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  1. TK-11429 here, could I please have some access? https://www.501st.com/members/displaymemberdetails.php?userID=34167
  2. No pictures for updates, just saying that at this point I got approved by my GML and assigned TK-11429. WOO! I've finally made it to this point. Now to work towards getting ready for EIB.
  3. Great insights as always gmrhodes! Thank you! Regarding the foam, could you explain the foam behind the ab a bit more. I see what the issue is, I'm just trying to understand what the foam does there. Is it just along the ends of the ab plate near the kidney, kinda pushing it away from my body?
  4. Hello! Thank you for taking the time to view my pre-approval thread. My aim is to reach the Centurion level of approval! INFORMATION 1. Name Mitch 2. Future Garrison Ohio Garrison 3. Armor maker Walt's Trooper Factory 4. Helmet maker Walt's Trooper Factory 5. Cloth belt maker Steph's Imperial Outfitters 6. Neck seal maker Steph's Imperial Outfitters 7. Boot maker Imperial Boots 8. Blaster maker PremierProps 11. Height 6' 12. Weight 150lbs 13. TK type ANH Stunt 14. Helpful Troopers gmrhodes13 PhilBobTheFish CableGuy BUILD THREAD Doomsdale's TK Stunt Build Thread [WTF] PHOTOS QUESTION AREA I'm struggling with the shoulders with keeping the shoulders from pulling the elastic out from under the bridges. If I loosen them, then the shoulders are too far away from the chest. (Also in this photo, I'm going to glue down the thin elastic band underneath so it doesn't ride down off the back plate.)
  5. Cont'd from earlier tonight... I ordered some cheap helmet padding from amazon (meant for bicycle helmets, but all the comments were from other stormtroopers haha). I affixed them inside with velcro. It's a lot less bobbly and I can still see below me somewhat. ...I'm suiting up!! I'm so excited guys! This has turned out really well. I think I'm about ready to head over to Pre-Approvals. A few things I want to tackle: 1) My belt snaps are just barely unaligned. I'm going to add some velcro underneath the ab buttons to help keep it in place. 2) Shoulders are too far from chest plate. Will have to shorten strapping to bring it in closer like this image: 3) Add velcro to undersuit and neck seal? Mine seems too short in the back and easily comes loose. This is probably a consequence of the back sitting too low still. Any suggestions on what to do here? 4) Add a dabble of glue to the underside of the elastic bands holding the shoulder bridges on the back. Keep it from riding down to the white elastic.
  6. Last of the strapping! I fixed up the chest snap to be higher, and then shortened the elastic by cutting and folding a new loop. The nylon to hold the chest in place was tricky but eventually I figured it out. I hung the whole torso on a coat hanger, and with the bottom part of the straps attached, taped and measured where I'd place the snaps. I ripped off the straps and marked the places where they were. Did the rest that I've been doing and BOOM, worked like a charm. Pictured below are the shoulders with bicep snaps on elastic. I might have to water bath my right bicep since it's wider than the shoulder bottom and can easily slip out of place.
  7. Thanks! You've been incredibly helpful throughout my journey.
  8. Absolutely. And to the references gmrhodes13 kindly provided, I went and trimmed some more. Time to finish up the rough strapping entirely I think! I added elastic at the bottom for holding on to the biceps. And then I measured about 1 inch out from the tops. (My white elastic shoulder straps were about 1.25 inches from the shoulders) And glued down the straps on the inside. The next day is here, and I'm finally trying on the whole torso set. I'm so hyped! I feel like I'm in the home stretch. Couldn't do a side or profile at the time due to difficulty. I already know of the things I want to start adjusting first anyway: 1) There's no straps inside the chest to ab. Right now, the piece rides up and chokes me, also revealing too much of the underside. In turn, this is probably affecting how the shoulders lie. My left side has too much gap at the moment, which leads to... 2) Adjust the shoulders. The right side snap elastic needs shortened. Initially I glued the attachment too far down on the chest side instead of at the top. This was lazy and I knew it, as predictably, the white elastic hangs out the side. I'll be cutting off the end, sewing a new loop, and placing a new snap where it needs to attach on the new chest snap placement. 3) Add the white elastic bands on the back for the shoulder bridges. 4) Add snaps inside the shoulder to biceps. 5) Possibly switch out the left side white shoulder strap with one that can snap. This thing is wild to get into and that might make it easier for suiting up.
  9. The back and chest plate are being one of the more tricky things to fit and strap. Trickier than I thought. I did the back to kidney straps first as a way to judge where the chest will eventually rest, since that just overlaps the ab piece. I did these straps much the same way I did the kidney/butt plate. It was much easier this time to just have the whole apparatus assembled when I glued rather than measuring, and then guessing where to make holes in the straps. Below is the assembly of the shoulder straps to the chest pieces. For the elastic straps that connect the chest to back, I used my white elastic and burned holes in the middle of them for the shoulder connections. I added a bit of glue between the snaps to give it a bit more sturdiness. Then I folded over the end for the right side and made a hole for the snap there. It's not mentioned in the CRL, and I know you had mentioned it previously, but I'm trying for a 3-4 smaller tab attachment on the chest plate. I tried fitting again, and my long torso seemed to really test the spacing between chest and ab. I think I'm having issues measuring the fitting of the upper torso armor generally, and I need to see how it looks together and adjust from there. As I'm gluing straps and snaps, I'm also concerned about the chest/back shoulder plastic not being very close together under the shoulder bridge.
  10. Next Up: Thermal Detonator / O2 Cannister I utilized the spacing measurements found in threads by ukswrath and panda's builds. They were pretty helpful in the assembly process throughout. Panda's masking tape trick worked like a charm! At this point, I glued on the central plate and just placed the end caps. This is where I overestimated my abilities, having done a dry run of placing them on before I painted. You'll see why in a bit. I did this so that I could measure where to mark my drill points for the metal clips (sourced from Panda's Props). I was having trouble finding the perfect screws to use. Most seem to use #6 x 3/8in slotted round/dome/truss screws. None of the hardware stores around me had that exact pairing. What I did find were these at Lowe's. My plan was to remove the caps after I found the drill marks. Then use the nuts to hold them in place. So I got started and painted the heads black. However, removing the caps after I had painted the PVC proved to be...unwise. It required a deal more muscle and fingernail strength to finesse them off without ruining the paint coat. I laid the coat on a little thick and increased the thickness of the tube to the point where it was more snug than when I tested it. I chose not to remove the other cap, but now had to screw the nuts in all the way at the bottom of the PVC. Enter the specialty tool I call the "Sticky Stick" You can look for this on my etsy page soon. Worked like a dream, and felt like I was building ships in a bottle. I replaced the end cap. Didn't even bother with glue.
  11. My recent task has been to finish up my belt. After modifying my canvas belt to size, I got to start on the drop boxes. I followed several methods I've seen here, of making my elastic bands and using the hole to mark the drill spot on the drop boxes. And then to make them line up more easily with the edge of the ABS, I cut out a portion of the elastic, and soldered off its edges to keep from fraying. The final step will be to dabble some glue on the inside of the elastic so the boxes don't move away too much from their spot. Add in the holster now... And it's done! I've ordered some clips to use with the thermal detonator, so once that's finished it'll round out the belt.
  12. Do the V shapes prod or irritate much? I did some hot water bathing to try and mold them and I made softer U's. However, since I was boiling the water, I thought why not just try to alter the butt plate? This seemed to do a good job, along with changing the right side straps with elastic. The tips still seem to protrude just a bit, so I'll probably use the V-tabs anyway. Thanks for the tip!
  13. The nylon strapping works well. However, I want to move them to the outer part of the butt/kidney piece to help pull in some of the posterior's...uh...cheeks. Going about the second time, it was much easier to have the full straps made and together when I glued on the two attach points. No mucking about with measurements between snaps. Here's the posterior now attached. I'm gonna redo the right side straps with elastic, because I can't get my fingers anywhere near the nylon when I'm in it. Yeah those cheeks still be wide. I've seen some people use an ABS tab, and I'm going to try that to make sure that but don't jiggle.
  14. Second update of the night! In addition, I started working out the thigh supports. I cut some elastic and glued it to the front of the thighs. With a black thrift store belt, I measured out the length for them to hang from it by. Looped it, and then sewed them together. All together now.
  15. I acquired some sewing skills (courtesy of my mom lol) and started to make some straps this weekend. Starting with the right side kidney to ab. I'm not sure which direction to head with other strapping connections. I've seen where a lot of troopers use glued in snaps on the armor, and then separate nylon snaps to bridge them. Assumedly this makes it easier to break apart and transport. This guide by chiefbonan looks like it will be very helpful. For the snaps on the armor, it seems like most people use ABS base plate for the male snap. The above guide mentions using nylon for some. I don't know what the advantage for each is, so I'm testing each first on the kidney to butt connection. Immediately I noticed that the snaps set in plastic (from left-over cover strip) is not very bendable to the contours of the armor. So I might go with nylon if a stress test goes well.
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