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501st Stormtrooper[TK]
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  1. First Order Adventures! It's been a long time since I've updated anything in this thread, so I figured I should share some of the fantastic First Order adventures that have happened with this kit! Happy to say that the build has held together very well against the test of time. From Good Morning America in 2019 Good Morning America Rise of Skywalker Release 2019 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2021 Updates There is only one upgrade to the suit that I've made that is worth mentioning, and that is my switch to the Anovos Premiere Line helmet. It's a heavy piece, but I think it works great with the suit (and I really like the fully lined interior). The paint match was perfect, so it was a worthy upgrade. Moving forward, I'd like to take the suit to EIB/Centurion, so that might be coming up next in this thread. I've got a handful of projects already on the workbench, but I think that would be a worthwhile goal for the near future. More to come!
  2. Most definitely - my cod piece and tops of the thighs have pretty much destroyed the glossy part. It's all hidden beneath the plastic, but it doesn't look great on it's own! Great method with creating the shorts, I might have to copy you there!
  3. You're very welcome! If you have any questions as you dive in, don't hesitate to ask!
  4. Awesome work! Congrats on the approval - well deserved!
  5. You're very welcome, happy to help! That's quite a tall order for your first build, but I hope you have a blast getting it all together!
  6. Of course - always happy to answer any and all questions! That's what we're all here for, after all.
  7. I don't think you need to be as concerned as you think - you're going to be stuffing the liner into a helmet, so the shape and fit will not be nearly as accurate as it would going into an actual motorcycle helmet. Yeah, I would definitely prefer that if you guys don't mind just so we can keep the thread on track.
  8. Hi, Jonah; Those were the liners I originally used on a few of my kits - they are great liners! I actually found the ear caps to be especially useful for getting a firm fit. I don't actually need any right now myself, but if you were to buy the lot I would definitely buy some off of you as I am sure other troopers would! By my math, each liner would come out to $2.85 (total cost divided by 42), but I'd be happy to pay at least $10 per liner which is still significantly less than Amazon. Great find!
  9. Marvelous work! I've always enjoyed the look of the promo trooper - so cool to see it come to life.
  10. Yeah, other than 3D printing, waiting is all you can do I’m afriad. :/
  11. Hi, Luc! I just looked through my posts again and noticed that this information is missing - sorry about that! Here are the belt box measurements that I went with. The plate that is velcroed to the large pouch is 1/2" thick. Untitled by Taylor Goodson, on Flickr The three-piece box has a base of 1" thick. Untitled by Taylor Goodson, on Flickr The top/faceplate of the three-piece box is 3/8" thick. Untitled by Taylor Goodson, on Flickr The smaller, squarer box next to that is 1/2" thick. Untitled by Taylor Goodson, on Flickr The front boxes are 1" thick (on the ends, thinner in the middle thanks to the curved backs) in total width including front and back pieces. Untitled by Taylor Goodson, on Flickr Finally, the two front/faceplates of the middle two boxes are 1/2". Untitled by Taylor Goodson, on Flickr Sorry I didn't clearly outline that during the posts in the build itself. I will link this reply to the main index thread so it's officially in the mix. Hope that helps!
  12. Wow, you're really getting somewhere now! The belt holds the posterior in place in tandem with the elastic/snaps that will run between the kidney plate and the posterior plate. If you are still having problems with the posterior plate flaring out after the belt and snaps are in place, you can run a strap between the cod piece and the posterior piece between your legs that will pull the posterior plate in more snuggly. I cut my thighs down significantly to allow room between the cod/posterior plates, but I didnt make those cuts until I had the suit strapped. To my eyes, it looks like your left bicep is pretty wide - you might want to consider tightening that up as it stands out to my eyes. Other than that, definitely a very strong first fitting!
  13. You've got some fabulous information from gmrhodes up there! That's a pretty important point that I just wanted to highlight. There are tons of methods for gap filling/sanding/painting, you just have to find one you like. If you've never used filler/bondo/etc. before, I suggest testing on some scrap first as you definitely don't want to be diving into your armour without any practice. Regardless, to answer your question specifically, the epoxy putty I used was from Home Depot. All in all, I probably used 5 or 6 tubes of it total. I found it easier to get into tight spaces (using a little bit of water goes a long way, too) whereas Bondo can be a little more difficult to work with due to the fast drying time. Yes, it definitely is a bit of work to sand down, but I did find it less prone to bubbles and divots than Bondo during the sanding process. The Devcon Plastic Weld is an amazing product, but I stay away from it only because the price is so much higher. If you need something fused within minutes, however, it is impossible to beat the Devcon!
  14. For what it's worth, I got nothing but love while documenting my FO build. I didn't get even a hint of negativity during the lengthy process - in fact, it was really nice to hear so many other folks excited about using some of the info and discussion for their own upcoming build projects. To me, the feelings of negativity seem to be an artifact from a slightly older time - feelings that I only first heard about during the Q&A. Regardless, it's great to see no time lost addressing the issue head-on. I have nothing but love for both my OT TK and FO TK (as clearly you guys do, too!), so hopefully we can continue to bring any migrant FO TK's back to their home here. And, of course...bring on the merch!
  15. I had the same issue. I just reinforced the area with spare ABS glued to the inside to thicken it up. I went edge to edge on the top and bottom so the area couldn’t flex as easily and crack.
  16. Glad the method worked for you, too! Coming along wonderfully, AJ!
  17. I'm still marked as pending. Thanks for all your attention on this matter during this busy time of year - it's much appreciated!
  18. My pleasure - if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask! The one piece of advice I always give out is that no mistake is beyond repair. Take time, have fun, and be creative! If something doesn't go as planned, don't sweat it - there are always a handful of ways to fix it or make it work. But you probably already know that having recently dealt with a 'botched' TK.
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