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  1. That looks pretty good. TBH all close-up photos of ab buttons show each and every sin. They will likely look a lot better on the armor. You can always use like 2 dots of E6000 to hold them on temporarily for your own visual assessment. Or even some CA glue. That stuff cracks free easily for alteration or final securing with E6000. If I remember right, it's an 11mm circle for buttons. I cut small circles out with my vinyl plotter.
  2. Thanks Andrew! I'm itching to get out and troop again.
  3. @justjoseph63@TheRascalKing Thank you both! I'm feeling the love. I'm actually still working on my kit very slightly. I've got ABS paste sitting in the extremely small seam in my left thigh-knee right now. I know it doesn't NEED it, but the backs look so good without the seam. The front deserved that sleek one piece look as well.
  4. Congratulations trooper!!! Now get out there and make some kids smile.
  5. TKs need pockets. That's just all there is to it. I've got a nice pouch velcro'd to my inner chest, but I have to take off my arms (and basically torso) to get to it. Not great for locking up the car after a parking lot change. So I started digging around this board for a storage solution and found Mayo's ( @MakeNoiseMan ) awesome drop boxes. I had to have a set of my own. Cracked the two halves free. I've never been happier about using CA glue on something. They came free with a satisfying pop. I had a bunch of left over white shoulder elastic, so it seemed like using that for the card retention straps and the hinge would work well. I cut and sealed each elastic edge. Folding elastic and then heating produces a very nice crease. Perfect fit for the larger side of the box. Hinge glued to the outside bottom of the inner boxes with E6000. And the retainer straps got glued to the inside of the outer boxes. I used blue tape to keep the E6000 from seeping through and bonding both halves of the elastic together. Seems like maybe overkill, but I had the clamps to spare. Why not let them be useful again? You can also see the industrial velco I added to the tops to keep the two halves together. Spoiler: the velcro is stupid strong. Once things were dry the next day, I sized up the hinge against the outer box and made some small black marks for where to cut. Then the elastic got re-trimmed and re-sealed. Trimming the hinge elastic exactly meant the boxes would pair up flat and not be thicker than they were before. Held in place with some magnets and left to cure another day. I added some finger grab holes to each drop box. This lets me break the stupid-strong velcro free and access the goodies inside. Note, I can't really get to stuff in these boxes with my gloves on or while trooping. The velcro is just too strong. And that's okay. I just want a place to keep my keys and ID. Maybe a couple dollars for ice cream. But if you're reading this and thinking of the boxes as a place for trading cards... ehhhh.... further modification of the idea would be needed. Maybe some weak magnets to hold the tops together. Finished! That's a useful dropbox!!! A TK pocket if you will. Proof of concept. The retaining loop is a little loose with only 1 card and a few bucks, but it's okay for now. I may tighten it later. And, for me, the money shot - A key and fob fit inside the box! Note that the little ring won't let the box close, but that's easily fixed. I have some braided metal flexible key rings on the way from amazon. Replacing the split ring with the glorified fishing line will solve this and let the box close. Reinstalled. Nothing is different from the outside. The boxes hang as they did before and have no extra thickness. SUCCESS!!!
  6. I just realized I didn't update my build thread with my armor bin. I probably spent far too much effort on this, but it was super fun. I painted it, weathered it, and shot it with a blaster. I designed and printed in-universe vintage travel stickers for it. And I turned the inside into a padded TK picnic basket.
  7. Happy holidays to my brothers and sisters in white.
  8. Outstanding how-to and fix idea! Definitely easier and more accessible than ABS paste.
  9. FANTASTIC!!! Nothing beats a TK for the holidays. Here's hoping for a quick approval and a Christmas TK number.
  10. (there's a Centurion certificate too!!! omg) Adam Wolf TK-89400 Centurion Letter size Joseph thank you again! Of course we have one for Centurion, and here is yours! https://www.whitearmor.net/eib/certificates/89400-centurion.png
  11. (how did I miss this thread?) Adam Wolf TK-89400 EIB Letter size Joseph Thank you! You are welcome! https://www.whitearmor.net/eib/certificates/89400-eib.png
  12. One of the local Subaru dealers has a holiday party every year in conjunction with Make-A-Wish. They have tons of toys donated throughout the year and give them to needy kids and their families. Fantastic event. SO many smiling little faces! One very small boy stole the show. He gave lots of hugs to Elsa and Anna and proudly presented Elsa with a leaf. He then decided that he was afraid of me in particular and spent a good while loooooooking at my armor and then sorta running and hiding behind someone. One of our Jedi took time with him to show him her lightsaber and some force moves, which I reacted to of course. Then he went in for his Santa visit and got some gifts, one of which was a (little red) saber of his own. He took great delight in whacking me and chopping my E-11 in half with the new saber. It was heart warming. I didn't get hugs but I did get killed about 87 times. No pix of this exist, but it will live on in my heart. Best troop yet Anyways here's some pix. I will Princess Pic every chance I'm given. Santa suggested I'd likely be getting coal this year, but he thanked me for my service. And then I did selfies, which is endlessly enjoyable to me. Our garrison CO. Note to self: sew conductive thread into thumb as well so that my finger won't be in each selfie shot.
  13. My own experience has a sample size of one (1) AP kit, but I think the correct chest plate height is defined by your neck. It should feel kinda like a button up shirt with the top button done up. So, quite close around your neck but not too tight. Yours looks to have some space up there. And with it cinched up, you can probably get away with not having to shorten that chest plate. The height looks more correct in your first post photo. As for the torso heating and reshaping, I would humbly suggest you don't spent a ton of effort doing it. Get it to where you like, but don't kill yourself trying to make it look sleek and narrow. I mean, you totally can and that's part of the fun of building armor, but in my obsessive build thread reading while finishing up my own AP kit, it just isn't as sleek an armor set as some others. The AP has a rather wide midsection. I thought maybe it was just me, but with my own reading each AP build looks to be kinda wide in the middle. Anovos seems to fit more narrowly, for example. I didn't heat my crotch plate. Good luck trooper! You look to be well on your way.
  14. Thanks Andrew and Colin!!! And yeah, your bins are INCREDIBLE Colin. Thanks for inspiring many hours of enjoyable Husky hacking.
  15. Verified. My armor would still be in storage if it wasn't for Eric.
  16. The hubcaps finished printing! I printed the cog in silver and the base in white, but they weren't too silver or too white. Each got a quicky paint job before being glued together. Maybe a waste since I just immediately weathered them, but it's nice having actual shiny silver similar to the plaque and clasps instead of grey PLA. And there's my bin project completed. SO Satisfying! The cog wheels are so much nicer than the plastic RPF1 knockoffs. I actually weathered these a lot more than it looks. They just didn't wanna look dirty. But I'm happy with the finish. I also added one more vent and gave it a good coating of leaking oily junk. So that's it for my bin build. Can't wait for the next troop to get it into the field.
  17. I've finally reached the whole reason I started this bin build, well... aside from actually needing one. Stickers. I got this idea to do an in-universe bin with vintage travel stickers and everything took off from there. Similar to what you see in the Star Tours queue with the bags and robot, but maybe a bit more... more. All aurebesh. All vintage. There's some vintage travel-style Star Wars stickers on the internet, but none really did it for me. There's one etsy shop with some nice stuff, but they're asking $6 per inkjet printed sticker. As a print shop owner, that's insane pricing. So I spent my spare time over the last week and a half collecting up vintage sticker artwork examples and reimagining them in the Star Wars universe. Poor @Scimitar has been getting these texted in a constant stream as I finished them. Doing these stickers really sparked my imagination for my TK's back story. All the places he went and didn't get blown up. There's a great thread on here for various TK back stories. I've wanted to contribute but couldn't really find the spark of inspiration. This project did it for me. Anyways, I've made around 20 different designs for my bin. OCD can be a wonderful thing if properly wielded. Starting from top left... Zeltros Ritz, Hotel Theed Naboo, Imperial Palace Coruscant, Imperial Navy, Star Tours (this was a fun one for me), Welcome to Fabulous Canto Bight, Blastech Industries (borrowed directly from wookipedia), Cladtech Armor, Sorgan Adventure Fishing, and my own REVlimiter heart logo in aurebesh. Sorgan started out as an Idaho fishing sticker or something like that. Note the AT-ST and krill. This idea was all Eric's. Air Mandalore, Fortress Vader, Aldaraan Royal Hotel, Redwood National Park Endor (note the tiny speeder bike), Dune Sea Tatooine, Nevarro Red Lava Rafting. Champala Hotel, FISD, Hoth, Aloha Scarif, and Holiday Towers Hotel in Cloud City. I think each of these had 5 revisions. The Champala one was a vintage French beach sticker with an orange lady on it. I carefully replaced her with this blue one and stole the sunglasses. Hoth is an Australian sticker. Greetings from Icerider Stables. And then the bin got stickered and weathered. Top/front. I sized a few of the stickers for specific spots. Others were carefully laid out by my daughter. Front. I love this set so much. Handle side Cladtech Armor Alderaan got blown up. I added a bit more blaster char to get the sticker integrated into that scorch mark. Back end Hinge side EIB and Centurion numbers. This build has been SO much fun. Maybe I went a bit overboard on weathering, but the bin just begs for it. Everything I do to it just makes it look better. I've just gotta print hubcaps and then it'll be a finished bin.
  18. Fantastic!!! That's the happy stormtrooper smile.
  19. On the topic of double snaps, I'd highly suggest you implement them in your shoulder bell tops. Both sides of that strap - the part that connects to the shoulder bridge elastic and especially the snap plate glued into the shoulder bell top. There's a lot of stress and force there and mine (which are indeed double snapped) have managed to break free during a troop. I've found myself thinking about a third snap in that strap! And from one perfectionist to another - your vocoder is incredible. I struggled painting mine, and while I'm happy with it, yours looks far superior.
  20. Then I started weathering it... in front of the tree. I sent the roomba out on a special mission shortly after. The paint chipped off very very nicely. 4 layers of not-quite-cured paint is a fan of chipping. And that's what I wanted. I want the used and abused look. I want it to look like it's been across the galaxy by the time I'm done with it. I used a bastard file for most of this. I wasn't shy. I let my daughter at it too. We got some good damage on there. I really wanted to give the bin a couple blaster marks and I wanted them to be at an angle sort of like my TK was running away at the time. So I propped the bin up at about the right height and went to work. Blaster marks applied. I used the sanding drum on my dremel for this. While trimming and cleaning the inside of the bin lid, I learned how nicely the dremel melts this plastic. At high speed it melts beautifully. I actually blasted a hole straight through in this spot... by accident. But it DOES look good! And then I brought out the airbrush and gave it the business. Plain black to start and transparent smoke around the edges. I'm stupidly proud of my painting. I feel like the angle is right and the blast pattern is pretty nice.
  21. After researching and obsessing over other bin builds here (mostly of the 50 gallon variety and specifically @OddViking327 insane bin build thread) I thought I'd contribute my own. I started out with this little guy. The Husky 25 gallon. I'm a small car enthusiast and make my living by producing parts for small cars, so a 50 gallon was just not in the cards. This 25 gallon doesn't really fit most of my cars, but it fits ONE and my TK does fit inside it with careful packing. This is the newest (2021) Husky 25 gallon. It has integrated lid handles and a barely-there logo. That logo is easily dremeled flat in a few minutes. I didn't wanna go as all-out as OddViking with lights and switches, but I do want the bin to be in-universe. And to me that means white. All white. The two-tone black and white bins look cool, but they're just not quite the look I wanted. So just a few things got masked off before painting. I also cut out some of the inner lid support. Not all of it... yet. I want to see how it does with some of it opened up. This gives a bit of extra room for the chest plate to live and not be smooshed. There's also not too much in the way of lost rigidity with half the support gone. And then the painting. I think this is two cans in. I used just over four cans of paint for this little bin. Four cans. Two primer and two gloss white. I used an Ace Hardware house brand for the primer and a Rustolium "also bonds to white" gloss paint. I didn't use Krylon fuzion because I really didn't want the paint to bond TOO well to the plastic. It's cold here now, so I rolled the bin out to the driveway to spray. Then inside for the 20-30 minute cure and then outside for another can. Four coats total with a small spritz of the fifth can for final touch up. And there it is. All white and shiny!!! It won't be like that for long. Inside it's a huge TK picnic box. This black and white flannel was just too good not to use. I used spray adhesive on the walls to hold the fabric in place and hot glued the top and bottom edges in place. The fabric can be removed (and repaired) if needed, but it's really really in there. On the bottom is a flat pillow of toolbox liner. A 16" wide roll fit the bin perfectly. It's not a lot of padding, but it seemed preferable to no padding in the bottom. And that pillow just sits in there, so it can be easily removed and washed. Then I fired up the laser cutter and made a couple vents. Totally TOTALLY plagiarizing OddViking here. After seeing them in his builds I couldn't not do a few vents for myself. I also printed up a nice number plaque to fit in the middle recess. Because why not? I have all these toys to make car parts with. I needed something for the lid. So I went a little nuts and gave my TK the deluxe model of plaque for his bin. And there's the bin all built up. This is how I imagined a fresh and shiny brand new TK armor bin might look. Those handle recesses are just perfect for these vents. They're E-6000'd in place and some Jawa hood liner is blanking things out. I cut off some screw heads with bolt cutters and glued them in place as well. No need for any screws to touch my shiny armor... Yeah. I'm pretty proud of that. "Serving the Empire with Unquestioned Loyalty"
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