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After building a Biker Scout and a Galactic Marine, I figure I'll complete the costuming saga with the TFA Stormtrooper.  Seeing the Force Awakens with my 501st friends is an experience I'll never forget.  The TKs in the drop ship was an awesome reveal!

 

Ordered

TFA Kit from Jimmiroquai (shipping around 1/27)

Helmet prebuilt secondhand (Estimated delivery 1/23)

 

Need to Order

Undersuit

Gaskets

Belt

 

Received

Gloves  -  Endor Finders
Boots  -  Imperial Boots 
Neck Seal  -   Geeky Pink


Accessories        
Metal thigh holster    -   R2Dan
Z-26 Riot Baton   -   Amazon
SE-44C Side-arm   -  850 Armorworks
F-11D Blaster Rifle   -   Ebay

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Great to see another FOTK build in the making. Look forward to following your progress

 

 

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Welcome to FISD, looking fordward to see your build process. Good luck mate !!  :jc_doublethumbup:

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Welcome aboard, looking forward to the build progress good luck

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While we wait for the armor to arrive I uploaded photos from my SE-44C Side-arm build.  I also wanted to share the items I've already acquired.  I am extremely impressed with the quality of the boots from Imperial Boots and Gloves from Endor Finders.  Both feel high quality and fit great and as far as I can tell they are accurate to the current CRL.

 

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While we wait for the armor to arrive I uploaded photos from my SE-44C Side-arm build.  I also wanted to share the items I've already acquired.  I am extremely impressed with the quality of the boots from Imperial Boots and Gloves from Endor Finders.  Both feel high quality and fit great and as far as I can tell they are accurate to the current CRL.
 
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Rest assured the items from John and Vincent were created to be CRL ready


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Welcome aboard Zach, more FO goodness on the way I see. I’m excited for you.


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On ‎1‎/‎17‎/‎2020 at 4:18 PM, KindofaBigDeal said:

While we wait for the armor to arrive I uploaded photos from my SE-44C Side-arm build.  I also wanted to share the items I've already acquired.  I am extremely impressed with the quality of the boots from Imperial Boots and Gloves from Endor Finders.  Both feel high quality and fit great and as far as I can tell they are accurate to the current CRL.

 

 

Oooh! Nice apparel Zack

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Thanks for the great compliments everyone! I'm glad to know I made the right decision with my purchases.

 

Next up is the blaster which I got off eBay. It is a rubber like material with metal accent pieces. There are decals where the LEDs would be. This was an upgrade from a 3d printed blaster which just didn't have enough weight to it and the print lines were visible.

 

Really liking this one!

 

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Thanks for the great compliments everyone! I'm glad to know I made the right decision with my purchases.
 
Next up is the blaster which I got off eBay. It is a rubber like material with metal accent pieces. There are decals where the LEDs would be. This was an upgrade from a 3d printed blaster which just didn't have enough weight to it and the print lines were visible.
 
Really liking this one!
 
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You did well. That is the Anovos produced F-11D replica.


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7 hours ago, KindofaBigDeal said:

Thanks for the great compliments everyone! I'm glad to know I made the right decision with my purchases.

 

Next up is the blaster which I got off eBay. It is a rubber like material with metal accent pieces. There are decals where the LEDs would be. This was an upgrade from a 3d printed blaster which just didn't have enough weight to it and the print lines were visible.

 

Really liking this one

 

Nice looking blaster Zack :jc_doublethumbup: Robust foam blaster are great for trooping. 

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On 1/19/2020 at 1:36 PM, JAFO said:

You did well. That is the Anovos produced F-11D replica.

 

On 1/19/2020 at 5:47 PM, ukswrath said:

Nice looking blaster Zack :jc_doublethumbup: Robust foam blaster are great for trooping. 

Thanks for the feedback troopers!   I received my bucket today!  Lightweight,  standard TFA variant.

Buckets on :smiley-sw013:

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Nice, great to see all the components slowly arriving. Exciting times ahead!

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Very nice, stay on target ;) 

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BBB day is here!!! Time to celebrate!

 

I couldn't be happier with the quality from Jim. The details are crisp, and due to the thickness of the pieces they look quite durable. I have a fiberglass scout helmet that's quite heavy so I was concerned about how much the flexible fiberglass pieces would weigh compared to Abs plastic, however having both in hand they're extremely comparable.

 

I am most excited that a lot of the parts come assembled (yoke, forearms, thighs, biceps, spats) and I believe it will save a lot of time compared to some of the other options available.

 

My plan is to sand all pieces interior and exterior to get rid of the fiberglass bits. Then I'll give them a good wash with soap and water to get rid any mold release chemicals.

 

Super excited to start my third build, it's bringing back nostalgia of my last to BBB days

 

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BBB day is here!!! Time to celebrate!

 

I couldn't be happier with the quality from Jim. The details are crisp, and due to the thickness of the pieces they look quite durable. I have a fiberglass scout helmet that's quite heavy so I was concerned about how much the flexible fiberglass pieces would weigh compared to Abs plastic, however having both in hand they're extremely comparable.

 

I am most excited that a lot of the parts come assembled (yoke, forearms, thighs, biceps, spats) and I believe it will save a lot of time compared to some of the other options available.

 

My plan is to sand all pieces interior and exterior to get rid of the fiberglass bits. Then I'll give them a good wash with soap and water to get rid any mold release chemicals.

 

Super excited to start my third build, it's bringing back nostalgia of my last to BBB days

 

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Fantastic news! A very exciting time for you. Jim’s work is exceptional and it’s a great kit to work on.

 

First steps, give it a good wash down, a rough sand on the interior, then another wash.

 

 

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Congratulations!! Enjoy, and looking forward to see your building process. 

 

Cheers :th_AnimatedBravoSmiley:

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Let the fun begin, add a little soap detergent to the water too ;) 

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Let the fun begin, add a little soap detergent to the water too  
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Everything has been washed. I used rubber dish washing gloves to protect my hands from the fiberglass and washed all pieces in soap and water.

I went to local hardware store and picked up some heavy duty work gloves for sanding fiberglass, goggles and a sanding gripper with various sand papers.


Sanding Gripper
https://www.menards.com/main/paint/sandpaper-abrasives/power-tool-sandpaper-abrasives/masterforce-reg-hook-loop-3-1-2-x-5-1-2-detail-sanding-kit-12-pack/7330-018/p-1444423435229-c-14240.htm

I'll be having hosting our squad Life Day themed holiday party tomorrow and everyone is excited to see the kit! More updates to come.

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Everything has been washed. I used rubber dish washing gloves to protect my hands from the fiberglass and washed all pieces in soap and water.

I went to local hardware store and picked up some heavy duty work gloves for sanding fiberglass, goggles and a sanding gripper with various sand papers.


Sanding Gripper
https://www.menards.com/main/paint/sandpaper-abrasives/power-tool-sandpaper-abrasives/masterforce-reg-hook-loop-3-1-2-x-5-1-2-detail-sanding-kit-12-pack/7330-018/p-1444423435229-c-14240.htm

I'll be having hosting our squad Life Day themed holiday party tomorrow and everyone is excited to see the kit! More updates to come.

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Great going Zach! PPE is always great to have on hand for builds and particularly when working with fibreglass. Most important, don’t forget a mask - a P2/N95 particulate mask is ideal.


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Awesome! Great to see another FOTK build. Let us know how we can help :jc_doublethumbup:

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On 2/5/2020 at 10:58 AM, KindofaBigDeal said:

BBB day is here!!! Time to celebrate!

 

I couldn't be happier with the quality from Jim. The details are crisp, and due to the thickness of the pieces they look quite durable. I have a fiberglass scout helmet that's quite heavy so I was concerned about how much the flexible fiberglass pieces would weigh compared to Abs plastic, however having both in hand they're extremely comparable.

 

I am most excited that a lot of the parts come assembled (yoke, forearms, thighs, biceps, spats) and I believe it will save a lot of time compared to some of the other options available.

 

My plan is to sand all pieces interior and exterior to get rid of the fiberglass bits. Then I'll give them a good wash with soap and water to get rid any mold release chemicals.

 

Super excited to start my third build, it's bringing back nostalgia of my last to BBB days

 

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Great kit and I love your Squad logo, that is awesome.

 

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Great kit and I love your Squad logo, that is awesome.  

 

Thanks man, I love that the whole kit is basically assembled. Our squad is a tight group - we just hit 29 members! Our life day celebration (Squad Holiday Party) was a great success.  

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Sanded a few pieces by hand this weekend. Before and after pics are attached.

 

Before Sanding

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After Sanding

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Has anyone tried using a mouse sander to speed up the process? I think you would have to be careful and use a low setting. Might be helpful on some of the larger pieces. Not sure it's worth the risk but can't hurt to ask if it's been done before.

 

My friend in the squad ordered Jim's TLJ kit which should be shipping this week if all goes well. I'm excited for him to get it so we can work together!

 

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