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Using this thread as my template. Many thanks!

Thanks to you and good luck!  Don't forget to follow anything Tony (Ukswrath) does as well, he has some great tutorials and is definitely a little more cleaner and technical then me.  But we did have almost 10 new TKs join last year and they all had AM kits and all did it pretty much this way.  Each one came out fine :)

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I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you. Your thread has been invaluable during my build along with Ukswraths.

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I also have the AM 2.0 kit.

 

Did you notice that the Hovi tips are considerably bigger than the indentation, and they can't sit flat.  This means that there is a big gap behind them.

Do you have the gap between the Hovi and the helmet as well?

 

C2F1CDAC-5CEC-4DF6-997D-DF99E8042451.jpg

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I also have the AM 2.0 kit.

 

Did you notice that the Hovi tips are considerably bigger than the indentation, and they can't sit flat.  This means that there is a big gap behind them.

Do you have the gap between the Hovi and the helmet as well?

 

C2F1CDAC-5CEC-4DF6-997D-DF99E8042451.jpg

 

I don't recall having this problem at all, and besides mine I built I think 6 more over the last year with other members.  The hovi tip went all the way to the plastic and sits flush.

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I installed them last night. You can't see the gap unless you're really really looking for it.

Maybe they changed the mold or something. Thanks.

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Glad to hear my build thread is still helping people!   

 

I never followed up in this thread, I did in fact obtain EIB here:

 

http://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/33314-tk-8869-requesting-anh-stunt-eib-status-am20-537/

 

I just had to swap out my old '06 CA boots for accurate ones and switch to a Hyperfirm as opposed to my modded Hasbro / Doopy Doo hahaha!  

 

Also, worth noting I really should have trimmed the part on the butt where the strap connects, it didn't affect approval or EIB but for more screen accuracy it's meant to be cut off.  Check out the suggestion by Mathias in my EIB submission, right under the first few posts.

 

 

 

I'll add a few videos I made over the years showing some basic "live" action work with the tools.  A few are just random things as our PR guy is making a promotional video and wanted some shots of different armor making things, so there might not be any voice over or explanation hahahaha.  Others are old and some are just fun  :)

 

MAGNETS

Here is a quick one on how to handle rare earth magnets, as some people get them stuck and can't get them apart.  I use spacers and just hold them carefully but others wrap them in tape or fabric to pull them apart.  I've found it's easiest to just slide them, even if the spacer isn't there they will come right off :

 

http://s199.photobucket.com/user/bro117/media/Armor%20Parties/IMG_5354_zpsgcmfftzd.mp4.html?sort=3&o=121

 

 

VACUUM FORMING (trip to WCA to pull clones)

Here are the specific armor building shots, that show and explain how vacuum forming works:

 

http://s199.photobucket.com/albums/aa207/bro117/?action=view&current=100_3549.mp4

http://s199.photobucket.com/albums/aa207/bro117/?action=view&current=100_3550.mp4

http://s199.photobucket.com/albums/aa207/bro117/?action=view&current=100_3551.mp4

http://s199.photobucket.com/albums/aa207/bro117/?action=view&current=100_3552.mp4

http://s199.photobucket.com/albums/aa207/bro117/?action=view&current=100_3566.mp4
 

 

HEAT GUNS

You can use a hair dryer if you have to, it just takes a little longer.  When using a heat gun ALWAYS have on gloves, you can easily burn yourself pretty bad if you get your bare skin under the blower.  Also, MAKE SURE TO HAVE A TEMPLATE for the shape you are making, meaning soften the plastic then push it against something solid in the shape your are aiming for.  Don't just soften it then try to mold it with you hands, lol (laugh but we had a guy try that and ruin his armor).  Metal pots are great but remember the heat gun will also heat up the metal so if you have helpers make sure they have gloves too.  (guy in the video holding my pot is a monster and a mechanic in a military base, his hands are like baseball mitts hahaha.  Don't be like him).  Lastly, remember to move the blower evenly and quickly across the piece, don't leave it in one spot too long or you'll have melt spots.

 

For this one we were making the arch wider on a TIE shoulder

 

http://s199.photobucket.com/user/bro117/media/Armor%20Parties/IMG_7706_zps5diptkvs.mp4.html?sort=3&o=23

 

Here I was making a support shim for a larger guy's shoulder armor (to go under the detail piece) since his old one snapped.  Had to make it curvy again

 

http://s199.photobucket.com/user/bro117/media/Armor%20Parties/IMG_6486_zpssxy52egd.mp4.html?sort=3&o=55

 

 

HOLE CUTTER

Here's our monster Ralph using the drill and hole cutter to make his TIE box

 

http://s199.photobucket.com/user/bro117/media/Armor%20Parties/IMG_5899_zpstwv9ujpj.mp4.html?sort=3&o=93

 

 

MASKING OFF PROPS FOR PAINTING

 

http://s199.photobucket.com/user/bro117/media/Armor%20Parties/IMG_5872_zpselbssvia.mp4.html?sort=3&o=101

 

 

SANDING / BONDO / BELT SANDER

These were for the promotional video, just a clip of putting in work.  30 second shots.  When you actually sand or using bondo always make sure to have on safety equipment...some type of face mask or respirator, gloves and goggles, and do it outside or in a ventilated area.  That stuff is bad for you.  I actually didn't use the clips because after the fact I realized we should show us in the safety equipment so we have to reshoot them hahaha, but you get an idea of the methods.

 

http://s199.photobucket.com/user/bro117/media/Armor%20Parties/IMG_5853_zpspyyzhopt.mp4.html?sort=3&o=102

 

 

USING A DREMEL

 

CUTTING WHEEL

http://vid199.photobucket.com/albums/aa207/bro117/100_3973.mp4

 

SANDING WHEEL

http://vid199.photobucket.com/albums/aa207/bro117/100_5192.mp4

 

http://vid199.photobucket.com/albums/aa207/bro117/100_3979.mp4

 

 

HOW TO ROLLER SKATE IN ARMOR

 

http://vid199.photobucket.com/albums/aa207/bro117/MVI_3189.mp4

 

 

HOW TO NOT BE ABLE TO EAT OR DRINK IN ARMOR (lol, this was way back when I first got it and hadn't really trimmed anything yet.  Also it's the old FX)

 

http://vid199.photobucket.com/albums/aa207/bro117/100_3140.mp4

 

http://vid199.photobucket.com/albums/aa207/bro117/100_3141.mp4

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Great thread! I have an AM kit incoming soon and will be using your thread for reference. I actually registered on NER forums so I can see your more detailed build (if permissions allow for visiting 501st).

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Great thread! I have an AM kit incoming soon and will be using your thread for reference. I actually registered on NER forums so I can see your more detailed build (if permissions allow for visiting 501st).

Awesome, I'll check for your registration and activate you ASAP :)

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This is a great build. Excellent detailed instructions. I know each kit has its own idiosyncrasies but would it be safe for me to use this as a guide to build an AP kit? (Noob here.)

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This is a great build. Excellent detailed instructions. I know each kit has its own idiosyncrasies but would it be safe for me to use this as a guide to build an AP kit? (Noob here.)

 

Definitely many ways to make a TK and a lot of the time it also depends on the kit and/or sizing of the person but thanks, I have been using this method for a while now and have helped a bunch of guys in the NER finish their TKs :)

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Hey Terry, I'd recommend having double snaps on your shoulder straps; they see a lot of load and a single snap could (will) pop while trooping.

 

Looking Good!

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Hey,

 

This is really helpful. I'm getting started, but the mentor that is helping me is hours away from my home. Anyway, when I make the trip to get help, I want to make sure I have all the materials necessary. Do you have a supplies list?

 

Thanks! I'll definitely being using this to help me along the way.

 

M

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12 minutes ago, rumblecheeks said:

Hey,

 

This is really helpful. I'm getting started, but the mentor that is helping me is hours away from my home. Anyway, when I make the trip to get help, I want to make sure I have all the materials necessary. Do you have a supplies list?

 

Thanks! I'll definitely being using this to help me along the way.

 

M

Anytime you need help I have a ton of pictures and knowledge. I got Centurion also so hit me up if you ever need help I followed this thread along my path as well. 

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On 6/30/2018 at 10:53 PM, rumblecheeks said:

Hey,

 

This is really helpful. I'm getting started, but the mentor that is helping me is hours away from my home. Anyway, when I make the trip to get help, I want to make sure I have all the materials necessary. Do you have a supplies list?

 

Thanks! I'll definitely being using this to help me along the way.

 

M

 

Sorry I just saw this, for some reason I wasn't getting notifications when things were posted here and I've been busy this summer catching up on a lot of things!

 

I had an initial supply list in the beginning, if you still need something specific let me know I'll try and put it together :)

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