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Everything posted by Daetrin

  1. Welcome! Do create a build thread, we'd love to follow along and provide advice and enouragement.
  2. Welcome back and do share some pix. We always like looking at builds and new suits.
  3. Man, you are putting in a lot of detail and it looks great. Can't wait to see how the rest turns out, as spring is almost here.
  4. Nice! Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. It speaks a lot to how outstanding you are doing that the election was this close ;-)
  5. Man, you guys are all hard core. I think I just used blue painters tape. These are much nicer ideas.
  6. Wow, you look amazing!!! 太棒了
  7. Well, the patch was made in 1989 - over 30 years ago, so I think any terms of use have long expired. Use it as you please
  8. It's how I paid for college. I didn't have the eye sight to be a military pilot so had to go a different route in life.
  9. That's totally cool. How are you guys planning on celebrating this year - are you still going to travel home? I hope everyone remains safe over there. I like what you did for figures, it's pretty creative and I'd do the same thing though I don't think my wife would appreciate me putting them on the dining room table.
  10. Totally sweet! The OH-58's I worked on back then were A+ models. Unarmed & unafraid! So, very different from the D models that folks are enjoying nowadays. I actually have a patch that shows that from the day. I'll see if I can find it.
  11. Tell me more! I worked on OH-58's for a long time - you got me curious.
  12. Everyone has a preference, but having done both I use elastic for everything. Actually I go even further - in the beginning when it may take a few troops to get everything dialed in I make the straps a little longer than I may need and then put in knots or pins to adjust it little by little. After a half dozen troops where I'm no longer making adjustments, then I can make net new ones from scratch knowing they will be perfect. Others put in loops where they can literally adjust them on the fly. The downside of cordura/nylon is that there is no give at all, which puts more stress on the armor when you are doing something more than just standing around looking pretty.
  13. Stay safe everyone and let's hope we can get back out trooping!
  14. No worries - it's not urgent.
  15. They sculpted the armor for someone about 5'10" and like 150lbs or something because that was a common size for the British folk who did the part. I don't think Lucas had any input in to that. You can read about it in Brian Muir's excellent book, as well as The Making of Star Wars by Rinzler.
  16. Don't forget TK-Big. Huge person who ended up sculpting his own armor. Man, wish I could find the old thread in the interwebs, it was pretty impressive.
  17. This will be sweet when done - sooooo close!
  18. Do you think you can make a round version of this which can be made in to a circular patch?
  19. Woo-hoo - down to the dirty dozen! Interesting to see the best of the last
  20. This is mostly true. ANH Stunt, ANH Hero, and ESB are *very* similar. You can basically make all 3 costumes with 1 base suit, 3 helmets, and 3 belt/holster rigs (or even 2 if you are clever). ROTJ is a whole different beast. So I'd say it's more of FO vs. ROTJ vs. ANH/ESB style.
  21. With elastic it's always easier to make any straps longer than you need, then after you wear it a bit use safety pins (or even put knots in it) to shorten them. Then when you are highly confident they are the right length, make new ones of the perfect length. That's what I always did anyway. It's very easy to take length out of elastic, can't really put it back in during a troop LOL
  22. Yup, and for EI to truly be a success we use the MEPD / deployed numbers. Historically about 40% of sandtroopers are MEPD deployed. To get to that number, we'd need to have 2,260 EI and we just passed 1000. If we could get each EI to help one person go EI, wouldn't that be incredible?
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