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Greetings from Franklin, TN

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I have this kit. It's awesome. There are pics of it on whitearmor.net and here as well. Do a search for my username.

You'll love it

Thanks dude.

I read your post where you described the NE.

Is the helmet decent? If so, should I get the full kit?

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All, so what do you think? Full or Lite?

tupperwaretk or troopergear? Price-wise, it make sense to go with troopergear.

Thanks. :-)

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My plan is to get a set of NE armor as soon as the funds allow. I'm not sure about the helmet yet, gonna wait till I can see one in person first.

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My opinion of the helmet is that it's not accurate. Is it better than the FX? yeah. Is it screen accurate? Because of the three-piece (cap, back, face) construction I'd say no. It's a great pull, and nobody but us would ever notice it. But, if you were to want to apply for Centurion status I'd bet it would be declined due to there being a seam in the back that isn't there on the screen-lineage buckets.

I have an ATA bucket, and it's super cheap and relatively easy to put together.

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Thanks, Robbie.

Quick update:

NE Lite Armor kit - ordered and paid for

Boots - ordered and paid for

Bucket - Waiting for ataworks@yahoo.com to reply to my order request - he quoted $130 + shipping

:)

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Awesome man! Let me know when it comes in and we can try to get something on the calendar! Exciting times await you!!

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Dang Marcus you don't waste anytime do you. Have you picked up any tools yet?

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Dang Marcus you don't waste anytime do you. Have you picked up any tools yet?

Compiling a list now based on information found at FISD and our forums. I will post it here for review probably this weekend.

:-)

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Short update:

Armor ETA - June 5th

Boots ETA - June 5th

Bucket ordered and paid for

:)

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Takes a DEEP breath!

Below is a list of armor parts and tools that I compiled with the help of this post:

http://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/18735-tk-resource-thread/

Please take a look and comment on the items found in the links. Where there is no link, I usually have a question or comment.

If anyone can spare reusable items (clamps, paint brushes, paint, etc.) that would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

ARMOR PARTS

NE Armor Kit

Troopergear - Lite kit – ORDERED

Holster

Are the products in these auctions acceptable?

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR12.TRC2&_nkw=stormtrooper+holster&_sacat=0&_from=R40

Helmet

ataworks@yahoo.com - ORDERED

Boots

Tkboots.com – ORDERED

Canvas Belt

http://trooperbay.com/stormtrooper-white-canvas-belts-2/

Underarmor

http://www.eastbay.com/_-_/keyword-compression+clothing – which style do you recommend?

Decals

Paint or sticker?

Helmet lens

Does the ATA helmet come with dark green lenses?

If not: http://trooperbay.com/dark-green-lens-material/

Neck Seal

http://trooperbay.com/stormtrooper-neck-seals/

Gloves + flexible hand guards

http://trooperbay.com/gloves-hand-guards-combo/

Inner drop boxes

http://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/8638-for-sale-inner-drop-boxes/

Helmet Padding

http://trooperbay.com/yellow-foam-helmet-liner-and-straps/

Mic tips

http://trooperbay.com/mike-tips/

Thermal detonator clips

Who sells these?

Voice Amplifier

http://trooperbay.com/18w-portable-voice-mini-pa-amplifier-loudspeaker/

TOOLS

Clamps

http://trooperbay.com/stormtrooper-helmet-armor-assembly-clamps/

Are four enough?

Rare Earth Magnets

http://trooperbay.com/34-inch-x-18-inch-thick-n52-rare-earth-magnets/

or

http://trooperbay.com/10-piece-rare-earth-magnets/

Which ones are preferable?

Rivet gun and rivets

http://www.lowes.com/pd_45272-412-RH200S_0__?productId=1087313

What are these used for?

Snaps

http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/en-usd/home/1263-045.aspx - Brass or Nickel Plate? How many?

Tandy Store – 4740 Nolensville Pike, Nashville

Snap tool

Tandy Leather carries that, I believe.

CA Glue and Accelerators

http://www.hobby-lobby.com/hobby_lobby_glues_accelerators_466_ctg.htm

Quite a selection. Which one do I need?

Plastic Welder (6 pack)

What is that used for?

E6000 Glue

http://trooperbay.com/e-6000-armor-adhesive/

Velcro

Industrial strength – 15’ roll – BLACK or WHITE?

http://trooperbay.com/?s=velcro&x=0&y=0&doing_wp_cron=1370058952.8092529773712158203125

Sand paper

“3M Sponge blocks from Home Depot are very useful. All strengths are recommended - Medium, Fine and Ultrafine.”

Tape:

Blue masking tape - http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/catalog/servlet/Search?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&keyword=blue+masking%20tape&Ns=None&Ntpr=1&Ntpc=1&selectedCatgry=Search+All

Safety Razor

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Auto-Retracting-Safety-Utility-Knife-WKAR1/204158881

Lexan Scissors:

http://www.amazon.com/74005-Curved-Scissors-5-1-2/dp/B000BN6AAA

Metric ruler

Home Depot

Straight Edge

Where can I find that?

Paint brushes

Home Depot – what size do I need?

Paint Colors

http://trooperbay.com/humbrol-paint-4-pack/?doing_wp_cron=1369866801.8105878829956054687500

Nylon webbing and Elastic webbing

Fabric store – what are they used for?

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I have some spare leather. Let me see how hard the holster is to make, and I'll get back with you.

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NE Armor Kit

Troopergear - Lite kit ORDERED

Holster

Are the products in these auctions acceptable?

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR12.TRC2&_nkw=stormtrooper+holster&_sacat=0&_from=R40

If Ben can't hook you up, search out Darman on white armor.

Helmet

ataworks@yahoo.com - ORDERED

Boots

Tkboots.com ORDERED

Canvas Belt

http://trooperbay.com/stormtrooper-white-canvas-belts-2/

Underarmor

http://www.eastbay.com/_-_/keyword-compression+clothing which style do you recommend?

Cheap stuff. Wal-Mart starter stuff works fine too. Dont buy under armour brand

Decals

Paint or sticker?

Depends how good you are at painting. And there will be some stuff you have to paint. I like the hand painted style decals myself.

Helmet lens

Does the ATA helmet come with dark green lenses?

If not: http://trooperbay.com/dark-green-lens-material/

It comes with it yeah.

Neck Seal

http://trooperbay.com/stormtrooper-neck-seals/

Gloves + flexible hand guards

http://trooperbay.com/gloves-hand-guards-combo/ skip these unless you're going centurion. Not needed

Inner drop boxes

http://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/8638-for-sale-inner-drop-boxes/

Ne armor comes with these.

Helmet Padding

http://trooperbay.com/yellow-foam-helmet-liner-and-straps/

Don't need it. Foam from anything works.I have a ton.

Mic tips

http://trooperbay.com/mike-tips/

Helmet comes with em

Thermal detonator clips

Who sells these?

I can make them. Way easy.Don't pay 30 bucks for 4 dollars worth of aluminum

Voice Amplifier

http://trooperbay.com/18w-portable-voice-mini-pa-amplifier-loudspeaker/

Aker amps on eBay are good, but you'll probably not use it much. I prefer using fans instead.

TOOLS

Clamps

http://trooperbay.com/stormtrooper-helmet-armor-assembly-clamps/

Are four enough?

Don't buy clamps online. Go to Wal-Mart.

Rare Earth Magnets

http://trooperbay.com/34-inch-x-18-inch-thick-n52-rare-earth-magnets/

or

http://trooperbay.com/10-piece-rare-earth-magnets/

Which ones are preferable?

neither. Search kj magnetics. Buy some there.

Rivet gun and rivets

http://www.lowes.com/pd_45272-412-RH200S_0__?productId=1087313

What are these used for?

You will need this to assemble helmet. Current building techniques don't really use them for armor

Snaps

http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/en-usd/home/1263-045.aspx - Brass or Nickel Plate? How many?

Tandy Store 4740 Nolensville Pike, Nashville

Line 34 silver.but you might not need them. My tk has zero snaps.

Snap tool

Tandy Leather carries that, I believe.

CA Glue and Accelerators

http://www.hobby-lobby.com/hobby_lobby_glues_accelerators_466_ctg.htm

Quite a selection. Which one do I need?

Ca glue is regular cheap krazy glue, the 3 for a dollar kind. Not recommended for novice builders. Use e6000 instead

Plastic Welder (6 pack)

What is that used for? Don't need to get this

E6000 Glue

http://trooperbay.com/e-6000-armor-adhesive/

Get a couple tubes. Wal-Mart.

Velcro

Industrial strength 15 roll BLACK or WHITE?

http://trooperbay.com/?s=velcro&x=0&y=0&doing_wp_cron=1370058952.8092529773712158203125

Color doesn't matter. You don't need this much. Buy from Joann using their 40 percent of coupons.

Sand paper

3M Sponge blocks from Home Depot are very useful. All strengths are recommended - Medium, Fine and Ultrafine.

Tape:

Blue masking tape - http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/catalog/servlet/Search?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&keyword=blue+masking tape&Ns=None&Ntpr=1&Ntpc=1&selectedCatgry=Search+All

Safety Razor

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Auto-Retracting-Safety-Utility-Knife-WKAR1/204158881

Lexan Scissors:

http://www.amazon.com/74005-Curved-Scissors-5-1-2/dp/B000BN6AAA

Not needed

Metric ruler

Home Depot

Straight Edge

Where can I find that?

Long metal ruler. Home depot

Paint brushes

Home Depot what size do I need

Hobby lobby. Small ones.

Paint Colors

http://trooperbay.com/humbrol-paint-4-pack/?doing_wp_cron=1369866801.8105878829956054687500

You can get similar colors at hobby lobby. Testors 1138 Gray. Model masters French blue.

Nylon webbing and Elastic webbing

Fabric store what are they used for?

Strapping for assembly.

Basically, don't buy anything on trooper bay that you can get locally.

My answers are inside the quote above

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Another amplifier option is a small speaker from RadioShack with a headset plugged in. The speaker is around $10-$15 if they've not raised prices since December.

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Thats some great advice. I agree with Robbie, the TrooperBay is a great resource but alot of that stuff you can find locally. I also prefer to hand paint my helmets, its really not that hard. I do like the masking templates for the tube stripes though.

I also second the walmart / target underarmor stuff. It works just the same and is way cheaper.

I do like to have an amplifer/mic with my costumes, it makes communication at conventions and outdoor events much easier. At smaller indoor events its not necessary. Fans are nice too for the inside of the helmet, you can go with the standard PC fans or the more popular "squirrel cage" fans. I find they work best for keeping the fog in the helmet down during humid or indoor events where the air doesn't move well.

I also have found that I like the green stip lens material better than the formed lenses because it doesn't seal around the eye holes and allows the air to flow, keeping the fogging to a minimum.

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Guys, thank you very much for your advice!

A couple follow-up questions:

1. Rare Earth Magnets - I searched on KJ Magnetics' website and found 30+ different of these magnets - which type is recommended?

2. Rivets - which ones are recommended? http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/catalog/servlet/Search?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&keyword=rivets&Ns=None&Ntpr=1&Ntpc=1&selectedCatgry=Search+All

3. Nylon Webbing - is this product acceptable? What color? http://www.joann.com/nylon-webbing-1-wide-20-yards/prd56535/#

4. Elastic Webbing - where do you find this locally?

5. Are the amplifier and fan together an option or is it either or due to space issues?

Thank you again for your expertise.

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