Zaphod[TK] Posted July 23, 2015 Report Share Posted July 23, 2015 (edited) So this will be my first build thread, and my second set of armor. I was very appreciative of all the build threads when I built my ANH Hero TK, and since there aren't too many TFA build threads, I figured the more the merrier. Every little bit of information, all of the mistakes or just things that didn't work out, will help the next person. Thank you to everyone who has shared their TFA builds, I'll be studying them as I write my own. I have progressed to the point where I'm waiting for ABS Paste to harden on the Back/Yoke, Thermal Detonator and Chest Resin cutout, so in the mean time I'll post some my progress to date. Obligatory Brown Box photos Resin Parts Tools *Utility Knife and cut resistant gloves! (Really, I nearly lost a finger cutting the TD on my ANH TK) I used the cut and snap method for the most part. If you prefer to use sheers or snips or a Dremel with cutting wheels, that's fine too. Use whatever makes you comfortable. The first cut is always a little nerve wracking. *Belt Sander If you don't have one of these, borrow buy or rent one. It will save you a ton of time, and those seamless edges will turn out a whole lot better. Thanks Krista (kme1682) for suggesting I get a Belt Sander. *Sandpaper 120 grit and 220 grit. The belt sander came with an 80 grit sanding belt. *Dremel with sanding barrels There will be a lot of sanding *CA Glue (Zap-a-Gap) and Zip Kicker *E-6000 *ABS Paste (tiny pieces of ABS cut from the armor trimmings, baby food jar, acetone) *Popsicle sticks *Bondo glazing putty The First Cut Let's start with the easy stuff Butt and Cod (5B,5C) I have to say, the cut lines are fairly obvious on this kit. (for the most part) The butt and cod are easy to cut. I marked out all the cut lines with pencil. Using a utility knife, (don't forget the cut resistant gloves) I lightly scored close to the cut line. I went back over the score line two more times a little heavier each time, and then the scrap is ready to break away. Then I used the belt sander to sand down to the cut line. I then smoothed the edges with 120 grit sand paper. I used the Dremel with sanding barrel to sand in between the tabs. Hand guards (3E,4E) These were located in the space above the two front shin pieces (3C,4C) Same as before; pencil in the cut lines, score & snap, belt sander, clean up by hand with 120 grit. Tune in next time for Knee Plates and Shoulder Bells -Zaphod Edited October 18, 2019 by Zaphod Replace Broken Photobucket Links 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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