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Blaze462's AP ANH stunt build(first)

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Well, I'm just another noob feeling a little overwhelmed with all of the information to sift through here.  Also, I just put in my order with Mark from AP and he said it can ship out Wednesday!  Now I'm scrambling around trying to make sure I get supplies in time to start building when BBB day comes all too soon.  I know that I can do this, and it seems that everyone here is very helpful.  This will also be my first time writing or posting to any boards, so bear with me if I stumble a bit.  I have been through many of the prior AP builds and am both excited and anxious for the journey ahead.  Thanks in advance for all help an advice.

 

I have also noticed that TK boots seems to be going out of business.  Is there another source for quality boots?...preferably leather, but not absolutely necessary.

 

Mike

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Welcome to FISD Mike - great to have you aboard :salute: As for boots you could always look up imperialboots.com, currently closed (back in march) they are also on FB.

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Thanks Dan.  I'm hoping to have my build mostly, if not all done by then, so it would be nice to have a pair of boots.  It looks like they have a great product, but shipping may take up to an additional 30 days once they open again in March.  May still order a pair, but I would like to have something sooner.

 

Are there any opinions on the boots from Etsy? I know they are faux leather, but are they a quality boot?  Just looking for something to use in the meantime.

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The link you sent takes me to the 501st login.  As I'm a noob, I do not have one and cannot access that...unless I'm doing something wrong?

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Nope, those forums are only for people who are already members. Some guy in Malaysia selling a pair, you are better off getting a pair from ImperialBoots or TKBoots (IF they still have your size in stock, email them to check).

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I was just trying to get some before March when ImperialBoots returns and already emailed TKboots with no luck.  Thanks anyway.  The search continues.

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Well, I just got a tracking number form Mark at AP and my kit should be here in less than a week!  Things are moving quicker than I expected.  I have proceeded to gather build supplies and some of the soft parts and accessories.  Even with contacting my local garrison, I'm still at a stand still for boots.  With that said, I'm definitely looking forward to BBB day and getting started!

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I have read so many posts talking about BBB day, but it has finally happened to me!   My AP kit from Mark arrived yesterday.  I'm ashamed to admit that once I decided to do a build and started to research, I had to do a search and find out what "BBB" meant.  I know now!  Very excited to get started.

 

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Congrats on the big day! Don’t worry, I had to do the same thing with BBB


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Congrats on your BBB!!  I have AP armor as well and I'm very happy with it.  Yeah, this site is very helpful and there are many,very knowledgeable people who are more than willing to help you with your build... but the acronyms do take a while to sort out.  :D

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I have read so many posts talking about BBB day, but it has finally happened to me!   My AP kit from Mark arrived yesterday.  I'm ashamed to admit that once I decided to do a build and started to research, I had to do a search and find out what "BBB" meant.  I know now!  Very excited to get started.
 
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I still don’t know what half the stuff means but congrats!


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Nothing better than a BBB, do your research before you trim, measure twice and cut once and don't be afraid to ask questions, there are no silly questions, just silly mistakes from not asking them. Good luck.

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Mike,

im not too far ahead of you with the build process of AP armor. Like the guys above said, there are many, knowledgeable people on here who genuinely enjoy helping people, and teaching them the tricks of the trade. Gmrhodes, harbinger, Wook1138, JustJoseph, Sean, TheSwede, Frank1769, Kamikaze, TheCableGuy, UKSWRATH are all guys onnhere who I have found to be invaluable with their guidance. They all have different build threads, how-to tutorials, reference pics, etc. that have helped me a ton. I’ve been referencing Wook’s build thread (he’s like a month ahead of me I’d say in the build process) as well as UKSWrath step-by-step Anovos build thread. Depending on what level you’re going for (basic, EIB, or Centurion), I’d bookmark a bunch of threads if I were you. I look at some of these guys’ build photos as a guide.

I too was overwhelmed by the shear amt of info on this forum, but you’ll get the hang of navigating it sooner than you will realize.

I got my boots from imperialboots just two weeks ago. As you may have seen, they do their production runs in waves. Mark your calendar for the next date they open and place your order with them. I reached out to TKboots originally but they shut down their operations for good. imperialboots are good about getting back via email with any questions.

As for supplies for your build, go to the build threads- there is a comprehensive supply and materials list that JustJoseph put together. I used this list to do all my shopping off Amazon.

Any questions, reach out to the fellas above, they’re the ones who will get you through the build process.



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Thanks for the encouraging words.  I am following you and Wook on your builds.  I have also looked at most of the others that you mentioned.  It is good to know that there is a seemingly endless supply of support and help here.  I will definitely be posting pics and questions.  I'm not sure if it's just me, but I've been trying all weekend to post but have had no luck.

 

Initially I was asking myself where I should begin like everyone else.  I decided to start with the TD since it's only a few parts and if I really screwed something up, it would be an easy item to replace.  It at least got me cutting some ABS! 

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2 hours ago, Blaze462 said:

Thanks for the encouraging words.  I am following you and Wook on your builds.  I have also looked at most of the others that you mentioned.  It is good to know that there is a seemingly endless supply of support and help here.  I will definitely be posting pics and questions.  I'm not sure if it's just me, but I've been trying all weekend to post but have had no luck.

 

Initially I was asking myself where I should begin like everyone else.  I decided to start with the TD since it's only a few parts and if I really screwed something up, it would be an easy item to replace.  It at least got me cutting some ABS! 

There was an issue with forum access over the last few days, but all seems good now, post away.

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Well, I finished my first piece!  I painted the tube gray and had to cut some off to get the length right.  It's just under the 7.5" or 190mm that is shown on ukswrath's build thread.  I have seen where it's been said that it doesn't have to be exact, so I hope that it's good up to centurion.  Only a couple mm off.  If anybody sees anything that I may need to improve or fix, please let me know.

 

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Looks great and now that you can blow stuff up it’s time to start on your protection - the armor :duim: 

 

 

ps might just want to loosen the clips up a bit, makes it easier to put on.

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For some reason, I cannot post, so unfortunately I cannot show pics of my progress.  Still trying though.


Are you using the website or a third party? The forum website doesn’t allow you to post pictures of a certain sizes.


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The pics you see in the earlier posts were posted here.  Now for some reason it says my max total file size in the "drag files here to attach" is limited to 30kb.  This certainly limits any pics I can share!

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Yea the forum doesn’t hold much. Most people use third party. I use tapatalk, others use Imgur (using the direct link option). It’s all preference but those are two sites that’ll give you free easy access.


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Ok. Gonna give this a try. I did get the trimmed helmet from AP, but here is my finished bucket. f5f328afea61681762b5d1a25ca26dde.jpg

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