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  1. Hello folks! My name is Caleb Mask, and I'm from the Chattanooga (TN) area. I learned about the Midsouth Garrison (the nearest contingent to me) through the 501st website, and I'm requesting access to the forum to engage local Troopers and gain valuable insight from those more knowledgeable than I as I move forward with my first build. I've been a lifelong Star Wars fan and have wanted to build a stormtrooper outfit and join the 501st for over a decade. I am finally taking steps to become a TK, spending much of my free time on the FISD forum, saving links and soaking up a wealth of information. My wife and I have a 7-month old little girl, so my build time will be limited and I expect this project to take 6-9 months to complete. My hope is that I can be a TK for Halloween in 2020, and walk my little baby Princess Leia (not her real name) down the street. I can just picture her holding my black-gloved hand and taking little 1.5-year-old baby steps. Maybe her candy bucket will literally be a small TK bucket turned over with a handle. Ok, enough fantasizing and mushy talk. In a perfect world I'd be done with my TK build and Legion-approved in time to participate in some May 4th events (if any exist in the Chattanooga area). Anyway, here are the components I will likely move forward with. If any of you Troopers have experiences (good and bad) with any of them, reach out to let me know if I'm heading in the right direction, or need to reassess. As of today (11/19/19) I have not pulled the trigger on any of these purchases, but I will be doing so in the next few days and weeks. For reference, I am 6' tall and my weight ranges from 175-190 lbs, depending on the time of the year (Thanksgiving and Christmas are blissfully dangerous). Bucket: ATA Armor: ATA Undersuit: tbd. Likely two-piece. Boots: Imperial Boots 421 Gloves: Trooperbay (glove + guard combo) Strapping: tbd. Likely double-snap strap system Blaster: Trooperbay E-11 rubber, similar to Hyperfirm and Praetorian (gotta splurge somewhere) Holster: DarmansProps (Etsy) Neck seal: DarmansProps (Etsy) Belt: Imperial Issue From the start I would like to build my ANH stunt TK kit with Centurion classification in mind, so any tips regarding those specific details would be most helpful. In following different build threads I've found various photos of the requirements listed on the CRL, but I'm sure there are more things to learn and see diagrammed or photographed. For the sake of full disclosure, my current home residence is technically barely across the Georgia state line, in Chickamauga, but I've moved back and forth across the state lines multiple times in the past several years, so who knows which side of the border I'll be on by the time I complete my TK build. At the very least, virtually all the troop events I would attend would be those in Chattanooga, likely hosted by the Mos Nooga Squad. Some events I may be interested in handling for, while I work on my build, are the World of Wheels event in January (2020), and potentially the Chatt Christmas parade, if the 501st will be present this year. I look forward to joining the Legion in the not too distant future, and meeting some of you fine folks! Thanks in advance, Troopers, for all your help!
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