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  1. Asking for lid pics is like asking to see someone's baby pics - how could anyone refuse such a request! Here's a few of pics of the preassembled and finished helmet that came with the original full armor kit which I modified. I haven't worked on the separate helmet kit I later bought and received last month. Out of the box and my first mods (trim eyes, lift brow, remove teeth paint and repaint 4 per side with brush): Later, add brush painting of 5th tooth for each side (current state):
  2. JawaJoe, I bought the full Original TK armor (including medium soft goods), all sitting in the same big brown ANOVOS box it shipped in. After waiting a year to get it, it's been sitting on my living room floor in the original untrimmed state. I bought it at the low prerelease price mostly because I wanted the helmet that was included. I'd already bought preassembled used AP armor from someone about my size, and it makes more sense for me to clean it up and modify it to fit me. So long story short, I could sell you my original pre-order armor the medium soft goods and everything that c
  3. Excellent work JawaJoe. Looks perfect to my eye. You painted that 5th tooth the same way I did. The ANOVOS mold is different at that location (more depressed) compared to screen-used helmets.
  4. OK good - that works too. A chin strap I find works great to keep the helmet in place relative to your head (no bobble) even without padding. A chin strap would also tend to rotate the helmet upwards and away from the chest somewhat. Im not affiliated with trooperbay, but I have bought a couple of these before which work for me well and are easy to install. https://trooperbay.com/costuming-accessories/elastic-helmet-straps-with-snaps
  5. Here's my go-to ear trimming I use when I can't quite visualize where to trim and to get a decent first cut quickly. A compass works great if you can replace all the sharp bits with plastic. Attach the helmet with screws. Set the offset between pencil lead and the spacer according to how much to trim. Trace around ALL of the ear keeping that constant offset, ensuring the spacer is touching the helmet at the same ear trace point where you estimate the trimmed ear will lay. This technique I find is accurate to within 1-2 mm, manual sanding afterwards to fine tune the fit.
  6. How about a chin strap? It could help or make it worse, not sure. A chin strap attached to the ear screws would pull your head towards the back top of the helmet. Simulate this by pressing on the back top of the helmet see if that might make the fit better.
  7. If it were a Rogue One helmet I'd say yes you'd want to have no gap between the ear and the helmet. But for OT helmets, having a gap is screen accurate. So to me it looks fine as-is. Compare yours to this screen capture from ANH; it's very similar. And yes the plastic is very thin at the base of the helmet at the front of the tubes. Cracks forming there are quite common with the finished ANOVOS TK helmets also. Overtightening the ear screws might add stress to that area. You might want to reinforce that seam and the surrounding area inside the helmet on both side
  8. I should have said you still need to paint the frown and the ear bars and the vocoder even if you use the supplied decals.
  9. Same here, just got mine two years after pre-order this month too. Complementing yours, here's my mini-review. The Anovos original trilogy OT Stormtrooper kit looks good and is a complete kit and even includes the newly updated mic tips. I don't see this available-for-sale anymore on the Anovos website, so if you got one this was probably a good buy. It looks like the two helmet pieces are pulls from the initial Anovos molds, not their updated 2017 version, but I'm not sure. Gone is the awkward hardhat-style head strap. Instead the kit include
  10. Old post I know, but some new reference photos of screen-used helmets of both ANH Hero and ESB Stunt helmets are available in the book "Star wars, les objets du mythe (French)" by Patrice Girod and Arnaud Grunberg. Mr. Grunberg owns an extensive collection of props from the Star Wars saga photographed for the book. In it, the slightly bluish color of the traps and tears in the ESB decals is clearly evident. It differs from the "ANH gray" paint color on the ANH Hero. The ear rank bar of the ESB helmet is ANH gray and differs from the bluish color of the ESB tear/trap decal color. So, it's
  11. The main reason I wouldnt use Facebook for storing pictures is... because it's Facebook (social spyware). I use flickr now instead of photobucket. 1Tb of free storage (yes, Terabyte with a T). Can share individual images with html img tags with different size options for the same photo. Fast bulk and auto uploads. Good browser and app support. Only ? is what Verizon will do with flickr if and when they do buy Yahoo.
  12. 3-piece construction does appear to be the same as the MRCE / eFx PCR, given the seam locations. And like on those you can't easily change the brow height. I mean overall I'd say it's a clean design but not to me an artistic design. It does not evoke the look of the original Liz Moore sculpture, the graceful curvatures and transitions of the piece as a whole composition. Closer in overall shape to Luke's Hero helmet than a Stunt to my eye. But like others have said, the iconic Stormtrooper is burned into my brain so I'm irreversibly biased! Sent from my SM-G900P using Tapatalk
  13. A number of people share the same initial impression of R1. Percentage wise the R1 trailer is getting 6% thumbs down compared to the TFA trailer which got around 3% thumbs down. A statistic I'm sure Disney monitors. Of course that leaves a lot of people who do like what they see. I think the lines and shape of this armor did place a lot of importance on freedom of motion for performing stunts (or simply running) which you see a lot of in the trailer. The armor is segmented and cut so that wherever the body bends it will not constrain that motion. Which also means we see a lot of the bla
  14. And the first foundry originally made khaki colored gooberfish ponds made of HDPE.
  15. Regarding the missing holster, the FO stormtroopers didn't have a holster either. Their blasters were attached to a molding incorporated into the right thigh, as shown on my Battle Buddy here on casual Wednesday:
  16. I think you hit the nail on the head. Nostalgia, tradition, legacy... things you cannot change without ruffling some feathers. R1 is set in the timeline of the original trilogy, and we expect to see the same costumes for the same characters. But that's not what we see here. Changing things up just because you can doesn't mean you should (i.e Special Edition versus original theatrical release). But I'll reserve judgement on whether these changes to the details are warranted; it all depends on the story. The Vader community might not be so understanding though if that costume changes subst
  17. I'd agree the 501st stormtroopers making an appearance at a hospital or a charitable event would be proudly sporting better fitting and better looking armor than what's shown in this promo picture. The Detachment Founder set high standards for costuming accuracy after all!
  18. The promotional ANH Hero stormtooper shots were of Luke's costume. At least the helmet was. But The Chronicles promo shots of the ANH Vader costume after completion of filming did include a repaint of the ANH helmet ( it was really rough by the end of filming).
  19. Great job Merusk! Took a while to load and kept crashing Firefox on Android, but eventually I was able to save the image. 3.0Mb not too bad. No holster... hmmm. Slides onto the massive cover strips? Maybe they will make use of the D-Ring as a method of attachment? Dangling from the oversized crotch piece perhaps? Who knows lol. Aww trooper18938 we're just having fun getting a head start on the rivet counts, even if they are subject to change. This may only be one variant. Those marketing folks are clever. Why buy one new costume when you can get two at twice the price? I have n
  20. Why change the tube stripes For this trooper in water? Because they are gills.
  21. Nice detail image of the helmet. Wow lots of changes. And here's a few more. The ear rank bars are more recessed, and more to the point, they aren't rank bars anymore! They are totally redesigned, looking more like a "comms" component. The tube stripes aren't curved. They are straight! Ah well, no need to double check which way to paint them or apply the decals (pointing to the back of the helmet). The one change I do like is how the vocoder (also probably not a vocoder anymore) has its tubes extending out from the helmet. Looks more like an apparatus for conditioning and providin
  22. What? No ear gaps? These helmets might be one piece. Frown may not have cut-out teeth. Could just be black paint. And they all look the same. Hmmmph. I guess Ben was right. Only Imperial Stormtroopers are so precise.
  23. Looking good. At this point would also be a good to have an idea of where you will want the ears to go. I often pick a movie helmet with similar assembly positioning and use that as a reference. How far back, how far up, how much rotation. Main reasons for doing it now is to be sure the holes you drill will be hidden by the ear, and if using rivets first, to be sure they don't overlap where the ear screws will likely go. You will want to be sure the ear is positioned low enough to curve all the way around to the bottom of the tube to cover up any discontinuity where the front and back hal
  24. Yep that'll work! I did have one helmet that started to split upwards from that point without it, so it's good you added it.
  25. Well yeah it's just the undersuit showing on the shoulder after half his arm fell off. But it is black lol. Helmet not fitting too great either. Maybe this is the same guy who almost lost his helmet escorting Han Solo into cell with the others. He was using his right arm in that scene so maybe the strap from shoulder bell to shoulder strap detached and nobody noticed.
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