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Hey all, I'm just getting started with my build and want to get some advice. Right now, I'm just trying to get all the right components together. Thanks in advance!

 

Purchased:

Kit from Walt's Trooper Factory

TK Boots

Ammo Pouches - https://www.amazon.com/trooper-Black-Canvas-Magazine-Pouch/dp/B01JB9A2CG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1493564586&sr=8-2&keywords=WWII+MP40+magazine+pouch

Pauldron - https://www.amazon.com/trooper-Shoulder-Pauldron-Costuming-Cosplay/dp/B01ISING74/ref=cts_ap_1_vtp?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=2897711222&pf_rd_r=87CPDQXGAHA962DAB2T8&pd_rd_wg=TAofD&pf_rd_s=desktop-detail-softlines&pf_rd_t=40701&pd_rd_i=B01ISINFWA&pd_rd_w=BrAMu&pf_rd_i=desktop-detail-softlines&pd_rd_r=87CPDQXGAHA962DAB2T8&_encoding=UTF8

Neck Seal - Darmans Props

 

To Purchase:

Straps and Brackets - https://trooperbay.com/costuming-accessories/kits-combos/stormtrooper-sandtrooper-full-bracket-set

Decals - Trooperbay? Do these make weathering a pain?

Gloves - (Trooperbay? Or maybe these? https://www.amazon.com/Rapdom-Tactical-Flight-Gloves-Medium/dp/B0089QIDK6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496505530&sr=8-1&keywords=black+flight+gloves)

Undersuit - should I buy from trooperbay or just look for some underarmor?

Frown Screen - Trooperbay

Lens - Trooperbay (Dark green or regular?) https://trooperbay.com/costuming-accessories/lenses-eyewear/dark-green-lens-material

Mic Tips - Trooperbay (necessary? should I just paint and use regular screen material?) https://trooperbay.com/costuming-accessories/armor-parts/mike-tips

Helmet Padding - https://www.amazon.com/FMA-Replacement-Universal-Padding-Accessories/dp/B0185O0R6E/ref=pd_sbs_200_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0185O0R6E&pd_rd_r=YCS49FCERQXQ4609SN9K&pd_rd_w=SV1Es&pd_rd_wg=MP5hY&psc=1&refRID=YCS49FCERQXQ4609SN9K (my only complaint with the kit I borrowed to try out was I couldn't keep the helmet positioned. I'd like some padding and straps so I'm not fighting with it.)

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You're off to a good start. We've already chatted, so if you have questions let me know.

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Another option for the helmet is to use a hard hat liner. Very easy and cheap to cut one up and glue inside the helmet. 

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You should double check and make sure the decals and mic tips don't come with your kit.  I don't know about WTF but my AM kit included them.  That way you don't buy twice.

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Ditch the stickers, get a template from trooperbay and hand paint them. You'll thank me when it's said and done 

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Ditch the stickers, get a template from trooperbay and hand paint them. You'll thank me when it's said and done 


Lol! Just when you think you knew everything on trooperbay!! Which color is best? Midnight blue or French blue?


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Ditch the stickers, get a template from trooperbay and hand paint them. You'll thank me when it's said and done 


Lol! Just when you think you knew everything on trooperbay!! Which color is best? Midnight blue or French blue?


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French Blue

 

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Thanks I needed to pick up some of that for my new bucket! I like to order as much as I can from them at once because shipping I'm sure they don't mind LOL


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I bought my paint at Hobby Lobby... saved on shipping

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Thanks for the help so far. Worst case scenario, I may end up not using the decals. Minimal sunk cost though.

Walt reports that my kit is delayed. So I've got time to watch more YouTube videos and read more build threads. I'll probably wait until my kit arrives to post again. Let me know if you see any gaping holes in my supply list.

Here's where I'm at:

 

Purchased:

Kit from Walt's Trooper Factory

TK Boots

Ammo Pouches - https://www.amazon.com/trooper-Black-Canvas-Magazine-Pouch/dp/B01JB9A2CG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1493564586&sr=8-2&keywords=WWII+MP40+magazine+pouch

Pauldron - https://www.amazon.com/trooper-Shoulder-Pauldron-Costuming-Cosplay/dp/B01ISING74/ref=cts_ap_1_vtp?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=2897711222&pf_rd_r=87CPDQXGAHA962DAB2T8&pd_rd_wg=TAofD&pf_rd_s=desktop-detail-softlines&pf_rd_t=40701&pd_rd_i=B01ISINFWA&pd_rd_w=BrAMu&pf_rd_i=desktop-detail-softlines&pd_rd_r=87CPDQXGAHA962DAB2T8&_encoding=UTF8

Neck Seal - Darmans Props

Straps and Brackets - https://trooperbay.com/costuming-accessories/kits-combos/stormtrooper-sandtrooper-full-bracket-set

Decals - Possibly won't use them.

Frown Screen - Trooperbay

Lens - Trooperbay (Dark green) https://trooperbay.com/costuming-accessories/lenses-eyewear/dark-green-lens-material

Mic Tips - Trooperbay (necessary? should I just paint and use regular screen material?) https://trooperbay.com/costuming-accessories/armor-parts/mike-tips

 

To Purchase:

Gloves - (Trooperbay? Or maybe these? https://www.amazon.com/Rapdom-Tactical-Flight-Gloves-Medium/dp/B0089QIDK6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496505530&sr=8-1&keywords=black+flight+gloves)

Undersuit - should I buy from trooperbay or just look for some underarmor?

Helmet Padding - https://www.amazon.com/FMA-Replacement-Universal-Padding-Accessories/dp/B0185O0R6E/ref=pd_sbs_200_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0185O0R6E&pd_rd_r=YCS49FCERQXQ4609SN9K&pd_rd_w=SV1Es&pd_rd_wg=MP5hY&psc=1&refRID=YCS49FCERQXQ4609SN9K (my only complaint with the kit I borrowed to try out was I couldn't keep the helmet positioned. I'd like some padding and straps so I'm not fighting with it.)

Straps for Chest Plate - included in kit?

Canvas Belt

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You're already on a roll here. Regarding the helmet,  you could also make a chin strap with snap buttons. That'll make sure that the helmet doesn't wobble around.

Undersuit:

The most commonly used under suit is Underarmor. But if you use a similar product you're good to go as well.

Gloves:

Nomex gloves are great for trooping but if you want to put in the extra effort get a pair of latex gloves as well.

Looking forward to your build!

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I find that I'm constantly saying to myself that I may not win any imperial beauty contests, but I am enjoying the build.

I have divided it up into tasks and would like to have the uncompleted list done in time for a troop that will be happening in town within the next couple weeks. Perhaps wishful thinking. I think I have done all I can do without someone to help with the fitting. Is anything missing?

I also need to buy those gloves and some padding material.

DONE:

Trim Flashing from all Parts

Cut Helmet Eyes and Teeth

Assemble Helmet Face and Cap

Trim and Install Ears

Back to Lower Back Brackets and Straps

Chest to Ab Plate Brackets and Straps

Back White Shoulder Straps

Shoulder Bell Fit and Straps

Shoulder Bell to Torso Straps (not installed until the shoulder straps are applied)

Chest Snaps: 2x shoulder, 1x codpiece, 2x canvas belt

Back Snaps: 1x butt plate

Green Helmet Lens Cut and Install (removable)

Thigh armor belt and straps (not sized)

 

TO DO:

Torso Clamshell Snaps and Straps (plus any shimming necessary)

Torso Fit and Shoulder Straps

Canvas Belt Assembly (I would like this to close on the side rather than the back to make it easier to kit up alone. Thoughts?)

Shoulder Ammo Pouch

Belt Ammo Pouch

Bicep Fit and Glue

Forearm Fit and Glue

Thigh Fit and Glue

Calf Fit and Glue

Paint Helmet Details

Helmet padding and straps

Frown Screen

Weathering

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Any pics yet Bro?

that can sometimes help pick up on any points you've missed. Even if not fully together yet.

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8 hours ago, SDB15 said:

As Tarkin would say, it'll look even better with blood on it. https://goo.gl/photos/kVU2pNBJt6Bx4eAU9

I've got a long way to go.

Doesn't matter. You've started. which is more than many get to do.

Shout with any questions as you go, there's plenty of help on here.

I can access the link perfectly, but you might get more input if you can paste the URL links to each photo in your thread (for those you want people to see) and they should automaitcally display here in your thread.

Good luck

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You're on the right track, don't forget to separate the butt and kidney. You'll need to create the return edges on both pieces.

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4 hours ago, Airborne Trooper said:

You're on the right track, don't forget to separate the butt and kidney. You'll need to create the return edges on both pieces.

Thanks! I got this from the CRL, is it wrong? Or is it just a bad idea to use a single butt and kidney?

 

"It is allowable to have a single Kidney and Posterior Armor piece.

If a separate Kidney plate is used, it lines up with the Abdomen Armor, with the top of the Kidney Armor flush to or under the Back Armor."

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I suppose it's ok for basic approval but I've never seen anyone leave them connected unless you're doing a ROTJ TK

 

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18 minutes ago, Airborne Trooper said:

I suppose it's ok for basic approval but I've never seen anyone leave them connected unless you're doing a ROTJ TK

Got it. Thanks.

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New pictures in my build album.  First attempt was not perfect, but I did get that "hey there's a stormtrooper in my house" feeling.

 

https://goo.gl/photos/kVU2pNBJt6Bx4eAU9

 

Problems I see: 

Shoulders were twisted forward.

 

Knee plate got pushed off calf. Why not attach thighs to bottom of ab plate? It seems like this would be more reliable than the belt and elastic I'm using now.

 

Ammo knee doesn't quite look right.

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Pauldron is too loose.

 

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Overall looks pretty good. I'm interested to see what it looks like once you've made the changes you already noted

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TO DO:

Forearm padding (the straps to biceps make kitting up impossible for me and they rotate on me without em)

Add shims to knee plate (keeps it away from the thigh by moving it forward)

Trim thighs for mobility

Strap thighs to ab plate (belt is inconsistent. I think this will make the fit more reliable. If I knock the knee plate off one more time so help me . . .)

Shoulder Ammo Pouch (how do you keep it from moving around. I'm thinking about velcro on the chest plate)

Belt Ammo Pouch

Add snap to tighten pauldron

Carve deeper corner into ammo knee

Paint helmet details

Helmet padding and straps

Frown Screen

Weathering

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You seem to be a slender guy. I can tell your thighs are bell shaped, you should trim them so they are tapered. Do this and throw a foam block on the rear thigh and one on the front of the shin and it'll keep your knee plate from getting tucked and even touching your knee. Your forearms can be tapered too. You have them on backwards or rotated the wrong way. The crescents should be just below the natural bend in your arm. 

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My paint arrived today:

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I have pretty shaky hands so every moment with that paintbrush was misery. I'm way more comfortable with a dremel. A few more adjustments until my next fitting, photos, and ToDo list.

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