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sharkbait

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  1. Welcome aboard and good luck! Also hello, fellow Black Widow!
  2. Welcome! We look forward to having and working with you! I'll also drop you a PM with more details.
  3. Can't get more local than the same town!
  4. How's it set up? As in, how many pieces (main parts plus ear bars)? I'd look through the build threads and find an armor maker with the same or similar set up, even if not AP, and see how they did it. There's only really three or four ways to do it, so odds are some other maker build could also suffice.
  5. Welcome aboard! Impressive troop log you've got there!
  6. 71. Spring Fest at Tehipite, Fresno - 4/11 Jawas, disgusting creatures! The second I found out they had baby chicks to hold I had to go hold one.
  7. He's on Facebook- Shawn M Thorsson. He might have a props page but I can never find it because finding anything on Facebook is murder.
  8. Welcome aboard! Feel free to ask all the questions, start a build thread, check out other build threads, and the approved EIB and Centurion requests- great for close ups of very well done armor. And also don't limit yourself to looking at build threads for just your armor maker or your variant- much of OT TKs are the same, especially in the early build stages. Just watch the little details that vary from TK to TK.
  9. But is it really a real project if you don't have to go to the hardware store at least twice? Welcome aboard!
  10. Congratulations and welcome! I may hit you up for Inferno help- I'm working with a friend to build hers for entry into the 501st.
  11. Welcome to FISD! Check out the build threads (not just for your kit maker, or just for your variation, as much of the OT TK stuff is the same across the board, especially in early assembly stages). Also, for create close up shots, check out the EIB and Centurion Request threads, especially those approved, because you know they did it well. I think the biggest challenge women face in armor is fitting the thighs- women's thighs are generally larger at the hip connection and smaller at the knee, while men's are generally pretty straight. The trick I picked up from here is to trim in a V shape, instead of a straight line. It's subtle, but by making the lower thigh slightly smaller and the top slightly larger, it proportionally looks "right" and "normal" on a woman, v. straight often just looks off for lack of a better term. There are a couple of build threads that show what I'm talking about, too, so you can find a visual. Good luck!
  12. Welcome to FISD! So glad you found us before going for the dreaded JediRobe or eBay! Feel free to continue to ask questions as you work on your build- that's what we're here for!
  13. Welcome to FISD! I'm in the South Valley Squad down in the Central Valley, so perhaps someday I"ll make it up North to see you! Or maybe we'll see you at a Central CA Garrison event.
  14. I've emailed them not that long ago, and didn't have any issues. Their email server could be down, too.
  15. Welcome aboard! I'm honored to have inspired you! Selfishly that will also help my motivation to really get cracking on her, once again! She's certainly not an easy build, but I have never heard anyone say she's not worth it. I look forward to your progress! I have a KB kit- I got a little caught in the mess they had, but I did in fact get my armor, and I'm happy with it. I have a friend and new fellow Squad mate who also has KB for his TLJ TK, he got in after the mishaps, and got his kit in a couple of weeks (insanity!). He's also done and approved already. So now he's going to help me instead of the other way around, hahaha! @LadyInWhite is roughly local to you- So Cal at least (which I realize is large- I'm from the Central Valley CA). I'm 5'11, so we're not too far of in height. KB should have no problems for you at your height. Jimmi makes a nice kit, but he is a smaller guy and I've noted his various kits reflect that (you build what you know- makes sense). His is also fiberglass v. KB is ABS, and I personally think ABS is easier to work with and I prefer it. Shawn Thorrson also does Phasma kits now, too! I know next to nothing about them other than his has a helmet and KB's doesn't. But I have his helmet. As far as shoes go, if you want lifts (at your height, with any normal boot heel, plus a little added from the helmet dome, you don't need to if you don't want to), then I would recommend something with a lace up front- the laces will get covered by the (TFA) boot armor, and thus be CRL compliant, and they will also give your foot room to rise up with the lifts. I don't think the TLJ foot armor would completely cover, however, so that's really an option for TFA only. I'm not as well-versed on TLJ as I am on TFA, though. PayLess if going out of business, but that's where I snagged mine, for like $20. I plan to use my TK undersuit, which is a black compression shirt and pants. They're pretty available in a lot of sizes- just do a google search and you should find some options (Eastbay tops I like, and I have a random brand pants I found on Amazon; I might switch to Men's because women's tend to be smaller fits). I'd recommend not the winter variety, as the suit will be hot enough as it is. Moisture wicking is a plus. (I actually need to replace a pair of my TK understuit paints, ended up with a hole right on the butt, which I found at a troop, but thankfully the armor covered it, so if I find a good option I'll drop you a line). I just ordered Jessica's cape and belt this morning! So excited! She's doing a very small run of up to 5 right now, so if you're able, jump on that quickly (Facebook, Jessica Bowyer). If not, there are other options and she will do other runs in the future, too. Not to totally plug my own stuff, but my ESB TK build will have some cross-cover as far as supplies, tools, etc. Harbor Freight clamps for the win! Love those things. I'd recommend investing in a real Dremel, not an off brand (or at least not the $30 ones from Amazon), as I've now burned out two of them over three years (though not a terrible run). I'm doing pretty good on the basics, just don't ask me how to build her... still pretty such on that part!
  16. I'm an ESB Centurion, but I have an AM kit, and got my decals from TrooperBay. TrooperBay is pretty cool- if you drop them a line asking which ones will fit Walt's, they'll let you know. They might even make a set for Walt's if they don't have one already (they're making Walt's Inferno decals after a convo I had with them).
  17. 70. Able Advocates Pancake Breakfast, Fresno - 4/6 OT TK in the middle. Photo by Brett Schönwald Photography
  18. I think he actually escaped that that night! But I'm pretty sure Niner got called Vader at least once.
  19. Looking good! The only thing I noticed was already touched on, that the belt boxes hang at the end of the belt, rather than the end of the angle cut.
  20. I knew I recognized that TKID... Looking good! Keep up the good work! I'm working on ideas for how to reduce the bunching on the gaskets.
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