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SageLeader's TFA FOTK Build (Walt's Trooper Factory)


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Hey all. Been wanting to join the 501st for years now and finally got some TFA armor from Walt's Trooper Factory (thanks for nothing, Anovos). Not quite sure where to start. I have all my parts and tools but I have a few questions:

 

1) Do I just start cutting first? How do I know exactly where to cut? On the CRL it's hard to tell how much lip to leave on some pieces. 

2) After cutting, I just sand the edges right? 

3) How do I know which pieces to connect to which other pieces? Most are obvious but some I'm unclear about.

4) Should I have my gaskets before I do any fitting?

5) How do most people attach the armor to itself (e.g. the chest piece) and to the undersuit (e.g. the knee cap)? I'm a bit unsure how to make it so I can easily get in and out of the armor.

 

Anything else I should know before getting started? I'll post some pictures once I have cut out the pieces.

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Hello and welcome aboard, research is the key to this hobby. CRL is only part of the costume and isn't there to show how to put together, more the finished appearance.

 

1: Follow others build threads and check with the reference gallery's, a great build to follow is @ukswrath very detailed.

2: Correct, I use 400 grit to smooth any sanded edges

3: See #1

4: Yes gaskets take up some room so you will need to check fit with them on. Also wear your undersuit, can make a difference

5: See #1

 

There is a whole section dedicated to the FOTK armor

https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/218-first-order-battle-group/

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Welcome to the forum! I would also highly recommend reading through one of the excellent build threads out there. Obviously there will be variations due to different manufacturers, but i've been referring to Ukswrath's build thread (as mentioned above) for months, and i'm actually building a Phasma! Many of the photos and lessons learned will aid in your construction. 

 

If you're more of a visual learner, there are some excellent YouTube videos that go over how to get started.

 

Good luck!

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Welcome Tony, good luck with your build. Take a look to the Build threads and suggested links. 

 

I'm working on a TFA Trooper too. :salute:

 

looking forward for your advances.  remember. "Measure twice, cut and glue just once. "

 

 

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I made some of my first cuts this week! I still have to sand the tops but I'm going to do all the sanding together most likely, so my plan is to cut all the pieces first. Not sure if that's a good idea.

 

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Also, should I leave the excess material on the sides of the pieces so that when I go to fit it later I can keep some as needed? I'm talking about this part on the bottom of this picture.

 

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Hi Tony and welcome aboard.

We have another new member also building a WTF FO TK who may also be able to assist you with some questions he has asked.

Now he is building the TLJ version but much of the costume assembly is the same and he is on the research trail.

Check out his thread here

 

Good luck on your exciting new journey.

 

 

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Still working on the legs first, because I figure it will be not as big of a deal if I mess up. Anyway I've trimmed the top and bottom of the thighs and calves, so starting to sand them down. Before I go further, how does this look? It's the bottom of the thigh. Should I be sanding it down further? I've been using P60 because it's fast. Do I really need to go over it with finer grit to make it super smooth? Seems like nobody would notice that since the edges will go against the undersuit/gaskets. FYI I'm cutting and sanding by hand because I live in a small apartment in NYC and can't really deal with a lot of dust or noise.

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You can still see a little trim edge remaining, "the step" or "lip" if you know what I mean, I would take this off.

 

Also finishing sanding with a finer sandpaper will help stop the sanded area from cutting/grinding into your gaskets. I finish with a 400 grit. 

 

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Its the bottom of the thigh? I am going to remove all the return as you would not see it with  the gasket in place, as no one will be looking from the bottom up. This will also help in making sure the plastic does not cut into the gasket material. BUT, trim back until you are comfortable (like Glen has pointed out) and you can always remove more after a trial fitting.

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