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BDWC

501st Stormtrooper[TK]
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About BDWC

Member Title

  • Position
    Centurion

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Montgomery, AL

FISD Info

  • Centurion Granted Date
    20180322
  • EIB Awards
    1
  • FISD Supporter
    No
  • EIB Cohorts
    ANH-S

Standard Info

  • Name
    Jim
  • 501st ID
    24233
  • 501st Unit
    Alabama Garrison
  • Troops Completed
    25

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  1. 36 so far, and just now realizing that there is a FISD thread for logging it all. Link to log thread Hoping to get back to more active trooping post-COVID and after second surgery
  2. Just now getting this up, but here we go..... # Date Location Charity/Event 1 10/16/16 Newport News Park Out of Darkness Suicide Prevention 2 6/3/17 Baptist East Hospital March of Dimes 3 6/3/17 Calera Library Library 4 6/29/17 Greenville Library Library 5 9/23/17 USS Alabama , Mobile, AL St Jude 6 10/5/17 Cullman Wedding, Loft 212 Manna House 7 10/14/17 Eclectic Cotton Festival Children's hospital 8 10/27/17 ZooBoo Montgomery Zoo 9 10/31/17 Costume Contest At WCW Halloween 10 12/9/17 Maxwell AFB Toy drop 11 12/9/17 Christmas Light Festival Montgomery Zoo 12 12/14/17 Opelika Tiger AMC 13 TLJ Premiere 13 12/16/17 Maxwell AFB Toy drop 14 12/22/17 Opelika Tiger AMC 13 TLJ Premiere 15 12/24/17 Opelika Tiger AMC 13 TLJ Premiere 16 1/27/18 Mobile Alabama Pharoah Parade 17 2/3/18 Millbrook Revelers Mardi Gras Parade 18 3/10/18 Zoo Weekend Montgomery Zoo 19 3/17/18 Cramton Bowl River Region Con 20 4/14/18 Opelika Multiplex Good Grief Camp 21 5/24/18 Opelika Tiger AMC 13 SOLO Premiere 22 6/1/18 Calera Fairy Ball Calera Library 23 6/2/18 Baptist East Hospital March of Dimes 24 7/28/18 Riverwalk Stadium Biscuits Star Wars Night 25 10/6/18 Alabama Christian Academy Football Homecoming Game 26 10/13/18 ZooBoo Montgomery Zoo 27 10/20/18 Cramton Bowl Gump City Con 28 10/21/18 Cramton Bowl Gump City Con 29 10/27/18 Alabaster AmStar St. Judes 30 10/30/18 Eastchase Chic-Fil-A Halloween 31 2/17/19 Auburn, AL Donation by Premier Academy 32 3/23/19 Zoo Weekend Montgomery Zoo 33 5/4/2019 Prattville, AL Prattville Library 34 5/4/2019 Riverwalk Stadium Montgomery Biscuits game 35 6/1/2019 Baptist East Hospital March of Dimes 36 12/7/2019 Ramer, AL Ramer Christmas Parade
  3. ..or ~ 1-7/8" (...which is not a thing ) I strongly believe that this is exactly a 2.0" wide elastic piece since it was originally made in the UK (English units) and because a 2" elastic is not quite 2" but slightly under, then once stretched longer becomes thinner in width. Once I get back home I will measure and post pictures of my two-year old 'stressed' straps and see if this hypothesis is valid. I'm SUPER curious now... You are really making me think hard today, LOL
  4. Good catch there Swede!!! Oops my bad, I guess it WAS 2".....I honestly forgot the size, but it was the same as my elastic, so I guess it actually is 2" (I'm out of town for Christmas while writing this, so I can't go to my armor box and measure right now) Also, I did not especially like the idea of velcro-ing the bridges, but it was a suggestion from a centurion garrison-mate (who I will not name) and an experiment I needed to try during the time where I had troops more frequently and did not have enough time to sew up and fit new straps. I have since removed the 1/4"x 1" velcro pieces almost a year ago from the back plate, but left the "fuzzy" side pieces on the underside of the bridge pieces to reduce scratching up the back plate from all of the movement each time I stoop down. It is completely unseen as it sits in on one of the 'bump' recesses. And honestly, for the temporary fix this worked good enough at the time as #1) these were non-canon events, and #2) this was better than the bridges continually slipping out then returning UNDER my back plate, which was not only uncomfortable, but made me look like an idiot. All that said, Swede I want to thank you for actually reading my update and chiming in with your 100% correct suggestions and comments. And for the record, my personal pet peeve is the continual overuse of pauldrons.
  5. Time again for me to make a forum appearance and update my build thread I really don't want to be one of those folks that make the build thread and then just leave it to time-out and die as one of the lonely unread threads that must now be deleted due to age and lack of interaction So...for others that have been trooping over a year, here are some more items that I'd like to add to pass along in case it can help another trooper: After 2 years of trooping at a rate of 15-20 troops per year, the elastic shoulder strap just do not hold up over time. OF course I could simply replace them with the original material I used, just not stretched out, and just do this on an 18 month repair cycle,...BUT, I wanted to try another route that a fellow centurion has done with success. I replaced my shoulder straps with canvas! The hardest part was finding 1.5" white canvas. I actually has to source this from a seatbelt manufacturer, LOL. Well, at least I know these will not stretch nor break! I hope that this will also aid in another issue I was having with the shoulder bridges popping out from under the 1/4" elastic on the back plate each time I bent over to talk to a child. With the stretch distance removed I hope that this is fixed as well. I initially tried velcro-ing the bridges to the back plate, but that only make the plastic take the load and wound up cracking them ad with the worn out elastic the velcro simply pulled on the bridges until they cracked . Fortunately this repair led me to reinforce and reshape my bridges, so this should not be an issue regardless. But, now with the canvas straps, I might try the bridge velcro hold-downs on the back plate again to see what happens, and report back here with the results. A major tip I can give for crack repair is to not to try to make it perfect. I tried so hard so many times to sand out the crack, repair it with ABS paste and spent all the extra time with the multi-stages of sanding all to find out this: Just fill the crack with superglue, and add a backer plate with ABS paste. once it's dry and cured, lightly final sand and buff the front side. I fount that the hairline that remains it no different than taking 10 times the effort for a full frontal ABS repair, but without th Meanwhile, using the voicechanger TrooperTalk and an Aker amp, a lot of experimenting went on with myself and a couple of other troopers to find the magic combination. We worked it out over at this thread: And if you checked out this update, I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU, as I try to post my trooping experience and discoveries here as without the same help, wisdom, and brotherhood of the troopers before me, I would never have gotten this far in what is by far my favorite SW character costume to date!!!
  6. Well whether or not TKs have "true" chatter, doesn't matter to me as much as the fact that during troops the background loop just really helps to fill in the time when fans are near but I really have nothing to say Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  7. I had the same issue, and also used the "remove and locate by tracing onto painter's tape" ( It's amazing how so many troopers come up with the same ideas!!!) This healed to 'cheat' the angle over a bit. I also reinforced my shoulder bridges with an extra layer of scrap ABS glued to the underside. Make sure to hot bath and form the doubler piece to the same curve as the bridge before gluing as you won't be able to reform very much after the reinforcement. Also, I have run into the issue of the bridge jumping out of the 1/4" elastic, but this is because the elastic is over two year old with many, many troops. So I am going to change this out to canvas straps during the winter off troop season, just to give me more "mileage" out of the straps, to hold the back of the bridges in place (without Velcro) , and I am hoping that this will also maintain my shoulder bells slightly higher, too. But overall...YES, hot bath tweaks are your friend!!!
  8. Congrats, trooper! Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  9. I actually did that for my screen name: B=2, D=4, W=23, C=3.......BDWC= TK-24233
  10. Awesome work there Eric! I only reinforced my shoulder bridges with a doubler plate of ABS the same width after they started cracking. I never thought of adding a metal strip, that's outstanding! I am looking forward to following your work on the right side kidney alignment tab, as I am looking on adding that as well. Again, great job, and I only wish I had done as much research as you have into upgrading for long term strength and reliability. This kit is going to serve you well for a long time.
  11. Congratulations and welcome to the ranks of white armor!! Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  12. I must say that this is an excellent summary, and these are many things "I wish I would have known" myself before starting this journey. As so many of us know, so much is learned during the process of your armor build, and thank you for taking the time to write down your 'lessons learned' to share with the community. Your tips will be pure gold for any of our new recruits to the white armor ranks! This is truly what the motto *Troopers helping troopers*, it all about!! (also, thanks for the shout out, and thanks for the collaborative help in the search for the best Trooper Talk app settings )
  13. Congratulations!!! Way to make your garrison proud! Sent from my Imperial TK communicator
  14. Very nice, Colin! I think you nailed it! Also, very unique placement of the iPhone. I've got mine up on the chest plate next to the Aker. See ya soon on the Centurion side! Sent from my Imperial TK communicator
  15. Almost there, but one additional question here... maybe it's the photos, but how wide are those shin cover strips? They look even wider than the ones on the thighs IMO... just curious Sent from my Imperial TK communicator
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