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bzb

501st Stormtrooper[TK]
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  1. To build this TD, I just took the same length of 2" PVC white pipe, sanded down the printing on it.

     

    Cut two tiny strips (1/4" wide) of white plastic for the "bands" from the cutoff pieces and glued those in place about 1/8" away from the end caps.

     

    Then I measured out a piece of spare flat ABS to leave about 1/8" away from the bands placement - it ended up being about a half inch shorter than the molded control panel, width-wise. It's more of a rectangle than square if you use Kev's measurements.

     

    Simply taped down one end on the pipe, then used the heat gun to bend it around. Wear gloves ;)


  2. Hold your thoughts on what is right and wrong for 501st approval...

     

    Soooo on the clones side of things... It appears that a realistic sideshow Rex will become 501st approve-able because it's statue is an actual LFL/Disney licensee reference for the realistic version. I maybe jumping the gun here a little bit but this is the direction they are going. And discussion has already taking place with the LMO.

     

    That means that the LFL licensed Jes Gistang should fall under the same rules and be approved just as we originally assembled it and debuted it at San Diego Comic-con. We made it look just like the statue.

     

    All these other request for it to look like the Comic is completely unnecessary!!!!

     

    Kevin W.

     

    Would be great news if this were true.  Luckily all the mods I've done are reversible!

     

    I submitted the new TD, but agreed, it looks like garbage in comparison to the statue.


  3. Oh my scruffy nerf herder! I check this post every single day waiting for this armor to be approved so that I can start on mine and get it right the first time. What could be taking so long!!!

     

    You can go ahead and start :)  With Kev's new backplate, we should be good to go.  Just needs to be finalized at this point, but I don't think any of us anticipates any changes.  Yet.

     

    Anyone who thinks their armor is one-and-done is in for a nasty surprise after a couple troops.


  4. All jokes aside, I joined this crazy, weird group of nerds because of the charity work involved. I couldn't justify spending thousands on a costume until I realized how much these folks really give back to the community and support external charities. I'm the President of a charitable organization that has a very active, engaged membership; we don't have nearly the same passion and activity that the 501st does. Honestly, I'm more proud of being the appointed Charity Officer of the Georgia Garrison than I am to be the elected President the APCA!

     

    What has truly astonished me in the past year is how passionate these folks are about the charity work. It is absolutely amazing to me - still - how much joy our silly costumes bring to people, and that people are willing to donate to charities just to be in our presence. Just a few weeks ago, we organized a Blast-A-Trooper event that raised over $600 for a local animal shelter in a mere four hours! Additionally, I've visited sick children a couple times at our local Children's Hospital, and those have been some of the most rewarding charitable experiences I've had.

     

    Like many of the folks here, I'm a 9-5er professional at a Fortune 50 company. My coworkers absolutely LOVE what we do, and my boss and leadership is supportive of me leaving work in the middle of the day to bring some relief - and a break from reality - to kids, their parents, and the community.

     

    Look, there are some weird folks - truly weird - that I have met in every group of passionate fans. I play flag football every night, and I know some weirdo jocks... all they do is live and talk football. They attend flag football competitions every weekend, play 15 different fantasy football leagues, tweet about NFL during the off-season, and tailgate on Saturdays at colleges three states over. They cray. So even something that is "normal" or at least accepted in our culture/society... there are weirdos.

     

    And that's perfectly OK.

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  5. Hi guys - still patiently waiting with the rest of you for that magic seal of approval...

     

    But in the mean time - I've been having a bit of fun in my costume that last couple of weeks!

    Armageddon Expo down here in NZ - our equivalent of your comicon's - raising the buckets for NZ Child Cancer Foundation and the amount of positive feedback I got wearing Jes was amazing!

    Not just the boys  ;)  but younger girls seeing a female trooper were loving it as well! I don't have a bucket at this stage so was enjoying that face time :P

    What a first post! Looks fantastic. Yes, the little girls love it as much as the... ahem... dads. Shannon got plenty of attention at Zoo Atlanta, and I heard so many people exclaiming, "Oh look, a lady stormtrooper!"

     

    And yes, we all need to see Stacey's armor approved. Today would be great...


  6. For ultimate in long troop comfort, gluing the rubber handplates to Nomex gloves cannot be beat. The best part is the fingers are conductive, so Stormtrooper Selfies can be made...

     

    I wear a Medium. $15 shipped from Amazon.

     

    http://www.amazon.com/Northstar-Tactical-Flight-Gloves-Medium/dp/B004J95Z7Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414872240&sr=8-1&keywords=northstar+tactical+nomex+gloves


  7. Helmet is finished. Went with the standard tube stripes from TrooperBay.

     

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    Liner is a Vega motorcycle helmet replacement pads from Amazon for $8.54, sized small. I use the cheek pads in my bucket, but this one is much smaller than the standard TK bucket, and I actually had to place a piece of foam above the lens to push the helmet forward on Shannon's face - otherwise her eyelashes were hitting the lens.

     

    I'm planning on covering the exposed screws with a small piece of foam.

     

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008PQPILW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

     

    Just awaiting the comic-style back plate to resubmit.

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