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Toothdoc

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  1. Well, yes and no. It’s slow going, and I’m working on it, also working on a Scout which will probably get finished first. I’m still motivated… Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Hmmmm… I hate to hear this. Indeed, what a shame. [emoji853] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I hope I didn’t just recommend him out of his dream of becoming a TK! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I wouldn’t worry about what the count of Vader’s there are or who wants you to be what character. You do what YOU want to do. It’s your hobby, costume, money and blood sweat and tears! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I realize that. Misunderstood that it wasn’t intended to be my actual advice to him, but my opinion on what I’d like to do. Sorry. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I respect that, Brother. You do your thing! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. If I were that size, I’d be all over a Vader costume! [emoji54] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I am a new guy who started this journey last year about this time. At first, it DOES seem a little daunting and intimidating as to how to really get into this hobby. Things seem a little secretive and somewhat mysterious as to how to “join the family”, if you will. I get that! HOWEVER, there are numerous resources online and throughout social media that are readily available to DO ONES RESEARCH and learn for yourself what to do and how to do it “properly”. There’s no question that, “you get out of it what you put into it”, as it should be. I’ve learned a lot from the guys here at FISD and all have been friendly, receptive and very helpful! They clearly want me to succeed and their actions and attitudes to that end are obvious. I, too have an AM armor kit that I work on slowly but surely ,as well as a Studio Creations Imperial Scout costume. I’ve learned some new skills and have come a long way and will be completing both for submission soon. My advice is to stick with it, put in the research time, ask a lot of questions, start a build thread with lots of photos and take any criticisms constructively. You’ll have a very nice set of armor that you will be proud of! Welcome to the Empire! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Dan, what a great and honest review! Nice work, my friend. I think you were more than fair in revealing your story and laying it all out there. I'm sorry you had such a long wait, but your blaster is VERY nice and should serve the Empire well. One thing I've noticed since I've seen several photo layouts of the Hellhounds E-11, is that each one is pretty unique. They are, after all, a sculpt, a paint, a weather job and a work of art. They aren't massed produced and every one the same. The two I have are very similar to yours, (and I see some recent improvements) but different as I would expect. And not at all in a BAD way! Your E-11 appears to have more gold weathering on the scope than mine for one comparative example. I still need to try and get him to send me a Magazine release mechanism for one of mine that didn't come with one, then I'll be happy with both of mine. Thanks for sharing your experiences! I truly hope Hellhounds Props LLC improves some things with customer communication. Except with a similar experience to yours, I'm a happy trooper (wanna be).
  10. My local hobby shop tells me that Testors/Model Masters paints are being discontinued. Permanently... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. No, these are just PLA. I’m a beginner and it’s all I’ve played with so far. I suppose ABS would offer better strength and material compatibility. I envision just gluing these on with E6000. I’d propose we get a team together and get this idea developed, tested and perfected. Offer the .STL files on forum here for anyone to use for free. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I’m trying to play with some 3D printed closure “housings” to help mount, align and protect the magnets. One design idea: I suck at CAD design and might need one of you as a CAD jockey volunteer to try some other design ideas... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. No hassle, Brother! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Initial PayPal sent November 12th for Original order (ESB E-11). At the time, He said, “about four weeks” I had inquired SIX different times Then I hear February 4th he sends me a note via Facebook Messenger saying that he’s made a mistake and made an ANH version E-11 instead. I ask him about selling in me that one for the $300 I paid for the ESB one and asked if he would make another ESB at a discount. He suggested half off his fee of $300 , so $150. I agreed and he said it would be soon. Feb 12th, And I just sent him the money for the ESB variant place. Still no original delivery. Finally Feb 16 comes around and I get delivery of his original E-11 (ANH)!!! Didn’t get my other ESB E-11 until March 9th with additional inquiries and a threat to demand refund and report him to the FISD.com guys. Then another few weeks for the D-rings to come in that he left off by mistake. ***Hope that clarifies and answers your questions. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I did just that AND went ahead and paid his 3% fee. I told him I did this (goodwill) but it still took a looooong time and 1001 excuses before I got mine. I really doubt that Etsy orders will get you a blaster any faster, but probably just better buyers protection. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. It’s in about the same spot. Don’t worry, I’d bet money it’s not something that would prevent you from making Centurion. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. Glad you finally got yours, Cory. Nice that yours came with the upgraded pieces. You can see what I'm talking about in my E-11 blaster review and photo comparison. I'm hoping to have him send me those parts and attach after the fact. My H-counter doesn't have brackets either, BTW.
  18. Thank you, Glen. And he and I discussed just this point at some length. Ultimately, say what you'll do, then do what you say. If it goes astray from that, let your customer know right away. I think most reasonable people would be willing to play by those rules.
  19. This shows the missing D-rings. About 15minutes worth of work and the metal D-ring is installed and looks like it’s supposed to be there. Both D-rings installed! Yayy! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. These are real and actual magazines from two other weapons I own. I decided to show these as an example of just how accurate the patina is compared to the prop E-11 blaster. VERY CLOSE to used and worn metal. The colors and characteristics of weathering is excellent. (Being a dentist, one of the hardest things I do is taking a dissimilar material and making it look like something else, i.e. composite resin or porcelain and making it look like tooth enamel. This is rubber, that looks like parkerized metal. Superb!) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. This is a Darman's Props (ETSY) 8oz leather holster. Its actually for the ESB variant, but since I had the ANH version first, I conditioned the leather and set it to hold the ANH version in hopes that it would fit just as nice. It did! Its a VERY nice holster and the two props are right on the same scale and fit each other perfectly. Highly recommended holster for either of these E-11 Blasters. Of course, Darman's makes ANH type. The photo below shows the enhanced front end that eliminates the casting seam line and cleans up the business end. Nice upgrade! Another small detail and upgrade is the piece on the bolt on the photo below. I believe it is there to cause the bolt mechanism to rotate closed. These are two pieces here that are upgrades. One is the magazine release that is immediately above where you can se MAG on the magazine below. The other (I don't know what it is) is the part with the hex set screw and has an 8 stamped on it. I'm sure someone knows what it is. My 3D printed selector switch I printed, weathered, drilled and glued into place below. All of the stamped markings have superb detail and are quite realistic! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. Here is a nice shot of the ESB variant E-11 below. It is most easily recognizable by the missing power cylinders and Hengstler counter. This version also has all of the newest upgraded bells and whistles from Hellhounds Props. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. Hello Troopers! I wanted to post a series of photos of the latest (April 2021) E-11 blasters from Daniel at Hellhounds Props and post some comments about my journey with these. I’m a beginner in all this costuming and still working on my first armor. I first decided on an ESB troop variant build. I started with just my AM 4.5 helmet, but quickly got hooked so I’m all in! I had seen some great examples of E-11 blasters throughout the forum pages here on FISD. Easily, the photo reviews of the prop weapons that Daniel at Hellhounds Props makes really interested me. So, I contacted Daniel of Hellhounds Props via FaceBook and inquired about him commission building me a nice ESB variant E-11. We agreed upon the price and all and I patiently began to wait. I remained in contact with Daniel, which he made return contact with me reasonably well. I have to honestly say, it took a several weeks longer for Daniel to get close to finishing and let me know he was ready to ship me my blaster. However, he then told me he had mistakenly made ANH E-11 and would need yet more time to remedy the situation. I asked him to send me the ANH variant and we agreed on another go for the ESB type I had originally asked him to make at a discount. He agreed. A few weeks later, I took delivery of my ANH blaster. I took yet several more weeks to get in my ESB blaster. Finally, I had the pair! The new ESB variant came with some of his newest details and improvements. The ANH type was missing these details, a mild disappointment, but not a deal breaker as these upgrades are correctable by just acquiring them and installing. Something I haven’t yet been able to pin Daniel down on and get the new parts. Also, both of my blasters were missing the selector switches and D-rings. I reached out to Daniel about them and he agreed to send me the D-rings for me to install myself. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a comment about selector switches from him. I decided to take actions myself and went through my STL files to hopefully locate a decent selector switch I could print out on my trusty Prusa Mk3S+ 3D printer. I did find one and was able to produce (print) a nice part that after a little of my own paint and weathering looked like it would do nicely. I drilled out a small hole with a standard bit and cordless drill and glued the part into the area near the trigger assembly right where it was supposed to go. It had a little rough spot that looked like a post processing marker and my new selector switch part fit right it. It was glued with some JB Weld Plastic Epoxy, a 15 minute set type glue that cleaned up well and is very strong. I think my efforts came out well, have a look at the photos and see for yourself. A few days later, the D-rings that Daniel agreed to send me came in and I was surprised to see they were actually metal. The scope rail is also metal and allows for a sturdy and accurate scope mount. I was able to drill out the rear plug with a 5/32 bit where the D-rings go. Just a few twists and turns and the D-rings were installed and looked like they had been there all along. Overall, I honestly have mixed feeling about my commissioning purchase with Daniel at Hellhounds Props. There is NO DOUBT the product that Daniel produces is very beautiful and simply a work of art! The fact that these are rubber blaster props and are quite stunning is amazing to me. The colors, weathering and level of detail from his casting work is superb! I sent Daniel a lengthy message and told him about my high level of satisfaction with his product. My disappointment with all of this lies simply in a lack of communication and sense of urgency with my build. I also shared my thought with him on these issues as well and received an honest and heartfelt apology. I understand we all have issues come up, things that lead our attention and focus astray as well as commitments to family and other things. I just want to be fair and honest with my report as I think I should be. I have contacted Daniel about possibly making a DLT-19. He did communicate that it was a project in the works and he would eventually be producing one. Would I do a commission build with Daniel again in the future? Yes, I would indeed. He makes a fantastic prop blaster. But, I would insist that we communicate better and that he had plenty of time for the building process. Or perhaps, maybe just allow him to contact me when he had one ready to go. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  24. Isn't THAT an understatement!?! I see so many of these dug up photos of the screen used stuff and cringe at the thought of posting pics of work like that as my own. The images and the armor shows it age, but so many of us new guys are striving for outright perfection that in comparison to the screen used stuff, ours looks TOO GOOD! Richard, you are doing excellent work that even this OCD new builder appreciates. Keep it up, my friend! I'm also working on an ESB armor set, but from AM, here in the States. Needing badly to start my own build (progress) thread and share some of my photos as well. Enjoy the journey.
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