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  1. Any chance of getting this updated moving the pics to imgur or the like? Stupid Photobucket ruining great tutorials.
  2. Since the Photobucket change in July, I haven’t updated this. Worse, PB has stolen most of my pictures. I’ll have to take some new pics,if I can remember what the pics were, and update the posts. I also need to finish this eventually. Now that winter is here, I hope to do this sooner than later. Damn you Photobucket.
  3. Thanks Paul. That is a CFO helmet I think, though I'm sure it's a crap recast. I got it from a Garrison member who got it off Craigslist from a guy who likely got it from makerofthings on eBay. Made the best of it. The small of the back suggestion is great. I'll have to take a look at some references. When you spend all your time working to get the front looking correct, other stuff gets neglected. Hmmm. There was a reason I needed to mount the biceps/shoulders in that configuration, but I can't remember it now. I'll have to experiment. I wish I could lower the ab plate. I'll see what I can do, but it's strapped, hard, in place there to preserve the relation to the chest piece. Otherwise when I raise and lower the chest piece, like raising my arms to put on the helmet, it ends up going behind the ab plate. I'll see if I can find a centimeter or two there. Is this thread going to be a record for longest active build thread withou being approved? . Lol. 8 years and counting. Thanks for the help!
  4. Am I the first to move the Rubies knee ammo belt? Hmm. After I get my TD worked up, I think I'll be ready to submit. Let me know if that's the case or if you see something I should change. So today I cut the holes and riveted the knee ammo belt in place. I love the look of it. I know others have flipped the belt, as I had, but I hadn't seen anyone actually move the ammo belt to the correct spot. Next I addressed the greaves and their tendency to show too much black at the knees. I put Velcro on the inside of the greaves then sewed Velcro onto the suit pants. Stand alone greaves. It's really nice not having them sliding down. Finally a quick lower half suit up to finish. So there it is. TD. Helmet electronics, and finish the E-11 a little better and I'm done. The suit fits really nice, is easy to move around in, and I can put it on and take it off by myself pretty quickly. Thanks for looking. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Thanks for the help! Honestly, that's as far up as it'll go. The ab piece on the rubies just isn't that tall. I have to strap it in place so that the chest doesn't go too high and flip over and end up behind the ab plate. More work today. Some new snaps in place to cut down the black area in the groin and moving up my shins with Velcro on the legs of my suit to keep it in place. This is about as good as it's going to get with this suit. Pics from today's suit up. How's that for submittal? What shots do I need? I'll shoot them outside in the sun, but it was 25 degrees today. Ish. The right shin I have to bring up too high to cut down on knee black. So I decided to put the knee ammo belt in the correct spot and that will allow me to move the shin down a little. I took out the rivets that I put in recently. That left me with 4 holes. None of them in a spot for reuse when I rivet in place correctly. I was worried about filling the holes then color matching. Then I thought, "Why not just plug the holes with plastic from the suit?" Color match solved. I cut away a section that nobody will ever see: I backed the holes with some plastic glued in place. Then I cut the piece I stole from the shin into small squares and used my dremel to grind out small circles which I plugged into the holes and glued in place. The holes are plugged. I may take some acetone to smooth the edges a bit, but they aren't really noticeable at 6 feet. Tomorrow I'm hoping to rivet the ammo belt in the correct place and then I'll basically be done with all my wearability mods. I can put the entire suit on by myself, no help, in about 5 minutes. I can take it off in less than 3. Then I'll work up some helmet electronics and finish my pipe built ROTJ E-11. Always more to do. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. And your TK number will be 5 digits. 4 and 3 digit numbers were taken long ago.
  7. So I spent today adding longer elastic to my stirrups and new thumb loops for my one piece. It's nearly comfortable now. I decided to get dressed up... Here's my first effort after doing all the padding yesterday. I didn't like how much black is showing around the groin area. This is because of the padding in the thighs. My thighs barely fit, so I tore out all the padding and adjusted the strap system to bring them up. Here it is after raising the thighs up much higher. It looks much better IMO. Unfortunately there are large gaps at the knees. I spent most of yesterday trying to figure out a way to keep the shins higher with different padding etc. it seems nothing has worked. How should I pad that out so they don't fall down so far? It's also obvious due to my height, 6'5", there is going to be some black showing. The pieces just aren't big enough. I COULD lower the entire armor a bit, but then more black will be around my neck. Is that preferable to around the knees? If I could just get the shins to stay in place. Where the sniper plate actually covers my knee, I'd be in business. Lastly, besides painting the soles on the boots white, is there anything there that will keep me from basic approval at this point? If so, let me know. I think putting the knee ammo belt in the correct place will help cover some of the black on that knee. Let me know how to keep the shins up higher. Thanks! Always more to do. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I was going to go to Walmart tomorrow to pick up some compression gear, but I'm too worried about the sides. Then I remembered that since I started this build, I've become somewhat competent with a sewing machine. So I'm going to try to mod my current suit first. I've been trying to wrap my head around moving the knee ammo band. The moving isn't the hard part, it's filling the holes left behind and somewhat color-matching it. I think I'm going to do it. If worse comes to worst, I'll just have a few holes. Though I should point out, Toddo got EIB with his Rubie's suit and only flipped the knee ammo. I guess I don't understand the EIB requirements if one is allowed to leave something in the wrong place. Basic approval, yes, of course. One should just have a quality costume that makes him look like a TK. But higher standards should be more nit-picky. I spent today just putting padding in in spots. I also got my Stelmax in. O-M-G does that stuff work. Gluing down elastic, what takes E6000 24 hours to do, Stelmax does in about 5 minutes. More to do.
  9. ESB MK2 was white Velcro and not riveted. Some pics from one of the suits on display looks to be snaps underneath with what seems like no rivet on top. BUT, is there any guarantee that suit is anything more than a tour suit? Same molds, I'm sure, but probably setup differently than screen used suits.
  10. You look great!<br><br> Just need to glue some abs into the backs of the drop boxes and paint the soles white and I'd think you'd be well on your way to EIB and Centurion.<br><br> Well done.
  11. Thanks for the reply. I don't know if I want to move it. It's such a big hole. And as you mention, color matching to the armor when it needs to be painted will be tough. Will most likely have to go Endor and dirty up most everything. Also, what are most ROTJ using for undersuits? I've gone with a one-piece suit due to significant gapping on both sides of the armor. With a "shirt/pants" UA setup, I'd be scared the shirt might ride up and expose skin in those gaps. Is that actually a concern or not? Is there a preferred vendor for a 1-piece suit now? Mine is way too tight and uncomfortable. I'd love to go with "shirt/pants" UA heatgear, I just don't know if I should with the side gaps. Thanks!
  12. You're getting there Greg! Nice build. How long did you make your thermal detonator, end to end, and what pipe did you use? Thanks.
  13. I got a little bit more work done on this. I flipped the knee ammo belt and replaced with rivets and painted the rivets white. I also riveted on the shoulder straps and painted the rivets white. Always more to do, but I am inching closer and closer to the finish line, submittal, and possible EIB. Question, if anyone actually reads this.... Knee ammo belt rivets are supposed to be in the upper left on each side. Any idea on how to fill the previous, incorrect, rivet hole and rivet correctly? I could back the hole with something, fill it with bondo, then repaint the entire ammo belt but I don't know if the bondo will stay, and I'm not sure how close a color match I could get. I suppose I could go that route, paint it close, then just dirty everything up and go Endor trooper weathering on everything.
  14. It seems my question from 2015 didn't get any answers. Shortly after posting that I bought a ROTJ helmet kit off a garrison member who went a different direction. Then I didn't have time to work on it until this week. Which is two years plus after my last post. So, not knowing if my modded MRCE will still get the OK for 501st, I got that kit and put it together. Brow trim and neck trim by Vaderpainter off of ebay. Bubble lenses I used a welder's shield and my heat gun. Decals are by TK-4510/Trooperbay. Aerator's are Stomper's with speakers. Some pics.... Next to my ROTJ modded MRCE. (aerators gone, in the new helmet) Next to my son's ANH I did for him a year ago. Finally next to a Rubies. (no lenses) I hope to finish modding my Rubie's armor soon and submit. Always more to do. My new ROTJ helmet should be good enough for 501st submission I'm thinking. Let me know if you see anything amiss. Thanks for looking.
  15. This is surprising to me. I would have thought we could at least agree that the photos in the costume book should be used as a reference. Every photo shows rivets. But if we need a screen cap, I guess I'll try and frame by frame it when I get time. <br><br> I agree about the TD's. The vast majority on Endor had them. Only the few that didn't were guys who were going to end up on their backs. <br><br> When they knew they weren't filming a fight sequence, on Death Star, with Vader and Luke, every TK had a TD and holster.
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