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  1. I helped at SDCC '08 Jango 5204's Avatar
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    Nov 17, 2008, 9:42 PM - Converting to TD. FINISHED!!! see last post #1

    I've had this AP kit for a little over a year. I never got around to applying for Elite Deployment at FISD. I'm taking the plunge and going to MEPD. Tear off the ab details, change the knee plate, lose the shoulder straps and I'm good. Other small details like the helmet, but those are the biggies. I'm also doing the conversion to the DL-19. I've already made the steel box and need to get the T-track. It's a work in progress. The weathering has several steps and takes awhile to complete.

    I raised the brow trim and yanked the ab details off.


    Last edited by Jango 5204; Dec 14, 2008 at 7:05 PM. Reason: update
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    Nov 17, 2008, 10:16 PM - Re: Converting to TD. #2

    That looks great! Nice kit you have there.
  3. I helped at SDCC '08 Jango 5204's Avatar
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    Nov 17, 2008, 10:57 PM - Re: Converting to TD. #3

    Thanks, I wish I could fit into one of your buddie's suits.
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    Nov 17, 2008, 11:21 PM - Re: Converting to TD. #4

    Nice
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    Nov 18, 2008, 12:04 AM - Re: Converting to TD. #5

    Not too shabby. I am dying to do another sandy... been on the my "to do" list for a long long time. I loved my sandy but if I did another there are so many things I would do differently! Seeing yours sure doesn't help quell my desire to have another!!!
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    Nov 18, 2008, 12:20 AM - Re: Converting to TD. #6

    Looking very nice
    I too have a sandy in the works
    Been too busy to get really involved with it though
    i plan to get on it very soon though
  7. I helped at SDCC '08 Jango 5204's Avatar
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    Nov 18, 2008, 12:32 AM - Re: Converting to TD. #7

    Thanks all. I know it's not perfect, what needs to be improved????? Is it too dirty, or needs to be decreased in the seams?
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    Nov 18, 2008, 12:39 AM - Re: Converting to TD. #8

    Quote Jango 5204 said: View Post
    Thanks all. I know it's not perfect, what needs to be improved????? Is it too dirty, or needs to be decreased in the seams?
    Actually, I think your weathering captures the late stage (studio) sandtrooper look very well.
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    Nov 18, 2008, 12:46 AM - Re: Converting to TD. #9

    I like it
    It looks right
    If you put it on & take some pics, It might be easier to critique
  10. I helped at SDCC '08 Jango 5204's Avatar
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    Nov 18, 2008, 12:57 AM - Re: Converting to TD. #10

    Thanks Art and Nathan. Next weekend I'll get the knee plate and weathering all done, then shoot a couple in the sun. Can you two check back next weekend after I've posted and let me know? It's near impossible to get anything done during my work week.

    Thanks again guys. Nathan PM coming.......
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    Nov 18, 2008, 5:11 AM - Re: Converting to TD. #11

    Agreed, very nice weathering, I have had my TE2 suit sitting around for too long, I sometimes reach the stage where I consider making it a Sandtrooper, you have really captured the look with your weathering, nice job

    Don't forget to remove the details in the teardrops and the back grey sections of the helmet, they are just grey with no stripes in them for TD's
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    Nov 18, 2008, 8:59 AM - Re: Converting to TD. #12

    AWSOME! I think if I get a Stormie, I'll most proboly deffintly consider going Sandy. You did an excellent job on the weathering, I can't wait to see finished pics!
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    Nov 18, 2008, 11:34 AM - Re: Converting to TD. #13

    Looking good. You've got a nice amount of dirt in the seams, nooks and crannies. Your belt shows the detail really well since protruding edges usually have less dirt since they get rubbed on things and the crevices stay dirty and built up; sort of the reverse of paint weathering where the paint wears off of the protruding edges and stays in the crevices. Keep that technique throughout the suit and it will look authentic.
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    Nov 18, 2008, 12:30 PM - Re: Converting to TD. #14

    wow that looks cool

    If you need a facia plate formed for your backpack, let me know
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    Nov 18, 2008, 4:59 PM - Re: Converting to TD. #15

    Quote sl/tk8456 said: View Post
    wow that looks cool

    If you need a facia plate formed for your backpack, let me know
    Has the correct plate been found?
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    Nov 18, 2008, 8:16 PM - Re: Converting to TD. #16

    Weathering the TD armor is a matter of personal choice. Some like it light and others like it filthy. There are a number of different ways to apply the product, you just have to find one that works best for you.
    Last edited by Bountyone; Nov 19, 2008 at 11:20 PM.
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    Nov 19, 2008, 4:33 AM - Re: Converting to TD. #17

    but... white armour?

    Great job none the less. I'm a FISD guy myself.
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    Nov 19, 2008, 4:38 AM - Re: Converting to TD. #18

    Yay FISD!! Hehe.

    That's some great weathering you've got done there. Nice job!
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    Nov 19, 2008, 5:14 AM - Re: Converting to TD. #19

    Quote ART ANDREWS said: View Post
    Has the correct plate been found?
    Well, here's mine



    Lighting is too bright to see the detail, but this was made by a TD and I just form them and pass them on

    I've sold loads with no complaints as they're the right size etc
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    Nov 19, 2008, 5:21 AM - Re: Converting to TD. #20

    I recently got an AP kit and am starting the same process. I was wondering what you did for the three ab plate buttons... what did you use for those? And where did you get the MG34 kit? IMA seems out of them and I am not sure where else to look -- or is yours a resin replica? Did you trim the seam on the front of the dome to get the rubber brow to bend upwards or did you fiddle with the placement of the drill holes to get the face plate to drop down a tad? I've been wondering about which would be better. Yours looks nice.

    And nice weathering. Be sure to update when its done. Like to see it in the sun.
    Last edited by Lufo1138; Nov 19, 2008 at 5:29 AM.
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    Nov 19, 2008, 8:19 AM - Re: Converting to TD. #21

    Quote Lufo1138 said: View Post
    And where did you get the MG34 kit? IMA seems out of them and I am not sure where else to look -- or is yours a resin replica?
    If you are planning to troop in your armor, let me recommend you NOT get a real/dummy MG-34. I have one and it is unbelievably heavy. I trooped with my original MG15 (which is lighter than the MG34) and it almost killed me! Your best bet for a trooping weapon is a hyperfirm model. They are a bit pricey, but well worth it as you can't destroy them and they are super light.

    Quote Lufo1138 said: View Post
    Did you trim the seam on the front of the dome to get the rubber brow to bend upwards or did you fiddle with the placement of the drill holes to get the face plate to drop down a tad? I've been wondering about which would be better.
    If you like the high brow of the "Move Along" trooper then by all means, go for it, but keep in mind, that a high brow is not an indicator or a sandtrooper as seems to be becomign common belief. Sandtrooper brows are all over the place in the movie, and while the stunt trooper helmets (which all sandtroopers were stunts) are generally higher browed than the hero helmets, only the Move Along trooper has the super high brow.
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    Nov 19, 2008, 1:58 PM - Re: Converting to TD. #22

    Quote ART ANDREWS said: View Post
    Your best bet for a trooping weapon is a hyperfirm model. They are a bit pricey, but well worth it as you can't destroy them and they are super light.
    Thanks for the good info!


    Quote ART ANDREWS said: View Post
    If you like the high brow of the "Move Along" trooper then by all means, go for it, but keep in mind, that a high brow is not an indicator or a sandtrooper as seems to be becomign common belief. Sandtrooper brows are all over the place in the movie, and while the stunt trooper helmets (which all sandtroopers were stunts) are generally higher browed than the hero helmets, only the Move Along trooper has the super high brow.
    I agree with your perspective here completely. Its just that when I put my AP helmet together, the brow was just TOO perfect. It looked like a hero helmet with the brow right on the lenses -- and after examining the sandtrooper scenes of the original ANH, I only saw one of them with the perfect low brow. Most of them have >some< space between the brow and the lenses. I just want a tad bit of space like the average TD, but not the 'move along' TD... more like the Look, sir, Droids! TD or as Jango 5204 has been able to do here with his. I figured trimming the brow seam would be the easiest way to do it, but then I am worried about the spacing above the earpiece getting too large.
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    Nov 19, 2008, 2:05 PM - Re: Converting to TD. #23

    In the beginning i wanted to be a stormtrooper :S but now im proudlly a BF Fan full time LOL all thanks to TDH i guess hehe
  24. Nov 19, 2008, 3:59 PM - Re: Converting to TD. #24

    looking good man!
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    Nov 20, 2008, 2:07 PM - Re: Converting to TD. #25

    man! i am so jealous.

    That stormtrooper sure was nice though...

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