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501st Stormtrooper[TK]
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  1. I am working on an HWT right now and I have a backpack that has no antenna (I bought it from a guy who makes packs). The image at the TOP of the CRL has no antenna, but the image of the BACKPACK shows an antenna... adding to the confusion, the text says, "Backpack must be styled after and closely matches the backpack seen in the Battlefront series as seen in reference photos. No video monitors, extra greeblies. lights of any sort or attachments not seen in photos can be visible." So this is a worthless post and I've accomplished nothing by responding. The area is still very grey. I think the best thing is to email your local guy doing approvals and find out which he would prefer. Some are more stringent than others.
  2. I actually have straps that connect my shoulder bell to my chest armor. I'll post a pic. It's unique to me because I have big shoulders.
  3. I have been approved for 501st membership! http://www.501st.com/members/displaymemberdetails.php?userID=16466 (MY EMAIL ADDRESS ON THE 501st PAGE HAS A TYPO IN IT!! It's "heyitsadam@aol.com" not ".CON." I am working to get it corrected right now). I am TK31813 - Tampa Bay Squad, Florida Garrison Requesting access at this time....
  4. I do not have fans in my helmet just yet; however, the mic runs along the bottom of the helmet and is very out of the way. I bought the tube thinking that I could run fan wires in that as well. I don't think you would have a problem. If I add fans to my helmet, I will update thread with new photos.
  5. I recently purchased my Aker mic and speaker and at my first troop, I found that I couldn't get my helmet on without knocking it off my ear. My helmet fits kind of snug, so I was forced to figure a way to mount the mic inside the helmet. A couple of fellow troopers suggested using wire cutters to clip off the "head band" off the mic, but I don't want to damage anything permanently. I also wanted to be able to easily remove the mic to clean the helmet or if I need to transfer the electronics to another helmet in the future. Here's what I did: I picked up about 2 feet of clear plastic tubing from Lowe's. You can buy it by the foot. Total cost = about $3.00. Using my X-ACTO knife, I sliced ONE SIDE of the tube so I could slip the cord into the tube without having to FEED it through (have you ever pulled the string out of your draw-string gym shorts? It sucks putting it back in). I also used needle-nosed plyers to straighten the wire/headband so it would curve around the base of my helmet - I essentially had to open it up a bit. I fed that into the sliced tube WITH the wire. Once the wires are in the tube, I wrapped fuzzy velcro around the tube in three places.... I also put velcro in 3 corresponding places around the base of the inside of my helmet.... Now, I just stick the tube to the inside of the helmet... .... and run it along the back.... Now you have a mic that can easily be removed from your helmet AND you didn't damage the Aker mic by clipping off the headband!!
  6. I've had the same question as I am at the strap portion of my build. I have found that by browsing various strapping tutorials you can cherry pick which parts work best for each part for your body. ((This answer sucks, but it is honest))
  7. I know we're a long way off, but I'm wondering if there will come a day where we'll just be able to "print" armor using one of those new 3D printers.
  8. I'm currently working on my new NE armor right now, but I've run into an ongoing problem. I know how to trim and glue the armor together, but what I'm wondering about is, how do I know it "fits?" I am currently working on my NE armor and trimming it is not a problem. However what I am running into is I can get around my body but I don't know if I have it set up so it fits correctly. You see, I know how to pair of jeans fit because I'm trying on a bunch of jeans in the past. I don't know how are you supposed to bet because this is the first time I'm putting it on. Should I be able to run? Should I panic because I can't completely bend my knees. I know it is not the most versatile outfit in the world, but I don't know where to stop/start when it comes to trimming. I know I'm not going to be able to go out and pitch complete game shutout wearing this armor, but how much is too much? How much movement should I have? Should I be able to run? Jog? I guess I'm just looking for a little guidance in this department. I'm making good progress, too.
  9. Quick question: how tough is it to slide your hand into and through the opening with both seams sealed shut?
  10. If you have a Dremel and the sanding head, you can even out where the cover strip meets the armor. I'm OCD like that and I need a smooth edge.
  11. ; Couple of reasons. My weight fluctuates a lot. In the past year, I have been as much as 268 and as low as 220. Secondly, my thinking was with velcro on one side, I can tighten the pieces around my arm instead of keeping it one size and having to measure and cut to a level where I can JUST squeeze into it.
  12. Jeez...it's "Attack of the Killer Clamps."
  13. Why not? I can't use a velcro strip on one side?
  14. To make the taper at the wrist, what I did was I cut a "pie" shaped piece of velcro that went down by the wrist so it overlaps a little more a the bottom than the top. I have to take a picture of it and post it. I've had to stop for a few days after making good progress because my freakin' Dremel locked up on me! The "lock" used to hold the bit in place so you can replace the heads wasn't holding the bit in place and I couldn't change from the sander to the cutting wheel. So... off to Home Depot.
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