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bzb

501st Stormtrooper[TK]
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  1. Thanks for the photos - those really help. Unfortunately, I botched the second one due to overconfidence, and ended up mounting it skewed. So after fixing it straight, it's far too thin for me to adjust I ordered a fresh set from MTK... so it's off to the strapping system for me
  2. Drumming this one up - my shins pop over my Lands End boots really easily. Trying to decide which method is going to work best here, as my shins pop over the front AND back quite easily. I'm thinking the snap on the back edge might work to keep it down, but the elastic stirrup sounds like it may be the way to go for me. Any experience on actual troops with each style?
  3. Donated, and thanks for the youtube, that's awesome. Will be so much better with the bikini this time! Good luck on your new goal.
  4. Oh noes - just saw your post gaz! So now do I need to order a new left ear? And hey, I thought everyone loved Twinkies?!
  5. So I went ahead and did the left ear - and this ear has indentations from the mold that follow the line WAY closer than I was getting by estimating. It's a good 1/4 thinner than the right ear, so looks like I got some more trimming to do on that one. Thanks again for everyone's help.
  6. Haha, what SIZE is that bikini?! I'll donate if you raise your goal (love fundraising challenges!). $300 was apparently way too easy for you.
  7. It's an MTK kit. Kept shaving and checking, and this is what I've ended up with. Thoughts? Thanks everyone for their help and tips. Folks aren't kidding when they say this is the most difficult part!
  8. 100% complete? It looks great. I'm trying to catch up! Trimming the ears - giving me heartburn.
  9. Screwed in the top two screws. Have to really squeeze the bottom to get it this flush. FRONT REAR If I don't squeeze it, it looks like this: Is it correct to squeeze it before drilling the bottom hole? My concern would certainly be the screw digging into the ABS over time. Or should it lay flat?
  10. Thanks all. I'll work on it some more this afternoon - I was afraid I just wasn't going to be able to get the gap over the tube even close. Really appreciate the drawing Germain!
  11. I got a little crazy with the snips (word of caution: don't work on the ears when you're exhausted) Can this be saved, or do I order a new one?
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    TK build (MTK)

    Haha, yes, mirror pic. Appreciate it, it's even the little guy's actual birthday today - suck!
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    TK build (MTK)

    So my son got sick today and I had to come home to pick him up While sitting on conference calls, I ended up painting my Chelseas. I opted for brush instead of the HVLP gun... because it's more accurate. (By "it's more accurate" I mean it's too friggin cold to do anything outside, so I'll be damned if I'm breaking out the spray gun ) Angelus Paint in white. 4oz is way more than I need for two boots, but 1oz wouldn't be enough. First coat, very light. Cut in the edges with a flat brush, rest with a round. Second coat. Third coat. Looks like these won't be dress shoes for work anymore. Just finished one last coat on both boots. I'll be letting them dry for about 5 hours. Then I'll coat with the acrylic finisher with a rag. Finally, I'll finish off the mesh with a fabric paint I picked up at Hobby Lobby. Supposedly that will coat it far better than the Angelus (which just soaks right in).
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    TK build (MTK)

    Some minor progress on my lid. Still got some toofeses trimming to do. Got my son's birthday party coming on Sunday, so I gotta take a break to finish up the Harry Potter stuff. I've been making wands and scarves for the kids goody bags. But I'll be back at it next week. Still got a lot of work on this, but there is a a faint glow at the end of this tunnel.
  15. I saw a drawn holster and belt measurement chart on someone's thread, and I thought I bookmarked it... but I can't find it to save my life! Can someone point me in the right direction?
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    TK build (MTK)

    Torso strapped together, using Mr. No Stripes strapping kit. Everything is trimmed except the sides of the abdomen and kidney - need to get a little assistance to get the measurements correct, so it'll have to wait until probably this weekend.
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    TK build (MTK)

    After suiting up the legs and taking a terrible quality mirror selfie, I think my wife is wanting a costume of some sort... she sure had a lot of questions! The torso is trimmed at the joining lines, but I'm trying to determine how much of a return edge I want on the chest and upper back pieces. Any advice?
  18. Wow Jim, you've done great work! I hope my MTK kit turns out as well as yours!
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    TK build (MTK)

    Thighs almost there. Male Thigh gap photo warning Should I leave myself more room than this? I can barely get two fingers in between the armor and my thigh at the top.
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    TK build (MTK)

    Jack - looks like you installed it on the outer end instead? Interesting. My biggest concern is with the velcro being on a "ridge" because of the shim and calf levels being slightly off. If it was the "loop" side I wouldn't have as much of a corner, but I feel like the "hook" side (which will mount to this shim) is more rigid. Leo - They look fine top to bottom. Also, this is actually the left leg - so the sniper plate will be covering any minor alignment problems. The issue I ran into is I cut the inner instead of the outer calf to do the "overlap" for the velcro. I'm not doing the accurate bra hook method.
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    TK build (MTK)

    Ran into my first issue last night. After even trial fitting the left shin, for some reason I thought I was working on the opposite leg. Doh. I cut my inside shin rear flap to 7/16". The outside shin rear flap is still 1.25". These should be reversed. My plan is to use a 1" shim glued to the inside of the 7/16" flap. The hard velcro hook side will be attached to it and the miscut 7/16" flap on the inside shin. Then cut the outside shin to 7/16" and attach the proper 7/8" cover strip, with the soft velcro loop attached to it. Does this sound OK? Will the uneven layer of velcro hook from the 1" shim be an issue for me?
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    TK build (MTK)

    Can someone point me in the right direction on how to identify the inner calves/shins? I may just move onto the thighs... Edit: re-watched MTK's video. Good visual aid! Shins are in progress.
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    TK build (MTK)

    Haha, thanks, I'm trying. She sure loves her some Disney (ok, we all do) so I'm trying to get this done as quickly and as nicely as I can to attempt to get into SWW! She *adored* the "bad guise!! bad guise!!" when we went for SWW in 2012. She's fighting Vader in my avatar. Once I'm done with mine, I plan on getting one of the kids sets for my 7-year old son. He's been into dressing up in costumes for years, so how cool would a TK be?? After getting them to hit the sack, I finished up ole Southpaw. I may not have left enough room in them, though, and may have to go back and reduce the returns. Although, I think the left seems more pronounced because of the deep V shape:
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    TK build (MTK)

    These dang parts need to be labeled After spending 10 minutes trying to figure out which calf is which, I went back to the biceps, since I learned the squared one is the right. Right arm is locked and loaded. OK maybe neither of those, but at least they're assembled. Also keeping an extra roll of TP handy, just in case I crap myself when I screw up a part from moving too quickly.
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