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  1. That's absolutely FANTASTIC news!!! Super congratz, and here's to a LONG future of trooping
  2. From one BS modder to another (that didn't sound right...), "we will watch your [thread] with great interest."
  3. What about the Battlefront II reference? As lazy as it is to use a TLJ model instead of a TFA, that means that because it's officially in the TFA timeframe, that the TLJ buckets are part of that era. And respectfully, we were never given a reference of Captain Cardinal's helmet in the official novel artwork.
  4. Technically, Lucasfilm says otherwise through their toys (which we have made CRL's dedicated to toys before). Another thing to note is while the rest of the armor on the book cover shows it's TFA, we are never shown the helmet. Also keep in mind that the EA game Battlefront II utilizes TLJ troopers in their cutscenes that takes place BEFORE TFA, thereby making TLJ TK's canon before TFA.
  5. Haha, cool. If you look at different pics in R1, it's actually real funny because the cut of the thighs varies. Some are flat-cropped, while others are like the above photo. You can especially see this in the K2-SO hallway shootout before he throws the TK's around.
  6. Closer look. Looks like the speaker ain't so hidden after all. You'll find it in the black pin-stripe along the back, but honestly it's a matt finish, so electric tape should cover that up after some filler.
  7. The photos of the BS are broken links, could you update that so we have a clearer picture (no pun intended)? From everything I'm seeing, this should be a basic L1 passable TLJ helmet with no mods. Even the tiny little line around the aerator shouldn't be an issue, but definitely for L2 and L3 it should be changed. In addition, for higher tiers I think whatever color the rest of the armor is, needs to match almost perfectly with the red on this bucket. BS helmets have a tendency of having a "off" shade to their colors (such as with the R1TK), and always make it difficult to match perfectly with the rest of the armor. So a total repaint is potentially in order. The clips? Do you mean the trap-greeblies? I'm not seeing any issues there either. I am noticing the tube stripes are NOT totally hollow. If you look at the underside photo of the BS, only 3 stripes on each side are hollow, while the rest are covered by the interior plastic shell. This I highly believe should be modded as well. However, it's probably worth mentioning that I have no idea how dark the lenses will be when they're finally shipped out, so they MAY or MAY NOT be too clear, and easy to see the wearer's eyes inside. This tends to be a huge issue with any commercial bucket, the lenses are too clear from the outside.
  8. My mistake, I swear a while back Dawn Bright made a CRL of Anakin's pj's, but from what's listed above, Count Dooku's pj CRL is the same argument. No one will wear it, at least not more than a few. https://databank.501st.com/databank/Costuming:SL_tyranus_tcw_sleepwear
  9. Oh I understand it's a puppet, I was speaking to the effect of the mirror solution he had for the hollow joints. I don't believe I'm part of Spec Ops anymore, but will double check that anyway. Thanks!
  10. Good question about the joints. Below is a K2-SO build where this guy talks about how he handled the hollow joints.
  11. Sooooo, I guess this means we can develop a convincing Dark Trooper CRL?.... Much in the same vein as C3-PO or R2-D2. If you wear a black undersuit it'll blend in just fine.
  12. So apparently, grey boots for TK's are a thing... Thanks Paul for the photo.
  13. Hey, I'm an OCD nut Also, looking at the thighs, I'd suggest trimming them at the top maybe 1-2 inches. Not only is this accurate, it also provides more flexibility in movement. It'll prevent it interacting with the abdomen and belt. Looking wonderful! Keep it up!
  14. Would you be able to send the ones you have in Photobucket? I have IMGUR now so I should be able to reuse some of the old ones. I sadly no longer have ANY of the old photos, which is why I had to reuse some of the more recent ones.
  15. FINAL UPDATE HAS BEEN UPLOADED WITH PICS!!! So sorry about the long wait, was finally able to sit down and go over it. Hope it helps!
  16. Hey man! Can't wait to see this! Some recommendations/tips: -Undersuit: I'm assuming you mean the ribbed sweater/gaskets? Jim Tripon makes them, hit him up on facebook or TheRPF (his products are under Jimmoroqui) -Brow: I've searched top and bottom for rubber brow material at local stores... NEVER came up with anything. I ordered it off of Trooperbay.com. Fantastic stuff. -Headware: There is no "right" balaclava, it all comes down to comfort. It tucks underneath a ribbed neck seal, so keep that in mind. ------------------------------------------------------------- In regards to everything else, unless you have the money for it, don't buy everything at once. Get the armor, harness that up, size it to your undersuit, THEN worry about technical stuff like mic and ac. It's much easier knowing EVERYTHING fits before hitting 2 birds with one stone. Best of luck man! From one R1TK to soon another!
  17. No worries man, your stuff is awesome and I love how in depth it is! Actually, I need to show my BS (lol) mods on my HOWTO thread, I just need a proper way to post the pics without them dying. Last time I copied/pasted them from Facebook, but after a while the links break and are forever lost. Would you by chance be willing to have my send you the pictures to upload to Photobucket or Imger (or whatever site you use), so I could attach it all to a post? I don't have either of those, and already have a whole lot of accounts on my computer xD
  18. I appreciate the gif there, no need to be harsh about it. I'll try to attach that to the original post. I'm not sure what the argument is about, the point is that something is being pointed out that was hard to show in the past, but now am able to bring it to light.
  19. That's why I propose that we apply it to only EIB or Centurion, as it's too subtle for basic, but incredibly crucial to the accuracy of higher ups. However, I have applied bondo and sanded it to a perfect finish on my bucket for very cheap, and it works wonders. I'll update my HOWTO thread this weekend showcasing this.
  20. It is indeed old knowledge, but no one believed me when I first noticed it in the early CRL pages. There was no way to actually prove it on my end, as I'm technologically impaired xD But the mirror images helpe clearly see that 1 eye is off, while the other is regular. The above images to me at very first glance looked like you copied/pasted the same image twice, so it didn't exactly help. Anyways, I disagree and your images are less informative as people don't really notice it unless you flip the WHOLE helmet. Your mirrored version at first glance doesn't look any different. The BASIC laws of reflection work to highlight asymmetry in ANYTHING you hold in front of it, which in this case when you've seen something normally for a long time, then hold it up in front of a mirror anything off about it becomes very noticeable. That's how it works.
  21. I now have definitive PROOF the helmets are asymmetrical!!! Below is my thread breaking down (with photos) how they are actually assymetrical, confirmed by Ian Reach who found out that Glyn Dillon STATED he did this intentionally. I would like to propose that we make this EIB and/or Centurion, for the most accurate details possible.
  22. Hey all! As everyone knows, I've argued for a long time that the R1TK helmets were indeed asymmetrical. However, I wasn't able to develop a way to actually proof this outside of describing where to look. However, Sam Williams (one of the 3d designers) who worked with Glyn Dillon (the official costume designer for the Antholoy TK's) confirmed that the eyes were made to be "off," to pay tribute to the original sculptors. He even went so far as to share what the 3d render files for the helmet were when he was working on Solo designing the Mimban TK's. Observe: Original file shared via Twitter. Then I reversed the image to show how the eyes are off. Flipped: Screen used costumes: Original shot: Original: Flipped: Final shot: This is form the LFL BTS archival footage recently released last year. Original: Flipped:
  23. You can see the brow goes from angled down (above) to perfectly straight (bottom). Angled down. Straight. Also in this picture, notice how on the eyes are assymetrical, with the helmet's right eye having a "bump" on the bottom, close to the nose. You can see it protrude, and it is indeed very key aspect of the R1TK. However I believe this to be of higher tier in either EIB or Centurion, but that's not needed for basic. Glen Dillon, the designer of the R1TK helmet models, confirmed this assymetry. As noted by Paul Prentice and Ian Reach (the experts on the Crystal packs): "and most notably the slight squint in the right eye - that Glyn Dillon has confirmed they deliberately added as an homage to Liz Moore (the sculptor of the original ANH TK helmet) - is not present in The Mando opening scene buckets" - Ian Reach BTS Pic, you can see it more clearly in this shot from the LFL archives. Below is the bucket 3d model Glyn Dillon made himself for the Mimban TK's, which deliberately show the assymetry of the eyes. I took the liberty to flip the image to see the assymetry better.
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