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  • Birthday 02/20/1974

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  1. Forum Name: HappyTrooperTKID: DZ10900Event Name: DC Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation Father/Son NightEvent Location: Fairfax, VAEvent Date: 05/22/2017Costume: Tusken Raider
  2. Some Jawas gave DZ-10900 a great rate on a new Hummer. Just traded in the Bantha, ready to cruise the Jundland Wastes in style!
  3. Welcome Rob! I'm in Tyranus too, up in NoVA. Hope to see you at a troop some day Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Forum Name: HappyTrooperTKID: DZ10900Event Name: EagleFest Carnival & Silent Auction Fundraising Event for school PTA, Technology & Cultural Arts budget Event Location: Fairfax, VAEvent Date: 05/20/2017Costume: Tusken Raider
  5. Forum Name: HappyTrooperTKID: DZ10900Event Name: Ellie's Hats Pancake Breakfast, raising awareness for childhood cancer Event Location: Fairfax, VAEvent Date: 05/20/2017Costume: Tusken Raider
  6. Forum Name: HappyTrooperTKID: DZ-10900Event: Ellie's Hats Childhood Cancer Awareness Car Show and Spring Fling hosted by Casey's Automotive in Chantilly, VADate: 04/30/2017Costume: Tusken Raider
  7. Forum Name: HappyTrooperTKID: DZ-10900Event: May the 4th / Rogue One showing for Washington West Film Festival @ Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse Date: 05/04/2017Costume: Tusken Raider
  8. Forum: HappyTrooperTKID: DZ-10900Event: Ellie's Hats Childhood Cancer Awareness fundraiser, SpringFest & Car Show: Chantilly, VADate: April 30, 2017Costume: Tusken (the Jawa in the photos is from the Galactic Academy: CDZ2646)
  9. Congratulations Brad! Job well done!
  10. This is awesome, I love scratch builds. Props to you my friend, keep up the good work! Excellent job on that snout/nosepiece!
  11. Greetings Denizens! Building props using home improvement store parts has become an addiction. My daughter is a Jawa with the Galactic Academy. Ever since she's watched ANH, she has wanted an ION blaster to complement her outfit. We set out on a quest to build the Ion blaster that took out R2. We drew up some templates based off of a set of Lee Enfield rifle blueprints. Once we had a plan for the stock, we looked for the other accessories at Lowe's and Home Depot. In addition to my home improvement store prop addiction, I also have an affinity for making videos. It gives us all another excuse to wear our costumes. The instructions for making this prop are in video format. Here's are a few pics of the finished product: The blaster can also be fitted with an LED: Here's a list of materials and tools that were used: COMPONENTS Templates FREE http://bit.ly/2p3kNaS ½” PVC x 2’ $1 https://goo.gl/9j1RVf ¾” PVC x 2’ $2 https://goo.gl/Rx1gDI 3” PVC x 2’ $6 https://goo.gl/Y0IzGE 1-½” x 3” PVC adapter coupling fitting $3 https://goo.gl/Xokv0C 1-½” x ¾” PVC reducer bushing $2 https://goo.gl/HCCknK ¾” x ½” PVC reducer $1 https://goo.gl/duhano ½” PVC cap 40cents https://goo.gl/pahvY9 ½” PVC clamps $1 https://goo.gl/cWENUe 1” (¾” actual) board $9 https://goo.gl/zj8Ved #8 x 2-½” wood screws $1 https://goo.gl/bNTjnp #8 x 1” wood screws $1 https://goo.gl/sxE3OY #4 x ½” pan head sheet metal screws $1 https://goo.gl/AEvnx4 Flat aluminum bar $3 https://goo.gl/9a5kbJ Etsy coin battery & switch (optional) https://goo.gl/6e4r7v Etsy LED (optional) https://goo.gl/NBN9oZ TOOLS Jigsaw http://amzn.to/2ptBfNT Small Vice https://goo.gl/kGb5L8 Clamps https://goo.gl/7LI6Da Hacksaws https://goo.gl/Vyhv9v Drill http://amzn.to/2nEpJTa Various drill bits http://amzn.to/2oXBEvC Phillips Screwdriver Sandpaper (assorted grits - 120, 220, 400) Dremel (optional) http://amzn.to/2ptubki Trim Router & ½” core box bit (optional) https://goo.gl/GoiZd7 BUILDING & FINISHING MATERIALS Wood filler Wood stain of your choice Polyurethane finish of your choice Elmer’s wood glue E6000 adhesive Rustoluem Painter’s Touch Gray Primer Rustoleum Painter’s Touch Metallic Aluminum Rustoluem Painter’s Touch Flat Black General’s Powdered Graphite http://amzn.to/2oXKQQJ Krylon Satin Clear If you like to build stuff, this is a fun quest! Thank you for viewing
  12. Excellent job on the blaster! Love the pic of Michael Rooker holding it.
  13. Sharkbait, any tips on re-inforcing those wires? I thought about E6000 on the edge or something.
  14. I use a relatively inexpensive crate from Target to haul my Tusken costume around. It isn't pretty, but it does the job. I was tired of it looking so...blah. Found a cool Tusken template online, blew it up to letter size and printed it out on cardstock (NOT regular paper). I put some music on, got a glass mat & an x-acto blade and began trimming. Tedious? Yes. Difficult? No. It took about 30 minutes. A sharp x-acto blade made all of the cuts in one pass. I also got some pre-cut letter stencils Dafont.com also had some cool stencil fonts for free. One could simply download a free stencil font, print it on cardstock, and then trim it out with an x-acto blade. I placed the stencils on my crate and masked off the sides (not shown in this pic), and then hit it with light mist coats of spray paint. Now my crate has a little more personality: I did the top of my Sandtrooper armor crate too. I used a plastic "No Parking" sign from Home Depot, cut it down to fit in the center of the lid, and sprayed over the stencils: It was a fun, easy, and cheap project. There may be die-cut stickers available, but I always worry about it peeling off, I was also able to custom size the design. This Tusken stencil won't have that problem