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    Repair advice

    That's a bummer - but, you can fix that. Don't go buying new parts yet. You will need to remove the screw (of course), glue a piece of scrap plastic to the backside (re-drill hole for screw), and then use ABS paste to fill in the gap on the front. The area with the ABS paste will need to be sanded and re-weathered. Some people will actually use a bit of thin cloth with glue or resin before gluing on the scrap piece of plastic to reinforce the cracked area - you only really need this if you have tears propagating out from the broken area. If you have any questions on any of the above, let me know. There are tutorials out there for this sort of patch work. Good luck.
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    Question about screws

    You're welcome.! Yeah, the chest brackets are a bit larger than the other, hidden brackets. The other ones are about 1-3/4".
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    Question about screws

    My brackets are 2-3/8" wide (or at least that is how far apart the screw centers are). As far as where they are placed along the return edge - I do have measurements in my build, I just don't recall off hand what they were.
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    Quick Questions

    Glad to hear you are going for PO! For the shoulder strap - you will want heavy duty white elastic. 2" wide. Brackets are not required - only the screws for the outer appearance. Good luck on your build!
  5. 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)

    Got this beauty in the mail yesterday. And this! Being a TD is awesome. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    Check this out. He does a really good job with these. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    Thanks. I didn’t feel like fighting with the boots today. It was a tight fit. I might actually Velcro ABS hand guards right on to the mannequin. We’ll see. The immediate purpose of the mannequin was to take reference pics to help fine-tune the weathering to better match screen shots. Still eyeing SWAT. But now that it is on display, I kind of don’t want to take it down. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    I was all pumped for a troop today (I don’t get many opportunities), but managed to fall ill thanks to my disease-ridden children. So in lieu of trooping I decided to finally put my TD on display. I never get to see it from this angle. Putting your armour on a mannequin is a bit humbling. Time to ease up on the Doritos and hit a gym. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    *DONE* TD-16473 Requesting Deployment

    Congrats!! Nice work.
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    *DONE* TD-16473 Requesting Deployment

    Looks good, trooper! Nice and dirty. good luck.
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    Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    And more trimming. Torso and belt. Ab. There is no trim line at the ab to kidney seam. I put my cut line at the pencil mark. A lot of material to remove. I used the dremel and cleaned up with scissors. I rough cut the kidney along the pencil line. There is lots of extra material here if needed. I knew I didn’t need much and just trimmed off a bit to make fitting easier. Chest. Most of the trim lines were visible. I always trace them out with pencil. But I had trouble here. The pull was a bit rough here and at the shoulder bridges. Still doable. Rough area from the pull. Sized the ab and kidney parts and I only need 1cm from the edge of the kidney notch. Torso rough trimmed and sanded. I left a little return edge along the sides of the chest. The return edge along the shoulder tabs will help strengthen them. My left side had less return edge thanks to the dodgy trim line and me not paying close attention. Inner return edges are rounded so they won’t snag on things during fittings and what not. All torso return edges are about 10 mm to accommodate screws for original bracket system - but may reduce them a bit more once the screws are in. You really want to rough sand everything and make sure there are no sharp edges before the fitting and strapping process - this will prevent your undersuit from snagging and less chance of creating a tear in the armour. Belt and ammo belt took about one minute to trim. Turned upside down, scored the seam, used scissors to cut along the corners and snapped the edges off. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    More trimming of the AP kit. Shins Unlike the arms, there is a left and right to the legs. Shins are indicated as so. Since you will cut away that part, mark with marker. I use scissors for these cuts. I will rough cut with dremel but finish with scissors to get curves at corners. Sharp corners invite tearing. Unless you are good with the knife I really don’t advise the score and snap method for areas like this v Oh yeah, if you get confused about the shins, they are shaped like this. This is the left shin. Note the difference in the shape of the outer part (right side of pic) to the inside. The inside (left side of pic) has a tighter curve higher up the shin. Also, coverstrips will be 20mm - the seam will not be overlapping when you put it together. All sizing is done with the back seam (in my case) and most people will be good to just cut the front return edge down to 10mm each side. Thighs This is the right thigh. The inside part swoops down to avoid your... errr... bits. The right thigh also sucks. The return edge along the butt seam is not straight. I drew a straight line to act as a return edge. Trimming the front seam. The score and snap works awesome here. 10mm edge. When I cut the front seam I try to leave some extra material along the lower return edge detail. This will minimize the chance of a gap. This is the right thigh so it will be covered by the ammo belt, but keep this in mind for the left thigh. I forgot. Final trimming on shins. Ankle return edge completely removed. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    Since I'm done with this build for now, I figured I would post some stuff that I didn't post during the build - namely the trimming part. I posted this over at FISD for new people trimming the AP kit, so I guess I'll add it here too. Sorry if the images show up as only links - tapatalk thing when copying posts from one forum to another. This is of course for new people with no experience with trimming the AP kit. I'm not really talking about measuring for fitting, just the rough trimming (for the most part) Getting ready. I use a combination of lexan scissors, dremel, and score and snap with a utility knife. Picked these up. Bicep There is no left or right for the arms. They are the same. So the trim lines are pretty good for most pieces. Red in the pic. The green is the return edge for the butt seam that gets the coverstrip. The blue just separates the two halves. Inside bicep. I used the score and snap method here. I don’t like using this unless the lines are straight and flat. The knife can get away from you pretty fast and you can end up cutting your armour or at least create a weak spot for a future tear. I never score towards an inside corner - I'm not great with the knife and tend to overshoot the corner - creating a weak spot in the armour. Cut to the corners with scissors and snap the the edges. For the butt edge the is lots of material. I only need about 7 or 8 mm (15mm coverstrip) for my edges. Using the inside is great for seeing return edges Biceps rough trimmed. Butt edges not sized yet. Forearms Elbow edge. I left return edge only because the particular sandy I’m building has some return edge. I’ll reduce later to better match reference pics. Wrist edge of forearms. More return edge needs to be removed Wrist return edge needs to go. The inside of the piece really shows the return edge well. Shoulder bells before Shoulder bells after Don’t forget to clean up the little return edge along the side if present. Arms trimmed and ready for fitting. Return edge left where possible for screen accuracy sake. I removed all return edge for my TK build. But this is a sandy and they seem to have return edges. After fitting I reduced all butt return edges to about 7 or 8 mm for a 15mm coverstrip. Had to trim the shoulder bell return edge so I fit over the bicep better - not done yet in pic. I sand the areas that I will glue with coarse sandpaper. This helps the glue stick. Use E6000 - can't stress that enough. Cut some 15 mm coverstrips and sand the rough sides. There is a shinier side - this is the side that faces out. The other side gets the rough up with sandpaper and glued. Ready for assembly. Edges rough sanded and all corners rounded off. Got some gluing done too. Forearms got their coverstrips. The right arm doesn’t get a full coverstrip. And yes, that is the inside seam by accident. Too long of a day - good thing it is E6000. Check it out below in green. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. 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!
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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
  19. MG 34 is a 3D print. Easy trooping.
  20. Wow!! Thank you!! I’m lost for words, so...
  21. 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