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                                                                                       As the Boy Scout motto says, "Be prepared"


In most cases, if taken care of a well built set of armor should last a long, long time.  Inspecting the various components before an event is suggested, but when the inevitable "Oh crap" moments occur having things at-the-ready can really help.  Not just for you, but for a fellow trooper as well!


The following is a list of suggested items to have with you for "wardrobe malfunctions" which happen to many of us during a troop.  I'm not saying you have to have each and every item shown below, so the choices are yours for what to include.


1.  Gaffer's ("gaffa") tape (white/2" (5 cm) wide:

     This is a heavy cotton cloth tape with great adhesive properties, and is widely used in theatre, film and television productions.  Although strong, it can be torn by hand as needed,  leaves little or no residue and will generally not damage most surfaces.  If you look closely, it was used a LOT in the first SW films, and is a good temporary fix for cracks/splits.





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2Duct tape (white/2" (5 cm) wide: 

     Everyone knows it has a powerful adhesive property and super strength, but it leaves behind a strong, sticky residue which can be difficult to remove, especially if left on for extended periods.  Rubbing alcohol, Goo Gone or even cooking oil can remove it, but it is not easy so therefore is not suggested.





In case you have a strapping issue (snaps pop out, strap disconnects from an armor piece, etc.) it's not a huge deal if you are prepared.  Installing/setting snaps in the field is not always possible (unless you have a hammer/snap setting device) and can take time.  Though temporary, a quicker alternative is to use nylon strapping (you probably have a few feet left over from your build) cut to length with Velcro (cut to size) in lieu of the snaps.


3Black 2" (5 cm) wide nylon strapping 2' (60 cm) long:

     Black 1" (2.5 cm) wide nylon strapping 2' (60 cm) long.

     Industrial Strength Velcro *** (2" x 4" sections)


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***  Although very strong, it will a leave residue from the adhesive backing.  This can be removed from your armor with Goo-Gone or a similar product.


NOTE:  If you want to be extra prepared, having lengths of other materials (nylon.elastic, white Velcro etc.) used in your build are encouraged.


4.   CA (Super) Glue (Single use sizes)



      I am not a fan of using CA glue on any armor part, but in an emergency it can certainly come in handy.  If needed, I highly suggest using the GEL type, as it will not run like the regular type does.  Available at most craft and "Dollar" stores.

Zip Kicker is an accelerant that will set CA glue instantly.  There are other name brands, but I used this one as an example.  Available in a spray or aerosol.


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6.  Razor knife

7.  Lexan scissors

8 Sanding sponge


     Having a sharp razor knife on hand will come in handy for many things, including cutting strapping, Velcro, etc.  For safety, I recommend the folding type as seen below, and always have a new blade in it.  Dull blades are useless.  Be CAREFUL when cutting.  As TKs, we are not known for our shooting accuracy, especially when missing our trigger finger.


Lexan scissors are great for cutting/trimming ABS, especially if you need to cut shims for cracks/splits (see below).  Do NOT use these to cut Industrial Strength Velcro.  The adhesive will gum up the blades.


A sanding sponge is perfect to have in case you need to smooth out any rough edges that may be cutting into you or snagging your under suit.


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                                                                                                                 Scrap ABS


A piece of scrap ABS about 2" x 6" can be used to make emergency shims for cracks.  Just cut it to the width/length needed and CA glue it to the inside of the affected area.


9.  USB battery charger/power supply

10.  Batteries


   Whether you use the rechargeable USB type or regular type for your fan system, etc. having a backup is always a good idea.


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11.  Screwdriver (multi-bit)

12.  Small pliers


     Although these may only be needed for those with the "classic" strapping system, they can be used to tighten helmet screws and such.  I have loaned mine to those with costumes from Lord Vader to Boba Fett on troops.  It's better to "have em' and not need em' than need em' and not have em'".  I have the "stubby" type screwdriver as seen below, as it takes up less room and all the bits are stored in the handle.


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13.  Lens de-fogger


    Even if using a good fan system in your bucket, you can still get fogged lenses.  Not only is it annoying, it's dangerous, as our field of vision is not the best to begin with.


You can purchase a product designed to prevent this, or (as I do) rub a bit of shaving cream (foam type) inside and polish it out before each troop.  Your choice.


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14.  Magic Eraser

15.  Paint pens


 For minor scuffs on shiny white armor the Magic erasers really do the trick.  A single one will last a LONG time.


 Paint pens are a quick and easy fix for deeper scratches in your armor (white) or touch-ups on the ear bumps, etc. (black).  I suggest the Acrylic type (not the oil based) paint as it can be more easily removed if/when needed.




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16.  Adhesive bandages


     It happens.  Cuts, armor bite, blisters, etc.  I suggest having a few of each in various sizes, especially as they don't take up much room.




17.  Disinfecting wipes


           Let's face it.  We wear compression suits and plastic so we sweat, and sweat can smell bad.  To keep my bin from having the aroma of a gym locker I use these to wipe down my armor before putting it away after each use.  Your fellow trooping mates (and the public) will thank you.  :D




Now, there are a lot of other items that I have seen people carry....  electrical tape, a hammer, snap setting tool, safety pins, files, etc.  It all depends on your particular needs and how much room you have, but most of the above items will fit together in a medium sized plastic container.


Please feel free to add anything that you feel may help, and happy trooping!  

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I painted up a tackle box that I take with me on troops:





It has most of the things in Joseph’s list. I also carry white/black/silver paint pens and sharpies for emergency scratch repairs.

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On 11/27/2019 at 10:19 PM, Harbinger said:


I also carry white/black/silver paint pens and sharpies for emergency scratch repairs.

Awesome idea, Brien, and THANKS!  Added to the list.

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8 minutes ago, Imperial Dentist said:

Thinking of a scenario in which you may be in a parade and quite some distance from your starting point, staging point or even your car, would it be acceptable to mod your TD tube to open and actually carry some “emergency repair” items in there?

I modified mine, a strip of elastic with velcro on the ends ;) 



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Thinking of a scenario in which you may be in a parade and quite some distance from your starting point, staging point or even your car, would it be acceptable to mod your TD tube to open and actually carry some “emergency repair” items in there?

You’ll likely find that there would be more “storage” room inside your chest or back plates than in your TD. Some Troopers Mount their speaker system in their chest, and others also hang a pouch with a lanyard from their neck.

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