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Hoping to return to duty with the Tampa Bay Garrison


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Hi everyone,

 

 I first started trooping when I got my armor back in 2006, the same year I graduated high school. Thankfully at the time I was friends with another guy that was eagerly awaiting his armor arrival in the mail along side myself. I really don't know how he did it, but his arrived earlier than mine and he had the patience to wait for mine to finally get here so we could build our sets together. We persevered and finally got our stuff up to code and I was a member of the 501st the same year. I enjoyed the time I spent with the legion so much, partaking in many great events from toy releases at the Toys r Us at the Brandon Westfield mall, piling into my friends truck and driving all the way to Orlando just to have the opportunity to be in a fan made movie, and visiting children's hospitals to bring some joy to the kids that were there.

 

 Years later, something happened in the garrison that dropped some wind out of the sails as well as I needed to focus on some career things. As result, my TK ID went into "classified information" due to inactivity. So now we reach today, I'm at a point in my life where I have more time to do things I love, and I happened to pull my armor out of the old armory so I decided to contact my local GML. Being it has been 8 years since the last time I suited up, I noticed that over all that time the reqs for a TK have gone up quite a bit and I have some doubt about the quality of my armor in comparison. I'm currently waiting on a reply to what kind of state my armor is in from the GML and he recommended I come here if I have any more questions or need advice on how to get everything up to code for my armor!

 

So here I am! I look forward to getting back into the bucket game after such a long time.  :)

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Welcome Back Chris. Hope you are back in for the long haul. You know they saying, pictures say 1,000 words. Post up some pics of your current armor, maker etc and we will do our best to help you get back to code if need be!

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Okay, I'll attach the ones I sent to the GML, I didn't know if this was the right thread for such a thing, but I'm definitely eager to get some folks with a more modern opinion to have a say on them.

 

One thing I already know about is I'm missing the highest button on my stomach armor. That actually happened as I was taking the pictures... I was sitting down to put my boots on, and accidentally used my chest piece to pinch the button and it turned into a projectile. Thankfully there were no causalities besides breaking the button out of the plastic weld I had it in with.  

http://imgur.com/a/c5kXm

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I'm pretty sure it is ROTJ, I'm thinking because of the size of the bucket and the black venting ribs. Yeesh I could be wrong, though.

 

As far as the maker, I'm looking through the booklet that came with my kit for any identifying names or insignia but I'm not having any luck. I'm assuming for copyright reasons it is being referred to as only "white body armor" throughout the instructions.

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If it is ROTJ, it looks like you have ANH-Stunt Hand guards. The hand guards for ROTJ are rounded. I would go over the CRL's for ROTJ and do a run through and compare the CRL images. But, from a quick scan it appears that the hand guards are wrong, and your TD is painted black and should be gray according to the CRLs.

 

Not an expert on ROTJ, but that is what I am noticing so far.

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FX. Anh stunt. Look at the back of the helm and mandible size. Flat hand plates not scoops. Backwards 7 ab button not an L. Just compare your armour with the anh stunt crl from 501st.com . You'll need to replace the helmet, I doubt FX is approvable any longer but its painted like rotj with dark teeth and black tube stripes.

And unglue shoulder bits...and either coverstrip limbs or make it a hero build.

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If you are attempting to go an ANH-Stunt, then I simply suggest painting over the buttons. However, there are options on purchasing decals from trooperbay.com. Painting is more permanent and looks more accurate in my opinion. As in replacing the helmet, it depends on the armor itself.

But their are many makers that create finished helmets and kits. Head on over to the "read first forum" if you haven't already. There is a list of armor makers to choose from.

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yeah I was in there searching for helmet manufacturers but got a little overwhelmed with all the info. :(

 

I still need to replace the top button that I unfortunately killed with my chest armor, so I'll browse around some of those sites to see if I can find a replacement button or some guides for a homemade replacement. It would be a shame to buy an entire set of new buttons when I could just paint them like you said.

 

and in regard to the type of armor I'm going to go with, honestly... I leave that up to the expertise of you guys. As is, what is the most accurate representation I could go for? Personally I would LIKE to keep and use my helmet, but if that helmet is so old it is simply not able to be approved any longer I will certainly go the extra mile and buy a new one. I'm going to go browse the thread about armor makers again but I'll keep this open in a second tab to keep up with the conversation.

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Welcome back and best of luck with your reapproval. Lots of great guys and gals in Florida that I am sure will get you going. If not, tons of great guys and gals here that are willing to help as well.

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Thanks! It has been so long I'm eager to see if I'll notice any familiar faces from back then, to be honest, it has been so long that I don't remember many names, but I should be able to pick out a face or two.

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I do not think you will be able to keep your helmet unless serious modifications are to be made. If you want to keep your hand guards, I would say right now STUNT would be your best bet. I highly suggest meeting up with someone within your garrison to help you and see the armor in person.

But from what I see with the pictures you provided, stunt is the way to go. FX helmet is no longer acceptable. I know its very overwhelming. Especially for a returning member. I built the armor from a new and up to date armor maker. I can't imagine the frustration of coming back and having to start over. We are here to help. I hope you get some local opinions as well.

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aw nuts, well, the fact that everything else but the helmet being in proper condition is encouraging.

 

I'll start browsing around for an updated stunt helmet, try to piece through the armor vendor links again now that I know exactly what I need to look for.

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Hey Chris and welcome to FISD! It's great to hear that you want to rejoin the 501st and get back to trooping! I think it's safe to say that a lt has changed with stormtrooper armor since you were last a member. Armor has gotten a lot more screen accurate. You armor is in great shape and it appears that you have stored it well. Like what has been mentioned already, your helmet will need to be replaced. But the bright side of that is a new helmet will look amazing! Check out the getting started threads and you will find a list of vendors to contact to get a new helmet. Most of them have helmet kits on hand and some of them have helmets that are assembled and ready to go. I would reach out to your local Garrison and take on any advice that they might give. Ask any more questions you may have. Ultimately your GML will have the say on what needs to be done to your armor to get it approved. Have fun and welcome back!

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Welcome back to the fold, Chris!  Like Steve mentioned, a lot has changed since you were first approved, but nothing that can't be fixed!  I would recommend getting in touch with Ken, (the Tampa Bay Squad Imperial Attache) and letting him know about your situation.  You can PM him here: http://www.whitearmor.net/forum/user/16939-piettlives/

We are glad to see you returning to the ranks, and keep us updated on your progress!

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Hi Chris and welcome back!<br>

Looks like a decent set of armor for me! :D I recently took my FX armor to "Expert Infantry" status. It's not a miracle and definitely possible with your one too.<br>

Apart of getting a new helmet, you will need a holster (ANH style). For the button issue: just glue on any button with ~ the same size. The color doesn't matter, you will have to paint them anyway to match the current CRL.It's only a small step to approval - good luck!

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Is your back kidney and butt plate 2 separate pieces or one piece with a groove in it?

 

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It is one piece, I have seen a lot of armor with it separated and honestly if that is more of a convenience thing I want to separate it. Only thing is, it has been so long since I took tool to this armor I am sort of worried about trying to modify anything on my own. Any tips for making large cuts like that? Dremel tool, careful sawing?

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Hi Chris and welcome back!<br>

Looks like a decent set of armor for me! :D I recently took my FX armor to "Expert Infantry" status. It's not a miracle and definitely possible with your one too.<br>

Apart of getting a new helmet, you will need a holster (ANH style). For the button issue: just glue on any button with ~ the same size. The color doesn't matter, you will have to paint them anyway to match the current CRL.It's only a small step to approval - good luck!

 

Understood, I will look around and try to find something, I'm thinking I may be able to find something similar at a hardware store. I have a lot of warhammer 40k paint sitting around so I'll start seeing if I have any grays and blues that match.

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Hey Chris, I replied to your PM before reading this thread. Lots of info already covered by our awesome group here. Let's get you a replacement bucket and go from there. Armor does look nice though for having sat for so long. We'll get you back up and running Trooper!

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It is one piece, I have seen a lot of armor with it separated and honestly if that is more of a convenience thing I want to separate it. Only thing is, it has been so long since I took tool to this armor I am sort of worried about trying to modify anything on my own. Any tips for making large cuts like that? Dremel tool, careful sawing?

The crl for anh and esb stormtroopers says that it has to be 2 separate pieces...ROTJ suits use the single back like that..I'm not sure how easy that will be to modify that, I have never seen it done (but I have never looked into it either) might be easier to just try for ROTJ instead.

 

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Exacto knife should work. Depends on how thick your material is. Hacksaw is another option. It's not a big deal, just separate it and then connect it with elastics, that's it. Your armor is definitely not Rotj, otherwise you would have to get the U-profile on all the parts and change the shape of your abdominal plate. It's easier to split the back ;)

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