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Imperial Attaché[TK]
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  1. Thermal Detonator has been assembled. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Decided to trim the return edge off the bottoms of my bells today. Also, I attached @justjoseph63's awesome looking flexible hand guards onto the set of rubber gloves that came with my kit. I may have went a little overboard. Instead of using a “Heavy Book” like he tells us to do, I used a table instead. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Here are some photos of the work I did last night, which was not much. After thinking about it, was it necessary to trim the edges off my biceps? I did the top and bottom of both the backs, and only the bottoms of the front. The tops of the front bicep pieces have a tougher edge to trim. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Hello everyone. It has been a while. Crazy things have happened this year and I’ve had to adapt to some life changes. In March, I started working a full time job at a local winery. It was a definite change of pace, as I was a stay at home dad during the day, and worked at the Disney Store some nights and during weekends. With my daughter starting Kindergarten this last summer, I felt getting a Monday-Friday job was an opportunity I couldn’t miss. Back to the Disney Store, sadly our store closed in September. I had been there for twelve years, and had worked for the Walt Disney Company almost fifteen. It was a very depressing time for me personally. As I am slowly adapting the store closing, I felt it is time to start focusing on finishing my armor. Today, I started trimming the return edges off of my biceps. I will post up pictures soon to show my progress on that.
  5. Welcome. From what I have read and seen, RS provides a wonderful product.
  6. Welcome to the F.I.S.D. Have fun on your journey. It is truly a rewarding and fun experience.
  7. In prepping to start gluing things together, I decided to search on if E6000 reacts with the snaps. On my first build, an Anovos OTTK, I glued snap plate directly to the armor, and after time I noticed that I had what I called “Trooper Nipples” on my chest plate. Sorry, but I couldn’t help but think of the “Bat Nipple” controversy with a few of the Batman films, and decided to name it after that. I saw a video where the snaps on one plate were covered with another plate of the same size, so it wouldn’t react to the armor. I’ve decided to use that method to see if I could avoid said problem of Trooper Nipples.
  8. Congratulations. I did notice one small dressing issue on your left arm, as the seam was not facing forward. At first suiting up seems to be difficult, with all the little steps you have to follow, but it will come with time and you'll be a pro. Again, congratulations.
  9. As I mentioned before some work still need to be done, but it’s getting there. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Making some headway on my build. I touched up the tears and traps to make the black outline thinner, as recommended by other troopers. I filed some holes for my Ukswrath Speaker Hovi tips, and finally put my ears and S-Trim on. I still have to add the screws at the bottom. I think I may have to remove the ears and do a little more sanding so they sit more flush. I temporarily attached the lenses with velcro, and will add screws so they are more permanent. I ordered a template for my tube stripes from Trooperbay, and will paint those when they get here. I have some small adjustments to make on the tears and traps, as well as paint the stripes inside them. I think with those being completed, so will my helmet. Pictures to follow.
  11. Welcome to the FISD. As a previous owner of an Anovos kit, I'd have to say it looks amazing when completed. I would reinforce the inside edges aroud the chest, back, kidney, and butt plates as that armor is a little thin and may begin to crack on you after you get some trooping in. You may have to clean up the frown area and make sure that there is no overspray of gray paint on the gums, if you are shooting for Expert Infantry and Centurion. If you are, be sure to follow the CRL, and I would recommend checking out other troopers that have the same kit, and submitted for each level that you are going for. It is helpful to see what the Deployment Officers are going to be looking at, and what pictures you will need to submit when they go over your application. Have fun on your journey.
  12. I thought about having my wife make some on her Cricut machine, but our house is a little out of order due to us having the interior painted. I think I'll be happy with the templates, and knowing that everything is painted on. As usual, thank you @gmrhodes13for the advice.
  13. On my first kit, I had all elastic connections except for one (technically two) where I used nylon straps to hold my shoulder bells to the elastic under the shoulder bridges that connects the back and chest plates. I am currently working on putting together an AM 4.5, and will use the same method, but I am toying with the idea of doing two snaps on the plates I use instead of the one I used in each plate before.
  14. I just ordered a set of handpainted templates from Trooperbay. Thanks again @CableGuy. I guess I better get busy on getting my ears on. I see the light at the end of the tunnel on my helmet though.
  15. Thanks @CableGuy. I'll check it out. I am actually watching one of your videos on the stripes for the tears and traps right now.
  16. Hello everyone. I am in the process of building a set of AM 4.5. I am trying to finish the helmet and had a few questions. I should note that I am aiming for Centurion. I decided to hand paint my helmet as I messed up putting on the decals. So far I have painted the tears and traps, and the frown, and I feel I did a fairly decent job. The questions I have are these. Is it okay if I use the tube stripe decals that came with my kit, or should they be painted as well? While searching Trooperbay for the masking templates, he has a standard set as well as hand painted ones. I'm assuming I would want hand painted if I went the template route. Thanks in advance for the help and guidance.
  17. Welcome to the FISD. Have fun on your armor building journey.
  18. Looks like you have received some great advice. Good luck on you future build.
  19. This news is a relief. Thank you.
  20. Made some progress on my helmet last night. As I get ready to work on my ears, I have some concern on some of the gapping I am seeing on the left and right sides where the faceplate meets the dome. I’m hoping with some sanding of the ears, they will sit flush where they need to be. It will take some work though. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. Round two. Plugging away at the painting. My plan is to tighten up the edges with a toothpick and mineral spirits when I’m done. Stripes for tears and vents up next. I’m going to see if my wife can use her Cricut machine to make a stencil out of the decals I have. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. Working on the helmet. I was putting decals on when disaster struck. Well, not really but... After talking with a fellow trooper I decided to go the hand painted route. Here’s how it looks so far. I’m going to add the grey tomorrow. Then add the stripes later on. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. Okay. I sucked it up and went for finishing the frown. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  24. Started painting the frown. I’m a little anxious to paint the ends on the left and right sides. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  25. Good morning. Getting around to working on my faceplate. I’ve trimmed the teeth and any filing them down. How are they looking so far? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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