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The little Porter-Cable 371K is really handy and easy to maneuver. I used one to adjust scribes on cabinets for several years.

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On 1/5/2018 at 4:11 PM, jethroskull said:

The little Porter-Cable 371K is really handy and easy to maneuver. I used one to adjust scribes on cabinets for several years.

thank you for the tip!

 

As we thaw out of the winter blizzard of 2018 out here in the east, I managed to find some time to do a few things, in between keeping the kids entertained at home.

 

I adjusted the magnets inside my hoses to about 1.5" deeper.  The hose's O-rings/rubber naturally compress when magnetized with their counterpart.  I also redid the black outline square of the chestbox.  It's tighter, thinner and more accurate to a reference photo.  Below are close-up pics.

 

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For the jetpack buildout, I noticed two protruding endpoints sticking out of the main body like so in the 3.5" Star Tours Skytooper figure.  They are perfect places to add blinking white lights.  So I tapped two holes in the jetpack bottom and found some good greeblies to the hold and extend the lights in place.

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I made lots of headway last night doing cuts and sanding.  Some additional tools for this type of prop-building has helped out a lot.   I foresee using ABS paste and putty to fill in some gaps and certainly to cover the screws.  I'll be using a mouse sander to carve up the edges to get more smoothness.  It's been interesting to say the least.

 

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Putting the puzzle pieces together.

 

I'm using metal corner braces of various sizes (3/4" - 3") and nuts/screws (6-32x and 8-32x) to make the fuel tank section Sky Trooper tough to withstand transport, drops, dings, and other harsh conditions.   Like the armor and chestbox, there are some subtle "aysmmetries" to the Man of War jetpack prop, which I've had to make adjustments for during cutting, drilling, and fitting.

 

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As a result of cutting the 1/4" plastic with the compound saw , I've collected an abundance of plastic filings.  I'll be making lots of ABS paste, mild chunky style!

 

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Let there be light.

 

I'm adding a 4th LED wireless device inside the top center.  Light will be shown thru the backside and underside of the fuel tank canopy within both indentation areas.  The majority of the parts will be painted white - in keeping with the CRL -, but there will be several 1/16" clear strips where light can show thru, accomplished by cutting acrylic clear plexiglass and applying painters tape when painting.  That should create a soft, lighted silhouette within two indentation areas.

 

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I'm planning on closing up the fuel tank section soon.  Using cardboard as templates.

 

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I finished the belt.  I had to disassemble/reassemble the dropboxes in order to rivet the elastic straps to their backside.  Closed the dropboxes' front and back with solvent cement.  I applied E6000 adhesive between the elastic strap and plastic for additional strength.   Next, I'll have to attach the male fasteners to the abdomen armor.

 

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I've resized, realigned, and refitted several of the fuel tank's pieces to improve the overall look. In doing so, I used a wide stone dremel piece for existing and new drillholes, so the screwheads sit deeper into the recess.  It'll help immensely as I fill them in with ABS paste, then sand.  The final surface look will be better I think.  I redid the cardboard templates as the shape of the fuel tank changed from the arch's and columns' realignment.  I've got a few more pieces and screw recesses to work on.

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I've also been thinking about how I'm going to mount the jetpack onto my back.  It's weighing about 11 lbs. so far.  It'll weigh even heavier by the time I'm done with it, so I'm going to tentatively mount it directly to the backplate and use backpack straps to hold up both backplate/jetpack.  The "0 1 1" protrudes out the backplate, so mounting it directly to the jetpack is not an option, unless I dremel it out, which I don't wish to do.  The jetpack's rear is curved, so the backplate wouldn't sit flush anyways.  Instead,  to compensate, I'll use mount brackets for blinds, which should durably provide about 1" space between the jetpack and the backplate's "0 1 1".  The backpack straps would be screwed into place at the same spots on the armor's underside.  This config will make accessing the jetpack's interior easier by opening/closing the plate with either magnets or velcro.

 

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I didn't post the frontal view of the ammo belt in my previous post, so here it is.  There are two standard rivets on each side of the belt that hold up the polypro belt and dropbox straps.  The corners of the belt are right-angled (90 degrees).

 

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Flying at the speed of sound

 

I'll be using clear marker caps and O-rings for the lights next to the thrusters.  I'll just drop the LED lights in and velcro the electronics battery casings inside the interior.

 

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I'm incorporating clear acrylic plexiglass within the indentation areas on both sides to create the lighted silouette.  I plan on using magnets/metal corner braces to attach/detach the taller plexiglass pieces in, so I can have access to the wireless LED when necessary.

 

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Using some painters tape prior to painting the clear plexiglass columns glossy white.

 

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Wow!  Love the detail :duim:

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thank you for the compliments.

 

I finished attaching the rest of the top sections.  I'll note that for the frontal top area, i cut it into triangles and glued thin pieces of armor plastic to make it 'bendable' at angles to resemble the way it looks on the 3.5"  figure.  I'll start filling in the seams and drillholes, then detail sanding.

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Not sure if I ever showed the rear of the jetpack.  The weight of the jetpack is increasing such that I've recently added two metal handles on the L/R sides for easier pickup.  I found them at my local Ace Hardware's  junk bucket .  It'll come in handy for when I start painting the body.  Over the weekend, I glued 1/2" x 1/32" N52 magnets to the rear hatch and opening.

 

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My DC-15S shorty blaster arrived also over the weekend.  There are many like it, but this one is mine.  It'll be fun to work on it this spring when the weather gets warmer.

 

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Over the week, I applied ABS paste within the seams and screw areas.  I'll let it cure for a few more days before I start sanding with a palm sander.  Then follow-up and refill areas that need addressing or I missed, then sand some more.

 

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I've been taking an additional look at the reference photos, specifically the jet thrusters.  I noticed two lines of rounded indentations at the bottom as well as a 'rounded' look at the thruster's edge.  So I used a stone grinder dremel to lightly add another indentation layer and large O-rings.  I also glued the Man of War greeblies that came with the thruster props.

 

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Earlier this AM, managed to spend about an hour sanding the jetpack.  I'll be sanding and filling in alot.  Using a Triton palm sander, mouse sander, dremel sander, and 220+ grit paper.

 

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Earlier in the week, I applied the first coat of silver metallic on the DC-15S.

 

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I applied the mount brackets and straps onto the backplate.  To support the jetpack, I've used two backpack straps and 1/2" polypropylene nylon web strap with clips to cover my chest.

 

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I did away with Man of War's PVC design to hold the thrusters; it was too cumbersome to put together inside the jetpack.  Instead, I applied E6000 adhesive on the thrusters' outside and several o-rings around the thruster tube on the inside, then gorilla glued it to hold them in place.  While sanding the ABS paste, I've come across many air bubbles  - some the size of pinholes, so I filled them in with bondo putty.  The rest will be filled in with VHT filler primer.

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I finished painting the jetpack.  It's been in the 40's here in VA beach, which offers less than stellar conditions to spray paint.  In my past experiences, when I've attempted to paint in temps less than 50 degrees, the paint would spider and crack.  So to avoid this, I used a heat gun to warm up the surface area of the jetpack as well as to warm up the spraycan.  For the grey and black stripes, I painted about 8 layers.  I also detailed the thrusters and painted the indentation areas.  The only thing left to do is glue the black strips along the L/R sides.

 

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The back of the jetpack remained a little messy after I applied the ABS paste over the screws.  No matter how much I sanded, it just looked ugly.  So i cut out a secondary backpanel with 1/16 plastic sheet and glued it over the top portion to give the jetpack a cleaner look from the rear view.

 

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I'll be using flathead screws with wingnuts and washers to apply the backplate.  This should make for easy assembly/disassembly.

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Here's a video with the LED lights installed.

 

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I added the 11 black stripes on both sides of the jetpack.  Having test-worn my costume over the weekend, I intend to do some more adjustments with the armor to make it faster to dress up and keep the armor pieces aligned while moving around.

 

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Sky Trooper unleashed!

 

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In wrapping up this WIP thread, I wanted to post some final pics.  I've trooped a few times in the last several weeks, so I think I've finally nailed the straps for myself in their most practical configuration.  I have three straps in the front that connect the front plate and ab plate.  This serves the purpose of preventing the front plate from sliding up to my neck due to the jetpack's weight.  I have two straps that connect the posterior and back plates to help keep the armor aligned.  I have four snaps on the L/R sides within the shoulder areas of the front plate to connect webbing straps that are glued to snaps on the back plate's shoulder areas.

 

I've also followed TM's suggestion in connecting the handplates, forearm, and bicep armor together with elastic straps to make it more consistent with ROTJ armor.  It's very practical!

 

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I finished painting my DC-15s blaster with a satin black paint with copper and metallic details.  I applied a matte finish.

 

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I applied a matte finish on the DC-15a long rifle.  I also sport a DC-15x, for when I'm in a non-canon, sniper mood; it's made by Heavy's father over at Clonetrooper detachment.

 

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Thanks for watching! :peace: out!

 

 

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there's a missing photo.
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I love these rare trooper variants and you did a great job, man. It definitely stands out from the pack!

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17 hours ago, DEVOLVER said:

I love these rare trooper variants and you did a great job, man. It definitely stands out from the pack!

thanks Zac!

 

I've always been fascinated with aerial-type units, beginning with an CX Airborne I wore during the clone wars 11 years ago.  I've also wanted to do a TK ultimately, so when I was perusing thru the CRLs many months ago and saw this EU costume, I immediately contacted Todd for information, since he's the only active member who owns one.  He did such a terrific job on his and blazed the CRL trail for guys like me of lesser talent to follow.  That saying, "We stand on the shoulder of greats", really does hold true.

 

Look forward to our paths crossing one day Zac!  congrats on finishing your TK!:)

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This is by far one of the coolest build I have ever seen. How did I miss this? You should be damn proud of this armor Alan. Bravo. 

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Thanks Preston!

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Doing some post-WIP work on my bucket.  The outcome will determine whether I go for Centurion or not.

 

Readdressing the ear areas.  I think there were a couple of things happening.  First, back in March, I tried readjusting the S-trim, and it caused stress points around the ears, which are glued (not sscrewed in) - there's a little foam inside the ear for added surface adhesion, to shift.  The gaps areas were bondoed.  The stressed areas caused some cracking, so I patched it up with some ABS paste and paint.  Also, I don't think I applied enough protective clear coat to the bucket, which assisted in the cracking around the ears.  Also, the paint scheme within the vocoder area wasn't painted properly, so I'm readdressing it.

 

So I've prepped my bucket up for some work.

 

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On the technical side, I've been playing with a Pyle PPBCMG18 Compact HD Body Cam for personal experimentation.

Basically I'd use three components: the camera, remote activator, and micro camera.

 

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I installed the camera device on the underside of my frontplate.  The remote activator is attached to the rear of the gun.

 

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Early on, a few months ago, I contemplated several areas in my costume for remote camera placement.

 

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I decided that I didn't want to mess with any areas of the hard components of the plastic.  So I've initially decided to place the camera in the neckseal area, right-hand side near the armpit.  The camera is velcroed onto the fabric.

 

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I deployed the camera device at a troop event on 6/30/2018.  Here are some pics (both edited/unedited):

 

Here are some tech specs. You can google the product if you're interested in knowing more about it.

Built-in Night Vision: 6 IR LED Lights
LCD Display: 960 x 240 Output, 16:9
Extra Wide 120° Degree Angle Lens
Imaging Sensor: 1/2'' Full Color CMOS
Electronic Shutter: 1/2 - 1/2000s
Battery: 2600mAh, 3.7V (Up to 13+ Hours Recording 720p)
Dimensions (L x W x H): 2.3'' x 1.1'' x 3.8''
Weight: 1.55 lbs.

Burst Photo Shooting Ability (1, 3 or 5 Photo Burst Shooting)
Selectable Capture Options: 16MP, 12MP, 8MP, 3MP
(4608 x 3456, 4000 x 3000, 3200 x 2400, 2048 x 1536)
Image File Format: .jpeg
Capture Over 10,000+ Images

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You've goto to go for Centurion, man! The first L3 Sky Trooper would be an awesome achievement. And I like that body cam. Very cool idea! 

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GREAT to hear that you are taking care of the ears, and that vocoder looks MUCH better, Alan... I have every confidence that they will look spectacular!

 "The outcome will determine whether I go for Centurion or not".  I look forward to seeing your Centurion app to be the first L3 Sky Trooper as soon as you are done!

(I would hold off on making a hole on your costume for the camera placement, at least until after L3 approval).  

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13 hours ago, DEVOLVER said:

You've goto to go for Centurion, man! The first L3 Sky Trooper would be an awesome achievement. And I like that body cam. Very cool idea! 

 

Thanks Zac!  Go big or go home!  If I talk the talk, gotta walk the walk! :jc_doublethumbup:

8 hours ago, justjoseph63 said:

GREAT to hear that you are taking care of the ears, and that vocoder looks MUCH better, Alan... I have every confidence that they will look spectacular!

 "The outcome will determine whether I go for Centurion or not".  I look forward to seeing your Centurion app to be the first L3 Sky Trooper as soon as you are done!

(I would hold off on making a hole on your costume for the camera placement, at least until after L3 approval).  

 

Thank you, sir,  I’ll try my best! :salute:

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In continuing on with some post-WIP work, which might benefit the next guy/gal, who has a go with this costume or something similar, back in June, during a Stars Night baseball game troop, my armor absolutely got punished.    A thigh strap came loose, which stressed the lower posterior side that led to some cracking.  Below are pics where I applied epoxy over the affected area, reinforced with plastic and liquid solvent cement from behind, sanded, and repainted.

 

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Also during that fateful troop, I had tightened the backplate/jetpack, too much, which caused some cracking at the lower 2 points where the jetpack is attached.  I applied the stop-drill method, applied epoxy, reinforced with 1/16" and 1/8" ABS, sanded, and repainted.  I did this for all four corners.  I also painted the metal attachments and washers  - washers for more reinforcement to protect the plastic in the future - for a more consistent look with the rest of the armor.

 

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I also glued internal straps within the bicep armor to keep the painted grey stripes on the shoulder bells and bicpe armor more aligned for better costuming presentation.

 

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For this ABS Sky bucket ver1.0, after several iterations and attempts to make it look better, this is the final rendering.

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Thanks for your interest.

 

 

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