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  • Birthday 10/22/1973

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  1. Hm. Are these helmets supposed to be Stunt or Hero? They installed flat lenses, so I guess they're supposed to be Stunt. Here are some of my observations: The traps and ears look to be done well. I feel like there's too much plastic around the eyes, though reference photos tend to contradict that. The blue stripes should be at most a pencil-width from the cheek. These are considerably lower. The gray on the frown should come to a point, not end abruptly on the fourth tooth.
  2. I have a thread going on my local Garrison's forums for people who are getting Anovos armor. This is what I've posted so far: I wouldn't go with the loop method Anovos suggests. I would use either the bracket method or I would use the snaps and straps system that myself and many others have used. I would also suggest for snap plates to use polyfiber webbing instead of pieces of ABS to secure the snaps on. It will form to the inside of your armor better as it's flexible. Also cover the back of the snap with tape before gluing it to prevent scraping and possible glue interaction with t
  3. Hey ya Roger! Glad to see you back at the kit! Research and pics, just like Steve says. You have the same armor kit I built (except for the helmet - I got an ATA). Feel free to PM me any questions you have, and document your build here as you go.
  4. Yeah, poor judgment on the part of this guy. You can't hang out near a school in a masked costume. That's a big no-no. I was actually happy to see that he was wearing a stock Rubies costume. That told me he wasn't a 501st member.
  5. this is suspect. That second shot of the helmet? That's not the same as the helmet in the full body shot. I would pass on that.
  6. Hi Andrew! I got a set of NE armor back in August 2013. It certainly can accommodate larger troopers, and I trimmed a bunch off it to fit my 5' 10" / 175 lb frame. Just make sure the armor fits you, and trim as much as you need to get it to do so! Regarding your helmet, I've drawn red where you can cut outward to. When looking at the teeth on your helmet, you'll notice the shadow between the two different areas of the teeth. That will really help you to see visually how far to cut out. That's what I used as the guide for the lines I drew: I have an ATA helmet, but h
  7. Hi Amy! Please keep in mind that no armor is 501st approvable right out of the box. Approval is dependent on the fit of the armor to each individual. Anovos armor may work for base approval or beyond, but that will only be determined once someone gets the armor, fits it to their person, and submits for approval. As for sizing, any armor you get will need to be trimmed to fit you. The type of armor you get will be based on your height and weight.
  8. Hello! I'm the FISD member liason for Cloud City Garrison, the garrison you'll join once you have an approved TK. I live in Aloha. I'll be more than happy to assist you with your build once you get your plastic. If you haven't already, sign up to the forums at www.cloudcitygarrison.com and introduce yourself!
  9. It doesn't violate any regulation. You got enough screws. I use the bottom screw for the ear to hold the bottom part of the helmet together. I use the one silver screw for holding the top two pieces together, then two of the long brass screws in the top through the ear pieces, and one long brass screw through the bottom. Here are some markers on how I placed the holes that the long brass screws go into: And here you can see that the silver screw is covered up, and you can see the two brass screws through the ear (and both pieces of the helmet) on the top, and one brass
  10. I used the screws that came with the ATA helmet kit. No rivets. Holds up just fine.
  11. You are braver than I am Greg! I would have been more of a nervous wreck than I was if I had done some of the modifications you have. I held my breath when you cut the top of the kidney off and put on a new return edge! It certainly looks good! In the past, I have suggested to people to get the straps in place before doing any heat gun modifications, because pieces sit differently when they're securely in place vs. tape. Make sure to re-check all your fitting once you get a permanent strapping system in place. The trimming lines on your back plate look good. I chickened out and
  12. Hey Greg, here's how I cut the ab / kidney / butt plates of my kit: Butt plate trimming: I ended up trimming more from that return edge on each side, which really helped with a flaring issue I was having when connecting the butt plate to the bottom of the kidney. Here's how I cut the tab on the butt plate also: I did quite a bit of trimming on the top and bottom of the ab and kidney to get a nice clean connection. I didn't get that ab line on the ab to line up with the top of the kidney notch. I lined up the top of both the ab and kidney, and go
  13. You should avoid nylon straps, as this will put the strain of movement on the armor. Elastic strapping is what you want to use.
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