It’s a place to learn something new 3D CAD Designers Home of talented 3D cad designers, show off your 3D renders, of FISD related costume parts and accessories. Offer help and advice on programs, or offer to commission a piece for a fellow member 3D File Depository A home for 3D file sharing, Troopers helping Troopers is what this section is all about; yes a single location to keep any 3D files offered up by our extremely generous membership. This will be a 501st member’s only section and rules will apply to any usage of the content. I will be looking for content to continue the growth of these new sections so If you are interested in helping drive the 3D forums, then please send me a PM and let’s get the threads and the filament flowing. 3D printer heads will understand that last comment Here is a link to the FISD 3D Contributor program. Don't forget to create a troop log here on FISD and get awarded for your adventures The list of accomplished troopers keeps growing, so get on board and register your troops today. We understand not everyone can help build multiple sets of armour for their fellow troopers, nor own a 3D printer or have the time and skill set to design and offer free 3D files to the detachment. There is however one thing we all can do, and that is troop. Here is your opportunity to stand and be recognised for simply trooping in your TK. We're rolling out a new award system to encourage and reward our members who take the time to post up their field training exercises and keep a troop log. As you attend events and post logs, you'll earn these shiny profile badges, here are a few: Keep the troop logs coming folks, not only can you earn the badge but you can show others your favorite troops. You know we love photos here on the forums. Simply start (or update!) your troop log, keep the running total in the title, and post (at least!) a date and name for the official 501st event where you wore your TK! Once you've hit a milestone count, go over to the "Field Exercise Awards -- Post your milestones here" thread to request your profile be updated! Simple, right? Troop log title examples: Milestone post example: Milestone and Troop Log Title: [100] TK12345 My troop log Date and Event: 8/23/2019 -- Death Star Cooking Class FAQ: Do my past troops count? Yes! You can update your troop log thread with all your past events for credit Is there any costume requirement?You have to have attended the event in a costume that falls under the First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment for credit. We love pictures from any events with white armor though, so even if you attended an event in another costume with stormtroopers present don't hesitate to show off!Do I have to include pictures?Pictures are not required, but are highly encouraged! Your picture may end up in the Stormtrooper Hall of Fame Award Recipients May - June --- TK14057 "JODOKAST" Marcus - --- --- --- --- --- --- --- Congratulations troopers The FISD Master Armorer program is an optional, detachment only incentive award to recognize individuals who have directly helped another 501st stormtrooper to achieve Expert Infantry status. Some people spend countless hours helping others, and want to reward their results as well as incentivizing new people to help as well. To register a “win” in the program, the assistance must have provided hands-on help trimming, building, and/or fitting of said armor for the person who was awarded Expert Infantry status. Other program notes: • Helping remotely, giving advice, or taking payment in exchange for help does not account, all work must be voluntary and without expectation of compensation. • The assistance must be for a period of 30 minutes or more. Spending 15 minutes tweaking someone’s fitting or taking photos does not count. • "wins" can be retroactive, e.g. if you helped 5 people in 2017 already, those can count as long as they are fully documented. Award Levels • 5+ “wins”: FISD Armorer Badge • 15+ “wins” FISD Senior Armorer Badge • 25+ “wins” FISD Master Armorer Badge The process • Person applying for the award will create an application thread to track the help they give. • For each “win”, they will list the person they helped achieve Expert Infantry status by copying their EI approval thread. • For each “win”, the person who was helped will validate that this person helped them. You can find the master award area here https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/182-fisd-master-armorer-program/ With Unquestioned Loyalty Dan Branton TK429110 "CableGuy" PRO Replica Section Curator With Unquestioned Loyalty Daniel Melin TK99665 "TheSwede" PRO Replica Section Curator What is the First Order battle Group why have we created it: This is your one stop home for all things related to the First Order Stormtroopers. What you will find within these corridors: CRL's, Build threads, vendors and accessory lists, Howto guides, plenty of recommendations & valuable resources to get you up and running ready for battle. This section has been designed to keep it simple when researching your first build or adding to an existing costume. No more digging through countless pages of OT TK threads to find all your First order needs. This new section will continue to grow as we relocate FO specific information into this truly dedicated section of our forms. Our First order members and newbies are a very important part of our community and as promised in my Election speech, we are moving forward in giving them an easier path to costuming excellence, a much more visible and dedicated presence, and as the section statement expresses, no more digging through tons of OT stuff you don't need, to find what you do. I really hope this does make life easier for many from this day forward. If you wish to view the First order section as its own forum, simply click or double click on the gray bar at the top in the forums section and it opens with the above graphic and header info. Stay tuned for more forum changes and upgrades down the track. Post from 501st legion forum: https://www.501st.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=106862&p=1352596#p1352596 The last drive in 2015 raised funds to cover the Legion's hosting bills for the period of February 2015 through August 2020, and it was a drive for only 501st.com. It is time for us to pass the bucket again - combining the drives for the Legion and six hosted detachments. Our first goal is just to keep the lights on for one year for 501st.com and the six detachments (FISD is one of those), no contract, paid month to month. Our second goal would allow us to lock in a contract with some price savings for three years, while our third (stretch) goal would allow us to go beyond that as well as explore other services and/or enfolding more detachments (if they choose) under the AWS account. Please make sure you are logged into the forums, and then take a moment to visit the donation page, and make a small contribution to help fund the site: https://www.501st.com/donate/ There you will be able to make a donation and see how we are progressing at meeting the goals for this drive. If anyone has any questions - feel free to post here, or to email us at lwm@501st.com. Thank You! ~C Rhaethe Legion Webmaster NOTE this is open to members and no members alike, anyone can donate "troopers helping troopers" as of 15th June With our worldly reboot underway - I welcome all of you back! A super huge thanks to all of the many frontline workers, emergency staff, healthcare, food supply outlets, and transportation - my bucket off to all of you for rising to the occasion of what needed to be done not to mention your ongoing efforts today! Please welcome TK - 19511 Freddy to the Stormtrooper Hall of Fame! https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/47884-21-tk-19511-troop-log/ With Unquestioned Loyalty Aaron Gibson TK-99725 "Pyrates" Curator Hall of Fame For those of you not aware the legion held an online event "Order 66" on the 6th of June across it's social media platforms which featured videos from detachments, garrison's, members and friends of the legion. If you missed it here is FISD's contribution: Well done to all involved in the project. If you would like to see more either head over to the legion's Facebook, Instagram of YouTube pages. Star Wars Stormtroopers secure Disney Springs with new Social Distancing Measures Challenge Coin Rules Are you new to the FISD and wondering what the heck all those abbreviations and strange sounding terms mean? To help you @justjoseph63 has started a list of the most commonly used ones that will give you some insight. If you have ANY questions about a particular term that is not listed or suggestions for new ones please contact Joseph. You can find the list here: Serve proudly, ladies and gentlemen, and as Tim (Dark CMF) says: "Keep doing what it is that got you here"! Are you an approved TK that spends more time on the boards than the average Trooper? Do you enjoy using your knowledge to help out future and existing Troopers? If so, we would like to invite you to join the Imperial Attaché program! Members of the I.A. team are chosen to help out not only those here on the boards, but on a local level as well. Our aim is to have at least one in each and every Garrison, Squad and Outpost in the entire legion to be the eyes and ears of the FISD on a local level. A suggested level of EIB or above is preferred, as part of the duties include assisting those aiming for levels 2 and 3, but is not a requirement. Being active on the boards on a regular basis , welcoming new members and helping out where you can is, though. Some of the benefits: 1. Access to exclusive Attaché merch., including patches, etc. 2. Having the Imperial Attaché title under your name. 3. Being a part of the team that welcomes new and prospective members of the FISD. 4. Being the "go-to" person in your Garrison, Squad or Outpost. 5. Exclusive access to the Attaché HQ area, Imperial Propaganda Machine (newsletter) and merchandise discussions. We are currently in need of Attaches in many units, especially International Garrisons/Squads and Outposts. For more information on this program, please head here and if you should have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at any time. (Pretzel) For a complete list of Imperial Attaches, go here IMPERIAL ATTACHE AWARD Imperial Attaché Award for those attaché's who have gone above and beyond [minimum 1 year of service] You can find a list of prior recipients here ATTACHE MERCHANDISE Attaché Patch For those of you on the Imperial Attaché staff, the official I.A. patches are available Here are the details.. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY! Patches will be limited to TWO per person, and will only be sold to those who are currently serving FISD Imperial Attaches. These patches have been graciously DONATED to the FISD, so all you will need to do is cover the cost of shipping and PP fees, which will be $1.00 each for those in the U.S. and P.R. and $1.50 each for those outside the U.S. What a deal! Thank you Joseph @justjoseph63for looking after these. You can find the thread here ATTACHE ROCKER For those of you on the Imperial Attaché staff, the official I.A. rockers are now available. Link below Attaché Ambassador As 2020 rolls on and gets more interesting the FISD community is moving along strong. Things are getting done and people are stepping up. I’d like to point out@Chemi and@Gooftrooper have been added as attaches. @Chemi a Centurion TK will be stepping up to help out with the Spanish Garrison. @Gooftrooper will be helping out the Dune Sea Garrison using his TK knowledge. Thank you all for helping out. We have a great community here and I’m glad to be a part of it. With Unquestioned Loyalty Frank Peranteau TK75139 "Frank75139" Attaché Ambassador So what exactly are EIB (Expert Infantry Badge) and Centurion levels? These programs were designed for those who choose to take their armor above and beyond the minimum requirements for basic 501st Legion approval. It gives you the chance to show a level of dedication and pride that takes your armor closer to being as "screen accurate" as possible, without as much extra work as you may realize! It also works on giving a better look to the Legion as an entity, and you can bet others will take notice of your hard work. The 501st has a list of detailed requirements for Basic approval, (level 1), EIB, (level 2) and Centurion, (level 3) which can be found here in the Costume Reference Library, (CRL) http://databank.501st.com/databank/Costuming:FISD_CRL Here are a few of the questions people may be wondering about: 1. "I am a (tall/short/heavy/thin) Trooper. Can I still apply? Of course! These programs are open and encouraged for all sizes of TKs, as long as the costume is correct and meets the guidelines. There are many specific build tutorials to every option, as well as a vast network of fellow TKs on the FISD to help you out and offer suggestions. 2. "How much extra will I have to pay for extra items"? The cost is actually quite reasonable, considering the few extra supplies you will need, which are listed in the requirements area. While it may run you a little more to implement these additions to your costume, they will go a long way to improving accuracy. All needed items can be found for sale on this thread: https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/16-ongoing-sales-project-orders/ While blasters are not required for basic approval, for EIB and Centurion levels they are, and may need upgrades (also listed in the CRL). 3. "I haven't even got my kit yet, is it too early to start planning"? Actually, aiming for Centurion is easiest to do right out of the box. 4. "I have my basic TK approval, can I still get in these programs"? In a word... absolutely! 5. "Are there any "perks" to this extra work and cost"? Besides knowing that you have a great looking set of armor, the 501st and FISD believes you should be deservedly recognized for your achievement(s), and allows you to wear the appropriate embroidered "rocker" badge of rank (available for a very minimum cost) on your shirt, helmet bag, etc., as well as rank decals to put on your armor bin. You will also have access to select "challenge coin" runs, receive (free) a cool certificate for your new rank, and have your title posted below your name in your FISD signature. Plus, once you reach these levels, you will have the extra knowledge to help out those who are looking to apply as well. 6. "Is it hard to apply, and what happens then"? After basic approval, all you do is make sure your armor is up to the standards set forth in the CRL, post a thread with the required photos in the appropriate area (see below), and wait a bit for the D.O.s (Deployment Officers) to address it. (Hint: Studying other people's threads before you submit can be a GREAT help). These are also listed on the main page of the FISD site. While waiting for approval, you will get some comments from others who will offer suggestions and constructive advice to help you out. If you should need any changes, the DOs will let you know, so you can adjust accordingly. Don't be dismayed if you do need changes... it's all for your benefit! After you are approved for EIB, then you can submit for Centurion. EIB https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/19-request-expert-infantryman-status/ Centurion https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/72-request-centurion-status/ Just remember that the FISD is here to help you every step of the way with whatever other questions you may have, but if you can't seem to find what you are looking for in your research, just ask away here on the forum. This area lists all those who have gone above and beyond basic approval toward screen accuracy. FOR May - June the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment would like to congratulate: Expert Infantry Badge Award: Eric "GoofTrooper" TK37423 EIB 966 Jasper "merkava74" TK7867 EIB 967 Peter "4Runner" TK33348 EIB 968 Ashley "arobertson" TK21864 EIB 969 GREAT job on your approval, now on to Level 3! Request your free EIB certificate here Centurion Badge Award: Eric "GoofTrooper" TK37423Centurion 465 Justin "TheRascalKing" TK61490 Centurion Approved Outstanding job on reaching Centurion, Troopers! Request your free Centurion certificate here If you see any of these Troopers around your Garrison or Squad, be sure to congratulate them! ONLY 31 SPOTS LEFT, TROOPERS, SO TIME TO STEP-UP! Now that many of us are unfortunately stuck at home and boredom is beginning to take it's toll, it's time to wipe the dust off of that armor bin and become a part of FISD history! Instead of binge-watching re-runs, we are suggesting that you put the D.O. Staff to the test and spend some time on that white armor you miss wearing so much by applying for your Expert Infantry badge! As you may be aware, we are aiming to have #1000 approved by the end of the year. We only have 31 to go, so in order to reach that goal we are asking that you read over the CRLs for your particular armor, (this thread will help) make any necessary adjustments and post up your submission! Photo Checklist- Link here Apply Here Questions: 1. Not sure if I have what it takes to get my EI badge- You don't know until you try, and you have not only the D.O. staff but an entire Detachment to help! 2. I need some repairs/fixes first- This is why we are here! We honestly want you to succeed and are here to help in any way we can. 3. I am happy with the way my armor looks, so why bother?- It not only makes you look more screen accurate, it instills a sense of pride and "esprit de corps"! 4. What if I don't make it? No worries, we will provide detailed suggestions on how to reach your goal! Benefits: 1 Bragging rights for being one of the "Original 1000" 2. You get a cool badge under your name here on the FISD. (Street cred). 3. Access to EI rocker badges (coming soon) to go above your FISD patch (also coming soon)! 4. Access to coin runs for EI awardees only. 5. Certificate for your accomplishment. 6. You'll be one step closer to Centurion! 7. Most importantly, having a more screen accurate looking set of armor!! Know that the entire Staff and those who have reached Levels 2 (and 3) are here to help in any way we can, and that you are more than welcome (and encouraged) to ask any and all questions you may have here on this thread, or contact myself or Sha Sha. There will be a very special piece of merch available for when we hit the 1000. Something to celebrate this auspicious occasion. It is already in the design phase, and will honor the old and the new. It will be a one off run as we only get to celebrate this milestone once, and I know you wont want to miss out. You can do it, Troopers. Let's turn this "anno horribilis" into a banner year for the FISD! 31 and counting Greetings Troopers. The Fire Team program is completely optional, and is intended to help form a common identity and spirit of camaraderie among 501st Legion stormtroopers in the same geographic area/garrison that troop together. Fire Teams are not officially recognized by the 501st Legion nor the FISD, although they will be able to access a Fire Team sub-forum on the detachment website. Because Fire Teams are unofficial groups, they cannot have any 501st or FISD markings, including 501st Legion, 501st, Legion logos, Vader's Fist etc. on their branding or logos. However, Teams will be allowed to use any unique markings at informal events provided they follow these guidelines. Guidelines No 501st or FISD markings. Period. Any active Legion member with a valid stormtrooper costume in the specified geographic area can join. The Team can create a name, logo, backstory, etc. for itself (names usually contain Fire Team, though this isn't required). A list of each Team (with their specific "Teams Name") with a current list their members will be kept in the Fire Team sub-forum on the Detachment website. A Team member must troop at least twice per year to maintain status as a member. Two or more Team members must troop together once per year to keep the group active. Merchandising Again, no 501st or FISD markings. Merchandising will only be limited by the imagination of the Fire Team. Any merchandising should be submitted to the detachment, or through proper Legion channels. A master list of all Fire Team merchandise (with photos) will be posted in the Fire Team sub-forum. If any of these guidelines are violated, the group will be disbanded. Here is a link to the Fire Team area: http://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/130-fire-team-area/ 501st membership is needed to view this area. This is a great program that is strictly just for fun and it also allows fellow TK's get to know each other better. I would love to help any Garrison/area get a Fire Team started, just let me know what I can do to help. If you would like to register a Fire Team here is the link In other business, just a reminder, if you have an addition, removal or any other change in you Fire Team's status, send me a PM and I'll get you all squared away. Welcome to our 58th Fire Team: Death Star Veterans!! They are also the first Austrian Fire Team. Region: Vorarlberg / Austrian Garrison - Austria Name: Death Star Veterans Logo: coming soon Congrats Troopers!! For the full list of Fire Teams head here With Unquestioned Loyalty Mark Ryner TK4584 "captsafe66 " FISD/Fire Team Director 2019 Racing Shirt Refund or Donation PLEASE RESPOND ASAP Hello Fellow Troopers, As most of you know, there was a very successful Race Shirt run at the end of last year. At the very beginning of taking orders, we were told by the manufacturer that they would offer discounts on the shirts if the numbers being ordered hit certain price break tiers. In the end, our shirts went from being $39.95 for Mens and Womens sizes, and $34.95 for Youth sizes, to $34.95 for Mens and Womens and $29.95 for Youth. I want to say first, that I am sorry I have not been able to process these refunds as fast as I would have liked to. From here on out, I am starting a new thread asking those of you that have not already received a refund, if you want one, or you can donate your refund to the Make A Wish Foundation. When this new thread is open, I will then begin to see who wants a refund, or who wants to donate to charity. Respond in this thread This process will take time, so I am asking for even more of your patience, as I have to cross reference the orders from the main list and what each order is in my PayPal. In the refunds that I have already processed, I am finding that they are only equaling out to $2 or so, after PayPal charges me a fee for processing each one. I thank you all for your patience moving forward on this. Please bear with me, as I try to work out the responses on this new thread. Mark "TK-42134" TK42134 Newsletter If you have any interesting stories or photos or something you think newsworthy please send them to me via pm @gmrhodes13 With Unquestioned Loyalty Glen "Q" Rhodes TK-85421 "gmrhodes13" PRO Newsletter Social Media With Unquestioned Loyalty Jim Ferrel (Rat) TK95970 "Rat" PRO Social Media With Unquestioned Loyalty Teresa Nuthall TK41307 "Soulart" PRO Social Media Editor At Large With Unquestioned Loyalty Daniel Lauber TK55550 "Ripper_L" PRO Editor at Large Staff List 2020 Detachment Leader (DL): Andrew Franke (Sly11) TK11469 Executive Officer (DXO): Tony Jobe (ukswrath) TK-10116 Executive Officer (DXO): Tim Waychoff (Dark CMF) Deployment Officer (DCA): Joseph Pedigo (justjoseph63) TK-10963 Deployment Officer: (DCA): ShaSHa (ShaSHaChu) TK-19233 Deputy Deployment Officer: (DCA): Mario (TKSpartan) TK-48117 Lead Provost Marshal (DCOG): Steven Sheades (starsaber25) TK-10466 Provost Marshal (DCOG): Chris Pearson (themaninthesuitcase) TK-10911 Provost Marshal (DCOG): Aaron (Bronx) Gibson (Pyrates) TK-99725 Fire Team Relations (PRO): Mark Ryner (Captsafe66) TK-4584 Personnel Officer (PER): AC (Novatie) TK-5597 Content Editor At Large (PRO): Christoph (Danny) Lauber (Ripper_L) TK-55550 Content Editor Awards (PRO): This will be handled by the XO’s Newsletter Publisher (PRO): Glen Rhodes (gmrhodes13) TK-85421 Attaché Ambassador (PRO) Frank Peranteau (Frank75139) TK-75139 New team member Social Media Relations (PRO): Teresa Nuthall (Soulart) TK-41307 Social Media Relations (PRO): Jim Ferrell (Rat) TK-95970 New team member Imperial Propaganda Machine: Brien Edick (Harbinger) TK 92802 Imperial Propaganda Machine: Eric Ho (Hoda) TK 77520 Systems Administrator (DWM): Eric Brager (Darth Aloha) TK-9674 Systems Administrator (DWM): Mathias (Locitus) TK-2959 Detachment Founder (DF): Paul (Daetrin) TK-8020 Replica Section Curators (PRO): Dan Branton (CableGuy) TK-42911 Replica Section Curators (PRO): Daniel Melin (The Swede) TK-99665 Don't Forget We're on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram Facebook: www.facebook.com/whitearmor Facebook Group: 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment (FISD) Official Twitter: www.twitter.com/FISD501st or @FISD501st Instagram: www.instagram.com/fisd501st On behalf of the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment Command Staff and the Imperial Propaganda Department
  5. 7 points
    July 10, 2020 Part 3 of 3 I dreamed a dream. It is with great sadness that I must announce an indefinite hold on my dream to become a Stormtrooper. For financial reasons related to COVID-19 it appears I must sell my ATA armor (ABS only) in its current state. I'm hoping to get what I paid for it (around $540 plus shipping), but I'm wondering if the value of the kit would actually depreciate, or appreciate, due to the work I've already done on it? I'd like to assume it would become more valuable, in the same fashion that fully-trimmed kits are more expensive than untrimmed. For a detailed look at what state the ABS is in, see all my previous posts in this tread, as all my trimming has been photo-documented, and everything is in the exact state as shown in my images. To-date no pieces have been cut for sizing purposes, so the armor will still fit any trooper who would otherwise fit in a new just out-of-the-box ATA kit. Special thanks to @zv288bot, @Cricket, @TheRascalKing, @TKSpartan, and @justjoseph63, who have been with me on this journey since day one. These past eight months have been an amazing adventure, and I would never have made it this far without you. Thanks as well to Terrell (@SuperTrooper) for graciously dealing with my 39-message email string during the ordering process, as well as additional help and encouragement from @wook1138, @T-Jay, @ukswrath, @gmrhodes13, @Frank75139, @husky68, @Daetrin, @Sly11, @CableGuy, @Blast 'Em!, and also @magni and @CrookKnight from my HWT build. Hopefully all these tags aren't inappropriate—I simply want to express my gratitude and apologize for what feels like failing you all and not being able to finish what I started. This not goodbye. (I'm sticking around to put my gained TK knowledge to use helping other new builders pursue their dreams) I'll be back. (Someday. I'm keeping my soft parts for the long haul) Save the Dream. MV | Art by one of my students|
  6. 7 points
    I decided to make a video showing how I pack my TK for a troop. Hope this is of some help to others! Sent from my LM-V450 using Tapatalk
  7. 7 points
    Can anyone guess what I'm working on today? If you guessed a BELT, you're right! I'm using Tony's outstanding FOTK belt assembly tutorial for this. Cameron's belt is smaller overall, at just 1.5" wide instead of the typical 2" width. And it's currently looking something like this when sandwiched together. Mmmm... FOTK belt sandwich... I sewed the webbing around the female part of the quick-release buckle. Then I realized that I needed to drill a hole into the ab for a snap. My first hole on this... I've made many, many holes in armor, and for some reason, this time seemed to terrify me. Ah well, progress won't happen until holes are made. And thus, the hole was made. And a snap was set into the armor! I set the corresponding snap into the webbing of the belt as well. It fits! That's all I had time for today. Will be painting belt boxes this weekend!
  8. 7 points
    Annnnnnd its live on Thingiverse! If you see any changes I need to make or suggestions for new parts I'm open to ideas. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4462006
  9. 6 points
    For those who don't believe that the 2K Gloss is serious stuff, I present the can's label. Ye be seekin' adventure, eh?
  10. 6 points
    I spent this past week patiently waiting for the gloss coat to cure. I was able to get more strapping details done, such as fine-tuning the ab suspenders and adding velcro to the inside of the limbs. I've decided to close the shins with a strip of elastic that has velcro sewn at each end, so I sewed a few closures together. Easy and quick, and should hold up well for trooping. Yeah, I know it still might be a while until then, but it's always good to keep looking forward, right? Yesterday I did a little detail painting on some black areas of the armor. I know that some areas are supposed to use black decals, but I've got semi-matte Testor's on hand, so that's what I'm using. I got the paint for the forearms and back plate done. Here's the back plate. So shiny! And the partially-completed shoulder bell elastics. I've got the snaps done inside, I just need to sew in the velcro into the ends (and yes, I know the straps are too long. I still need to take proper measurements for fitting.). Today I installed the screws into the thigh holster, and I am thrilled with how it now looks. So legit! I installed the hex button screws into the blaster and made sure that everything lined up. It worked! That blaster fits in there perfectly. Holding the thigh up here so you can see how it looks. Love this! Cameron is super happy with it as well, but I couldn't get him to stand still for long enough to get a pic with him wearing it!
  11. 6 points
    Hello all! Longtime lurker, first time poster. After years of having the Anovos TK armor (pre-ordered from the original run), I'm thrilled to say I'm finally at a place to put it together. I recently moved to Los Angeles from Chicago so I've had a lot going on but I'm finally set up and ready to build! The Stormtrooper is my dream costume so I'm very excited to get this going. I figured there was no better time than now to get a build thread started in case I have questions (I know I will). I've been a part of the Rebel Legion in the past so I've been around the 501st quite a bit but I've never dived into armor until now so I'm very excited! I've been doing much research around the forums and have been looking closely and a bunch of threads. The main build thread I'm drawing from is Ukswrath's Anovos build thread which has been extremely informative thus far. I decided to make the jump and go for L3 Centurion status right off the bat for the ANH Stunt TK so wish me luck! Some of the pieces I've sourced so far are: EDITED 7/9/20: Received neck seal from TrooperBay. Hellhounds E-11 on order. Armor: Anovos Helmet: Anovos Undersuit: Under Armour-type from Amazon Neck Seal: TrooperBay Holster: Anovos Gloves: TrooperBay Boots: TK Boots Flexible Handguards: justjoseph63 E-11: Hellhounds Fans: Ukswrath My plan is to replace the waist belt with a Kittle belt as well as install a com set and pick up a garter belt set. Also need to get the neck seal. So far I have the armor cut out and am currently in the process of sanding the edges and removing the return edges on the wrists. Will post progress pics as I go but I just wanted to introduce myself and say thanks in advance! Luke
  12. 6 points
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  13. 6 points
    Okay everyone I've attached my belt boxes, what do you think? Just kidding Here they are:
  14. 5 points
    Aww, thanks, troopers! You all know how to make a FOTK Mom feel amazing! Finished painting the remaining odds and ends that needed some cleanup today. The big thing was getting the ab piece all done. It had some drip marks last week, so I sanded them down and repainted it entirely. Very happy with how it turned out. And it feels good to get everything white and glossy! I also tackled refurbishing Cameron's helmet. It's an adult size Rubies Deluxe helmet that I had converted for his old FOTK kit. He doesn't know about the surprise upgraded lid, so in order to keep up appearances, I needed to repaint the old helmet to match the new armor. I wet sanded the helmet with 400 grit to remove some of the old paint and give it bite for the new white gloss. I bought a small paint shelter and a cheap turntable so I could paint the lid without worrying too much about extra particles landing on it while it dried. A turntable is a really nice convenience for painting something like a helmet; it allows for slow and consistent rotation while the paint is being applied. I also rigged the spray shelter with a small swivel hook in the inside top so I can hang and rotate small objects in the shelter while painting. I didn't need it for today, though. I had enough extra 2k Gloss to cover the helmet twice. And whoa. Again, I am in love with the ease of how it applies. It self levels beautifully, and I didn't see any drips at all on any of the parts I've painted. It's pricey stuff, but seriously worth every penny. Before repainting this helmet, it was shiny, but nothing like how it is now. The finish is like glass. You can see the blue sky and trees in the reflection on the dome. It is so difficult to get accurate pics of how shiny this stuff is because the white color blows out the reflections. I'll be letting everything cure for a week before painting the black details on. I still have a lot of strapping things to assemble and sew, but it feels like the finish line is in sight!
  15. 5 points
    For Centurion level, the requirements for the E-11 are listed towards the bottom of the CRL page here, Luke. When deciding on which type you prefer, it comes down to a few things: 1. Rubber- Good points: Basically indestructible, and many (but not all) are approvable at Centurion level. A nice choice when you want to let someone hold it for a photo. Bad points: Not as screen accurate/realistic. (But then again, 99% of the public won't notice) . Can cost several hundred dollars for a quality one. 2. Doopydoos- Good points: Fairly inexpensive and can be modified to look incredibly realistic with some attention to detail and replacement parts. Great for those with mild OCD (like myself) and a lot of time on their hands to do this. Bad points: Being made of resin, they need to be handled a little more carefully. I personally never let anyone hold my weapons, saying something along the lines of "The Emperor/Lord Vader forbids it" or "It's against Imperial regulations" when they ask. I have built and trooped with several DD resin E-11's through the years and never had a breakage issue. Long wait times for delivery (often out of stock). 3. 3D print- Good points: Relatively inexpensive. Can be very accurate depending on the designer and can be modified in certain cases for a more realistic appearance. Bad points: Can be somewhat fragile (like the resin type). Also, depending on the printing method there can/will be a LOT (think hours and hours) of sanding/filling involved to smooth out all the print lines, a requirement for Centurion level. A lot of it also depends on your budget. Being a little lot on the OCD side,I modified the heck out of my last DD build using a real Sterling magazine (modified) link here. I also used this same seller to replace the resin folding stock, rear cap, cocking handle, magazine well, front sight assembly and a bunch of other items with metal ones. This may seem a little extreme, but being an accuracy nut it was worth it. And, of course, I personally would never do a DD build without one of Tino's crazy-accurate E-11 finishing kits.
  16. 5 points
    without wrinkles and crinkles
  17. 5 points
    Yay! Ledge averted. When blazing the lights and having your neighbors wondering if you are doing "burning man" in your yard, use some bug lights. You are going to be attracting a few new buddies that would love to "join" the armor. Use your box fan as well to direct them around the painting area(think of the wind deflectors above automatic doors. Put the fan so that it is blowing over the lights away from the armor, this will send the bugs downstream. I also recommend that your husband video tape because this is going to be a sight
  18. 5 points
    Wanted to share with you all my Millennium Falcon model (don’t tell Vader). Finished it a couple years ago and I maybe obsessed a little too much on getting every detail from the original 5ft ANH filming model. If my house was on fire (knock on wood) this would probably be the first thing I try and rescue lol.
  19. 5 points
    I finished the additional bicep/forearm gasket, then decided to dive straight into building the shoulder gaskets. For my pattern, I asked Cameron to donate a shirt that he didn't wear anymore, but still fit loosely on him. I marked roughly where the gasket vest would fit on the shirt, and then cut it up. I made a similar style vest for my shoretrooper kit, so I'm somewhat familiar with how to make this from scratch. I traced out the pieces of the cut up shirt onto headliner foam. I made sure that the front and back halves were well marked, because they are different! Same for the shoulder/sleeves. Here you can see how I clipped things together. Beginning with the sleeves, I attached a corresponding piece of ribbed fabric to the foam. I sewed along the bottom edge with right sides together (where my finger is pointing). This results in a nice finished edge at the end of the sleeve. Once sewn together, it looks like this: Next, I used some adhesive spray to attach the fabric to the foam more securely. Then I flipped the fabric and stuck the two halves together. Easy! Next, I stitched a length of hook velcro onto the end of the sleeve. Setting the sleeve aside, I moved on to the chest/back part of the vest. I attached the fabric to the headliner foam with the basting adhesive spray first. Then, I sewed along the shoulder seams. Because I had raw edges on the inside seams, I finished them off with a zig-zag stitch that emulates a serger stitch. This way, there shouldn't be any fraying of the edges inside the vest. Here's how it looks. Then I attached the sleeve along the shoulders and sewed things together along the curve, making sure that the raw edges were also finished with a zig-zag stitch. Sleeve on! Here's what it looks like before the final stitching, all flat. Next, I sewed under the arms and along the inside chest to close off the sleeve and vest half. And that's all I had time to finish today! Tomorrow I'll finish the other half of the vest assembly, then connect the halves with a few elastics in the back and a quick connect buckle in the front. I'm thinking that I'll make some black bias tape to finish the raw edges of the vest off... or I might just do a zig-zag serger style finish instead. Still trying to decide on that. I've got the pieces for the knee gaskets already cut out, so those will be easy to quickly finish. Very happy with how these are turning out.
  20. 5 points
    Wow! Amazing work. I was looking into doing this for my son - but after seeing the amount of work you are going through, I've come to realize that I don't love him that much.
  21. 5 points
    Let's discuss the thigh holster for the blaster, shall we? I printed out a functional thigh holster bracket (found over on Thingiverse) and scaled it so it would properly fit Cameron's thigh armor. The files aren't perfectly accurate, but they'll do for the most part. Scaling it to fit involved a bunch of eyeballing and scaling in Windows 3D program, but I got it right. It came in three pieces: base part to attach to the thigh, a middle bracket, and an upper (smaller) bracket. Typically, I'd just glue them all together with E6000 and call it a day. But even though I printed these in ABS, the bracket needs to be quite structurally sound because it's intended to be fully functional. Time for a mod. After lots of thinking, I decided to reinforce the bracket piece that holds the most weight (where the screws of the blaster lock into the holster) with a layer of sheet aluminum. I had printed out two of these parts due to their small size, and I used one of them as a template. I traced the bracket, cut it to shape with some tin snips, and drilled out holes where the screws would go. Here is a rough beginning: The big dog-leg hole was my biggest challenge to get cleared out. A little more drilling in the middle, more trims with tin snips, and sanding with a metal file, and the hole was clear. I hit it with more sandpaper to smooth out rough edges. See, it fits! This piece is now quite strong, and I won't worry at all when Cameron holsters his F-11D. Here you can see what I had to work with. These parts are covered in spot putty right now, and the 3D "screws" leave a lot to be desired. Much better with actual screws, amIright? In case anyone was wondering, the screws I'm currently using on the modded bracket are M3s, and that's an M3 ball bearing on there as well.
  22. 5 points
  23. 5 points
    Congratulations to Ashley (aroberton), TK 21864 for becoming EI # 969! Only 31 more spaces left to a part of the "Original 1000", folks.
  24. 4 points
    Ok...my first official build thread...so here goes nothing! Currently waiting for the BBB to arrive. In the meantime, I've collected many (if not all) of the other parts I'll need. Some will transfer from my AM2.0 Sandy (Police Officer/Level 2) that I built a couple of years ago (Undersuit and neckseal, primarily...along with sound system). I've got the undersuit from Stormtrooper Undersuits; neck seal from Veedox; belt (measured using my Sandy armor) from Imperial Issue; boots from IB; paint stencils (which I may or may not use...to be decided) from Trooperbay; holster from Darman; flexible hand guards and nuts/bolts from JustJoseph63; non-audio mic tips from ukswrath (not shown are his TD brackets), and various bits of elastic and velcro. And here is where the magic happens (will happen)... Spent the last week or so cleaning it up, organizing it, and getting ready for the build. This is the lap of luxury compared to my previous builds (Sandy and Scout), which were done in a one bedroom apartment using the coffee table or kitchen counter as work surfaces. More to come...
  25. 4 points
    Well...not a whole lot going on until the full kit arrives. I still have the left over parts from when I built my Sandtrooper, so I decided to get the Thermal Detonator out of the way. Gave the grey tube a quick measure to make sure it's not 2 feet long. Also, drilled a hole to relieve the air pressure when the end caps are put on (the hole will be hidden by the "control panel" plate). Then, I measure the end caps to 20mm. This photo is post "scribe" of the line...and the ruler isn't exactly in proper position. To give a consistent line around both end caps, I "scribed" the pencil line using a compass. I double checked the measurements at a couple of points to ensure nothing got too wonky. A quick cut with the lexan scissors. Scrap/waste goes right into a shoe box to save for ABS paste down the line. Then, a quick sand on a flat surface to even them out. That's the backside of the sandpaper...I did turn it over. Quick test fit. I'm using the belt clips from @ukswrath, and numbered them so I knew which one went where after marking the holes for the screws. Instead of the screws that come with the belt clips from Tony, I'm using the screws from @justjoseph63...and securing them with some self-locking nuts. Belt clips secured, it's now time to glue on the "control panel" and then the end caps. And finally, what do you do when you don't have your paints yet? Improvise! And hopefully I can cross this off the list as well.
  26. 4 points
    26 spots and counting down . Last approved EIB Fernando (TK29415) from Spain. The D.O. Team needs more action. !!
  27. 4 points
    Attention all members and loyal citizens, Ask not what your detachment can do for you but what you can do for your detachment! Right, now I hopefully have your attention, we got a real easy way that any member can be part of the forum clean up crew, and help out making this place a tiny bit better by doing what many of you already do and that's simply peruse the forums. The task we have is monumental for any one person, but together, many hands make light work and you can feel confident that you played a part in the 2020 FISD term. Here's all you need to do. Find a post while surfing the forums with any of the following, please post a link to it in this thread. and that's it. Job done. What am I looking for? Photobuket water marks across images in a post. Post where the images no longer work or just have info like 12034056.jpeg and nothing else. Broken links in a post that go no where, usually found in older post from years gone by. These generally don't help anyone so may be considered no use or obsolete. Please note we do not require links from anything already residing in the Archive or Trash compactor sections at the bottom of the forum. What happens once you have posted a link here to the thread with the issues. A member of the clean up crew ie. a staff member, will take a look at your link and see if we can rectify the situation by correcting the image, re-instate the broken link, or consider archive the post or thread. We are not in the practice of deleting but rather preserving our history. Once a staff member has attended to the links in question that hopefully will start populating this thread, they will respond to make all aware your post has been attended to. If you have any questions regarding the process, you can also ask those in this new thread. Happy forum surfing
  28. 4 points
    Okay, Cameron must be super excited today, because he let me take a few more pics while trying on the armor. And he looks happy in them, too. Bonus! I think I've worked out a good harness system for the most part. He says it's comfortable, and it's sturdy, so, yay! It all snaps out as well as being adjustable. I'll still be adding a cross strap in the front for support (when I attach the shoulder bell straps to the suspenders). I love how in the front view pic, it looks like Cameron is carrying Baby Yoda in a front facing baby carrier.
  29. 4 points
    Working in my nerd room today, and Cameron decided to wander in, pick up some armor bits and try things on. And he let me take photos of him!!! He is typically shy when it comes to photos, except when he's got a helmet or mask on. So, yeah, it's a big deal today. I don't have the chest and back plates strapped in yet, so he's holding things together loosely on his own. I even got the boy to crack a smile for me!!! He adores that blaster. Question for those of you who have strapped the FOTK... does the waist belt inside simply cinch around the waist? Or is it attached to the inside of the ab? I'm trying to wrap my mind around how it fits. I get the suspenders part, but I'm seeing that the suspenders are attached to the ab and a belt. Any tips or guidance is appreciated! EDIT: nevermind about the belt question. I think I figured it out.
  30. 4 points
    I got a piece attached!!!! Yay!!! All right, it's not a lot, but it's progress. I had no idea as to how to attach the cod to the ab, then I referred back to Tony's FOTK build thread, and voila- there was everything I needed to get me going. This 3D print isn't the same as the Anovos armor, so I had to wrap my mind around what mods I needed to make. First, I realized that I needed to make some cuts at the belt line to accommodate the cod snaps. I still haven't lost my fear of cutting this armor yet. But it went a lot faster than expected. Next, I installed the male snaps into the cod piece and verified that they would fit into the holes I just made in the ab. All good! I also drilled holes for rivets to attach the webbing inside. Installed the female snaps and webbing together. This was my first attempt on this part. I remade it later with a bit of ABS sandwiched in the snap for easier removal. Here is everything all assembled together, rivets and snaps with ABS. I was pleasantly surprised with how well this all attaches together. It looks like it'll allow for some great mobility- much more comfortable than the OTTK suit. All apart so you can see how things look... And inside view, looking down at the bottom of the ab. This is yet another reason why I'm really glad I haven't done the final paint yet! I have my sights set on rigging up Cameron's suspenders next. I had started work on them earlier, then got distracted with putting the cod together today.
  31. 4 points
    Just want to say a big thank you for the very nice visual upgrades to the forum. I really love the new section banners. They pop nicely and make scrolling through even better. Great work to the individual or team doing this!
  32. 4 points
    Why print something twice when you can print it three times! The change to the helmet part reminded me of the TD issue I had. So I've done the same thing, and also worked out how to get a bit of a better result at the expense a really slow progress bar. The results is still not perfect, you can see where there's some artefacts caused by Meshmixer reducing the mesh after the cut, you get to watch the progress bar of it ruining your part . I wish it wouldn't but I don't know how to turn it off. Also it would seem luck is on my side, maybe, need to print the part and check first. This is some standard UK guttering down pipe. You might remember it from such uses as the Shoretrooper Pringle cans, and OTTK TDs. And its about 1mm smaller than the hole *should* be, aka perfect. Obviously I need to actually hold parts and try it first. Yesterday I printed the tube stripe sections of the helmet. I was a bit nervous of these but due to cutting the helmet up to account for them I was able to orient it so they came out super clean. I also got all premature and got out the airbrush. The fit test got me all excited so I've started prepping them for a metal paint look. First job some gloss black primer. You can still see some of the tiny DLP layer lines in a few places and some grit that only appeared when painted, after they were air dusted and brushed down before painting However no ones going to be sticking the face as close as I do to them so I doubt you'll see them. Next stage will be some Alclad High gloss black then some Alcad Chrome. I am also considering moulding and casting one of them after the high gloss stage and trying an aluminium cold cast. And by considering, I know I will I just need to buy some silicone that's not about 18 months old. Maybe the stuff I have will work, I might get lucky but twice in a week seems like pushing it.
  33. 4 points
    Opened up the eyes all the way... Got my cut line marked out on the AM handguards... they come super big. How's that look? Also disassembled the Hovi mic tips for a lick of white paint on the interior, and prepped the ears - opened up the holes to fit Joseph's slightly larger countersunk hardware, and decided to add extra rank bars. I use vinyl stickers because I can't freehand paint worth a d*mn and rock the "Captain" style since I occasionally like to wear an orange pauldron for funsies if there a ton of TKs at a troop... so even when I'm not canon, I'm accurate lol And got the mic tips holes drilled out to fit Tony's bolts. Progress! Reassembly soon...
  34. 4 points
    Hi all. Just received my TK ID tonight! Absolutely thrilled to be part of the 501st!
  35. 4 points
    Finished the other cloth box today. Let's just say that sewing boxes is not my thing. These turned out adequate for my liking. The additional layer of fabric involves an extra level of challenge that I neither anticipated nor enjoyed. Glad they're done. And assembled on the belt. Good enough, I think! I still need to sew in closure fasteners for the fronts. They're too small for an amp or trading cards, unfortunately. And I'll be adding some foam blocks inside to help them keep their shape. I bought three HUGE sheets of EVA foam last year from The Engineer Guy (a local FX supply store here in Atlanta), so I've got more than enough to stuff these pouches. Seriously, the EVA sheets are larger than a standard Twin sized bed. Two of them are 1" thick each, and are different densities. My husband asks me from time to time if he can get rid of them out of our basement, and I always respond, "But... PROJECTS!!!!". See, I can make blocks now.
  36. 4 points
    hello, I'm Tanner, since I'm going to be getting a suit from ATA Works soon, i figured it would be the time to introduce myself on these forums. I'm in the final stages on getting my first armor approved, a Clone trooper Sergeant Appo. i was going to wait until next year before i got a new armor but I've needed another project to work on. I'm excited to have my second suit of armor and hopefully get to know some of you. as of the current moment i really only have one question, and its about weathering. not that it makes much a difference, but is weathering of TK armor allowed?
  37. 4 points
    Here is the wrist side of the forearm with the return edge removed. The protective film is still on the armor so that is why there is fuzziness around the edges (Definitely will make sure to remove partially before glueing). Does that look like there's enough return edge taken off?
  38. 4 points
    Masked the outside edge of both main pieces with painters tape and a garbage bag and sprayed the interiors with my favorite Rust-Oleum truck bed liner. Did about 5 coats, ten min apart or so. Removed the masking! Touched up the teeth and eyes with a brush. I think I'll be trying to emulate this helmet and will probably try to mask and paint the frown next!
  39. 4 points
    Took an around hour to glue some of the parts together this afternoon. The butt plate is fully built now. Bit worried about this for the same reason as my abdomen, I have hips. Hopefully it will be okay. Cod is done too. This isn't the one from CG Traders but a more accurate TLJ style one my friend provided. Think I'm okay sizing wise but may need a tweak closer once I can get more suited up. Made a start building up the chest plate. Minor miss-alignment on the part I fixed. I may have miss shaped it a tiny bit when I was making the changes. Nothing that can't be filled though. Also started on the helmet dome. Again 1 small miss alignment, right most part is a shade high in the centre of dome. I've filed off some of this to even the levels but I daren't take any more off. The rest will be handled with filler. I just need to take care to align the rest of the dome with a shade more care. This is the big problem with using super glue, you get a few seconds to see any errors before it's forever. None of this has been welded on the back yet. I will do this before I start on the filler work to help with strength. I may also fibreglass some parts, certainly the broken abdomen plate, but maybe others. I'm not overly worried about the filler work, none of it is any worse than what I have seen a Jimiroqui kit need.
  40. 4 points
    First time making gaskets. Started with this photo. Figured it wouldn't be difficult to emulate this kind of thing on my own and save some money. Using shiny ribbed black pleather and headliner foam to add bulk. I took my measurements from the bottom circumference of the bicep. I want the gasket to fill in the space, not fit skin tight. For Cameron, it's 10 inches in there. I added three inches for seam allowances because I was sewing two pieces of fabric together first. Total piece I started with was 9x13 inches for the biceps. Attached right sides together, securing everything so it wouldn't slip while sewing. After sewing three sides, it looks like this. Clipped the corners and extra material along the seam allowance, then flipped it right side out. To finish the open end and hide the raw edge, I folded in the edges like this. Secured the folded in edges: And sewed along the outer edge to close. Next I secured strips of hook velcro to the material and sewed them on. Next, I folded the long ends together with the right sides together, lining up the edges. Sewed the edges together with a 1/2" seam allowance. This closed the bicep gasket. Laying flat, it measures 5 inches- exactly the size I need for Cameron's biceps gaskets. Finished. And seam side is clean. I had Cameron try it on with the armor pieces. The armor is currently in "scuffed" state because I'm waiting for a cooler, drier day to paint the armor with the final coat of white and 2k gloss. Hopefully I'll have time tomorrow to finish the rest of the arms and legs. I think the shoulders might take me a little longer than these simple tubes, but I know I'll get them tackled eventually!
  41. 4 points
    I've been slowly working on a 3D print build of Nico Henderson's R1TK helmet. Nico is well known for his accuracy on his Shoretrooper helmet design, so when I saw him post on Facebook that he was going to be releasing a 3D printable model of the R1TK I knew I had to give it a try. It's a beautiful design and I believe it to be the most accurate I've seen. I didn't know how far I was going to get with this build tbh so I hadn't started a build thread, but now that I'm getting close to painting I figured now would be a good time to post my progress. I'll probably need some advice on paint here soon as well, so any advice on paint and/or threads to read would be appreciated!! Here are some pics of the freshly printed pieces: And here's a few of the mockup of the raw printed pieces (except for the chin and ears which I had already started to sand): So after I had sanded things down a bit, I wasn't sure which method I wanted to use to fill the print lines I couldn't get with sandpaper. I had heard some people talking about using XTC3D so I decided to give that a try. My opinion is that it's good if you don't want to process it too much further than the initial polish, but I ended up with bubbles in the dried resin and found it difficult to sand, I think I could've gotten the same results easier just using filler primer, which is WAY easier to sand and get smooth. After endless hours of sanding I was finally ready to attach some of the pieces together. I started with the face and the back, then attached the dome. I wanted to fill the seam line between the back of the helmet and the dome. I wasn't ready to attach the chin yet as I wanted to get the face/back/dome piece as well as the chin up to paint ready smoothness with wet sanding before I attached the rest of the face together. Mostly so I wouldn't have to try and sand the seam between where the chin and cheek tubes meet, as well as the surfaces leading into the frown. So finally, I'm caught up to my current progress. I've got everything wet sanded up to 2000 grit and I have attached the chin to the rest of the helmet. I've mocked up the ears, brow trim and vocoder for looks, everything else you see is attached. Now I need to know how to proceed with painting. I've been trying to research rattle can options and the steps I should follow. I've never attempted to spray paint a project that needed to achieve the level of gloss and smoothness that this requires, so I want to get all the input I can before I proceed. I'm not sure if I should be laying down a particular type of primer first (should I use white primer?) and then what type of paint is best and how I should be going about getting all the angles without missing spots or pooling problems. Also, I've seen people talking about just using gloss white, but then I saw someone mention appliance epoxy, which I think might be a good idea due to the fact that it resists chipping? I found some at my local Home Depot but wasn't sure so I haven't gotten anything yet. This is what I found: Alright, well I'd love to get some feedback on the painting process as well as how to proceed with painting the greeblies (tears and traps) as well!
  42. 4 points
    I'm Shawn from Chicago. I was approved on May 25th after more than a year of fine tuning my TK Hero. I can't wait to stand alongside ( or at least 6ft apart) the rest of you great folks.
  43. 4 points
    After a day of convincing myself that I CAN continue to do this, I tackled getting the left thigh to fit me width-wise: shim time. I started by cutting back the backs of the thigh so that there was no overlap. Before, as you can see in some previous fitting photos, there is an overlap at the bottom but not at the top. This would make it hard to make a shim run the full length of the thigh. I was reluctant to cut the backs, but the photo is misleading- here I am not bending the thigh all the way around my leg. When I press the thigh in so it fits more snuggly (still comfortably) there was SIGNIFICANT overlap at the bottom, not captured by the photo (where in the photo, I wasn't pressing on the plastic around my leg all the way). A lot had to be cut back. Before: After: With the backs sufficiently trimmed back, I took measurements between the two halves at the top and bottom of my leg (indicated by the red lines on the picture above). I used this to draft a trapezoidal shim on the thick square of spare ABS plastic that comes with the WTF kit, whose slant height (math anyone?) was equal to the height of the leg from just above the bottom ridge to a little over the top ( I wanted some spare room to later be able to cut or dremel down and shape the top to look more accurate). I even used the score and snap method succesfully for the first time! I really wanted straight lines here because it mattered to get the measurement right, and I did it! Yay! Once the shim was cut, I used some tape just to get a rough idea of how it was going to fit- feels good! Then I started by gluing one half of the shim with an inner cover strip. The gap will later be filled with ABS paste and sanded down to blend the shim to the rest of the thigh. I will glue the other half tomorrow (which may require a bit more force to move the pieces around) and let dry. A small day for progress, but like I say, if I keep moving forward, I'm still making progress to begin with.
  44. 4 points
    Thanks for the welcoming words everyone. I realized I tend to not actually post (sticking to reactions/likes to indicate I've seen yours). So I apologize for that preemptively. Possibly because I feel I have little of value to add yet. I do and will mainly try to find answers where questions have already been posed. But I'll also attempt to be somewhat active in posting when the need arises. Side note: I can definitely get lost, in the best possible way, in ukswrath's content. Awe-inspiring builds that I've seen so far.
  45. 4 points
    Alrighty time for a little update! Started disassembly on my helmet today! This isn't exactly rocket surgery, but I'll take you guys along for the ride if you've never seen it done before: Step one - start peeling off that bottom neck seal trim. There is a bit of adhesive on it, so work slow, especially around the ears. I'm not a huge fan of the Anovos neck seal trim, so I may replace it anyways, but one thing I always do is at least spin it around - I like the split to be in the front where it's hidden a little better by the black of the vocoder. It helps to leave the rubber trim outside in the sun for a bit to soften it up and make it more pliable before reinstallation. Always leave it a tiny bit longer than you think it needs to be if you're cutting it - the pressure will help it wedge into the tight corners and stay in place better, plus no visible gap. Next up, pop out that lens and peel off the frown mesh carefully - they're held on by double sided tape, sticky foam blocks, and a little velcro. Next up, mic tips! You can see where the helmet is a little deformed in the depression - be SUPER SUPER careful, as this is one of the weakest areas of the entire helmet, due in part to how far the ABS has to be stretched to make those deep depressions. Anovos just screws right into the resin tips... not my favorite system and should probably have a washer at minimum. I've seen the outer casing separate from the white insert too, so be mindful. Next up, remove the foam covering the ear screws... it's not bad to have, but I just chuck it. Carefully remove using some pliers to hold the nut and a small flat head screwdriver. Love those smooth cut lines, Anovos... *eye roll* Be careful - my ear was glued a little down at the very bottom from the neck seal trim, so gently pry until it separates. There should just be two more screws holding the back cap and front mask together - these must have had a little dab of CA on them as they were stubborn but eventually worked loose. Boom, now you can separate the two main parts of the helmet. Pull that brow trim off... And you're pretty much done! Here's everything all laid out. You may be asking why I bothered doing this, and there are several reasons. First up, I like to spray the insides of all my helmets black - it's not technically accurate but I like the look better and I feel like your features are less noticeable in a dark helmet. The inside will be getting several coats of Rustoleum truck bedliner spray - I'd like to think that it adds the tiniest extra bit of strength, and I like the look and texture. It will also be easier to rub all the painted on graphics off for replacement with ESB decals - just be careful, I forgot how thin these helmets are. If you hold this one up to the light, you can see almost see through the white, and in several spots, you could tell how scary thin it is... Another reason to pull it all apart is to replace the hardware and mic tips with more accurate ones for Centurion. The hardware is from @justjoseph63 - I painted the screws white and used nylock nuts and washers that I painted black already. The mic tips are from @ukswrath and I'll need to sand them a bit and paint the interiors white - he left em black for me but I ended up using another set for my R1 build. Here's a little comparison of the inaccurate, rusty stock Anovos screws on the left below (right above, oops) and Joseph's set on the right below if you haven't seen the difference before. Ironically, I want to say the incorrect Anovos helmet screws can actually be used as correct Thermal Detonator clip screws last I checked! Anyways, when I get a chance, I'll paint the interior of the helmet black, remove the painted details, then reassemble with more accurate odds and ends. More to come! Thanks for stopping by!
  46. 4 points
    Thanks for the kind words, friends! My hope is that other new builders (or perhaps veterans too) will find this a helpful resource for their TK journey. It represents much of the information that I've compiled for my own build, and I thought I'd pass it along! Aspiring Troopers helping aspiring Troopers!
  47. 4 points
    Hello there, Troopers. I'm dealing with a family and financial crisis right now, so I'll probably be going dark on my build for several weeks—likely until this time next month. I hope to find time to maintain a presence on the boards via Tapatalk to keep up with you all and continue my research. Feel free to chime in if you have any tips to questions I've asked on my build thread thus far. Until next time, MV
  48. 4 points
    Hey everyone! My name’s Fred and this is my first post! I‘m currently in the process of building my ATA armor, and it’s been awesome! I’m still working on getting a helmet. I’ve emailed several makers, RT-Mod, AM, AP, and T/MC, and only got one reply and he’s since gone ghost. I’ll just assume they’re all busy. Anyways, I look forward to having fun with this armor! I plan to join 501st eventually, but what I’m excited about the most is putting it up on a mannequin and occasionally putting the armor on and scaring my wife lol.
  49. 4 points
    It's been a wild ride. I started this journey on November 11th 2019 and completed it (never complete) at the end of May. My little printer (Ender 3 pro) ran pretty much 24/7. I went through roughly 26 rolls of fillament. I do have a box of bad prints (haha). I will continue to work on getting his periscope to work. I can already see that I may need a larger power amp. I am currently running 20w but talking to some of the droid guys they seem to be running 50w min. I also will work down the road at adding an effect to making his arm extend and using some LEDs to make it look like a zapper. Who knows. As usual thanks to my brothers and sisters in white armor for the support. Here is a link to my facebook account if anyone wants to see him moving with some sound. I was trying to video and move him so it's a little (a lot) wonky. Thanks again!!
  50. 4 points
    Some one posted this thought thought I would share it again!! Lol Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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