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PostSubject: Re: TK8993 WIP New TM    Sun Aug 23, 2015 1:04 pm


Day Eighteen

As I have not been naming the days this past week we shall now call this Day Eighteen. I am doing little bits and pieces today trying to finish a few things off.

So far I have given my bifurcated rivets another coat of white paint. At the same time I sprayed little white into a plastic takeaway container and used a small brush to paint the heads of my single cap rivets in the thigh ammo strap. All free hand, no masking tape, not much thought just a quick dab to make them white.

Next I am going to put in some of the split rivets with elastic into my armour. Starting with the crotch and butt strap. I practised first on a spare rivet to get a feel before I go ahead on my armour.

There is a tool for fitting these but I am just going to use a pair of adjustable grips, a screw driver and regular pliers. Us stormtrooper types also fit them into our armour wrong.

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Anyway I need to get on if you'll excuse me..

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PostSubject: Re: TK8993 WIP New TM    Sun Aug 23, 2015 2:54 pm


Ok all the fixings on the torso have been fitted. As you will see my armour has taken a bit of a beating, but I am not bothered about a few marks here and there it all adds to the flavour.

While fitting the torso rivets I noticed that the loving paint I added soon came off, so after the first three I gave up using the painted ones and just went with the nickel ones I already had. I may or may not paint these at a later date. I suppose if I want to go centipede in the future I will have to paint them. At this moment I care not.

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Notice the extra flashing I have on the torso between the ab plate and kidney plate? That's because I am not going to shim my armour and I am not your regular out of work actor from the 1970's. You know I won't be no stick-figure, silicone Barbie doll, so, if that's what's you're into then go ahead and move along.. Also my diet of Chinese takeaway food and strong continental larger has not had the effect I thought it would. So there will be a little larger gap then some would like. Tough.

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That's all I have time for today, back to work starting at 5 pm, all I have to do now is the shoulder straps and finish screwing this bad boy together and then maybe I will suit up for some pics for you fine people. However I am a long way from finished with my build. Until next time, remember; poke, don't smoke..

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PostSubject: Re: TK8993 WIP New TM    Tue Aug 25, 2015 12:22 am



Ok so I finished work at 22:30 last night, and after a cold beer was cracked open and just over half way through a double bill of Plebs: I thought what better way to unwind then finish screwing my torso together? So I did. I just need to glue the shoulder straps and left side kidney strap and we are done.

That leaves me to finish my beer and watch an episode of Family Guy while I kick back and relax. Be sure to stop by again soon for pictures.

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PostSubject: Re: TK8993 WIP New TM    Thu Aug 27, 2015 1:23 pm


I am sitting here at fbj towers with a coffee and a selection of custard creams and am the master of all I survey; my recently semi finished TM armour spread all over the room. I glued the last right kidney elastic in this morning and decided my first plan of natural weathering will do the trick on this fine set of 1.5mm gloss abs plastic. So I have given it a quick clean over with some wet wipes and a little rub with a micro fibre cloth to remove any pencil marks and other general grubbiness and now I am done.

I still have plenty to do, I need to build my hero helmet, I have latex hand plates to paint and glue to gloves, I have to replace the thermal detonator clips with my alu strips included in the Big Brown Box. I have an RS Props stunt lid that needs attention, I need to rivet my holster on for clearance Clarence and I need to have a shave.

I also need the use of a cameraman or woman to take lots of pics so that I can show you fine people what I have built, any takers? I m free today or tomorrow?

In the meantime I can confirm that the one size fits nobody accurate armour assembly fits this eager stormtrooper and I cannot wait to get some pics done..

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PostSubject: Re: TK8993 WIP New TM    Thu Aug 27, 2015 3:39 pm


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PostSubject: Re: TK8993 WIP New TM    Fri Aug 28, 2015 1:50 pm



And the leather holster is now permanently riveted to the belt. Hopefully get some pics uploaded later today :-)

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PostSubject: Re: TK8993 WIP New TM    Fri Aug 28, 2015 2:55 pm




Just a few pictures of my RS Props ANH stunt helmet. Not much to say about this as I bought it as is, I guess it was built and decorated by the guys at RS. If I did one thing to this it would be repaint the vocoder as I do not like the matt black paint.

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As you can come to expect from any self respecting peas, the helmet is finished in keeping with the original costume pieces. All hand painted details and the interior in complemented with star shaped foam liner and elastic chin strap and flimsy green acetate lens. Until my TM hero helmet is made this will do very nicely indeed.

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PostSubject: Re: TK8993 WIP New TM    Fri Aug 28, 2015 3:01 pm



Original reference material in keeping with this thread..

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PostSubject: Re: TK8993 WIP New TM    Fri Aug 28, 2015 9:09 pm


Ok enough drivel lets see some pictures..

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PostSubject: Re: TK8993 WIP New TM    Fri Aug 28, 2015 9:48 pm


What's that? You don't believe its fbj inside the armour there. Ok here we are lids off pictures.. sorry about the poor quality pictures in advance


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PostSubject: Re: TK8993 WIP New TM    Sun Aug 30, 2015 8:27 pm


In the interim period before I start work on building my Hero helmet, which I have pencilled in for Wednesday this week when going through the transitional period from earlies to nights.. I thought I would post up a few pics showing my boots and gloves that I used for my stunt ANH trooper..

First up the boots. Just like any of the other various peas I went down the route of getting come fine English leather boots and painted them white. Its a good look that's been around since 1977..

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And the gloves. These are natural latex painted white and glued to rubber gloves. I think mine need to start using Head and Shoulders as they are getting a little flaky..

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Promo trooper says get some latex handplates..

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PostSubject: Re: TK8993 WIP New TM    Mon Aug 31, 2015 8:56 pm


Ok so after putting the fireblade back into firebladejedi at the weekend and for those who have not seen it here it is.. its back on with my build.

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Ok so as its a bank holiday today in the uk my ninja class has been moved to tomorrow and I was going to be having a sci fi night with a mate who has Trigeminal neuralgia and as he suffers quite badly he was not feeling up to it and cancelled, so I started on my hero helmet build.

I have trimmed the eyes and teeth and will do a little more work on Wednesday as planned. Updates with pictures soon I promise..

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PostSubject: Re: TK8993 WIP New TM    Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:30 am

Nice boots... i use Loake brand for mine Smile
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PostSubject: Re: TK8993 WIP New TM    Wed Sep 02, 2015 4:44 pm


Ok so what are we on now, day 20?

So I wanted to trim my eyes on the hero lid like the efx lid, but that was not turning out as I wanted to I just opened them up fully like this..

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This afternoon I have been painting the black outlines in the taps as I ordered some magnets to help me position the faceplate and back and cap. I always think you need 4 hands to be able to assemble a helmet nicely.. so not to waste any time in finishing this bad boy, er sorry hero off, I got started on the paint.

I also touched up the side rivets in my torso by spraying some paint into a plastic container and brushing it on.

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To be continued...

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PostSubject: Re: TK8993 WIP New TM    Tue Sep 08, 2015 2:04 pm



Ok so my Stormtrooper ANH stunt has been cleared by the young My Haggis and there was 1 advisory that needs attention and alas I am away on holiday so there will not be any further updates for a while. I will get on with my hero build as soon as I get back.

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