Tuesday, January 28, 2014

TM stormtrooper armor: first test run.

I had the chance to attend a Disney/LFL event a few months ago and it was the perfect moment to try for the first time my armor. Even if not fully finished, assembly was all done, and with my RS bucket, it was almost complete.

Here are a few pictures.





Monday, September 23, 2013

HDPE Helmet: The real deal.


Back in 1976, before the main shooting for SW started, the art and costume department came up with all the props and armors for ANH. At that time, Stormtrooper armor was sculpted by Brian Muir based on the concept designs by Ralph McQuarry. At that time the famous Stormtrooper helmet was sculpted by Liz Moore. A legend was created.

When the sculpts were ready, armor and helmet had to be pulled from plastic. Being white ABS the choice for the armor and green High Density Polyethylene HDPE for the helmet.

Jump to this days, Stromtrooper armor is pulled by a bunch of makers in a few different plastic. From ABS to HIPS... and a few in HDPE. But only RS Propmasters pull a helmet with first generation moulds derived from real screen used armor in the original accurate HDPE.

This IS the holy grail of Stormtrooper helmets for prop/armor builders. And is the only kind of helmet I would feel 100% happy with if I want to build a completely accurate armor in the ANH fashion, style and technique.

My helmet was not only pulled in HDPE by RS Propmasters, but expertly finished by them. put together and detailed by hand in the same way original armor was made in '76.

So, with no further word, this is my RS HDPE Stormtrooper helmet.









Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Stormtrooper armor almost ready for Tantive IV raid.

It's September already, and even if I would like to had shared my progress in bits, I was not able and now seems like a titanic task. So, I will instead post a link to my "build in progress" thread over the FISD (First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment) and post some pictures of my current progress here. Just want to say that all armor was trimmed, fitted and put together in the most possible ANH style I could. Meaning that it was not measured cm by cm and cut, but put together following my prop maker instinct and knowledge of the hobby. I did this cause I believe that is the way the art department did it in '76. The results do show the same look and style, so, I guess I am not that far from mark. Here it is... my Tantive IV Stormtrooper armor, all assembled and ready for final weathering and detailing. The TM armor is awesome! A true work of art. And being 5'10" works great, since the armor is made to fit guys my size. The same size actors were casted for ANH. Maybe I am a bit less thin, but fits fine anyway. One thing I really was concerned and came out perfect, were the shoulder bells. Would they be able to be tucked in the chest plate? My size and thr trimming I did worked perfect, and I can see the ANH look over that area. That is, for me, one of the most distinctive characteristics on ANH armor... So, So far, so good I think.
















I still need to take pictures of every detail... Will hopefully do that later on the next couple of weeks.

Friday, March 15, 2013

A New Hope.

So my Sandtrooper is done. At least, almost done. I do have a couple upgrades in mind for my backpack, specially for the radio, and for my E11, and dream of building a new Sandtrooper Tunisian E11 version sometime in the future. But now, I am starting a new project, one that I have dreamed about and kept on the backburner for a year or two now: A Tantive IV boarding party Stormtrooper. For me, that is the way Stormtroopers should look like. That is the very first impression most have of the impressive white armored Imperial soldier. I will try to replicate the armor we see in the very first minutes of Star Wars with all its flaws and imperfections, using perfect replicas, pieces and parts. The most important and central piece of this project will be my new 1.5 mm flexible ABS Troopermaster armor. The kit is already awesome even in the box. All the time and hard work put into making this plastic pieces is near perfect. And also, all the extras like wire brackets, elastics, hardware and the belt, holster and handplates, just to mention a few things, is so close to the real thing that it is just mindblowing. This will take me the best part of this year and probably a bit of the next one, since I really want to get all the details the way they should be. So I plan to take it slow, carefully and most important, accurately. I will post from time to time when I have something new to share, about this or other projects. In the mean time... move along, move along.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sandtrooper, '76 style all the way

I've been dedicated to build my Sandtrooper for the last, I don't know, 5 or 6 years. Have gone through 2 different kits, and dozens of upgrades in equipment, build, gear, tools, painting and detailing. Putting literaly hundreds and hundreds of hours working and a fair amount of money on it. All with one goal in mind: build the most accurate Sandtrooper ANH Armor I could. Without saying this is 100% accurate, I can tell that this armor has most if not all the datails, that were seen on the ANH Sandtroopers on screen, shot in in 1976. A lot has been done to make sure that all details have been taken in consideration and I have gone really out of my way to ensure all the parts and detailing was done as close as possible to the real props and costume. This for me brings somehow some closure in this process. There will always be something new to add or modify to any armor, but, I feel pretty confident that this armor is now in its ultimate shape and fashion. This is MY 76 STYLE STORMTROOPER ARMOR and I feel very proud of it. So, just a bit of showoff here... and most of all, a bit of sharing the love for Sandtrooper armor:
Thx everyone who has shared the road with me, for those who have read or followed my posts, for those who inspired my search and for those who tough me how to get here. I will keep building armor, and posting of course even if not very often... but today, I feel like achieving something. GRACIAS. Juan

Monday, April 23, 2012

My Set for Stun replica (not TD but cool)

So I build a Set for Stun helmet replica trying to emulate all the small details and mistakes that make this iconic bucket so special. Here is the result:

Sonix Victory 75 radio

Finally, a real Sonix Victory 75 was found, so we now have more reference material to improve our backpacks. This is probably the last of the main parts needed to be identified in the whole TD 1976 armor. So, starting from my Zenix radio kit, I have upgraded it with a few details seen on the real radio and this is the result. This is the Sandtrooper backpack radio: Photobucket And this is the found radio: Photobucket Photobucket And this is my Zenix upgraded kit: Uploaded from the Photobucket iPad App Uploaded from the Photobucket iPad App Uploaded from the Photobucket iPad App Still need to find the vintage radio antenna, but, I think it looks really good already.

Monday, April 02, 2012

E11 Blaster

Having a trustworthy blaster is essential when facing Jawas, space pirates and generic scoundrels on everyday basis.

So, I had to have a better improved E11 blaster on my side. So here it is, my doopydoos pipe kit, built and finished to the highest Imperial standards...