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  1. Ya know.... if you're gonna use common sense..... That's a good idea and I wish I'd thought of it. I've gotten pretty adept with the dremel and it comes with the buffing insert, so I'm going to scuff up a piece of scrap ABS and see what the tolerances are. I'll post a how to if it works. thanks all!
  2. I'm trying to polish up my kidney shims and wanted to ask some polishing advice. I dropped a bit of weight over the last year and needed to bring the shims in a bit. Its done, and now I've got to clean them up. I'm using Novus to give it the proper shine, but I wanted to ask if anyone's used the buffer on their Dremel to polish their shims or their armor. I'd like to speed up the process a bit, but I obviously don't want to damage the armor. Thoughts would be appreciated.
  3. Funny thing happened on my way to the Death Star.... I started down this path over three years ago, and its been a long, weird journey. Full disclosure, ever since I was a tween, I repeatedly and annoyingly told my parents that the only thing I wanted for any type of present for my birthday/holiday/whatever was a Stormtrooper suit. I continued to do this into my adolescent adulthood with no success, and eventually I gave up on the idea. But, for some reason, when I saw the trailer for Inferno Squadron in the Battlefront II, I was taken right back to being 10. I researched everything I could find, thinking there was a way to hand build this myself. The further I dug, I suddenly came to realize that my original desire to be a character from my childhood was not only possible, but semi-affordable. So I took the plunge. There were several issues I chose to ignore. 1) I'm 6'3-6'4" not 5'10" as the original troopers were; 2) I'd never worked with plastics in this manner; 3) I didn't know a soul who'd built one before; 4) finding someone who made taller trooper armor at that time was very, very difficult. Finally settling on a kit from the UK (DA Props) which had a strong following and a host of taller troopers in the UK garrison advising me the kit would work, I purchased. The fact that I'd never done anything like this did not dissuade me from convincing myself I could assemble my armor in record time and be ready to trick or treat with my kids two months away. Obviously, this did not go as I optimistically planned. From the outset I made error after error, miss-cut after miss-cut and eventually convinced myself that I'd flushed too much money down the armor rabbit hole. There were starts and stops as work and family put the kit on the back burner. But I kept at it and the wonderful folks on this board kept giving advice and support for my build. When Celebration finally came to my hometown of Chicago, that finally pushed my to complete my armor. Now I'm fearless with a heat gun, aggressive with CA glue, unafraid of ABS paste, and don't even blink at the prospect of too much sanding. In short, I'm still as dumb as I was at the outset, but now I've got "experience" on my side. While it's not yet perfect, and I've got mods I need to accomplish to satisfy my own OCD, my Stunt TK was approved for trooping by the Midwest Garrison and I was approved a TK number. As an aside, I still can't believe "Bullseye" wasn't ironically taken as a handle. My thanks to everyone for their help. Look forward to trooping with you soon. Dave TK 84098 "Bullseye" (Troopin' with my boys this Halloween)
  4. This should be pinned!!!! Thank you! This has been bugging me for years!
  5. I'm not the savviest trooper when it comes to image processing. I've got a number of photos that I want to use for background and profile shots, but they're too big to fit the storage/space limit for the picture. I've got a mac and a pc, so any guidance on how to shrink a profile pic to acceptable upload size would be appreciated! Thanks!
  6. TK84098 requesting clearance. ANH Stunt Midwest Garrison https://www.501st.com/members/displaymemberdetails.php?userID=33016
  7. Another tall trooper! Can you post photos of the rigging/strapping for your thighs and shoulder/biceps? For the thighs I used a velcro strapping system that allows for adjustments on the fly. Don't know what you're using to strap them in. For the arms I can't tell if you have a cross strap underneath the shoulder bell. That helps me keep my bells and biceps in line. Like you I've got long arms and legs and keeping proper spacing is very difficult. You may be able to bring up the biceps a tab. Use some painters tape first to check how it fits and looks before you start pulling the strapping apart and re-gluing. He's a link to my build that dealt with the arm strapping. Hope it helps. If you have questions feel free to post here or DM me. Looks like we've dealt with the same issues fitting trooper armor (the kidney shims, thighs, and strapping). Good luck!
  8. How much can I drop the thighs? I’m going drop them next time around but I’m not sure how much leeway I’ve got.
  9. Appreciate the thoughts. Lemme address each: 1. Your drop boxes need to align with the ends of the plastic belt A: I’m gluing these down On the interior of the belt so they don’t move. 2. Need to rotate your forearms so the cover strips are facing forward A: User error on that one. Hadn’t out this on in its entirety in a while. 3. You have a big gap around the knees, perhaps playing around with some strapping may help, drop your ab/cod down so your thighs could come down, bring shins up a little A: This is going to be an issue. I’m 6’3”-6’4” with long legs. I can probably Velcro-up the shins a bit onto the boot loops, but getting more length out of the shins is going to be an issue short of shimming the bottom of the shin. Not sure I can drop the cod/chest further. It’s stretched pretty thin as is. I’ll Velcro the shins and see if that helps. If not I’ll have to try to extend them with a shim. 4. Looks like your backplate wants to come further forward as there is a gap between it and your back on the side image A: Are you talking about the left side? I think that’s an issue with the kidney shim being a little too big. I’m going to have take the shim off at the kidney and shorten it by 1/2” on both sides. The kidney plate is bowing and that’s what’s giving the rising impression. 5. Belt is too low at the back, it actually sits higher than the front, so angles upwards backwards A: User error. I’ll note that. 6. Could adjust your shoulder straps on the rear so they sit central to the back plate tabs A: See the kidney/shim issue above. 7. Close gap at top of shins on rear, add some ABStabs behind so you can't see the black gap A: Easy fix. Thanks. 8. On rear photo your right bicep needs rotating A: User error 9. I probably would have gone with slightly larger cover strips on the rear of the thighs as the ones you have now stand out a lot when looking at the added material, the right one is very noticeable. A: going to bring in the right thigh again. But how wide can I go? 10. Also the thigh cover strips should stop just short of the lower ridges, you are close but still a little long. A. I’m not following this one. Are you talking about the front of the thighs? 11. Also just watch the gaps on your shoulders to chest, they vary quite a lot through the photos. A: Going to shorten the bell straps to the bridges by an inch. That’ll bring them in. Thanks!
  10. Thanks for the help everyone. My pre-approval thread and photos are up. Couldn’t have done it without y’all. Thanks!!
  11. 1. Name: David Nightingale 2. Garrison: Midwest Garrison 3. Armor/Helmet Maker: DA Props 4. Cloth Belt/Neck Seal: Steph's Imperial Outfitters 5. Boot maker: Imperial Boots 6. Blaster maker: TK11463 7. Height: 6'3" 12. Weight: 215 lbs 13. TK type: ANH Stunt 14. Names of Troopers who significantly helped with your build: Sam Meadows, Das Elkins, Clive Barzilla, Wayne Winfield, TKSpartan, gmrhodes13, Ukswrath, Kalani, Justjoseph63, TheRascalKing, and many, many others. For those I missed putting this together my apologies, I couldn't have done it without you. Front: Left: Right: Back: Poses: Helmet: Gloves: TD: Blaster: Thanks in advance everyone.
  12. Update: Sigh. One more thing. It’s been a year since I cut these out, so I don’t remember if thats the way the plate came or if I got overzealous. But since I got this kit from the UK, and matching the abs isn’t exactly gonna be easy, I figured the best thing to do is to fix the problem. I grabbed a scrap piece of abs from one of my bicep cuts. The piece was 190mm long and flat for 28mm wise before it curved. The thickness was only 1mm, so it fit the bill. I cut it into 8mm strips that were 180ish long. Then turned them into strips to match the length and width of the ab plate. Next, I grabbed some abs, acetone and a glass jar and made some abs paste. I used plenty of acetone to get the abs soft enough and used a metal flat head screwdriver to whip it up nice and fluffy. I applied a thin layer of the abs paste to the edge of the plate and the corners of the abs strip box. It set pretty well. With all the strips adhered I used my finger nails and a razor blade to strip off the excess abs. Then I grabbed a ruler and cut off the excess abs strip on the outside. Looked good but needed some work. I used 120 grit and 800 grit sandpaper and sanded this bad boy down. The end result turned out great. Based on the reference photos above Glen supplied, I’m hoping this cures the ab plate issue. I also made progress bringing in the thighs. Hoping my e11 shows up tomorrow!
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