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Digz Graavz

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    Digz Graavz Rubies Mod #1

    So I picked up a couple of Rubies E11s on the advice of a few members so that the younglings can have something to handle other than my good showpiece. I've seen some great mods and I don't think I'm up to one one a super scale yet, but I think I can do a passable upgrade and a vast improvement to the Etsy slap-dash jobs. Here's my quick list: Sand down the T Tracks Drill out the barrel cooling holes Drill out the matching holes in the folding stock Drill out the front sight Drill out the scope and add lenses Add power cylinders Add selector switch Add stock retainer clip Add set screws to barrel Add sliding bolt Add lens to counter Assorted minor fills for screws etc. I'm sure I'll add more, but that's where I am starting. Many photos to follow.
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    Digz Graavz Rubies Mod #1

    Bolt installed, little knob thingy by the muzzle cooling things installed, lens installed, selector switch installed. It's glued back together and clamped now to dry. I used E6000 instead of CA, so it will take a bit more time. The power cylinders are printing now and are a quick glue on. After that it's fill and paint which won't take a horribly long time. It should be all done tomorrow morning as I am waiting on the E6000 to set up.
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    Digz Graavz Rubies Mod #1

    More paint drying... still waiting on the 3d print before I can proceed. Here's what I have done to the blaster so far: -Sanded down the T strips to be flat -Cut notches in the end of the folding stock and installed a backer plate -Drilled the holes in the barrel cooler -Drilled holes in the bottom of the folding stock under the barrel and installed a backing plate -Drilled holes in the front sight -Drilled out the lenses in the scope -Cut out the ejector slot -Cut out a bolt slot -Removed guts so that the bolt has a full cylinder, patching with masking tape coated in E6000 (I am calling this Stormtrooper Papier Maché) -Installed a sheet of ABS to make a bolt -Carved grooves in the magazine -Sanded off the "Rubies TM" lettering -Cut to shape and glued in a plate to make the area around the selector switch look accurate -Base coat of flat black anywhere that ends up being flat black (basically all but the handle) including any visible interior areas -Base coat of brass on the scope - - - - - - Still to do: -Install the bolt lever thingy -Install the selector switch -Install the lenses in the scope -Glue it back together -Attach the stock retaining clip -Print and install the power cylinders -Fill all holes/seams -Sand -Final paint/weathering -Glue lens on the counter
  4. Hi everyone. I am finally taking the plunge after dreaming of this for years. I've ordered a fully trimmed kit from AP with hopes of getting it up to Centurion at some point. I was going to order boots from TK boots, but they email I got back from them said " I'm sorry, Chris, but we're sold out of 10's and also 11's and tentatively, we're closing TK Boots. ", so it looks like I will need to source these somewhere else. I'll be sourcing a neck seal and the body suit as well.
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    Digz Graavz First Build - ANH Stunt from AP

    Trying a 1 day build on a Rubies. It's not going to be super detailed but I've made some mods. Here's my thread:
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    Digz Graavz Rubies Mod #1

    Black base coat on while the greeblies print. If I had done them ahead of time I'd tear through this.
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    Digz Graavz Rubies Mod #1

    Roughly 2-2 1/2 hours and I'm pretty much ready to glue it back together. At some point I'll probably make a new trigger guard but I don't have the materials at hand for that. I still need to attach the front screws on the barrel, put the lenses in the scope and on the counter, 3d print and attach the bolt puller thingy and the selector switch then fill/sand and paint. This is definitely doable in 1 day.
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    Digz Graavz First Build - ANH Stunt from AP

    I found some on Etsy with the worst paint jobs ever and selling for stupid money. I'll see how mine go and maybe start a side business...
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    Digz Graavz First Build - ANH Stunt from AP

    As per advice, I trimmed the back cover strips on my shins so that they end before the mouldings: I've also ordered a couple of Rubies blasters that I will mod and paint up to have as kid-resistant props. My good blaster is too nice to hand out.
  10. Hi everyone, here is my submission for pre-approval. Name: Christopher Mann Future Garrison: Canadian Armor Maker: Authentic Props Helmet Maker: Authentic Props Cloth Belt Maker: Authentic Props Neck Seal Maker: Trooperbay Boot Maker: Imperial Boots Blaster Maker: Quest Design Canada Height: 5'9" Weight: 180lbs TK Type: ANH Stunt Troopers who helped with my build: Thank you so much to Robert (twosolitudes) and Brad (68Brick) plus everyone who commented on my build thread. I could not have done it without you!
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    Digz Graavz ANH Stunt - AP Pre-Approval Request

    Done Bit of reglue and ABS paste.
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    Digz Graavz ANH Stunt - AP Pre-Approval Request

    Ah OK. 2 minute fix Thanks for catching it and the clarification.
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    Digz Graavz ANH Stunt - AP Pre-Approval Request

    Cover strips were a bit strange for me, as some references have them covering and I like that look so that there's not a visible seam::
  14. HI everyone, An old friend from University saw my suit pics and shared a great story about the 501st from Toronto Fan Expo: The last time I went to Fan Expo, I got into the north building with my hubby to see who we could see, celebrity-wise. Unfortunately, I was on a mobility scooter and the traffic in that building was parking-lot-o-sardines. I got to a certain point and then just could not move. Because of the size of the scooter, it wasn't like I could squeeze through the crowd to get out. Skip forward to me on a mobility scooter in the middle of what seemed like a million people with no apparent way out, in the middle of a full-blown anxiety/panic attack. Tears. Hypervenitillation. Starting to shut down. It was horrid. A Stormtrooper from the 501st asked my hubby if I was okay. He explained my claustrophobia and panic disorder, and the fact that we couldn't even move to escape. The Stormtrooper said to hang on, that he'd be right back. Next thing I know, there's a commotion down the laneway and I'm hearing Stormtrooper voices hollering, "Make way! Move along! Empire business! Stand aside!" They cleared the pathway like the parting of the red bloody sea. Next thing I knew, my hubby and I were being motioned to move down the newly cleared pathway, with 'Troopers on either side of the walkway, holding the crowd back just enough so the scooter could pass. I thanked them as much as I could through my panic... my hubby did more thanking than I did because I was just trying to breathe. I found it truly touching that these folks stepped up and helped a person in distress, when they were just there to get their geek on.
  15. Her response: I'm so happy that got shared so that they know how they helped me out. Thank you. I never felt I got a chance to thank them enough and now, maybe they will know how much I appreciated them.
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    Digz Graavz First Build - ANH Stunt from AP

    Yeah I used the Lepage 2 part (boughtat RONA as I work there. Rob's a CT guy) Gloves were from Mark at AP. It's totally my fault the mess up on them. They're passable for now but I want perfection I will play with scraps and see what I can get to work. If E6000 will then I want to go that route.
  17. It's not his fault. The reactor leak made the floor slippery.
  18. I'd sell my Skyhopper for some rubber thigh pieces. Those were the lucky ones.
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    Wanting to build ANH HERO Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper

    5'7 should not be a problem at all. You may need to trim a bit off the bottom for length but not much. I say go for it! ANH Hero is pretty cool.
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    Wanting to build ANH HERO Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper

    When I first started out, I was determined to just buy a ready-to-wear suit, but much research lead me to build my own. It's truly not hard and there's a ton of info available (both already posted on here, and yours to ask for). It's also a source of pride to know that you did it yourself, kind of like those Jedi scum who build their own lightsabres. What's your height/weight (if you don't mind me asking) as that can determine what sort of extra work might be required. I think it's all been addressed before so the info is out there to make the suit fit.
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    Digz Graavz First Build - ANH Stunt from AP

    I used the 2 part superglue with the activator. I think I'll play more before making the new pair and see what works best.
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    Could *my height* be a distraction???

    I'm just shy of 5'9", 180lbs here and my Authenticprops kit fit 100% out of the box. You should be perfect.
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    Digz Graavz First Build - ANH Stunt from AP

    Progress update: I've made a proper thigh support system (traditional belt and elastic setup). I also put some small foam strips on the sides of the thighs to help keep them in place. I have glued the straps for the drop-boxes into proper position. I have marked the belt for shortening. A friend is re-sewing the end for me on Friday. I have properly secured the mouth grate with Sugru (was just taped in). I have mounted my ICOMM and Voicebooseter in the chest plate. I've figured out the wire-routing for my helmet fan and made a mounting bracket for it. I also ordered a new set of gloves and flexi handguards. The first set the glue didn't take well on one hand and the other it took TOO well. I've done some trimming on them and they're Okayish but I am not thrilled.
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