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    Feb 8, 2007, 11:32 PM - Re: Darktrooper Progress Thread #101

    lookin good, its about time this thread hit 100 posts
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    Feb 9, 2007, 7:29 AM - Re: Darktrooper Progress Thread #102

    Quote lloydkristmas said: View Post
    lookin good, its about time this thread hit 100 posts
    Im confident to say that there were no reported injuries caused by overloading computers from the first page. We are safe from the carnage thats is dangeroulsy loading a web page containing too much data!

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    Feb 9, 2007, 7:41 AM - Re: Darktrooper Progress Thread #103

    thats gonna way a frackin ton
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    Feb 9, 2007, 9:59 AM - Re: Darktrooper Progress Thread #104

    Quote tyrant b said: View Post
    thats gonna way a frackin ton

    If he wore it like that it would...thank God for vacuuformed plastic
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    Feb 9, 2007, 11:00 AM - Re: Darktrooper Progress Thread #105

    How durable is vac-formed plastic?
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    Feb 9, 2007, 11:28 AM - Re: Darktrooper Progress Thread #106

    Will the helmet rear be a one piece cast, or a multiple part?

    I'm concerned that the sheer size of the helmet rear will be too much for the casting material when you suck the air out.
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    Feb 9, 2007, 11:45 AM - Re: Darktrooper Progress Thread #107

    Quote mandalore697 said: View Post
    Will the helmet rear be a one piece cast, or a multiple part?

    I'm concerned that the sheer size of the helmet rear will be too much for the casting material when you suck the air out.
    To answer lloyd, very durable. A lot of people on here prefer it over fiberglass because it won't chip or crack as easily because it has some give upon impact.


    Now on to mandolore's comment. I think he will be ablet pull these on a single sheet as long as he has nothing else on the forming table. I know stormtrooper ab plates, back plates, and boba fett backplates are done in single pulls. This is a lot smaller in terms of space on the forming table, it's just more vertical. I think if he heats the plastic well enough it should be fine.

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    Feb 9, 2007, 12:36 PM - Re: Darktrooper Progress Thread #108

    Quote CombatBaby said: View Post
    To answer lloyd, very durable. A lot of people on here prefer it over fiberglass because it won't chip or crack as easily because it has some give upon impact.


    Now on to mandolore's comment. I think he will be ablet pull these on a single sheet as long as he has nothing else on the forming table. I know stormtrooper ab plates, back plates, and boba fett backplates are done in single pulls. This is a lot smaller in terms of space on the forming table, it's just more vertical. I think if he heats the plastic well enough it should be fine.

    -=QuinN!

    Yeah, I thought about this too, and was afraid of the plastic tearing at the highest point. I realized however, that the heated plastic stretches and in spots of the plastic that arent being used would become thinner because of the stretching. Im sure that it will be fine, I plan to use .80 thick plastic, or should I go for something thicker?

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    Feb 9, 2007, 9:06 PM - Re: Darktrooper Progress Thread #109

    I need a consensus..

    I was thinking about the hand guards, and realized that in all the reff pics from the game, the hand guards look like they just put a blob of grey over it. Becuase of that, I was wondering if I should make them standard TK from ANH, or clone hand guards. What do you guys think? Im leaning more towards ANH version only because the DT is from that general era of the empire. Would make more sense, yet, a majority dosnt cause most of it is clone!

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    Feb 9, 2007, 11:18 PM - Re: Darktrooper Progress Thread #110

    My personal (and mostly random opinion) is to stick with the ANH. I would imagine that the game designers, though referencing old dark forces pictures, probably wouldn't have paid attention to the hand guards.

    The Dark tropper Phase two in DF was essentially stormie armor (with minor differences), so I would just go with that.
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    Feb 9, 2007, 11:58 PM - Re: Darktrooper Progress Thread #111

    I concur, ANH hand plates.
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    Feb 10, 2007, 12:04 AM - Re: Darktrooper Progress Thread #112

    Lookin good, Chris... Great work...
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    Feb 10, 2007, 12:27 AM - Re: Darktrooper Progress Thread #113

    After looking at the SS a few times and the shape of the gray handguard. I'd go with clone handguards.
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    Feb 11, 2007, 3:30 PM - Re: Darktrooper Progress Thread #114

    Your doing a great job, keep up the good work, the Helmet is looking kick-***......
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    Feb 11, 2007, 3:37 PM - Re: Darktrooper Progress Thread #115

    Thanks guys!

    I have been wroking on the guants for awhile now, the hardest part being getting these dang boxes to cut and look good at the same time. I managed to cut out the boxes, all evenly spaced with the accurate amount, 12 boxes in total. I just need to gett some stronger files, instead of my puny, nail files which I still have from my Jango helm project. Thats it for now, im probly gona get some more MDF and start the second half of the guant and start the hands and biceps...

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    Feb 13, 2007, 7:29 PM - Re: Darktrooper Progress Thread #116

    Well, heres just a quick blurb.

    I havent worked as much as I would have liked to for the past few days, been really busy. Right now, the guant top half boxes are cut and ready to be attached, just trying to figure how to level the boxes so its relatively flat to the guant. I think I may just sand the center portion so that it can just lay there. Im gonna also try to start the second half tonight as well.

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    Feb 14, 2007, 5:29 AM - Re: Darktrooper Progress Thread #117

    Good luck with your Gauntlets, I would not even try to make a set of them just yet. I'm getting mine off another Mando, just waiting for them to arrive.... any how just take your time and i'm sure they will look good. Can't wait to see a pic of them.......
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    Feb 14, 2007, 12:47 PM - Re: Darktrooper Progress Thread #118

    I was down this weekend to go check out TubaChris's suit, its definately turnin out great.
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    Feb 15, 2007, 7:13 AM - Re: Darktrooper Progress Thread #119

    I have been busy yesterday, but managed to work on the top half for a bit. Its pretty much done minus the small areas I need to re-fill with the durhams. I was gonna post pics last night, but wasnt able to. I will though around noon. Gonna start the bottom half later today. I love half-school days.

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    Feb 15, 2007, 12:53 PM - Re: Darktrooper Progress Thread #120

    Well, here it is. From a picture standpoint, its done as far as the look is concern, really, I just need to do a little more durhams work and some sanding. Other then that, I just to drill holes on the inside of the boxes so that the vaccum can pull the plastic into it so it appears better. Its not perfect however, but thats how we get better...







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    Feb 15, 2007, 4:50 PM - Re: Darktrooper Progress Thread #121

    Ah ha! First piece of the hand armor! ANH version of course...



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    Feb 15, 2007, 6:55 PM - Re: Darktrooper Progress Thread #122

    I guess we finally got those rectangles figured out, hehe. How long was it? Dont worry, im not telling. Lookin good dude, be down this weekend to check it out further.
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    Feb 15, 2007, 8:19 PM - Re: Darktrooper Progress Thread #123

    Yes we did, thanks to t_bone9600 for helping me get that squared away. I made up the hand molds, left and right, one is sanded, other is waiting to be. I just need to get some thin wood to elevate the details on them, and they should be ready for casting. I imagine if they are decent enough, I can offer them to some of you guys with TK's if anyone may need them. I also started the 2nd half of the guant, shouldnt be too long before thats done. Thats it for tonight.




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    Feb 16, 2007, 12:53 AM - Re: Darktrooper Progress Thread #124

    SWEET!!
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    Feb 16, 2007, 1:14 AM - Re: Darktrooper Progress Thread #125

    This is looking awesome!! That helmet turned out perfect!

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