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HOWTO: ukswrath's FO TK (Trooperbay) Pauldron assembly with multiple rank colors

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In this thread I'll be assembling the Trooperbay FO TK pauldron.


I'll be installing a magnetic base, multi color magnetic vinyl sheets to represent the three colors used in the movie, foam to protect the armor from scratching and elastic to secure it to the armor.




Exacto knife


Steel straight ruler

400 grit wet & dry sand paper or 3M scotchbrite painters scouring pad



Pauldron - http://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/34314-tfa-shoulder-pauldrons/

Vinyl Magnetic Sheet (1' x 2') - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000PSL68C?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00

Earth magnets 1/2" x 1/16" - http://www.ebay.com/itm/291593103868?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&var=590635446239&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

Elastic - black, 1/16" x 2', rope style - http://www.amazon.com/Dritz-9342B-Round-Elastic-16-Inch/dp/B002XNQOV6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1453692574&sr=8-1&keywords=Dritz+9342B+Round+Cord+Elastic%2C+Black%2C+1%2F16-Inch

Neoprene foam pading 1/4" with adhesive - http://www.ebay.com/itm/CLOSED-CELL-SPONGE-RUBBER-NEOPRENE-EPDM-BLEND1-4THKX53-WIDEX12-ADHESIVE-1-SIDE-/262245444526?hash=item3d0f0bebae:g:vH4AAOSw9N1VnnGA 

Industrial Strength velcro, black 1" square 

Painters tape



Red spray paint - Rust-Oleum #249082 - http://www.homedepot.com/p/Rust-Oleum-Painter-s-Touch-2X-12-oz-Satin-Colonial-Red-General-Purpose-Spray-Paint-249082/100670410 

Satin Black spray paint - Rust-Oleum #265545 - http://www.homedepot...65545/203188794

Grey Primer spray paint - Rust-Oleum #2081830 - http://www.homedepot...81830/100169179


PPE (Personal Protective Equipment): I can't stress enough how important it is to wear PPE, especially when working with some of the tools listed above. Wear it!

Safety glasses - Hardware store

Cut resistant gloves - Hardware store

1/2 Respirator. Sanding releases small carcinogens into the air. Protect your lungs. - Hardware store or http://www.amazon.co...ailpage_o05_s00


Trooperbay FO TK Paudron



1. Using 400 grit wet or dry sand paper remove the gloss from the plastic and prepare for primer, top portion only.





2. Primer spray paint top portion only. 2 to 3 coats.



3. Sand primer with 400 grit. Be careful not to sand through primer.
4. Paint pauldron black.
If all you want is a black pauldron skip to the "lower assembly" section. If you want the ability to use multiple colors continue on.
When I first painted my pauldron I wanted a red one representing the FO Squad Leader. Afterwards I decided I wanted other color options. 
Here it is panted red. Process: Tape off 1/4" around the edge and paint.
5. Installing magnets to secure magnetic vinyl sheet. Note: The magnets will secure the vinyl sheet firmly against the plastic however, if bumped hard enough it may shift.
Evenly space and glue magnets to underside of pauldron like so. Use painters tape to prevent the magnets from sliding towards each other during the drying process. I used a sharpie to first determine the location of each magnet to be glued.
Lower assembly
6. Installing foam and elastic (upper and lower mounting) to secure it to your armor. Trace out and cut a foam section.
Test fit
6. Install lower mounting elastic rope as illustrated. Punch two holes in the foam in the following locations. Feed elastic through and tie together at the back (sticky) side of the foam.
7. Install main foam section with lower elastic mounting strap.
8. Install the upper mounting elastic as follows. I used separate pieces of foam in the next couple sections to secure the upper mounting elastic. Easier to access in case of repair.
Feed elastic through the thinner of the two sections. This one resides at the back of the armor. Tie a knot in one end of the elastic and apply E6000 to help secure it.
9. On the opposite side install a 1" square section of hook sided velcro in the middle of the exposed area. 
10. Place foam around the remaining portion leaving the velcro exposed.
11. Feed the opposite end of the elastic through the loop side of velcro. Test fit.
Foam and mounting finished
12. Draw out and cut two sections from the vinyl magnet sheet to cover upper section of pauldron leaving 1/4" of pauldron exposed.
Cut two sections. The material already comes white which leaves me one to color black.
13. Using 400grit wet or dry sand paper scuff up the white surface and prepare for paint. I will not be priming but instead I'll be using paint with primer.
Before, glossy
After sanding
After painting
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Amazed again!



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Pardon my ignorance but how do you wear it?  I do get the elastic securing the pauldron at the neck area but where does the larger loop go?  Does your arm go through the loop?  Or just the shoulder armor?  

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The only advice I has would be to move the larger loop away from the neck side about 1-2". I wants to tug on the neck side a bit. It doesn't look bad though because it actually makes the pauldron look longer than it is, which is too short according to some estimates. 


Here's a troop I did last weekend. 



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Looking through your post Tony. Looks awesome!


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Looking through your post Tony. Looks awesome!


Yup I'm a lurking around here.



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Hey my friend, good to see your lurking. Hope you're doing well

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Nice job, cannot seem to find these listed on trooperbays website.<br>

Been waiting on imperial gaskets for awhile now. To get my hands on set of there gaskets and pauldron.

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