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  1. Thanks so much for the clarification. I was still a little lost on the meaning of the "fall of the tube stripes" considering the decals that came with Dave's AM kit are symmetrical. There's been at least a couple of times that the wording of the CRLs has tripped me up, and I don't think I'm the only one. I also recall "Frown is painted gray and does not leave the teeth area. A total of 8 cut outs in the teeth area of the frown are present." confused me, as I thought "does not leave the teeth area" referred to the 8 holes being cut out and not that the paint shouldn't extend beyond the teeth
  2. So I figured it was way past time to do an update. I know it's been a while. To be truthful, I work in IT and most days the last thing I want to do is sit down at a computer posting on forums about my kit as opposed to just working on it. Shortly after I began cutting, trimming, and dremeling, I had to relocate my work area to my under-construction bar room where the plastic mess that was beginning to accumulate would blend in with the sawdust. But regardless I have been hard at work nibbling away return edges, mating pairs of parts, sizing them up, and cover stripping them together. I'm
  3. Thanks guys. I picked up a couple tubes of e6000 already and some clamps and magnets, though I may end up needing more.
  4. @TKSpartan Thanks for your input! Yeah I'm not quite finished with the paint, so I plan on touching up some of the lines. I'm not entirely sure how clean they need to be, as "hand painted" implies a lack of perfection to me, so I suppose it's a thin line, pardon the pun. Shucks on the tube stripes, though. As I read the CRL it said they are ideally a pencil width from the cheek and fall towards the front if I'm understanding that correctly. I actually used a pencil at the rear as a spacer but maybe my fall was too aggressive (or I'm misunderstanding the wording of the CRL). I'
  5. I still have some painting and touchups to do, but while I wait on ear paints to dry, anyone care to let me know how the helmet is looking so far? I don't know if I'm satisfied with the mouth and vocoder, but freehand painting is NOT one of my strong suits. I tried to get the ear gaps as minimal as possible, but there's still a little present: Interior:
  6. So I drove to a Michaels a town over and found semi-gloss #1139, so I'm back in business!
  7. After a trip to Hobby Lobby for some paints and accessories, I have questions! I have picked up the following paints: Testors Model Masters French Blue Testors #1147 gloss black (the 1/4oz bottle of #1747) Testors #1138 gloss gray Testors #1145 gloss white I've read some varying discussion whether or not to use gloss or semi-gloss black for the vocoder, outlines, etc. They were out of #1139 semi-gloss black, so is it acceptable to go ahead and use #1147 gloss, or should I wait until I can get ahold of some #1139? Also, as many of you pro
  8. The Scout (TB) is an old project that was never really built with the intentions of joining the 501st, so it's not currently approvable. Maybe someday, but for now I intend to put all my effort into building my OT TK to L3 out of the box. Just spreading things out, taking inventory of parts, and mentally trying to absorb the whole thing. Of course I couldn't help but jump right to playing around with the helmet. Isn't that like an unspoken rule?
  9. Well folks, looks like it's finally BBB day!
  10. Thank you everyone for the warm welcome, and I very much appreciate all the links and the wealth of information available here! I have actually been lurking this forum off and on for literally years waiting until I can start a build of my own. @MaskedVengeance I too am in northwest GA. I sent you a PM. I'll start a build thread as soon as the BBB's arrive!
  11. Hello everyone. Just chiming in to say hello as a new member. I've ordered an AM 4.5 kit from Dave's Darkside Depot and am impatiently awaiting to BBB day! In the meantime I'm doing as much research as possible to hopefully complete a Centurion level build from the start rather than doing corrections later. I'll be submitting approval from the 501st Georgia Garrison. Looking forward to beginning my build!
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