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Ranger Z

501st Stormtrooper[TK]
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    Male
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    Albuquerque

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  • Name
    Wayne
  • 501st ID
    9963
  • 501st Unit
    Dewback Ridge

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  1. I went with helmet #2. It took awhile but I think the stripes are good to go.
  2. Thanks! Yes, both have the correct S-trim. Assuming nobody else spots anything that would be non-Centurion, I will likely use helmet #2.
  3. Thanks! So, now that they are done except for stripes on traps and tears, I'd love some feedback on them. Specifically, I'd like to know if anybody sees any reason why one or the other wouldn't pass for Centurion. Or, if you recommend one over the other for the TK. Thanks! or
  4. But first, there was the really annoying aspect of super long screws that came with the helmets impaling themselves in your head when you try to put on the helmet. Do I replace or cut them down. Tim said cut them down so... Note: Remove screw from helmet first or you risk melting the ABS! and then file a bit Reinstall and much more comfortable. Note: these are the above mentioned scorch marks form removing the rivets.
  5. So a little mineral spirits and a toothpick and I carefully cleaned up the edges. They still have the hand=painted effect but aren't a mess of seepage. and the outsides are done... for now. I will need to pick one for the TK and add stripes in traps and tears. The other one stays plain for sandie.
  6. Tube stripes. yet another moment I was approaching with trepidation. The printed the template from Pandatrooper at the correct height and the used post it glue stick to stick it to wide blue tape. I then cut through the paper template and the masking tape. Remove the paper template, weed out the blue tape stripes and template made. One coat: Second coat: And remove masking tape to reveal... a bit of a mess:
  7. Paint time. Following others build threads, I did the black outline first and then the grey inside the traps and tears. Works well! Half done - reminds me of Two-Face.
  8. Ear caps. The DREADED ear caps. I worked way too hard on these not realizing that once you screw them in, the sit more flush. Oh well. Here some shots along the way but I'm not sure I didn't trim a bit more after these.
  9. I fine-tuned the trimming on the teeth and eyes. Seemed good enough to proceed. A little gaffers tape and some clamps just a small piece of endless hours of trying to get it lined up just right before riveting. Rivets in place - ready to "pop" them. There are no shots of the two times I was not happy with the placement, drilled out the rivets, drilled new holes and tried it again. Note: Drilling out rivets leaves scorch marks inside your helmet. And two helmets riveted and ready for ear caps
  10. ^^^ is my re-introduction. I am grateful for the warm welcome. I have to confess, the helmets are almost done after several weeks work. The next few posts will be some catch up but after that I will keep up as I work. I am making TWO helmets at the same time. One will be for the new TK and one will be for a future TD. I am soon at the juncture where I will need to pick one for TK and add the stripes in the traps and tears. First, I did the trimming:
  11. Thank you all for the welcome back! Work kicked my butt this week but I am uploading some pics so I can start the build thread.
  12. This is actually a re-introduction. I got my first set of TK armor spring 2006. I was fortunate to get a complete FX set on ebay up including Chang boots that fit me. It seemed TK 5550 was getting out of the biz. (Every piece was labeled as such on the inside) I don't know if I got it directly from him or if passed through somebody else to me. After a few adjustments and a prolonged wait, I was approved for the Legion in August 2006. That first set of armor turned out to be the single best purchase of my entire life. I have had an incredible time and love being part of the organization and the people in it. I trooped the hell out of that armor. A couple years later when I heard they were phasing out FX armor, I jumped in and got one of the last sets. I built the kit to match my old set up and strapping but a friend did the helmet at an armor party so I missed out on that part. My original set was converted to a TK Commander. Along my 501st journey I now also am a Biker scout, Dengar, Imperial Crewman, Republic Commando, and lastly shoretrooper. Summer of 2015 I was lucky enough to be in the First Order TK Beta group. With the awesome help of Tasha Ruth and Alicia Treat who assembled her kit a few months earlier, I read build threads on FISD but didn't post much. So I now have three FISD costumes but have almost zero presence on the forums. Up til recently they weren't a very positive experience for many of us. Now... after a few months in the ATA armor queue, I have a box of white plastic again. I have been inspired by Tim Waychoff to check out FISD and have found it to be a better place. So, I wanted to reintroduce myself and my plan for a build thread. It probably won't be anything new or innovative but it is my start to be part of the positive experience I want FISD to be. I want my new armor to be fairly accurate. I was planning to build to Centurion where I could and EIB for the rest. I read the Centurion specs and they are achievable with the new kit. The three challenges I foresee for me going for Centurion are: 1 - Closing the gap between the kidney and ab plates. I am 6'1" and 215 pounds and so it will require adding some abs and making it look seamless 2 - Closing the gap in the calves. I have large calf muscles and have used vinyl to shim the calves in my last two TK kits 3 - Acquiring an acceptable E-11. I currently have three E-11s that won't meet the specs ( 1 modified Hasbro, 1 unmodified Hasbro with resin pieces I can add and a hand carved mostly accurate E-11 that was an anonymous gift (long story for another time)). The additional money for yet another E-11 right now will be a challenge. So... that's my story and I'm off to start a build thread with some catch up pics of the work I've done on the helmets.
  13. I believe the one CRL with menu of options for accessories and combos is best course and that higher levels should be reserved for greater accuracy and not for accessory options.
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