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501st Stormtrooper[TK]
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About willeywonka

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    Carolina Garrison

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  1. Not a troop, but I did a fun individual photoshoot a few weeks back for May 4th since I am a huge Ravens fan. Also took some "normal" shots as well. It was a ton of fun!
  2. Date: Friday, October 12 Location: Hanahan, SC Description of Event: Open house for a local fire department. There were bounce houses and other fun activities. Also a dunk tank. The guy that was helping operate it called me out and asked if I could do it since “stormtroopers have such bad aim”. Proud to say I nailed it! Did this event support a charity? If yes, which charity?: No. Event Length (Hours): 5pm - 9pm Troopers in Attendance: 1. Chris Gould (TB 11110) 2. Jameson Willey (TK 87109) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Agreed. I used the Loctite version of this and it worked like a charm. It’s a two step process. A little goes a long way. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Congrats man! Such a great feeling to get that approval email.
  5. Hello all! Just checking in after my first troop back on August 4. I have been dragging my feet with getting this posted, so shoutout to @Twosolitudes for the kick in the rear I needed. This troop was in Summervlle, SC and was a benefit/fundraiser for a 6 year old boy named Reece who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. Unfortunately he wasn't able to make it to the event himself, but there was a solid turnout of friends and supporters, and it was a lot of fun! It was hosted at a local craft brewery and there were a lot of local vendors present. We also had a solid turnout of brothers (and a sister)-at-arms as you'll see below. All in all, it was a great first troop. Everybody was very friendly and I can't wait for more! My armor held up really well until the end when I bent down to pick something up and my snap system undid itself chain-reaction style haha. In the pictures below I am the taller of the two TKs.
  6. Still relatively new to this, but I think your armor looks awesome! Only thing I see in addition to what everyone else has mentioned is that your shoulder bridges could be brought in a bit closer to your chest/back plate. Maybe by swapping out to some shorter connecting straps? Again, as pretty much everything else has been, this is a relatively minor and simple change that I doubt would affect your basic approval. You’re looking good!
  7. Welcome. I recently finished my AP armor and am really happy with it. I look forward to seeing your progress. Just take it one step at a time and take your time. You’ll be done before you know it! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Thanks everybody! I’m honored to be part of the legion and this detachment!
  9. Hello all! I received my TK ID a couple weeks ago but totally forgot to post here until now. Thanks for the reminder @Twosolitudes. If Only You Knew: - No matter how much you budget to spend, make sure you add some additional cushion. While there are ways to save money, this project adds up! - Be patient. With everything. I started out rushing and made some sloppy/careless mistakes. Research EVERYTHING, multiple times. If in doubt, ask and wait for an answer. Oops!: - I goofed up big time on my thighs (see above about being patient) and created far more work for myself than was necessary. However, I was able to salvage them through the help and feedback of others. See my build thread for details: Shout Outs: - Thank you to Frank75139, Neb Sgird, ABS80, lucnak, wook1138, TheSwede, gmrhodes13, justjoseph63, GilFran007, and Twosolitudes. I'm looking forward to many troops to come. My first official troop looks like it will be August 4th at a benefit for a little boy recently diagnosed with cancer. I'm stoked that it will be for such a great cause! My church is also having a Dave and Busters themed game night on August 3rd that I plan to make an appearance at. I figure it will be a good way to troubleshoot and feel out an event/working a crowd before I do anything official.
  10. Dude, thanks for the reminder! I totally forgot to do that haha. And yes, it's a rendition of my birth date: 10/09/87.
  11. Woop woop. Looks awesome. Isn’t that feeling when you first suit up amazing!? Can’t wait to call you an official brother at arms soon!
  12. Dude... Bravo!!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Thanks for the feedback! Just a few follow-up items: I am going to keep working on closing the back gap. While the Inton snaps I got on Amazon serve their purpose I doubt they have the same integrity as the touted Tandy snaps. They tend to unsnap with too much tension. I plan to upgrade to Tandy soon for at least all of the high-stress areas, if not completely. Hopefully this will help me close that gap more. Good news is the Intons were super cheap so it's not much of a loss. I am sure this won't be the first or last time this is said, but LESSON FOR NEW BUILDERS READING THIS: just go with Tandy right off the bat. Regarding those poor, poor thighs lol: sad thing is I already performed your suggestion on the rear of the thigh because they were even tighter than they are now . It was the first major lesson of my build: take your time and research until you're blue in the face before cutting! I will probably order some new thighs eventually. If you (or anyone else reading this) knows where to get thighs a la carte please let me know! Yeah, I am still working out how best to position the arm pieces. I seem to be having trouble bending at the elbow still. I can shorten the chest elastic when I replace my snaps with Tandy! Easy fix. What do you mean when you say trim the edge off my ABS belt? I hope to go for Expert Infantryman soon!
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