Greetings all! I've been perusing the site for a while now, and I'm finally at the point where I figured I should go ahead and join up. To start, thanks to all for their incredible willingness to share their experiences. This site is an amazing wealth of talent on display. Special thanks to those that took the time to post their templates, stencils, and tutorials! I've got a fair amount of questions though, so I figured I'd start with the intro and ask for general advise. I'm a smaller gent in the US, 5'6" around 160 in decent shape. I'm not really interested in 501st or trooping (yet), I'd just like a good costume for me for fun. Unfortunately, budget is very low. I'm gravitating toward a cheap rendition first, then improving the quality of each piece one at a time over a long time. I'm fairly handy, I build sets and props for local theater groups, but I've never done anything like this. A first goal would possibly be to visit kids in the local hospitals, that sort of thing. But baby steps. Halloween first (though I'm not expecting to have anything in time for this coming Halloween). To the questions: 1) Is it a good idea to start with a base rubies bucket? I realize fully that this is bottom of the barrel quality. But I'm thinking of starting here so that if I mess up the paint, I won't be as frustrated as if I'd built my own from scratch and ruined it. Learn on the plastic, perfect on my own build. I've seen two types in the store: two piece Boba and two piece Jango. For some reason, the Jango seemed better to me. Smaller perhaps, less flimsy. Either way bondo, sand, and paint will happen. 2) Sizing. I've read a lot on proper helmet size, but never came to a conclusion. I wear a 7.25 hat size. The templates seem to run larger from what I see in testimonials. Anyone know the sizing btw the plastic crap and these templates? If I go with templates, down-size 10%? 3) Is it a good idea to jump right into Boba (arguably the most complicated) or make a first costume as a custom Mandalorian and slowly build up the skill base? Cheers!