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Armor Work, Painting, Setup

Day 3 Rundown (Yeah its late.)

Haven’t had time to update the site with the work I did on Thursday, so here it is.

Decided to do a test fit of the bucket to see how everything fits. Got everything together and I have two issues. One, the edges of the front and back need to be trimmed for a better fit. You can see in the pictures where the edges don’t fit properly and will need to be cleaned up. And two, the ear pieces have HUGE gaps where they cover the seams on the tubes. I’m researching how I want to deal with fixing that.

Next, I masked the outside of the bucket pieces. You can see in the pictures how I did that using masking tape and newspaper. Very easy. You can also see that I cut out the eyes in the masking and then taped down the eyes. This is done to seal the eyes to keep overspray from getting into the masking and onto the face of the mask.

Armor Work, Painting, Photo Gallery, Setup

Day 3 Test Fitting The Bucket And Masking


Long Weekend, Got Nothing Done.

Yup. Thats right, I had a long weekend and didn’t even TOUCH my armor. Oh well.

But I did at least get something done even if it wasn’t elbow grease related. I placed an order for one of the most awesome and screen accurate neckseals I have ever seen. Its expensive though, coming in at just under $100 shipped from the UK, but thats ok since thats something I can always use with any armor kit I get. Since these are only being offered for a limited time, I figured might as well splurge now rather than kick myself later for not getting it when I had the chance.

(Note: These are pictures from the actual seller and not my own)

Heres a picture of the actual product

And heres a screen grab of the actual ANH hero neckseal.

Items I still need to pick up:
Under Armour (since I live in the crazy weather capital of the world, I really need to get both Heat & Cold gear Under Armour sets) and trooper boots which I won’t bother with until I get closer to finishing my armor.

Armor Work, Painting, Photo Gallery, Setup

Day 2 Photos

Photo Gallery, Setup, Tools

Tool Photos


Day One Recap – Unboxing & Preliminary Test Fittings

Well, I got my armor home and got right into unboxing (well right after I slipped into something more comfortable). As you can see in the pictures, everything is there, but it will need some polishing when its all said and done as there are already some light scratches and blemishes which I couldn’t get to come out in pictures.

I did some test fitting as you can see, some pieces will need some trimming to get them to line up better. As typical with FX type armor, the font shin tops need some trimming, as well as the back of the right shin, back bottom of the right shin, and the ends on one of the gauntlets.

Also the thighs will need a trim as well due to the extra length in the version two for larger thighs. I’m a little nervous about this trimming and getting the right size, as you want the armor to be lose for muscle expansion, but you also don’t want it too lose and once you’ve cut, you can’t go back. I’m going to do more research on how to size this better, but in the meantime, my plan is cut away a bit at a time until I get a good fit.

I have to admit, I am quite literally intimidated by the sheer scope of this project and the amount of work and planning that needs to go into it hit home once I had everything unboxed. But that is a good thing as it will help force me to take my time and work slowly and carefully to build this costume.

Tonight or more likely tomorrow I will go and buy the last of my tools and equipment for my project and make a final list of my tools and pictures for posterity, and mostly since nobody else has such a detailed list and that would be beneficial for others in the future. I know I really wish I could have found one instead of going piecemeal from different sources.

Photo Gallery, Setup

Day One Unboxing Photos



My armor has been delivered to the office. I’ll have some unboxing pictures when I get it home.

Now to figure out how to get out of work early…


Starting The Round Up

Last night, I took a trip to Super Walmart to take a look at what supplies I could find and pick a few things up.

I was able to pick up three tubes of Plastic Welder, a high temp glue gun with a fine nozzle and glue sticks, and a tailor’s tape measure.

I also took a look at what Dremel tools they offer (which is not much) but they did have on display one of the newer Stylus models which feels extremely comfortable and may be what I go for. From researching, I’ve found they have a short battery life but I don’t really expect to be using a whole 2 hour battery run in one sitting. The other thing that stinks is they come with a very limited selection of tools so I will likely need to buy a tool kit for it. Gotta do more research…

Also, I bought the mod kit for the Hasbro Stormtrooper Blaster off eBay last night. $45 bones but it’ll be totally worth it when its done.



Every Saga Has A Beginning… (thankfully, mine is 100% JarJar free)

For what seems like forever, I have wanted to own my own set of Stormtrooper armor. It at least stems back to Chicago Comic Con (pretty sure this is before Wizard swooped in and ruined the con) in the summer of 98 with Sal & Dave (my classmates and future roommates in college) when we saw a booth with a set for sale for $600.

I knew then that I needed one and much like Wayne, it would be mine. Oh yes. It would be mine. Well maybe not THAT particular set of armor, but you get the point.

Fast forward through college to 2005. Its about a month before Revenge of the Sith and Celebration 3 is close so Dave and I decide to go since we can (aka adults and not poor) and its relatively close (Indianapolis aka 3.5 hour drive). Nothing was as cool as pulling up to the convention center and having Stormtroopers and Imperials of every make and model directing traffic, pedestrians, checking badges… It felt like I was six again and I loved every minute of it. It made the trip instantaneously worth it and its an experience I’ll always have with me. I learned that I had a worldwide group of Star Wars fans called the 501st legion to thank for that and I was impressed and I knew its something I would be interested in doing myself.

Ever since, its been something I’ve wanted to do in the back of my mind, I’d looked into it, checking eBay every so often but not making the jump because of money and the fact that I didn’t really know anybody into it and just being generally afraid of the enormity of building the armor (as you’ll see as this blog progresses as that is its purpose of existence). But reading and learning about the 501st and what they do and stand for, not to mention the cool things they get to do, has left me interested.

Well that would change a few months ago when I became part of the family and got to know CAndyman and JediJef, one who is a veteran 501st trooper and the other who like me was just beginning that journey at the time. The more pictures I’d see, the more I was hooked but I just couldn’t bring myself to spend the money,these kits are NOT cheap folks.

Then I got my “Economy Stimulus” money and I thought, so what could I do with this money?

Save it? No fun.
Pay off bills? Even less fun.
Buy something stupid? HECK YES!

So I rattled around in my head, what do I want to spend it on. Blu Ray player errr I mean PS3? Maybe but I don’t have room for it and I don’t really need one yet. DVDs are just fine and I have WAY too many of them. I could use it on computer parts, but nothing is broke ( knock on wood) and nothing NEEDS to be updated. What about Stormtrooper armor?

So last Thursday rolls around, and on the way to see the 8PM showing of Iron Man (BEST MOVIE EVAR!) I made the mistake of mentioning to Erin that I was considering buying a Stormtrooper armor kit with my free money and she totally backed me up on it that I should do it. Not only that, but she made it her mission to ask EVERYONE at the movies their opinion on it, and they all agreed.

So here I am. Victim of my own nerdiness and peer pressure. Through extensive consultation with CAndyman, I have now joined several Stormtrooper costume building communities, done countless hours of research on building said armor and related items and Stormtroopers themselves, but I have also bought a kit and a white ’96 Hasbro Stormtrooper rifle for dirt cheap that will need to be modified (yep they make a kit for that too) and painted before its ready.

I have a TON of work ahead of me and shit-ton of tools to purchase to do it all. This is a HUGE project, but that is the purpose of this here blog, to document the entire thing. I want you all to see the progress as I build this sucker and share it with me.

Let the journey begin…