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Everything posted by themaninthesuitcase

  1. @Lichtbringer Please mind your tone, if you wish to help please do so. If not then please refrain from unneeded curt replies. Paul you've put a lot of work in here and it really shows. It's a lovely blaster. Unfortunately there's just not a huge number around these parts who know much about the DLT-19. Maybe the dirty boys over at MEPD (http://forum.mepd.net/) may know more from an accuracy point as it's mostly sand troopers who carry the later weapons like the DLT.
  2. First general nail polish remover wouldn't be my first choice. It will have a dye in it which will tint the paste. If you are having issues you've either bough acetone free or it's not ABS plastic. What kit is it? But to buy it you have a few options Most independant pharmacies will sell you some acetone in a small 50ish ml bottle for a couple of quid. It's more than enough but expensive per ml. If you have a beauty supplier near you you can buy a big 1L bottle of pure acetone for about £8-10, I forget the exact price as the shelf label didn't include VAT. https://www.sallybeauty.co.uk/ is who I used and they have shops all over, also there's other companies who I am sure will do it. Finally eBay. I buy lots of my chemically stuff on there, you can get all sorts for not a lot of money. Added bonus is you probably get added to some government watch list for buy lots of weird chemicals. I've used this company before but not for Acetone https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Acetone-99-9-Pure-High-Quality-ACS-Lab-Grade-Nail-Varnish-Remover-5-Sizes/331585317454?hash=item4d34066a4e:m:mL2_cHdBulnpzvevFLdoHdQ
  3. Welcome to the FISD. If you're having some size issues then depending on what bits there are is at least one UK supplier who offers slightly larger parts which may help. There may be some colour match issues but it is an option. As said head over to the UK Garrison and the armoury team will be more than happy to help you.
  4. As state above you need to follow through the following: Apply for 501st access on the forum Apply for and get Level 2 EIB clearance https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/19-request-expert-infantryman-status/ Apply for and get Level 3 Centurion clearance https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/72-request-centurion-status/ At Levels 2 and 3 you will need to show evidence that you meet the required standards to earn these awards. If you take your time and listen to the advice then generally this isn't too hard.
  5. I don’t know about behind the camera work but a number of 501st members have been cast as extras or in at least one case voice actors in some of the new films. Watch the speech scene in TFA and you’ll see 501st members, not sure what other scenes. Also Jeremy Bullock aka Boba Fett is/was a cleared 501st member with a Boba Fett. As far as I am aware he’s the only properly cleared actor from the films.
  6. They shouldn’t wear off, it’s not a high wear area. However, are they high enough up the tubes? They look rather low to me but it may well be the angle of the photo.
  7. I free handed mine and there’s a couple of secrets to good results. Use a half decent brush, in good condition. It needs to be thin ish and have longer bristles. The long bristles act like a reservoir for the paint so you can do longer lines. The thinness mostly comes from the tip shape. Second brace your hand and brace the helmet. If your helmet and hand can’t move then it’s far easier to get a nice clean line. I did mine braced in my lap with my hands braced on the helmet. Also stir your paint properly. Make sure it’s good and mixed as model paints have a habit of separating out.
  8. For a standard OT trooper I wouldn’t recommend painting it. And especially not with small hobby paints! If your suit is a bit dull there’s various ways to polish it back up. Either basic car compound like meguires or you can splash out for Novos plastic polish. Personally I don’t bother as the originals where pretty grotty so I like the dull look and marks you pick up when trooping.
  9. The armour doesn’t need painting. Just a small number of rivets and screw heads.
  10. A drill! Just be careful go slow and have a wet towel to cool the rivet so it can’t melt the plastic. Drill in short bursts.
  11. Could be you’ve not allowed room for the belt to curve, did you figure out the hole positions on a flat surface?
  12. For a new hope they used ABS for the armour and HDPE for most/all the helmets (not 100% on that one). ESB used ANH armour repainted plus a few fresh helmets that are closer to ROTJ in look. ROTJ was all new armour, I believe they used ABS but @troopermaster or @sskunky would know for sure. Most decent Stormtrooper kits will be made of ABS. Some will be available in either PVC or HIPS to reduce cost, and the age yellowing ABS suffers. Most members will be using ABS kits though. Occasionally an HDPE helmet run will happen but not often and these tend to be bought for collections rather than trooping.
  13. When I did my Anovos build I never really found that the ABS used snapped well, even with 5-6 passes with a sharp blade. It often tore or would do weird things. For the thicker, straighter parts it worked okay but for the rest just stick with the lexan scissors and accept your hand is going to hurt!
  14. I've resent the validation for TK28602, the other one says it was cancelled. Can you ensure they check their junk folder.
  15. There's time yet. Looks like you've got most of the trimming done, if you can find time to get one seam glued an evening (about 30-45 minutes I seem to remember) then you can work through the whole suit in under 2 weeks, for some you can do 2 or 3 parts as you won't need as much clamping. Is there anyone local who can either help or lend you clamping kit to speed up the process?
  16. If you can loose some it will always help, and its good for you too! That said the armour you pick will also play part. As for larger options RWA recently launched what he calls his "big boy parts" which add some room in the the chest, back, kidney and butt plates to give larger troopers more options when assembling their kit. He also offers a larger shoulder bell and longer shins.
  17. There was a change in how emails are sent recently and it seems that some are getting lost once they leave the server. Do you have a user name for him?
  18. With Anovos the longer bottom bit goes on the inside. There's also a way you can look at the shape but it's a little less obvious and harder to explain
  19. Prop store have an auction at the end of the month and one lot is a TLJ screen used helmet. https://propstoreauction.com/view-auctions/catalog/id/138/lot/28672/?url=%2Fview-auctions%2Fcatalog%2Fid%2F138%2F%3Fpage%3D20 Whilst none of us are likely to have the money to buy it, there's some amazing images as always so some excellent reference. See also these ANH stunt helmet and E-11: Hemlet https://propstoreauction.com/view-auctions/catalog/id/138/lot/28623/?url=%2Fview-auctions%2Fcatalog%2Fid%2F138%2F%3Fpage%3D18 E-11 https://propstoreauction.com/view-auctions/catalog/id/138/lot/28622/?url=%2Fview-auctions%2Fcatalog%2Fid%2F138%2F%3Fpage%3D18
  20. I just hand sanded with 180 and 240 grits. For anything that needed more aggressive attention I used a small hobby file which re Ives material fast but is very controlled. If that was still too much work then I just got the scissors back out and removed small amounts.
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