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mikelbrierly

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mikelbrierly last won the day on February 10

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About mikelbrierly

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  • Birthday 09/10/1990

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    Skateboarding, programming, illustration, and making TD armor!!
  • Name
    Mikel
  • Location
    Denver, CO

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    11590

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  1. Your kit looks awesome! Especially on that mannequin Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Looking forward to your build! Stock up on the E6000 in the meantime!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing!! These are the things that make the mepd the mepd and also make wives and husbands everywhere shake their heads in disbelief at all these crazy perfectionists! Haha Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. That weathering looks fire!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Haha I love that massive picture of a dude in suspenders/bracers/hosenträgers . And to answer your question "How can I move my bells in?" Here is a method I used to prevent the elastic from being pulled outwards. I added a plastic grid between two layers of white elastic. This gave them more tensile strength while still appearing as fabric. (The bottom strap on the pic on the right is the one I was replacing, hopefully that's not confusing) I think I got mine at Hobby Lobby https://www.hobbylobby.com/Yarn-Needle-Art/Needle-Arts/Plastic-Canvas/Square-Plastic-Canvas-Shapes---4-1-4"/p/34720 After adding those to my kit, I was able to get them in a lot more - (pre-dirty build pic)
  6. You guys are the bomb! Thank you!! And maybe I’ll hit up Ross and see if he’s still selling his Brextons! I’m going to go get a PVC pipe for the mortar this afternoon. I assume the only real disadvantage of that to the drain pipe is weight? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Looking great! I don’t think the chest is too small at all. The closer you can get your shoulder bells to the shoulder strap the less black undersuit shows, which can help diffuse the illusion that the chest is too small. Also I know on my Anovos helmet the black rubber brow gasket was not glued in well, and had a tendency to sag. I would maybe try and get your brow line pulled up a little and glued down with some dots of E6000. (There’s a general preference for higher brows round here lol. Could be the iconic roadblock trooper has a very high brow.)
  8. I've read on the forums that the mortar tube should be 2" or 2.5". I had some extra thermal detonator TK end caps laying around, and those seem like they'd accommodate a 2.5" mortar tube, but the caps I got in the TB kit would accommodate a 2" one. Thanks in advance for the help!
  9. Hey everybody! I've been out of the saddle for the last couple years and am missing it BAD. So I figured I should get it together and actually build my backpack! Being a packless sandy has plagued me for too long. In the long run I'm aiming for SWAT with the "look sir droids" trooper, so I'd like my pack to compliment that. ^ This guy. You may know Mr. No-Stripes and Mr. No-Brow, but what about Mr. No-Shins? He's the real MVP. From what I've read, it looks like I'll need the "Pristine" Pack #3 (before it got beat up from filming and taped together). First up I want to to say thank you to the folks who have provided info and goods - @Hausi has a wonderful pack #3 writeup that is absolutely bananas. It has so much detail and is a huge gift to everyone here on the forums. I'll be referencing this a ton. Thank you @henselmonster for the 3d files on Thingiverse (exhaust, mushroom caps, ) @m4vrick is the Canteen master. Got my Lionstar (GioStyle alternative) from him Thanks to @bigwam for always answering questions on threads, I got a lot of questions answered this way Thanks to @Cricket for providing clarity on BOTH top and bottom bottle diameters. (I stumbled into her pack build while looking for bottle info and it was fortuitous and inspiring!) Thanks @ross8008 cutting a real Shires siphon in half so we can benefit from your vac-formed replicas! @Chrelle Has great details laying out the use of threaded inserts and wood blocks to attach everything to the frame. (and thanks for the idea of using chapstick tubes for the shotgun shells!) here's my layout so far: (Seed trays, radar dish, radio, and thermal detonator panel are from a TrooperBay sandtrooper backpack kit.) The big pieces I'm still missing my Brexton box, mortar tube, and shotgun shells. I have some questions about size and scale for a couple items I wanted to get clarity on before progressing too much. The TrooperBay kit came with mushroom caps, but seemed to lack some details, so I found henselmonsters files to 3D print them. My first cap printed at about the same size as the TB vac formed one. But doing a dry fit of the 3D printed cap with an 8.2 cm diameter bottle on top, the cap looks too small... What do you guys think? Before shortening bottle -
  10. Thanks for replying and for the info!! Since I posted my question I followed your FOTK build thread link and realized you had already VERY thoroughly laid out all the steps you took! Sorry for making you repeat yourself. Also the story and video of you, Jimmy, and your son was fantastically well written and the absolute embodiment of the 501st. Thanks for being awesome! (I rarely brave FISD since MEPD is my safe space , but you guys should go check out Christine's thread for that if you have time. Totally brilliant.)
  11. Congratulations Christine!! This pack looks freakin awesome!! Also you are the Bondo QUEEN. I can't get over your thermal detonator cleanup AND that mini FO TK. I know tons of folks would love a thread on how you get such perfect results smoothing out tight places on a piece like this -
  12. Also Bigwam your build is beautiful!! As is your helmet display there in the background. (I'm jealous of your magnet collection too )
  13. Do folks ever paint their whole kit? I haven't seen that if so, but if ever there was a place that that kind of accuracy would happen it's here
  14. Happy Holidays!! Joe have you been on Trask lately?? Looks like you and this dude have both been shopping at Tosche Station!
  15. For my siphon, I got an awesome vac formed kit from [mention]ross8008 [/mention]here on the forums. Really nice lightweight repro from an actual Shires I believe. Good luck on the other pieces! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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