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  1. Awesome!!! Congrats! Curious, to know how tall she is. I'm doing this for my son, but I'm thinking he's still a little short for a stormtrooper. I'm hesitant to cut everything short and have him outgrow it quickly.
  2. How did it go? I’ve tried a number of paints and not found one to match. Even went to the paint store to get a match and was told they can only match paint, not plastic.
  3. Dear Valued Customer, As Summer draws to a close, we wanted to send you an informative update chock full of pictures of what we’ve done to bring you the ultimate replica set of armor. In the past, our updates have just grazed the surface of the amount of effort that’s gone into designing and coming to final creation of this armor. This update provides a broader picture of our manufacturing process and allows us to finally bring you into the last steps of our journey together. With that said, we would be remiss if we didn’t continually thank you and be 100% appreciative of the support you’ve given us over our time together. There are no words that can possibly match how we feel as a company towards you and we only hope that our final product not only matches but surpasses your expectations, as it has ours. We can say with confidence that our final product surpasses any prototype we’ve ever displayed publicly. The Summer Update We have wonderful news! The five-month process of “cutting steel” is finally over, which is typically the longest point of a manufacturing process of this nature. You may be asking yourself two things: What does that mean? Why steel? Some backstory here to give some reference: Before we made the decision to cut steel, ANOVOS manufacturing had a process of using conventional vacuum-form moulds consisted of fiberglass with steel elements. While this process takes about three months to create, the results were less than stellar when we received the first samples. Though many of the pieces were passable, it was a process that led to significant degradation over time and something we didn’t feel comfortable with due to inconsistencies throughout the run. The use of our conventional vacuum-form moulds would mean that Trooper #1 could potentially get a different product than Trooper #10,001. The biggest culprit for this was the uneven transfer of heat across complex surface curvatures particular to this armor, despite the metal elements to help conduct the heat throughout. Therefore, after careful deliberation — and much hesitation for yet another massive delay — we opted to cut moulds out of full metal and eliminate the fiberglass elements completely. That means that all the hard armor parts across the whole body. By doing so, we would get the best heat conductivity possible, thereby creating a smooth consistent surface from Trooper #1 to #10,001. The end results have been amazing and large surface warpage (particularly for larger pieces, such as the chest and abdomen) have all been eliminated. Additionally, we engineered all of the pieces of this armor to minimize final assembly time. The trade-off is, of course, the five-month delay (which is done) and another month to fine tune (where we are now). Once this fine-tuning is approved, the armor will begin manufacturing. We are delighted to share with you the pictures of our first set of ‘raw’ pulls from the molds. We are now dialing in the final critiques with the aim of even sharper armor than what you see here. As promised, we are still intending on saving you massive amounts of time by pre-trimming the excess plastic and, for those of you worried about sizing, you will still be able to appropriately size the armor to you within most standard body types. The cutting will be performed by a five-axis machine, which will ensure a clean, precision cut. (This is a feature that will be no charge to be only included in this run of the armor, as one of our many tokens of appreciation for your patience and understanding.) In addition to that, you will now have the ability to use the provided armor to tailor your build to either The Last Jedi or The Force Awakens style armor. Lastly, with this final adjustment in manufacturing, it means we will be pushing the first wave of delivery out one more season to get these final pieces out to you. We will then send out successive waves with aimed completion before Celebration 2019. We hope that by providing you with these pictures, and this more specific and detailed update, we can mitigate any concerns you have about the completion of this project. Very few of you have left this project and we cannot possibly be more indebted to you, who’ve stayed for your kindness and understanding. We hope the initial savings you had at the beginning (the final prices will be multifold higher) coupled with the time savings from the precision trim will begin to makeup for the time it took to perfect this product, and ultimately restore your excitement to when you finally receive these. Sincerest Regards, Joe Beaudoin Jr. Product Development Manager
  4. I used this product from the beauty supply store. After searching around and seeing it work on restoring other plastics I tried it on a spot of my FX armor. I just brushed it on with a small paintbrush and let the plastic it sit out in the sun for 1/2-1 full day. https://www.sallybeauty.com/hair/hair-color/toner-and-developer/40-volume-creme-developer/SBS-760680.html ill post some pics later when I get a chance to show the difference before and after. I know trooperbay has a product that’s worked for a lot of people, I just wanted to try this because I’m could get it right away and I had this extra set of armor that I could play with.
  5. Hi! I’m an old member wanting to get back in. I had an old FX suit that treated me well back in the day, but was yellowing and looking old, and I thought I would need to buy a new suit to get approved. I finally was able to buy some ANOVOS armor, but after long waits and other setbacks was playing with the old FX set. I was able to find a product that has worked amazingly to remove the yellowing and the FX plastic looks great now. I have an updated helmet and was wondering what would be needed to make the old FX kit good for basic approval as either a stand in until the Anovos kit is ready, or for a back up suit. Any help would be appeciated, thank you!
  6. What gets me is that I always new NEW this and NEW that, or this or that IN STOCK! I get they need to make other items to stay in business, but either spend some effort on the items people have already purchased and are waiting for, or switch to suppliers who can obviously deliver. It really feels neglectful of customers to see a bunch of new items, very similar in form factor being manufactured and sold while we're sitting around. Doesn't help that the attitude from customer service is basically, "That's a sad story, bro" when you talk to them about it.
  7. Yeah, I think that's the case. I just got the shipping invoice for my OT kit, so I'm excited about that. I was talking to a CSR about the FOTKs and he said:
  8. For the troopers who use a suspension in your bucket, which one did you go with? I’m looking to put one in my new bucket but am not sure which is the best for mounting. I have a ratcheting ine in my current helmet and love it, but can’t remember which brand/model it is. I bought one off Amazon that I thought was the same, but it turned out to have a different mounting style.
  9. Hey all, I’m an old member working to get reactivated with a new ANOVOS costume and having an issue. My kit came with two of the same thigh pieces, so I’m basically missing an inside thigh part. I’ve reached out to ANOVOS, but they weren’t much help. Even if they were willing to replace the missing part, I don’t think they have any on-hand. Does anyone know if any of the parts from other kits are close enough in design/appearance to replace the missing ANOVOS thigh piece?
  10. Is this still the case? Im running into the same issue.
  11. Could the shoulder straps just be too short for your build? Is it possible to shim them or maybe get a longer piece from another kit or from RS themselves. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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