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RT-Mod Rob

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    Please direct RT-Mod questions to : trooper7@shaw.ca

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  1. Greetings from RT-MOD!For the past year and a half, I have been collaborating with Pandatrooper (of Panda Props and Costumes) on the fabrication of RT-MOD armor. Not only has he helped produce armor in his own shop and delivered to my high standards, but he has has helped upgrade many of the molds and bucks to create a more accurate version of the RT-MOD armor. Many elements within the costume have been updated for more accuracy or have been improved in terms of quality, comfort or wearability. Everything is still being fan-made from scratch based on photo references, and scaled up slightly to match the proportions of the current RT-MOD armor.But the time has come for me to officially pass the torch. Going forward, Pandatrooper will be the main contact and fabricator for RT-MOD armor. There will be a new contact email and updates on the latest version of the armor and helmet will be posted soon. As well, there will be some cool upgrades we think you will like! I would like to say I could not have asked for a better, more dedicated individual and have full confidence in Pandatrooper and his skills in carrying the RT-MOD torch. I believe he has a unique skill and dedication that will show in maintaining a high level of quality, care, attention to detail and craftsmanship. Please give him some time for the transition, as well as restocking supplies and also allow him to catch up on some back orders.Keep in mind that RT-MOD has and will be made for fans and hobbyists as time allows. We all have lives and need to take care of that first.From simple beginnings in 2002 to here now in 2019 it has been my pleasure to be able to outfit the bigger trooper candidates with high quality, accurate gear and have enjoyed the fandom and camaraderie of those who partake in the hobby. I want to thank everyone in this community for their support over the years. RT-MOD would not be around without you!
  2. Never in a million years did I think I would see a 'Rocky Horror' refernence in a Stormtrooper forum... The fact that I can sing it word for word, front to back should not be of any concern to members of this forum.
  3. Maybe you or someone you know is interested. Cheers, Rob Spawn Tiffany - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cosplay-Costume-Tiffany-from-Spawn-/321496382362?ssPageName=ADME:L:LCA:US:1123 Alien - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Alien-Costume-/321496366600?ssPageName=ADME:L:LCA:US:1123 Borg - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Borg-Costume-/321496390678?ssPageName=ADME:L:LCA:US:1123 Edward scissorhands - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Alien-Costume-/321496374190?
  4. Thats the email I have on file and no Joy. Thanks for digging around for me though.
  5. Aloha Eric...or whatever it is One says in Boyston. Coventry, Rhode Island
  6. If anyone knows Randy Abramson let him know his gear is ready. I've had no luck stalking him on line. Otherwise someone's Christmas is coming early Rob
  7. Thanks for the nice comments. I am quite pleased with the way it turned out considering the short time frame I gave myself. For those of you trying to find the trooper bits on the above pics: The inner forearms are outer trooper forearms cut down. The hand gurads are ESB hand guards with the front corners trimmed away and an extra high ridge on top. Here is a pic of the 'one time use only' foam and plastic molds I used. Ingredients for Elite Back Armor: 1 Nintendo Controller 1 Dustpan 1 Brass 4x6 picture frame 3 Wood Plugs 1 Plastic Wedge 2 Plastic Business card Holders 4 Rubber Washers 1 Bicycle Seat Frame 1 15x20x6" piece of Rigid foam Insulation Assorted plastic cuttings ...and voila! Here is the back armor. See if you recognize any trooper items on it.
  8. At the request of my 10 year old, who is an avid HALO fan, I took a break from forming Troopers and had a go at an 'Elite Field Marshall' - his fovorite character. Yes, having a Vac-former is a handy item for such endeavours. So here it is: Screen shot reference Finished product Those with a keen eye may see the parts of a Stormtrooper I used on it. Enjoy.
  9. I'm finding the Smooth-On product pretty straight forward. I've been mixing the full package be it the gallon or pints and using a non-aerating drill mixer. It pours nicely into the molds and picks up all the detail. Sands beautifully.
  10. Gentlemen and Ladies, I thought some of you might be interested in my latest endeavor. Well, it seems this last year's rapid rise in requests for suits and gear has taken it's toll on my Hydrocal molds. Poor things never stood a chance with these kinds of heat cycles. Previously, if and when a mold chipped or cracked I could fab a replacement 'toot-sweet' and 'on the cheap' but there comes a point when One must recognize a need for change. So, I have been busy recasting all my molds in Aluminum Epoxy. This will accomplish several things: -The molds will better tolerate repeated heat cycles. -Will be less suseptible to chipping. Will keep sharper detail. -Will be a fair bit lighter and can be repaired somewhat more easily. -Machinable and sandable are always good options as well. The numbers written on the molds represent the number of litres/quarts required to fill the void. The cost of this stuff would make having solid molds cost prohibitive so I opted to go for a foam core wilth a 3/8 shell of Alum/Epoxy around it. First I molded my old molds. Then filled them with expandable foam. Then shaved of the 3/8". Then filled the molds with the Alum/Epoxy, insrerted the foam and let it set. Removed the part, cleaned up the edges and surfaces and, voila, new molds. It has been a bit time consuming, has delayed some folks gear and I'm not finished them all yet but I think the end product will be improved. Some day I will get around to completing my interior kit. I promise Cheers, Rob This is what happens when your kids get a hold of your phone..
  11. Drop me a note and I'll send you replacement boxes (I have some spares) 4pcs, fronts and backs. I hate to see you running around with those 'un-manly' drop boxes.
  12. I was just made aware of this latest hot potato... From my perspective I see the following: - On the surface it appears (to me) the new Centurion Standard seems to...um...'hinder' the more 'rotund' trooper from attempting such. - WRT the molds: There is a limit to how much a mold can be increased. ie. some guys might need just an 1" others 4-5", I use a 2'x2' swing frame table so there comes a point where the mold just cannot be any taller without compromising the plastic quality. - I have, in the past, included an extra Kidney part with the idea that the owner cut off as much extra plastic from each side of the spare as would be needed to close the gap between the Kidney and Ab. Doing this matches the curve and grade of the Kidney with minnimal visual impact. Kinda like a telescoping Kidney extension that can be glued in place so no rivets show. -If 'shims' are to be allowed the language should be as clear as possible. Just sayin' Rob
  13. Truth be known I took the measurements from the Don Post Stormtrooper way, waaay back when I first started. It seemed to be doing the trick but I see now that I must up the belt game (stands up on podium, leans towrds the mic) "Henceforth a new, more accurate belt, with seperate rivet covers, canvas strapping and refined Thermal Detonator, will NOW BE THE STANDARD!!! (applause here. Presidential wave. leave podium)
  14. Gentlemen, It was just a thought I had, a little brain storm, so I made up a quick test part to see if my pea brain concept would actually work. I think it worked quite well...or at leat the way I conceived it. My thought was to have a rear calve seam that was nice and clean...no gap from the Velcro and that would keep the seams nice and flat against each other, was not intrusive to the inside of the armor and was hardy enough to stand a good troop around. As mentioned above if you wanna go replica break out the bra straps . but I lean more to the 'if it was a real thing' how would it look school of thought for my prsonal suit. I still have some variations of the concept I might try. But for now I'm going to take the family camping Cheers, Rob
  15. Yup, Velcro is strong indeed but it does cause the seam to have ever so slight a gap. I was shooting for perfect seam on seam...as if it was glued together.
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