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501st Stormtrooper[TK]
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  1. Hi all! After being approved a couple of weeks back, I'm finally getting around to checking in. I've had a blast putting together my armor over the last year and I can't wait to get trooping! Many thanks to all of you here on the forums, especially @ukswrath for his amazing Anovos tutorial. This has always been my dream costume and I'm beyond grateful for everyone that has assisted along the way. Long live the Empire!
  2. TK-71128 requesting 501st access. Thanks a bunch! https://www.501st.com/members/displaymember.php?userID=33772&costumeID=124
  3. I am also happy to say that with the adjustments suggested by the folks above and my GML, I have been approved! *TK 71128* Thank you all for your help and support! I couldn't have done it without you! SoCal Garrison and LA squad, happy to join you! I look forward to applying for EIB and Centurion in the future as well!
  4. Totally! Makes sense. Yeah I brought everything back up and adjusted the strapping to get it as high as I could. But one of the culprits, I found, was that I had a pretty big gap in between my back and the backplate itself. Gave it a hot water bath and was able to straighten it out, thus moving it up.
  5. Thanks for the feedback! The reason I took the strapping off the back is to show how big the gap would be if I brought up the back piece. The strapping might bring it up a little but there still would be a sizable gap.
  6. I think the biggest issue unfortunately is that I have a long torso. Here are some pics with measurements.
  7. Hi! Sorry for the very very very very late response. Thanks for the kind words! So yeah I think I'm as high as I can go with the cod and butt pieces. If I were to bring the back piece to where I conceivably would want it, I would have a huge gap in between the back and the kidney pieces. Here is a picture I took as an example: I'm really not sure what to do...
  8. Hi again! So it was requested that I fix a few things before getting basic approval. Most of them were minor and taken care of, but the one I've been struggling with the most is how to raise my back piece. I'm 5'11 with a long torso. I'm worried if I bring the back up then there will be spaces between the back piece and the kidney. The strapping is already made of nylon so there isn't much give. I can't really raise the posterior any more. I have already given the back piece a hot water bath to straighten out the shoulder strap parts. Any suggestions on how I could do this? Thanks!
  9. Many thanks! As soon as I get basic approval and tweak the armor, I'm definitely going for level 2 and 3! Thank you! Your armor guide was my number one resource. Thanks for putting that together! You bet! Thanks for the feedback! Will get that stuff together for level 2 and 3.
  10. So I'm back, and while I haven't posted as much as I'd like, I've still been chugging along. And I am happy to say that I have submitted my build for basic approval! I still have a few mods I would like to make for EIB and Centurion (like replacing the belt with my Kittle belt) but I am so thrilled with how it came out! Thanks so much to everyone who has helped out, especially @ukswrath for creating the ultimate build Bible for Anovos TK armor. I couldn't have done it without the help and support of folks in this detachment. I look forward to joining your ranks hopefully soon, and down the line in EIB and Centurion! Until then...
  11. Hi all! It's been a minute but I'm back to working on my armor! So I've forged ahead and started with the strapping. I decided to go with the snaps method. I used line 24 snaps and nylon webbing to create the snapping system. It was a bit of a learning curve for setting the snaps but I ended up getting it working. I did some sizing to make sure everything lined up correctly and then glued the snaps in. The strapping on the back is still gluing. I'll post a picture of it completed when it's dry. So then I started working on the thighs. Once those were glued together, I started measuring out the thigh ammo belt for the right thigh. I got it lined up fine but I had a question about fastening the rivets to the thigh piece. How does one hammer a rivet in to a completed thigh piece? I thought maybe putting a piece of wood inside the thigh piece to give it something to hit into. Thoughts? Thanks!!
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