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  1. That looks great, I love what you did with the shoes! One thing that may help is to get a lens for her helmet. I got a flat lens at trooperbay and put it. It’s definitely better than the cloth one rubies has.
  2. I did this for my son and it worked great, until he got too big for it. Anyways I used a Dremel to,gut,the inside but it did take a long time. Instead of using screws to keep it together I used the same techniques I used for my TK. For the arms and legs I glued the pieces together using spare plastic from my TK builds. Then I used snaps to attach the chest and back together as well as the arms and legs. It worked like a charm.
  3. Hello I am also from MN. There are a number of people in state that have built their own armor, myself included, that would be willing to help out depending on your location. The best place to start would be by registering with the central garrison and asking for help there. I believe they will also be having building parties where everyone will be bringing in their own projects to work on. I would think yours would definitely qualify. Good luck and have fun with your build! If you need any help let me know, I am not as knowledgeable about the different kinds of armor as many on these forums but I do know some thing that could help.
  4. Hello and welcome. I am also from MN and I am sure there are a number of us that would be willing to help you if you need it. I strongly suggest registering with the central garrison in order to get in contact with others from MN.
  5. Sorry I should have remembered to include pictures of the helmet. Again this is a Piggy bank I got off of Amazon https://www.amazon.com/First-Order-Stormtrooper-Bank-Awakens/dp/B017WIG2XG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1467231176&sr=8-2&keywords=stormtrooper+bank I did look for another helmet but this was the best I could find and I was told by others that this would work. I cut the bottom off and then cut out the eyes. I then colored the eyes black so it looked good (I just used a sharpie) and then added a lens. I used the same lens I used for my TK which I order from Trooperbay. The lens is just pressure fit inside. It was really easy. I did not fill in the hole for the coins or paint the helmet as the paint did not adhere well to the vinyl of the helmet when I tested it on the scrap. I think it still looks pretty good. Here are some pictures of just the helmet. Again I hope this helps and if you have any improvements please let me know! By the way I used 4 of those rare earth magnets (two on the holster and 2 on the blaster) to make the blaster stay in place. It works pretty good unless he starts walking really fast.
  6. Oh, the calves were just like the traditional clam shell with velcro on the the inside to help hold it closed. They were the most difficult part of the build in my opinion. Again I hope this helps.
  7. Ok here are some pictures. FYI the helmet is the piggy bank I found on amazon and the blaster is the one from the figure, I just extended the handle with some wood and extra plastic I had. And here are some pictures of the individual pieces with the strapping. They may be more useful for you. I hope this helps!
  8. I recently did this for my son and it was pretty simple. I unscrewed the figured and took apart what I could. I then trimmed off all the black plastic at the joints and I used my lexan scissors and a grinding attatchment on my Drexel to take out all the support plastic inside it. This does take a while to do. To put it back together I used the same methods that is used on my OT TK. I butt jointed the arms and legs together with e 6000 and then installed few few snaps in the chest, shoulder, forearms, and thighs to hold it together. I finished by giving it a custom paint job to make it more accurate and adding some magnets to hold the blaster to the leg where the holster should be. It turned out great!
  9. Hi noop, I am making a first order set for my son as well. What piggy bank did you use for the helmet? I have been looking for one but I can't figure out which bucket would be best. Thanks for the help.
  10. I have one suggestion on the top piece of the bucket. Under the traps instead of having it come to a point, try to round it a little just so that the plastic won't tear. Someone recommended that to me when I was making my bucket and I have not had an issue with it. Just be sure you do not go too high as you want the ear piece to cover those parts up. A rounded file should take care of it with just a few passes.
  11. I saw this as well. Its a bummer as it was one of the few family games that we would play together.
  12. I have not gone basic approval but if you go over the requirements for each level you could make any modifications that are necessary. When I started my build I was shooting for centurion I just have not done the final few steps that are needed. If you look at his information I think he is centurion qualified but the requirements sometimes change over time. Anyways it does layout a great guide to follow and it was a great help to me, the only problems I had was when I painted my helmet. I ended up having to get stencils from trooper bay in order to get it right. Everything else went well and that problem probably as much my fault as anything. There are other great threads out there, this is just the one the helped me the most with my build. <br><br> No matter which you choose to follow take your time and I would suggest looking at multiple threads to see which will work best for you. I would also suggest talking to your local members as no thread can substitute for hands on help if you can get it. <br><br> Good luck!
  13. Pandatrooper had a great one that takes you step by step through the whole build. I used it for my build.
  14. Hello and welcome. You should felt in contact the central garrison boards. I have been a member for about a year and I have to say the local members can be very helpful. I am about two hours away from you but if you need any help feel free to pm me and I will help you when I can otherwise these forums should have all the information you will need. Good luck and have fun with your build, I look forward to doing a troop with you after you have completed your armor!
  15. I don't know about they big cost difference as I paid $225 (I think) for my hyper firm and I love it. I know it doesn't have the lights and sounds but it looks great and I am not afraid to let a kids pose with it for a picture as it is darn near indestructible. If a new one does cost $500 just keep an eye on the forums as they get listed every once in a while closer to the amount I mentioned. Be sure to get it when you see it though as they usually don't last too long. I hope this helps.
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