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  1. justjoseph63

    Aeosyn ANH Stunt - TK Pre-Approval Request

    REALLY nice job on this armor, Alicia, especially since you had to cut it down quite a bit! I can see no major issues that would keep you from Basic approval, but of course that would be up to your GML. A few small issues that I would recommend (especially if you are hopefully aiming for EI/Centurion) are listed below, but none that should affect basic. Best of luck on your approval! 1. Paint the kidney rivets white. 2. Change out the bottom ear screws to the flat countersunk slotted type. (The same as the top 2). 3. AWESOME job on the shoulder bell/shoulder bridge connection! The gap in the front is also perfect, but the gap in the back is a little wide. Removing all the return edge from the bottom of the bells will help bring them in a bit. 4. The strapping on your bicep/forearm connection is causing them to sit unevenly, resulting in a difference in the size of the gaps. 5. The bottom of the back plate wants to ride out. Some additional strapping towards the ends or reducing the length of the existing straps may help. Since I am a member of the Makaze Squad, I gotta ask about the "Honorable Mention" thing, lol.
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    Always a Star Wars fan!!

    Great to have you here, Matthew! You won't be sorry you ordered from AM, and now comes the fun part... putting it together). My advice would be to start your own build thread, where you can post lots of photos, ask questions (as many as you like) and show off your progress. You can find the appropriate area here: https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/31-costuming-and-builds-501st-approved/ If you are going for an ESB build, I believe AM still adds in the correct hand guards with their kit, but there are several other differences between ANH and ESB that you should be aware of. A complete list of those can be found here: http://databank.501st.com/databank/Costuming:FISD_CRL Always feel free to ask for help if you need it, especially before cutting/gluing. Best of luck on your build!!
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    CRL Ranting

    While we (honestly) appreciate your views, Dustin, at the moment (with a few exceptions) the D.O. staff are bound to follow what is written in the CRLs which we know are ever evolving so we are not "dismissing" your evidence. Details that may have been missed when they were initially composed are noticed, which is why we are in the process of performing updates. Please realize that updating the CRLs is not a simple task, and that those doing so are volunteers, so things take time. We will be doing the CRL updates in "batches", with OT TKs coming first, as those make up the vast majority of level 2 and 3 approvals. Immediately after those updates are approved and posted, we will be starting on FO TKs. We have several troopers who are current FO TKs (including one or our LMOs) that have an incredible working knowledge of these costumes who will be advising on prospective changes when that time comes, so yes, we DO have FO TKs who will be involved. At some point during the proposed changes there will be a discussion opened up for all members to contribute, and I hope your voice will be one of those. Also, consider that we are the largest Detachment in the 501st, and therefore the D.O.s have 19 TK costumes within the FISD that they are expected to approve at higher levels. No one can honestly be expected to be an expert in every single one, so they depend on the CRLs to supply this information. As a former D.O., I can assure you that they certainly try, though. In closing, bear with us, voice your opinion when the time comes, and know that it will be heard and considered. I promise you that.
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    Bazz's ANH TK Stunt Build [ATA]

    Great job, Adi! If you want to get a head-start on your EI submission, it would help a lot to post up some close-up photos of your wrist openings, ab plate details and bucket.
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    joining the 501st

    Although I don't know his name or exact weight, here is a photo of an approved TKC trooper that will give you an idea of how armor can be made to fit anyone. Will it require extra work? Yep, but we can help you with any issues you may have. If you have the desire, we have the resources!
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    BigCara's ANH TK AP Build

    The unpainted one (pan-head) on the right is correct and 100% approvable at Centurion level.
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    Episode 9 Stormtrooper research

    Nothing strikes terror into the soul like a TK brandishing an Imperial Issue toilet brush.
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    Hello from the LMO Team 2019

    Welcome to the FISD, Dawn! Your timing could not be better. We will be soon be beginning to get our CRLs up to date and I look forward to working with you!
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    Future TK in Charlotte NC, In memorium

    Welcome to the home of shiny white armor, Derek. Losing a friend is never easy, but joining the 501st is a way of honoring his memory and love of Star Wars costuming. Sorry to hear about your last TK armor order, but with some makers this happens. WTF makes a fantastic set of armor and his reputation on here is sterling. We are here to help every step of the way, so always feel free to ask any questions you may have (no matter how small). While you are waiting for your kit, I would suggest combing through some of the build threads here to get better acquainted with how things are done. I have included a link to this section and a few others below. I would also recommend getting the supplies you will need for your build. Better to have them on hand than to have to scramble around during it. Lastly, if you want to build toward close screen accuracy I would suggest checking out the EI/Centurion area. It's much easier to do this during construction rather than after. Best of luck, and don't be a stranger here on the FISD! Build threads: https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/80-anh-build-threads/ Supply list: https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/31404-supply-list-for-your-tk-build/ EI/Centurion info.: https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/35371-eib-and-centurion-what-do-these-terms-mean/
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    joining the 501st

    Live the dream and don't let anyone put you off, Matthew. We are here to help!
  11. When ordering anything I would highly suggest only using PayPal and selecting the "Goods and Services" option. I have conducted hundreds of transactions through them and never had a problem. If you do, they are fast in getting your money back. I won't order anything online using a different method. I can assure you that Rob is an outstanding seller with a sterling reputation, so your card was skimmed or the site hacked.
  12. justjoseph63

    White shoulder elastic width?

    I wouldn't recommend gluing any elastic directly to your armor, especially the white shoulder elastic. The reason being is that over time elastic will wear/get stretched out. Although this was the method used in ANH, those costumes were not meant for long-term use. I have replaced the elastic in my shoulders several times over the years, as the snaps that hold the shoulder bells in place eventually pull out due to repeated use. I suggest setting the snap parts that attach to your armor itself with nylon (as seen below). I normally use E-6000 for these, but the shoe-goo would work.
  13. Sorry for the delay, Darrell, one of the D.O.s will be with you soon! Thanks for your patience.
  14. Nice job on the paint fixes, Josh! Glen is spot-on in his suggestion for trimming the ab-button plate, and the small one should have square corners as well. As seen in the reference image he supplied, ideally the outside of the large one should be well inside the raised area. For a much better look, this is how I would suggest trimming it:
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    Can you show views of the sides, Phil? Also, when using imgur select the Direct Link option (second from the top). This will allow them to be seen on your thread.
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