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Everything posted by PhilBobTheFish

  1. While not personally having experience with RS, I have spent a great number of hours researching them as well as other vendors. RS is supposed to be really helpful when it comes to replacing armor. Also, there is no doubt that building armor will be cheaper than buying a completed set. I would recommend that if you build you armor, start a build page on here. This will bring outside commentary to your build, answer any of your questions, and just help you through the whole process. Just do research and ask a lot of questions, that's all you need. If you do accidentaly mess up you armor, use E6000 because it can be removed, and you can either replace it or repair it. They are many people here that can help you if you need to repair your armor, and one example of a technique is ABS paste. Also, RS Prop Masters has a youtube channel and they have started posting videos with tutorials on how to build armor, and this may be a big help to you. They also have a video on replacing armor. https://m.youtube.com/user/Officialrspropmaster/featured
  2. Also, no it is not frowned upon to buy a commisioned armor set. It is just more expensive and won't necessarily fit you perfectly and be approvable. Building armor is an experience that allows you to control the entire fit and mechanics of your armor.
  3. ESB stands for Empire Strikes Back and is nearly the same thing as ANH (A New Hope). The only real differences being frown, holster, handguards, and blaster. They are the same armor and helmet with varying small differences. For taller/larger people, it is less the movie or style but the vendor you buy from. Some armor is derived from screen used armor, but the original actors were not typically large (5'10" and 160-170 lbs), so it is smaller. Other armor is made larger for larger people to fit into comfortably. This doesn't mean that screen derived armoe wouldn't work for larger people, just that it would be more work and depend heavily on one's build. In the end it is all up to you because you are buying the armor, but if you build it you have more flexibility to get it to better fit your body. RS Prop Masters is a very reputable source and has probably the most accurate armor, being cast from an original suit. TM is a close second, and arguably first, for accuracy and is a fan-sculpt. It is very accurate and slightly more forgiving than RS, meant to resemble a production suit and not one built for an extra in the movies. Back on topic, RS is on the vetted sellers list and is a popular choice for armor, and they are based out of the UK.
  4. Definitely read the pinned forums in the Getting Started page as mentioned by Ukswrath, they are a great intro into this world and what you need, and also answering any questions you may have. One of these is the Vetted armor list, which is great for becoming aware of the good armor sellers and the differences between them. WTF is on this list so it is a good choice for armor if you go that route. I would also recommend that you sign up with your local garrison's site and introduce yourself. You find people nearby to help and also just become more aware of the world and local presence of the 501st. Just join and ask questions here and there. You are also able to find local armor parties, which would help you buul your armor, and if you don't have armor just accustom yourself with your fellow troopers, the process of building armor, and ask any other questions you have to a real life present person. https://www.mg501.com
  5. My only question is, was there ever a stormtrooper feud between the 501st Stormies and the paid extras? Like them being, "Who are these newcomers, dressing up as stormtroopers for fun?" And the 501st is like, "Yeah well, your ab buttons are painted slightly too large. HA!" Just kidding, but I imagine that it was an amazing experience and that only a few stormtroopers were put in the trash compactor.
  6. The gloves should be approvable to Centurion. They are chemical gloves and white latex handguards, which is what you need for centurion.
  7. I actually messaged him about his recasting before and he said, "I just recast the Anovos kit and will be offering it in high gloss ABS along with my other recast kits. I'll also have my original sculpt of the Rogue one kit as well as original sculpts of the Samurai trooper and Samurai Sandtrooper coming soon." I don't know what he means by "original", but MOT will never crease to recast.
  8. Glad I could help, and will agree that you should order larger (just so they are comfortable).
  9. You can probably trim and bring the return edge in on the shoulder bells a bit to fit them better around the biceps and make it look less like a football player. Also probably making them narrower. Screen references of shoulders and sizing: Although there are some troopers with larger return edges: (One big trooper one small trooper) (Trooper with one big shoulder one small shoulder) But in the end it is all your preference (and your gml's), but a smaller return edge will be less likely to crack. Sorry for the pic heavy post.
  10. Just looked it up and their exact words are, "We are very proud to be the European distributor for Imperial Boots. Real leather boots specifically made for trooping. These boots only ship to Europe separately, supplied with our complete commissions worldwide. To buy these boots separately outside of Europe please visit www.imperialboots.com".
  11. Well RS Prop Masters uses IB for their boots, so I am pretty sure that they kind of act like a UK distributer for IB. https://www.rspropmasters.com/store/stormtrooper/stormtrooper-accessories/boots/
  12. Rather than jedi-robe, imperial boots' set are actually cheaper (and better quality too). https://www.imperialboots.com/product/421/
  13. Just make sure you keep the cover stips uniform, like have 1 inch on one side and less on the other.
  14. They mean that any return requests made before April 11 will be processed and refunded, but from now on there will be no refunds. So any "existing" requests made "prior" to that date will be refunded.
  15. Congratulations. Forgot to comment my props to you for your gret build.
  16. Glad to see the armor completed. Almost. Nearly. Pretty much. 99% there to perfection. So close. In all seriousness, congratulations on finishing the whole TK sorta thing, and all the work you put in really shows, because it looks great. Amazing job! Now just wrap this up and get approved!
  17. Good luck on the build and its great to have you here. Also, although it's not acceptable, the EVA armor and costumes you made look really good. Can't wait to follow your build once it begins.
  18. I just wish to offer my condolences to you for your loss. Taking the time to make sure you are in a stable and good place is important, and everyone here understands that, so I'm glad to see you waited until you returned. (P.S. We missed you too).
  19. I'll take a double scoop cookie dough. I know it'll take a bit to ship, but I can wait.
  20. Only 19 pages up to this point. I am so proud. It's looking very good at this point, so just don't screw anything up between now and approval! Also, for the sake of Matt and Frank, just give us a nice extremely close up image of that knee. I'm talking through a microscope levels of close, macrobinoculars levels of close, so they can be certain if it's straight or not.
  21. There's probably three rooms, a garage, and an entire floor for this build. Glad to see it's coming to fruition though.
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