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The Snake

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  1. I would totally be down for the Bluetooth tag thing provided that it works pretty well. I never really cared about having blaster sounds, but this is a case where I would for sure be interested I did think of another idea, if it's not already implemented or planned. What about the ability to load your own loops? I like the Stormtrooper loop the app comes with, but I also think it would be cool to be able to use our own. There's a great muffled police radio sound byte that you hear in movies and video games often (one of those generic sound library files) and it would be pretty cool to have playing. P.S. I didn't realize those changes I responded to were not implemented yet, when I mentioned trooping next weekend with them. I apologize for jumping the gun! D:
  2. Wow! Wotta quick turnaround on that request. You're doing great work and I'm really happy to have supported this app. Super excited to try this on my iDinosaur at next weekend's troop
  3. I need some advice on my voice setup. As of yet, I have never had a successful troop with my voice sounding correct. Right now, I'm using the TrooperTalk setup. That is, the iPhone app, with an Aker amp and headset mic connected with a splitter. Actually, I've perfected the setup: I found the perfect speaker & mic placement, app settings, etc. It sounds fantastic...until I put the bucket on. With the bucket on, I start getting loud squawking, and a bad mechanical-sounding echo. I've tried different placements, I've tried going directly into the amp (to see if the app had anything to do with it), but nothing works. As long as my bucket is on, the sound is terrible. I'm thinking maybe adding some kind of foam to the inside of the bucket will absorb the sound, but I'm not sure what kind of foam would work best. Does anyone have any suggestions, or referral for what they use to prevent this from happening? Greatly appreciated troopers
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    hello from kalamazoo MI.

    Hey man! Have you joined the Great Lakes Garrison forum yet? All of us mitten state people are there. www.greatlakesgarrison.com
  5. If one of the vetted armor vendors is out of your price range, I would recommend waiting and saving up. And as a rule: ALWAYS BUILD IT YOURSELF! No matter how lacking in ability you may think you are, the honest truth is that you're wrong and anybody can do it with some hard work!
  6. The best thing I did was stuff the fear of failure, take the plunge, and get building. Congrats on that first step! Looking forward to this build; I've always been curious about Phasma's outfit.
  7. I would just love an option to resize the UI. I have an iPhone 4 (I believe it's a 4--I don't use iphones and only bought it for TrooperTalk), and the buttons are very small and sometimes difficult to press.
  8. Any progress on an adjustable UI?
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    Homemade Costumes, Aspiring Stormtroopers

    This one beats the other one I posted. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
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    What to do?

    Details look a little "soft" and there are complaints in his feedback that the plastic is thin. This kit is super super cheap and I'm betting the lack of quality is the reason!
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    Homemade Costumes, Aspiring Stormtroopers

    Every time I look at this I find something new to hate about it.
  12. Seriously, what a crazy ride this has been. I was 65 lbs heavier when I started this. Last year, when I received my big brown box (in addition to another one due to some issues I won’t get into), I unfortunately, in the midst of cutting, gluing, measuring, realized that I wasn’t going to fit into this thing without some serious modification. Despite my armor (AM) being a choice for larger troopers, I was still having issues. The ab and kidney didn’t meet. I couldn’t close the thighs in the back. I was by no means morbidly obese or anything, but I was just too big. Sure, there are shims. ABS paste. Ways to make it work. But starting this build was eye-opening for me. If I was willing to put all of this time, money, and energy—the blood, the sweat, the tears—into building screen-accurate space soldier armor, what’s stopping me from losing weight? Getting healthy? I was happy to throw down 2 hours of build time a night, but not 30 minutes to take a walk? It was time to change. So I put my build on hold. If you look at my build topic, sparse as it is—the updates simply stopped. And during that time, I made some big changes. And the weight started coming off. If I was going to go to lengths to be a stormtrooper, to make 7-year-old me proud, I was going to do it right. And I did. A little over a month ago I attended a build party. I met some great people, laughed, had a great time. I made friends. I had a new surge of confidence. And so I continued the build. So here it is. Complete, approved, and already in a ton of pictures with people from Grand Rapids Comic Con. No shims, no ABS paste. I made it work. And now I’m finally thin, to boot. So, I want to thank everyone here, for the fantastic community, the resources, the help, the encouragement. It’s fantastic that despite how terrible things get, we still have people looking out for us. And I hope to meet all of you and troop with you some day. Special thanks to Eric Dyck, Steph Mortimer, Weylyn Kelley, Craig Hobbs, and my wife, for all their help and encouragement. Thanks everyone!