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  1. Tape, my friend. Tape.

     

    Tape that plastic together and then to your body. Then do your best to recreate/preserve the tape positioning (once you're happy with it) via strapping and elastic. Painters tape works great.  Stick it all over the top of the armor and make a mess, but get things lined up correctly. Ideally there wouldn't be any tape on the inside where the strapping would go so that you can cut and install the strapping most easily whilst the tape is still attached and holding things in place.

     

    Start with the chest, which looks to be about right on you in the above pix, then tape a shoulder bell to the shoulder bridge. The edge of the bridge should ideally touch the edge of the bell for centurion, so make them touch with the tape. Then apply the bicep and add some tape. It should be positioned so that you can fully bend your arm while wearing the forearm armor.

     

    The forearm and bicep should have a little less than an inch between them. The bicep to forearm gap should be about equal to the forearm to hand guard gap. Slide the forearm around till you've got that about equal and add some tape. The add the elastic behind.

     

    Does that help at all?

     

     

  2. 12/3/22 - Socorro Christmas Light Parade

    41st TK troop, 38th for the year, 7th HWT

    CDZ-5435 - troop 16 and her 1 year trooperversary

    TI-50597 - troop 8

     

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    I tend to go overboard sometimes. I can't help myself. It's a personality flaw.  See, we needed 3 strands of lights on our kits minimum. I ended up with 24.

     

    Twenty Four (24).  That includes 4 strings on the candycane and 5 strings on my HWT pack.

     

    But it was my first parade troop and I had to do it up big!

     

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    My whole family did it up big. My wife had around 12 strings on her bucket, tubes, and chest plate and my daughter had roughly 16 pinned to her sparkle robe. That's Photobomb Vader in the background. :laugh1:

     

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    Holly Jolly.

     

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    The family decked out. My daughter was the only GA there. 

     

    Noticed the umbrella did you?

     

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    The weather brought us more than a cup of cheer.  It was MISERABLE.

     

    And let me qualify that statement - I was miserable. It was not my most fun troop ever and that was wholly on my own shoulders (heh).

     

    1) I decided to do my HWT pack. It's only 14 lbs, but I carried it for four hours. FOUR HOURS of pack.

    2) I knew it was gonna be really cold and had a chance of rain, so I wore my Rogue One undersuit. With my regular TK suit underneath. Underneath my ANH Stunt.
    2.1) I could barely move. Severe motion restriction. The lights, the undersuit, the pack, the hat bapping me in the eye...  But most of it was that undersuit. It's not meant for my very form fitting ANH Stunt armor.

    3) See the buckets of rain above.

    and 4) before we left to get soaked, we baked in a literal oven known as the fire department garage. They had the heaters raging above the bays and it was in the 80s inside. So first we baked, then we got soaked and frozen. But I could have just been a regular TK with my regular cold weather undersuit and alleviated most of my discomfort.

     

    Ya live and learn.

     

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    There were a LOT of us. Here's the before shot.

     

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    And here's the after. Cold and wet, but still together, glowing, smiling, and having fun. I wouldn't trade the experience for anything and am overjoyed that I did it. Just slightly underwhelmed at my own costuming choices. :laugh1: Next year I'll just TK it.

     

     

     

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  3. 11/26/22 - Carrie Tingley Foundation Festival of Trees Reindeer Romp

    39th TK troop, 36th for the year

    CDZ-5435 - troop 14

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    This is my first repeat troop! The Reindeer Romp was my 2nd troop ever and my daughter's first last year. We had to come out and see the trees again.

     

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    This year there were Jedi in the trees. TK-21476 and I did our best to defend the younglings from being kidnapped and indoctrinated.

    (yes, I went there)

     

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    The Grinch was appreciative of our heroics.

     

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    Anna and Elsa were ready to lend a hand in icing that band down.

     

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    Vader and Juno were protecting the Hot Wheels tree from... well, from my Jawa. Gotta be realistic here. This was the biggest thief in the building.

     

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    There WAS a tree behind that panda. It somehow got packed under those sparkly robes. The panda fit too.

     

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    And then she stole my blaster. And the band. And the princesses. And our hearts.

     

    11/26/22 - Koyawena-Lilly Wedding

    40th TK troop, 37th for the year

    CDZ-5435 - troop 15

    TI-50597 - troop 7

     

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    Later that same evening was a WEDDING TROOP!!! My very first.  There was no way I was missing it. My wife left her bucket and did Reserve to help wrangle us troopers around.

     

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    Ready to officiate.  (I trust you can pick me and my daughter out by now.)

     

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    Vader and the bouquet was too good not to share.

     

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    The bride's escort service. She was SOOOO happy! We were a surprise and she loves TKs. She has a beautiful TK tattoo on her leg. Maybe they'll both build armor and join up soon...

     

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    And after we did our duty, there was fry bread. FRESH fry bread just baking outside. Allen and I were there for it. Heck, we were all there for it. We stuffed our faces with fry bread and then got fed inside at the wedding dinner.

     

    I don't have a whole lot of wedding pix but it was seriously amazing. I will absolutely wedding troop at every given opportunity.

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  4. 11/18/22 - Star Wars Art Con Friday Night

    37th TK troop, 6th as a HWT, 34th for the year

    CDZ-5435 - troop 13

    TI-50597 - troop 6

     

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    This was a troop to support Lucasfilm's artist Christopher Clark. It's a traveling art show that's in town for 3 days. This was the opening night. I got another family troop in, which is always the best thing in the world.

     

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    We got a huge introduction from the event organizers and trooped into the twin ballrooms in style. Unlike many troops where they're forbidden, they asked for blasters at this one, so I dirtied my armor up again and hit the HWT train.

     

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    These two didn't appreciate me stealing their spotlight outside the ballroom.

     

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    Christopher was just a wonderful person. Happy to chat and clown around, even though he was feeling under the weather. And his art was gorgeous. He was signing and personalizing paintings at no charge for the show.

     

    In the above, the ONLY Star Trek painting in the show can be seen. My daughter (out of Jawa to the right) was watching him paint and noticed this. She called everyone over. We posed.

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    All of the troops eventually caught on. I couldn't help but give a salute.  We spent kind of a long time clowning for this one photo. The crowd loved it, as did the guy who bought the painting.

     

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    And this gentleman was the new owner of the painting.  I had to get a selfie with him. Too much fun.

     

    I bought several paintings myself and came home with a bunch of complementary prints. The walls of our Star Destroyer will get some new decorations soon.

     

    11/19/22 - Peter Mayhew Foundation UNM Children's Hospital Donation

    Troop 38, 35 for the year, 7 as HWT

     

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    This was a last minute emergency troop with vague details. Something about the Children's Hospital and the Peter Mayhew Foundation. Masks and COVID cards required, absolutely no weapons. I signed up right away.  This is the kind of thing I live for.

     

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    The details emerged. A truck from the Mayhew Foundation was touring around the western US, dropping boxes of toys for kids at hospitals on their route.  Albuquerque was due for Saturday delivery sometime after 1pm.  We helped unload boxes which we thought we'd be just handing over to the hospital staff.

     

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    Nope. Our strong Imperial backs were put to work. We brought the toys all the way up to the kids ward.

     

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    Delivery made. 

     

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    I missed every one.

     

    ( Notice the lack of backpack? Since no weapons were allowed, I elected to just leave the pack at home.  And since I didn't have time between last night's troop and today's to clean my armor again...  )

     

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    We each received a Peter Mayhew coin for participating in the troop! None of us had any idea this was coming at the end. It'll have a place of honor in my collection.

     

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    And this little one is my very favorite part of today's troop. When I saw that she was captured by our fantastic handler, the room got dusty.

     

    See, she was VERY small and wrapped up in a blanket. Couldn't have been more than 4. She was more than a bit scared of the plastic space suits. I gave her the little finger wiggle waves and got one of my TK trading cards out of my chest pouch for her. She shyly took it with a smile.

     

    And that was it. I was then her very favorite plastic spaceman in the hospital at that point onward.

     

    She kept looking at me and waiving.  I asked if I could come down and take a picture with her, which got a big nod.  I knelt down next to the girl and her mom and took a selfie with the mom's camera. The little girl had such a huge smile on.  It was only eclipsed by my own, hidden under my mask and bucket.

     

    It was a small moment, but... well... little tears. They can't see you cry inside the bucket.  I don't know what challenges were on that little girl's shoulders, but she was happy for a few moments today.  She put quite a few happy bucks in my own pocket as well.

     

    It's been a very good weekend.

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  5. 14 hours ago, Nairy said:

    Amazing Adam, happy Trooperversary:happyandcheerfulbirthday: This makes me so happy and excited to continue myself! :wub: Are you going to smash the troopaward75.png badge next year? :popcorn:

    Thanks!!! And whew, the 75 badge.... I hadn't thought. If the calendar is kind to me, I'll get it! :salute:

     

     

    12 hours ago, Morgi said:

     

    Of course I did! Us fun-and-crazy TKs gotta stick together :salute:

     

    So many amazing pictures and memories, it's awesome to see how far you've come in one year. Congratulations and here's to the next successful year of TK Mischief :smiley-sw013:

    Thanks Morgi!!! This next year can only get better with my newfound sitting and kneeling powers. :peace: I gotta try laying down soon.

     

    8 hours ago, Scimitar said:

    Congrats on the 1 Year Trooperversary Adam! You have definitely made the most of it!!

    I've burned both ends of this year's candle to the best of my powers. :laugh1: Soon we will troop TOGETHER!!!

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  6. 11/11/22 - Deluxe Design Re-Opening

    36th TK troop, 33rd for the year, and my 1 year Trooperversary

    CDZ-5435 - troop 12

    TI-50597 - troop 5

     

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    On Nov 13th, 2021, this was me. Shiny and fresh. Never trooped. Barely knowing the joys of wearing the white armor.

     

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    11/11/22 - here's me after 36 troops in one year. Thumbs up. Waiting in the hot sun for a ribbon cutting. A bit dirty. Far more smiles than a trooper ever deserves to have in a year.

     

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    Got another one with my whole family (that's my wife bombing in the middle). Family troops are possibly my favorite thing in life.

     

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    If you look carefully you'll notice I'm holding my daughter's hand. That's to keep her from stealing each and every E-11 down the line.

     

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    WHO STOLE THE E-11s?!?!?!?!?!  Yes, she has an arsenal under that robe.

     

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    Some selfies hit different. This one really captures that ominous feel of a bunch of Imperials waiting to create some smiles.

     

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    With Gus, who was there on my very first troop a year ago. One of my favorite people in the world to troop with.

     

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    With the boss. That's Jeff Vader, that is.  Ready to force choke and blast a whole hot dog stand.

     

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    This IS the hot dog I'm looking for.

     

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    Hot and tired, but ready for this dog.  Note the COMFORTABLE SITTING!!!!! A billion thanks to @Morgi for sharing the dark arts of advanced TK sitting and mischief with me.

     

    What a year.

     

    Best year I've had in my 45 on this planet. :wub:

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  7. My current fitness could be better, but I've been in great shape. Thanks for asking! We walked about 70 miles last week (no kidding) in Disneyland. My feet are begging for mercy but I'm feeling good. Gonna get back into the gym swing shortly.

     

    verrry very slowly gaining weight even, which is good. My Crohn's disease is in remission again.

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  8. 10/29/22 - Boo at the Zoo

    35th TK troop, 32 for the year.

     

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    Good morning troops! It's 33* (1*C) out at 0800, I'm in a park full of duck poo at the zoo, and I'm wearing my winter underoos. Gonna be a great day!!! (and it was)

     

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    This was our group for the yearly Trick r Treat at the Zoo. A good showing! I'm, of course, kneeling, because I'm addicted to it now.

     

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    There were over TEN THOUSAND folks in attendance. I got some pix with the cream of the crop, including this tiny Master Chief...

     

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    These EXTREMELY tall people.... (they were amazing!)

     

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    Edward Scissorhands... (she was incredible)

     

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    And we ALLLLLL had to get in on this mermaid photo. 

     

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    They had basketball, in which I totally made every shot.. yes... every shot.  Very accurate you know.

     

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    And a blow up skee ball in which I DID actually get a ball or three into the hole.

     

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    We visited the reptile house to get out of the frigid outside temps and found this ice cave.

     

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    I got nice and  warmed up in the next foyer.

     

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    A 10/10 day. Would troop the zoo again!!! 

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  9. 10/26/22 Make A Wish Trunk R Treat

    TK Troop 33 (30 for the year, 6 in my HWT)

    CDZ-5435's 11th troop

     

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    I'll be honest, I see "Make A Wish" on a troop title and I sign up. I'm not sure how this one was a MAW troop, as it seemed like a regular trunk-r-treat, but it was still a very good time. Lots of super-done-up cars, tons of candy, and many very happy kids.

     

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    Yes, I missed.

     

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    Missed again. Then my daughter made me pick it up. :laugh1:

     

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    Even APD had a trunk in attendance. We posed. I knelt. I'm addicted to kneeling now.

     

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    It was my first troop with the pack in full Kenobi mode with the lights and blaster and antenna

     

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    My Jedi buddy James agreed, it looks super cool. I *felt* super cool. Having the pack I really wanted is super satisfying.

     

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    My daughter and I clowned around all night. We gave away candy, she stole it back and re-gifted. Lots of smiles.

     

    My favorite bit of the evening didn't get a photo. There was a little FOTK and a little Vader in attendance. We escorted them around for a while. They seemed to super enjoy having their own TK and Jawa escorts. I did my standard thing of "MAKE WAY FOR LORD VADER!!! DARK LORD OF THE SITH COMING THROUGH!!! YOU DO NOT WANT TO GET FORCE CHOKED!" and got lots of laughs from kids and trunk workers alike. Though I couldn't see, I know Vader had a huge smile under his bucket as the trunks HEAPED candy into his bag. I sure had a matching smile under mine.

     

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    10/28/22 - Haunted Death Star Halloween AM

    TK Troop 34 - 31 for the year, and back to my ANH Stunt setup

     

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    A school across town had a Star Wars theme for their Friday Halloween festivities. One of the teachers is a member. We had seven (Celina as a rebel pilot taking this pic and another teacher as white dress Leia who was not RL) in our group.

     

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    We welcomed the kids to school at drop off, inspected their pumpkins and deserts, hassled the parents for their identification, and generally made an Imperial nuisance of ourselves.  Tons of smiles, photos, and fist bumps.

     

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    A couple of the class pumpkin projects that kids were carrying inside past us. The little pine cones in the Falcon clamshell are wookies. Super adorable.

     

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    One class did baby Yoda punkins. They got the blaster.

     

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    Then we visited classrooms for most of an hour. SO MUCH FUN!!! I brought a bunch of stickers and handed them out to the kinder and first grade classes. The more well mannered classes got to come up, give high fives, and take class pix with the funny plastic spacemen. One class had a little Vader.

     

    I *love* when there's a little Boss to pose with!!! My TK heart grows 10 sizes. The above shot is one of my favorite troopy pix ever. Kneeling, y'all. It's the next level after Centurion.

     

    Though it doesn't seem like a huge and important event - just welcoming kids to school and going in some classrooms - but it was SO much fun. It was up there with the best troops I've done in the past year. I'm so happy I got up early today to do it.

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  10. I FINISHED IT!!!

    I've got a bunch of pix to put up and will try to sound coherent whist being excited to have the HWT pack I saw on Kenobi.  (totally geeking out here)

     

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    I sourced all my parts from amazon. I know there's better places, but this was the easiest for me. I work a lot so just getting to hit an order button on one site really helped.

     

    I couldn't find everything in 5v, so I settled on 12v lights. I figured I could make the power work easier than finding 5v pilot lights and toggles. LEDs are easy but those pilot lights are a pain.

     

    Pilot light: The "Keenso" red 4 pack is a match for the lamps used in Kenobi. 12 volt, about $6.50. They bulbs are not held in those metal housings very firmly. I added a bit of glue to each internally.

     

    Toggle switch: I absolutely hate the ones I got, but they match the screen used pack. This is the "Twidec" 8 pack SPST. 12 volt, about $10. If anyone else builds a Kenobi pack, try to get a switch that has a screw mount on the back. Mine clip on and would not stay in place on my thick radio box. I had to cut off the clip mounts to keep the switches from pushing themselves out and glue them in place. Easy, but annoying.

     

    LEDs: Any white LED will work. These are 3mm "Edgelec" in a 20 pack for $7. Pre-wired, non-flashing, 12 volt. All the white ones in my parts bin were 5v, so I had to buy these.

     

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    The Kenobi pack has a whip antenna, so I needed one too. Metra 14" universal. It's not lightweight either, but it seems to be the exact one used.  (About $19)

     

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    I removed my printed blocking plate and used the round one that came with the antenna. It's a lot more sturdy than my printed one and covers all but one hole. I set the printed one aside in a bag with the screws for reinstallation in the future if I needed. 

     

    And yeah, the base got sanded to match the pack shape before I finished the project. :engel:

     

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    I held the laser cut fascia on with just a few dots of E6000 so that I could peel it off later for this purpose.

     

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    I glued some speaker cloth over the radio face. I have tons of it from my daughter's jawa kit and like the look of the radio having a speaker element.  This isn't on the Kenobi pack, but seemed like a worthwhile small addition.

     

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    Er... the dremel slipped and I cut a bunch. Oops.

     

    Actually, this was planned. I want sound to be able to escape from the radio box, so I cut some ports to be hidden by the speaker cloth.

     

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    Speaker cloth and fascia reinstalled. Switches!!! installed. And I figured out a decent mounting method for my Disney Parks radio knobs.

     

    I want the knobs to still be able to spin like the 3D printed ones could. A 2" machine screw is long enough to let the knob mount to the radio surface. I double nutted the screw near the top so that the knobs could spin without unscrewing the hardware. Inside the case, the screws are held in with nyloc bolts to prevent loosening.

     

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    Three LEDs per knob. Overkill? Very likely. But I have all of these LEDs and I need to get enough load to prevent my power supply from shutting down by itself...  Nine LEDs on the radio itself will help that.

     

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    I drilled things and made a wiring harness for the inside of the pack. This connects the red lights on top of the vent and button box as well as the two white LEDs on the drop siphon. I glued it in place along the outer edges of the pack to prevent the straps from bothering things. Near the internal LED connection, the wiring harness has some metal worm clamps holding them in place.

     

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    Here's the finished internal radio box. I spent WAAYYYYY too long running these wires, but I'm nearly as proud of this as I am of the whole pack. Nine LEDs worth of wiring and the pack's internal wiring harness all got neatly sorted and tucked, allowing the radio box to be opened  without being a rat's nest.

     

    The power pack is a "TalentCell" 12v 3000mAh tiny guy from amazon. It weighs 400g and can power both 12v and 5v. It has an on/off switch (hiding behind the plug in this shot) to turn the pack on and off. It should run the pack for a couple days before needing a recharge. It was about $28.

     

    I've also got a little Bluetooth speaker velcro'd inside. It won't live in here permanently, but I wanted to see how it works. Spoiler: AMAZINGLY!!! The hollow interior of the radio box gives everything a slightly more tinny sound. The TK Chatter loop sounds super authentic coming out of this. Stupid loud too.

     

    And lastly, I added expanded metal to the face plate cut out holes. Whilst wiring things up I nearly put my stupid finger through that speaker cloth at least five times. I know it would have been punctured accidentally on a near-future troop. Some mesh protection seemed to be in order. And as a bonus, it looks super cool from the front when the light happens to hit it.

     

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    The last bit I needed was the Imperial Cog for on top of the wipe box. I lasered this tiny 40mm guy out from the same acrylic I used on the radio face plate. It's delicate but securely glued to the top and away from harm. Hopefully it won't shatter right away... or ever?

     

    And here it is... my finished Kenobi pack.

     

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    Daylight with power off.

     

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    Blaster side. I used 3 strips of velcro tape to keep the blaster from moving around.

     

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    Top. You can almost see the wipe bottle cog and my reshaping of the antenna base.

     

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    In the dark garage with lights on!!! 

     

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    I wanted this since July.   It's SO satisfying to have it.

     

    And with that, I think this build is complete. My first troop with it is tomorrow evening at a Make-A-Wish trunk or treat. If I get a good photo, I'll post.  :dancing-trooper:

     

     

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  11. It's not at all required for approval, but your plastic hand armor will fit WAAAYYYY better and be more comfortable if you completely remove the return edge. Make it flat. Then heat it up and form it to the back of your hand. I did this (maybe stupidly) with a heat gun while wearing it. If you're gentle, you won't burn yourself and you won't deform the armor.

     

    And yes, that knee may get push back from your approval staff. It isn't supposed to be riveted on for ANH armor. 

     

    Your ammo pack knee/thigh needs to be rotated up a bit so that it meets the cover strip on that thigh. Pretty easy to do with a little E6000.

     

    Your blaster and bucket look fantastic!  As does the whole armor kit. I'll bet you get basic approval quickly! :salute:

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