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501st Stormtrooper[TK]
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  1. TK-61455 with the Midwest Garrison requesting 501st access. http://501st.com/members/displaymember.php?userID=24903&costumeID=124 Thanks
  2. In addition to Star Wars, I am a big fan of The Legend of Zelda. In Zelda II, there is an NPC who simply states "I AM ERROR". I took the name so that I could introduce myself the same way on Zelda forums, and decided to keep it here.
  3. Progress is moving slowly. Mostly because I am uncertain of how things are supposed to fit. Living by ones self also doesn't help the issue. In the process of putting together a meeting with Master Gazmosis, and that should help with many things. I visited some friends this weekend. They are getting married this May, and hope their best man (yours truly) can be all in white (armor) for the rehearsal. As such they were willing to tape me up and take some photos. (It is the bride to be holding on my helmet.) It was good to feel the armor as a whole, even if it didn't fit very well. I still don't have my boots, so socks will have to do. I realize the posterior is sagging really badly in this photo... ...So we taped it better and took another An observation: With everything on and pulled tight via tape, I'm not so sure I'll need to shim it. I dunno. Future fittings will help. Also these photos reveal many more things that need doing: The bottom of the chest plate needs more trimming The forearms are too big (and liked to slide down my arms) Need to take off all the return edge by the wrists The biceps might be too big? Gonna have to trim some off the tops of the thighs? (It was hard to tell. There wasn't a real good way to keep them up) Have to separate the kidney from the posterior. Have to separate the ab from the cod Overlap on the thighs and shins show that more trimming is required. and more I'm sure I didn't notice. Does anything blatantly stick out to you? END OF LINE
  4. Now five! I feel special. @Sly11: Thanks for the the shin instruction. Proper fitting is going to have to wait until my boots come in. I contacted TKboots back in November, and it seems like they are just getting ready to get ready to ship out in the next week or so. So it'll be a little while still. @Dark CMF: You are absolutely right about needing TWO (2) shims. I had the correct picture in my head, but made a semantic ERROR. Thanks for keeping me on my toes. @TuskenRTT: Thanks for the link to your tutorial! I hope mine turn out as well as yours. As for the shins shims, I contacted Mr. Mark from AP, and got a response. Apparently he only has 3 inch strips, and not sheets. I am going to try and go for these, as I think 3 inches (76 mm) will give me plenty of wiggle room to shim with. Even so, shimming will probably have to wait for warmer weather. Snowy ground does not lend it self well to opening a window and venting acetone fumes.
  5. I've been trimming away the past few days, and have gotten the basic trimming done on most of the major components. (with the exception of the biceps) I hoped this would help solve the shin problem (It did! I can match the shins and can tell right and left from the fit; as foretold by gmrhodes13. ) but it revealed another shin issue. On the left shin, when I match up the front, there is an offset of about 1/4" (6.5 mm) in the back. Is this typical? Can this be solved with the shin's strapping? Or does this require one of those boiling water baths I've read about? Front of shin lined up correctly. The offset at both top and bottom is about 1/4" (6.5 mm) Another thing I've discovered is that I'm going to need a shim. (please excuse the awkward picture.) From my quasi-rough measurement, the shim will need to be about 1 3/4" (44.5 mm) to 2" (51 mm). Where would I get this shim material from? Do I re-contact Mark from AP? Are there other methods to shimming that don't involve ABS paste? I think this is an awkward picture. But perhaps you think differently. Also, very soon I will need to be sanding the edges of my parts. I read here that I'll need 350 and 600 grit sandpaper. (And some finer still for polishing. But that's a long ways off yet) What sorts of sandpaper have other people (That means you! The reader!) used? What works and doesn't work? Thanks again. END OF LINE
  6. Another AP! Huzzah! Good luck on the build, friend.
  7. Thanks for the help with the thighs. I can see that the thighs dip to fit around the cod. Still not sure about the shins though. Are any of the shin peices supposed to be identical? Shins C and G seem to be the same, and are able to nest inside each other. (D and H don't have this issue) I'm glad my neck seal turned out all right! If the logo becomes an issue at submission time, I'll try the sharpie technique. Thanks for your input, Tony.
  8. Holy bukets! This thread! Being very noobish, must admit to feeling slightly daunted, both at the amount of work I see you put into your armor, and the brown box that recently arrived at my doorstep. then I read this post: And I smiled and got trimming. Thank you for shareing your journey, friend.
  9. I just noticed that we started our build threads on the same day! I look forward to seeing your progress. Good luck, friend.
  10. Hello friends! So I've been lurking, reading, researching, posting a little; but finally the day has come! AP Untrimmed kit! (not quite) Straight from Canada! I may have stalked the UPS truck to get this... Needless to say, the white helmet elicited a variety of responses from my coworkers, ranging from "Wow, that's really cool!" to "Why on earth would you do this?" accompanied by utter confusion. But perhaps I get ahead of myself. Even before the coming of the brown box, I decided to get a jump on the gun by making a neck seal! Luckily the lady in my life owns and knows her way around a sewing machine. By following Pandatrooper's neck seal tutorial, she and I were able to finish it without too much difficulty. However, mine differs from the tutorial in two main ways: first, I cut the fabric a little too long, so I use an overlap joint rather than a butt joint. I hope this is not too much of an issue. Second, I opted to sacrifice a T-Shirt to the cause, rather then cut my own bib, so my bib proudly delcares "Columbia" though this should be hid by the armor. (Apple shown for size) After laying everything out, it all seems to be in order, though it's slightly thinner then I imagined. But thin-ness makes it light and light is good for wearing. Another thing I noticed is the armor isn't perfectly smooth. There are dimples and slight bumps (So slight, they don't show up in photos well) that one can see upon close examination. Is this a part of screen accuracy? Or just a remnant of the sculpting process? Both? (Wii fit balance board in upper right. Thermal Detonator tube not pictured) I can identify most of the parts, but I'm having trouble figuring my limbs left from right. How do I tell the inner and outer shin/thigh peices? Do the arm peices have left and right? How would I tell them apart? Can you tell which peices are left/right/front/back from the pictures above? How can you tell? From here, gonna trim lots of the larger flash, and probably take a shot at the O2 tank details. Lexan scissors and rare earth magnets in the mail. Any tidbits and words of wisdom would require much thanks. Looking forward to trooping with you all! END OF LINE
  11. Parts Complete Neck Seal Under Construction Chest Plate -Trimmed- Ab Plate/Cod -Trimmed- Back Plate -Trimmed- Kidney Plate/Posterior -Trimmed- Shoulder Bells -Trimmed- Biceps -Trimmed- Forearms -Trimmed- Thighs -Trimmed Shins -Trimmed- All the little things -Untrimmed- Tools/Materials Utilized Headliner Material T-Shirt (sacrificed) Sewing Machine (borrowed) Lexan Scissors (for trimming) Pencil (for marking trim lines) Blue masking tape (for labeling pieces, and holding things together) Useful Links http://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/8402-howto-create-a-neckseal (Pandatrooper's Neckseal tutorial) https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IS7jqceqOfOQ9KqkM3fH0DaqDSp2TIWQ_q-npSSBy4o/edit (LadyInWhite's build guide) http://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/29077-adding-the-kidney-shim-not-bad-but/ (TuskenRTT's Shimming thread) Personal Stats 5"10' (177.8 cm) 170 lb (756 N) ish waist size 34
  12. Another AP!? I shall be watching for your build thread with due diligence.
  13. I've gotten email responses from Mark within minutes. Now I've just gotta wait for that brown box on the doorstep!
  14. I wear a size 33 or 34 waist size. (Usually 34)
  15. I've ordered AP, so now I'm just wating for that brown box. ^__^ I will definately put up a build thread when the tme comes. My stats are as follows: 170 lbs (756 N) 5'10" (177 mm)
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