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    It has been a busy few days, we got some adjustments made. Not all of them. Thighs need to come up still, and some more strapping adjustments. The big reveal at the reception was a hit. He was excited as can be to see that she is a member. The armor is back in the worlshop and next wednesday we can have it all tightened up better so she can troop
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    I picked this guy up at celebration Orlando and always thought he would look cool sitting on a mountain peak. Loder peak, east of canmore in the Canadian Rockies. Sent from my SM-G930W8 using Tapatalk
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    Hey guys, I wanted to share my experience building my own pack frame. I partially wanted to save some money, but it also just seemed like a fun challenge. I initially thought about getting an aluminum pipe bender and doing it with aluminum, but I figured that would be a huge headache, so I went with PVC. The primary issue with heat gunning/bending pvc is that it kinks really easily, so I did some research online of different methods, and I came across some unique solutions that I use here - First I gathered as many dimensions as I could of the frame. It seems like there’s a couple variations of the Karrimor brand out there, but I feel like the trapezoid style with the single top bar is the closest (from what I’ve seen). Juan posted a great photo of his frame with a load of dimensions, so that was my starting point. I also used Airborne troopers build as a reference for curves and placement of trays which was really helpful. NOTE: I have the Trooperbay pack starter kit, and I believe some of the dimensions are off by a bit, specifically on the seed trays, but it’s what I have, so I fudged a couple measurements to work better with the trays that I have. Materials: 1/2” PVC piping (it says 1/2”, but the real diameter is 3/4”) Sand (I used a bag of play sand) Masking tape Heat gun An old pot Oven mitt Thick gloves Small funnel Wooden dowel slightly smaller than the interior of the PVC First I drew out a template of the trapezoid shape (the bottom of the frame) that I could follow to bend the pipe to shape. Next I marked the halfway point on the pipe, and the first two bends. Then I masked off one end of the pipe and filled it to the brim with sand using the small funnel Once the amount of sand had been measured out, I dumped it into a pot and put it on the stove on high heat for about 5 - 10 minutes. You basically just want it as hot as possible. At this point I was ready to pour it back in the pipe and tape the other end off with masking tape. I made sure I had my thick gloves on and oven mitt close by, and also made sure I had the template all ready to go. Here’s a gif of how soft the pipe gets just a minute or so after pouring the sand in and taping it off. Now I was able to lay the pipe on the template and slowly bend it to match the form I had drawn out. I used a heat gun a little bit for the corners, but I’m not sure it was even necessary. The hot sand acted as more than just the heating element, it also prevented the pipe from kinking and collapsing in on itself. I waited for the PVC to cool to hold the shape, then used a heat gun to bend the 45 degree angles, using the floor and wall to prop it up while it cooled. The next thing I needed to do was to give the long vertical pipes a subtle bend backwards. I sketched out what I felt like the curve should be, and then re-heated the sand for one side at a time. The sand is much more effective for soft subtle curves than a heat gun. (I also used a bojangles setup to prop everything up for a while to cool) I repeated the process on the other side... And also used the heated sand technique to bend the crossbar with a gentle curve. I cut it a couple inches longer than I’d need. To attach the crossbar, I cut it down to the distance between the crossbars plus about an inch. Then I wrapped a piece of PVC with sandpaper to sand down the ends of the crossbar so it would fit nicely in place. To attach the crossbar, I decided to use a couple wooden plugs (I made by whittling down the shape from a dowel) with pilot holes drilled in them that can be screwed in from the outside. Then I hammered them into the ends of the crossbar to be flush with the shallowest point. After drilling pilot holes in the frame, I screwed into the crossbar wood plugs to fasten it in place. Once that was in place, I cut the ends off the frame to about 3” above the crossbar, and voila! After a coat of paint and some old backpack straps, I’ll have a Karrimor-esque frame for about $10. I hope that this might help some people build their own affordable pack frame!
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    Just artworked a new and in higher resolution PO Deployed background. Hope you like the upgrade.
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    Rats! You even reminded me of this run and I totally forgot. It looks awesome! I am now consumed with envy and regret.
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    Yeeeehaaaa!!! Thank you brothers. Super excited Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Awesome work Greg - that helmet is a masterpiece, going to be hard even for experts to tell yours from the original
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    Your armor definitely looks sweet bro'!!
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    I used Velcro to secure a foam strip on my chest piece to buffer the sound waves from travelling back down to the speaker. It seemed to work better that way. I also moved the mic a little bit away from my mouth in the helmet because it seemed like my voice was bouncing around in the helmet back into my mic (not sure if that also causes feedback or not). Im going to explore the an plate solution now. I wish they would advance amp tech to be smaller/thinner. That would solve a bunch of problems.
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    Thanks, Daniel! One of my garrison mates pointed me over to Paul at TRamp, and whaddya know... he builds exactly what I'm looking for. Credits have been paid, so now I can work on other projects while I wait for it to arrive.
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    These are from trooperbay. I'm sure the UKG can recommend a place to get them there so you're not waiting forever for shipping.
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    Congratulations to the following for earning your Emperor's Roughneck Awards! 25 Troops macnolo, TD-18814, 06/10/2018 German, TD-23676, 06/10/2018 Darth Mout, TD-9841, 06/11/2018 hitoman, TD-11366, 06/11/2018 DarthStevius, TD-18969, 06/11/2018 LoveMonkey, TD-18542, 06/11/2018 bigwam, TD-30571, 06/12/2018 Prozent, TD-26001, 06/14/2018 vf2112, TD-21112, 06/19/2018 BadBatch, TD-17105, 06/19/2018 Slick, TD-11250, 07/14/2018 50 Troops macnolo, TD-18814, 06/10/2018 Darth Mout, TD-9841, 06/11/2018 hitoman, TD-11366, 06/11/2018 LoveMonkey, TD-18542, 06/11/2018 BadBatch, TD-17105 100 Troops hitoman, TD-11366, 06/11/2018
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    They were 8mm split rivets painted white. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Try Andrew ”TrooperTalk” Brinkhouse, I know he made T-21s and might have electronics for sale, if not I’m sure he can point you in the right direction
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    Moved this since it's a WIP. Once your armor is completed and approved by your GML (if you aren't already a TD), then you can create a new thread for PO approval.
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    I have been working on this since I was approved as a TD earlier in the year and it's finally at a point where I would be happy to post here on MEPD. Since I wear a black pauldron and looking at emulating the ally door check trooper, I will be building pack #4. I want to build with as many local supplies as possible though I know I will have to out source some of the parts. I have a full build thread on my Garrison forums but will run through the progress I have made so far. If people want a full breakdown I am happy to do that as well So I started off building my frame from PVC & gas pipe fittings that were the same diameter I also found some seed trays that match the sizes I found here on MEPD pretty well. Downside was they had a rim around the outside edge so I would have to take that off and refinish the edge. Here were the trays when I got them And after a little bit of surgery And in place on the painted frame I purchased a Lionstar canteen from Vincent (many thank) and some tupperware pudding cups & a Stow 'n' Go locally. I converted the canteen following Airborne troopers guide and painted the parts up The hardest parts were always going to be radio & siphon. Luckily I was able to get a fellow Sandy and garrison member to 3d print them for me. Quality was great, just a bit of finishing to be done to them And here is the finished product To complete the Sonix, I had to build the enclosure. I will be running an Aker inside playing background chatter so it had to open. I built the frame from Aluminium angle, made the outer walls from black plastic sheet & added some hinges and a magnetic closer for the faceplate. From there I made the leather cover, added the feet and the dial decals from Trooperbay. I also made the bottles from some drinking bottles I had around the house, they have the right look in comparison to the pudding cups. Made sure I could screw them onto pack as well Now all the main components were here I started to build everything up. I bolted both the blue & black bottom trays to the frame Then started to attached the items to the top trays. Here is the top blue tray completed and attached the tray to pack. Starting to take shape and look like a pack From here I will work on the last part of the top tray, the straps and complete the weathering before trying for Police officer. I will keep the topic updated as much as possible.
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    And one month from the day I opened my BBB...my Garrison has told me I set some kind of record [emoji848] Wasn’t my intention to try and be done in any hurry, I was just enjoying the process...[emoji4] If anyone has any questions, please feel free to post on this thread, or PM me...and if anyone sees me out trooping, please feel free to ask questions. I really hope that this will help any new builds out there as much as any other build/WIP threads out there helped me! Koryu1212(Dan D) TD-15169 Imperial Sands Garrison Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Don't worry too much about the stretch, the Ammobelt will pull it all together tightly. Looking good
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    I would get your pouches and pauldron here in the sale section. You'll get a higher quality of both! I'm a big time supporter of the TKTalkie even though I have not got around to upgrading to the latest v4 yet. Your WIP is right where it belongs.
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    Minor progress these last few weeks. Life with young children is not conducive to building armour - plus we’ve been away on vacation for a bit. Oh well, here are some more check boxes that I’ve checked off. I managed to get all the holes drilled for the original bracket strapping system and tested some of the connections. I also did some more minor reshaping of some return edges with the always scary heat gun. Drilling holes. Glued 3 button plate. Glued rivet covers on belt. And started painting a bunch of screws and rivets white. Started to add the canon bracket strapping. I managed to get the screws counter sunk a bit. I have seen other people use elastic along the left kidney to abdomen connection. They also used a extra piece of ABS to support it. I tried the same method, but once I got the split rivets set, a gap formed. The elastic got stretched a little a now won’t retract due to the ABS support. This is a lot more gap than I want. Not too happy. I changed out the right ab snap for a “Tandy”-less snap. Added some bits of ABS to the inside of the thighs. I will ABS paste the outside. The screen used thighs appear to be filled as well - probably paint. Reference Snap bases for shoulder straps. I also added a snap base opposite the right ab snap (not shown) 25mm coverstrips for back of shins. Adding Velcro before gluing. I’ll see how that works. Just waiting for one snap base to set. Happy belated Father’s Day. My wife ordered me a couple of helmet bags from Trooperbay. She even knew that one should be TD. Just when you think they don’t care...
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    I used the same technique on the belt as I did everything else. Natural sponge with burnt umber. Dabbed it on and wiped off (Pandatrooper’s method). I made sure to leave some open spots so it wouldn’t be a “uniform” color.
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    Congrats, well done on the approval
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    He does look super pleased. They both do. Awesome result!
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    Thanks dutchy! ill do my best to make you guys proud!
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    Lucky you. I have been waiting almost 3 weeks for a response. Fl is backed up. Congrats. Sent from my SM-G920P using Tapatalk
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    Congrats! Now build your pack
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    Time to build a karrimor pack!
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    I never removed the inner liner.
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    Congrats! Let do it these card.... send you a message
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    Done and congrats with your 501st approval Bro!
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    Nice work mate, this looks awesome!
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    Awesome work, looking forward to this when I get PO in the future!
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    That’s awesome! Thanks for those pics, that answers all my questions. Now I just need to straight up steal your idea for mine! Haha Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Great work, very accurate looking frame... well done mate!
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    Nice work Scott, looks really good already!
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    Standing by for GML-approval Okey....I’m moving around a bit...
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    Just as an FYI to everyone - once I've cleared you and awarded you the corresponding award, I pass the information on to @SCRIBBLER, who will mock up your certificate and PM you when it is ready. No need to contact me about it. Thanks!
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    Congrats! Now go check your inbox!
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    Okay, nobody wanted to carry it for me so had to do it myself ...and after a while it became quite heavy But it was fun ...all those questions of the children asking what has happened to R2... most of it didn´t like it ...but we are the badass bunch of dirty dudes... so making some kids cry is part of the job Just joking, I told them that R2 was still alive and could easily be fixed (I had an aker inside with an mp3 player with some soundfiles that my friend Markus/tiny had put together for me)... little did they know that he would be ending up above the table in our living room at home... my wife is happy as she always wanted a light above that table ...and I couldn´t be happier.
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    Congratulations to the following troopers: - @Darth Mout for earning levels 25 and 50 - @hitoman for earning levels 25, 50, and 100. We'll probably need to add more levels on just for you! - @DarthStevius for earning level 25 - @LoveMonkey for earning levels 25 and 50 Keep up the good work troopers. You're pictures have been a blast to look through
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    Think about it, if anything GoT copied SW with the whole incest thing waaay before it was cool LOL.