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My first build!! ANOVOS ANH stunt TK

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Alright, so I actually received my BBB several months ago and I've been documenting my slow progress as I started the process. I haven't gotten too far yet, so I thought I probably should start my build thread before I get any further.

So far I've done rough cuts on my armor and have taken apart my bucket to make some mods for personal preference. I'm gonna go ahead and post some of my documentation that I've taken so far and get caught up to date on my build, then I'll continue to slowly update my thread as I progress. I'm aiming to get as high level of approval as possible. My armor is slightly large for me so I'm going to need advice on modifying to get it to fit right.

Anyway, so here we go...

 

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Congrats on that BBB and lets see ya build a stormtrooper. Good luck.

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Nothing better than a BBB on your doorstep. Good luck with the build, research is the key

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Inventory of all my uncut pieces and helmet (as it came pre-assembled)

 

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Here's some closer images of my bucket...

 

 

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I want to file down the teeth and paint them in. I also want to reduce the flare on the ears and carve out the eyes a little more

 

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I also want to replace the rubber brow trim. I want it to go all the way to the end of the trap and have the same angle. I also want to adjust the angle of the ears so the screws angle to the direction of the trap as well.

 

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Good plan of action, Greg.

If you wanted to add to that list, the tubestripes could be adjusted as they are currently sitting quite low (usually around a pencil width from the cheek) and the vocoder paint could be more defined. The latter will be more of a challenge, just depends how far you want to take it. :-)

Happy to provide ref pics if it’s helpful. :-)

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7 hours ago, CableGuy said:

Good plan of action, Greg. emoji1303.png

If you wanted to add to that list, the tubestripes could be adjusted as they are currently sitting quite low (usually around a pencil width from the cheek) and the vocoder paint could be more defined. The latter will be more of a challenge, just depends how far you want to take it. :-)

Happy to provide ref pics if it’s helpful. :-)

Thank you! Haha, I'm still catching up to my current progress on this post... and because of a little paint stripping accident I had to replace the tubestripes and I did make that adjustment actually. And I agreed with you on the vocoder and decided to repaint that as well. In fact I'm working on that right now!  I'm just having a little trouble with seeing brush strokes and slightly uneven paint. I don't want to start over because I like the lines, but I'm such a perfectionist. I may post these again as I continue the catching up the chronological order of my build.

 

here's my new tube stripes and my mods to the frown

 

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And here's what's going on with my new vocoder paint job.

 

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In different light you can really see the unevenness of the paint though...

 

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Thank you! Haha, I'm still catching up to my current progress on this post... and because of a little paint stripping accident I had to replace the tubestripes and I did make that adjustment actually. And I agreed with you on the vocoder and decided to repaint that as well. In fact I'm working on that right now!  I'm just having a little trouble with seeing brush strokes and slightly uneven paint. I don't want to start over because I like the lines, but I'm such a perfectionist. I may post these again as I continue the catching up the chronological order of my build.
 
here's my new tube stripes and my mods to the frown
 
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And here's what's going on with my new vocoder paint job.
 
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In different light you can really see the unevenness of the paint though...
 
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Wow! Great improvements!

Keep up the great work.
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K back to chronological order. Lol  :P 

A few weeks ago I got all the rough cuts of the armor done

 

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I'm gonna have to make adjustments as I have pretty thin legs and arms. I'll be getting to that after I finish the mods to my bucket

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I wanted more flexibility with the placement of the brow so I disassembled the helmet and cut off the lump above the eyes. I then carved out the eyes and the teeth a bit more.

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I replaced the rubber brow trim and cut it how I prefer it to look

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So I mentioned this earlier, I wanted to repaint the frown and was really unsure if I wanted to change the tubestripes to be closer to the cheeks, but I had a little accident when I was attempting to strip the paint off the frown (due to not taking proper precaution, such as taping other areas - lesson learned) and got some thinner on the left tubestripe decal and it took off a big chunk of it. So I had my decision made for me, lol.

I took precaution when stripping the rest of the decals. You can also see some of my tooth paint job.

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I applied new decals. Here's the new placement and the full frown repaint.

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You say this is your first build? Looks good to me, as if you’ve done this before. Always a good sign!


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7 hours ago, Bud Spaklur said:

You say this is your first build? Looks good to me, as if you’ve done this before. Always a good sign!


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Haha thanks! Yeah my first full build, I got my feet wet modding a pre-built Shadowtrooper bucket a few months before and have been doing a fair amount of research as well

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I wanted to change the angle of the ears. Here's a reference from a sandtrooper, but you can see the angle of the ear screws runs along the same angle as the backside of the temple trapezoid and the screws on the ANOVOS bucket do not.

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I also wanted to reduce the flare on the lower part of the ears, so they didn't stick out so much

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So I changed the angle and drilled new holes. It took me like 3 times to get it right lol, but I finally got the angle I wanted.

I followed gazmosis' tutorial for trimming down ears to reduce the gap and getting them to sit right.

https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/29238-my-helmet-ear-tutorial/

 

Unfortunately I didn't document much of the process, but here's a few shots of the new holes I set for the angle of the brow and ears

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Here's the finished ears, though I forgot to take a picture of the new angle before I disassembled it...

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The left side turned out better as it was more flush, but compared to how they were I'm happy with it.

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Your right ear looks good. Mine has a larger gap and i just got Centurion approval. You’ll be fine. I believe it’s canon for there to be a gap.


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1 hour ago, Bud Spaklur said:

Your right ear looks good. Mine has a larger gap and i just got Centurion approval. You’ll be fine. I believe it’s canon for there to be a gap.


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Thanks. Yeah, from all the reference I've seen all the ANH and ESB Stormtrooper variations have some sort of gap on the ears. I'm definitely not worried about it for higher level approval.

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Thanks. Yeah, from all the reference I've seen all the ANH and ESB Stormtrooper variations have some sort of gap on the ears. I'm definitely not worried about it for higher level approval.

Yeah, your right ear is probably one of the better ones I’ve seen on here to date. Come to New Jersey and fix mine.


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So I was trying to decide how I wanted to mount my lenses. It came built with the single long curved lens.

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I'm really not a fan of that set up or that look so after some research I decided to follow Spyder918's tutorial and make lens mounts out of Plasticweld. Here's his tutorial I used:

 

https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/38963-howto-another-way-to-do-lenses/?tab=comments#comment-521839

 

here's a couple pics:

 

I just kneaded the Plasticweld around the eye sockets and left them to cure. The next day I started sanding them down, using my dremel and 80 grit sandpaper. Then once I got it close to the right shape I used 220 to smooth it out and up to 400 and even 2000 to make it really smooth.

The one on the left is rough sanded and the one on the right is unsanded.

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So once I had them sanded down and cleaned up the inside of the face plate a bit I cut templates for my lenses using scrap ABS and then cut down the lenses. I decided I wanted to fix the lenses to the mounts with screws so I purchased some 1/4" OD (outside diameter) threaded aluminum spacers

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and bored a hole in the mounts for them to be attached.

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Then drilled corresponding holes in my cut lenses. I may use the ABS templates as rims on top of the lenses as well. I'll just have to see how that works out.

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I then glued the lens mounts to the inside of the eye sockets using E6000.

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I haven't glued in the spacers yet. I want to black out the inside of the helmet with Plastidip first. TBC...

 

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3 hours ago, Bud Spaklur said:


Yeah, your right ear is probably one of the better ones I’ve seen on here to date. Come to New Jersey and fix mine.


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Haha! Thanks man! I'll be there ASAP lol

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So I was trying to decide how I wanted to mount my lenses. It came built with the single long curved lens.
rsf0ufTl.jpg&key=97f379f072070e88076643e0a4834d6260b2b3c5441e5ef2dc29b05ff271bd78
 
I'm really not a fan of that set up or that look so after some research I decided to follow Spyder918's tutorial and make lens mounts out of Plasticweld. Here's his tutorial I used:
 
https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/38963-howto-another-way-to-do-lenses/?tab=comments#comment-521839
 
here's a couple pics:
 
I just kneaded the Plasticweld around the eye sockets and left them to cure. The next day I started sanding them down, using my dremel and 80 grit sandpaper. Then once I got it close to the right shape I used 220 to smooth it out and up to 400 and even 2000 to make it really smooth.
The one on the left is rough sanded and the one on the right is unsanded.
gcXggzUl.jpg&key=4f324b52503f4d0a37ec7aa00e34a52c1395aa31f2e0d022ae54c70b74f77729
 
 
So once I had them sanded down and cleaned up the inside of the face plate a bit I cut templates for my lenses using scrap ABS and then cut down the lenses. I decided I wanted to fix the lenses to the mounts with screws so I purchased some 1/4" OD (outside diameter) threaded aluminum spacers
cHFKMeJl.jpg&key=d8bd3437ce6776615928ad2a8e7707e4b08a91149b0f6bc8711b9c38b5da852e
 
 
and bored a hole in the mounts for them to be attached.
znxyUqXl.jpg&key=6406d90434132cb322e6a7b1e9c824d576a8e1bedeb842288c6d33436656efa1
 
Then drilled corresponding holes in my cut lenses. I may use the ABS templates as rims on top of the lenses as well. I'll just have to see how that works out.
QMvWqYcl.jpg&key=9ab81bf0b845648517c9dca063bb92bbad2bb31d81871f84e1b2ef905f92b26b
 
I then glued the lens mounts to the inside of the eye sockets using E6000.
DfifBrCl.jpg?1&key=e40523c398941cfeb2444289b66b883a001aa977c3b07ef899b11d0d94041973
 
I haven't glued in the spacers yet. I want to black out the inside of the helmet with Plastidip first. TBC...
 

Glad you went this route. It’s similar to what I did and I found the welding shield lenses to be more durable and “realistic”. I felt a stormtrooper couldn’t protect his/her eyes with flimsy acetate plastic!

You did a nice, clean job on your lens mounting.


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