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Stormtrooper Armor

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Sun 2009/02/01 05:55 JST
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A short video that my wife n I threw together to show how I put on Stormtrooper armor.

For those who cant see the vid, get along to youtube.com/watch?v=TA2zd7aBPlA to watch it.

Just a quick note to say that any video you embed in member news is by default high quality. Lemme know if you have probs watching them.

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And for those who have wondered how I got my armor - a flash back in time.
Got most of the parts on eBay. It was supposed to be a wearable kit but came as un-wearable as possible. I had to clean up the armor and make a load of mods.

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The seller asked me what my height was, chest size and a whole load of measurements that made me think that we was making armor just for me - where in fact its just one standard size.
If only I knew about Shepperton Design Studios at the time - they are the maker of the original armor used in the Star Wars movies.

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Modded the armor so that I could actually wear it without the edges cutting into my flesh and leaving me in hospital after each trooping session. I had to strike a balance of mobility and aesthetics - cut too much and then too much of the black tights show through - cut too less and you can hardly move without feeling something cutting into you ^^;

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The front armor is one piece - I cut it so that I could go for a pee without having to take everything off - either that or become pee-smelling-trooper.

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The armor has taken years to modify to a point where it needs hardly any mods anymore. I would mod something and it would fall off after a while - learning that cant be gained without actually going around with the new mods.

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The belt that comes with the armor is two pieces of plastic that you have to *screw on* *each time* you want to wear it!
I got myself down to Tokyu Hands to make my own leather belt whcih has lasted the years so far.

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The shoulder parts were stuck on using the velcro - about as useful as a slap to the face with a wet dogs wet bollocks.
Decided to make holes and secure with rivets - painted white after. Don't look good close up but cant really notice from far away - the most practical way I could think of to secure them so that they don't fall off while "dancing."

I notice quite a few readers with Stormtrooper armor - bits of your armor fall off before to leave you in embarrassing situation?

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The bottom of the leg pieces have to be cut too otherwise before you know it you will have a trail of blood pouring from the ankles.

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The armor looked decent but the first AFX helmet looks quite bad so splashed out on a Shepperton helmet - needed a few mods first though.

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Re-taping the frown.

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Modded harder lens from Tokyu Hands.

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Screwed on the mic pieces - originally just glued on.

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A few snaps of the helmet.

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Want to remove the blue gill stickers and paint em dannychoo.com orange.

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Don't think I published these pics before either. The bottom is a modified Kenner blaster. The top is a replica that I got from eBay.

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The replica cost about 300 USD. Looks really nice but is a bit heavy - a few kilos.

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I didnt imagine that it was going to be so heavy and even had to mod my armor to take the weight. These days I actually use the Kenner blaster more because its nice n light and I hardly take it out anyway as most of these days I'm just "dancing."

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No moving parts - just a clump of heavyness.

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A voice changer that I tried and failed at making. Didn't take any electronics classes unfortunately.

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Pic taken by Yoshimu at a previous Wonfes.

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Next step is to put some neon lighting under the chest plate.

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The Sandtrooper shoulder thingy that I never use.

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