501st, Midwest Garrison

My First Troop – Force Among Us Chicago Premiere 6/12/09

Friday night was my first in armor troop at the Force Among Us Chicago Premiere at the Gene Siskle Film Center. Nothing is more fun than seeing the surprise and attention that we get when people see Star Wars characters out and about in the heart of State Street.

In all I didn’t have too many problems with my armor with the new strap setup. I have one that needs a snap reglued but in all I am much happier with the fit of the arms and especially the thighs that now rest where they are supposed to be instead of too far down. Still need to come up with a better torso option though, the top still pushes out but at least it much less noticeable with the side plates. Might need to work on trying to attach the side plates to the back plate.

Also had a problem with the electronics in the helmet. I really like the new fan placement with the fans in the frown to push air through the helmet but I think it might need to be pulled and redone. The new setup leaves no room for the mic in the frown and my attempt to use it as an earpiece failed miserably. It won’t stay in place and it likes to hit the fan, much like my nose and cheek which currently sport “fan burn”. Will probably pull the fan from the right side of the helmet and try and find a different place for it.

In all it was fun and I got to see a good portion of the film. Its weird to see people you know 30 feet tall on a movie screen.

Two troops this weekend. This should get interesting.

I’ll post pics from the FAU troop soon.

501st, Midwest Garrison, news, Star Wars

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501st, Armor Work

My New Helmet Build Part 1

Check out my new acquisition, a brand new Kev ANH v2.5 Helmet. Its rotocast in rigid resin. When its done it will be a mostly symmetrical helmet that is larger than standard screen cast helmets but smaller and much more accurate in shape and dimensions than the FX helmet that I have now.

Midwest Garrison

51709 Soldier Field Autism Walk Photos

My first troop. I went as photographer and handler and it was great.



Well I will soon be giving this blog a face lift and a repurpose now that my armor is done and I failed at keeping a good diary of my progress, but  it came down to either documenting or getting done in time for Halloween and well getting done came first.

I am now a proud member of the 501st and Midwest Legion, rechristened TK-8114.

I will be rebranding and naming this site as soon as a I decide on a appropriate name and I will continue to post about my adventures in the 501st, armor, and anything Star Wars I feel like bitching about.

Hopefully there are still people willing to read my blathering.



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I am a slacker!

Well not really, but I have been slacking on reporting on this site. Work’s been insane with computer installations, website installation issues, a new server, and two virus riddled computers. I haven’t had much time to report like I should with all the OT and usual business of life.

I have some new pics to post and some progress reports to make regarding , a few new tools, strapping, a second blaster project, and my screwed up shin piece.

So stay tuned, there will be reports coming soon.


Tip of the Day – How To Remove Devcon Plastic Weld

This tip will only work if you want to completely remove Devcon Plastic Weld from an armor part, say as if you had catastrophic failure in gluing your shins…)

If you don’t mind removing all the glue from the piece you can throw it in the freezer for a few hours. After that flex it a little and the glue should pop off with a little effort.

Be careful, as I haven’t tested this myself and remember the cold can make your ABS armor fragile.

Armor Work, Painting

Progress Report 6/10/08

I was able to get a few hours in on the TK armor on Sunday afternoon at least until I got sick of being soggy from the humidity. YUCK!

I sanded down the two halves of the 02 tank and painted it with another coat of gray. This will be the last coat regardless and will move onto trimming the halves and assembling the tube.

I was also able to assemble the two halves of the bicep armor with little difficulty, although I did have to attempt to reshape the inner halves of the biceps as they are misshaped and don’t line up to the outer half well.

To fix that, i brought down my hair dryer to heat up the piece to reshape it. Let me tell you, this method sucks. Its time consuming and generally just doesn’t seem to work, even after spending five minutes warming up the area.

On the left bicep, I was able to heat it up and let the glue hold the warped area in place, but the right one, I had to warm it up, Velcro it together and then hold it in the clamp. This hasn’t worked too well so far but I’ve found that leaving the pieces clamped for a few days is helping fix the warped area.

I also tried my hand at the first shin piece and had a catastrophic failure with gluing. I was unable to keep the middle part of seam to glue together even with holding by hand. Luckily I was able to tear the two halves apart with very minimal damage. I am now going to have to work on sanding off as much of the glue residue as possible and retry.

I have seen some good talk about computer hard drive magnets being used to hold the middle together where it can’t be clamped. Thankfully, I have several old computers at work, waiting to be recycled so I pulled the hard drives apart yesterday and will try again.

References, Tips, Tools

Tips – Mr. Clean Magic Erasers Rock!

After reading up on the FISD about what kind of cleaner that is safe to use on the ABS plastic the armor is made out of, I found a bunch of recommendations for Mr. Clean Magic Erasers.

I needed to clean off newsprint smudges and some tape residue, so I popped by Target and ended up getting the Target brand version because it was $1.99 on sale for a four pack which was cheaper than the 2 pack of Mr. Clean. (Make sure you get the regular sponges and not the other heavier duty ones.)

Anyways, I have to say, this thing totally worked. It cleaned everything off the armor with little work, just make sure you have a towel to dry off the pieces after you’re done.

I wholly recommend getting these and its probably a god idea to keep one in your repair kit once you’re ready for full time trooping.

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