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  1. To be honest, even after studying the pieces on their site I find their system really confusing as well. I can see a few items that I can recognize, but most are a mystery. Another issue is that like Anovos it utilizes Velcro. In my experience, Velcro can (and will) fail over time do to extended use from opening and closing it repeatedly. The snap system takes more time, effort and money but if done properly the connections will never come loose on a troop (especially the double snap system in the photo Glen posted.. I swear by it). If you are up to making your own, I have a tutorial here: https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/44617-snap-setting-101/
  2. As long as it doesn't go above $100. not a bad deal, based on the fact that shipping is over $75.00.
  3. You can certainly get away without purchasing a Dremel type rotary tool to use for the helmet, but since you will eventually be building a whole set of armor I would suggest picking one up. It will make things much easier (trust me) and it comes in handy for all sorts of projects in the future. You don't have to buy the Dremel brand, though... there are many less expensive alternatives out there for a lot less. Here is a cordless one I found on the UK Amazon site for less than 25 pounds. As for the tool box, absolutely without a doubt. Staying organized during your build is one of the things I suggest most, and this is an excellent idea!
  4. Fantastic work, Luca! From what I can see it looks as if the cover strips are ready to attach, but just make sure that the tops are not too tight. There should be enough room to comfortably insert 4 fingers (or so) in between the tops of the thigh(s) and your leg. If you need a bit more room you can always trim off a little of the return edge (yellow line). "Visibly hand painted, so maybe I'll do a bit of clean-up in the future". Just the way it's supposed to be! CRAZY nice job on the both the painting and placement of those tube stripes. You mentioned you still have a few touch-ups, and I would think about widening the lines in the tears a bit. As Glen mentioned, the vocoder could use a little black paint love. If you have one, I would suggest using a small "Filbert" style (round end) brush for clean/crisp lines. You really are doing a wonderful job on this armor, Luca. If you keep up this rate of excellence, I fully expect to see your submission for Expert Infantry right after Basic approval. Bravo!
  5. Way to go, Georgia! If we can be of any help with Centurion level, just let us know.
  6. I would definitely remove the pointed area on the top of the forearm as it can will poke into you and may cause snags/rips in your undersuit. Excellent job on the wrist/hand guard spacing, and the posterior/kidney gap is absolute textbook. NICE WORK!
  7. You have a few issues, but you are moving along nicely, Luca! Once you get to meet Tino in person he will be a GREAT help, I promise! It may be the angle of the photo, but without seeing a full length image and not knowing your height/weight I see what may be a potential issue. As per the CRL, "... all costumes are proportional to the wearer in scale, fit and size". Although I can't see the left one, in looking at the photo of the right one below it appears that the rear of your thigh tops might be way too large in circumference and are extending too far back behind the posterior plate. As seen in the reference images they should ideally sit closer in and may need to be reduced. Reference images If this is indeed the case, it's not as hard to do this as you may think. The blue dotted lines below show an example, but it's best to do it in increments until you get the right fit. As for the tops, I would suggest evening them out as seen with the yellow line. Those points WILL cut into you when walking, especially if they sit high. On a side note, if you do decide to reduce the size of the tops, I recommend getting rid of some (if not most) of the return edges, especially in the groin area to prevent chafing. More info on that can be found here. Again, once you and Tino get together he will be able to explain a lot of the nuances that will help, and in the meantime keep posting up lots of photos and asking lots of questions!!
  8. And yet they still continue to market TK armor kits (link here) using an "Interest List". Shameful, especially at $1200.00 a pop, and that doesn't include boots or a blaster. I remember buying mine for $300.00. Side note: The Mouse has to make a profit, of course. The last time I was there (earlier this year) they had a full set of FOTK armor for only $6615.00 (sans weapon). I came THIS close, lol.
  9. THANK YOU for your submission, Georgia! One of us will be with you shortly, so hang in there!
  10. Hi Zack! The only 2 items we can see are the light sabers, but in looking at your total it looks as if there are other items. If one of those is a set of Stormtrooper armor, can you provide a link? The reason I ask is that if you are interested in joining the 501st, anything made by Rubies is not accurate. Not even close. The helmets are not accepted at all, and the armor takes a LOT of work to meet standards. There are many vetted vendors (link here) who can provide a top-notch kit you if this is your goal. If you are asking about the light sabers, I would suggest checking out the Sith Lord Detachment (link here), but anything Stormtrooper related we are more than happy to help with. Just ask! (Especially before spending any money)!!
  11. Thanks, Rich! I have added her in as a pauldron maker, but this information could also be added to Tony's @ukswrath FOTK vendors list here. Not sure if she makes OT holsters (material may be too thin) but worth asking!
  12. Looking SHARP, trooper... welcome to the ranks and glad to have you aboard! If you want to take your armor even further, you might want to consider applying for Expert Infantry and then Centurion. Here is a link that will give you some more info.: https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/35371-eib-and-centurion-what-do-these-terms-mean/
  13. Welcome to the FISD, Piers! As Andrew mentioned, if it's ROTJ armor you are looking for you really can't get any more accurate than Mark's. Cast from an original set, it's as close as you get to screen used and he has a sterling reputation here as a seller. Whoever you choose, know that we are here every step of the way to help!
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