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Tim’s first time build (RS Prop Masters ESB TK)


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Hi everyone, 
Thanks for clicking into read my build thread and hopefully you’ll follow my journey all the way to 501st approval. 
 
First a bit of background about me so far…
Earlier this year I fulfilled a lifelong dream of finally getting my hands on a ANH Hero Stormtrooper helmet (RS). This then developed into wanting to join the 501st so had a commission build by RS, got my 501st approval and reached EI level, which I’m completely thrilled with. I never would have thought that ticking something off on my ‘bucket’ list would lead me to where I am now, I want to build my own. I never had the confidence to do this myself with my first piece of armour but now I have something that I can refer to as a ‘template’, I feel ready to give it a go. My goal is to achieve Centurion. 
 
Where I’m at now…
So I’ve researched the differences in the armour, from what I understand ESB is a little easier as it takes some of the more challenging elements out of the build e.g. stick on decals rather than hand painted. I intend to go with RS again for a few reasons: their customer service is excellent, I’m lucky enough to live not too far away and they allowed me to visit so they could make adjustments for my 501st approval. Not only that, it’s direct lineage armour. 
 
For cost reasons, I’m starting off with the helmet, getting the tools I need for that and then purchase the armour later. I think this will help ease me into it as well. 
 
Questions I have at this point…

  1. I’ve read on some threads that there can be differences in ABS colour if purchased at a later date. Is this the case and is it something I need to consider if I order my bucket and armour separately?
  2. In terms of tools required for the helmet, is the below correct?
Dremel
Tin snips
Rivet gun
Needle file set
Fine sandpaper
White gloss paint - Humbrol #22 (for screws and mic tips(?))
Grey gloss paint - Humbrol #5 (for ear bars)
Black gloss paint - Humbrol #22 (for frown, ear bar outline and bumps)
I’m assuming RS will provide screws, u-trim, strapping and rivets but I will check this with them before ordering. 
 
I like to take my time. I plan and research an awful lot to make sure I’m making good decisions,  so there maybe longer periods of inactivity. Please stick with me default_duim.gif
 
Thanks again for taking the time to read this and I look forward to reading all your helpful advice and recommendations. 
 
It’s 11:09am UK time on the 17th July….so it begins!
 
Tim
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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I've been looking forward to this, Tim!

 

As for your questions:

"I’ve read on some threads that there can be differences in ABS colour if purchased at a later date. Is this the case and is it something I need to consider if I order my bucket and armour separately"?

I wouldn't worry about that too much.  It takes time for any yellowing to occur, but heat can affect the color as well so just keep it in a cool place during (and after) construction and you should have no issues.

 

"In terms of tools required for the helmet, is the below correct"?

Looks like you have everything you need to have on your list.  I would suggest seeing if anyone close to you in the UKG has a rivet gun to save you some money, since the bucket is the only thing you will need it on. ;)

 

"I like to take my time. I plan and research an awful lot to make sure I’m making good decisions,  so there maybe longer periods of inactivity. Please stick with me".

Along with posting LOTS of photos (especially before cutting if you have an issue) that is the best course of action.  And yes, we will be with ya' through thick and thin!

 

 

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Didn’t take long to get going on this did it Joseph!?:)

 

Good to know about the ABS colouring. I wasn’t sure whether the colour be different in terms of being produced in a different batch. That being said, my current armour had the armour and helmet produced at different times and I can’t see a difference. 
 

Good shout on the rivet gun, I’ll reach out on the UKG forum :duim:

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This is so cool Tim. Really excited for you.
 
If we lived a little closer (not opposite sides of the country) I'd happily loan you my rivet gun. If no one near you has one let me know anyway and we'll sort something out :duim:
 
A lot of the armour is the same between ANH and ESB, so you may find you don't need to build a complete new set; just the odd pieces that need that extra bit of work. Might save you some time and effort.
 
Good luck with this Tim. With everything you've already done with the previous armour you're gonna walk this :dancing-trooper:

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11 hours ago, TrickyT81 said:

Where I’m at now…
So I’ve researched the differences in the armour, from what I understand ESB is a little easier as it takes some of the more challenging elements out of the build e.g. stick on decals rather than hand painted.

Hello and welcome looking forward to seeing your build.

 

Actually you can use decals on all levels of ANH (as long as you use Dave M style, which appear hand painted).

 

There really isn't too much difference between ANH and ESB, many purchase another helmet and get approved with both versions. Here's a great data sheet on the differences.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/10tEVteIreh6AHMogW010cuH_Bf8TBfU6/view?usp=sharing

 

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1 hour ago, CallMeMrTibbles said:

This is so cool Tim. Really excited for you.
 
If we lived a little closer (not opposite sides of the country) I'd happily loan you my rivet gun. If no one near you has one let me know anyway and we'll sort something out :duim:
 
A lot of the armour is the same between ANH and ESB, so you may find you don't need to build a complete new set; just the odd pieces that need that extra bit of work. Might save you some time and effort.
 
Good luck with this Tim. With everything you've already done with the previous armour you're gonna walk this :dancing-trooper:
 


Thanks, Rich. I’m not sure you’d want me living close to you, I’d probably be knocking on your door every day haha. Luckily, I have a good neighbour who pretty much has every tool you can think of so wouldn’t be surprised if he has a rivet gun so will check with him. 
 

I know what you mean about not having to get a completely new set of armour. In my mind though, I have to know I’ve built the whole thing from top to bottom, this will feel a greater achievement for me :duim:

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No worries mate. If your man doesn't have one just send me a message. And I'd always be up for a TK related visit (Had one yesterday as it happens!)

Hats off to you for wanting to do it all from scratch. Much respect



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