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Plainsrunner

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  1. I wasn't sure which sub section this belongs in because it has to do with both helmet configuration AND audio. Man I continue to struggle with my helmet and electronics. I mean it bothers me enough to take away the enjoyment of trooping to some degree. 1. I have zero control over my helmet. in order to see out of the eyes at least a little the helmet gets jammed up against the pauldron and my shoulders which renders it immobile completely. I've noticed other troopers being able to at least turn their helmet a little -- it just doesn't happen for me. I have to turn my shoulders to look to the side. I pulled the pads out and installed a helmet harness which does keep the helmet fixed to my head, but again there is no clearance between helmet and pauldron for me to be able to swivel it. I'm not sure this is a problem I can remedy. 2. I have my radio chatter working fine with TKTalkie. My voice audio? I still haven't been able to get this working. It's usually WAY too low for anyone to hear it. If I turn it up so that people can hear it, I get a terrible feedback loop that requires me to shut it down completely. The last two troops I've just completely ditched the voice, which is a massive bummer and I think pretty lame. 3. Even for my weak audio -- it's proving next to impossible to get my head into my bucket without dislodging my wireless headset. Every single time it gets knocked around to where the mic isn't in the right position and you all know too well how it's impossible to get your hands in there to readjust your mic positioning with armor on and helmet on. I'm pulling my hair out here!!!! I have a couple weeks until my next troop and I *have* to figure something out so that these things aren't making me miserable!
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    Nagging FRUSTRATING problems with audio and Helmet

    Trying out a iX throat mic. It seems to drastically reduce the feedback, but it makes my voice sound muddy. I believe that's tolerable though since it kinda gives me the sandtrooper sound even before the TKTalkie changes it. More tests to come.
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    trooperbay v trooper1

    I love my trooper1. I also love my RS, which is trooper1....so I double love trooper1.
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    Thanks RS Propmasters!

    After my field pack frame cracked last month I contacted RS since I’d only had the pack for about 60 days. They had me send it to Woodman, repaired it, and I just got it back in. Looks fantastic! I cant recommend RS Propmasters enough! They have been fantastic start to finish and afterwards!
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    Merch Runs- MEPD still waiting?

    It's ok! I'm TOTALLY elitist!
  6. OMG that’s fantastic. Don’t make me want to try the impossible having just finished my other blaster. Lol
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    TD-92698 "Plainsrunner" Tour of Duty

    I’m aggravated enough to try a throat mic. Bought a used one. Waiting for it to arrive now.
  8. This is the beginning of my tour of duty log. I managed to get out to the Iron City Cosplay Day in Birmingham, Alabama. It is not a charity event, but it was a great opportunity for me to get out into the public in my armor for about 4 hours. The event benefits the Sloss Furnace museum and preservation, and professional photographers come out and do free photo shoots for everyone. I was also able to meet and connect with several members of the Alabama Garrison. It was the perfect first outing for my kit! My favorite photo of me from the event:
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    TD-92698 "Plainsrunner" Tour of Duty

    Dixie Derby Girls Star Wars Night, Huntsville Alabama on 7/21/2018 I'm still struggling with the audio when it need it to be loud enough to hear in crowds. The McWane center was quiet enough that people could hear me. So I still have some work to do on this end. I'm going to work on this in earnest for the next several weeks when I have no troops on the radar screen. Pics! (my favorite is when they let us into the security room/surveillance center to oversee things) My wife is also in these -- she's working on her Iden Versio and hopes to get approved within a few weeks. Also: Field Pack is still undergoing repairs so is not pictured.
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    Out of helmet head cover/hat

    Still need a small patch for a boonie hat. I'm seriously needing one of these.
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    Merch Runs- MEPD still waiting?

    I have to agree with Badbatch. We are even doing new merch runs on the garrison level in Alabama. MEPD seems to be bringing up the rear right now. Let's get the merch runs going again.
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    Bapty from a real Sterling project

    Thanks brother! The only salve that healed my soul after losing that auction was an exceptional 4 hour troop Sunday where my audio was working and we got to wander all over a science museum interacting with people. That helped! I'm still upset though. It's the fact that they are never for sale that hurts. I mean if I just moved on to another auction it wouldn't be bad -- but there are none to move on to!
  13. Do you see what I see? Yes. Those are Sterling Machine Gun parts. I am getting a resin Blaster from RS, but my brother and I decided it would be very cool to make a blaster out of an actual Sterling. If it works out, I'll be posting progress photos in this thread. A friend of the family does really good mig welding, and my brother is an excellent fabricator and modeler. Should be an interesting project! Stay tuned!
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    Nagging FRUSTRATING problems with audio and Helmet

    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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    Bapty from a real Sterling project

    On a lighter note -- I did one other finishing touch to the blaster: And I trooped with it. It was fantastic.
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    Bapty from a real Sterling project

    I got up at 4 am and tried for that one. Missed it by 5 bucks. My hangup was trying to do currency conversion in my head. I bid what I thought was my max bid with 15 seconds left and someone popped me by $5. I scrambled to convert and enter and lost it. I've literally been mourning the loss of that auction since it ended.
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    TD-92698 "Plainsrunner" Tour of Duty

    McWane Science Center Birthday Bash 7/15/2018 The first thing you will notice is that I don't have my field pack! It's being repaired at the moment by Imperial engineers. Secondly, this was the first troop where I was asked to sign an autograph. Not easy in the helmet! Lastly -- this was my first troop with my Bapty blaster made from a real Sterling. It's heavy but not unbearable. I was able to do about 4 hours with 1 break. This was the most fun I've had on a troop. People were excited to see us, the temperature inside was comfortable, there was a lot of stuff to play around with in the museum (it's a hands on interactive museum), and my communications were finally working right!
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    TD-92698 "Plainsrunner" Tour of Duty

    Magic City Con in Birmingham Alabama. I FOUND THE DROID! Second pic: Wife and daughter posing with me.
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    Bapty from a real Sterling project

    RoCKo, I feel your pain. In the end I just decided to simulate those parts. Honestly it probably makes for a more sturdy Bapty for trooping anyway. I've been pondering how sturdy the replacement grip would be since it's held on by one or two rivets and the main gun frame is so heavy. Right now I'm going to be looking for a genuine M38 Scope to swap out for my replica that I have on there now.
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    Bapty from a real Sterling project

    Just need the lever and a few finishing touches.
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    Bapty from a real Sterling project

    Results! I'm so close now. Just trying to locate some #2 sized screws. Apparently the big box hardware stores don't carry them.
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    Bapty from a real Sterling project

    Test glued the first T-track to make sure it would go well. It did! So I then glued the rest along with the power cylinder and used rubber bands and a clamp to secure.
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    My backpack frame is breaking

    UPDATE: RS Propmakers reached out. They are having me send it for repairs to a person here in the States. They are paying for shipping. Very cool!
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    My backpack frame is breaking

    So... my RS Field pack has had a structural failure. The frame has cracked almost in two right at the location where they attached a cross/support bar (the ones the seed trays are attached to). I’ll attach a photo later. I wonder if there is any way to fix it? UPDATE: RS is fixing this for me!
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