Darktrooper Progress Thread 8MAR2011: Getting back to it

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    hehe...i take it you are good with wiring then tuba lol...good luck on the move to college, if your college is anyhting like mine you should have a blast and have plenty of time to work on your armour...again good luck (good too hear your better as well lol)

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    Thanks, im kinda upset cause since I graduated I dont have a tuba to play. Just means I need to get a job so I can get a decent used tuba. Would be a shame to have to stop playing...I can play my fair share of difficult music, played grade 7 for S&E, played the second movment of the Vaughn Williams tuba concerto. Now for those who have never heard it, man, you'll never stereotype tubas anymore..

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    My brother is a pretty good tuba player, and my parents bought him an old Sousaphone from like 1930s off of ebay for something like $200.

    I hope that you can bring the stuff, as I've been itching to see this get done! No rush though, of course.

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    Well $200 for an old sousa seems like a deal. Usually the old ones generally sound the best, that is, if their in good condition. I need me an up-right 4 valved BBb..hmm...1291 miraphone sounds nice..

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    Alrighty then..

    Im packin up my things now, Ive been gone for awhile, ond trip to New York, and then one more trip to Atlanta, and I got back early this morning. My last week home, leavin saturday. Im lucky enough that I am able to bring everything I have here, tools and locker, whole vac-former set up, all my smaller prop-making items and what not.

    I picked up some sanding sealer today so I can really smooth out the molds for casting, the "fuzz" of the MDF gets annoying and Im sure this will help out.

    Once again, I apologize for those who are watching this project unfold, for it taking along time for progress, but after we are settled in tally, there will be more progress.

    -tubachris

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    keep up the good work, dont let anyone pressure you, and have fun in college. just make sure your grades come first. this time around you are paying for education. your passion on this project is i think what most people are intent on.. i havent seen someone so hellbent on completing something since... 5 years ago when my friend didnt leave his shop for dayz just to finish a sculpt for a mold of te clone pilot helm. i dont advise this he kinda stank after a few days lol. but its your passion man and i say go for it!

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    Alright, I finnally have enough time to post something!!!

    Im all unpacked and almost completly settled into our new house. Still have ALOT of things that I need to do, need to finish putting together my room, and need to figure where I can work.

    The house we got is very nice and we were very lucky to find this place only 5 minutes from FSU's campus. Only thing I am quit upset about is that I need to make a whole new extension cord and plugs cause there is not a single 20 amp socket in the house. I dunno who wired it, but every single socket is the standard 15 amp style, 2 prong slots and a bottom slot for ground. So Im going to have to use at least 10 guage wire for this to work.

    I am also planning on modifying my vac-former platen, so that instead of a single hole design, Im going to put on a peg board for better surface suction, which will result in better and tighter pulls.

    Im going to start focusing some work onto the jump-jet pack for now, only because Ive gotten lazy with that part of the project and that Im still deciding my work space for the outside.

    Anyways, heres some pics of the house and my room...








    Had to add this...



    Here's my room now. Gotta love that 80's fermica. Gotta hang my ROTJ poster and some others I have.







    Best part is that my room is right next to the kitchen lol

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    Awesome! That's a pretty nice pad you got there. How many people are staying in it? It's good that you were able to bring everything along. Good luck with school!

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    Awesome! That's a pretty nice pad you got there. How many people are staying in it? It's good that you were able to bring everything along. Good luck with school!

    Only 4 of us, me, my brother and 2 friends. We are all goin to school up here. This place is sweet!

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    Wow, how did i miss this thread... Great work TB

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    You know, im not having to much good luck. I go outside cause I say "hey, Im gonna go do some more MDF shaping on the shoulder bell mold" Spent like 15 minutes, making some good progress, and BAM! The sander keels over and dies, FOR GOOD. Im frankly pissed right now, cause I dunno the next time I'll be able to get another belt sander.


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    I just read through this entire thread to catch up, and...wow!
    it's coming along nicely even if you may think it's going slow. doing something right takes time, and from what I've seen in your progress, you're definitely doing things right.

    sorry to hear about the sander btw

    when the DT gets done, all the time you put into it will be apparent to anyone who knows what they're looking at. so stick with it, and i can't wait to see the finished product.

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    I just read through this entire thread to catch up, and...wow!
    it's coming along nicely even if you may think it's going slow. doing something right takes time, and from what I've seen in your progress, you're definitely doing things right.

    sorry to hear about the sander btw

    when the DT gets done, all the time you put into it will be apparent to anyone who knows what they're looking at. so stick with it, and i can't wait to see the finished product.

    Thanks man, lol, Im proud of ya for reading through the whole thing and that goes to anyone who has all in one shot, not an easy task

    My biggest issue is money. Since my sander died, its going to set me back $50 for the cheapest one Becuase of this, now its going to be an early B-day gift, despite the fact, my b-day is at the end of october!

    I have some little cash left that Im saving to use to modify my vac-former and create a new extension cord so I can actually use the oven. Im kinda stuck not being able to do anything, and its incredibly frustrating since I have absolutly nothing to do until school starts.

    Being broke FTL

    Thanks to everyone putting up with my constant babble lol

    -tubachris

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    No one that you could borrow one from even? Bummer. Hope that you figure something out.

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    Not as of right now, still new to tallahassee. Would prefer to have my own anyways..

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    Alrighty then!

    For about 17 bucks, I have the supplies I need to modify my vac-former. I realized that I dont need to make a whole new extention cord, but that I can just replace the plugs. The wires themselves are already capable of carrying the charge, so it would be a waste to have buy a whole new length of it.

    The peg board has like an aluminum coat over the top, which is smooth and will work well. I just need to go work on it now!

    -tubachris

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    Ugh.

    I have come to a major conclusion....

    I am honestly starting to think that the darktrooper project is cursed in general to anyone trying to make it. Here's why:

    1) first person attempted and had just about the same amount of bad luck, one mold made, had a chemical eat through it before being able to cast it.

    2) Someone over in England had a shed with several suits and projects, such as a tk and scout armor, but was also building darktrooper armor (had the legs done) came back from work to find that some punk kids had burned his shed to the ground and lost it all. Said the police wouldnt help him.

    3)Now to my situation. I really find this to be more difficult than it should be. The setbacks are just getting rediculous and theres nothing I can really do but watch it. The earlier days of the project were the easiest, the whole oven build really set me back though through trial and error, but then, that was just me.

    Fast forward: it began with the sander. The cord got caught in the thing and I finally fixed it, but did not touch it until after I moved. So you can recall that my sander died withing the first 15 minutes of me even using it since I had previously fixed it. A new one will cost me $50, and now thats my early B-day gift from my parents.

    So the other day, I got supplies to modify the platen and to get the oven working. Oven is working now, but I had started to work with the platen, and put it back where I have always kept it, leaning against the garage wall. Next morning, I come to find out my roomate hit it, and it was lodged under his car's bumper.How it got from where it was, to there has still boggled my mindl. Fortunatly, the only thing I have to do is replace the weather stripping, but I cannot do any modifying until I get that replaced. Im also lacking incredibly with funds right now, and hard enough to just go out and get what I need.

    At this rate, Im afraid the day I do finish this, is the day I die.

    Curse or what?

    -tubachris

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    It looks awesome man, great job!!!

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    man that really sucks to hear you are having such a hard time (i hope you severly beat the gun that run over your platen.....with a long pole) keep your chin up chris...everything works out in the end (it could be worse...you could have a shed thats still smoking lol) i heard about that guy from the uk before somewere...i didnt realise he was doing a DT aswell though...i only heard about his TK's and scouts...but yeah...hopefully you'll hit a lucky streak soon man

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    you won't die in vain!

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    When your frustrated just step back and take a break. Work on something else for fun. When the time is right you'll be ready to tackle the project with recharged batteries. When your upset you get impatient. When your impatient you take shortcuts, shortcuts lead to mistakes, mistakes lead to smashing things against the wall(Well in my case they do LOL) Take a small break, wait till you have a few bucks saved and come back to the project all charged up!
    That's the only advice I can offer, I'm speaking from experience here. Heck I took almost the entire last year off.
    Too much frustration will just lead to burnout then you may never finish that awesome suit!

    MS

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    Thanks guys, it is frustrating. Its something that I really enjoy doing, but at the same times makes me just want to run around screaming.

    Im working to get a job now, hoping for home depot. Me and roommate might colaborate to start vacu-forming service, and he will help fund it. I'm doing a job for a member here, and my roommate says if everything looks quality to him, then he will help me out with that, and may be able to make some money on the side.

    Im also going to try to have a smaller side project just to break me into fiberglassing due to a recent aquizition..

    -tubachris

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    Well, its been awhile since I last visited this thread! Well since I cant really work any of the molds, I decided to go through with the platen modification, and well, tonight I just completed the mod. I think I may need to get a more powerful vaccum eventually though, but it works.





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    MARROW SUN said: View Post
    When your frustrated just step back and take a break. Work on something else for fun. When the time is right you'll be ready to tackle the project with recharged batteries. When your upset you get impatient. When your impatient you take shortcuts, shortcuts lead to mistakes, mistakes lead to smashing things against the wall(Well in my case they do LOL) Take a small break, wait till you have a few bucks saved and come back to the project all charged up!
    That's the only advice I can offer, I'm speaking from experience here. Heck I took almost the entire last year off.
    Too much frustration will just lead to burnout then you may never finish that awesome suit!

    MS
    ^^^Words of wisdom^^^

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    Yes, very good words of wisdom IMO. I think some of the frustration is partialy my fualt, Ive noticed that sometimes when I talk about the project to my friends, that I have a tendancy to sound neagative about the situation, thus, making it harder then it actually is. But I dunno, Im going to finish it either way.

    -tubachris

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