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  1. Welcome to the FISD! Good luck with your journey, Nancy. I think these are what you are looking for: Jen Gistang Decals
  2. Looks like BSP changed the decals for the backpack. Here are the ones that came with my kit. Decals
  3. You'll probably have better luck at the 501st clonetrooper site. 501st Clones
  4. Daniel, your step-by-step assembly of the backpack is a godsend! I've had BSP's kit for quite a while and couldn't get the pieces to fit together correctly. BSP's instructions didn't help really at all. Thank you for posting this!
  5. I'm building Jim's FOTS kit. Look to see if there are any cracks on the outside of the pieces. If there are any it would be a good idea to add fiberglass mat and resin to those areas. It would also be good to re-enforce areas that will have stress on them or will be flexing. Good luck with the build!
  6. Looks very nice! You did a terrific job on it.
  7. Thanks for this! It's just what the Vader ordered. This will be very helpful for my current build.
  8. Thanks for the response on the paint booth! That is similar to what I'm contemplating with a PVC frame. It will be placed in the garage but there is limited space and would like it to be positive pressure as well. Using automotive paint is why the booth is needed - want to keep dust away.
  9. Thanks for posting your build process for the RO TK, Jeff. I have enjoyed reading about your progress. I'm curious what you are going to use for a paint booth. It is something I'm contemplating for a current build using a spray gun, so have looked at some videos on line and some other tutorials. The main issue is whether to build a full sized "room" or go for a desktop approach. I would like to know what you have in mind. Thanks.
  10. I'm following Jon Watson's building method since he originated the whole costume from scratch. A gray filler primer has been used to find the problem areas. Then switching to white filler primer for at least three coats and wet sanding. The paint is an automotive type with clear coat mixed in.
  11. Thank you for the response. How many layers of primer do you usually shoot? I take it the Novus is used before adding the paint or is it after? Thanks!
  12. Hello everyone, My current project is a jimmiroquai FO snowtrooper kit that will require the armor to be painted. Other builds have mentioned wet sanding for primer and the paint coats. What technique is used for wet sanding in the sense do you lightly sand or really lay into it? Also does the direction of the sanding strokes matter? Currently the armor has been sprayed with gray primer to find pin holes and bubbles that were filled with putty. The parts have been wet sanded with 400 grit sandpaper with the result being a lot of the primer is gone. Next will be multiple coats of white primer, sanding, then the final paint. Any help/advice would be appreciated. Thank you.
  13. Man, matching that weathering is going to take some time. You're doing terrific so far!
  14. How do the group rates work? Do you have to have roomates lined up before the rooms are available?
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