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Plainsrunner

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  1. Plainsrunner

    Merch Runs- MEPD still waiting?

    This has partially quenched my thirst for more MEPD. Still waiting on that badge though......
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    Merch Runs- MEPD still waiting?

    Holy crap that looks really nice. ORDERING!
  3. Plainsrunner

    Merch Runs- MEPD still waiting?

    Wait a sec....WHAT??? A new PO coin?? How did I miss this?
  4. Plainsrunner

    Merch Runs- MEPD still waiting?

    So we've had a fairly long drought in merchandise runs here of late. I check every day but it's been dead silent over in the Merch sub forums.
  5. Plainsrunner

    Greetings from Mimban

    Looks fantastic!
  6. 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:
  7. So... I know Original Stormtrooper has had mixed reviews on here, but has anyone considered their mannequin for display and storage of your armor? Mannequin Or do you have other alternatives, or do you just put yours in a bag or closet and don't display it? The attractive thing about the Original Stormtrooper option to me is the fact that it's in the standard trooper pose holding the blaster.
  8. Plainsrunner

    TD-71112 Tour of Duty Log

    Ah ok! Nevermind then. You are well acquainted with wearing these things. I love the TD. I've got other costumes in the works but this will remain my favorite I'm sure!
  9. Plainsrunner

    TD-71112 Tour of Duty Log

    Great job! Did you get used to the feel of the armor yet?
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    TD-92698 "Plainsrunner" Tour of Duty

    I had him. Just can't see him in those pictures.
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    TD-92698 "Plainsrunner" Tour of Duty

    Wow it has been a while! The trooping opportunities really decline in the summer months it seems. Aug 25, 2018 -- Birmingham Alabama Fairy Tale Ball benefiting Childcare Services. Notes: No weapons troop. I don't like no weapons troops but it was for the kids so I sucked it up. My wife did a test run of her Iden Versio with command staff approval. Her actual armor is being painted, so she borrowed the chest piece from someone else. She looked so much like Iden it was scary. Little girls were coming up to her wanting to get a picture made with their female hero Iden. It was great! Group photo: Side view of me, wife in the foreground: And here I am grilling the Cantina bartender for leads on those droids:
  12. 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!
  13. Plainsrunner

    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.
  14. Plainsrunner

    trooperbay v trooper1

    I love my trooper1. I also love my RS, which is trooper1....so I double love trooper1.
  15. Plainsrunner

    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!
  16. Plainsrunner

    Merch Runs- MEPD still waiting?

    It's ok! I'm TOTALLY elitist!
  17. OMG that’s fantastic. Don’t make me want to try the impossible having just finished my other blaster. Lol
  18. Plainsrunner

    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.
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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.
  21. Plainsrunner

    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.
  22. Plainsrunner

    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!
  23. 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!
  24. Plainsrunner

    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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