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501st Stormtrooper[TK]
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  • Birthday 06/13/1972

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    Star Wars, Toy collecting, the 1970s, the 501st

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  1. Ok. Yanked the midsection up higher and it sits a little better. I threw on my ANH tk belt just to get an idea of how a belt would look on it. The cod looks a little wide near the top still? Also the rear of the thighs bump a little against the butt plate. Maybe trim about 1/2 inch off the top of the thighs to spread things out a bit? Sent from my SM-T597P using Tapatalk
  2. Ill try that first. Im so used to how/where my ANH TK fits I have to adjust for the different parts of this one. Sent from my SM-T597P using Tapatalk
  3. Ok...first almost full suit up. Need suggestions/advice! The cod hits the top of the thighs. Looks like I need to trim cod more? Trim cod and inner thigh? Looks like i have to bring torso up a bit more too? Bring chest down a bit also??arms fit good, just need to put cover strips on biceps. Sent from my SM-T597P using Tapatalk
  4. So, after some more test fitting, I need to redo the biceps. Took them apart, did some trimming, reshaping, and some shimming to get them a bit slimmer so they were not pushing out on the bells. The refit is a lot better, just need to get some paint on them and reattach the cover strips. Once thats done, an attachment strap from the bell to the bicep so it wont flop out. Sent from my LG-Q710AL using Tapatalk
  5. And heres a horrible selfie. The biceps are not connected to the bells yet so it all looks wonky and my chest looks like it needs to come down a little. But first half test fit. Sent from my SM-T597P using Tapatalk
  6. I got 11b30b4's straps as the ABS straps were not going to work for me. Since I have a Crystal patrol pack, and have been wearing it with my ANH kit, the pressure and wear on ABS straps, and being uncomfortable after a few hours, the rubber straps were the way to go. Instead of the embedded velcro I ordered them without and glued two snaps in the center. Stuck velcro on the ends which Im going to trim back a little as the edges show. The snap connects to the Front/back/shoulder bell assembly. I had to shorten my straps for proper fit. And being rubber, they should help with the issues I was having with the pack straps sliding off the abs straps and sitting between the bell sometimes! Highly recommend swapping to rubber straps! Sent from my SM-T597P using Tapatalk
  7. The finished thigh came out really well. Working on the second thigh and the shoulder straps this weekend, and then starting on the belt. So hopefully that will go along smoothly without any big issues like I had with the thighs. My boots are on the way from IB, so hopefully in the next two weeks I'll wrap this up! Sent from my SM-T597P using Tapatalk
  8. Thigh update. The epoxy was set when I got home this evening and I test fitted the thigh and it fits perfect. The shape of the R1 thigh and its size compared to an ANH kit is leaps and bounds an improvement. It fits snug and is way more comfortable for extended trooping. Work on thigh #2 has started, then I'll be in the final stretch for this kit. Sent from my SM-T597P using Tapatalk
  9. So... Forearms, biceps, and shins are done outside of some touch up sanding on the edges and some ankle trim still to be done once my boots arrive. But then there was woe and despair. I totally botched my thighs. Needless to say, errors were made, and the horror that ensued while trying to remedy them were fruitless. But, then plan B came around. I had an extra ANH TK for replacement parts, and went about converting the thighs. One is almost done, after cutting, reshaping and some PC9 epoxy sculpting, I managed a suitable replacement. Still have to do some heavy sandinding work and touch up painting and I think I'll be good to go. We'll see what the end result ends up being like. Sent from my SM-T597P using Tapatalk
  10. Got the left forearm assembled, just need to do some top trimming and some sanding at the cuff. It closes with velcro on the backside of the arm. I did have to do a boiling water dip to get a better curve on them after doing the rough cut. But when closed they fit perfectly and are much more comfortable than my ANH forearms. The backside is current clamping down on the back coverstrip or I would have gotten a pic of that. Sent from my SM-T597P using Tapatalk
  11. Spent around 3 1/2 hours sanding down all the resin cover strips to get rid of the majority of the print lines and ensure that all of them were the same thickness. If you have this kit, it will need to be done. Use a powered sander and eye and breathing protection because you are going to be sanding a substantial amount of resin. The resin casts are quite durable and flexible, and once sanded to the proper thickness will form to the armor quite nicely. After sanding I washed them in warm soapy water and now they're drying before I start with the painting. Sent from my LG-Q710AL using Tapatalk
  12. Im on vacation starting tomorrow so hoping to get it knocked out by the end of next week! Sent from my LG-Q710AL using Tapatalk
  13. Which part are you concerned about being to small? The trauma plate that hides the rear split? Sent from my SM-T597P using Tapatalk
  14. A pic of my shoulder system. A double elastic strap with a snap at each end that connects to snap plates glued about 3/4 inch below the slot for the shoulder bridges. Im reinforcing the shoulder bridges by gluing them to a strip of abs with a male snap in the center. They each have velcro on the ends that attach to velcro in the shoulder slots. The center snap is there to keep them from popping out if if I wear my crystal patrol pack. The extra abs helps with durability of the shoulder bridges too. I had to do it on my ANH kit. The side straps that come out will attach to a snap in the shoulder bell. Sent from my LG-Q710AL using Tapatalk
  15. Got the shoulder bells trimmed and edges sanded, but didn't work on the connectors yet. Did do just a bit of cosmetic work to the hand plates by cutting the front slots in, then backing them with scrap abs. Gloves are Endor Finders. Sent from my SM-T597P using Tapatalk
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