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    Sherry
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  1. Thank you for the input! I will definitely keep in mind the belt placement as well as return edges on the kidney. And I’m realizing my pants logo is quite visible.... so I’ll see if I can attack it with a hot iron or get new pants. Ears. Please give inputs on fixing these vs starting over. I have an uncut left ear and a differently cut right ear and I’m not afraid to order new ones from Walt! And please note that I have a 90% helmet and I am NOT convinced the ears are similarly scaled. Up first, right ear. This is the one that I thought gave me more grief. And I kept working when I was really tired and flubbed a drill attempt and left a divot. So now I think it may sit ok but I don’t know if the divot is worth fixing. ABS paste and sand, or start afresh? Front view: Back view: And then the left ear, which I went in thinking was OK and I’m now doubting. I have not yet placed the bottom screw bc I lost the nut and had to make a trip to Ace, so it’s just held in place for these pics. Back view. Do I need to take a little material off where it is hitting at the bend? Front view. Perhaps this would also be helped by trimming a bit in the back? Inputs are greatly appreciated! And raise a glass to my long suffering husband, we are out celebrating our anniversary and I’m literally on my iPad at the bar posting pics of my ears (Hey, I put up with his JRS merch he can tolerate a little OCD TK).
  2. These are great, thank you! *goes to check forearm and bicep return edges before measuring circumference*
  3. A little more progress made. This time the distraction was getting Ep IX Rey ready for the premiere, then trying to completely redo the whole thing for Rebel Legion submission.... I’ve played with torso placement with the return edge trimmed to a minimal size, an rightside up, and following Cricket’s advice on ab button placement with respect to sternum. This places the ab higher than I would have thought (in front of rather than under my bust), but it may actually make fit easier in that I’ll have less to take in at the “waist”. (Or, should I be trimming off the top for comfort purposes?) I feel like this actually fits pretty well aside from possibly needing to bring the collar down a bit, but please share feedback. Cod is cut and taped in place here. Gap here can be fixed by bending sides of kidney in closer to me. Awkward backward selfie.... unsure if kidney is a bit too tall. I think butt will be ok once strapping is in place. With chest armor. I feel like it may be too close to my neck. And up next, limbs! I decided to start with arms as the less scary option. A friend and I worked these at an armor party and got good advice for the trimming and gluing process. I have removed one indent from the wrist end of the forearm on each arm and minimized the return edges at the elbow end (and on both end a of the biceps). I will need to reduce forearm circumference but may be ok with biceps as is. Glued interior cover strip on front, trimmed length. About what the circumference needs to be. Another angle So when I trim the circumference... I have conflicting advice. Evenly from both sides? Pick one side over another? I know either way to make sure to even out the curvature across the trim. Advice? up next I will post my undoing ear woes!
  4. A little more work at an armor party this weekend. I did remove the large return edge on the bottom of the chest, but I didn't worry too much about torso fitting and instead focused on the helmet. Things I am not sure of: - Have I removed enough material on the eyes? - Are the teeth OK? I started out with more rounded edges and worked a bit on adding sharper corners, but there's probably a ways to go. - Alignment. I did drill holes, but I haven't fastened anything yet... want to make sure I have my brow height and angle OK before focusing too much on ears!
  5. Omg, I thought I was so smart and labeled "up" on my ab, but apparently after I had already lost track of which direction [emoji23] Thank you so much for the valuable and specific advice! I think next I will drastically reduce the lower return edge on the chest and start looking at the landmarks you've laid out. I am still worried that I have FUBARed my cod by cutting it too close to the ab... If that's the case is this salvageable by ABS pasting it back and adjusting the cut lower? Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  6. Slow progress due to busy life, but I've trimmed most of the armor and started on cover strips. Heading to an armor party this weekend where I hope to get confirmation on helmet positioning and ear trimming, and maybe start on limb sizing. In the interim starting to look at torso fit. Advice would be much appreciated! Some notes about my test fit: - Cod is as high as I can get it. I have zero thigh gap, am I doomed to armor bite from the cod forever?? - Ab is pulled up as high as it can go. Overlaps the cod a lot. - Very snug at hips, giant at ribs - Butt hangs very low for now Known to do: - Trim bottom of chest to minimal return edge - Trim kidney at bottom edge Questions: - Did I screw up when I cut the cod? it had to be done, but did I cut it too high? If so, is it fixable?? - Does the chest armor sit too low over the ab? - When trimming the kidney, I see that this should be done at the bottom. Do I just trim off enough to pull the butt up to a reasonable latitude?
  7. Alright... I decided I would start making a bit of progress by labeling all of the pieces. This will help me make sure that I have everything and can also identify it all. Have to say it's already a bit overwhelming! Here's what I've got: Most of the stuff... After diving back into the packing peanuts, a few more.... Greeblie/decals/rivets List of what I think I've got: - Chest - Abdomen - Kidney/butt plate - Back - Shoulder straps - Shoulders - Biceps - Forearms - Hand guards - Thighs - Shins - Knee - Some diamond? Associated with knee? - Helmet (dome, face) - Ears (2 pairs) - Ammo pack - Ab accessories - Drop box x 4 - Belt - TD (tube, cover, end caps) - Lens material - Split rivets - Blue decals - Helmet greeblies - Extra ABS for cover strips Anything missing? I think it's everything I was expecting... A few questions right out the gate. I was lost trying to pair up... almost anything. Shins, forearms, biceps, thighs... will it become more apparent how they match up once I trim off some excess? I saw that for WTF there's a right and left shin, read through the thread with the debate, and was still lost! I know for biceps there's a left/right based on the dimple. Any other pieces have left/right distinctions? Lots of trimming in my future!
  8. I'm guessing you are a guy based on your name- a lot of folks have good luck with slight mods to this pattern. (From glancing at the sketches big things would be shorten the skirt, mod the front panel to come across to the right place, and obviously add flares to the pants). https://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m4745 There's also a hat pattern floating around that I have used to make a couple, if you can't find it let me know and I'll share the pdf In order to tailor it for female fit I had to learn how to draft the pattern for myself (thus the long lead time!) Here is my build thread: https://www.imperialofficer.com/forum/index.php?/topic/7587-staff-officer-build-sewn-from-sloper/& I got a lot of great feedback on IOC forums as I went. It was an excellent learning experience! Cosplaysky sells decent officer costumes (you need to pay the upgrade for custom measurements and will still need to mod the flares on the jodhpurs, and ask for extra fabric to make into a matching hat b/c their hats are not good)... but, I learned a ton starting from scratch and now have a good base to start from when I sew anything for myself!
  9. I've been working on updates to the TB to get it approvable (totally sucks being 5' 2" sometimes.... had to re-do all of my soft goods and order a new chest and back, working on heat baths and trims on the torso). Been thinking about where to start with the TK and I think I may bite the bullet and do the helmet. That was 1000000% the worst part of TB, so why not get it over with?? And this helmet doesn't even have a seam down the top and require multiple layers of Bondo and paint!
  10. Gap in posts for good reason. Around the time of my last post, our Garrison had a tragic loss. One of our members was murdered. She was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. The armor party I referenced earlier was at her house, and her TK husband. I've struggled with what to say about it other than sometimes life sucks. Her primary costume was TB, so a group in Star built scouts for our local con in her honor. Walt pulled them, so I was not focused on pestering him about my TK. But I got to a presentable TB and started pestering Walt, who encouraged me to do so until it was in mg hands. And then...... I'm at work and the doorbell rings..... Just in time for me to ALMOST finish remaking my totally too huge Scout soft goods! And so it begins.... Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  11. The boots took me a little longer than anticipated... but I'm still waiting on armor, so that's OK. I received my neck seal and am ALMOST finished with boots (unhappy with some messiness around the soles, but getting close). Some pictures throughout the boot journey... Post-acetone rub: Taped up and ready to go: Layer 1 of approximately 1 billion: A few more layers in: All painted, acrylic layer, and fabric paint on the elastic! So now to fix the couple of smudges, make some magnet satchels, and continue researching...
  12. Thanks for the tips! It looks like where I may have messed up was not having a cutting mat on hand. I will correct that next time I got the extra TIE kit safely off to a new owner, and while I wait on my kit I've just been keeping busy around the house. If the government stays shut down for another few weeks, maybe I will finally get everything organized! But my boots came yesterday, so I have more costume work to do! These are a little on the big side for me, but I'm sure I will want insoles, and wearing them with a couple of pairs of socks seemed to be fine so far. I will be following advice from several threads about painting boots, hopefully starting to tackle this tomorrow night. Before I scrub them with acetone, anyone see any issues with these?
  13. I have the same boots on order! Not because I'm a masochist but because I couldn't find them small enough in white. I have high hopes for the Angelus paint. (And I'm also looking at the extra authenticity as a nice benefit). Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  14. And done. I'll attach the straps later, I do have them cut and dyed as appropriate. ESB and ANH One note that differs from above- I thought the holes were not going to be large enough to sew through easily, but they were pretty decent. I kept some pliers on hand to pull the needle but for the most part it wasn't even needed. However, the tool did get a bit bent up, so I had to be really careful to make sure my stitching holes still looked like a straight line as I punched them. I got the cheapest one at Tandy- perhaps it's worth it to get the more expensive option? Heard back from Walt's today and my armor will be on its way as soon as possible. So in the meantime, I'll be perusing build threads and grabbing tips/tricks in my notes, planning out what to do when real BBB arrives
  15. Thanks for the feedback! I went ahead and stitched it up and was pleasantly surprised at how painless it really was. I think it will only take me about 2 hours to recreate the holster in the correct configuration, so I will do that and consider the first one to be a good practice run
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