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  1. Only my second troop this year. Whilst a small quiet convention, the location was a little bit of a special one. I've been lucky enough to troop at Elstree Studios before, and it's only 11 miles from home so this isn't as exotic to me as some but it was an excellent troop. Elstree Studios by Christopher Pearson, on Flickr The convention it's self takes place in a small ballroom style room in the front building shown above. There was a small number of stands there selling the usual memorabelia and tat as well as a few actors/acrtresses doing signings. The majority had a Star Wars link, maninly back ground characters. One notable actor was Alan Harris AKA Bossk, who also played a Stormtrooper in ESB and ROTJ, a Rebel in ANH and was the model of the infamous white Prototype armour that became Boba Fett. I was lucky enough to have a chat with Alan in the changing area during lunch, he is a lovley person who seems to really enjoy what we do. Meeting Alan Harris Aka Bossk from ESB by Photo by Richard Pottle (TD 77670) L->R : Dan Branton (TK 42911) Declan Baker (TI 9845) Dave Gilmore (TK 73076) Alan Harris (Bossk) Chris Pearson (TK 10911) Adam Knapp (TK 11780) Dan Wray (TI 15978) Most of the convetion was spent outside the front of the venue on the road drawing attention to the convention from passers by, and nearly causing multple accidents on the roundabout where people would just stop to look! Outside the front of Elstree Studios by Trist Fulcher (TI 3493) L->R : Dan Branton (TK 42911) Dave Gilmore (TK 73076) Chris Pearson (TK 10911) Adam Knapp (TK 11780) Dan Wray (TI 15978) Declan Baker (TI 9845) We also spent a small amount of time just inside the perimeter but as there were multiple shows filming that day this was a bit busy with blacked out cars and SUVs. The rest of the time was spent inside the venue it's self. Mid afternoon we were given an incredible opportunity. The organiser lead us out through an out of bounds door and onto the lot. We walked past a hot Stage 8, some of ESB was filmed here, up to the top of the hill. We're Home by Wayne Allen (TK 52517) L->R : Declan Baker (TI 9845) Dan Branton (TK 42911) Adam Knapp (TK 11780) Chris Pearson (TK 10911) Here we were able to get a few photos in front of the George Lucas Stage where it all began. Currently home to both Strictly Come Dancing and The Crown. Again whilst quiet, the people and the location made this one to remember.
  2. Troop #13 - 29 September 2018 - ElstreeCon 2.0 (approx 5 hours in armour) Only my second troop this year. Whilst a small quiet convention, the location was a little bit of a special one. I've been lucky enough to troop at Elstree Studios before, and it's only 11 miles from home so this isn't as exotic to me as some but it was an excellent troop. Elstree Studios by Christopher Pearson, on Flickr The convention it's self takes place in a small ballroom style room in the front building shown above. There was a small number of stands there selling the usual memorabelia and tat as well as a few actors/acrtresses doing signings. The majority had a Star Wars link, maninly back ground characters. One notable actor was Alan Harris AKA Bossk, who also played a Stormtrooper in ESB and ROTJ, a Rebel in ANH and was the model of the infamous white Prototype armour that became Boba Fett. I was lucky enough to have a chat with Alan in the changing area during lunch, he is a lovley person who seems to really enjoy what we do. Meeting Alan Harris Aka Bossk from ESB by Photo by Richard Pottle (TD 77670) L->R : Dan Branton (TK 42911) Declan Baker (TI 9845) Dave Gilmore (TK 73076) Alan Harris (Bossk) Chris Pearson (TK 10911) Adam Knapp (TK 11780) Dan Wray (TI 15978) Most of the convetion was spent outside the front of the venue on the road drawing attention to the convention from passers by, and nearly causing multple accidents on the roundabout where people would just stop to look! Outside the front of Elstree Studios by Trist Fulcher (TI 3493) L->R : Dan Branton (TK 42911) Dave Gilmore (TK 73076) Chris Pearson (TK 10911) Adam Knapp (TK 11780) Dan Wray (TI 15978) Declan Baker (TI 9845) We also spent a small amount of time just inside the perimeter but as there were multiple shows filming that day this was a bit busy with blacked out cars and SUVs. The rest of the time was spent inside the venue it's self. Mid afternoon we were given an incredible opportunity. The organiser lead us out through an out of bounds door and onto the lot. We walked past a hot Stage 8, some of ESB was filmed here, up to the top of the hill. We're Home by Wayne Allen (TK 52517) L->R : Declan Baker (TI 9845) Dan Branton (TK 42911) Adam Knapp (TK 11780) Chris Pearson (TK 10911) Here we were able to get a few photos in front of the George Lucas Stage where it all began. Currently home to both Strictly Come Dancing and The Crown. Again whilst quiet, the people and the location made this one to remember.
  3. @gmrhodes13 I’ve seen and hidden your posy as it’s got someone’s email in it. I’ll have a look tomorrow morning at a PC of no one else beats me to it. Do you have a username they used at all?
  4. The basic 501st clearance is done by your Garrison GML. This gets you your tkid and means you can troop. For levels 2 (EIB) and 3 (Centurion) you apply here at the detachment. So yes you will need to “reapply” here but most pictures for EIB will generally be covered by what you used for basic. Have a look at the relevant CRL to see what exactly you need to show.
  5. How was the con? I saw Jon Campling (Death eater in HP Deathly Hallows) tweeting about it going up as he's in Eastbourne. It was a bit of a trek so I didn't go but it's not that bad if it's a good event.
  6. The traps will more or less wipe off with some enamel thinners. I used humbrol. The hard paint to remove is the vocoder which really wasn't needed in hindsight.
  7. Mine was a few spots around the circumference with a bit more to hold the ears down. Was just a case of slow and stead to get it apart. Don't be tempted to use CA remover, it will melt the ABS.
  8. Most of mine came off easily. Just take your time and go slowly. In places we’re it’s stuck they used CA for mine so just working got it off. If you need one a blunt edge will also help.
  9. Went for £110,000 plus commission and VAT! I grabbed all the images from the post as reference. They always take nice clear photos of their lots. There's also a few other Star Wars items worth grabbing.
  10. I've resent the validation email to see if it goes through this time.
  11. Honestly I don't know. I'll go back to the web team again.
  12. Whats his username an I'll resend the email. Some emails don't seem to be getting through to some providers.
  13. Capped ABS is always going to show the repair as the acrylic cap is far whiter than the ABS will be. It may be less noticeable if you glue in the chunk. Alternatively TM sell spares.
  14. I’m assuming they are still going with the shoulder hinge design as seen on the Tested videos. So yeah it’s going to need bridging, then filling and painting for clearance. I’m expecting a few grumpy new people when they find out that.
  15. I think for level 3 the moulded on parts should be on the correct half of the shell. For level 2 "overlap" is probably close enough.
  16. A bit late to the party but regarding the biceps, rear are overlap with the cover moulded into the outer half. Visible in this image Rogue One Stormtrooper Reference CE 2016 by Christopher Pearson, on Flickr Fronts not clear. Could be the strip is a separate piece or a part of the inner overlapping the outer. If I had to guess looking at closely at details in a back pack trooper, overlap as the seam behind the cover is far too close to the edge for butt to not snap as soon as it was flexed. Zoom in to max on the left bicep and you’ll see what I mean. Forearm looks to be overlap with a moulded in cover on the rear. Again my images of the front aren’t really helpful in showing the construction. Rogue One Stormtrooper Reference CE 2016 by Christopher Pearson, on Flickr
  17. Its not that’s simple. It might. It depends on the case officer and if they agree if we count as a re-enactment group or theatre group. Some members have had items seized by customs and successfully had them released. Others failed and they were destroyed. Also making a E-11 the way we do is technically making a RIF which is a firearms offence, and if they decided to pinch you you’re in for a bad time. Fortunately none of us have been, mainly as we are responsible about their use in public. There’s behind the scenes stuff involved informing the police I believe.
  18. That’s where me an my wife went on our first few dates [emoji106] weird to see Staines (upon Thames? Who do they think they’re kidding!) in the day.
  19. Welcome to the FISD! In all honesty I found the blaster harder work than the armour as it involved more advanced techniques. I know my build was a bit more OTT in places but I’m not including the 3D modelling in that as it’s done now so anyone is able to use those parts if they wish. For the armour build it’s mostly just cutting and gluing with a bit if sanding and a tiny bit of painting. There’s tons of help available for both blasters and armour so if you do want to jump in you won’t be alone. If you do start down the armour route, and I recommend it if you’re able to, then head over to the UKG https://www.ukgarrison.co.uk/ and our armourer team will be able to give expert guidance. Of course there’s also a ton of assistance and help on here as well.
  20. Starting with "Stop whining Corporal." and then a paragraph moaning about the legion is not completely okay. You post contained helpful information but no one will read it if it starts like that and is written in a way that takes shots at the poster.
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