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    Columbus, OH
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    Sci-fi, Broadway shows, computers, church activities

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  1. Requesting 501st access TI/TK-6143 https://www.501st.com/members/displaymemberdetails.php?userID=8655
  2. What do you all think about assembling shins? Do you fully glue the first seam/cover strip? Then you have to flex/stretch it to put it on. That could put extra stress on the join. Or do you use velcro on the front and back seam/cover strip?
  3. I hadn't planned that far ahead yet. I may keep a few pieces for spare parts, and sell off the other bits that aren't cracked.
  4. Hello, I'm Scott.. TK/TI-6143. As the title says, I'm not really new. I'm replacing my old FX kit with AP. When I see the armor worn by newer members, I realized my FX armor looks terrible. And the thighs have cracks, so it's showing it's age. I haven't decided yet if I'm going ANH, ESB, or ROTJ. I just got a big brown box in the mail. I'm looking forward to getting started.
  5. Thanks everyone. I had read that ANH armor was made to fit someone who is 165 pounds. I just weighed myself, and I am almost 180. I really need to stick to my calorie plan to get back down to 165. But since I was a bit over the recommended weight, I was wondering if the armor would still fit.
  6. Hi, I want to replace my FX kit. It has a few cracks. And it just doesn't look as good as some of the newer TKs I see. Plus my bucket is over-sized, and I feel like a bobble head. I have read the list of various armor types. I'm trying to pick the best armor for my body type. I am 5' 9", 175 pounds. My chest measurement is 41", and I wear a size 32 pants (with a little over-hang). I think that ANH derived is a little too small for me, right? I am considering RT and CFO. But I am also looking at RS. I noticed RS comes with 1.5 mm ABS. I hope that the thicker ABS would be more durable. Does anyone know the thickness of RT and CFO?
  7. Hi, I'm looking to replace a few parts. I see the ebay seller secondstarright is selling individual parts. I did a search on the forums for that name already, but didn't find anything. Does anyone know if this seller is OK? Or is his stuff re-casts or inaccurate? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Stormtrooper-Costume-Armor-Front-Chest-/231240890409?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35d707f829 http://www.ebay.com/itm/Stormtrooper-Costume-Armor-Upper-Back-/231240929727?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35d70891bf http://www.ebay.com/itm/Stormtrooper-Costume-Armor-Shoulder-Strap-Set-/231236394043?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35d6c35c3b EDIT I found a link to this seller in another thread. It just didn't have his ebay name listed. I found the droid answer I was looking for. It seems to be FX armor, and is not recommended.
  8. I've been looking around ebay for some spare parts. I need to replace a couple of parts that are cracking or wearing out. And I came across this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/121337716447?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649 First time I've seen fiberglass.
  9. I haven't done much work with my TK lately. I started working on this project again. I added some straps made of 2 inch wide webbing. These straps should carry the weight of the chest/back armor. The white ABS straps will cover the webbing, and shouldn't bear much weight. I have a similar set up with my TIE armor. I have some extra parts and tools that I got from Tandy Leather while I was working on my Jedi belt. So from Tandy I have rivets, rivet setter, and a rivet anvil. You can also buy these parts together in a kit. I also have a hole punch from Tandy. So first I added heavy duty velcro inside the chest and back plates The heavy duty velcro should stick to the webbing but just to be sure, I punched a hole in each corner and drove a rivet into each corner more pictures to follow soon
  10. No, I think he says "Threepio, hand me those binders." So they must be laying out on a table or shelf.
  11. While I haven't worn it for any great length of time, it was comfortable when I tried it on. I was careful when I made the elastic straps so that they were snug, but not too tight. If the elastic wears out? I hadn't thought of that. I'll have to wait and see.
  12. I'm slowly getting my TK armor together. I was at an event not too long ago when I saw a kid high-5 a trooper, and the trooper's hand guard popped right off. I decided then I probably don't want to use Velcro to stick my hand guards to the back of my gloves. So I took some spare ABS and used it to secure double elastic straps. First, I glued very tiny bits of ABS near the inside of the wrist. These bits are about 1” x 1/4”. These just make a level surface to glue the main ABS strips. Then I sewed four straps of elastic to make the loops. Next, I glued and clamped one ABS strip at a time until they were all done. I used a pair of elastic straps on each one. It fits with one strap at the wrist, and one across the palm. I'm hoping this will make them very secure, and unlikely to slide off. I used Plastic Welder. When clamping, I use a quick release grip. I wrapped a layer of standard kitchen plastic wrap around the grips. That way if the glue would stick, I could tear off the plastic, and the hand guard wouldn't be permanently glued to my clamp.
  13. WOW, you're a genius! I had been calling around town to try to find more ABS to shim my armor. Most places here don't stock the 0.060" stuff. They'd have to order it. One place here does have a table of plastic scraps priced by the pound, but no good ABS. Anyway, I already have the perfect can. It's white, 14" X 9" I can split it in half, and trim it down from there. Either that, or paint it like R2-D2.
  14. I play English handbells in the choir at my church. Most choirs wear cotton gloves to keep the oils and sweat in our hands from tarnishing the brass. The black cotton gloves would be great for warm weather trooping. They are very light weight. When wearing these gloves, I still have enough dexterity to turn the pages in my music. The gloves come in plain, or with plastic "gripping" dots in the grip area. I do recommend the dots. When I complete my TK kit, I plan to keep a couple pairs of these in my tub for warm weather. If you live near a music store that sells church/choir music, they may also keep these in stock. Best of all, the cost is $3 - $5. If you don't have a music store near you, you can just Google handbell gloves http://store.handbellservices.com/handbellgloves.html
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