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Mattax

501st Stormtrooper[TK]
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About Mattax

  • Rank
    Corporal
  • Birthday 08/19/1970

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  • Website URL
    http://www.tk487.com

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Fishersville, VA
  • Interests
    501st member since DEC 2002

Standard Info

  • Name
    Matt
  • 501st ID
    0487
  • 501st Unit
    Tyranus

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  1. Personally, I don't like the rubber gloves and have used Mechanix M-pact gloves for the past 14 years, but my 2nd pair is getting worn out. I like the fact I can pick up objects with this type of glove. <br> So now am searching for another good tactical or mechanic glove with little luck. Mechanix no longer makes the M-Pact MMP-05 but instead has replaced it with 12 newer versions and thus has writing or rubber guards on the fingers so it does not give the outer appearance of Stormtrooper gloves. <br> Any suggestions?
  2. Is there a tutorial on assembling the canvas belt to replace the plastic belt?
  3. Looking forward to seeing the results.
  4. I am definitely interested. Please put me on the list.
  5. Thanks everyone! I rearranged the foam and placed the rectangle piece at the front. It is still tight but bearable and now my nose isn't squished to the front of the helmet and I can actually see straight out the eye holes. It will do for a temporary fit until I find something that works better. But it is hot in there with the foam. Now I have to get cushion standoffs for the temporary fans as they are currently velcroed into the helmet and the vibrations are horrendous - sounds like a weed-eater in there and that's all I can hear.
  6. I have an AP helmet. I am in the process of placing padding inside of it but am having a difficult time due to space restriction. I bought a child batting helmet and removed the padding to use in the AP helmet. No matter where I place it it is either too tight and cannot line up my eyes with the eye holes or cannot even get my head into the helmet since it must be turned sideways to put it on. I have no issues cutting up the padding further but am not sure where to place it inside. The padding is about 1 inch thick. Anyone have pics of the inside of their AP helmet with padding?
  7. Thanks! When my AP helmet project begins, I will look for this type of padding.
  8. For those of you who used knee pads, how many pads did you have to purchase? What is D-MAC padding and where does one get it? Thanks.
  9. You are welcome. I found a few pics from when I secured the face plate to the back plate and placed the dome into it to check for fitment. It is pre filing. I ended up filing and trimming where the two halves met to bring the face and back plate flush with the dome to remove gaps and then to make the dome fit completely down filed the top edges of the back plate. This may change for each individual kit depending on how it was trimmed out of the raw pull. View pics here: http://imageevent.com/mattax487/fxstormtrooper
  10. Start with mating the faceplate to the dome. Center the faceplate to the dome. Make sure there is no gap. Then work the faceplate to the dome around both sides. Next repeat for the back plate. You will find that you will need to file and trim the back plate to get a smooth fit. Here is my tutorial - text only from 2002 assembling my FX helmet: http://www.tk487.com/Armor/Armorbuild/Helmet/Helmet.html I think I have pics somewhere that I originally emailed showing my progress. I will have to search and see if I can find them.
  11. Another thing to note when lining up the three pieces of the helmet - face, back and dome is to test fit it all together and hold it with masking tape. Once it is together, note any overlap of the face to back and where it meets the dome. You may have a gap that needs to be taken out or an overlap. In both cases, mark these areas and then slowly, little by little, file away the overlap. File a little bit, test fit it, check for overlap again, mark it and file a little bit more. Repeat. Eventually, you will have all three pieces meet how you need them to and no overlap and no gaps between the back and/or face and dome. I have this detailed in text on my website - note that it is currently down due to webhost issues but should be back up this week. www.tk487.com
  12. Use rocker switches. I bought mine from the local Radio Shack. They hold up better than push buttons.
  13. After you troop a few times, you may hear the all too familiar sound of plastic beating plastic. After a year of troops I figured out how to beat most of this. Buy the 8 x 11" sheets of white sticky back felt sheets. Cut to fit and apply to the underside of your armor that rubs the layer below it. Most specifically the Chest and Upper Back armor and the shoulder bells. Just apply to the areas that actually make contact and do not go past the edges so that it does not show from the outside of the armor. This will reduce or remove the "clanging " noise and protect the armor underneath from nasty scratches.
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