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  1. Perfect - I may take to be professionally painted. The video in your second link was made by a former member of this garrison - thanks for linking it!
  2. Whew! It's been a couple of months, but I moved across town and all of my projects (personal and professional) got put on the backburner. But spring has arrived in Alaska! Over the next few days, I'll be washing down the parts for the first time and hitting those cracks with the fiberglass matting and resin. I'll post some photos as it happens. I've been looking into heavy-duty snaps, as they are some of my last parts to acquire, but am also very interested in this magnet idea, especially for the chest and back. On another note, I know I'll have to trim down quite a bit of material and reshape as much of it as possible, as I do not have an especially large frame at 5'7". I have some ABS from Trooperbay that I'm hoping to use to bridge some of those cuts. Does anyone have suggestions on paint/primer? Huzzah!
  3. Spats made it! Next step is going to be a first wash of all the parts, then filling the small cracks in the armor. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Yes, I was planning on the wash. I have gloves and a mask as well. That’s a great idea to have specific clothing for fiberglass work.. Thanks for the advice! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Initial thoughts - armor is well made and already quite smooth. I live in Alaska and have limited use of a garage, so sanding may have to wait until warmer weather when I can use the deck. There are four small cracks in total. I have not worked with fiberglass, but it seems like it should be easy to fix. Most of the pieces are going to have to be cut down for my frame (5 foot 7 inches, 140 pounds). I’ll have to order some ABS to help bond these split pieces, unless there is another suggestion? I’ve ordered decals from Trooperbay and will pick up some bondo and new Dremel saws. Obligatory photo dump.... Small crack Two small cracks R2Dan’s holster (top) next to Jim’s. I’ll be using R2Dans. JAFO’s belt and Imperial boots and gloves. All fit perfect and are of excellent quality. Ukswrath yoke brackets Anovos bucket with Vaderpainter aerator. Good quality, but not sure how to get the plastic one in the helmet out... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Laid out all of the parts from Jim today - turns out I'm missing the spats, but he's sending them right away! I'll take some close up photos this afternoon. https://photos.app.goo.gl/1TzL1RUKt2jVYLGu9
  7. Hello FISD! I ordered Jimmi’s V5 armor last November (after well over a year of waiting on Anovos) and am finally getting around to acquiring all of the needed supplies. It’ll be the first FOTK in Alaska, so I hope to continue the influence of the Empire in the great white north! I’ve already put together a Centurion-level Anovos ANH TK and a WTF Snowtrooper, so I’m looking forward to this build, having had a bit of experience and practice.... not to mention practice mistakes and then having to fix them... more than once! I’ve not documented either of the builds before, so I thought I’d keep track of this one a bit more thoroughly. I’ve always had GREAT support from those who have built before me, so I hope to continue that trend and share my experience with others. I’ve got the armor, and I’ll post the unboxing photos in the coming days, as well as listing where my other supplies came from. Thanks all for your support, guidance, and inspiration bringing this world to life! For the Empire! TK38991 Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. Did you do anything special to install this? It looks great! Thanks!!
  9. Thanks everyone - solid feedback. I'll make the alterations! For the empire! Ryan
  10. Excellent thanks - any idea how to make either cast more authentic without taking apart what is already there? I agree with Brian - both have some great qualities and I'd hate to ruin it somehow.
  11. I've updated my info in the first post. See further updates below... Holster: TD painted screws: Further trimmed forearm return edge: Belt alignment, thigh trimming, and added sniper knee padding: Action shot: T THANKS ALL!
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