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    Apr 3, 2008, 12:29 AM - Question about TK armor material #1

    How well does high impact polystrene hold up to trooping in TK armor? Thanks
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    Apr 3, 2008, 12:56 AM - Re: Question about TK armor material #2

    HIPS, is not the prefered plastic to make armor, however, Its a cheaper alternative to ABS. Ive been told that it can crack and in some cases, actually cut someone. Honestly, it can be a flimsy plastic, again, no where as sturdy as ABS, but people do use it.
    TK560 (Jim) has made his suit I believe from HIPS for his fan films. It also depends on thicknesess too.
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    Apr 3, 2008, 1:38 AM - Re: Question about TK armor material #3

    HIPS is okay, but cracks easily. ABS is more durable.
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    Apr 3, 2008, 2:27 AM - Re: Question about TK armor material #4

    You buying a new suit??
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    Apr 3, 2008, 5:54 PM - Re: Question about TK armor material #5

    Quote Jango 5204 said: View Post
    You buying a new suit??
    I was looking at some "TE" armor but the guy only makes it in HIPS and can't make it in ABS. His stuff supposedly is cast from a "real" suit but I think I'll keep looking. Thanks guys.
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    Apr 3, 2008, 6:05 PM - Re: Question about TK armor material #6

    Hey Bro,dedending on the thickness,Poltstrene can make awesome armor. But what most people don't know or want to admit, is that Polystrene will warp when trooping in the heat.
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    Apr 3, 2008, 6:38 PM - Re: Question about TK armor material #7

    Styrene has the ability to mold in sharper details than ABS, but the trade-off is that it is less durable. However, I believe it's the stuff that was used in the movies if you're going for accuracy.

    I own styrene TE armor, and have trooped in it many time with no problems.
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    Apr 3, 2008, 6:48 PM - Re: Question about TK armor material #8

    If the Polystrene is a good thickness?......Then you won't have any problems.
    AND I do agree with hansoloway.....Styrene does have the ability to make sharper details than ABS.
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    Apr 3, 2008, 7:18 PM - Re: Question about TK armor material #9

    considering the rough treatment "trooping" armor gets, i went with an ABS AP suit instead of the TE. details aren't as sharp, but it's rugged
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    Apr 4, 2008, 2:18 AM - Re: Question about TK armor material #10

    Quote tk7602 said: View Post
    considering the rough treatment "trooping" armor gets, i went with an ABS AP suit instead of the TE. details aren't as sharp, but it's rugged
    Yes, all very valid points. I'm kinda partial to ABS though.
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    Apr 4, 2008, 2:51 AM - Re: Question about TK armor material #11

    ABS is the way to go BRO !!!!!

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