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  1. Ah, good--I remembered seeing those pictures somewhere but I didn't know they were still available. I made this a couple of months ago, so it would've been before you re-uploaded those. They would've saved me a fair bit of effort.
  2. Hi! I made a shoulder pouch for my TFA kit, based on the one in this thread, and in the process I made some resources for it that I thought some of y'all might also find useful. First, although I know that there were at one point some downloadable templates for MP40-style pouches available from other 501st sources online, many of the links to them seem to be dead, so here's the one that I made and used. The first pouch I made was based on the dimensions of the real MP40 magazine pouches used in the OT, but I found that to be much larger than the First Order movie references in comparison to my armor, so these dimensions are scaled down by 20%. Presumably the pouches in the movie were downscaled replicas of existing props, like the greeblies on the heavy assault trooper's ammo vest. That does mean that these dimensions are only approximate, since as far as I know no references for the exact size of the movie pouches are available. Adjust the scale as you see fit. Second, rather than using foam blocks to help the pouch keep its shape, I 3D printed an internal support frame, which is available on Thingiverse here (and also crossposted in the 3D printing resources section of this forum). The frame can be sewn directly into the pleather sheets and will keep the whole thing in shape while still allowing it to be at least vaguely functional, which the foam blocks wouldn't. It's still not very useful for anything, of course, but it's a nice idea. If anybody spots any inaccuracies or ways I could improve these templates, do please tell me! I'm probably going to make another pouch for myself (the one in these photos is the first thing I've ever made with pleather, so I think I can improve my craftsmanship on a second attempt), so I'd be glad to be able to incorporate feedback into v2.0.
  3. I just got one from ROYALTIGER Military Gear (https://www.royaltigergear.com/product_info.php?products_id=174). It took a couple of months to arrive, but seems to all be in good order. They're also nominally available from tacticalgeartrade.com (https://www.tacticalgeartrade.com/flyye-1000d-molle-law-enf-magazine-chest-rig-vest-black.html), but I don't recommend ordering from them if you have other options; they jerked me around for more than three months without ever shipping anything and made me dispute the charge with PayPal to finally get a refund. Their customer service guy cold-emailed me in January, after I'd gotten the refund, to say that they were finally actually in stock and I could order again, so maybe things would be better now? But go with ROYALTIGER if they're still available there.
  4. As title--both the elbow and shoulder gaskets of the stormtroopers in Battlefront II are textured as the same canvas as the belt boxes, not shiny rubber. I don't think this has any immediate relevance to costuming since we don't have a CRL for the game version of the FOTK (unlike, say, the heavy weapons trooper from the previous BFII), but I thought it was worth noting for the record that there is at least one solid canonical source for cloth gaskets...
  5. On the off chance that anybody's been waiting in suspense for an update on this thread, I'm making progress on the megablaster .stl files and will publish them here when they're finished.
  6. Hmm. Thanks, everyone. I've had an 850ArmorWorks helmet theoretically on the way for a while, so I'll plan to leave this be for the moment and see how the new bucket turns out. If I can get that one looking good I'll probably retire the Anovos instead of trying to repaint it.
  7. Hello all. I've been trooping in the Anovos TFA kit for the last couple of years and have gradually developed what appear to be stress cracks in several places on the helmet (both temples and the underside of the chin). At the moment they don't seem to compromise its structural integrity, but they look terrible and I don't know how to fix them--this is the fiberglass helmet, so it came as a single preassembled unit; it has padded cloth lining attached all over the inside, so I don't think I can take it apart without doing a lot of damage to it. Has anyone else experienced this, and do you know what I can do about it? Photos for reference: Right temple Left temple Chin
  8. Upon further inspection I realized that the Do3D version has the trigger in entirely the wrong place on the blaster--behind the grip rather than in the (large, obvious) trigger guard. That speaks sufficiently poorly of their quality that there's no way I'm paying $60 for the thing. I'll go some other route, either scratchbuilding most of it or making an STL file myself.
  9. Yeah, that's what prompted this post. The reviews I've seen have mostly indicated that Do3D doesn't have a great reputation (models aren't printable, stuff isn't screen-accurate, customer service is terrible, etc). A lot of their stuff is really ambitions, though--they offer files for full stormtrooper armor, for instance, and I don't think it's at all likely that you could actually print that and get anything useful by 501st standards--and that may be feeding some of the negative reviews. The megablaster is much more approachable than a full armor kit, but I haven't seen anybody else that's printed one. Obviously whoever took those pictures has managed to print the whole thing, and it looks reasonable, but before I purchase an expensive STL file I'd like to see if anybody else has tried it and can vouch for printability/accuracy/etc.
  10. Hello all. I'm thinking about upgrading my FO TK to a heavy gunner, so clearly I need a heavy gun. I have a 3D printer and have just had a very positive experience printing TheFifthHorseman's SE-44C, so my natural inclination is to continue doing that if I can. I see camprandall's files for the greeblie box (and they look fantastic!), but I'm lazy/optimistic enough to want to print the whole thing if possible. There's an STL file for a whole megablaster available from do3d.com, with photos indicating that they at least have managed to get something pretty good looking out of it, but I see that do3d has at best mixed reviews overall, and their STL files are expensive. Has anybody tried printing their blaster, or any other megablaster, or does anyone know somebody who has? Or do you have other thoughts on approaches to this? Thanks!
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