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Cricket's Full-Sized RS ANH Stunt TK Build (for Mr. Cricket)

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Greetings, Troopers!

 

After almost 2 years of nagging, I finally convinced my hubby to join the dark side in white armor.  I surprised him with his very own set of BBBs from RS Props (a big one and a little one) on Christmas morning.  Here's the moment of unwrapping.  You all know the feeling.  :) 

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Now it's up to me to build it.  And I'm super excited about this build because I won't really need to do much alteration to the plastic at all.  At 5'10" and about 165 lbs, my husband is in the 'out-of-the-box trooper' size range.  This thread will be pretty limited with regards to detail stuff (this is my fourth TK build,  OMG!), but I wanted to share the bits and pieces of progress on this full-sized build anyways so I can get feedback when I need it.  :)   

During the past few days, I've done some initial assembly with inner cover strips.  Ooh.  Ahhh.  46753000721_0599d11718.jpg

 

His compression garments arrived yesterday, so we're hoping to get time this weekend to do initial fitting of the limb parts.  I would love to get moving on building his magnetic shins, but I can't until we get his boots for proper sizing.  I'm on the lookout for a pair of TK Boots (not IB Boots) in size 12, so if anyone has a pair they'd like to part with (or has a lead), I'm your gal!  TK Boots has told me they're currently out of stock, and unknown if they'll ever get more in.  
 

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I have an extra set of TK Boots size 12 (I think) that I could sell. They are just sitting in my closet. But they are "Pre-weathered" if that makes sense

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15 minutes ago, Commander Gree said:

I have an extra set of TK Boots size 12 (I think) that I could sell. They are just sitting in my closet. But they are "Pre-weathered" if that makes sense

 

Sending you a PM!  :D  

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1 hour ago, TheSwede said:

So how surprised was he?^_^

 

Extremely!!!  I had told him that I couldn't get the kit ordered until after the new year at the earliest, and not to expect anything until February/March.  He had no idea that I was able to get it ordered and delivered before Christmas.  (A huge thanks to Andrea over at RS Props for making it happen, too.  The customer service over at RS has been consistently outstanding!)

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Holy cow, are we mid-way through April already?!  Progress on this kit has been slower than I'd like it to be.  I take full responsibility for it, though! 

I have a serious case of "Ooh-look-a-project-itis" lately.  I'm still not done with my Hero TK build (although it's coming along, I haven't documented it, though!), and my T-21 foam build is still mid-way through, and I still have to convert my stunt TK to a TD (and build the backpack for it), and then there's this TK I'm working on...  and most recently I got the itch to start looking into 3D printing a shoretrooper.  Oh boy.  

 

Since my last post, I was able to acquire some TK Boots for my hubby (thanks to @Commander Gree!).  And today I finally made some flippin' progress on this kit, which has me thrilled!  I present to you... LEGS!  :dancing-trooper:

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Trimming for width is always the most challenging part for me.  Not only do you have to trim to make the parts fit properly, but you have to make sure that the front and back seams line up.  Which is no easy task with the RS shins!  One half of the shins (the left halves, the RS kit comes with two identical shins) has a lot less material at the bottom of it than the other.  This isn't an issue if you plan on shrinking the shins down a lot (as I've had to do to my own shins in the past).  However, I hardly have to trim anything off the backs of the RS shins on my hubby, so I don't have much room to adjust for wonkiness.  In the pic below, you can see how the shins line up in the back.  There is barely 1cm of material overlapping at the top, and nothing at the bottom. (This was taken before I finished trimming right thigh for size, so please ignore that!)

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The shins fit my husband perfectly as taped, so I'm going to have to do some serious coverstrip magic to straighten things out.  *For the record ALL RS shins are made like this; it isn't some lame overtrimming from the studio.*  I will be assembling his shins with magnetic closures (like I've done with my other 3 sets of shins), and all the hardware for that part of the project has already been created and acquired (I really am not a fan of making magnetic buttons out of ABS.  I had the foresight to create those last October- yay!).

 

The other bit of progress made has been with the torso (no pics for this part).  I've reinforced all the returns and installed the brackets for strapping the torso parts together.  I've also been successful with installing the split rivets and strapping on the right side kidney/ab, and installing the Han snap.  These are all little things that seem to take a lot of time to get done for me.  But when it's done- WHEW!  :) 

 

I'm off to get stuff glued now.  

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The birthing process of magnetic shins isn't always pretty...  but it's progress!
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Having to go off center on a few to make up for the amount of material you have to work with on this kit?

 

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19 minutes ago, LTM said:

Having to go off center on a few to make up for the amount of material you have to work with on this kit?

 


Yeah.  :(  The bottoms of the left shin halves are a bith!  (and the left shin especially so...) 

Good news is that coverstrips should conceal all.  I'm gluing the coverstrips on now, I've lined things up fairly well, and clamped/taped the heck out of things.  Fingers crossed it all looks good once the glue cures.

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