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JTninja

501st Stormtrooper[TK]
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  1. So to make the TD fit inside the slots, I had to make some modifications Now it fits in the slots, though its going to require quite a bit of filling. And then theres the yoke. BSP did not make a return edge along the inside. To solve this, I left about a half inch during trimming, with the idea of bending the excess trim to create a return edge. So with a hairdryer, a small set of pliers, and a lot of patience, I've got a substitute return edge. It will be reinforced on the inside, and smoothed on the outside
  2. ABS paste will be used later, hopefully to cover up bondo in the seams. Torso work tonight, doing test fitting Trimmed. Looking at possibly cutting further down for the neckline, so I traced a possible cut. Back of the Thermal Detonator to be matched with the rails which....doesn't fit. Looks like I'll modify the inside rails. The middle piece, which joins the yoke and back plate. Trim lines get a bit faint here Applying pressure to line up fitment with the yoke, which is pretty good. Seam will need to be filled., with reinforcement underneath. And then lining up the back piece. Not sure if it should be place all the forward to the edge, or it its slightly away from the edge, as shown.
  3. First up, a forearm! I start by doing a quite, rough trim about 1 inch away from the main cut line. I use a sharpie to mark my initial cut lines Then using smaller scissors, I cut to the trim line. 90% of the Forearm pulls are very sharp, with the trim lines very clear. In a few spots though, I could only fine the line in direct light, using the glossy reflection of the ABS to fine the line, and trace with a pencil. And then some tape to check the fitment. Looks pretty sharp Okay, about 1/3 trimmed! Finished the night with the calves
  4. Now that the armor is finally here, its time to start the long awaited build! Main info: Armor - Back Stage Props Helmet - Anovos (The Last Jedi) Gaskets - GeekyPink Gloves - Endor Props Boots - Imperial Boots Belt - JAFO Volunteered to help sort the 16 kits arrived from BSP, which arrived Friday. It took 4 hours for us to get them properly sorted after inventory. Unfortunetly, there were some missing items in the shipment, such as 6 of the 7 AB boxes, a few belt boxes, and our Riot Shields. However, enough parts have arrived to start the build. Here's 7 kits sorted for pickup
  5. 16 kits showed up today in 5 massive boxes, and few of us got together to sort them out. Pulls looks good, plenty of detail. They all had to be separated for inspection and inventory (sadly no parts list from BSP). We got 16 of everything that arrived, but it seems most AB boxes and some belt boxes were not shipped. Also missing were the promised riot shields. We're reaching out to BSP to see if we can get those shipped out quickly..
  6. To be fair, BSP was supposed to deliver their kits in June 2018, and have gone through significant delays with poor communication. Glad they're finally going out, looking forward to mine!
  7. As I read it, it ships out in 1-2 business days, but takes 6-9 days for delivery (ground). I also pulled the trigger. When it doubt, double down, right?
  8. Its a intense race between my BSP kit that was supposed to be delivered in June 2018 and my Anovos kit!
  9. I saw that somebody was able to order the Anovos TLJ bucket at GE for a bit over $400, and got it shipped in a few weeks. Are they still being sold with fast shipping at GE, or just armor?
  10. An Andre from another facebook group also received their kit w/ white pauldron, so it sounds like small waves go out. Perhaps when they get a large shipment, 3/4 goes to Disneyland, with 1/4 going to preorder fulfillment?
  11. Hello all, When I received my kit last year, it came with the belt fixed to the front of the AB plate with rivets. I would like to know if this is okay for EIB and Centurion. My previous kit had snaps holding the belt to the front of the suit, but could occasionally get knocked off, so I haven't bothered to try to replace the rivets. I haven't found anything in the CRL about the belt having to be removable. Ive tried searching but haven't found an answer. For the picture of the belt and holster, can it be taken still on the AB, as long as you can clearly see the holster mounting screws? Thanks all
  12. This is a warning for those looking to purchase from Diversity Props. There are numerous people in a kit collectors group on facebook reporting of unanswered communication attempts with Diversity Props. Some are saying Wayne has gone out of business, some get the "its almost done" bit and then nothing more, and a few having difficulties getting a refund, having to go through paypal by filing a claim. If you currently have a kit on order, I recommend attempting to contact him to get a firm update on your kits status. If you are thinking of purchasing a kit from them, make sure you have solid communication with them before attempting to purchase, and when using paypal, make sure that there is a fee for good and services, in the event you may need a refund. There may be a reason why Wayne is unavailable right now, and hopefully that is rectified quickly. Please note, this is not an attempt to slander Wayne or Diversity Props, but merely a warning to those who are financially involved and may be at risk. I hope that whatever is going on gets fixed asap, so I can delete this post, and the membership can continue to have a trusted armor supplier.
  13. So it sounds like on Thursday, Anovos sent out shipping invoices to the next batch of orders. 4 people in the facebook group announced they had received theirs. What was interesting is that one of them ordered their kit Oct 3rd of '16 (without helmet), while there are still many from March-September (with helmet) that haven't received invoices yet. Last month, Anovos was okay with shipping most of the kit, minus the helmet and soft parts. Perhaps they have helmets arriving soon, and decided to get out a few non helmet orders (though ordered later?). Or whats probably more likely, Anovos doesn't care and are shipping out of order. Oh, and shipping to Florida was $90. I think Anovos ships from Los Angeles?
  14. I think the most affordable maker is 850, kits instock at $350 (no helmet, might have white ABS in stock, mostly black ABS). Legit makers of FOTK (that I know of) ANOvos - coming from China/USA, white ABS with resin bits, available on the 3rd day of each leap year Back Stage Props (BSP) - white ABS armor, resin helmet?, to be released in the coming months (just beginning test pulls) Diversity Props - available from Europe, TLJ, ABS armor, resin helmet? Lots of reports of poor communication, refund issues Jimmiroquai - available from Indonesia?, flexible fiberglass, resin helmet?, both TFA and TLJ KB Props - available from USA, black/white ABS, resin helmet, TFA, not sure if TLJ yet 850 Armor works - available from USA?, both white and black ABS, resin helmet?, TFA Recast FN Armor - white ABS, absolutely horrible
  15. Some want the only officially licensed armor. Maybe they enjoyed their ANH kits, and want to support the maker. The kits were also advertised that they could be assembled without painting. Others saw $600 FOTK kit in ABS as a good deal. Plenty of reasons to go with Anovos, just as there are plenty of reasons to go with others, like Jimmi or KB or Diversity.
  16. I think Anovos said previously that the because of all the delays, kits will ship trimmed as a thanks for sticking with them They did say they would start shipping by the end of March, they just didn't say how many
  17. Sweet! I was just thinking about contacting them to see if an upgrade to the TLJ helmets would be possible. The final line "helmet ships separately from main kit" is a worry though...
  18. Chinese New Year usually hits manufacturing a bit hard. Thousands of companies shut down for 1-2 weeks, then flood the shipping market in an attempt to make up for lost time. We just had parts arrive this week at work that failed our Quality Control process, so we'll have to wait until mid March to get those parts remade and shipped.
  19. Not entirely sure, but I think its one of the older Jimmi kits. His newer ones are supposed to be quite a bit lighter in weight...
  20. Glad you're doing a TK Aaron. 17 Vaders is a lot for us, so more TKs are always welcome!
  21. Not without work. It sounds like we're planning to remove them and replace with metal holsters. Hard to tell without handling, but the pulls look sharp.
  22. Once your registration is approved, you should be able to see this link http://www.garrisontitan.com/theboard/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=9358
  23. Welcome Chris! If you in WA state, your local garrison is Garrison Titan. While you are unable to officially join the garrison without a costume, you can still become involved with the garrison until you're ready to join with your costume. You can come out to our monthly meet-and-greet, which is at Round Table Pizza in Renton. If you're unable to make it to a meet and greet, you can still come out to events we're at as a spotter. Spotters are invaluable and key to a successful troop, and you don't have to be a member to be one of our spotters. It will get you an up close look at not only the costumes you want to build, but also the process of putting it on, moving in it, and interacting with the crowds. Any questions you have about certain parts can be viewed and answered in person. ATA is a fantastic kit, it was my first kit and I loved it. It assembles nearly identical to most other kits, so as the others have mentioned, check out build threads on this forum, preferable ones that are sticky'd to the top, as they're great builds and full of info and photos. What I also like to do is check out the subforum where members apply for Level 2 and Level 3 TKs, Expert Infantrymen and Centurion. You see their submission photos showing kits of the highest quality, as well as specific comments on where to improve a part if it doesn't meet the standards.
  24. Hi Dave, glad you made it over here. Great to hear you're looking at getting some armor. We already have several members in our Garrison that are similar in size to you running different kits, lots of good stuff out there and very much doable. The main thing is to take your time, and when in doubt, ask questions. We're all here to help you. Hope to see you at April's meet and greet!
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