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On ‎1‎/‎15‎/‎2019 at 3:19 PM, Grihm said:

If i can help in any leather related questions, anyone feel free to ask away =)

Thanks for the tips! It looks like where I may have messed up was not having a cutting mat on hand. I will correct that next time :)


I got the extra TIE kit safely off to a new owner, and while I wait on my kit I've just been keeping busy around the house. If the government stays shut down for another few weeks, maybe I will finally get everything organized!


But my boots came yesterday, so I have more costume work to do! These are a little on the big side for me, but I'm sure I will want insoles, and wearing them with a couple of pairs of socks seemed to be fine so far. I will be following advice from several threads about painting boots, hopefully starting to tackle this tomorrow night. Before I scrub them with acetone, anyone see any issues with these? 











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Yes a cutting mat is very gentle on the tools and daves you fron sharpening them too often as well.


As for the boots..If you are going to scrub them with an alcoholic solution, be sure to tedt it on a small patch first. Obe can never tell hot the material reacts. Especially if it's uncertain what form of tanning it comes from.

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Perhaps a little late in the commenting, but trooperbay sells a complete set of the paints.

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The boots took me a little longer than anticipated... but I'm still waiting on armor, so that's OK. I received my neck seal and am ALMOST finished with boots (unhappy with some messiness around the soles, but getting close).


Some pictures throughout the boot journey...


Post-acetone rub:



Taped up and ready to go:



Layer 1 of approximately 1 billion:



A few more layers in:



All painted, acrylic layer, and fabric paint on the elastic!



So now to fix the couple of smudges, make some magnet satchels, and continue researching...


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Gap in posts for good reason.

Around the time of my last post, our Garrison had a tragic loss. One of our members was murdered. She was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. The armor party I referenced earlier was at her house, and her TK husband. I've struggled with what to say about it other than sometimes life sucks. Her primary costume was TB, so a group in Star built scouts for our local con in her honor. Walt pulled them, so I was not focused on pestering him about my TK.


But I got to a presentable TB and started pestering Walt, who encouraged me to do so until it was in mg hands. And then...... I'm at work and the doorbell rings.....


Just in time for me to ALMOST finish remaking my totally too huge Scout soft goods! And so it begins....

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I've been working on updates to the TB to get it approvable (totally sucks being 5' 2" sometimes.... had to re-do all of my soft goods and order a new chest and back, working on heat baths and trims on the torso). Been thinking about where to start with the TK and I think I may bite the bullet and do the helmet. That was 1000000% the worst part of TB, so why not get it over with?? And this helmet doesn't even have a seam down the top and require multiple layers of Bondo and paint! 

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On 11/30/2018 at 3:03 AM, Adianu said:
  • Wait... worry that I won't be able to pull it off... remember that it took me 2 years to sew an officer uniform... worry that I am too short, etc. etc.


I actually want to do the same thing, you don't happen to know where one can find the templates?

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13 hours ago, StrmTRPR85 said:

I actually want to do the same thing, you don't happen to know where one can find the templates?

I'm guessing you are a guy based on your name- a lot of folks have good luck with slight mods to this pattern. (From glancing at the sketches big things would be shorten the skirt, mod the front panel to come across to the right place, and obviously add flares to the pants). 



There's also a hat pattern floating around that I have used to make a couple, if you can't find it let me know and I'll share the pdf :)


In order to tailor it for female fit I had to learn how to draft the pattern for myself (thus the long lead time!) Here is my build thread: https://www.imperialofficer.com/forum/index.php?/topic/7587-staff-officer-build-sewn-from-sloper/&


I got a lot of great feedback on IOC forums as I went. It was an excellent learning experience! Cosplaysky sells decent officer costumes (you need to pay the upgrade for custom measurements and will still need to mod the flares on the jodhpurs, and ask for extra fabric to make into a matching hat b/c their hats are not good)... but, I learned a ton starting from scratch and now have a good base to start from when I sew anything for myself!

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Alright... I decided I would start making a bit of progress by labeling all of the pieces. This will help me make sure that I have everything and can also identify it all. Have to say it's already a bit overwhelming!


Here's what I've got:

Most of the stuff...



After diving back into the packing peanuts, a few more....






List of what I think I've got:

- Chest

- Abdomen

- Kidney/butt plate

- Back

- Shoulder straps

- Shoulders

- Biceps

- Forearms

- Hand guards

- Thighs

- Shins

- Knee

- Some diamond? Associated with knee?

- Helmet (dome, face)

- Ears (2 pairs)

- Ammo pack

- Ab accessories

- Drop box x 4

- Belt

- TD (tube, cover, end caps)

- Lens material

- Split rivets

- Blue decals

- Helmet greeblies

- Extra ABS for cover strips


Anything missing? I think it's everything I was expecting...


A few questions right out the gate.


I was lost trying to pair up... almost anything. Shins, forearms, biceps, thighs... will it become more apparent how they match up once I trim off some excess?


I saw that for WTF there's a right and left shin, read through the thread with the debate, and was still lost!


I know for biceps there's a left/right based on the dimple. Any other pieces have left/right distinctions?


Lots of trimming in my future!





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