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RS Prop Masters

501st Stormtrooper[TK]
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  1. Please don't buy into the "I got the moulds in a trade" bullshucks. Someone has tried to disguise where they come from when they were created. Someone has form for doing this time and time again and someone has been very quiet on this subject.
  2. Where did the moulds originate please? Saying moulds were obtained in a trade is not an excuse to make FROM them, it's the excuse that you CEATED them. So, he got moulds and then needed to sharpen things up, why? Unless he was trying to hide the origins of the piece. I would never use a mould made by someone else without knowing the full history of it, my reputation is worth more to me. This STINKS.
  3. Any idea what plastic or vinyl it is you are trying to paint? It's still tacky, does it come off? A photo may help me understand what you are working with maybe? Right now I am thinking maybe something like this is what you may need. http://angelusdirect.com/collections/paint
  4. Dremel is a reliable rotary tool, I would always buy the model with a flexible shaft attachment included myself.
  5. Looks like your bells have enough trimmed out, how tight is the elastic around the bicep, I tend to make them so it's just starting to pull with the bell off the bicep, so it stretches over the bicep when in place. if you don't want to remove the elastic, you could fold it over, maybe an inch and glue it down again, this was done on Simon's original suit also, on set adjustment maybe. Rob.
  6. Hey bro, be careful cutting the screws when fitted to the helmet, especially with a rotary tool, they may heat up and melt the plastic. I would try and get the correct size, but if you have to cut them down mark the length required, screw a nut past the cut point, cut the bolt, tidy the burr/cut end and then unscrew the nut which will make putting the nut back on easier. Rob.
  7. I wanted to check out if it was a re-caster, both suits being in Norwich, but the lack of evidence that this guy even has a suit stopped my paying and I realised he is just scamming unsuspecting guys who don't have the budget for one of our suits. This just sucks. In the messages that followed it was clear he knows exactly what he is up to.
  8. Hi Guys So I was informed the other day that one of our suits, allegedly built and supplied by me was being offered on ebay for £400, when I looked it had sold/ended. I have now seen another suit, located in the same area, Norwich offered under the same deal, which got me suspicious. So I checked it out. At this point in time it appears to be some kind of scam rather than a recaster, as they are using images, one of myself in armour in the first listing, maybe you guys can identify the other images? I hope that the buyer of the first suit does receive it, but I think it is looking doubtful based on the feedback and dates the seller has joined eBay. The account names are clubtropicana2014 and harrisonforgeprops, but I suspect a new name will be used for future listings. I have bought/ended the second listing. The seller has claimed it is actually located in Germany and he has not updated his brand new account? Yeah, sounds right. He also got real push and as the suit is in Germany we could not collect. Please be aware that any listing on eBay has no connection to me or RS Prop Masters, I will never sell any item on eBay, from years gone by I know to well that the boards are the place to get the level of costume required for the 501st. I guess if it looks too good to be true......but I hate the idea they are using our name to attempt to rip Troopers off. Rob Image resized to 56% of its original size [887 x 498] Image resized to 56% of its original size [887 x 498] Image resized to 56% of its original size [887 x 498] Image resized to 56% of its original size [887 x 498]
  9. They are 1.5mm. As Stephen said, once built they are very sturdy, this plastic is unlike Abs and hips. Rob.
  10. Great comparison shot, it makes a huge difference.
  11. Stephen, looks great. I built one today and it is really nice to work with as you say. As the plastic is that more supple it seems to work with you in ways abs just wont. So the shape is not as cast in and more easily manipulated together. I am pretty pleased with the results for sure
  12. Wayne, sorry for hijacking the thread bro to make up for it I have popped a box in the mail today, something something green thing....... Rob.
  13. Yes, Simon painted black details on the suit, he was about 11 and wanted it to look like his figures. Makes sense I guess and shows how long he has had the suit. We are still hoping him parents turn up the photos that were taken of it back then, that could help a lot to id the suit. I will dig out the hand plates and upload a photo, we compared them to the Borehamwood suit and although similar they are not the same and its not a flipped photo, they are drawn slightly different. Brian and Lindsay Muir know the guy in the suit, so it would have been great to follow up on what he could tell us, but the hand plates tell us its not the suit. I will get some photos. Rob.
  14. Yes Paul, I agree that the suits used for the photo shoot are a strong contender to explain how Simon's original eventually came into his possession. If they came out of the studio and never quite found there way back I would love to know what happened to the Vader. I am pretty sure that, as the budget was so tight the whole suit was on screen in one incarnation or another. The belt is a nice part, as it can easily be picked out on screen, but the trouble with the armour and helmets is they look so bloody similar It also makes sense that the suit was on screen it the belt was, they all found there way to the photo shoot, if it indeed his suit. We think we have ruled the suit in the school playground out, having done some research into it that suit is being worn by Paul Welsh MBE at Borehamwood Carnival 1978. We think it was a solo suit and the torso is not Simons, also the hand drawn details are similar but not a perfect match. It's a great photo though and shows how these suits could escape from the suidio, one way or another.
  15. I just wanted to share the results of our project now we are at the end of what has been around two years of research and development. I did post these up on Facebook, but maybe not all of you have liked are page yet - http://www.facebook.com/RS.Prop.Masters feel free FB users to see what we are upto. Anyway, we are really pleased with the results. There were many issues to get over, not least the way to form this pretty nasty plastic and get a consistently good result. We also wanted to make sure we did not achieve the wide face look, we just kept pushing till we had the best replica of Simon's helmet we could get. It has been a huge learning curve, but I think we achieved our goal in the end. Please Enjoy.
  16. Great thread Wayne. The above photo shows the right forearm (left as you view it) and the right. The right outer forearm is our sculpt, as correctly mentioned the suit has two right arms on first appearance, however, the left inner is an original piece also. One of the arms, used on the suit as the left has a left inner and right outer. Obviously built incorrectly, as were the shins also. I keep saying it, but these were thrown together The ESB photo is very interesting, nice spot. As per the origins and time line of the suit I keep an open mind. It became Simon's after ROTJ, however he is as sure as he can be (very sure) that the helmet frown was painted grey. Also, it could be the case that the suit was not a complete suit but part from a number of suits, again I like to be open minded. I can confirm that the shin part has glue reside to suggest it once had a TK knee plate rather than a Sandtrooper one. Also, his holster is very distinctive and we are sure that had been identified on a TK, which makes sense as the belt has drop boxes.
  17. Nice build Wayne, you got a great result there. Looking forward to seeing your armour build. It's shipped out today by the way Rob.
  18. Yeah, I like the way things in the Star Wars universe "borrow" from established ideas and put a spin on them, but I can see how others think its a lack of imagination. The later seems more obvious with the Prequels, but maybe that's because we are older and understand more. Personally I think the "borrowing" helped weave it into popular culture across the world.
  19. Thanks Paul. Yes, these are the finished face plates, I am sure the one you saw was our first sample material pull, which is actually became the paint test helmet. It has that "wide face" look and a few other issues. We have refined every part of the process since then. The cooling lines were a real issue, and using this plastic explains totally how helmets vary from the Brian R soft back and cap, to Simons really tight back and cap, we achieved both from the same tool, and vacuum was nothing to do with it, it was all temperature based. We should have a finished back and cap tool soon, we made a couple that we were not happy with, we want these to be as close as possible. I was sent some comparison shots with another "hdpe" helmet that were interesting.
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