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Yeah i have the same problem (bizeps rubbing chest) but when you look at official photos and some tk submissions you will see that most if not all of them are standing with the arms every so slightly bend ;)

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Would you be cool enough to talk about some of the other items, gloves, undersuit, etc... Did you get the soft pouches/belt material? You mentioned "trooperbay belt" Have a link? 

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Would you be cool enough to talk about some of the other items, gloves, undersuit, etc... Did you get the soft pouches/belt material? You mentioned "trooperbay belt" Have a link? 

I think I'm cool enough  B)

 

The undersuit was bought on extreme racing's webpage.  http://www.extremeracing.co.uk/http-//www-extremeracing-co-uk/Costume-Body-Suits/Stormtrooper-Costume-Body-Suit/prod-10-html/prod_10.html

Apparently, these were the same ones used onscreen.  I probably wont end up using it though, because in all honesty..... it's flippin HOT!  now i know why Finn was always sweaty in his stormtrooper shots.

 

Gloves and boots are from http://www.imperialboots.com and i cant speak highly enough of them.  Francois, who runs the company is excellent when it comes to customer service.  TOP NOTCH!

 

http://www.trooperbay.com for all your stormtrooping needs  :P   I got the belt and decals from here.  very pleased with the material. and the decals fit perfectly so far (minus the top forearm stripe which i'll end up painting).  I believe these guys sell the pouches as well.

 

My pouches are from MTK.  they are great!  link  http://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/34805-for-sale-tfa-pouches/#entry453833

 

Gaskets:  now i originally bought Jim's Gaskets and liked how they looked.  However, they are very baggy and need to be altered IMO to fit under the armor better without bunching up.  I just purchased some latex/rubber gaskets from imperial gaskets.  I was able to get them right away, because, Wyatt, the owner, had a pair of factory seconds laying around.  normally you have to be on a wait list, even for those! (i guess i just got lucky)  He also makes fabric ones which are the best gaskets out there right now!  I'm currently #70 on the waitlist and was #95 in February for the fabric gaskets (just to give you an idea of how backed up they are).  Apparently, the anovos provided gaskets were really crappy and now Wyatt is making gaskets for pretty much everybody who has a FO kit now.

Here is the link to Imperial Gaskets - http://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/31019-imperial-gaskets-more-upgrades/

 

Or if you are really good with a sewing machine, you can make your own!  http://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/34099-tfa-fabric-gaskets-how-to/

 

Hope this helps!

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FYI.....MTK is also Trooperbay

 

 

Albert Sanchez

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Got some more painting done!

 

The back piece was kind of a pain to paint, being that its so large and awkward to prop up while spraying.  I used some polish after the paint cured to try and bring the shine out a bit more, but in the end, it just made it worse.  Eventually down the line, this will get another coat of white.  For now it's totally "troopable" and will pass approval no problem:

 

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You can see the pinhole i missed if you look closely.  The black circle is one of the decals from trooperbay

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Thighs came out real nice!  Shiny legs!!   B)

 

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Be sure to tape off the area where the clips/greeblies will be glued!!  you can probably see the strip of painters tape on mine.  Better adhesion for the clips in the long run!!

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I've noticed the biceps rub against the chest plate (a lot) and it's hard to keep my arms straight at my sides. Hopefully this will get better with everything strapped in place.

 

Also, I need to connect the chest to the back piece (under my armpit) somehow. I'm thinking a shim underneath with velcro. I've seen a girl with the phasma armor just glue the chest and the back permanently together... but she must've had a tiny head or something. Right now my chest plate is staying on with a combination of magnets and velcro. I still need something more to secure it. My big issue is having the bottom of the shoulders slide out from behind the chest piece. Lots of brainstorming to do over the next week. I'll keep you guys posted. Also... I gotta work on gaskets, cuz if you get Jim's, they are very baggy/loose right out of the box and need to be altered.

 

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I was thinking about using snaps for the back plate and chest plate to keep them in place

 

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FYI.....MTK is also Trooperbay

 

 

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Gotcha.  i just found them on the First Order Resource Guide.  didn't make the connection  :huh:

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Ok, there's a lot going on in this picture....

 

The tape over the chest vent and pill holes is gaffers tape.

The snap plate in the center connects to a nylon strap running in between the shoulder pieces

Which brings me to the neodymium magnets AKA rare earth magnets.  there's 2 on each side CA glued in place (each magnet is 18mm X 3mm).  The other 'receiving' magnets are on the inside of the shoulder pieces.  just to be clear:  They are touching my chest.  If i had them on the outside of the shoulder pieces, there'd be a big gap between chest plate and shoulders/yolk.

The white Velcro above the magnets is just an added precaution.

The Black velcro on the right and left sides has a 2" wide black elastic strap connecting to the the back piece.

The magnets on Top (closest to my neck) serve no purpose right now.  (i'll explain later)

 

This setup works well for me.  Between the magnets and velcro, this puppy isn't goin anywhere.  and it keeps the yolk pieces right where i want them so they dont pop out the side of the chest plate.

 

 

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Just love those shiny close-ups!

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I think I'm cool enough  B)

 

The undersuit was bought on extreme racing's webpage.  http://www.extremeracing.co.uk/http-//www-extremeracing-co-uk/Costume-Body-Suits/Stormtrooper-Costume-Body-Suit/prod-10-html/prod_10.html

Apparently, these were the same ones used onscreen.  I probably wont end up using it though, because in all honesty..... it's flippin HOT!  now i know why Finn was always sweaty in his stormtrooper shots.

 

Gloves and boots are from http://www.imperialboots.com and i cant speak highly enough of them.  Francois, who runs the company is excellent when it comes to customer service.  TOP NOTCH!

 

http://www.trooperbay.com for all your stormtrooping needs  :P   I got the belt and decals from here.  very pleased with the material. and the decals fit perfectly so far (minus the top forearm stripe which i'll end up painting).  I believe these guys sell the pouches as well.

 

My pouches are from MTK.  they are great!  link  http://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/34805-for-sale-tfa-pouches/#entry453833

 

Gaskets:  now i originally bought Jim's Gaskets and liked how they looked.  However, they are very baggy and need to be altered IMO to fit under the armor better without bunching up.  I just purchased some latex/rubber gaskets from imperial gaskets.  I was able to get them right away, because, Wyatt, the owner, had a pair of factory seconds laying around.  normally you have to be on a wait list, even for those! (i guess i just got lucky)  He also makes fabric ones which are the best gaskets out there right now!  I'm currently #70 on the waitlist and was #95 in February for the fabric gaskets (just to give you an idea of how backed up they are).  Apparently, the anovos provided gaskets were really crappy and now Wyatt is making gaskets for pretty much everybody who has a FO kit now.

Here is the link to Imperial Gaskets - http://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/31019-imperial-gaskets-more-upgrades/

 

Or if you are really good with a sewing machine, you can make your own!  http://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/34099-tfa-fabric-gaskets-how-to/

 

Hope this helps!

Yeah! Thank you for your thoughts. I've been going through build threads reading and watching individuals work. I'm on Jim's wait list for armor, and I just put in an order for the ANOVOS FO helmet. 

 

More or less, I was fishing for opinions because the guide has links and some folks on that thread have commented on the items but I was after one person's take on it and what they ended up going with. 

 

I had no idea about trooper bay. Although, I did notice after the fact that Jim's decals are listed there.  I hate to copy-cat somebody but i'm trying to get an idea of what people have tried and liked. 

 

So again, thanks. I am very likely to bug you with more questions in the future. Right now I'm in "collection" mode. 

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Thighs are all done!  and i love how they turned out!!  The clips and holster are not Jim's.  I've been getting a lot of PM's asking where I got them.  After checking with my buddy to see if he was cool with me posting his personal FB page on here, he gave me the green light.  So, here you go!  Just shoot him a PM  http://www.facebook.com/kingleezard?fref=ts

 

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So again, thanks. I am very likely to bug you with more questions in the future. Right now I'm in "collection" mode.

Hey Josh ... Feel free to PM me if you have any questions about the belt. Happy to share more info, pics and trooper feedback.

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Heston's F11-D came in the mail today!!!  I ordered this on February 5th, so I've been waiting awhile for it.

I got the removable stock option for $214 

 

http://www.h3dsolutions.com/shop/ep-vii-st-blaster-swappable-stockend-cap-version

 

Since i've been waiting so long for this blaster, my hopes were built up high on the quality of it.  There have been plenty of reviews on FISD about how great it is.  So i will go over the pros and cons, now that it's in my hands:

 

Pros:

 

  • Ridiculously light-weight - this blaster is 100% 3D printed so you can hook it on the holster without it weighing you down
  • Removable Stock - This is is a great option to have mainly because if you want to have it on the holster.  the end cap needs to be glued on, but after you do that, the stock kinda just pops into place.  there is no turning or latching mechanism to keep it on, so i will be adding thin earth magnets to keep it more secure. (i'll probably plasti dip or spray paint the gun-side magnet for appearance)
  • Size - This thing is huge compared to an E-11.  Its got a couple more inches in length without the stock on.  With it on, it's just awesome.  I will probably troop mostly with the stock on and my blaster pistol holstered to my thigh.
  • Detail - This is the 501st edition, so there are decals in place to make it more accurate.
  • Folding Handle - Yes, the handle in front comes down and clicks into place.  it does not fold down the full 90 degrees though.
  • Price - This is the cheapest fully assembled and painted Blaster out there folks.... you wont find a better price for this anywhere.

Cons:

 

  • Print Lines - There are a ton!!  i used some stuff called XTC-3D on my pistol, which removed the print lines.  Heston, it seems, made no effort to remove any of them.  In some spots its very prominent.
  • Damaged during shipping - NOOOO!!! after waiting 3 1/2 months, it gets to my door with a smashed in light on the front (the silver part below the muzzle).  I've contacted Heston to see what he can do for me.
  • Trigger - I will not be letting any kids hold my blaster during troops like i normally do.  this trigger is just glued in place and will snap off if any curious kids get their hands on it.
  • Paint - I guess there was a long delay on these blasters because Heston needed to paint them each by hand.  As far as i can tell, these are just printed with black and white plastic.  I could be wrong though.  there are a couple of tiny spots on the blaster that aren't very clean.

Overall, i'm pretty happy with this blaster.  I got what i paid for.  Later on down the line, i will probably upgrade to a kit or wait for a nicer fully assembled one like Hyperfirm.

 

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I was so Bummed when i saw this damage.  I think i may be able to pull it out and repair though.  Leaving it as is for now.

 

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Those striations! What a shame. I'm working on my own F-11D 3D print and getting rid of those lines takes some time, even with XTC.

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Those striations! What a shame. I'm working on my own F-11D 3D print and getting rid of those lines takes some time, even with XTC.

Yes, I used XTC-3D on my pistol... the stuff works great.... dries/cures super fast... but works great!

As far as the print lines go:  They are bad!  all the pics he's advertised his blaster with are finished nicely.  Everyone else is using crappy cameras or bad lighting to take pics of theirs.  I used my Samsung S6 for all the pics on this thread, and the details come out nicely.  But like i said in the review.... you get what you pay for.

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I also used XTC-3D on my blaster and it works great. I detailed out the process in my build T5H thread. Mine was done on my own using 3D hubs to print the parts.

 

I think Heston is doing a decent blaster and puts a lot of time and effort into them. We went round and round about XTC-3D but I stand firm on my choice of using it. The stuff works and is designed to smooth over the zippering.

 

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I also used XTC-3D on my blaster and it works great. I detailed out the process in my build T5H thread. Mine was done on my own using 3D hubs to print the parts.

 

I think Heston is doing a decent blaster and puts a lot of time and effort into them. We went round and round about XTC-3D but I stand firm on my choice of using it. The stuff works and is designed to smooth over the zippering.

 

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That is a thing of beauty Griffin!

 

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I was so Bummed when i saw this damage. I think i may be able to pull it out and repair though. Leaving it as is for now.]

You might be able to salvage and use the damage to your advantage and install a working light. I drilled out my PLA 3D print and have installed a $1 Lantern Light that fits well and twists on/off.

 

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Getting ready to assemble the belt.

I still need to paint the bottom halves of the horizontal boxes black.  (i'm thinking flat black, instead of gloss).  In Ukswrath's build, he uses rubber blocks for the bottom halves.  I wonder if Plasti-dip would work for this?  I'm afraid it would rub off though.  Thoughts?

I also have no clue on how i'm going to attach the boxes.  I've seen belt loops glued to the back of the boxes, magnets, and chicago screws.... I want the easiest most secure way to attach.  Preferably, without any drilling into the boxes.  Thoughts on this?

 

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