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Daetrin

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  1. It can with the right people. TBH it's just like the military, or other volunteer organizations. There are some friends I've made for life via struggles in the trenches. There are also other people I've trooped with that I prefer never to ever meet again. No matter what just like any organization there are cliques and there can be drama. You enjoyment and comradery will depend on how well you can insulate yourself from those areas and focus on having fun with people who are positive.
  2. Heya Ashton - I'll be your GML to approve your costume. Do create a build thread as you go along here so we can provide feedback earlier in the process. It will make your approval a breeze. As you can see, you're in good hands in FISD
  3. TBH, I think a cobbler can add that stitching on the inside if they don't come with them easily enough. Yeah, it's a little bit of an extra cost, but hey boots used to run $120 for a good pair of MC's back in the day, so for $61 and a bit out of pocket for stitching if needed, they seem like a work-able solution. If you GML is the flexible sort, they may even spot approve with the note that you get the stitching done in 30 days or something like that.
  4. Some really tall folks also cut the ab plate behind the belt and put in a spacer. From the side shot it looks like you may be trying to fit it too tight to your back too. I put foam behind my back and in the but plate to make it align better for instance. The back should look more straight not hug your body in a big curve when seen from the side.
  5. Yeah, few people can actually walk normally up the stairs. Even at 6' I can't do it without having to go up a bit crab-ways. I can run in armor at least, so there is that. The truth is that with the legs you can either look great (not much black showing) or have fantastic mobility (have a lot of black showing). Few get both.
  6. A good example is the OT armor. The original FX kits had a single back plate and came with silver tape. When we updated the CRL, they changed their mold. RT also changed his helmet from flat ear bumps to raised ones.
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazil_(1985_film)
  8. Their complication had a complication... (kudos if you know the reference without Googling it)
  9. Thanks Tony for volunteering to consolidate the feedback for a CRL update the way Glen did for the TKC. Want to schedule them at the same time? I think the grace period for the TKC comments are over and we can do all of them (R1 & TKC) either Friday or early next week.
  10. Me too some day. I heard that ANOVOS may (or is in the process of) losing their FOTK license, and if so this makes seeing the build even more timely. I hope you don't mind, but I tagged the thread title to make it clearer as to the make.
  11. Sweet! I work at K2 which has a big office in Joberg - happy to have you here.
  12. Amazing write-up, especially in such a short amount of time. At what point do you feel comfortable me publishing these - e.g. do you want some more time to have them reviewed or do you feel they are good enough to bake. Just wondering if you want to announce in the NL the proposed changes for people to see and do any last comments on.
  13. You can get ATA, etc. to fit a larger person, but it takes work. I think the largest fellow to get in to ANH sized armor was 6'4" 240lbs on a TE kit. He got it done, but an RT-Mod or AM would have looked better.
  14. For history - the original CRL is designed to use screen caps of the actual game to the maximum extant, as they are our best resource. Action figures much less so as we all know they take liberties on the details. Also, the skin that was supplied originally by an LFL contact is not necessarily canonical as we can't ascertain to what extent it was a guide/preview, and in the end when it's a choice between a screen cap of the game and the skin, we use the screen caps. In the original game it was essentially an ROTJ suit (plus ab detail change) and an ANH based helmet (with funky ears). Later iterations of the games where the skins are different/updated could cause us to refine the CRL, or provide two option paths to L2/L3, e.g. original game vs. newer game, if found necessary. CRL models are always a WIP and are the best we have for date. For example I was the CRL model for the TKC until Magni showed up with a better suit that mine, and so now he's the CRL model. At some point in the future there may be a better one than Magni, etc. IOW, CRL text is favored over the model when there is a conflict, and the model is the guide when there are no details in the text. Hope that makes sense, and thanks to Glen for taking on what is a thorny challenge in getting a solid recommendation out.
  15. Hiya Dan! As noted, research a lot, buy once. Some of us tried it the other way around and our wives got really angry. ;-)
  16. I think the path of going sandy once your TK is worn out is not uncommon. One thing for sure is that no matter how light the pack is, it will feel heavy after an hour. For sure go elastic vs. cordura as you will need to move. I'd also suggest that even after you get it approved, you are not done. It's one thing to walk around your house in armor and think "I look good" and get approved by your GML. It's another to go through a few troops where you have to put in on/off by yourself in a small changing room, or you want to run down a hallway for a skit or just for fun. Bending over, stairs, etc. You will likely find that you will continue to make adjustments over the first several months of trooping. As a GML I try to tell people to use Velcro at first if you are unsure vs. glue, esp. on the thighs and sometimes the forearms too until they've trooped a few times. As others mention it doesn't have to be perfect to get approved, so get it pretty good and then adjust. My $.02...
  17. Wow, that's pretty nifty. Do you have a pix of this on your kit? Maybe I'm on the skinny side, but I've also used strategically placed foam to get the look right. With the tab does it still give you flex when you bend/turn?
  18. I've not seen that suspender arrangement before. I can't wait to hear how it holds up
  19. At the end of the day, one of our primary goals is information transparency. As Tony rightfully noted it's not a detachment's place nor charter to promote or denigrate one maker or another. It is our job to ensure that people have transparent and accurate information from which to make their own choices.
  20. Very wise advice - thanks Clint for adding this.
  21. Thanks so much for doing this Rebecca - it's much appreciated!
  22. Yeah, and photos are tough as some things really stand out in a photo but are hard to tell in person, and vice versa.
  23. There used to be a tutorial somewhere too in how to make them yourself, but it seems gone. Someone may care to replicate it - basically you boil plastic and use your (gloved) thumb to make an impression, though I heard people using spoons too.
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