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501st Stormtrooper[TK]
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    Salt Lake City, Utah
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    I'm a computer science major, but I've found a lot of interest in Star Wars costuming and armor building lately.


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    Alpine Garrison

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  1. Awesome post Joseph!! I also would've loved having this during my build, but you answered most of my return edges and trimming questions anyway, so all great advice from the same source. Thank you for being such a great resource of knowledge and help!!
  2. Oh that's a bummer! I must've gotten lucky maybe with minimal glue? Idk. Well at least you got it worked out in the end
  3. fixed my strapping so my cover strips line up pulled the belt up to the bottom of the buttons If anybody sees anything else that needs adjustment to get EIB let me know
  4. Very carefully! Lol So basically I took an exacto blade and carefully ran it along the inside between the mesh and the plastic to try to break up the glue a bit. Slightly wiggly it towards the center to help separate it from the plastic and continued that until they came loose, pretty intact. They're a tiny bit bent, but nothing noticable once I got them back in
  5. Ok. I think that's good advice. I'll look it over and start small and make minor adjustments as I go. I'm so glad I asked first before just moving forward!
  6. Thanks Joseph! Good to know. That's exactly why I'm asking before I make cuts. In the references I've seen it looked like they were cutting all the way down to the cover strip leaving no lip, so I'm glad I asked. As of now I can walk ok, but the backs of the shins push into the backs of my knees, so I wanted to make some comfort cuts. I'm wondering if I should I wait to get approved for higher levels before I start trooping then make comfort fixes after that?
  7. What do you all think of these trim lines? Just want to get some feedback before I make any real cuts
  8. Yeah for sure! I've been working on it. But I could definitely use some advice and a different perspective!!
  9. Thanks Joseph! I definitely will pass on what I've learned to as many future troopers as possible!! Stoked to be part of the FISD family!!
  10. Thanks Tony!! I couldn't have done it without your build post!! It was definitely my main go to assembly manual!! Oh and thank you for always being so quick to reply when I posted a question on it! Glad to be part of the legion with such a great group of Stormtroopers!!
  11. Yeah those are exactly what I was gonna go for! Yeah my illustration is a bit squared off, I'll definitely give it more of an angle. But I did want to make sure to make it look more an intentional part of the armor rather than big chunk broken or taken out as I've seen on some armor.
  12. I'd like to start trooping here soon and need to do some comfort adjustments. I was thinking of taking some off the back of the knees on the shins. I've seen lots of reference and screen shot images that show them cut back. Something like I've illustrated below. I just want to verify that it won't have any effect on higher level approval. Am I correct?
  13. After nearly a year, I finally finished my ANH Stunt armor!! At least enough for basic approval. I have aspirations of moving up to EI and hopefully Centurion levels with my TK, so I'll continue making improvements, I think I'm pretty close to EI already. Made a couple mistakes along the way, learned that when trimming it's better to err on the side of too big and go back and adjust later if needs be. Had to shim my biceps wider after cutting them too narrow and am actually in the process of shimming one of my shins. Somehow I cut it almost a full inch more narrow (in circumference) at the ankle than the other . It looked fine (a little skinnier) but not really noticeable, but it dug into my ankle pretty bad even with my boots on and I knew I wasn't going to be able to troop with it that way. Some advice to my newb self probably would be, to do a little more research, I always found a better solution shortly after deciding to make a move. But what do you do?? Part of the journey right? Haha! I learned a lot along the way and I had a lot of great help! Thank you so much everybody that chimed in when I was stuck or asked for advice and to everyone that was always so quick and willing to take time to help, everybody on the FB groups as well!! Troopers truly helping troopers!! I want to give a special shout out to @TK-42775, @justjoseph63, @gmrhodes13, @TKSpartan, @Bud Spaklur, for the all invaluable build info and also my son Jackson, daughter Samantha and also Michelle for always being willing to listen to me drone on and on about my build and always being supportive and cheering me on. Thanks again everybody! My childhood dream of being a Stormtrooper has finally been realized and I couldn't be happier!!
  14. TK-77642 reporting for duty I'm gonna keep moving towards EI and hopefully Centurion, so I'll keep updating though. Thank you all for helping get to this point!!
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