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  1. One last thing - I promise!




    The electret microphone that was packaged with my kit is saying the opposite of what you've described.  The pin that is connected the body of the mic is labeled as negative, according to the instructions that came with the kit.


    Typically, this wouldn't matter on a microphone, as long as both are wired the same in a stereo setup (otherwise you have phase issues).  However, Electret microphones typically need the + and - wired correctly, as the positive is used with power in the amplification.


    Not sure if the assembled kit comes with these instructions or not.  I did a quick test with the positive connected as instructed, and it appears to be working properly.



  2. Received my CanaKit packs yesterday - I opted for the project kit instead of the assembled one.  Going to make a couple minor modifications, and exploring options for 12v rechargeable power source to get a little more amplification out of it.


    Mynock - I was looking at the photos from your project page, and it looks like some of the joints are borderline (solder joints look like Hershey's Kisses). Have you had any intermittent issues with yours?

  3. I was poking around on the Canakit site, and it looks like the R009 kit has changed somewhat.  I have no reason to think it won't work still, but the shape looks like it might be a larger footprint.  Any insight here?


    Also, found those Burton earpads for $7 on ebay!  They're XS, but I'm OK with cutting into them, so it probably won't matter much.




    Here's the R009 board now:


  4. Interesting looks like there's a consensus!  Thanks all, I think I'll hit up Echo for one of those kits.


    I was thinking along the lines of my motorcycle helmets and how the vents are always up in the top blowing over the top of the head.  But the Arai was definitely warmer than the Scorpion - the Scorpion had considerably more space below the chin for air to get in.  So I guess it makes sense...

  5. I've been checking out the fan kits and I see some folks have them shooting down from the brim, and others shooting up from the chin.  Anyone used both methods, and decide which they liked better?  


    For some reason, I'm thinking I'd rather have them shooting downward toward the neck rather than up top.  


    But maybe it's better to keep the top of the head cool?

  6. Sorry to drudge up an old thread here - but I gots teh questions!


    Does anyone use a combo of zap-a-gap and E6000 on their builds?  MTK makes it look so quick and easy with zapagap and the spray accelerant!


    Yes, it's my first build, and yes, I have way too much confidence in my skills. ;) I was planning on using E6000 on the bucket and parts that I may adjust that change with my workout schedule (biceps, thighs) and the CA with parts that I won't like the shins, forearms, detonator, etc.

  7. Man, got all excited reading this thread from the beginning! Feel so bamboozled!


    It seems a lot of folks like the CA for comfort - is there a specific type of Chelsea boot brand that's more comfortable than others (and paintable)?  


    I'm pretty partial to the comfort of Sketchers... not that I have any health issues or anything, but I'm the type of guy who buys new cleats every 3 months just for flag football  :laugh1:

  8. I went to speaker hardware and actually his shipping is pretty expensive. For 8 screws and a speaker plug on its $8.15 shipping...$8.57 if I go fed ex. ugh...


    Vern I wish I could do that, but I cannot. Thats too low.


    Wow, either he's using a unit ship charge now, or changed the prices altogether.  It might be worth a shot to even ping him and see if he'd offer any info on what he's done - just trying to help!


    I pulled up my last order below. The Duratex is a gallon jug of paint, about 11 pounds packaged


    hdwc1405 Penn Elcom Chevron Corner USD $0.50 8 USD $4.00 DuratexSG Duratex Spray Grade USD $52.50 1 USD $52.50   Sub Total: USD $56.50   Shipping and Handling: USD $10.04   Grand Total: USD $66.54

  9. I used to design shipping logistics for e-Commerce sites almost a decade ago.  Once you factor in international shipping, it's a nightmare!  There are entire software suites designed to assist business owners to design shipping charges... it's a tough one sir!


    Leland Crooks over at Speaker Hardware ( a small business owner who's dealt with the exact same thing you are dealing with now.  I've never once had an issue with his shipping charges - and he's sent me gallon buckets of heavy paint (Duratex). He's a really nice guy - maybe he can help you out with some advice.  

  10. Hey all - I've been lurking and reading and getting excited for many, many years, being in Atlanta and seeing the 501st many times at Dragon*Con, around Atlanta-area Star Wars events, and even at Star Wars Weekends.  I think I'm finally ready to make the jump into getting my own armor and helping out!


    I e-mailed the address I found for ATA yesterday for a quote - hoping he gets back to me soon.  


    I am not expecting to be able to do any trooping until late spring or maybe even summer, but I'd love to be able to participate in some events once the new movies start rolling - so the sooner I get some experience, the better!


    I haven't done any models in a long time, but I've been a pretty proficient woodworker for the past 6 years - building many pieces of furniture and all my speaker cabinets for my DJ/AV business.  Hopefully the lessons in patience I learned from all of that will be helpful in the coming months.


    Thanks for all the support on these forums - I'm sure I'll be back on asking many, many questions.  


    (And just FYI - The photo of my avatar is my 4-year old daughter beating up Vader a bit.)


    - Bobby

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