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FirstOrders TLJ/Executioner Build - 9.23.2017

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Hi All,  Long Time SpecOps Specialist Member and now working on a TLJ/Executioner build.  If you see anytime im doing incorrectly or have suggestions please feel free to share as by all means i want this kit to look its greatest.   Feedback is welcome.

 

Kit - Jim Tripon TLJ/Executioner (ver 5) 

Gaskets / Soft Pouches - Jim Tripon

Belt - Darren Vaughan - Belts of the First Order

Laser Axe - Wayne Laagewaard (Diversity3D)

Boots/Gloves - Imperial Boots

UnderSuit - Stormtrooper Undersuit

Neck Seal - Anovos Premium Line

Holster / Clips - Justin Lee Morrison

F11D / SE44c - Heston3DSolutions

 

BBB Day - 09.23.2017

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Helmet - 09/26.2017

1) Block sanded the entire helmet with 80 grit then coated low spots with Bondo

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2) Block sanded Bondo filler with 80 grit once more shaping down and removing High spots.  Gave it a coat with Primer Filler and let it dry overnight. 

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Great start Andy! I suspect you’ll have this nailed in n time


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Looking forward to the progress, good luck with the build

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Thanks Gents

 

Helmet - 09/27/2017

Wet sanded the helmet using 400w paper removing almost all of the initial coat of filler primer.

Then gave it a thorough wash and let it dry

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Once dry, i gave the helmet a coat of Etching Primer.  The Etching Primer will protect the fiberglass and promote maximum adhesion to the bare FGlass surface.

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This evening ill Wetsand the Etching Primer with 800w then will apply 2x coat with standard primer

 

Yoke - 09/27/2017

Ive noticed a small crack in the FGlass and ammended it with CA glue.  In speaking with a few gents, they all recommended reinforcing the yoke.  I used a piece of 2"x6" 80 thousands ABS and drilled / placed the snaps 4.5" apart on center for the Bells.  Glued these in place with E6000 and clamped to dry 

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Bells/Ab/Cod - 09/27/2017

Here i made snapplates using reinforced 1x1.5" webbing and seared the edges.  Added Tandy Line 24 snaps and glued onto the armor with e6000.  Allowing to dry.  Additionally, started work on the chest plate.  On the 26th, i sanded the chest plate with 150g and painted the chest plate with Etching primer. 

Here i wet sanded it with 400w and allowed to dry. 

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Thanks Kit!!

 

Helmet - 09/28/2017

2 Coats of Base Primer and allowed to dry.  Starting to look like a FO Trooper :) 

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Using Bondo Glaze/Spot filler, here i spot filled any pinholes that i wasnt able to see before.  With the White primer, i could see them. 

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Wet Sanded the helmet now with 800 grit and allowing to dry.  you can see where i over sanded a bit around the eyes and air rater.  

As a result, ill be applying 2 more coats of primer today. 

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TD - 09/28/2017

Spoke with a few gents Kit and Darren for the length of the TD cap and went with 3.3cm / 1.3".  The Cap was from a can of Dupli-Color.

it was the only one that was smooth to start and no ridges etc on it.  

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Glued on with E6000 and Clamped to dry

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Helmet - 10/01/2017

Over the Weekend i shot 2 more coats of Primer on the helmet then dried overnight,  next day Saturday morning, i wet sanded the primer with 1500 and allowed to dry.

Sat evening i shot it with 1 coat of White Base.   Sat Night i wet sanded the Base paint with 2000.

Sunday morning i added 2 more coats of White Base.   Sunday Night i layed down 3 coats of Gloss.  

Here are the Results: 

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Tonight ill mask out for the black and hopefully lay the Satin down.  

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Bit of a delay in posting but been working away with the armor.  Since last posting, Ive sprayed all the parts with Rustoleum Etching Primer.  Here are the lasted and as always please comment if you see fit. thanks

 

Helmet

From the last picture, i taped off the helmet and painted on the black.  Unfortuatly hit a huge issue with the Clear as i didnt allow it to dry.  as a result the masking tape left marks in the clear.  i then had to wait 2 more days and wetsand the entire helmet.   The stripe will be Flat Black.

Also Notice the wonderful Fruit Fly that landed on the Chin while laying down the clear.  Another Wet sand and reshoot due to that.  Ugh...!! 

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Yoke

A few gents; Darren, Kevin, and Tony recommended reinforcing the yoke.  Here i curved and cut 1/4" aluminum rod and using 5 min 3M epoxy, i set these in.  Its working quite well and very sturdy now.  Might be a great solution

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Ab

Working on Strapping and glued in Magnet snaps for the rear.  This was recommended by Darren, Kevin and Tony as well and is working quite well. the magnets are a great idea

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Shoulder/Yoke

An internal shot of the strapping progress: 

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I'm watching this and will be curious as to the ease of suiting up. Trying to figure out the best system so I can suit up solo :P This is looking so awesome though!

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19 minutes ago, heartstopper85 said:

noob question whats the strap in the middle of butt place for? does that go to the underside of cod

You prob dont need it but ive added and will test but yeah its to snap to the cod so they wont wobble or flap apart while walking.

 

19 minutes ago, MStalkid said:

I'm watching this and will be curious as to the ease of suiting up. Trying to figure out the best system so I can suit up solo :P This is looking so awesome though!

 

So far im ok suiting up solo with what ive done.  I leave the shoulders snapped to the yoke and slide that over my head.  The Cod and Butt plate will also remain snapped so will go on in one piece.  I am curious on how ill get the TD on solo as havnt tried that yet :) 

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I am curious on how ill get the TD on solo as havnt tried that yet  


It helps if you can dislocate your shoulder

I use magnets!


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3 hours ago, First0rder said:

So far im ok suiting up solo with what ive done.  I leave the shoulders snapped to the yoke and slide that over my head.  The Cod and Butt plate will also remain snapped so will go on in one piece.  I am curious on how ill get the TD on solo as havnt tried that yet :) 

I do the same way, leave shoulders snapped to the yoke to get kitted up.

 

I also have the front shoulder snaps slightly shorter than the rear, helps to keep them forward when you move your arms.

 

Looks like the black line on the helmet is quite glossy, hope id dies down once dried completely.

 

Keep up the good work.

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19 hours ago, gmrhodes13 said:

I also have the front shoulder snaps slightly shorter than the rear, helps to keep them forward when you move your arms.

Looks like the black line on the helmet is quite glossy, hope id dies down once dried completely.

Glenn Great suggestion on the Rear shoulder snaps having them longer.  i extended my rear snaps by 1" (2.54cm) and they sit better now. great job!

yeah the black paint, i used the same paint for around the eyes, frown etc and to shoot the black stripe but was too glossy.  ill be painting that stripe Matte Black this week.

 

Speaking of which, has anyone used a Matte black that does not chalk and or get shinny when you touch it?  suggestions. thanks 

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Some test fitting last night. was all about snaps and adjustments

 

Fitting

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Shins

Got some great progress on the Shins and Spats. Sanded and Glued on the Ammo and Clips using Darren Vs suggested Loctite 60Sec universal CA glue., Works and holds like a charm.,  also like that its Gell based so its gap filling formula does great.   Filled in any additional gaps with Bondo Glaze.

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TD

Little more work on the TD.  Coat or Primer Filler and glazing to fill in any pin holes.  

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32 minutes ago, First0rder said:

Speaking of which, has anyone used a Matte black that does not chalk and or get shinny when you touch it?  suggestions. thanks 

The paint I used doesn’t chalk but it does show greasey fingerprints, these do come off once washed with soapy water.

 

i do have some matte clear on order so hopefully that will seal the matte paint and be harder to mark.

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Significant progress made in all of the parts and will post pictures representing.

 

All of the parts had been sanded

All of the Clips glued on

Pill holes on the Chest and Arms cut out

Etching Primer applied to all of the parts

Primer Filler Applied to all of the parts

Bondo Glazing Putty Applied to all of the parts

60% of the armor has been wet sanded with 400grit.  Those parts were allowed to dry then 2 coats of Finishing primer applied.

40% of the armor still needs to be wet sanded

 

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Busy weekend and got many hrs in on the armor.  please find the enclosed pics

 

Biceps Detail Time

Here i used .040" Sheet Sytrene and cut / glued into place with loctite 60sec. This was following the details on Finns armor;

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Filled in any holes with Bondo glaze filler and sanded with 400w

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This is after a light coating of primer on the new area, then 2 coats of paint and 2 coats of gloss clear

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TD

Clips i made out of 1" (2.54cm) Aluminum stock.  Drilled 2 holes on each and backed with felt.  These will be screwed to the back of the TD then the clips bent down. The TD will Hook onto the Back. 

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Filler

More Filler with Bondo Glaze.  Targeting any depressions and pin holes 

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Back Plate

Wet Sanded and ready for Primer 

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Makeshift painters rack

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Shoulder Bells

Painted with 2 coats of Matte Black and 2 coats of Matte Clear

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TD

Taped off and painting on the black

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Butt plate with 2 coats of gloss clear

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More items drying

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Helmet

Clear coated with 2 coats of Gloss.  The Black Executioner stripe will be sanded to dull the gloss then Matte will be shot over. 

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Thanks Matt,   

 

Oh i just noticed its my 1 Month Anniversary since starting this build. Start date was 9/23.  hahah

 

Andy

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Man those are some great painting results! Clear is looking shiny! Mine didn't turn out as good, have to try other paints next time.. Bicep details looks great.

 

Also what is up with Finn's shoes in that picture? What are those lol?

 

 

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Thanks Daniel,  Im using Montana Cans Gold Series for the Base coat and Clear coat.  these are the same paints that LFL used on the ShoreTroopers Armor.

The paint goes on very smooth and fine which is wonderful but Im not entirely sold on it just yet as its a softer Acrylic paint which remains flexible which is nice for Jims armor, however will it stand up to trooping.  that ill have to report back once i troop a few times. 

 

Lol on Finns shoes in the picture. hahah, beats me. 

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Got some more work done last night focusing on the FO Belt.

 

Large Pouch - Added Velcro
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Then affixed the Cover
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Adhered the mounting to the rear of the other ammo pouches
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Belt - Punched holes in each of the layers
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Using Loctite 60sec, affixed the layers and clamped while they dry
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Made it all the way around and completed the overlap of the outer layer onto the buckle
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Busy week and not much armor updates.  Expecting to work on these more this weekend. thx all 

 

Items to accomplish this weekend

Shins - Fill in inside recessed area (where clips normally sit) with bondo and sand smooth. 

Shins2 - Cut out Pill holes on Shins: 30mm by 8mm.  Then Glaze and primer and paint

Belt - Tape off 2 smaller horizontal clips and paint black then clearcoat

Helmet - Paint Flat Black Stripe over

TD - Clearcoat and install rear clips

 

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11/07/2017 Update - Progress Update

 

Items to accomplish this weekend

Shins - Fill in inside recessed area (where clips normally sit) with bondo and sand smooth. - DONE

Shins2 - Cut out Pill holes on Shins: 30mm by 8mm.  Then Glaze and primer and paint - Not going to do after all.  Decals instead 

Belt - Tape off 2 smaller horizontal clips and paint black then clearcoat - DONE

Helmet - Paint Flat Black Stripe over - DONE

TD - Clearcoat and install rear clips - DONE

 

 

Had to get this book as has many references to the 501st and really great book in general
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Ab section.  Primered and Wet sanded with 800
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Shins
One of the shins had a weak spot so chose to reinforce with ABS
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On the inside of the Shins there are no clips, so wanted to ensure screen accuracy and filled them in.  Here i used Bondo to start filling them in
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Here it is after block sanding, then second bondo fill, and another block sanding
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For the opposite side i wanted to diminish the depth of the seam.  So tried something new and working out well thus far was to use flexible caulk.  here you can see it initially filled in around the clip and seam.
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heres an image of it after wet sanding, primer and outside. Still need paint but it greatly diminished the seams initial depth 
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Yoke - Black area Painted with Krylon ColorMaster - 2 coats
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Shoulder Bell - Decal Time.  Here i gauged the area where the crest would reside.  I opted for 120mm from the bottom.  This looked to best match the  positioning from what ive seen on the web as well as Darrens Findings.  
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Ammo Boxes - Masked off and painted on the black area for the 2 smaller boxes
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Helmet
Masked off and painted 2 coats of Krylon Flat black
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Results - Does anyone see where i messed up?  yes i masked off the brow trim too short , haha.  Now have to remask and paint over the stripe plus fix that scratch in the back black area which i didnt see. 
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