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justjoseph63

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  1. You didn't mention what kind of rivet it was, but I have a thread here that will help:
  2. Nice job so far, gentlemen! One thing that jumped out at me was the sides of the butt plate(s). As seen in the second image, they need to be angled. BUT, when doing this I wouldn't suggest making the corners sharp, but rather rounded out a tiny bit to keep them from snagging on your under suit. Without seeing a close up, it looks like you did a nice job on the curve where the plate meets the tab (first pic). When trimming that area, it's important not to leave a sharp angle as seen in the second image. This can (and usually does) lead to stress cracks, so again, round it out just a bit if it's not already. Also, you definitely want to leave the return edges at the bottom of the back and the top of the butt plate which keeps them from over-riding each other. What you have now looks perfect!
  3. Hi Jeremy, and welcome to the FISD and happy to hear that we have a new Heavy Weapons Trooper in the making! Answering questions is what we do best, so always feel free to ask any you may have no matter how small. There is a ton of information here to sift through, but we are here to help every step of the way!
  4. Excellent job on this, Luca! This will certainly come in handy for those aiming for Centurion, where those gaps need to be filled.
  5. Once you get the hang of using imgur, adding photos will actually be pretty easy. We suggest posting as many as possible, especially when you have an issue or question as it will make it much easier for us to offer advice. I have a few tutorials under my avatar below that may help with your build, but always feel free to ask if you have a problem or query before cutting or gluing. As Glen says: "There are no silly questions. just silly mistakes". We are here for ya' every step of the way!
  6. Hi Glen, and thank you for your 10th Centurion application! CRL and CENTURION Application Requirements: All required photos have been submitted, and on behalf of the entire D.O. staff we are pleased to welcome you to the rank of Centurion. Congratulations! Other-Armor Fit/Assembly; In this area we review observations made by your fellow troopers and the DO team. Some observations may lead to suggestions to improve the overall look of your armour. Note that we consider both text (CRL) and pictures (screen caps/reference images) when reviewing submissions. Number 10.. WOW! Congrats on that momentous number, brother. One more and you'll have enough for a football team!
  7. Hi Glen, and thank you for your 10th EIB application! CRL and EIB Application Requirements: All required photos have been submitted, and on behalf of the entire D.O. staff we are pleased to welcome you to the rank of Expert Infantry. Congratulations! Other-Armor Fit/Assembly; In this area we review observations made by your fellow troopers and the DO team. Some observations may lead to suggestions to improve the overall look of your armour. Note that we consider both text (CRL) and pictures (screen caps/reference images) when reviewing submissions. First, sorry about that Blackwing virus. Some Neosporin, a band-aid or two and a few days' rest and you should be right as rain! Shuffle along... nothing to see here. Centurion Requirements; In this section we prepare you for Centurion. Because Centurion photos show more detail than EIB, items pertaining to Centurion might be seen there and not here and additional photos may be required. We try to point out all that we can from what we see, but the final accuracy is the responsibility of the trooper, be they living, dead, or somewhere in between. Maybe a manicure, but that's about it. Next up, Centurion # 10!
  8. Excellent work on this, Glen! I'm definitely going to bookmark this one.
  9. Awesome to hear, Eric! ATA makes a great kit and starting a build thread like this is always a fantastic idea. We welcome all questions (no matter how small) and look forward to seeing a ton of photos! If I could make a few suggestions: 1. Get all your build supplies in order. This will save you lots of time. 2. Take... your... time. I know you want to get it done and approved, but rushing leads to mistakes. Trust me on that one. 3. When in doubt, always ask before cutting/gluing. 4. Posting photos- I can't stress how important this is, especially if you have an issue. We are here for ya' every step of the way and we've all been-there-done-that, so never be shy about hitting us up for assistance... it's what we do best! There are a ton of references to use, and I have a list of tutorials under my avatar below that will help as well. Looking forward to seeing your progress!
  10. The best one I've seen in a LONG time!
  11. E-6000 should be fine, Tim. Just use it sparingly, and it may be a good idea to put a piece of tape over the other side to keep it from seeping out of the hole when you clamp it.
  12. Yeah, I wouldn't worry about making ABS paste, but if the new hole is in close proximity to the old one I would suggest patching it with a scrap piece of ABS. The reason being is that the area between them (red arrow) will be weaker and may split depending on how much pressure there is pushing out. You should be fine, but better safe than sorry.
  13. If you have the time. patience and extra material (ABS) that is certainly an option. The overall look would be better, but there would be a substantial amount of work involved. You would need to add a reinforcement shim on the inside for strength, fill the seam with ABS paste and them smooth it down and polish it. I have seen this done before, and although it takes time and effort the results can be spectacular. If you decide to go this route, I would suggest starting a dedicated thread... that way you can post up lots of photos and get advice at every step. It would also serve as a reference for those in the future who have this issue and need help!
  14. You can also gain some extra space (up to 3/4" or so) if needed on the biceps, forearms and tops of the thighs by removing all the return edges. Doing this is acceptable at all levels of approval and is screen accurate. Screen used armor examples One more trick is to add an extra wide interior cover strip first, leaving a gap that can be filled with a scrap ABS strip before gluing the outside cover strip on. This is just an example, but you get the idea. Always feel free to ask any more questions you have... we are here to help!
  15. Other than the excessive wrinkling on the back drop , incredible job as usual, brother!
  16. As you know, in many (if not most) cases there are always exceptions to the "norm", especially in OT armor (i.e. Mr. No Stripes). The teeth paint issue is one we have addressed for as long as I have been a D.O (almost 5 years) and since it is listed as a requirement for Basic approval we have to enforce it for EI. Frown is painted gray and does not leave the teeth area. Unlike the MEPD we don't choose a particular Trooper to copy for higher levels of approval, but rather the "ideal" look.
  17. Hi Dwight! Thanks so much for your patience, and awesome job on this armor! After looking things over we have one small item we need you to jump on before we can finish up your review, sir. As per the CRL for Basic approval: Frown is painted gray and does not leave the teeth area. As seen below, the paint on some of the teeth will need to be dialed back a bit to where it doesn't reach into the "gum" area. I call it the "Anovos overspray", and everyone (myself included) who has one of their buckets had the same exact issue. It should take you all of 10 minutes with some Q-tips, a toothpick and some (non acetone) paint remover, and I'm sure Justin will be happy to help if you need it! Reference images As soon as you get this done please post a few pics so that we can "move along", get that badge under your name and add another EI to the SCG!
  18. As Glen mentioned, the "ideal" ear position has the top (round) part centered right below the rear of the trap, and in a perfect world it should cover the faceplate/cap seam completely. Note in the references how the bottom screw lines up with the rear angle of the trap. Sometimes the top 2 line up with that line, sometimes they are just close, which is fine and dandy. We aren't looking for perfection by any means, but it's important that the bottom should be angled back.
  19. Just spoke with Dave... he is updating some items and will be posting up all his TK/TD accessories on here soon. Thanks. @Triple D!!!
  20. There really isn't a manual, as armor is fitted to each individual. The CRL (Costume Reference Library on the 501st site (link) will help, and I also have a breakdown with screen caps that will help explain a lot of the nuances required for all levels of approval.
  21. It may be tough to find someone right now with all that's going on, but you never know . Not to worry, though. The vast majority of us did our builds alone, even those with zero experience working with tools. That is why it's important to take..... your.... time, ask a million questions and post lots of photos. Consider your journey a marathon and not a sprint. I know you are (as we all were) eager to get out and troop, but rushing leads to mistakes. Trust me on that one. Have you registered there? Link
  22. It takes time and patience to build a set of armor, but there are literally hundreds of tutorials here (and us of course) that will make it easier. ATA makes an AWESOME kit, so you are on the right track. Some areas have "armor parties" to assist folks with their builds, but Covid has unfortunately put a hold on those in many places. Once you choose your armorer and order your kit, I would suggest looking at some of the build threads (link here) to give you an idea of what to prepare for. You should also start collecting the supplies you will need. I have a thread on that here, and I have some tutorials that will help under my avatar below. Once BBB day arrives, I HIGHLY recommend starting your own build thread. That way, you can ask all the questions you have as well as post up lots of photos (we LOVE photos) of your progress and any issues you may come across. To paraphrase a line from Home Depot- "You can do it, we can will help"
  23. I will be talking to him later this morning and get him on it.
  24. It will also help if you sign up and introduce yourself at the Carolina Garrison site (link here). There are always a ton of events up in NC to attend once you have your kit approved.
  25. If you are looking to join the 501st Legion and get it approved after completion (so you can get out and troop with others), I highly suggest using one of the vendors on that list. Yes, there are sellers on ebay and such, but most of those are just glorified Halloween costumes, nowhere near screen accurate and not approvable in most cases. Is this an inexpensive hobby? Not by a long shot, but you are definitely in the right place, though! There are other sites (FB, etc.) that discuss this subject, but we are "Stormtrooper Central"... the TRUE home of shiny white armor! With us, you have hundreds of folks who have been-there-done-that and are more than happy to answer any questions and offer solid advice from beginning to end, so never be shy about asking us about anything. It's what we do!
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