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  1. Greetings fellow Stormtroopers I would like to announce your Detachment staff for the new term. Many familiar faces but there are some changes and a new addition. This is the first one of these announcements due to the size of the plans for this year, we will indeed be adding more bodies as we move through the term and start new projects. We will be looking to increase our extended staff on the IPM team in the next couple of months so if you would like to help out, please send me a PM. In the mean time we do keep our eyes on those we see that are immensely helpful to ot
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  2. Hey troopers, I think we all know that this very forum is a hot bed of experienced troopers and helpful information. Years of experience and TK knowledge. To that end, here are some of the key features, (sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious), that I feel really make an iconic ANH Stunt Stormtrooper, all in a simple, easy to digest video. Topics include; -brow height -eye trimming -ear trimming -vocoder painting styles -hovi tips ...and more Enjoy the video, and please feel to ask any questions or comment. :-)
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  3. Time for another update! A suit is never really "done", right? So I have officially submitted to my GML as of last Saturday the 14th, but there were still a couple upgrades that I wanted to make before considering submitting for EIB - the biggest among being the fit of the posterior armor. I read through @yoshix's thread again (I should have paid more attention to it the first time around...) and decided to cut my posterior armor the same way he did. My fiancé was kind enough to let me know that a higher, cheeky bikini cut is much more in vogue at the momen
    7 points
  4. Congratulations to our continuing LCO, Ingeli Hedberg
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  5. Finally making some progress on the helmet - I have been procrastinating out of fear of messing it up, and just haven't been feeling my best if I'm being honest (more on that at the end, but also GOOD NEWS!)... But I made some big strides this week, so let's go over the details! I started masking and painting the final bits on the helmet and thermal detonator, using a Tamiya brand tape I'd seen recommended a couple of places - it worked great and gave me super clean lines, while still being able to mask curves pretty efficiently. I would usually lay down my line with this, then add
    7 points
  6. Keep those Centurion applications coming in folks, we are getting close now, so if you are currently ranked Expert Infantry, here is your chance to step up and make the 500. In case some were wondering, we have had a few recently achieve Centurion but these members have already reached Centurion rank with other armour so although approved for their latest costume, they dont add to this tally, hence why the number doesn't drop. First time centurions are what bring the number down, so get involved and step up today
    6 points
  7. Here I am again. I was first approved back in 2017 with a First Order Stormtrooper and given my 501st number. Over the years and other kit builds later here I am again, a newly approved with the Imperial Stormtrooper (ANH Stunt). During that time with many troops under my belt my journey has me living my dream and seeing the smiles that I can bring. It has been a totally awesome ride!
    6 points
  8. More work done, here is the progress. And then things got weird... Next update probably comes next Friday. List of modifications so far: 1 - Blast Shield 2 - Black Interior 3 - Two-tone paint job 4 - Antenna and radio 5 - Utility belt 6 - Universal supply box Have a nice weekend.
    6 points
  9. Att all our 501st Detachment members! We mentioned we would hit the ground running so here is our first official initiatives for the new term. It give me great pleasure to announce the opening of a couple of new Sub forums today. These can be found in the Detachment Merchandise area in the 501st section of FISD. Before I get into the details, I would like to thank @starsaber25 (Steve) TK-10466, not only for this fantastic idea, but for putting these sections together and accurately compiling their content. This is the first time we have made this information
    6 points
  10. Name: Ardeshir Radpour Username: equuspolo TK-42128 Southern California Garrison Los Angeles Squadron Height = 5'10 Weight = 165 Armor Maker = KB Armor - Trimmed to fit like Anovos Helmet Maker = Anovos Premium Fiberglass Boot Maker = Imperial Boots Gloves = Endor Finders Belt = Trooperbay Belt Pouches = Trooperbay Pauldron = Trooperbay Neck Seal = Imperial Seamstress Holster Maker = Can Sczudlik Gaskets = Geeky Pinks F-11 = Branfuhr Studios Resin Kit- Custom built by me with custom light system. Electronics = Wireless Microphone with Acker
    5 points
  11. After years of making excuses to not join the 501st I've finally decided to take on the challenge. Life long Star Wars fan so mixing that with doing charity work is too much to pass up. I've decided to go with ATA ANH Stunt armor and am on the waiting list now. I've been going through the different guides and am stocking up on all of the recommended supplies and tools that I should need to make everything happen. I'm lucky enough to have an unused bedroom in the house that I will be setting up as a work area. Hoping to have the build done and approved in time for the world to open
    5 points
  12. Finally made it, getting approved on 17 Dec 2021. Its taken a few days short of 2yrs to complete my build, so its been quite a journey. Completing a Masters, working full time and juggling a family, all impacted on my original plan of getting things finished in 2 months. As this was my first build I learnt a ton and made a couple of mistakes. Still need to make a few adjustments to fit before going for EIB and Centurion, as over the 2yrs lost some weight and gained some weight so different pieces are better fits than others. I enjoyed the build process learn
    5 points
  13. Troopers!! please welcome to the ranks Centurion # 493- KC Grim TK 57899 of the Southern California Garrison . Congratulations! Just 7 to go !!
    5 points
  14. Greetings fellow members My team and I are privileged to serve you all for another term. For me personally, this is an honor and I am truly grateful and humbled by your continued support. Many of you already know me and understand the direction my team and I are working on driving this great Detachment, but for the benefit of all our newer members that have joined this mighty establishment recently, I shall start this address off with a brief on who I am so everyone can get to know me a little better. I also understand that those who do know me,
    5 points
  15. First of all, thanks for your concern. As I was writing a response, trying to figure out what was happening (since I thought I could see quite well) I realized that since taking those first photos I have added some electronics to the inside of the helmet, which made me change the padding setup. As you can see (sorry for the quick crappy photo lol), it sits much better now. Most of the padding is on the brow and cheeks, which makes for great visibility, or as great as it can be, as well as hanging much lower.
    4 points
  16. I think I may have finished the helmet! (unless someone sees something I need to correct). Here are some pics below. I tried some padding off of Amazon, but none of it worked well. So I ended up making my own which did work. And of course on my head. Next step I think will be to start on the torso. One of the parts I still need to order is the belt. So getting that squared away would allow me to get an accurate measurement for that order. Again, thanks for everyone's input! It is always appreciated!
    4 points
  17. Yup, me again. See? You can do it too
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  18. Hello again! And again, mostl dressing issues... I think I may have been wearing the armour wrong all along; I found that by wearing the body pieces just a bit higher, everything falls into place better, incluiding the infamous ab/kidney gap. The shoulder bells were an easy fix as expected: I simply shortened the straps a bit. And lastly, the gaps in the back of the thighs were filled with repair putty and painted over. I hope this is it
    4 points
  19. You can never have enough magnets, clamps or tape, in fact I have another 150 magnets since this photo and double the amount of clamps
    4 points
  20. Hasbro reveals the new Star Wars Black Series First Order Stormtrooper Helmet, available in the Spring. $99USD. Available to preorder Thursday Feb. 25th at 11AM PST.
    4 points
  21. Hello everyone, and welcome to my science experiment! A long while back, when I was deep in the model-making side of the internet, I remember hearing that truck bed liner could be used to strengthen Styrene. Many years later, when building my armor, for some reason this stuck with me. I winded up spraying some on some of my spare model-making styrene (HIPS .5mm) and testing it out. After a bit of bending, twisting and folding, there was not a single crack. Compared to an untreated piece it cracked 10 seconds in. So naturally I decided to spray the inside of my armor as a form of e
    4 points
  22. Hi Friends,My name is Mike. I started the journey to join the 501st back in 2015 with help from Big Gulp and Culp. Due to life being... well, life... I was not able to finish my TK kit until today (thanks to Culp and Andrew for helping me through the final touches). I am reintroducing myself to the group so I can begin the application to join DSG.Hope to troop with you all soon!Sincerely,Mike S.
    4 points
  23. The FISD Membership has Spoken! Please join me in congratulating Andrew Franke as the FISDs Detachment Leader for another term! Congrats Andrew!!
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  24. I finally found someone local who could make these.
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  25. Thank you very much Glen @gmrhodes13 and Mario @TKSpartan Before continuing with today‘s update I just have to mention three minor corrections to this build. Daniel @CableGuy has collected some very good information about ANH helmet building and painting in some of his YouTube videos. Watched these just recently and then found flaws on the eyes and the paint job on vocoder and the HOVIs. See the following photos for the corrective actions: Okay, now to the update. Looking at the helmets from TIE-pilots and Magma Troopers, I found tubes or
    3 points
  26. I know it's been a while since my last post on this thread but here I am again and ready to pull the trigger on Centurion! I was so excited to be part of the EIB 1000, so I had to throw my hat in the ring for Centurion. I just received the last piece of the puzzle for my Centurion build. The hand guards. I'm currently printing out the requirements check list for Centurion and the checklist for the photos I'll need to take. I'm so excited and maybe I'll be approved for the 500!!! Here we go kids!!!!
    3 points
  27. Hey all! So, I finally got my ATA kit ordered, and he was kind enough to send the bucket out before the rest of the kit so I could get started on that. Not my first TK bucket build, but after my last one ended up as more of a display piece than anything approvable, I’m taking this one a tad slower.
    3 points
  28. In the last update the brown MUJI box got added to the 'utility belt' and I thought about what it could be for. A red cross came in my mind but we all know there is no 'First Aid' in the Star Wars Universe – there is Bacta. That made me think of something else - and that belt looked so empty with nothing else attached to it… Looks okay, maybe I change it later because the canister wobbles a little and the wires can be seen... In the opening post I mentioned gaps between face plate and blast shield. These needed to get filled. Di
    3 points
  29. Hello everyone my name is Alejandro Ossa and i´m from the garrison Colombia, i´m a graphic designer and i´m so glad to be a new member of this amazing grup!!!
    3 points
  30. Look what just arrived in the mail today...my 3D printed Blaster finally arrived. I'm going to sand the parts to remove the print lines, and so that the paint adheres better. For the difficult to reach areas, I'll coat those with a filler and then sand smooth.
    3 points
  31. Thanks! A few weeks without the good stuff will give me time to practice my forum skills!
    3 points
  32. A couple of small improvements! I shortened the shoulder elastics to reduce gap between chest and back, and I added some black elastic to close the gaps in the butt plate
    3 points
  33. Probably still a little premature for a build thread, but I'll share a quick update. Still on the ATA wait list and should be 2 to 3 weeks out before I'm up. I have a completely empty/unused bedroom to use for this build and have set up a 30"x72" table as a work space. This past week I have gotten all the elastic, strapping, and velcro I should need for this build. I have also picked up a bunch of snaps, rivets, tools for both, clamps, new razor and hobby knives, steel rulers, Goo Gone, E6000 adhesive, china markers, and acrylic scissors. That table is filling up fast! Thin
    3 points
  34. I’ve trooped my RWA armour many times. It’s an excellent kit for the price point. As above, excellent service from Ross. I also know many other troopers with RWA and the feeling is positive all around. :-) RWA armour (with another make of helmet). :-)
    3 points
  35. Jus got my basic approval today. On ward next is Expert.
    3 points
  36. Sprayed the inside of my helmet black for the same reason as Brien (@Harbinger) with simple spray paint. I totally love it but it got some light wear and tear during the 40+ troops made with it. Guessing that won't happen with Truck Bed Liner.
    3 points
  37. Very cool. I saw some of that rubber paint coating to try but think it would come off rather easy so this is certainly better to try. Thanks for sharing!
    3 points
  38. This is very sound advice. I did this to my doopydoos E11 using a fine drill and a finishing nail that I snipped the head and tip off of. A little e6000 everywhere and it’s solid as a rock.
    3 points
  39. It's amazing how much more productive I've been now that I'm feeling a bit better - I just kept going and cut the other thigh! The right side with the ammo pack has now been cut decently symmetrical - I used a template and measured several points logically, so I'm happy enough with it. I also sanded the inside lips smooth on both in preparation for paint. Still unsure how I'm gonna safely mask them without peeling the clear and would love any suggestions... If you didn't notice, I also removed the interior strapping mounts I had glued in (you can see where I scuffed up
    3 points
  40. I did get the other ear trimmed and fitted. Any thoughts or suggestions?
    3 points
  41. Hey Brady, Great start! And some super advice above. :-) Depending on how “deep” you want to go into the finer details (I’m a bit obsessive over the little touches), there are a couple of things you could consider for that out and out ANH Stunt feel. Firstly, you could consider squaring off the eyes a little. Example below; The mesh on your Hovi tips could sit at the front, rather than recessed; If your helmet kit came with two sets of ears, you could consider trimming one set down a little more. As it stands, yours are a little thicker than screen used which makes the helmet appe
    3 points
  42. Last ditch attempt with imgur and. ......it worked! I don't know why but I've managed to post pictures in the EIB section! Absolutely thrilled that it now works and to be honest, quite surprised! !!!!!
    3 points
  43. I'm really happy for this too, as FISD stuff can be traded here easily and doesn't require a FB membership.
    3 points
  44. Also forgot to mention but whether hand painting or air brushing if you use a coat of white first it will help fill any gaps in the templates so when you paint the blue it shouldn't run into any gaps
    3 points
  45. Okay, today we will finally see the color on that last unpainted piece of the helmet. But first to the teeth... Before painting the teeth, I first had to do the lower face. The two-toned paint job on this helmet helps to make it look like the lower section is a removable part that can be changed if damaged. I wanted this to have a metal-like appearance to give the impression of a new unpainted part and that these helmets are being made from Durasteel. A simple silver paint was not sufficient, so I checked my cans of Humbrol Metal Cote but 27001 was t
    3 points
  46. My canvas and ABS belt are connected with rivets. So when I gave the ABS belt a water bath, the canvas got wet as well. Of course I could have removed the rivets, but I don't have any spares and they are hard to come by during lockdown -.- Anyways, I already got an answer from Ross, he's got me covered and he'll also sent me some new rivets
    3 points
  47. Hi everyone, My name is Christian and I was introduced to the 501st by one of my long time friends. I've already received some great help from members on here and in person during my TK built, so thank you there. It was a fun journey and my build was 'just' approved so wanted to say hello on here, as I can't seem to find my initial intro message and am not able to post on the 'Sound off' board (not sure why.. maybe too soon after approval). Now I need to work on getting my E-11 blaster or else most of my stunt poses will look like the one attached below. haha!
    3 points
  48. Not much of an update on the blasters but just thought to share my progress working out how to make my own power cylinders. Lots of material testing and sorting out dimensions I am happy with. Got my 10BA bolts and nuts. Sourced some local resistors here in Japan and still on the hunt for better braided wire. The red stuff I got cheap from ebay is just nylon sheathing. Good for making things cheaply but the detail is lacking. Made my crude templates for the base plate in MS Publisher. Trying to learn some CAD draw so I can make files to send to a laser cutting compa
    3 points
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