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  1. Hi there... for your review. Let me know if I missed something. I apologize for the green screen - it is casting weird shades on some of the weathering in the close up pictures. Thank you for your consideration. Name: Greg Bell ID: TD-34575 Link to 501st: https://www.501st.com/members/displaymemberdetails.php?userID=27237 Username: wook1138 Garrison: Badlands Pictures: Bucket off: Front Back Back - no pack Right Left Ab detail Right ab snap detail Left ab-kidney rivets detail Belt Shoulder straps Cod and posterior detail Thigh ammo pack Helmet Front Helmet Back Helmet Right Helmet Left Helmet green lens Helmet vocoder and hovi mic detail Helmet right ear and tube stripe detail Helmet left ear and tube stripe detail Hand guards Neck seal Pauldron Pouches (including small Spanish pouches) Interior Strapping DLT-19 right DLT-19 left DLT-19 wire and weathering detail Backpack Backpack right Backpack left Some poses and action shots I couldn't help myself - here are some action shots as the Docking Bay 94 Captain.
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    Need guidance on my first build

    Hi Connor. Welcome to the MEPD. Yes, you have come to the right place. To get started here, check out this section: http://forum.mepd.net/index.php?/forum/1-the-barracks/ And check out the CRL (costume reference library): http://databank.501st.com/databank/Costuming:TD_sandtrooper And check out this thread for help in selecting a kit: http://forum.mepd.net/index.php?/topic/10053-where-what-and-whom-to-avoid-when-buying/ This hobby is really about the research. Take your time, do some reading, and ask questions. There a number of options for buying armour - all depends on your budget and body size. The do-it-yourself kits are very rewarding and will save you a few bucks. Try to stick with vetted sellers - and remember, if a deal looks too good to be true... well, you know. Also, since the sandtrooper armour is almost the same as an A New Hope stormtrooper, you might want to also check out FISD (www.whitearmor.net) for additional information and general tips for building armour. Of course, once you get into the sandtrooper details such as backpacks, pouches, and BFGs - nothing beats MEPD. Good luck with your journey!
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    PO & SWAT Pics for Artwork

    Email sent with pic. Thank you!
  4. So, I have this thread going over at FISD - but I'll post here too. I recently finished a TK and now I'm starting another build - much to my wife's chagrin. The goal is to build as close as I can for SWAT approval. Both kits are from AP so this build should be very similar to my TK build - except of course: TD is dirty TD has a pauldron, pouches, and sometimes a pack TD does not have plastic shoulder bridges or large button panel on ab. They also don't have the 4 button panel - they have a three button panel (not painted) TD is dirty TD does not have the black lines on the traps or tears of the helmet Sniper knee plate if different shape. TD is dirty TD does not have holster or TD (or drop boxes) on the belt The fun part about the TD build is that one is encouraged to build a specific onscreen trooper. There was no question for which trooper I wanted to build. This guy: The captain that talks to Garindan. The first shot above was one of the most memorable trooper scenes for me back in '78 (didn't get a chance to see the movie until '78 - longest year ever). The best part about this trooper is that the helmet is still around (it was recently at auction - I think it went for $250K, but don't quote me). Anyway, there are pictures of the helmet floating around. Starwarshelmets.com is a good place to see these images. Here is an example: This guy. There is one snag to the whole process. For basic approval in to the 501st as a TD, you need at least two pouches with one of those being a proper shoulder pouch. So I will need to add a shoulder pouch in addition to the belt pouches. For level 2 (PO), I need a backpack. This trooper does not have one - so If I want to advance to level 2 I need the pack (and from what I understand, I don't need said pack for level 3). To put together a proper pack takes some time - so I won't be doing that right away. My plan is to build the actual armour as close as possible to what would be expected at Level 3 (SWAT) and just go for basic approval for now. I have a variety of pouches so that I will be able to emulate other characters - most notably the Cantina Captain who wears the exact same armor as the Garinden captain. He also has a pack (#3) - so this might be a Plan B. Gear collected so far: First two pics are from trooperbay. Sniper knee, original strapping kit (the screws showing on the outside of the armor is a upper level requirement), three button plate (as well as all the other button plates), S-trim, and strip stencils. Although the stencils are the "sandtrooper" stencils, they don't match this helmet - so I will need to modify. Collection of pouches and my pauldron from Trooperbay. I couldn't decide on which pouch configuration I was going to do, so I ended up with a little of everything. I have a canvas shoulder pouch and two more leather MP40 pouches in another pic. I'll have plenty of pouches - I can pretty much emulate both versions of the docking bay 94 captain and the cantina captain. From Anthony (blaster 8266) . Nice!! I can use these for the Cantina Captain if it comes to that - plus I need the shoulder pouch for basic approval. 3D print of a T-21 from TK421 propstop Sling, sling swivel, tubing for theT-21. Some wire for my DLT-19 as well. I'm still missing a few greeblies for the T-21, but I think I have them sorted out. Need some wire around the t-tracks and some dirt, but this DLT-19 should be good to go if I decide to emulate the Cantina Captain.
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    Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    And now a deployed PO! Woo hoo!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. MG 34 is a 3D print. Easy trooping.
  7. Wow!! Thank you!! I’m lost for words, so...
  8. Added to the list above.
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    Trooper Z's TD Build...WIP

    If I’m not mistaken, those look like the “sandtrooper style” stripe templates from trooperbay. One side is more sparse than the other if I remember correctly. All I know is that this is not based on the “stop that ship” helmet. I think the “ move along” helmet had more stripes on the left side, so maybe the stencil was trying to emulate that.
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    Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    Found a pic from day 2 of the expo. I’m practicing my Garindan walk. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    Sounds awesome! People seem to really respond to the TDs. I fine tuned the kit a bit and wore it much more the second day. Trooped with the T-21. Nice! Here is the only pic I have right now - I was in kit about 6 hours each day but didn’t manage to give my phone to anyone for pictures so I’ll wait for others to send me copies. I had to copy this one from the expo’s twitter feed. I’m on the left. The other sandy is another Badlands trooper, Jon, who is SWAT. It is from day one so no T-21. I don’t believe the one in the middle is from the Star Wars universe Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    I donated it to the props display. The Armor needs some fine tuning. Going back to the TK for the rest of the day. How was the troop? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    Have my first troop with my TD this weekend. I tried on my backpack tonight. I’m not to sure about trooping with it since there will be some thick crowds. Of course that means attaching the shoulder pouch to... what? I’ve decided to use a small elastic strap to wrap around my arm and magnets to hold it in place. Drilled 3/4 hole in wood “ammo clip”. Inserted a couple of magnets. Duct tape another magnet to inside of chest. It holds its position without any other support - sort of. Still need the strap around the arm. Two sets of magnets might hold it in place without any other support. Might. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    Had a small troop today, so that was good. My voice electronics failed again, so that sucked. But I think i conditionally finished my t21, so that is good. Added the tubing greeblie with some blue wire (sacrificed some cat5 wire). Added sling. Added coil wire. Just need weathering and one other thing. I put a couple of elastic bands around the barrel shroud. I’ve seen other builds where people use tubing. I think it is a bracket for a bipod. The elastic bands are temporary. Screen shot Actual Lewis gun. I will shape a piece of plastic to wrap around the barrel some time in the future. I also picked up some fuel line to test if I can fit it on the corrugated surface without looking ridiculous. My weapons locker is expanding. New member of the family. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    That is outstanding news! Thank you.
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    Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    T21 is painted and assembled save a few greeblies and sling. Also made some minor modifications to the pack. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    Thanks. That's unfortunate. I must admit, I don't see a fraction of the detail you guys get from these pics, but the lower pic does look more like tubing of some sort rather than a corrugated material.
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    Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    Hey Urs, I meant to ask - would the corrugated tubing look be ok for SWAT or would I have to use fuel line (or similar tubing).
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    Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    No worries - not much one can do about the shipping. You packed it about as well as anyone could. That is great news about the mortar tube. Yeah, someone recently got called on the shape of the lab pipe. Thanks Shawn. Looking forward to seeing the finished armor!
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    Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    Backpack. So to get PO approval, a trooper needs a pack. Although the Docking Bay captain does not have one, the Cantina Capt does, so I purchased a #3 (standard) backpack from CrookKnight. He had a May 4th sale that made it too hard to pass up on. Anyway, the pack arrived today. The pack came very well... packed. Took me awhile to get to the actual pack. However, as impressive as the packing efforts were - it was no match to the brutality of the Post. The plunger head came off - which is fine since it should be mounted at a bit of an angle anyways (which I was going to do if not done so already). One of the seed trays was cracked on the bottom. Again - a little black tape and it will look probably even more screen accurate. A screw for the canteen fell out. I found the screw in the packing, but realized it was probably a little too short anyways - so I'll put in a longer one. I do have another canteen to replace the 3D printed one at some point down the road. So anyway, the pack is pretty sweet. It saved me a ton of work of finding and putting this stuff together. That said, I might make a few changes to make it more screen accurate. I'm not taking this pack to SWAT (if that happens), so I won't go really crazy. I have no idea what is actually required of the pack for PO but I guess I will find out. The changes I might make are: add small disc to top of lab pipe (upper left circle in pic) mount the plunger at an angle (dashed line showing exaggerated orientation) cut the mortar tube down a bit or lower the whole thing if possible. the white caps are 3D printed, I have ABS ones if needed. I might augment the bee stinger and make it a bit shorter (lower mid of pack) the radar dish (?) or tupperware lid needs a black backing to it and should sit a little lower on the mortar tube. As you can see, a few things are a little high or a little low compared to the reference pic. But I really can't complain, I could just weather this guy and go.
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    Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    Painting T21 wood parts. sorry, the pics will probably only show in tapatalk. So I guess a person has a choice with the grips and butt of the T-21. black, or bakelite look, or wood look. I like the wood look so that is what I'm going to do. at the end of the day, it will be very dark so it doesn't stand out as wood - like most of the reference pics. I use a method of applying many washes of acrylic paint to make it look like wood. So starting, mask the area off. The black is primer. Paint white strips with various amounts of water. By the way, I'm using vallejo acrylic paints so water is the thinner. I even used my finger to run the white in to make the streaks. This base layer will dictate the direction and look of the wood grain. Now,this looks crazy but it works. I paint a bunch of different, bright colours in washes. I just slap it on any way, following the brush stroke direction of the white. This will give the brown washes, that I will add later, some more life and variation. I took 80 grit sandpaper to it and scratched it down to the primer and occasionally down to the black plastic below. I add a layer of light brown to neutralize things a bit. Then I sanded again very lightly. I started added washes of brown. Starting with brown mixed with red, and then brown mixed with black. Keep on adding washes of brown with various tones. My final wash was pretty much black to give the wood a nice aged look. then I removed the masking tape. ready for the next step - darkening the metal parts.
  22. Copy that. I thought so, but didn’t want to assume. Thigh looks good.
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    Move Along Helmet

    Wow. Just... wow.
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    TheSwede`s "look Sir! droids" SWAT build [RS]

    That’s awesome! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    Thanks man. Yeah, unfortunately it is printed as one part. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk