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Hello all!

 

In my welcome message, a year ago, I had mentioned my plan to start a TK build, and the confusion it all presented me with, at the time.

 

Since then, I have made some progress.

 

Despite the country-wide ban from RS, due to some situation with an apparent recaster, I was able to procure what I THINK is a genuine RS Stunt kit, from an individual.

 

It seems to be in good order, has the certificate of authenticity with a proper reflective sticker and a confirmable signature on it...

 

So far so good.

 

It is missing two items though:

1. The extra ABS sheet. I have ABS sheets around, but the kit is slightly off-white, and from what I understand, that is how it's supposed to be. So I will need an RS ABS sheet for assembly.

 

2. The various armor stickers. Not a big deal, these I should be able to resolve.

 

That said, I will return with pictures of the armor, and am looking to Imperialboots for boots, undersuit, and other accessories.

 

I would love to get some help with my process, as I am a noob, and the build itself is something of a daunting ritual :)

 

I also hope that the pictures may help me understand if the armor is genuine RS, or a sneaky recast. I do not believe it is the latter, but I will defer to you guys on the matter.

 

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It can be daunting but you just have to dive in and go. Slowly you'll gain the confidence needed and after you've built a few pieces you'll be just fine.

Hand guards are a good place to start. Simple trimming and gluing. After that I'd work on the forearms then biceps.

I have a very detailed build thread from several years ago. It was tailored to shorter folks and thr trimming needed to make a kit fit us better but the techniques are universal for anyone. Mine was also a RS stunt kit.

Post questions and you'll get lots of good advice.

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53 minutes ago, fragarock said:

It can be daunting but you just have to dive in and go. Slowly you'll gain the confidence needed and after you've built a few pieces you'll be just fine.

Hand guards are a good place to start. Simple trimming and gluing. After that I'd work on the forearms then biceps.

I have a very detailed build thread from several years ago. It was tailored to shorter folks and thr trimming needed to make a kit fit us better but the techniques are universal for anyone. Mine was also a RS stunt kit.

Post questions and you'll get lots of good advice.

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Thank you very much sir!

I think I can search through your posts and locate it.

 

I have to see what I can assemble, without the extra ABS sheet, to start.

 

If anyone around here has an extra RS ABS sheet, or even usable strips at this point, I would be most interested in purchasing them off you!

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There are definitely different shades of white with makers ABS but as I have found there can also be different shades from one maker depending on what the factory has supplied. You may be best using any ABS plastic you can, with the seam with ABS paste and then paint/color match what you have, not ideal but a few have had to do that in the past.

 

Perhaps if you could post a photo of your armor it would give people a better idea of the shade of plastic you have, still won't be a perfect way to match up but at least it may help.

 

 

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GREAT to have you here, Andrei!  Does the kit come with all the necessary cover strips for the arms and legs?  If so, can I ask what the need for the "extra" ABS is for?  The reason being is that if your kit does indeed include the strips. unless you need to shim out the ab/kidney connection you should be fine.  

 

Many of us install "inner" cover strips on certain parts for added strength (especially inside the front of the calves), but since they are not seen you can use any shade of white.

 

As Glen mentioned, posting up some photos of your kit would be really helpful so that we can give you some more precise info.  It would be especially good if you can also include some detailed photos of the entire kit (all parts).  This will allow us to determine what you will/will not need.

 

Know that we are here for every step of the way, future Trooper.  No question is too small, so always feel free to ask for advice (especially before cutting or gluing) ;).

 

We LOVE photos, so feel free to post as many as you like.  If you need help doing that, I have a thread here that will help.

 

Aștept cu nerăbdare să văd progresul!  :salute:

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2 hours ago, justjoseph63 said:

GREAT to have you here, Andrei!  Does the kit come with all the necessary cover strips for the arms and legs?  If so, can I ask what the need for the "extra" ABS is for?  The reason being is that if your kit does indeed include the strips. unless you need to shim out the ab/kidney connection you should be fine.  

 

Many of us install "inner" cover strips on certain parts for added strength (especially inside the front of the calves), but since they are not seen you can use any shade of white.

 

As Glen mentioned, posting up some photos of your kit would be really helpful so that we can give you some more precise info.  It would be especially good if you can also include some detailed photos of the entire kit (all parts).  This will allow us to determine what you will/will not need.

 

Know that we are here for every step of the way, future Trooper.  No question is too small, so always feel free to ask for advice (especially before cutting or gluing) ;).

 

We LOVE photos, so feel free to post as many as you like.  If you need help doing that, I have a thread here that will help.

 

Aștept cu nerăbdare să văd progresul!  :salute:

 

Awesome! I REALLY need the help, and do appreciate it!

 

I've checked out the image posting thread, and understand the hosting limitations of the forum. That said, I DO use Google Drive a lot, so this should work...

 

Here is my first image dump for now. Pulling the kit out of the box, and trying to understand things.

 

Links here should work:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1fNN-letczZV9_wtEKt9XOezDopwJPWby

 

I think I see what you mean by the "strips". I thought there would be an ABS sheet for me to cut the strips out of. I have no clean strips in my kit.

 

Searching the kit box ... I found something rather distressing. A badly paint spilled ... cardboard-y sheet, with the same white base as the kit...

 

I suspect this might have been the sheet for my strips.

 

I got a couple of photos printed in the box as well, which might have been the initial kit this other guy probably put together (or just an example, to inventory everything).

UPDATE: They are inventory photos indeed, not my kit. The kit in the prints has some snaps installed, mine does not. Previous owner had printed them just for orientation.

 

In one of them, on the side of the kit, a white sheet/board can be seen. That's what gave me the thought of a board...

 

There are some detailed close-ups of imperfections in the armor, and the certificate, that I hope might prove wether this is an actual RS kit or not.

Not knowing what I should look for, I've just lopped it in.

 

Hopefully you guys can tell if this is legit or not.

More piece by piece images soon :)

 

 

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You are better off having your photos in your thread, many won't follow your link elsewhere, plus it's hard to go back and forth to provide any feedback to your references ;) 

 

 

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The piece with the blue paint on it looks like cardboard and was probably for packing and not part of the kit.  The piece you need is a sheet of ABS which would be cut down into the cover strips.  Below is a photo showing how RS includes this (with a faceplate for size comparison).

 

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If I were you, I would get in touch with RS (link here).  They have fantastic customer service and would probably be willing to sell you a replacement sheet.  One of RS' trademarks is the bumpy cap (just like the originals) so I do believe you have one of their kits.

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3 hours ago, justjoseph63 said:

The piece with the blue paint on it looks like cardboard and was probably for packing and not part of the kit.  The piece you need is a sheet of ABS which would be cut down into the cover strips.  Below is a photo showing how RS includes this (with a faceplate for size comparison).

 

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If I were you, I would get in touch with RS (link here).  They have fantastic customer service and would probably be willing to sell you a replacement sheet.  One of RS' trademarks is the bumpy cap (just like the originals) so I do believe you have one of their kits.

 

Sadly, they are ignoring any messages from pretty much anyone in my country.

 

They are probably great guys, but they've decided to completely embargo my country, on account of this one nasty recaster guy, somewhere in the west.

Some of his helmets ended up on our stand at a con, for display, before we even knew what recasting was, and we've collectively been branded as supporters ever since.

A sad affair, but as we are not allowed to defend ourselves in any way, there's nothing we can do about it.

 

So my only chance for that sheet now, is to try to purchase it from someone else, or THROUGH someone else.

Which still feels sort of shady. I'd rather pay RS directly, obvs.

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4 hours ago, gmrhodes13 said:

You are better off having your photos in your thread, many won't follow your link elsewhere, plus it's hard to go back and forth to provide any feedback to your references ;) 

 

 


I will repost the images in the thread. Any specific resolutions that people prefer?

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1 hour ago, TK6682 said:

Welcome in Brother!!! 

 

Hey Michael, thanks for the welcome man! Great to finally be here :D

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8 hours ago, Toran said:


I will repost the images in the thread. Any specific resolutions that people prefer?

No requirements there.

 

Unfortunately you can't post Google images into the forums, most use Imgur or Flickr

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3 hours ago, gmrhodes13 said:

No requirements there.

 

Unfortunately you can't post Google images into the forums, most use Imgur or Flickr


Can't do it from Google Drive, but you can do it from Google Photos. As posted above, all those are just links from gp :)
Just copy & paste the image url in the post, and the forum auto-adds the bb code to make it a photo.

Will use this system going forward.

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3 hours ago, Toran said:


Can't do it from Google Drive, but you can do it from Google Photos. As posted above, all those are just links from gp :)
Just copy & paste the image url in the post, and the forum auto-adds the bb code to make it a photo.

Will use this system going forward.

Not on this forum, the images are not showing, it's been this way with Google for some time, only the person who posts the images can see them ;) 

 

This is what I see

 

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Same here.  I would definitely try imgur.com  It's free, and you can edit/store as many photos as you want to (I have over 11,000 so far).  

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6 hours ago, justjoseph63 said:

Same here.  I would definitely try imgur.com  It's free, and you can edit/store as many photos as you want to (I have over 11,000 so far).  

 

That is just sad :))

Guess I'll have to try imgur...

 

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hace 6 horas, Toran dijo:

 

That is just sad :))

Guess I'll have to try imgur...

 

 

This thread may help you if you have any doubts...:duim:

 

 

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With a rather crowded work schedule so far, I've been slacking on photos.
In the mean time, does anyone have:
1. The list of tools and extras I would need to buy?
2. Possibly a 1 stop shop for these? Whatever country it might be in. Otherwise, I'd have to source from a load of different places, and wonder if I got the right items in the right sizes (inches>mm)
3. A source for extra abs from RS Props, OTHER than RS Props, as for above mentioned reasons, they have my whole country on ignore it seems.

In lieu of a single shop option, some links to the exact items in multiple stores would also work. It would take longer, but at least the sizes on things would work, and I wouldn't get stuck with off-brand knock-offs like the E6000 problems. :D 

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Pretty much has all the info you would need

 

 

As for ABS well.color may be an issue, I have found RD a little off whiye compared to other makers, you may need to check around with ant local ABS plastic suppliers, I found a few here but they were very white.

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1 hour ago, gmrhodes13 said:

Pretty much has all the info you would need

 

 

As for ABS well.color may be an issue, I have found RD a little off whiye compared to other makers, you may need to check around with ant local ABS plastic suppliers, I found a few here but they were very white.


Resources are good, I'll sort through them. Ty!

As for the ABS > I would like to see if anyone has RS ABS specifically. I think it's a shot, especially maybe someone from UKG or maybe even the German Garrison.
Or if anyone decides to order another TK, maybe they can also ask for an extra ABS sheet and I'll pay them for it + shipping to ro?

My only other shot, would be to ask one of my UK buddies to either show up at their door one day, or just buy/request an extra ABS sheet, and pay them to ship it to me.

It's all borderline shady stuff, I know, but I'm not going to MacGyver another abs sheet. I don't know what I am doing, and I really don't want to mess up this armor. :)

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Ok, here is my TK kit, through imgur, hopefully it works this time :)

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The film provided is dark green tint:
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I have a bit of dent on one of my shoulder bells, probably packing. Solvable with a heatgun?
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8 hours ago, Toran said:

I have a bit of dent on one of my shoulder bells, probably packing. Solvable with a heatgun?
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Be very careful using a heat gun, can take some practice, I normally have a few pieces of wood handy, flat and curved depending what I want to shape, one pieces on either side, it helps to hold and smooth areas while they cool. If you just heat you may find the plastic begins to sag as it's loosing the tension of the heat vacforming.

 

Some use a hot water bath which is a little less heat. 

 

Here's a couple of color comparisons, and note these colors can change even with the same maker, they are affected by color change from manufacturer.

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20 minutes ago, gmrhodes13 said:

Be very careful using a heat gun, can take some practice, I normally have a few pieces of wood handy, flat and curved depending what I want to shape, one pieces on either side, it helps to hold and smooth areas while they cool. If you just heat you may find the plastic begins to sag as it's loosing the tension of the heat vacforming.

 

Some use a hot water bath which is a little less heat. 

 

Here's a couple of color comparisons, and note these colors can change even with the same maker, they are affected by color change from manufacturer.

jB8QwWs.jpg

 

5LyRwzi.jpg

 

Hk5iEgC.jpg

 


Do you think there will be a nasty difference if I try some random white ABS? Maybe give it some sun exposure, 1-2 days (probably not going to do much but still)

TM SEEMS like a somewhat decent match to RS... might try that...

In the mean time, I have started to cut the helmet holes. Not sure if I should be cutting right up to the edge on the eyes... I see in your helmet comparison that there are still some bits visible over the lens, would the absence of those prove a problem?

Also, on the nose holes, in the RS video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYtykuA24wY I have seen they only cut out 3 holes on each side. Should I go for 4, or just paint the last tiny ones on the sides in black?

 

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