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FWIW, I've gotten a bunch of PM's and emails lately about ebay or craigslist armor. I said this in my first post on the "Where to Buy" thread, and I'll say it again is at seems people keeping asking the same question:

 

There are tons of recasters or other dubious sellers no ebay and craiglist. Yes, sometimes you can find a bargain and you are certainly free to spend your money anywhere you want. But, we can say that people on the first post have been vetted numerous times, and at the least you are sure to get quality kit from a quality vendor.

 

Anything *not* on the "Where to buy" lists, you swim at your own risk. The FISD staff stays incredibly well informed of who is reputable and who is not. We've done all the homework to take the guessing out of it. It's up to you to leverage it. Or not...

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Hello Guys,


 


By way of introduction, I am the person behind TK Armour UK and my name is David.


 


There seems to be alot said about me and I thought I would give the opportunity for you to ask me any questions directly as there seems to be a few Chinese Whispers happening.


 


I have been making armour since about 2004 when I started in Australia. I have studied materials engineering and am fairly familiar with plastic and rubber processing.


 


I initially started with armour of the FX variety which I made for many years and sent out many units at a very affordable price. I guess my entry into the market at my price range was compared with Aldi supermarkets, the big supermarkets didn't like it! 


 


I later evolved the helmet to a more desirable design as the FX was considered big and not accurate enough.


 


As I supplied larger companies directly with armour i needed to become a Limited company as many corporate buyers will not deal with some guy making armour in his shed. TK Armour UK Ltd was created with an office in central London and a Barclays company account to deal with transactions with individuals and larger companies.


 


I spent some time in 2015 changing my molds to be closer to the ANH style of armour with all the faults. 


 


I have exhibited at a few comiccons around the world to just show that I am here and this is my armour. I was at a Comiccon in Belfast in 2015 when I met a member of the Irish 501st legion. He commented that the armour was a good effort and not far off. I asked him if he could guide me as i was open to constructive criticism. He brought across to me kits from 3 of the more significant makers and advised me to make changes to mine that would reflect similarities with the other makers making mine more accurate without being too close to the others. I followed his advice and have kept mine individual and different to the others.


 


Whilst I was changing my molds I supplied the Britains Got Talent golden Buzzer act Boogiestorm with my first version armour. They came in 3rd and had 80 million hits on youtube. Since my changing of the armour I have also changed their armour to my new version. These guys are doing a great job with sick children etc.


 


I have made mistakes on the way and sometimes I have disappointing some people. But I have never ripped anyone off. I have had many people rip me off. I have been all around the world to places where armour makers would never bother to go. I have gone to visit costume groups all over the world and many people know my name and many have many thanks for me.


 


I will be at the MCM London Comiccon as an exhibitor this weekend if anyone wants to see what I am about or just to see my armour parts. You can also catch an autograph and photo of Boogiestorm at my table on Saturday as they are performing there if you are lucky.


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Hi there looking to purchase some armour I was wondering if the sds battle spec ready to wear armour would get approval to join?

 

 

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Hello and welcome to FISD!  Here are a couple of good links for you to read:

 

http://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/11538-the-various-types-of-armor-and-where-to-find-them/

 

http://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/29241-is-originalstormtroopercom-good-quality-for-its-price/

 

Essentially there are other sets of armor that you would probably rather consider over SDS.  Also head over to the New Member Area and introduce yourself to this awesome forum.  Good luck!

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Hi there looking to purchase some armour I was wondering if the sds battle spec ready to wear armour would get approval to join?

 

 

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it can be made to clear but you can get easier armour for less money.

 

I'd recommend starting an introductory thread in the correct s cation and we'll be able to give you some proper advice.

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Hi all,

I am very new to this, as I've enjoyed meeting many from the 501st at local events, and for years talked about having a set of armor, my wife completely surprised me for my birthday with a Rubies set of armor.  I can't get the link above to open, and I know it would take work and money to get this set Legion approved. Could you please let me know some of the things that must be changed to make this set Legion approved.


Thank you

 

Paul

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1 minute ago, Trooper fan said:

Hi all,

I am very new to this, as I've enjoyed meeting many from the 501st at local events, and for years talked about having a set of armor, my wife completely surprised me for my birthday with a Rubies set of armor.  I can't get the link above to open, and I know it would take work and money to get this set Legion approved. Could you please let me know some of the things that must be changed to make this set Legion approved.


Thank you

 

Paul

 

Pretty much everything unfortunately. In the end you'll spend more time and money getting the kit up to spec than your wife spent on the kit itself. Better to start over with one of the vetted armorers.

 

Your wife seems like a real keeper for her to surprise you with a set of stormtrooper armor for your birthday. But to be honest, a Rubies Supreme kit (assuming that is what you have) isn't good for much more than a Halloween or con costume, or for a mannequin display. Your best option is to sell it and use the cash to get something legitimate. The way you figure that last part out is to spend as much time here as possible reading the threads here, especially in the Getting Started - Read This First section. Also, you'll want to join your local garrison's forum and/or Facebook group so that you can meet up with them, attend troops as a handler, attend armor parties, and generally get a hands-on feel for this stuff.

 

As for the what to do with the Rubies Supreme kit, think of it as that Christmas present that while is was purchased out a place of love and caring, is still totally wrong for you and needs to be returned to the store for something more appropriate.

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Thank you so very much for the advice!  I honestly had no idea what she was up to.  We had members of the 501st at our local minor league baseball team for Star Wars night on Saturday, so after talking to them, I came home and started reading threads....then on Sunday, she surprised me with a set!  Yeah, she's a keeper!  Unfortunately just the wrong set as I'd love to eventually be approved by the 501st.  I'll take your advice and send it back, but also to contact my local garrison and continue to read, read, and read more.  Also, thanks to all of you for being this passionate about this great world George Lucas gave us. 

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Hi I am a newbie and am in Australia where would be the best place to by a kit in oz

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21 minutes ago, Jdg said:

Hi I am a newbie and am in Australia where would be the best place to by a kit in oz

Have a read through the Getting Started Section this thread, lots of info there. There are no suppliers in OZ at this stage.

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I just watched a YouTube video with someone comparing a $10 Stormtrooper costume to a $1300 Stormtrooper costume.    The $1300 was from Shepperton Design Studios.  I was shocked by how bad it looked.  The guy had it built to wear out of box, and there were so many inaccuracies. 

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5 minutes ago, BTCost74 said:

I just watched a YouTube video with someone comparing a $10 Stormtrooper costume to a $1300 Stormtrooper costume.    The $1300 was from Shepperton Design Studios.  I was shocked by how bad it looked.  The guy had it built to wear out of box, and there were so many inaccuracies. 

Yea most armor looks pretty bad if assembled incorrectly SDS is no exception however, IF built correctly even SDS can be built to the higher standards. Take a look at the Centurion section ;)

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