The Adventures of a tiny TK

YES! I am too short for a Stormtrooper!

Archive for the month “July, 2012”

GML update

My GML is awesome and answered me pretty quickly!

H e said it looked good but the belt should be raised up 2 inches or so. Those buttons on the lower part of the ab plate should not be seen!

I have to add Velcro or snaps to it but I didn’t know exactly where to, so I didn’t do it! Good cause now it’s easy to fix!

And he also said he doesn’t like the drop boxes very much!
Those are easy fix, cause I attached them with Velcro. I should have checked them better when I suited up! And I also should have checked the pictures! 😦

The worse part of it all is depending on people to be free to come take my picture. :S it will probably have to wait until the weekend again!

Oh well…

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I’m a TK bitch

Well, not yet!! Still needs to be approved! Here is me suiting up!

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And here is TK ME!!! So awesome!

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Now gotta wait to see what my GML says and hopefully there won’t be too much stuff to fix

Done!!

Finally!
4 months of hard work, frustration, blood and tears, laugh, excitement, and hammer on my fingers, my stormtrooper is DONE!!

For the past month there was not much to do. Just the snaps.

As you may know, I had such a hard time putting the Line 24 snaps on.
And because of that I had to wait until some good soul would come over to help me.

I am very very grateful for all my garrison mates that helped me throughout this long process: Gary, who helped me with those insane crazy ears that just wouldn’t lay nicely on the helmet, Gino and Rick for their expertise and guidance on all the key points I had no idea how to do, and Neil for all the hard labor I just couldn’t do myself.

I’m not going to sound like I didn’t do anything hahahhaha cause I worked freaking hard on this thing!
I measured, trimmed, cut, reshaped, and glued the whole thing by myself! I also sanded, and did every return edges!
I did everything on the helmet BUT the ears and even painted all the details. (no decals)

But I would not have been able to finish it up if I hadn’t had all this help!

And especially this week, after being stuck for almost a month, if it wasn’t for Neil, hammering his fingers and the snaps, I’d probably not going to bring this to CVI!

But we finished it!
I haven’t taken pictures wearing it yet. It was late when we finished it and I’m going to need to take the pictures outside. Besides we were hungry! Lol

And also I need to figure out what to do with the blaster 😦 can’t believe all is done and I don’t have a blaster!

Oh and to make things worse, I have no idea where I put my thermal detonator :S

But I’m going to look for it tomorrow, and hopefully will be able to take the pics and send them for approval this week!

I just can’t wait to finally be a TK!!!

I have the top half of it on my dress form! And I love it! Can’t stop looking at it!

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Updates

Finally got some updates!
Apparently the whole problem with the snaps was not that we set them wrong. The little “stem” (whatever they are called) on the snaps I got are too long. I got from 2 different places: an eBay seller called Leather Worx , and the Tandy leather ones we get at Michael’s. They are pretty much the same! Same size stem thingie.

So they are too long! Even hammering the bejeesus out of them, they won’t work when set on thin things like the webbing.
On the abs snap plate they work fine because the abs is thicker than the webbing. 😦

But there is not much I can do right?
I mean, of course I can go look for some snaps with shorter stems, but that would probably cost me more time and I really want to TK up for an event we have on the 25th.

So for now we used those snaps on the webbing and forced them on each other. Literally.

There is a little trick, not complicated but a bit hard to explain, but it worked.

It’s not something I can snap in and off easily so we put those in areas that I know I won’t need to snap them off all the time: butt to kidney plates, crotch to ab, things like that.
The other areas that I’d need to open to be able to put everything on like the shoulder, the suspenders that snap on the top of the ab, etc we tried to get the ones that work better.

I was able to wear the whole top half. So exciting.

I also closed up the ab and kidney plates. One side with a piece of black elastic and velcro (to be able to open it to get in and out of it) and the other side with strips of black elastic that will be glued. That side we need to add the snaps as well.

I made the garter thing too but have to wait for my friend to come over and do the snaps on it. (for the thighs)

We are definitely going to try to finish it up today.
Besides the snaps on the garter, and the snaps on the sides of the ab and butt plates we need to add the ones on the cod piece (on the crotch), butt plate, and holster.

Yeah, that’s all that’s left!

Kind of exciting to see things move along again.
I hate being stuck and the frustration of not being able to do anything.

By the way, I’m kind of super exciting with some of the panels they are going to have at CVI. Especially Women of the Legion and White Armor.
I hope they have a short girl like me sharing her experience in building a tiny armor out of a normal size kit!

What a pain!
:S

This is it

There’s really not that much left to do.
I need to finish pairing the ab buttons and glue it on the ab plate. And I also got to fix the drop boxes (sewed them on the wrong place on the belt)

But that’s it.
Everything else that needs to be done is set the female snaps.
I did work on it this past weekend.
I set the male snaps and tested one by one and they all worked. But I couldn’t do the female ones, and the ones I got for the sides.
So frustrating.
I can’t think of anything else I need to do.

Oh i haven’t decides yet on how to do the straps for the thighs. Probably just a garter type on a belt I have at home, or made with webbing, but that will be easy.
I still need to add the snaps to that anyways.

Someone PLEASE come over to help me?
PLEASE?

Tiny TK

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At least the tiny TK is ready!!!!! Lol

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