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501st Stormtrooper[TK]
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  • Birthday 03/21/1968

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    Imperial Sands Garrison
  1. Stutz

    Ebay Armor Opinion

    One thing that bothers me is the apparent complete lack of return edge on any of the armor pieces.
  2. Hey FISD, I'm the GML for the ISG Garrison and I'd love a few opinions on an eBay armor set. We have a potential trooper who attempted to go the cheap route and pick up some ebay armor. He says his friend from the SoCal Garrison vetted it for him, but I have my doubts. I certainly have my owen opinion on whether this is approvable or not, but I wanted to get some alternate opinions from the experts here before I respond to him. He already purchased it (don't know how much $$$), but he hasn't started the build yet. Also, the armor is fiberglass (?!) Link to the auction: https://www.ebay.com/itm/STAR-WARS-IMPERIAL-SHADOW-TROOPER-COSTUME-ARMOR-LIFE-SIZE-MOVIE-HELMET-PROP/263418371106?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D44039%26meid%3D1d2b222cce4a41378d48e8b9afc7c56d%26pid%3D100011%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D253324579667&_trksid=p2047675.c100011.m1850 I appreciate any feedback!
  3. Been focusing on TD for a while now, but getting back into the clean white scene with a new build. Ive been going through a lot of WIP threads, and I've noticed a dearth of suspenders used for the strapping system. Back in the day, common practice seemed to be suspenders holding up the ab/cod and kidney/butt, then the chest and back free floating (maybe with elastic connecting the chest to the back on the sides). The new trend seems to be connecting the chest/ab/cod and the back/kidney/butt all as a single unit. Is anyone still using suspenders? Why the change? Would love to hear everyone's opinions.
  4. I love my AP kit. I'm 6'1" 185lbs and i think it fits me fine. I have about a 1" shim on the sides to close the gap.
  5. I don't know who did the Vader VO, since it was all done and supplied by LFL prior to shooting. It's a good bet though.
  6. Actually, Fett was one of ours. She did a great job! Vader, Chewie and Ackbar were supplied by LFL (all GREAT guys by the way), but we've done other filming events where SCG supplied the Vader, so it's not always a forgone conclusion. The best part of the shoot was after Ackbar did his last scene and we got to shout "It's a wrap!"
  7. Just wanted to share this link to the new Star Wars/ESPN commercial. I had the pleasure of being the TK on the left, while my buddy TK-6682 hogged the spotlight and got the speaking role (well, pretending to speak. Dee Bradley Baker did the actual voice over). A proud moment for FISD and the Southern California Garrison!
  8. No, drill it normally, in forward.
  9. 2643 = ANGE on a keypad. I wanted to make my TK number my wife's name because she's been so amazingly supportive of this hobby.
  10. I think I've found my white bantha gift for the next garrison christmas party!
  11. McMaster-Carr sells just about any kind of screen you would want, in any size. http://www.mcmaster.com/#wire-screens/=afpb5t I had to cut some woven screen once and I had pretty good luck with hitting it with clear coat to glue it all together so it didn't fray.
  12. The rom/fx unit has a feature that when the battery runs low, it begins to periodically reboot and play the "rom/fx" startup sound. As the battery gets lower, the reboots come more often. This can get annoying in the middle of a troop (especially if the unit is mounted in such a way that it's hard to get to), so I wanted a solution where I still had the compactness of the 9V battery (vs. 8 AAs) but I had a backup power source for when it ran low. I also wanted my mounting solution to be as compact as possible, without a bunch of wires to have to deal with. I ended up mounting the rom f/x board, a speaker, two batteries and a switch into an electronics enclosure with a neck strap, The solution works great. It hangs around my neck and fits perfectly in the armor chest cavity. The volume is loud and clear and I get zero feedback using a unidirectional headset mic. When I run out of power in the first battery, i just reach my hand inside my chest and flip the switch and it changes to the second battery. I can also leave the switch in the center position to power off the unit. I used rare earth magnets instead of screws to mount the back plate, so it's very easy to open it up and swap out batteries. After a troop where I had to switch to the backup battery, I just promote the backup to the primary and add a new backup. That means every battery gets fully used so I'm not wasting any juice (or money) by discarding partially used batteries. I also have quick access to the rom f/x settings and volume controls should I need to mess with them. -------- Parts list: Rom f/x sound board http://www.romfx.com/ Polycase SL-64P SL Series Slender Profile ABS Electronics Enclosure http://www.polycase.com/item/sl-64p.html Jameco 99996 Speaker, Sq. Ferrite, 2.6", 4ohm http://www.jameco.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?freeText=99996&langId=-1&storeId=10001&productId=99996&search_type=jamecoall&catalogId=10001&ddkey=http:StoreCatalogDrillDownView Standard DPDT center-off toggle switch https://www.radioshack.com/products/dpdt-center-off-toggle-switch?variant=5717519301 Heavy duty 9v snap connectors http://www.amazon.com/uxcell-Plastic-Housing-Battery-Connector/dp/B00GN7VIZA Battery tray made from scrap abs Speaker cable and plug taken from rom f/x unit Bit of metal screen for the speaker grill Picture hangers for the loops Some narrow nylon strap and a lobster clip from an old keychain Rubber grommet for the mic cord hole (optional) Assorted screws, nuts, bolts to hold it all together Unidirectional corded headset mic (taken from old Aker amp) http://www.amazon.com/VoiceBooster-Headset-Microphone-Aker-Voice/dp/B0070DG2Y8 1/8" cylindrical rare earth magnets (8) to replace back cover screws ------ Here are some pics: (edited to add parts list)
  13. Knee has already been fixed since I did the shoot. The AP sniper plate is a real challenge to get aligned properly.
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