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Newbie here about to get started on my first build. My wife will be gone for the next two months to finish hiking the Appalachian Trail, so I figure this would be a great time to get started on something I've always wanted to do. I'm very new to this but super excited to get started. Any and all feedback is very welcomed! Alright let's kick this pig!

Obligatory brown box for the ATA helmet:

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and unpackaged:

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Hi ninjabenben,

What, you are not joining your wife on the hiking trip? Just kidding, looks like a fantastic opportunity to work on your build without distractions :)

I'm looking forward to seeing your WIP build. Best of luck.

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Hahaha no, that's quite a bit more walking than I ever want to do :P Plus she has already done most of it and just finishing it up before we get too busy. So this is the perfect time for me to work on this! :D

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Woo hoo!!

Take pictures!

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Alot of this will be a repeat of what Pandatrooper did since I'm using his fantastic How-To as a guide, so thank you for that Pandatrooper!

Trimming off the excess:
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Dremeling out the teeth and sanding off the rough spots:
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Shaving out the teeth details with an x-acto blade:
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Question for anybody: I read somewhere that the Cantina Captain only has 3 teeth on both sides? And that I would have to have 4 for deployment and then fill it in after I get deployed to match the Cantina Captain? I'm looking at this picture and it looks like he has 4 teeth on either side or am I mistaken? http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111029223511/starwars/images/a/a6/DavinFelth-Cantina-ANHHD.jpg

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Got the voice equipment working and ready!
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Getting the cap in position to the face
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Drilled and screwed together
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By far the hardest part yet....the ears
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Ears attached!
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And this is why you wear special gloves that prevents cuts kids! Bit slipped and accidentally drilled into my hand. Luckily the glove did its job and hand is perfectly fine.
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Speaking of gloves....
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Good going!Mine is coming next week, can't wait to get started :) Re your question; Cantina Captain has 3 teeth cut out on each side. Check out SWAT applications from Mr.Hair and Lord Triste, there you're find something good reference pics.

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Good idea thanks Strider! And hiking for a week is probably my tops. At that point I would probably think "OK I get it, now I want my Xbox", and head home. But it's her thing so I'll encourage it!

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Ready to start on the backpack by Crashmann

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Felix, the pictures aren't loading for you? Which ones do you see? Try doing a hard refresh on your browser? (Ctrl+F5)

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Cutting out the hardhat liner
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Cut out the visor
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Installed hardhat liner and visor and then dremeled down all the screws so as not to impale my face on them.
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Painting everything
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Helmet done! (will probably wait for rest of the armor and weather it all at once) Pauldron from trooper1!
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Pouches by Blaster 8266 came in!
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Starting to cut out backpack pieces
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Looking pretty good. I'm a fan of the ATA helmets. Even throws in a second set of ears because he knows you'll mess the first set up. hahaha

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And I totally did mess up the ears and needed extras!!! haha.

So while working on my backpack, I added layers of paint to this awesome board made by Eric Beeks. My mannequin is now standing all badass-like on it.

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Hey, that looks cool! I was thinking about something similiar for my mannequin...

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Thanks everybody! Finally had a weekend to get more of the pack done:

Spacing/measuring the crossbars for the frame.

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Using a heatgun to bend all the necessary pieces.

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Bonding some shivs on a canteen half

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Something as simple as cutting out a circle from a square piece of plastic can be challenging! Here I'm cutting out a doughnut spacer for the cistern.

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Modifying the cistern

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Shaving down sides of the toolbox and radio.

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Sanding down melted corner of exhaust box

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Cutting out wedges for tabs on exhaust box

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Exhaust almost done

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Gluing in mushroom cap spacer

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Black parts primed and painted.

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Canteen halves glued together, bolts threadlocked, stinger glued into place. Talcum powder and glue mixture to fill in the cracks. Will sand it off.

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Humbrol #47 for the blue parts

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After many test fitting, I riveted the crossbars down

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Then I started drilling and screwed in the seed trays

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Traced the holes to drill

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Fed string through to pull in the screws from the inside. Super glue helped hold the screws to get the nuts on.

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The big bolt for the cistern helped pushing the mesh down the shotgun shells.

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Top tray fairly done (except for weathering)

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Goopey hot glue helps hold these L brackets with velcro. This will be how I attach the radio faceplate for now at least.

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Dremmeled some grooves and glued some bolts to make the knobs turn.

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Then I Dremmeled off the extra bolt and threadlocked it snug but loose enough for the knobs to turn.

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Cut out some plastic covering then laid the display cutout

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Going to eventually make that display glow so I cut off the top of a bottle, sprayed metallic shiny paint on the inside, and hot glued it down for now.

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Radio getting there!

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Finishing up the cistern

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