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Last Update: 10/01/22

 

Helmet: Jim Tripon DIY Helmet Kit Delivered, Painting, Strapping

     Helmet Audio System: Ukswrath Deathtrooper System - Delivered

     NSM: Jim Tripon - Delivered 

     Lense: Ople Props - Delivered

     LED light: Ukswrath - 

Armor: Jim Tripon DIY Amor Kit - Delivered, Painting, Strapping

     Forearm Wrist Rockets (Metal): Phoenix Props - Delivered

Chest Rig: Jim Tripon: Delivered 

     Chest Rig Pouch Covers: Jim Tripon - Delivered 

     H&K magazines (6): A&J Projects - Delivered

     Grenades: A&J Projects - Delivered

Pauldron: A&J Projects: Delivered 

Shoulder Ammo Pouches (MP40): A&J Projects - Ordered, waiting on delivery 

Balaclava - Amazon - Delivered 

Under-suit with Gaskets: Jim Tripon - Delivered 

Gloves: EndorFinders XL size - Delivered

Boots: Crowprops Custom order - Delivered

"Stormie": A&J Projects - Ordered, waiting on delivery

Belt: Trooper Bay Shop - Delivered

     SE-14R Holster: A&J Projects - Delivered

     Belt canvas pouches (3): Jim Tripon - Delivered

     Belt leather pouch (1): A&J Projects - Delivered

     Belt small hip box (2): A&J Projects - Ordered, waiting on delivery

     Silver/aluminum belt buckle: Phoenix Props - Delivered

     Acrylic Backing for Belt Buckle: JollyRogers1942: Delivered

SE-14R Blaster: Imperial Arms DIY kit: Delivered, Weathering

     SE-14R Decal: JollyRogers1942 - Delivered

E-11D Blaster: Researching

DLT-19: Plastic Arms Dealer - Picked-up, Modifying, Re-fitting

     DLT-19 Spotlight LED: Researching

 

My first costume for 501st approval and I am beginning my list of items for my Deathtrooper outfit. I will update the list as I order and receive items. I am aiming for Level 2 Specialist as well after approval.

Boots are gonna be a hard find because I was "blessed" with bigger feet!

Any advice or good options I would appreciate! 

Credit to @Lt. Dan I liked his format

Wish me luck! 

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5 hours ago, TheFireAwakens1807 said:

Credit to @Lt. Dan I liked his format

Great list Andres! I am always happy to help other mates with advice and tips. I myself have already received so much help here in the forum, it is always a pleasure. Great place, you won't be dissapointed! Looking forward to your build, maybe I can gain experiences from you as well? 

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Update #1

I took Darmans Prop's SE-14R Holster and modified to look more like the holster on the CRL for the Deathtrooper. 

I forgot to take pictures during the modification. What I did was remove the rivets holding the the straps off with a drill bit and then penciled a sketch of where I was gonna cut. Used a box cutter to trim the holster and riveted the straps and holster with some 5/16" x 1/2" double cap rivets. All I have to do is cover/hide the aluminum. 

Before:

http://imgur.com/a/ThjbGz0

After:

http://imgur.com/a/QdPVLsg

 

Let me know what you guys think!

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Looks not bad, but from my understanding the upper loop should hold the barrel and the lower small one holds the scope. Therefore they must be offset to each other due to the design of the weapon. Yours are lined up, can´t work in my opinion!?

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1 hour ago, Lt. Dan said:

Looks not bad, but from my understanding the upper loop should hold the barrel and the lower small one holds the scope. Therefore they must be offset to each other due to the design of the weapon. Yours are lined up, can´t work in my opinion!?

This is true about the alignment. It has a bit of give to move to fit the barrel but if anything, I'll replace it with a longer strap. 

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Update #2

 

http://imgur.com/a/SLRKKeE

Pre-trim

http://imgur.com/a/rpKRIur

Rough trimmed

I picked up my fiberglass armor from Andres McClary (Plastic Arms Dealer) today and I'm overwhelmed and excited at the same time. Andrew gave me great tips and advice for continuing the build on my death trooper. He was very welcoming and friendly. 

While there, I also purchased a DLT-19 he had.

http://imgur.com/a/y45MaMj

Next to do is fine trimming the edges of the armor. 

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Update #3

Been a minute however I did receive my under-suit in the mail!

http://imgur.com/a/OSZKHX7

Thanks to Jim Tripon for the undersuit, pauldron, and assortment of items I ordered! 

Here are a few of the pictures. Let me know what you guys think!

Undersuit

http://imgur.com/a/hl5kQf8

http://imgur.com/a/kBmf3jY

Pauldron

http://imgur.com/a/8itr5iF

Chest Rig & Pouch Covers (chest rig)

http://imgur.com/a/9152747

The pouches need a little cleaning up but it shouldn't be an issue.

NSM & Pouches (belt) 

http://imgur.com/a/efIDmEr

The NSM feels hollow inside but I may change this cause I do want to get the LED in the NSM.

What do you guys suggest to use to give the belt pouches their shape?

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3 hours ago, Lt. Dan said:

I used foam to give them shape, worked fine! Are the ribs on Jim's undersuit sewed? 

Yes! All gaskets are sewn on.

Ok! Thanks for the suggestion on the foam. 

And if you or anyone wants to see different views on the items I've gotten already I'm more than willing to show.

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I'm finally beginning the fine-trimming of my fiberglass armor and helmet but I wanted to ask if anyone has any general recommendations and also wanted to ask what is best to used to clean off the armor once the trimming is done (pesky fiberglass flakes).

I am using my dremel tool to fine trim off the excess that did not come off with the rough trim that was done to it prior to my pick-up and then finishing off by sanding the edges that were trimmed off. Thoughts?

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I haven't trimmed fiberglass in on armor but I'd imagine that if you washed it down with warm water and a brush (not wire brush) it should remove it from any surface it is on; similar to removing from clothes. If you get it in your skin then you do a cold shower to close up pores and then hot shower to open them to release the fiberglass.

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Update!

Well it has been awhile since my last post because I was on vacation 2 weeks ago in Vegas, Arizona, and Utah. Plus a few other priorities came up when I returned, like work (with the Surfside Condo in Miami) and the fact I will be moving to a new place at the end of July, so I had to get things prepped. 

But I was able to get something done with my helmet. A month ago, I was checking my helmet when I found a soft spot on the crown. I felt it and I created a hole in the spot. 

http://imgur.com/a/suJlXIm

I ended up expanding it further and got a fiberglass resin kit to fix it. 

And I finally did that today! 

 

I did the inside first with about 4 to 5 layers. 

http://imgur.com/a/QPW0ZBv

 

And with that I then proceeded to do the outside with 2 layers since the inner layer sticks out of the hole and its harden pretty well. 

http://imgur.com/a/mU3nc6g

 

I just need to sand it and throw some bondo over where the hole was and and again, but I felt I did pretty well with the repair. What do you think? Not bad for my first time. 

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On 5/23/2021 at 2:40 PM, TheFireAwakens1807 said:

Update #2

I picked up my fiberglass armor from Andres McClary (Plastic Arms Dealer) today and I'm overwhelmed and excited at the same time. Andrew gave me great tips and advice for continuing the build on my death trooper. He was very welcoming and friendly. 

Next to do is fine trimming the edges of the armor. 

 I'm in the research phase for armor and I'm torn between ABS, Fiberglass and the 3D print options (last choice).  Fiberglass seems like the most durable, and I'm guessing it's also serviceable for repairs.(?)   That untrimmed photo is a bit intimidating for someone who hasn't ever worked with the stuff.

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5 hours ago, RobC_TX1138 said:

 I'm in the research phase for armor and I'm torn between ABS, Fiberglass and the 3D print options (last choice).  Fiberglass seems like the most durable, and I'm guessing it's also serviceable for repairs.(?)   That untrimmed photo is a bit intimidating for someone who hasn't ever worked with the stuff.

Thats what I like about the fiberglass. Its durable and you can fix the fiberglass if a mistake is made. 

I have never built with fiberglass before, I was lucky that the rough trim was done by Andrew McClary but in actuality its just cutting out the excess fiberglass. 

Check out the other builds on the forums but it all depends on what you like and what you are planning to use it for. 

 

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It has been a while since my last post, but I was moving to my new place and unpacking lots of boxes. 

I do have great news!!

My Deathtrooper boots custom made by Giovanni at Crowprops was delivered and I am very impressed! 

http://imgur.com/a/05bjkcw

They are 14 US and the only thing I need to do is compare the shoe cover with the one Jim Tripon sent me to see which one matches with my undersuit better. 

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2 hours ago, TheFireAwakens1807 said:

My Deathtrooper boots custom made by Giovanni at Crowprops was delivered and I am very impressed! 

http://imgur.com/a/05bjkcw

They are 14 US and the only thing I need to do is compare the shoe cover with the one Jim Tripon sent me to see which one matches with my undersuit better. 

That's great news that Gio can make the larger sizes. I never understood why IB never went that route but Gio came thru for the Death Trooper community! 

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  • 4 months later...

Hello everyone!

Has been a while. I haven't given up, its just that the DT armor took a 2 month hiatus at one point but I am resuming again! 

I worked on putting together and painting my SE-14R

https://imgur.com/a/gi3oeuL

https://imgur.com/a/KEYeI5K

I forgot to take a picture of it fully painted black, so I will get back to you on that. 

https://imgur.com/a/h7xGPT9

 

Other than that, I sprayed the inside of the armor with some plastidip (2 coats) so no itchiness for me. Still considering lining it with 2mm eva foam whenever I get to the painting on it. 

Only issue with armor is that my forearms are tight especially when I flex and the calf armor can't fit around ny calf (go figure). 

And the items I ordered from A&J projects have still not arrived /: been waiting since june and of course I've contacted them multiple times. Still holding out hope for now.

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Nice work on that blaster, I can't see any print lines and that is good!

Glad to hear you got the armor and fitment is always a challenge on getting armor supplied all together, but that definitely doesn't mean it can't be fixed! May require a little work and some elbow grease. Did they request measurements prior to them making it? Usually you have to account for the undersuit which a lot of people often miss.

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11 hours ago, IcyTrooper said:

 Did they request measurements prior to them making it? Usually you have to account for the undersuit which a lot of people often miss.

I have the undersuit from Jim Tripon already. I ordered from A&J the accessories like the MP40 shoulder pouches, belt pouches and boxes, and the magazines for the chest rig.

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13 hours ago, Lt. Dan said:

Hey Andres, did Jim's undersuit come with single stitched ribs? Could you post a pic of the undersuit? Other than that nice to see things going on?

What I can say before I get a picture of the undersuit is that Jim's undersuit ribbing is stitched and not stamped like how the darksideclosets undersuits are. Will post photos soon

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