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501st Stormtrooper[TK]
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  1. Thanks guys. As I thought, makes sense to follow the video for the particular helmet. Already noted the position of the ears but thanks for reaffirming all the same. Here is a progress picture. Just it the process of filing out the teeth. I’d like to draw your attention to the second tooth from the left. It looks a little wider than the others after sanding down the recess area. Is this likely to be the helmet itself or have I made a mistake? Sent from The Empire
  2. Hi all, I’ve started the helmet this weekend and so far done some basic trimming of the face/back plates (nothing worthy of progress photos yet). Before I head into the assembly part, I’ve looked at some of the build threads above which have been really useful. Equally useful are the video tutorials and wanted to ask which of these would be a good one to follow. RS helmet tutorials (in episodes) TK lid build Logic tells me to follow the RS tutorial (it is an RS lid afterall) but I do like the way TK uses magnets to hold the 2 parts in place while he adds the rivets. So my questions are: Will following different parts of the tutorials in each of the videos affect the build? (e.g. using magnets in TK’s method as opposed to the RS method) Is it better to just follow the RS tutorial as this is specific to the lid I’m building Thanks folks.
  3. Got the mods done today and feels so much better. Thanks everyone for your advice and suggestions with this.
  4. So it begins… I picked up my Brown Box from RS this afternoon and can’t wait to get started. To ease me into the build, I’m going to start by cutting out the eyes and teeth. For this I was going to use craft knives and needle files. I’ll be sure to measure twice (or in my case probably 20 times) and cut once. Any advice for cutting the eyes and teeth to get me started? Thanks, Tim Sent from The Empire
  5. Quick update on this. I’m picking up my ESB helmet from RS on Friday. While I’m there they’ve kindly offered to make the above adjustments (better them than me saying as they built it). Hopefully we can find a balance with how much to trim off without making the gap too large.
  6. Troop #1 4/9/2021 - Darwen Rotary Club Family Fundraising Day. My induction troop and what a blast. Great fellow troopers, great weather, great people and all for great causes and charities. What a way to get started. Here is a selection of images from the day. I’m the short one (cue quote)… Sent from The Empire
  7. Really helpful again, Joseph. Thanks [emoji106] Sent from The Empire
  8. As always, super helpful. Thanks fellas. Here are a couple of images from my original approval photos which show how close the thigh armour is to the butt when they’re pulled right up. These inevitably overlap and click when I walk. Although moving them down is comfortable at first, I get the issues mentioned after longer periods of movement/wearing. Hopefully these photos will help further. Let me know if you need anymore. Sent from The Empire
  9. Hi folks, I did my first troop yesterday (who-hoo) which highlighted an issue with my thigh armour which didn’t present itself until I was in the armour for a longer period. I’m 5’7” so on the shorter side as far as stormtroopers go. When I’ve been taking my photos for approval and my EIB, although the armour sits nicely whilst doing minimal movement, I found that walking around for the longer periods inevitably caused the armour to shift and start to drop/overlap over my shin armour. To compensate, I pulled my waist belt holding the thigh armour higher and tightened it but this presented a second problem, the thigh armour then overlaps with the posterior/cod piece (and some pinching). I think the solution is to take a little off the top of the thigh armour (I’ve drawn a line on the image below to show what I mean) but wanted to… 1. Check if this is the best solution 2. Check if this will affect my approval/EIB I don’t think I need to take off much but I do feel it will give me more mobility and stop the shin and thighs clipping against each other. Thanks all. Sent from The Empire
  10. If my first build is anywhere near this standard, I’ll be a very happy man. Awesome work, Glen. The armour is beautiful
  11. Tim Platt 24881 EIB A4 Chemi https://www.whitearmor.net/eib/certificates/24881-eib.png
  12. Ordered my helmet today which will hopefully arrive soon so I can get building. Also managed to bag myself a deal on a Dremel so happy days. I hope you’re all prepared for my relentless amount of questions haha.
  13. Hi Spike, You’re asking all the right questions (and getting the right answers!). In my circumstances, I didn’t have any confidence to build my own armour so got a commission build with RS Propmasters. I’m now on the verge of doing my first troop and I couldn’t be more excited. Now, I’m looking to finally build my own ESB TK. I never would have even considered this at the start of my own journey but it’s testament to the people on this forum with their support and advice that I now feel confident to go for it. Brit raises similar issues to what I had originally. In my case, I did finally get in touch with someone and when I did, I can’t tell you how super helpful my garrison was. The thing I would advise on that is, remember it is their hobby as well, and they have lives outside of this hobby. Be patient, especially with COVID still around which does restrict things still, and you will get super supportive people helping you out. Finally regarding your size and do you/don’t you want to switch to Vader. Again, RESEARCH. It’s a good question to ask and perhaps reaching out to other Vader costumers will help with that decision. As I say to all potential new members, “you’ve taken your first step into a larger world”. Enjoy the journey my friend
  14. That makes a lot of sense. Feel like I’m about to as if the sky is blue but just to confirm, Humbrol no. 85 (satin, coral black) is the paint you’re recommending?
  15. Hi all, Just checking in with you all. I’m still in research phase for the helmet build and have been looking at these images HERE of an original ESB helmet. One thing I want to clarify is whether the vocoder should be painted with gloss or matt paint. I’m unsure of this because, for my EI request I had a recommendation to repaint the vocoder in gloss but the images at the above link look matt. It’s possible that I got this feedback based on the fact it was for ANH Hero which maybe the difference in this instance. Nevertheless, if someone can clarify that would be great. Thanks folks, Tim
  16. Apologies, Mathias. My question was around a section in Joseph’s original post (below) so I assumed it wasn’t off topic. I’ll start a new thread in the appropriate area next time if assumed incorrectly 5. "Are there any "perks" to this extra work and cost"? Besides knowing that you have a great looking set of armor, the 501st and FISD believes you should be deservedly recognized for your achievement(s), and allows you to wear the appropriate embroidered "rocker" badge of rank (available for a very minimum cost) on your shirt, helmet bag, etc., as well as rank decals to put on your armor bin.… Thanks for helping me with my question.
  17. Conscious this is an older thread but can you still get the embroidered ‘rocker’ badges?
  18. Welcome, Cordell. Look forward to seeing your build.
  19. Hi Garrett, It will be all systems go at the end of the month, starting with the helmet. My current armour, which was an RS commission, I ordered the helmet first, then decided to get the full suit so this arrived a month or 2 later. There is no difference in the colour to be honest, so I think I should be ok. There won’t be a long period between the helmet and the armour either (finances allowing).
  20. Really good find this, Rich. I posted not long ago with the same issue so I think I’ll give this a go. Is one bottle plenty for the whole belt? Sent from The Empire
  21. Good to meet you Colin and welcome to FISD. Enjoy “taking your first step into a larger world”. Tim Sent from The Empire
  22. Welcome to FISD, Michael. “You’ve taken your first step into a larger world”. look forward to following your progress.
  23. Thanks, Joseph. Good shout on the alternative rotary tools. I’ll take a look.
  24. Hi everyone, Just thought I’d check in with an update. My birthday is August 24 so will be looking to get my helmet around that time (had to order my TRamp first ready for my first troop). In the meantime, I’m just gathering all my tools together needed for the helmet side of the build. I have everything apart from the dremel. Having watched a few videos on helmet builds, I’m thinking I may not need to invest in the dremel at this point. From what I understand I can still do the job with the lexan scissors and craft knives (for cutting the holes in the eyes and frown), then sand down using the needle files and sandpaper. Is that correct? I also like to keep things organized and saw this tool box on Amazon. Looks good for storing all the build tools as well as suitable drawers for things like rivets, screws, snaps etc. what do you think? Are there any better ones for me to consider? https://www.amazon.co.uk/VonHaus-Utility-Organiser-Adjustable-Dividers/dp/B01AC3Y63Q/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=utility+tool+box&qid=1627720394&sprefix=utility+tool&sr=8-3 Thanks, Tim
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