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  1. I think everyone who wants to build their own armor should have a go at Pepakura - for the record, however, I think I will be using EVA foam going forward. The build was good experience (using pepakura), but I am going to see if EVA allows for more comfort and mobility.
  2. Long time, no update, but the armor is more or less "complete" - including new chest piece. So, time for random picture updates from 2014 RTX 2014: Classic Gaming Fest, Austin, TX: Alamo City Comic Con, San Antonio, TX Master Chief Collection Launch, San Antonio, TX And a few ODST for good measure, as it is done as well RTX 2014:
  3. Welcome to FISD! Unfortunately, a wait is (usually) part of the process - be it for blasters, boots or armor But, plenty to read & absorb here on the forums, and I see the link to our Academy FaceBook page is already posted above. If you can make it All-Con next month, stop by - a good portion of Star Garrison will be in attendance!
  4. The waiting is the hardest part - but plenty to be done in the mean time! Since you're here, just keep on reading and absorbing, as there is a lot here for both. Start accumulating everything else that goes with the armor as your budget allows (gloves, undersuit, boots, belt, etc.). If you're thinking of a Doopys full resin E-11 or just the parts kit to mod a Hasbro blaster, and your budget allows it, get one ordered & start a build thread when it arrives. If you're leaning towards a Hasbro, it's not a bad idea to look on craigslist, check out goodwill or peruse garage sales - you might find one on the cheap (I found mine for $10 on craigslist). It's not a bad idea to create a spreadsheet to track all of this stuff as well.
  5. Welcome to FISD! Be sure to make it to All-Con this year - a good portion of Star Garrison will be in attendance! We have a large number of members in the North Texas Squad (Dallas area) so you'll be in good hands for your journey to 501st approval.
  6. It has been an on-again, off-again project, but I am SO close to completion! A couple of things have gone wrong: when drilling a hole in one of the calves for a rivet, the drill bit snagged, ripping the piece from my hands and tearing a big hole in the calf...oops. I kind of fiberglassed/bondo'd the piece back together, but decided to just go ahead and make new shins. The file I built the original ones from wasn't as detailed as I wanted, and I found one that is a lot better looking. Problem #2: I made a critical mistake of not trying on the shoulder pieces when I had the chest piece assembled but not yet fiberglassed. I got all the way through sanding/painting/detailing and started to put it all together...and the chest was too big. Huge bummer. I couldn't lift my arms more than about a 45* angle from my sides and they appeared disproportionate. So, after much whining and gnashing of teeth...v2.0 chest was started I was armoring up for a photo shoot, but just went to help as a handler instead. My 501st Squad is also working on a separate Halo squad, mostly ODST. I am the lone Spartan so far...probably because building your own (as I know from experience) is time consuming and takes a lot of patience, and commissioned armor can be cost-prohibitive. Here's some of the pics: The armor pictured is made by Sean Bradley, and I have my own set on order from him. Already have the bucket, though: Can't have too much armor, I always say! As a side note, once these projects are complete it will be back to 501st builds: TIE reserve and then Pilot In other happy news, I got the MA5 build and electronics installed: The counter counts down (duh...) and there is a reset in the magazine well. The magazine I have is solid resin, and I'm working on a way to keep it in place that will allow it to be removed but also not drop it out when trooping. I will probably build a foam replica for trooping so that I don't have to worry too much about it So, while frustrated that I was having to build another chest piece, I decided to make do with the one already built for another photo shoot. Keep in mind, I have no (completed) shins or boots (which are another source of frustration...won't go into that). Fortunately, the photographer was able to accomodate that for the pictures (photo credits Michael Paolini): The photo shoots are a lead-up to a fan film we'll be shooting next month. I think that ya'll will like the story line & I'll post a link once we have it "in the can" Stay tuned!
  7. Thanks guys - I'm sure there are more pictures out there somewhere One of the funnier ones was a guy wearing Google Glasses. He stopped...looked at me for a second, and then touched the temple of the glasses - I'm assuming that was to take a picture, but he may have been trying to assimilate me into the Collective
  8. Greetings Troopers! My family is actively involved with a local non-profit, Colin's Hope, whose mission is to raise water safety awareness. This year (and in years past, actually), we volunteered to help out at the water stop along the course of the Austin Marathon. The stop was located right around mile 9, and from experience of running the course in 2011, that is where casual runners (like me ) start to run out of gas. What better way to give them a bit more oomph for the hills ahead then to hand them their water while in Armor? With a field of roughly 14,000 runners, it is a good idea to have a lot of water poured ahead of time: You only need to fill the cups about half-way to reduce spillage, as many runners grab the cups on-the-fly: The reactions of the runners was pretty amusing at times, lots of smiles, waves, and "WTF?"'s - if they spotted me early enough, they would by-pass the volunteers ahead of me to take one of my cups Many stopped for pictures/selfies, and fortunately that didn't cause a back-up/bottleneck at our station: While I did feel some fatigue after pretty much standing in one place for 4 hours, the time flew by - I hope that between the water I handed to the runners and the "unexpected" presence of White Armor gave some of the runners some extra spring in their step Until next troop!
  9. Welcome to FISD, David - what part of Texas are you located?
  10. Welcome to FISD - what part of Texas are you located?
  11. Welcome to FISD and we hope to see you trooping with us in Star Garrison soon!
  12. I am in agreement that Centurion is 100% worth it and echo Eric & Paul's comments to go for it right out of the box.
  13. Every day is an armor party when you're working with pepakura/resin/bondo: Adding some depth to the cod & biceps/shoulders...will continue the process with the thighs, forearms & shins: And I also keep getting distracted by side projects: (I have a ~34" inseam, my leg is there to show the size of the blades ) And the next Spartan build (Jorge from Halo: Reach) has already started (will do the armor in foam this time...) And then there is this...which I REALLY need to get cracking on: The MA5 will have a countdown ammo counter and some LEDs on the side and I will also be adding sound to it - that part will be a little tricky, but I have the sound board and files loaded on it. It came with a pre-wired speaker, but it is kind of small...and distorts when the volume is up. The board does have a line out, so I will be shopping for a smaller amp that I might install to give it some oomph when 'firing' - definitely something smaller than an Aker... And last, but not least - FINALLY got the paint on the helmet! Sorry for the low-quality phone-camera quality - and I am holding the visor in place (it has velcro in it now, as I may not use this visor...still working on/sourcing another): As always, more to come - stay tuned!
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