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UPDATE: 7/5/08, Making Little Mods to the Armor
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TK 109
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

good god. this thing is SWEET!

ok, i got the package this morning, and it canme in a fine UK beer box, and some grocery bags. it came with decals, screws, nuts, rivets, all trim, and the pieces.

i had it built in 10 mins. REALLY easy to put-together. painted on ears, chin, and mouth. LOOKS GREAT!

i stuffed foam in key places, and added the fans and headset, and i was done.

the whole thing is big. not nearly as big as the FX, but is big, because i've been used to looking at me without the helmet, or with a rubie's helmet on.

i'll bet you wanna see pics...

well i forgot...

just kidding!!!: Laughing









that's that!

i tried my hardest to match the paint to the decals... i think it looks nice. the overall look is sharp. i applaud the maker Very Happy

i topcoated everything i painted with varnish, as the paint i used was acrylic.

i will try to get new pics of me in my ENTIRE suit ASAP. until then, COMMENTS ARE WELCOMED! Very Happy

thanks guys for all the help! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vast, vast improvement! Much nicer than that Rubies.

If Master Replicas would ever offer the affordable 'trooping' helmet, I'd be game for one, but after seeing yours, I'd like one of those too!

BTW, A foam star headliner is a good choice, and a chin strap to hold it down. FWIW.

Jim
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i tried that, but whenever i put the helmet on, the strap would choke me. this called for more modification and work, which i didn't have enough material to do.

this thing is nice. WOW.

go for it, jim. it's a beautiful bucket. just look up stormtrooper helmet on www.ebay.co.uk , and find the one by "kaminoclone", (the cheapest, consequently), and be sure to request UPS / FedEx and a tracking number. Wink

wow... wow...

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

got some new armor shots. best it's ever looked. the quality of the photos aren't too sharp, chefhawk, if you could make these sharper, that would be cool! Cool

anywho, 501st-style again. any comments/constructive critisisim is welcomed:

good god. i'm skinny. Shocked Laughing






this is the one that's especially blurry. cheafhawk, since you fixed one of my other pics on this thread, could you try your hand at this too? i just need it sharper. MUCH. Shocked










i painted the screws white. looks better! Very Happy but those cheek stripes look BAD at this angle! Shocked

that's that. Very Happy like i said, any advise is welcome. i've already got some ideas:

1. calf muscle bulge
2. thigh "lips"

I LOVE IT!!!!! Very Happy

thanks for helping me get this far, you guys! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good there alex.
The pics look fine to me.
The helmet makes the armor look complete now.

I would re-do the cheeck stripes. I dont think they are the right lencth.
You casn get decals from
http://www.trooperdecals.com/


cheers matey
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah, are they, like 3/4" wide? the whole strip? if so, i can re-do these, just by putting tape side-by-side with a 3/4" gap. Smile

you're right. it does look complete. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



You know, someone posted these things someplace. I really wish i could remember who or where.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Embarassed

oh that's right...

i thought those were for the FX helmets...

i guess not? Confused

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thank you. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TK 109 wrote:
thank you. Smile


NP.

Even if they are not 100% you can uses them as a starting place to BE 100%.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

they're fine, man.

i just down-sized them to fit my bucket better.

pics coming soon...

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

new armor mods:

i modded the calves, backplate, and biceps:


more muscle curvature.


closeup on muscle curves.


inner bicep curvature, and the addition of the "thumb-print"!


new backplate box. note: line at the bottom of mold indicates wher i am going to trim, just to give it a better look.

i also fixed the tube stripes:




LOVING IT!!

and i also did a quick mod on the neckpiece, and my skin tended to show:


(addition of vinyl disk)

i'm also working on the bottome of the thighs. i just need some bondo there, and i'll be done fast. then, i'll just need to vacuform the new molds, and i'll show you guys the results!

please, tell me what you think!

thank you.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2008 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW!

Thats looking great! Your armor is really looking the business. One thing I might add, and this is something I noticed about my own armor, is, the chest 'pecks' are, well, off a bit from the screen used ones. Close to the FX chest, but too flat. Since you are tweaking your other molds, It thought you might as well tweak that chest mold too!

Looking good!

Jim
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh boy... Shocked

that chest.....

i agree with you completely on that one. but i just don't have the inspiration. i mean, i'm looking at a a lot of time, here...

i have enough wood on the present chest molds to just grind it down to the shape i need. i'm just hoping i can get it right the first time around. i'm thinking i gotta bring the sides in a TINY bit, something i might be able to do just by bending the plastic, MAYBE.

alright. i think i'll do it. time to get some photos! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vacuformed the new pieces... working on the thighs... pictures coming soon to a theater near you...

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