RS Prop Masters ANH stomtrooper build: 2 sets of armor: 1 full PVC kit+helmet, 1 ABS

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  1. ObiHahn

    ObiHahn Active Member

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    Watch this space for my upcoming build thread of 2 sets of RS Prop Masters stormtrooper armor. I sold my beloved TM for these...

    Thanks to Simon and Rob for offering these bundles of sheer awesomeness! And another big thank you for their customer service, way to go guys!

    One suit (shiny, shiny PVC) is gonna be for trooping/costuming, and the other one (correct shade of gloss ABS like Simon's original suit) will just be a replica suit for display (or maybe special trooping occasions!).

    Here's 2 pics from after unpacking my (very well and safely packed) boxes:
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    Both suits will have fully prop/costume accurate internal strapping.
    For the replica ABS suit I plan on acquiring a khaki colored base helmet that will then be spray painted as per the original "stunt"/background helmets.

    Not shown are the replica belts I also ordered, I'll post pics when I have those in hand.

    The PVC suit will be the first I'll assemble.

    Have I mentioned how awesome these kits are? Just wow.
     
  2. forcesensitive

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    Re: RS Prop Masters ANH stomtrooper build: 2 sets of armor: 1 full PVC kit+helmet, 1

    Congrats!!! It's really impressive..
    I will watch this thread with great interest :)
     
  3. Idlewild

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    I'll be watching with anticipation. Best of luck with your build and congratulations with the new purchase. It must be nice to afford "TWO" suits of armor.
     
  4. ObiHahn

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    Re: RS Prop Masters ANH stomtrooper build: 2 sets of armor: 1 full PVC kit+helmet, 1

    Here's the PVC helmet, ready for paint:

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    I'm going to fully finish the helmet first, paint and weathering and all that, and then build the PVC suit after that in one go.
    PVC is a lot trickier to trim and fit than ABS, but it is so extremely sturdy and crazy flexy that it'll be well worth the extra effort.
     
  5. ObiHahn

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    Re: RS Prop Masters ANH stomtrooper build: 2 sets of armor: 1 full PVC kit+helmet, 1

    Here's the PVC helmet, painted and still pristine and shiny. I'm not yet sure if I'll make this a beat up, weathered helmet (the most bad-***** look for ANH) or if I will leave it as "fresh out of the costume department" as it is now.

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    Next up: torso, then arm&leg parts.
     
  6. Idlewild

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    The helmet turned out nicely. Great job and keep us posted with the armor.
     
  7. mrbungle

    mrbungle Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Re: RS Prop Masters ANH stomtrooper build: 2 sets of armor: 1 full PVC kit+helmet, 1

    very cool!!! love tk builds..........make me want to finish mine............
     
  8. TKMedical

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    I have AM now, and would love to upgrade. That is amazing stuff!
     
  9. Awesomeness

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    Excellent!
     
  10. Supa troop

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    Re: RS Prop Masters ANH stomtrooper build: 2 sets of armor: 1 full PVC kit+helmet, 1

    The RS are indeed very special, having looked at the PVC suit up close at the recent Prop Party they are total awsomeness and im very jealous of your aquisition's

    both Si and Rob are top guys, no ego about them at all which is amazing really considering what they have in their posession, iv'e seen so many so called Experts over the year's that let their ego take over what they actually have in their Possession, these 2 have a genuine love for the hobby and their creation.

    I was lucky enough to grab their very first Sandtrooper Helmet which at the moment sits on top of a mennequin im putting together but will ultimately find its way top of the pile in my display cabinet.

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  11. ObiHahn

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    Re: RS Prop Masters ANH stomtrooper build: 2 sets of armor: 1 full PVC kit+helmet, 1

    QFT.

    They are offering the best ANH armor, hands down, and top notch customer service on top of that.
    I'd love to meet them both when I get the chance. The RPF UK prop party must've been awesome.
     
  12. gizmo

    gizmo Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Really awsome man!!!

    i`m soooooo jealous that you have 2 of them.

    Ben
     
  13. Stormtrooper

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    Re: RS Prop Masters ANH stomtrooper build: 2 sets of armor: 1 full PVC kit+helmet, 1

    Whoooaaahhh... this is stormtrooper-porn! And I absolutely luv it! :love

    Now get to work, man! I'll be checking this thread on hourly intervals!
    Now I've got a new 'Favourite Thread' to keep me superglued to the RPF! :cool

    Congrats on your 'new acquisitions' BTW. You're gonna have a lot of fun building them I reckon... :)

    Cheers,
    John
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  14. ObiHahn

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    Re: RS Prop Masters ANH stomtrooper build: 2 sets of armor: 1 full PVC kit+helmet, 1

    Today I finished the torso of the PVC suit with accurate internal strapping as per Simon's original suit/the archive suits.

    I have not yet painted the rivets, screws or ab buttons.

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    This build is soooo much fun, I'm really enjoying putting this one together. :thumbsup

    Next up: painting the torso details, then assembling the arm parts.
     
  15. j0wE

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    Re: RS Prop Masters ANH stomtrooper build: 2 sets of armor: 1 full PVC kit+helmet, 1

    is the little trooper head on the bottom right of the pic a cup? know any info on it? i have a trooper and a vader cup that i'd like to know more info on.
     
  16. Skelatorious

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    Re: RS Prop Masters ANH stomtrooper build: 2 sets of armor: 1 full PVC kit+helmet, 1

    It may be from this line released a few years back - mid to late 90's I think??

    Three photos at the bottom of the page.

    Mugs Collectible Items - Home
     
  17. ObiHahn

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    Re: RS Prop Masters ANH stomtrooper build: 2 sets of armor: 1 full PVC kit+helmet, 1

    It's a cup I was given last year (it had a CLONE WARS tag tied to the handle and it was filled with candy in chrome foil), a buddy bought it for me in the US of A. It is, viewed from a stormtrooper accuracy nut's perspective, an abomination from hell. :D
    But hey, gifts... so it found it's way into my helmet line-up shelves and now stores hovi mic tips and other small bits&bobs.

    But yeah...RS Prop Masters stormtrooper armor, anyone? ;)
     
  18. Stormtrooper

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    Ooooahhhhh yeah, baby.... this thing has 1976 written allll over it :love
    I like, I like!!

    ....but, back onto the topic of the small stormtrooper mug... :behave

    Cheers,
    John
    john@manicminer.plus.com
     
  19. aaronhall

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    Briliant.
     
  20. OldKen

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    We need a NSFW in the thread title... cause John is right! That is some sexy stuff!

    :lol
     
  21. ObiHahn

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    Re: RS Prop Masters ANH stomtrooper build: 2 sets of armor: 1 full PVC kit+helmet, 1

    It is, right? All the right curves in all the right places. :D

    Here's the torso and one arm fully finished:
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    Next up: the left arm, and then the leg parts.

    I can hardly find the appropriate words to describe how much I am enjoying putting this armor together... it just rocks, like hard.
    I am surprised how much I like the "inaccurate" high gloss and pure white.
     
  22. blewis17

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    Re: RS Prop Masters ANH stomtrooper build: 2 sets of armor: 1 full PVC kit+helmet, 1

    beautiful :love
     
  23. buskerj

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    Most excelent!
     
  24. TK9120

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    Re: RS Prop Masters ANH stomtrooper build: 2 sets of armor: 1 full PVC kit+helmet, 1

    This looks amazing. I may just have to get one of these. Incredible. Nice work.
     
  25. steveo

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    Re: RS Prop Masters ANH stomtrooper build: 2 sets of armor: 1 full PVC kit+helmet, 1

    That is beautiful! I would eventually love to get one of these as I'm sure they're outta my price range at the moment. But I also have no idea how to get one anyway. Oh well, great progress!
     
  26. jangotony

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    Loving this armour more and more.
    Saw a full set of this armour at the recent prop party that Simon mentioned and it really is that good in real life too.

    Excellent work.
     
  27. Bobby Fett UK

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    Re: RS Prop Masters ANH stomtrooper build: 2 sets of armor: 1 full PVC kit+helmet, 1

    Very nice build buddy, loving it. Makes me want to star another :) My suit was thrown together very quickly for an event, not had time to sort it properly yet.
     
  28. ObiHahn

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    Re: RS Prop Masters ANH stomtrooper build: 2 sets of armor: 1 full PVC kit+helmet, 1

    Thanks guys!

    Rob, this stuff has so much personality/attitude it's almost creepy.
    This newest pic just screams ANH to me, and it's just the parts I finished so far piled up on my old cinema chairs...

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    Obviously, the belt is only roughly cut, not yet angled at the corners and held in place by white gaffa tape. And the detonator is missing the metal clips, because I haven't found the correct screw heads to attach them with.

    This will look killer when finished and worn/displayed on a mannequin.
     
  29. brightmidnight

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    Re: RS Prop Masters ANH stomtrooper build: 2 sets of armor: 1 full PVC kit+helmet, 1

    This is amazing, the most screen accurate ANH replica suit I've ever seen. Nice work.

    What are the two rivets/fixings on the bottom edge of the chest plate?
     
  30. ObiHahn

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    Re: RS Prop Masters ANH stomtrooper build: 2 sets of armor: 1 full PVC kit+helmet, 1

    Those are the 2 screws for the middle chest plate strapping bracket.
    It's the prop/screen accurate way of holding the torso parts together: 3 wire brackets internally fixed to the bottom lip of the chest plate, with 2 screws each, heads painted white.

    Freeze frame some stormtroopers on the ANH BluRay and you can even see the screw heads in the movie. They are, among other source material, also visible on the well-known stormtrooper cardboard standee (the hero trooper with the SR-14).
     
  31. brightmidnight

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    Great stuff, thanks for the info. So those brackets prevent the ab plate from riding up over the front of the chest plate?

    I really want a set of this armour in the correct gloss ABS, finished with all the movie accurate strapping and fixings. It looks incredible. :thumbsup
     
  32. Stormy320

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    That is awesome!
     
  33. ObiHahn

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    The brackets hold together all the torso components, it's one clamshell if you will.

    BTW: I just finished the PVC thigh pieces today.

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    I had to "improvise" on the left (looking at the pic) thigh, because the original halves do not really match up that well - not a cast flaw, just original ANH quirkiness!

    So the thigh bottom detail strip covers up that it does not really line up on the lower lip, and I slightly cut off a bit off the top to have a smoother line... not too happy about the angle I cut it off, but oh well...
    I can live with it.
     
  34. Snowmann

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    Amazing work soldier !
    I can´t wait to see you and R2Dan live and together in your suits.
     
  35. brightmidnight

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    could you post a picture of all the internal fixings and strapping? You're doing an incredible job, love the attention to detail. Can't wait to see it completely finished.
     
  36. gizmo

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    Man your a machine!! I wish I had the spare time you have to finish mine. It's looking great!!

    Ben
     
  37. ObiHahn

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    Yeah, right now I am taking my time in the evenings and on the weekend to finish this beauty.
    Once I get started, I have to force myself to stop. :D

    I'll see if I can post a pic of my internal strapping system later.
     
  38. R2Dan

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    What you guys don't see is that he spent weeks getting all the strapping materials before he even had the armour. The strapping brackets were done by me, just in case anyone would need a set ;)
     
  39. ObiHahn

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    Re: RS Prop Masters ANH stomtrooper build: 2 sets of armor: 1 full PVC kit+helmet, 1

    The preparation for this/these build/s have been long indeed. Good preparation is everything! Now I can just happily trim, glue and finish all parts and just hammer my rivets and all that stuff in without having to wait.

    BTW, I can recommend this guy Dan's brackets. He makes them by hand and with loads of manly love. :lol
     
  40. Idlewild

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    OMG! You have done a super job with the armor. I wish my armor building skills were like yours, but I'll probably have someone to build me a set........when I can afford it.
     
  41. ObiHahn

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    Re: RS Prop Masters ANH stomtrooper build: 2 sets of armor: 1 full PVC kit+helmet, 1

    Thanks guys, feedback is much appreciated.

    While I still need the cloth part of the belt, I have now finished assembling all armor parts. Here's how I did the leg pieces:

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    I guess that means: assembling some ABS armor next... ;)
     
  42. Burnsy

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    Looking good.

    Saw Si and Rob's stuff a few weeks back and they are doing some great work here.

    Looking forward to seeing you suited and booted in this.
     
  43. brightmidnight

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    Freakin awesome. Looks like you took a DeLorean back to 1976 and stole a set from the Elstree costume department!
     
  44. voice in the crowd

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    That is one Sexy Stormtrooper :love

    Looking great :thumbsup
     
  45. TK9120

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    Pure awesomeness. :love
     
  46. ObiHahn

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    Re: RS Prop Masters ANH stomtrooper build: 2 sets of armor: 1 full PVC kit+helmet, 1

    Now I am just waiting for my cloth belt, then I can have my first test fit.

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    Check the box of goodness behind the PVC armor! :)
     
  47. ObiHahn

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    Re: RS Prop Masters ANH stomtrooper build: 2 sets of armor: 1 full PVC kit+helmet, 1

    While waiting for my belts to arrive, I started assembling my ABS armor, again building the torso first. I took a couple pics to show you guys the color differences, but they are hard to really show in photographs.

    The first was taken with flash, the second with just my yellowish room lamp as a light source. (PVC left, ABS right)

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    The ABS is easier to trim and sand, and feels quite sturdy. Sturdier than my 1mm ABS TM armor, but not as flexible.
     
  48. Idlewild

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    Re: RS Prop Masters ANH stomtrooper build: 2 sets of armor: 1 full PVC kit+helmet, 1

    I've noticed on the center AB plate that two gray buttons are not aligned vertically with the other buttons. Is this screen accurate?
     
  49. ObiHahn

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    Re: RS Prop Masters ANH stomtrooper build: 2 sets of armor: 1 full PVC kit+helmet, 1

    The abdomen armor detail plates are sculpted pieces vs. "cast from original" (no such plates were present on Simon's suit) and thus not 100% accurate, but very very close.

    The screen used costumes were more on the "irregular" side in sculpt as well as paint. But it varied from trooper to trooper in the movies due to the handpainted nature of these details-
     
  50. Idlewild

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    I understand if each button is not painted the same they will not line up properly, but do you know if the buttons were aligned (before paint) or not on the orginial armor? By the way, you are doing a fantastic job!
     

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