One of the joys that I had writing for io9 was a column that I wrote about my stormtrooper build. Week to week, I provided some updates for readers on my progress, and got to do a deep dive into what building armor, cosplay and trooping entail.

Here’s the entire series:

Building Stormtrooper Armor

Introduction to the column, with some background information on the FX/MTK armor type.

Measure Twice, Cut Once

How to go about trimming a kit.

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Movie-Accurate Troopers

The finer points about film accuracy.

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The Finer Details

Trimming, sanding.

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Chest Protection

Approval guidelines for the chest / back / shoulders. Note: I opted to glue the front and back together, which isn’t *technically* accurate.

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Arm Up!

Upper arm assembly.

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Arm Up, Part II

Forearm assembly. (Plus a bit on the blaster)

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Tools of the Trade

What tools I’ve been using to construct the armor.

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A Leg to Stand On

Leg assembly and handplates.

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Break a Leg!

Continued leg assembly, plus ammo belt / sniper plate.

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Sun’s Out, Guns Out

The story behind the E-11 Blaster, and how to to modify a blaster with add-ons to make it more accurate.

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Belt it To Me

Stormtrooper belts, drop boxes, holster and the grenade.

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Connecting All the Dots

Snap plates. Handplates and mocked up handcuffs.

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Abs made of ABS

Abs plate

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It’s the Little Things in Armor

Paint, Straps, etc.

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Accessories and a Side Project

Undersuit, Neck seal, Gloves, Boots, and refitting my FX kit with new paint, straps and snap plates. (No more Velcro!)

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Finishing Touches

Thigh cover strips, corners / edges

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Buckets On

Helmet assembly, preliminary test fit.

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Test Fit

Minor tweaks, donning the armor, test fit.

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Storage and Care of Stormtrooper Armor

Display, storing, cleaning, etc.

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Oops, I Did It Again

Anovos Armor first impressions.

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What We learned About Those Rogue One Troopers in 13 Pictures

Looking at the armor from Rogue One and comparing them to the original series troopers.

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Public and Safety

Prop gun safety.

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Beating the Heat

Trooping safely in the summer.

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The Final Lessons

Conclusions and bigger picture stuff.

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Other stuff:

You will soon be able to suit up as a Force Awakens Stormtrooper:

Write up on the incoming Anovos TFA TK:

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Here’s How to Build Your Child The Best Stormtrooper Costume Ever

How to turn a Jakks Stormtrooper into a child-sized costume.

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This Tiny First Order Stormtrooper Just Stole Our Hearts