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    Expert Infantryman
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    Area 51 - Sparks, NV
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    SciFi, star wars, transformers, car action movies, paranormal investigation shows, spicy foods especially curry. Modding my cars and trooping!


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  1. Welcome aboard Chris! I have a MTK kit that I built to ESB / Expert Infantry level. So it's really not a matter of can the MTK meet 501st requirements but more what your goals are. For basic, it should be straight forward. For higher levels just visit the respective pages to see what you need to do the get there. I recommend shoot higher, it isn't that much more effort and since you will be representing both the 501st and FISD as well as yourself - go for it! Here is my build thread from many moons ago but much of it still applies. TK24336 ESB Build https://www.whitearmor.net/f
  2. Hi Michael, These throat mics are not pre-amplified, so no power requirements. On the technical side there are signal to noise and for some applications, matching the ohm resistance to get the best performance, but with simple applications like an amplified mini PA, I have not run into any problems with the throat mic working with the PA. The challenge had always been individual physiology on whether the mic would pick up the sound vibrations. This is not a problem for acoustic pick up mics, but then those pick up breathing and more susceptible to feedback. Keep these thi
  3. Hey Hugh, Have you tired the throat mic yet? This vendor has made some design changes over the past few years. We are both in the GGG and I am wiling to let you try mine out before you place an order. I believe a few other GGG members are using the throat mic as well. Contact me via GGG forum PM or our FB group page. Thanks
  4. Looks like the vendor has changed their website around. Here's where I found their throat mics. It also appears they no longer offer the dual transponder one. http://www.ixradio.com/shop/computer-accessory/ Good luck with your search and hunt.
  5. Looks like the company changed their URL for their throat mic and amplifier packages. http://www.ixradio.com/shop/voice-amplifier/ Thanks for your interest.
  6. This video is a follow up to my previous one demonstrating the a walkie talkie throat mic can be made to work with a personal voice amplifier such as the Aker. From my searches on the internet, it has been next to impossible to find a microphone ONLY throat mic. There are literally hundreds of throat mics with an ear phone speaker like those used by military or security but then those will not plug directly into any personal amplifiers without using an adapter. I looked up ix-radio, the original manufacture of the walkie talkie throat mic in my previous video and found out that they offer a w
  7. I went with nomex gloves and elastic strapping on my ESB hand plates for basic and EIB approval. I was advised if I want to continue to use the same hand plates, I would only need to don a set of rubber gloves. IMO, I would go this route for two reasons: 1) fabric gloves give you more options for breathable fabrics, 2) you can use the same hand plates for your Basic, EIB, and Centurion approvals. Just need a set of rubber gloves to use for approval. Good luck and no problem asking for help, just make sure the question hasn't already been asked dozens of times or isn't readily availa
  8. Thanks for sharing Walter. It was my ESB regarding the bicep straps but I don't believe it comes down to approval without them. It is more a matter of speculation since the ESB suits were mainly re-purposed ANH ones right? The common consensus is most of J hooks were damaged thus not used while filming ESB. The bicep straps were there on most of the ESB suits but since the J hooks are missing the bicep straps slid out of sight on many of the TK actors. Locitus' position was two fold - 1) having the bicep strap helps our armor look more fitted and 2) it is reasonable to believe that they we
  9. Looking great. IMO the MK2 is cool but it is so close to ROTJ. Just go for ESB and we can troop like twins!
  10. Helmet replacement may be the best course of action. But it wouldn't be impossible to "correct" it with some heat and an appropriate shaped object to push it from behind the cheek bump. I have seen some pretty amazing reshaping of armor on this forum by some clever individuals.
  11. I would not recommend using a heat gun as there is the risk of deformation when pulling apart the armor while its heated. Freezing works and safer but many builders here have be successful with carefully pulling apart the seam or running a blade in between (be really careful with this one) the joint to cut the glue. E6000 IS really forgiving and after you have the seam apart, it takes some time to "rub" off the remainder of the glue, but it does come off.
  12. Keep up the great work! That is one BIG tote shipping box!
  13. Congrats Mike,<br><br> You got here without my help!
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