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YES! I am too short for a Stormtrooper!

Archive for the month “April, 2012”

Now, some more trimming

Everyone suggested I started the real trimming on the arms. So I started with the shoulder bells. It seemed to be the easiest of all, but i still had to decide if I was going to leave it big, or actually cut it.

After so much thinking…. I did cut them 1/2″ all around, but on the bottom I only removed the return edge. Since I’m going to have to add another one, it would get shorter a bit anyways.

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So I borrowed the modeling iron from a friend, and read over and over again how to make a nice return edge. I confess i was mighty curious to see if I could do it, so decided to practice a little on some scrap piece of plastic.

Well, it was a good idea of course, always good to practice but… i knew that the plastic left over from trimming was a bit thinner then what I would have to do the return edge on…

So… i didn’t practice for too long.

I tried following exactly what the tutorial said, but it didn’t work. It said to apply some pressure and move the iron back and forth. I tried, tried, and nothing happened.

So, in frustration… I just left the iron on the plastic for a bit, until it got soft and THEN i moved back and forth.

It is kind of never wrecking to watch the plastic basically melt right before my eyes, but it worked perfectly!

And I think my first return edge just looks AWESOME! I’m very proud of myself right now!!! lol

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I was told this was going to be my best friend on this build.

I got it at the hobby store and it has 2 temperatures. I have no idea what the cooler temperature is for though. It is warm and stuff, but it just doesn’t do anything. Of course i tried first with the cooler setting. hahah So scary!

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First piece i reshaped was the biceps. My fingers are burning! =(

i can use gloves… but… it’s hard to hold everything with the gloves i have!!!!

It’s unbelievable that with just a few bending and reshaping it already looks so much smaller. And i only trimmed after it was more fitting on my arm.

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See??? It fits sooooooo nicely!!!! I’m so happy!

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Almost done! With the bucket that is!

Finished painting! Looks so pretty already!!!!

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Ears fixed, time to paint!

Ok, so here is the picture of the ears that i promised! and I also started painting.

It looks good right??? The ear?? I love it, but… of course my friend doesn’t remember where he put the last screw and i can’t find the same one at home depot.

Don’t ask me why i decided to hand paint everything. Maybe because I like the hardest things in life. But honestly… i dream of Centurion status! So, everything that i can do right now, I will do it!

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I got the Masking templates from Trooperbay and I love them. It comes with 2 sets!!

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I told you I like difficult things! I even painted the teeth without making own masking template with painters tape.

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I’m leaving the tube stripes for last because those scare me the most! and I’m not even sure if the template is positioned correctly!

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See, all free handed! CRAZY! lol

Trim trim trim

Ok so i finally got the hobby scissors people suggested. It came in a package with 2, one straight, one curved.

they are so tiny it’s almost impossible to think they will cut easily through the abs.

I also got some other scissors, and the little exacto knife for some score and snap!

I see people use metal rulers, but i decided to use what i have. I have soooo many different rulers i just didn’t want to buy another one.

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Everybody mentioned the “score and snap” technique. it seemed impossible for me that just a little score would make it easy to snap! but it is!

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This is really just a rough trimming. I wons wondering if i should just start trimming to fit and not wast time trimming it twice… but… I’ve never done this before. I need some practice before i need to make cuts that will make a difference.

So here are the hand plates. I still need to measure and then cut again!

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The curved areas are so much easier to cut with the scissors!

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I separated the cod piece.

Fist because i heard that if you want to make your armor as accurate as possible you should do that. My armor won’t be as accurate as possible because of the size, right?? so everything else that i can do… i will.

And also because some people told me it’s more comfortable… and because i will probably have to cut some inches off of the top!

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I do not know why but i don’t want to throw all this out, just yet!!!

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Yep! first blood shed! hahaha and of course it had to be on my right leg!

I ALWAYS hurt my right leg! Can you see the scars next to the little cut???

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A helping hand

Last night, my garrison had prop night and I brought my helmet to see if someone could help me.

As soon as I take the helmet from the bag someone goes: you put the ears on the wrong sides.

Yeah! so… apparently the ears have left and right, and we swapped them roo! =S

After that mistake was corrected it was a little easier to make it fit.

Gary took them out and marked where i should trim… and i trimmed and sanded them.

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He did the whole final assembling of it because… oh well… i just couldn’t do it. Was too scared of making some more holes on the wrong place.

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Ears are done! and beautifully assembled!

Thanks Gary!

I ended up not taking a picture of the final stage cause my phone died, but I will do it tomorrow!

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