shashachu[TK] Posted September 16, 2017 Report Share Posted September 16, 2017 (edited) Hi all, I wasn't originally going to do a build thread, but since WTF is still a relatively new maker, I noticed there aren't many WTF build threads. Also, I'm only 5' 3" so thought it wouldn't hurt to start another thread about fitting armor to small troopers, although this is not going to come close to Cricket's, Diana's, and Fragarock's threads. Also, unlike other build threads, I'm actually already finished with my kit (submitted photos last night), and I didn't take nearly as many photos as other people do so I probably won't go into a ton of detail about some aspects of the build, but hopefully there will be enough information that people find it useful. I had been thinking about joining the 501st for a while, but what finally made me pull the trigger was having a son with severe medical issues due to a congenital brain cyst, and spending 6 months out of his first year essentially living in the PICU with him. Knowing that I could bring smiles to the faces of kids like him and the other families we met while we were there was really powerful motivation. (He is 3 now and doing great.) Index Biceps and Forearms Torso Fit Torso Strapping Thighs and Shins Sniper Knee, Ammo Pack, and Calf Closures Thermal Detonator Belt and Drop Boxes Shoulder Bells and Shoulder Bridges Thigh Strapping and First Suit Up Helmet Helmet Interior Armor Bin 501st Submission and EIB Submission Basics After doing some research, I decided to order from Walt's Trooper Factory for a few reasons. 1) I would be able to get my kit fairly quickly 2) The price was about middle of the road (not as low as Anovos, not as high as RS) 3) I'd heard that it was a good kit for smaller people. I knew that he made a kid's TK so I asked him if that'd be an option for me and he said the kids kit would be so small, but that he offered shortened thigh pieces for the adult TK. So I made my order with him at the end of April. Walt was a bit backed up after Celebration this year, so he told me up front the wait was going to be around 6-8 weeks. Hereare the supplies I used in no particular order: Neck seal first from Darman, then SoulArt because my Darman I gave a too-small measurement 8 oz Holster by Darman Belt from Rob Kittell Boots from TK Boots Hyperfirm B-Grade E11 (I also have a Doopydoo's kit + Bulldog scope that has been on hold) Undersuit top from Eastbay Sports, bottom from no-name Amazon brand Tandy Line 24 snaps and snap setter Dritz #10 nickel sew-in snaps 1" black elastic for strapping 3" black elastic for thigh strapping 3/4" white elastic for drop boxes 2" white elastic for shoulder straps 1/8" white elastic for holding down shoulder bridges 1" black nylon webbing for snap plates & belt Plastic quick release buckles for thigh garter belt E6000 Utility knife (box cutter) Xacto knife Lexan scissors (curved + straight) Metal ruler 1/2" x 1/8" rare earth magnets Soldering iron for making holes for snap plates Hobby iron for rebuilding return edges Testors paint + paint brushes Helmet stencils from Trooperbay 1/8" pop rivets + washers to fit rivet gun Split rivets from justjoseph (I actually ended up buying a decent amount of supplies I never used: tin snips, 2" elastic, 2" webbing, zap-a-gap, china pencil, and probably more stuff I'm forgetting.) Around 7 weeks after ordering, a massive cardboard box appeared on my doorstep! Unfortunately I didn't take pics of everything laid out, but WTF's kits come with all the white plastic, white PVC tube for the thermal detonator, brow trim and S-shaped neck seal, green plastic for the lenses, tube strip decals, mesh for the hovi tips, hovi tips cast in black resin, and helmet hardware (screws, pop rivets; I didn't end up using either). Of the plastic, in addition to everything needed for a regular stunt TK, it includes the diamond knee plate and the 3-button ab button plate for a sandy, and TONS of cover strip and shim plastic. Finally, most of the time Walt's kits ship with 2 sets of ears, but I only received one. Edit: also forgot to add that Walt's kits come with a one-piece kidney/butt so you'll have to split them. When I began trimming, I tried both the Lexan scissors and score & snap and much preferred the score & snap method, even for curved cuts. The Lexan scissors I found unwieldy to use; perhaps it would have been easier on a kit that had thinner plastic. I probably did about 90% of my trimming using score & snap. My one pieces of advice for score and snap is to score many times with very light presses rather than trying to get a good score in only one or two passes. All of my screw ups (knife wandering off the line, knife slipping, etc) were from me pressing too hard and trying to move too fast. Edited December 11, 2017 by shashachu 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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