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I luckily was able to acquire CFO ROTJ armor from Mark.  To begin, drilling holes and filing away teeth and cutting out the eyes.  Painstaking work.  Haven't done this in many years.  I owned an IG, TI, and CX in the past, so I knew what I'm jumping back into.  Building is a nice diversion.  Glad I'm back doing it.

 

 

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I did some more work with the bucket.  Attaching the front and back.

 

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Attached the ears.

 

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Got some cleanup to do, but the basic structure is accomplished.

 

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Some ongoing work with other armor parts.  Trimming, sanding, sizing, glueing, clamping, adjusting, repeat, repeat.

 

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My Woodchuck DC-15A rifle arrived over the weekend.  I plan on giving it a metallic coat first, then satin black, then some light weathering.

 

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Hey man.  If you need the Skytrooper pack, let me know.  We just designed it to be 3D printed.

 

Good luck on your build.

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On 10/18/2017 at 3:25 PM, CrookKnight said:

Hey man.  If you need the Skytrooper pack, let me know.  We just designed it to be 3D printed.

 

Good luck on your build.

got design pic?  and/or actual build pic? weight of pack?  thanx.

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moving along . . .

 

performed abdominal surgery.  Dremeled the mid ab-button section for 180 rotation to attain correct button config.  Cut out a back panel and will apply putty to fill in seams.   And continuing to put together thigh armor.

 

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attaching the back panel.

 

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Beginning to think about the chestbox and how to attach it to front chestplate; a big shout out to Todd Maxfield-Matsumoto (LMO) for ideas.

 

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Unlike Tie armor where there's a flat surface to attach the chestbox, there is just the curves on the TK.  The back portion of the chestbox will be dremeled out, so I can install lights, electronics, etc., so the final config has to be strong.  My tentative approach is to cut out a back panel, placing screws at the triangular points where the pieces interface.  Eventually attach the chestbox to it with velcro.

 

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And put a metallic layer on the gun.

 

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Glad to finally see one of these being built (and by a fellow Garrison member)!!  Looking forward to seeing this come together! :jc_doublethumbup:

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On 10/24/2017 at 9:23 AM, mgb1016 said:

Glad to finally see one of these being built (and by a fellow Garrison member)!!  Looking forward to seeing this come together! :jc_doublethumbup:

 

thanx for the encouragement!

 

plugging away!  I love the smell of ABS in the morning, particularly when some of the dust floats into my morning coffee.

 

Continuing to work on leg armor.  Applied putty around the ab button area; buttons now have correct orientation.

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Adding shims to the interior sides of the chestbox.  Chestbox is from Pilotbay.

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cut out the donuts, dropboxes, leg and belt ammo pieces too.

 

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got design pic?  and/or actual build pic? weight of pack?  thanx.
Here are the 3D renderings of the pack and the chest box. We have not built one yet. But if you wanted one, we could work something out, since it will be the first.6025b504464db50cf37e12e256876565.jpg16e1916141ee1628b7e4587a34910aba.jpgb9817bb4663bba03d982cf979b15a8ce.jpg3e9e2497e18c42a9c3334b19e593442b.jpg

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On 10/27/2017 at 12:57 PM, CrookKnight said:

Here are the 3D renderings of the pack and the chest box. We have not built one yet. But if you wanted one, we could work something out, since it will be the first.

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very fine renderings.  I think I'm going to continue to use my Man of War pack and scratch-build the fuel tank enhancer with some ABS plastic and filler.

 

Continuing on with my build . . .

 

I'm working on the drop boxes.  To make them closed, I cut out shims and glued the halves together.  The closures were imperfect.

 

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. . . so I applied putty at the seams.  They're now completely closed and seamless, sanded smooth.

 

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I worked on the sniper knee plate and leg power cell boxes.  Just glued them.  Will add the rivets later.  The bottom end corners of the power cell strap have been rounded.

 

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Just getting a visual of what I need to do next for the chestbox.  I cut out some of my kids' plastic lego blocks for dual purpose:  Use as hose inserts for earth magnets, which I'll use to connect between chestbox and helmet; the other is to create a support with foam material for the LED lights and wires.  Still debating whether to use PVC or software spongy material for helmet connectors, just depends on how strong the CFO bucket is?  The fice main buttons were cut from translucent plastic stuff I found around the house.  But for now, I got a good idea of where things need to be placed.  Now to make the last cuts in the buttons area, drill holes for lights for top rounded buttons and rocker switches, assemble the main light support structure, and put the box and donuts (top 2 with metal washers)  fully together.

 

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I love seeing this coming together. Glad you are coming out of retirement and I'm looking forward to trooping with you again sometime soon. :)

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On 11/3/2017 at 10:46 AM, tkrestonva said:

I love seeing this coming together. Glad you are coming out of retirement and I'm looking forward to trooping with you again sometime soon. :)

Looking forward to it.  It's a nice diversion.  I'm trying to put together a Jawa costume for my daughter, so she can troop with us too. :duim:

 

 

Building along . . ..

 

Painted, sanded, and put the N52 earth magnets in the lego block insert.  Applied some awesome Gorilla Glue inside, mainly for its expansive properties to hold the magnets in place, then ducktaped the plastic insert; applied some industrial E6000 adhesive around it, then inserted into the military grade hoses.

 

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For the bucket, I decided to go with the soft toy connectors; wrapped it with some white ducktape; I drilled some holes behind the thin plastic, then put in some screws/washers behind to help hold the connectors in place.  Hit the screws/washers and areas where the connector snugly fits into the respirator cavities with some E6000 adhesive.  I expanded the teeth a bit more too.  Sometimes I wonder whether I'm working on a Tie or TK?

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I've put together the chestbox.  The light supports and holes are in place.  Applied some bondo putty to fill in the seams and will sand and sand, so things are nice and smooth.  The dimensions meet the size requirements:  approximately 7” high, 7.25” wide, 2.5” deep.

 

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Finally coming around to the O2 canister.  Cut and sanded the parts smooth.  It roughly meets the length: approximately 7.5" long.

 

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Applied the last coat of black satin on the DC-15A long rifle.  Just have to paint certain greeblie details with copper, touch-up certain areas, and do some light weathering.

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always in motion . . .

 

In case it hasn't been mentioned, I'm using the overlap method for all armor body pieces; fully closed in the back.  The glue I'm using is solvent cement for ABS, PVC, etc.

 

I applied some plastic to the should strap underside to get a nice even flush for when it's attached to the front/back plates.

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They are permanently attached to the backplate.

 

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The CFO armor set came in a 'vanilla white'.  I'm guessing due to the vacuumform process.  Not bad if I were going for a regular ROTJ TK.  But since I have other components like the jetpack and chestbox, my desire is to attain the same beautiful glossy white look for everything.  So I've been taking advantage of nice days outside past several weeks and painting with Krylon Colormaster Glossy White.  I'll add a protective enamel coat later.  I've also been painting the chestbox's rocker switches with glossy red and lower donuts with glossy black.  I'm also adding a metallic "lens cap" for the rifle.

 

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I've been thinking about the fuel tank enhancement part for the jetback, so I've cut out some cardboard to get a feel for the measurements and overall look.

 

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I detailed some DC-15 greeblies with copper and touched-up other areas, and did some weathering.  More weathering will come with sheer use, so for the time being, it's done.

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I got a seamtress friend to contrive a belt to hold up the thigh armor.  I've glued male snaps to velcro, which will be attached to the thigh armor.  I'll use a solderer to burn through the strap to attach the female snaps with a fastener tool.

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My daughter is pysched to see the armor development.  She got hold of my 3.5 figures and had some fun.  It's funny for about 3 seconds, so I thought I'd share.  The motif is called, "Dance of the Sugarplum Sky Troopers".  Have a nice Friday!

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Miles to go . . .

 

I've been creating more connectors for the various armor pieces:  glueing snaps to velcro, glueing velcro to armors' underside, using solderer to burn holes thru straps for fasterners, etc.  Put some foam inside the shoulder bells, which will have a pinched look.

 

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Tapped three holes thru front plate and test-fitted the backpanel.  Finished painting the chestbox.

 

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Attached the chestbox.  I dremeled 9 slits at the bottom.  I'll apply grey transparent strips to create illuminated, cascading orange light effect.  Finished painting the two remaining donuts and wheel greeblies w/ glossy black.

 

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I started painting the grey around the bucket's chin area.

 

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Sky Trooper rising . . .

 

Applied the glossy gray paint on other armor pieces.

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Applied two standard rivets on each side of the sniper knee plate.

 

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Completed the exterior of the chestbox.  I relocated the holes for the two round grey buttons to the top angle-side of the chestbox for more accuracy.  It looks amazing at night with the electros.  (i'll post video later)

 

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Permanently joining the fasteners/connectors on various parts with E6000 adhesive.

 

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Applied the rubber lining on the plates.  I applied some adhesive on the backside where the rubber lining joins the armor.  For the abdomen plate, I painted the buttons (3 blue + 6 grey).  Also attached a light switch fixture to give the ab-buttons section a cleaner look.  Glued the nut/screws for the chest plate backpanel that'll hold the chestbox.   Shortened old-school style (not the clips) suspenders that'll be held by screws/washers.

 

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Did a quick test fit for the entire suit minus the bucket and ammo belt and without the benefit of a full-size mirror (past few weeks only been fitting by parts, which doesn't offer too much in the way of entertainment :-).  The undersuit and neckseal are from Extreme Racing; the 421 boots from ImperialBoots.  Black utility gloves were provided by CFO.

 

I thought the paint scheme came out better than I expected, all things considered.  A Skull Squad is emerging . . .

 

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To Do: 

- adjust the fitting of the chest plate; more than likely will have to attach the jetpack to the backplate with bolts/backpack straps to get a stable distribution of weight.

- reinforce the thigh connector pieces

- add side shims to connect ab/posterior plates

- add a strap to the crotch tab of the butt plate to connect with ab armor.

- add some foam to interior of forearms for tighter fit.

- apply gray paint for leather shoes.

 

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On 11/30/2017 at 1:58 PM, CrookKnight said:

Wow.  That is looking Great.

Thanks Shawn!  Hope you're having a nice holiday!

 

Here's a video of the chestbox lights.  I took it with an old camera, so it's not HD quality.  It's not much, but she's got it where it counts.

 

 

Finished up the paint scheme for the bucket's exterior.  I reinforced the rear chin areas behind soft hose insert with gorilla glue.  I've done lots of hard tugging and pulling with the hoses attached to the magnets, and they're holding up nicely.  I added 5 O-rings to the front of each chin insert for an enhanced look.  I painted 9 black stripes over the grey on the side tubes; 2 stripes for the ear bumps with black outline; and black along the top frown area above the teeth and vocoder area.  I added rubber liners, CFO decals, bubble lenses, and mesh.  Various shots below:

 

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Painted shoes medium grey.

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I redid the metal belt clips and glued them near the end-caps of the thermal detonator.  There is now no more gap between the clips and the end-caps.  Used weights for compression.

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I love the smell of fiberglass resin in the morning, especially when the dust floats into my morning tea.  I've been doing some fitting, drilling, and cutting for the jetpack.  I cut 11 slits down each side, so like the chestbox, there will be fading/rotating lights seen through black transparent strips.  I'm using a remote submersible LED device.  I'll be using 1/8" and 1/16" ABS plastic sheets for the fuel tank enhancement section; i'll have to get creative to achieve those rounded corners.

 

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To attach the thrusters, I've had to mod the 90 degree PVC elbows to fit around the jetpack's interior.

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This is looking great!!  Are you going to add the EIB feature of having working thrusters on the jetpack that can hover for at least 30 seconds? :laugh1:

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On 12/8/2017 at 6:46 PM, mgb1016 said:

This is looking great!!  Are you going to add the EIB feature of having working thrusters on the jetpack that can hover for at least 30 seconds? :laugh1:

thanks Melissa.  that's a bit above my paygrade.  But, am tossing around the idea of a stupid trooper bloopers video. :P

 

here are some close-ups of the finished armor to see the paint scheme, the overlap seams, and cuts.  For the forearms, the grey stripe is 3/4" wide for the overlap areas; for the raised indentation, all painted in grey.  For the thigh armor, 1" wide stripe.  For the lower leg armor, stripe is 3/4" wide.  For the shoulder bells and bicep, stripes are 1" wide.  I made a conscious decision to bound them together with a strap because I want the grey stripe kept aligned and unbroken during troops.  It also feels more comfortable since it's what I did with my clone years back.  It may not be true to screen-accurate ROTJ strapping standards, but since this is a realistic CGI "ROTJ-based" Sky Trooper TK, I think there's a little flexibility here.

 

For bonding the pieces together, it was mentioned I use Oatey's liquid solvent cement for ABS, PVC, etc.  It chemically "melts" the plastic together for a strongest bond.  For compression, I attempted earth magnets, but after the second painful, pinch, which bloodied my finger, I gave up.  I found creative ways to bond the plastic using paint sticks, some tape, and clamps as some of the earlier photos demonstrate.  For painting, i decided to forgo airbrushing and went with a rattle-can medium glossy gray; there was alot to do, and I thought the latter method would be faster.

 

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Continuing on with the jetpack build-out.  Tapping thru the resin thrusters to insert blinking red lights.

 

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Wow, this is so amazing.  We should get the LMO to take a look.  He is the only other SKY.

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What an excellent build. I am absolutely loving watching this come together. So much better than mine. Keep rocking!

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On 12/15/2017 at 12:54 AM, Daetrin said:

Wow, this is so amazing.  We should get the LMO to take a look.  He is the only other SKY.

 

On 12/15/2017 at 10:28 AM, Toddo said:

What an excellent build. I am absolutely loving watching this come together. So much better than mine. Keep rocking!

 

Thanks for the kind words!  Means a lot!

 

I dreamt of music (and lights) . . .

 

Lights will emanate from a third LED device, placed at the bottom of the jetpack.  It's a perfect fit and add a nice posterior effect to the costume at night. 

 

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Am performing the rough cuts for the fuel tank enhancement.  I went up in thickness (1/4") for the plastic parts covering the tubes.  Since I don't have a belt sander, what I'll do and what I've done for the other armor pieces is place a 200+ grit sandpaper on the hard garage cement floor, and scrub the plastic until the jagged edges go away.  We'll see how it goes.

 

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I've widened the hole thru the thrusters to place a plastic straw through it to enable easy insertion/removal of the wired light.

 

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It began with a silhouette.

 

To get some inspiration to do this specific TK early on, I sketched this picture.  It's a Sky Trooper flying in a planet's upper atmosphere.

 

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Over the holiday break, I've added a few things to my bucket.  I trimmed the original CFO trapezoid decals and placed them below the brow and in between the eyes and ears.  In the trapezoid indentation area, I added a variant and painted a horizontal black bar.

 

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Here are some photos of the armor pieces that weren't included in a previous post.  The left thigh armor with 1" grey stripe and another angle of the forearm frontside with no return edges.  I applied split rivets to the power fusion strap on the right thigh armor.

 

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so I'll be purchasing a belt sander next week.  The plastic I'm working with is just too thick to sand manually and do a quality job.  It would take forever to sand all the pieces I'm cutting.  It'll come in handy for some house/yard projects I gotta do this spring, so it's worth it.  Continuing to use cardboard as a way to measure the angles and lengths; feel like I'm back in geometry class with ruler and protractor.

 

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I cut some shims to attach to the abdomen and posterior armor pieces.  I'm refraining from attaching any straps between the upper/lower armor pieces because of the jetpack.  Just going to wait and see how things feel with that component attached.  A seamtress friend is modding my soft polypro belt, so I should be able to work on that along with the ammo belt next week.  Fun stuff!

 

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