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  1. Ordered my boots from TK Boots this morning. I checked and they actually had a set in size 13 E width so I jumped on them. Guess I'll find out soon enough if they'll work.
  2. I found the Gorilla Grip gloves but when I tried them on they looked almost like mesh. Breathable yes but you could easily see my flesh underneath. I don't know how they could be approved. I did already buy a set of rubber gloves but I'm gonna order a set of the Nomex and be done with it.
  3. I got issued a beret when I was in the Army. The never ones you only have to shave once. And they don't have any liner in them, just the cardboard stiffener up front. Soak it in water, shake it out, fit it and shape it and let it dry on your head. Then tie the cord in the back AFTER it's been fitted and snip off the ends. Don't do that before it's shaped or it will get too snug.
  4. I've had my kit about a week. Thus far I'm very happy with it. Not sure what the issues were with the ab buttons as mine wasn't missing any. I came here first and did a LOT of reading. I went to just about every vendor site and asked tons of questions to the suppliers. I based my decision on the fact that I would have to be building my armor from a kit and NO kit is automatically approved by the 50st. It all comes down to the individual build. I think too many people have the misconception that you open a box, put on the armor and you're done. I've been through this with people in the R2D2 Astromech club and BB8 builders club. They think 3D printing is perfect and they shouldn't have to do any additional work. You have got to put for the effort. I think this kit will be just fine IF it's built right and the CRLs are followed. I talked to several 501st full members and one of them order this same kit. Since he's built one in the past I'm waiting to hear his thoughts on it when he receives it but after spending hours talking to the guy I don't think he'd waste his money on junk armor and seems very knowledgeable. As far as vendors go, David has been professional and answered any question I've had. And from what I've heard personally from others who have ordered from David, any issues with their kits (missing or damaged parts) he's made it right with them. Anyone who is curious about these kits is more than welcome to check out my build thread folder on my Facebook page. I'll leave that folder open to the public so anyone can view it. Any questions please feel free to ask.
  5. If a blaster is built with a permanent orange tip will it still be approved for the 501st?
  6. I will have to try a pair of the Gorilla Grip gloves. I got the black rubber gloves now but my hands were drowning in sweat after 5 minutes. I can not imagine trooping all day with them on.
  7. Thank goodness. I've been holding off ordering a pair. I will now. Thanks.
  8. I picked up a pair of black neoprene gloves for like $4. They are long cuff. I will likely have to upgrade to Nomex flight gloves with winter trooping.
  9. I thought I mentioned this maybe on another post but originally the Brits painted their SMGs as many were used for commando raids and in the jungle. The normal parkerized finish (which most military weapons were/are) tended to rust but the painted held up better. When I built a ATF approved semiauto Sten Mk2 I ended up painting it to look more authentic. Had it for 15 years and still looks pretty good. Now days you could always check into having it powder coated. Just be sure to remove anything rubber or even soft plastic as the items get baked at like 400+ degrees after they are coated. Black is usually cheap to have done and no wait time as it's the most common powder coating places use all the time. I may powdercoat my E11 when I get it down. Waiting on some more Sterling parts to finish my build.
  10. Very cool. I love little unique items like this. It ties it all together.
  11. Thank you Henry for addressing this. This has been my question for a while. Is the point of this to look like actors wearing costumes on set or is it to look like stormtroopers in a galaxy far away? A prop (or in this cast costume armor) only has to look good for a few seconds on film. In reality, most props would never hold up to actual use. Movies have the convenience of editing, using different props depending on the angle. Here's we're trying to get a set of armor to handle all of it. Likewise with the E11 scopes. I highly doubt they ever thought anyone would see them close up to see the WWII markings stamped on them. So I almost laugh when I see reproductions for the blasters that still have a 1943 date engraved etc. Again I ask myself, are we trying to look like actors on a set with props or are we trying to look like stromtroopers. Your word of "idealized" is perfect to describe this and is what I lean towards.
  12. This was my question too. What is the biggest difference between them? I've been looking at the various specs for each but only notice little subtle differences. Hand guard shapes, holster strap color etc. Is that it or am I missing something? In theory shouldn't they all be the same. I understand from a movie production stance the films were made several years apart and costumes had to be remade and/or fixed/updated. What are the most noticeable differences? Reading the requirements for the builds the stuff actually seems generic. Is it just these little things you guys notice to tell ANH S apart from a ROTJ armor? TIA.
  13. Thank you for explaining this as I thought maybe it was based on how long you were a member in the 501st etc.
  14. Waiting to get my armor until tax return. Glad someone asked about glue because I was wondering what everyone uses as well. Used CA glue for decades building r/c airplanes etc and even used some while building my R2 droid. Have never used E6000 that I can recall but I'll pick up several tubes next time at the store. Thanks guys.
  15. Thanks. I'll try IB first and if no luck guess I'll be painting some boots :-D I actually just got back from the mall. I went to every store that sold shoes to try and find a similar paid of Chelsea type boots just so I could try on a size 12 to see if it would world. No one had that type except Dunham's. I tried on a 13 there and they fit okay. Don't think I'd want to try to squeeze into a 12 for trooping.
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