Another Han Solo ANH for your viewing pleasure... PIC HEAVY

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  1. pinder91

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    I've never really considered myself a Han Solo. In my mind, I was always a Luke Skywalker... more recently, Anakin Skywalker. I'd like to think I was more Jedi than Smuggler.

    Let's face it. When it comes down to it, Han Solo is a bada$$, and all the ladies (that are worth the trouble) love him.

    After really not a whole lot of thought, it was time to get started on my journey to ANH greatness. I originally joined this forum as a prop replicator/builder/buyer. Costuming, as I hate the term "cosplay", was a hobby that seems to have become more socially acceptable, therefore I feel more comfortable bragging about what I do, to what I like to call "normal people". :lol

    Over the last couple years I've put together a few outfits that, while not necessarily finished (are they ever?), I was proud to show off to these normal people when the situation called for it... ie. Halloween.

    It started with an Anakin Skywalker back in 2005. Pretty much every piece was put together by me. It really helped growing up with a mom that was a Home-Ec. teacher and an awesome seamstress at home. I learned a lot! I'm currently waiting on a new lambskin glove from Claudio, and am trying to find the perfect pair of boots.
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    The following year I started to put together a mildly-accurate Indy costume. Unfortunately, I have no pictures of this. It consisted of a Wested Raiders goatskin jacket, and an Akubra Federation. I was fortunate enough to upgrade my WPG bag with a Wade Egan Raiders strap.

    The sewing bug lead me to the TDK Joker in 2007. After an ungodly amount of hours in photoshop working on replicating the hexagon pattern for his shirt, I was fortunate enough to offer my work to Indy Magnoli for use in his fantastic Joker shirt replica. This costume included real Tabio socks. The T&A tie was too nice for Halloween use, so it sat safely at home.
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    Eventually, I decided to jump in the deep end and go for a Jack Sparrow, like everyone else. This originally started as a DMC/AWE version. I'm currently upgrading it to OST with as many authentic pieces as possible (that'll be a different thread).
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    Jack took a lot of time and money, so I went with something that would not only leave me sane, but my GF as well. What better than the Dexter obsession? Thanks to Risu (he was the first person that I saw ID'd the screen used henley) , Zombie_61 (ID'ing the Diesel boots), and DarkPassenger (for ID'ing the G-Star pants and watch). This all lead me to this.
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    This past Halloween I tried to do a lot for a little. I was previously working on an Evil Dead II Homelite XL that obviously called for a complete outfit. This ended up being rather rushed and needs more work/weathering. With only some minor sewing to make the harness, I ended up with this.
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    With another opportunity to use what I had, I basically opened my closet to find a complete Michael Westen from Burn Notice. Combine this...
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    with a tan suit yields this.
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    So here I am. I started to do my research for Han. It was looking like boots were going to be a big struggle area. I'm 6'1" and wear a size 12. Apparently this size is rather hard to find in vintage WWII Russian and German Officers' boots, which seem to be the go-to choice for OT costumers. After some time searching ebay and other forums for potential modern equivalents, I stumbled across an auction for "Biltrite Horse Riding Boots Size 12 Black 20" High". The description was very minimal, but I contacted the seller with probably more questions than I needed to ask, but after some back-and-forth I ended up buying them for a ridiculously cheap $25.
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    Upon receiving them, I stumbled across this little gem...
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    They fit great. I followed up my findings with Google to discover these boots are Denher's stock riding boots with an MSRP of $600. Score! :love

    Like most Han costumers, I snatched up a Denix.
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    During more research, I was learning how difficult it was to find a buckle set. One of the most popular sellers, who had previously been selling buckle sets, was no longer selling them, and it was not looking good. Thankfully, Wade Egan came to save my butt again. Many of the Indy costumers know of his amazing leather wares, so it was easy to pull the trigger on his buckle set. After a quick e-mail, my package was already en route. :thumbsup

    I also lucked out while looking into Han's belt tools. It turns out, that the CO2 cylinder is not really the Micronox cylinder that so many believe, but something a bit different. I luckily scored one of these for a more than fair price from our very own lonepigeon.

    Here is a shot of these amazing items.
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    My deadline for the project will be Halloween 2012, so I have time to make it as perfect as possible. I'm going to try and have my ROTS Anakin upgraded by then as well, and possibly a Luke ROTJ.

    Expect to see more as it develops. :cool
     
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  2. Indy Magnoli

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    Wow... you're really running the costuming gambit! And those boots are an AMAZING find! I would love to score a pair of boots like that. Bravo!!
     
  3. James Kenobi 1138

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    Based on your other other costumes I'm sure it's going to look great.

    Looking forward to updates.
     
  4. mosarmini

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    It's amazing how you can do multiple characters and look so much like them!
     
  5. Haywire

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    Very cool. Your dedication to researching your costumes is amazing. Thanks for sharing!
     
  6. Havok69

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    Re: Another Han Solo ANH for your viewing pleasure...

    This is interesting. How did you arrive at this conclusion?
     
  7. pinder91

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    I lucked out during some research and came across this recent posting...

    The rest of the thread can be viewed here:
    http://www.therpf.com/f9/han-gun-belt-cylinder-discovery-jawa-torch-metal-plastic-confirmed-134929/

    The best part is they're already the correct color! :cool
     
  8. Havok69

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    Very cool - now we just need to get those boxes (which I suspect are 70's relays) identified.
     
  9. pinder91

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    So the rumor is that the bloodstripes on the ANH pants were embroidered directly onto the pants and not a seperate strip of fabric like the ESB/ROTJ pants. Clear reference pics seem to be rather scare, but based on this shot:
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    and this one:
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    I think I'm seeing the stripes on a seperate strip of fabric. To me it would seem the more professional and easiest way to make them, plus I think it looks more finished.

    It also appears that Han's boots may not actually be perfectly flat topped based on this pic:
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    While they may not be as exaggerated of a cut as the boots I purchased, it does look like they could be angle cut.

    Thoughts?
     
  10. pinder91

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    Before I get too far ahead, I just wanted to acknowledge these comments.

    Thank you, sir! It is a lot of work, but I'm having fun so far. I never expected to come across a deal like that, but this proves that they are out there.

    Thanks. I'm looking forward to making progress myself.

    HAHA I thought my face was the worst part of all of them. :lol But thanks.

    I've been called OCD on more than one occasion. I supose this just backs up those claims.
     
  11. Solo4114

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    It's possible. It's tough to say from the shots.

    In my mind, though, they've never been angle-cut boots, which is why I went with the Russian officer boots I got. Trouble with those is that the shaft doesn't really hold a "round" shape quite as well as I'd want, so you end up with some more wrinkles on the boots than I envision in my mind.

    That actually raises a separate issue:

    Are you going for 100% "Screen Accuracy" or "Mental Accuracy"? Personally, I never go for "Screen Accuracy," but rather try to get as close to that and as square with my own mental sense of the look of the character as possible.

    Obviously, the ideal is to get as close to "factory original" parts as possible, but with things like the boots and such, I don't know that there's a way to find out what specific brand and model of boot was used -- and that's assuming they were purchased from a company that did actual "models" of boots instead of just "Hey, make us 20 pairs of your riding boots and we'll pay you XYZ."

    Anyway, good luck with this! I've been thinking of redoing the bulk of my Solo ANH costume for a bit now, but I need to source parts and such, so I'll be keeping an eye on this.

    If you aren't gonna make this all yourself, there are definitely some solid folks out there who make good Solo replica gear. I'm a bit out of date on all of that, but I'll do what I can to point you in the right direction, if you're curious.
     
  12. Jedifyfe

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    Does anyone know what kind of blue jeans they used as the base fro the pants or were they custom made?
     
  13. pinder91

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    This is a good point. I'd like to say I go for 100% screen accuracy, but lets face it, even if I have every item the same as original, like my Dexter outift, I'm no Michael C. Hall. So let's say I go for 98% screen accuracy with the compromises usually being idealized.

    The fact that they have no pockets leads me to believe they were made for production rather than off the shelf.
     
  14. slipshot139

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    You my friend are one amazing costumer. I can't believe the amount of detail you poured into that Jack Sparrow, and the Joker was among my favourites. Then again, they were all examples of stellar work.
     
  15. Zendragon

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    Great stuff and love the "Burn Notice" stuff... nicely done.

    Han is one of my favorites and I will be bringing mine out this year for CVI :)
     
  16. pinder91

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    Thank you for the kind words. I think the Joker (at least as pictured) was my least accurate, but one of the most enjoyable to be out in public with. I spooked plenty of people since everyone you saw was wearing the store bought outfit with just awful makeup only to turn around and there I was. :thumbsup

    I'm glad to see another Burn Notice fan. That show is was started my "expensive collection".

    There seems to be little information out there regarding the sparklet cartridges used on the ANH belt, so I scoured ebay for some pictures. So just incase anyone doesn't understand what to keep an eye out for..
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    They were used in one of these:
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  17. Indy Magnoli

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    If anyone has a spare one of those canisters, I need one for my new belt! :)
     
  18. pinder91

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    So how has everyone been lining, if at all, their vests? I checked out Kay Dee Designs website (Kay Dee Designs - Star Wars Han Solo Costume) which stated:

    Has anyone else done this? I'm planning on doing the same.
     
  19. Indy Magnoli

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    Yes, this is exactly what we do with our Smuggler Vests (lighter cotton lining beneath the thicker cotton shell).

    Kind regards,
    Magnoli
     
  20. pinder91

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    Cool. This appears to be a fairly common move then. I'm not going to lie, I've never heard the term "bag lining" before. I stopped at some of the local fabric stores after work today, and none of the employees knew either. Is this is common term in parts of the world?

    While I was out, I had to take advantage of some of the sale prices even though they seem to be recycled monthly.

    On the left we have a "bottomweight" 100% cotton twill for the shell and on the right is a 100% cotton broadcloath for the lining.
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    The broadcloth was not only half the price of the kona cotton, but was actually softer and slightly lighter weight. The weave also appeared identical to my eyes.

    I'm trying to decide whether I'm going to draft my own pattern for the vest since it's such a simple pattern, or if I should just buy the Dawn Anderson Falcon jacket pattern like everyone else. I'm only considering this since I may end up doing the ESB jacket at some point anyway.
     
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    Well I finally caved and bought the Dawn Anderson pattern this morning. I don't really have the time or patience to try and draft my own right now, so I figured I should keep the momentum of the project up before it completely halts. Hopefully I'll have it by the end of this week so I can get a prototype whipped up this weekend. Keep your eyes peeled for updates.
     
  22. Rbeato

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    I seriously thought that was a studio picture of Hayden Christensen in his Anakin outfit. All very nicely done man. Off topic, but how are the custom 1/6 g-stars comin along? going to be awesome when you finish them
     
  23. Rbeato

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    laptop is acting up badly today. sorry for the double post.
     
  24. DS Operative

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    I am of the belief that they are some sort of equestrian riding pant and not denim. At least I'm definitely convinced of the for the ESB and ROTJ pants. I've never really seen a good picture of the seat of the ANH pants, but the brown pants from the sequels have a rounded seam through the seat of the pants which gives them more freedom of movement. You can see a similar seam in many military BDU's.

    If anyone has any evidence to contradict me on the blue ANH pants, I'd love to see it. Good luck with your new costume!
     
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    Thanks, man! To my surprise, I've had quite a few people tell me I looked like Hayden in that pic. I think I only resemble him, but it works for me. :cool

    1/6 G-Stars are on the back burner at the moment. Hopefully I can get to them sometime this summer.
     
  26. Rbeato

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    even your jack sparrow you have a resemblence. but as far as the Hayden pic, seriously look just like him there.
    lookin forward to the finished product of the g-stars. many people will be jealous of those. I wish I knew how to sew things like this.
     
  27. Havok69

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    Sure looks like denim:

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    They did have the riding seam though, just like in ESB and ROTJ...

     
  28. DS Operative

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    Agreed! That picture is a very convincing argument for denim. Now to play devil's advocate: Are we sure those are the same trousers used in the movie and not just for the photo session? I only ask becuase the blood stripes aren't visible in that picture. I'd like to believe the movie version is denim also for comfort and convienence sake.
     
  29. pinder91

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    I think the lack of reference is going to hurt regarding the pants, but not enough to keep the project from happening.

    The problem I'm facing now, regarding the pants, is the weave of the denim. I can't tell if they are for sure a twill, like most denim, as I've found a fantastic colored denim that is not a twill weave (not sure what to call it).
     
  30. pinder91

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    ... And just to show what I was talking about. A couple shots of said denim.

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  31. Rbeato

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    they could be simply darkl blue polyester and cotton pants since those were very popular type of pants in the 70's and have seen some that look just like denim, and in the pics with Chewy just how they fit and sit not really as stiff as denim would be. the look like a thinner loser type of material like the polyester/cotton pants were, just a thought. also what about a brushed denim as far as the weave type if they are indeed denim...?
     
  32. Risu

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    They definitely are denim, there's actually one at Jo-Ann that's a great match. they don't have the "twill weave" you're talking about, it's more of the vertical faded stripes of color, which is an even worse description of a weave. Check out Jo-Ann though and you'll find one that will work well.
     
  33. pinder91

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    The Dressing A Galaxy book states that the ANH pants were in fact made of brushed denim, but that is the extent of it.

    I thought I found an almost perfect match there the other day, then my mom said she found what I posted above in her endless supply of fabric (her basement literally looks like a mini fabric store). I'll check out Jo-Ann's again.
     
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    For those who have purchased patterns from Dawn Anderson, did it take ridiculously long? I ordered my "in stock" pattern last Monday (3/12), and still do not have it. I tried the customer service number listed in their paypal and it is out of service, so I'm waiting on an e-mail from them regarding the issue. 10 days to ship an in stock item to Michigan from Virginia seems a bit much.
     
  35. DS Operative

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    It's been a couple of years so my memory is a little fuzz, but I ordered the Falcon Jacket pattern, and I believe it arrived within a couple of weeks and was a reasonable shipping time.
     
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    Glad to hear it. I mean, apparently they do get shipped out as that's the only pattern people talk about. I'm just surprised in the delay so far.
     
  37. FudgeMando

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    man, chewy sure does look skinny in dat pic
     
  38. pinder91

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    I'm now at 2 weeks of waiting for communication and/or the falcon jacket pattern from Dawn Anderson. It doesn't help that I'm generally impatient as it is. If I wasn't so busy with school I'd have drafted my own by now. :(
     
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    Well, another week has gone by. I'm starting to think Dawn Anderson Designs has followed the path to the dark side. I still have 23 days to report the issue to paypal, so I'll keep waiting a bit longer... just incase.

    I've tried their customer service number again in hopes of it working. Nope. Still disconnected. I've also e-mailed info@dawnandersondesigns.com, sales@dawnandersondesigns.com, and admin@dawnandersondesigns.com on 3 separate occassions already.

    No one else has had this issue with them?
     
  40. pinder91

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    Well, it took 9 e-mails and a paypal dispute to get a response regarding the pattern. Four weeks to the day of ordering and it finally arrived.
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    For those who may still be interested in buying this pattern, Dawn told me that she will be closing shop very soon for personal reasons. If you can handle a wait, you may want to grab a pattern soon.

    With finishing my senior engineering project for school yesterday, I finally have a weekend to get back to work on "me" projects. I think I'll have some beers and finally get started on a prototype vest. No more whining in this thread... for now. LOL
     
  41. uzthe4c

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    Dude very impressive. Can not wait to see the final result. Have to second the prior customs you build you blend into each character well. When you do you home work it really pays off. Keep it going.

    G-man
     
  42. pinder91

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    Comments like this are what really makes it all worthwhile! Thanks for the motivation. I've been distracted by The Avengers lately. ;)

    Expect a Solo update possibly this weekend. :cool
     
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    Totally understand! I think I contributed my half to the 2 Billion Plus they made already. Talk about well worth it.

    G-man

     
  44. CY Productions

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    You do excellent work on your costumes!
    Do you make the ANH Luke Skywalker costume?
    I've been trying to find someone who makes that costume as I want to get one.
     
  45. pinder91

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    Time for some thread necromancing! LOL

    I dug my fabrics/materials out of the box they've been packed in for the last couple months since I moved into a new apartment, and decided to make sure that my current machine can do the bloodstripes in the correct size.
    That's a big negative!
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    I can't get the correct width of a zig zag unless I butt 2 rows up against each other. I don't like how that looks, so I'm twisting my mom's arm to let me use her machine to do the stripes. Due to the logistics of the situation, the stripes will more than likely be sewn on separate strips of fabric, ala ESB/ROTJ, instead of directly on the pants like the ANH pair seems to have been done.

    The plan is to knock those out this weekend before classes resume next week, but I won't hold my breath.
     
  46. stromo

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    Thanks so much for posting this, pinder91. Really enjoying it so far.
     
  47. pinder91

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    Thanks! :thumbsup

    I wish I hard more time to work on this, but my last semester of school is finally winding down, and I'm hoping to actually graduate this time. I gotta stay focused elsewhere a bit longer.
     
  48. Sym-Cha

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    Hi there,

    I've read that the blood stripes were handsown on the pants using a double threaded string ... but this may be a bit to much time consuming for you at the moment, right?

    -Chaim
     
  49. pinder91

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    Definitely very time consuming. The biggest problem is that even when I get the time, I doubt I'll have the patience for it. :lol
    I'm hoping I can set the machine up so that it almost looks hand sewn.
     
  50. pinder91

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    It's about time for an update, right?

    Well, my Super ANH Hero Kit pieces have arrived. Can't even begin to describe how awesome everything is. The attention to detail and precision of all the pieces is amazing.

    I decided to start fitting the e-z fit bull barrel. I purchased this bull barrel with the hopes of one day finding a real C-96 that I will not have to alter, aside from shaving the front sight.

    Either way, this is how it looked straight out of the box.
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    And after quite a bit of sanding...
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    It fits much better now. I'm looking forward to bluing these pieces sometime this week.
     

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