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  1. 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!
  2. 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
  3. 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?
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. 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
  8. 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...
  9. 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?
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Well, I was feeling quite pleased with my holster progress until I put the wrong half of the snap on the main body, and subsequently realized that I've cut the whole thing out backwards. I thought I was being careful, but while I double checked what side was out when I folded it over, I had in my head that it was worn on the right side, with the seam facing the back- and I've got that reversed. The CRL doesn't specify which direction the stitching is, but I assume it matters... but that is a question I have. Does that detail matter for basic approval? I do plan to build to Centurion level if I can, but I'm not sure when I'll get a blaster, so if it would work for basic approval I could always update the holster later. Regardless, I think I will stitch this one up for practice and at a minimum it could serve to upgrade my truly slapped together holster for my non-canon Twi'lek X-wing pilot costume.
  14. Yes, definite psychological trauma! To add to the comedy of errors that is me getting pieces for this build... The paints for my boots came, and so did the paints for my boots that got lost in the mail a couple of weeks ago! So, Angelus Direct was very good about sending out a new set when they saw the first one was lost... will call them up on Monday to let them know I did end up with both shipments. Now I'm really hoping the next order of boots I have en route fit
  15. So, first the very disappointing thing to get it out of the way. Was out in the garage working on leather stuff when I got a text notification- omg, my BBB was just left on the front porch! I didn't think it would be here until Monday! Beautiful BBB: Inspection by Padme and Finn: DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNNN: That's right. There's a mix-up. Instead of a TIE and TK (TIE is for hubby), we have 2 TIEs. Oh, the humanity! I have messaged WTF and am hoping this can get straightened out soon Sooo disappointing. I had prepared myself for the possibility that it would just be a dumb TIE kit and mine would be coming later, but 2 TIE- salt in the wound! I know in reality this just buys me more time to get organized on my notes, read through more build threads, etc. and it will be ok... but bleh. And then back to less depressing things. I made a bit of holster progress before the delivery. Template made based off of a template in this thread. One tip I would add in addition to the thread above- I used an awl punch to help mark the snap/rivet placements. Punch through the template, then use a marker through the hole to capture the location on the leather. I tried using my rotary cutter, and it didn't result in lines that were clean or straight enough for my satisfaction. I ended up cleaning them all up with Exacto and metal ruler (and cut-resistant gloves). I used my handy leather punch for some of the holes. I have used this for many projects and love it, but found a fatal flaw here- it can't reach far enough interior for one of the rivets. I improvised and used an awl to punch in the proper location, wiggling it around a bit to widen the hole to fit a rivet. To mark where I want the stitches I placed painter's tape along a ruler, so I could just stay along that line as I went to keep it straight and consistent. Then punching along the line. The previous owners of our house left several nice little slabs of granite left over from kitchen remodels, so that works nicely for pounding holes in leather. That being said, I don't feel like this little tool created a big enough hole to nicely get a needle through, so I may use an awl to poke it a bit more. Next up: Dye the leather black! And go into a corner and cry until I get a new shipping notification
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