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jedi master sal
07-26-2006, 01:31 PM
The Hasbro Death Star Gunner has incorrect armor. This can easily be fixed if you have one of the new Sandtroopers. Simply take of the Paulron (shoulder armor), carefully snip off the little pouch, turn it 90 degrees so that the hole is on the top. Slip that over the head "ball" and voila you have the correct armor. To maintain this armor against the chest, make a small hole near each of the bottom corners of the armor to put string in and tie it around the back. Make a small knot just bigger than the hole, slip you string through the hole until the knot comes in contact but does not pass through the hole. Take the string around the back, slip it through the other hole. Now the only part is tying the other not close to the other hole. After doign this and that second knot does not slip through the hole, snip off the excess string and bam, the armor is secure.

Now you say, "but I have to lose a sandtrooper by doing this." Not really, there were some Sandtroopers that did not have paulrons. Besides if you get some good paint remover, I suggest ELO, you can get rid of the sandy paint and bam, you've got a fresh new clean Stormtrooper!!!

-Sal

jedi master sal
08-02-2006, 07:10 PM
I'm hoping to put up pictures of this on the weekend, but it works like a charm.

mastermatt24
08-07-2006, 02:06 AM
No pics yet?

jedi master sal
08-10-2006, 10:03 PM
No pics yet?

D'oh, I was so busy over the weekend taking pics of some of the several hundred clones I have, that I forgot to do this (along with customs Ewoks!!)

That and I was sick all this week. Even spent two days in the hospital. I'll try to get them up this weekend. Thanks for the continued interest and again sorry for not getting these up.

-Sal

figrin bran
08-11-2006, 12:48 AM
thanks for that custom recipe, sal. i'll try it once my gunners arrive from the HTS.

about the easy lift off, i searched every aisle at michael's and could not find it. from where did darth cruel get them for you?

hope you're feeling better! :thumbsup:

mastermatt24
08-11-2006, 01:27 AM
D'oh, I was so busy over the weekend taking pics of some of the several hundred clones I have, that I forgot to do this (along with customs Ewoks!!)

That and I was sick all this week. Even spent two days in the hospital. I'll try to get them up this weekend. Thanks for the continued interest and again sorry for not getting these up.

-Sal

Excuses, excuses, excuses... ;)

jp man- hope your better!

jedi master sal
08-16-2006, 08:12 PM
Feelin' MUCHO better! If fact so much so that I took the photos tonight. In fact the photos you will see are the custom AS IT IS BEING DONE. It's actually a very easy custom, but what the heck,it can't hurt to have pics to help one along the process. I have to crop those pics down as they are rather large. I'll do that tomorrow and time permittnig during work...I'll post the complete tutorial with picture referencs. Cool?

-Sal

Turbowars
08-16-2006, 11:29 PM
Hurry the hell up!

jedi master sal
08-17-2006, 09:09 AM
Hurt the hell up!

??Hurt?? Do you mean "hurry"?

jedi master sal
08-17-2006, 10:18 AM
Okay so here it is the COMPLETE play by play of how to do this. There's 29 steps, but seriously though they are SO easy it's really more like 5-7 steps, but I spell things out here in entirety so there is NO WAY anyone can screw this up.


I'm going to list links for pictures (They are labeled what steps they are) and explain them. You may want to open another window for the pictures. Whatever makes it easist for you. I'm giving links instead because these pictures NEED to be a little higher res than what attaching images in a thread allows here.

Here we go:

Step 1: You will need to assmeble all of your materials for this custom. As you can see in the picture you will need the following:
1) Black Paint- you don't need to be to specfic with brand type here. I used ceramcoat. It's only a small amount you need anyway, so no need for the large bottle (as I have). You might even be able to get with a Sharpie, but I still reccommend paint.
2) Paint brush
3) Shoulder Paulron from Sandtrooper- I used one from the new TSC Sandtrooper
4) Black thread
5) Needle
6) Death Star Gunner- Obviously this is the TSC version as that's what this custom is all about
7) Cutting implement- You cna use a smaller implement like an exacto knife, but as this plastic is a little think, I chose a metal straight edge, also reffered to as a box cutter
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_01_1463.jpg

Step 2: Isolate your paulron (see I told you the steps were EASY...)
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_02_1464.jpg

Step 3: Using your cutting implement, carefuly cut away the pouch (or ammo clip if you prefer) from the rest of the paulron. Thankfully there is already a molded crease to follow so it's a snap. Or is that "SNIP."
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_03_1465.jpg

Step 4: I made two cuts to snip it away. One on each side.
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_04_1466.jpg

Step 5: This will leave you with an edge that is white, thus the need for the paint later.
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_05_1467.jpg

Step 6: Also by cutting straight across the crease of th pouch you may be left with a litle nub, see picture.
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_06_1468.jpg

Step 7: I carefully cut away this nub with the cutting implement, rounded off the corner to somewhat match the other side. This DOES NOT have to be perfect as it's mostly hidden by the helmet anyway.
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_07_1469.jpg

Step 8: Now is one point that you can aint the white part. Though you may chose to do this later. Since it's such a small area to paint, your aint should dry rather quickly and you can continue on with customizing with little or no wait.
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_08_1470.jpg

Step 9: Here is my paulron painted.
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_09_1471.jpg

Step 10: Just another view, this time seeing a more rounded corner and painted.
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_10_1472.jpg

Okay, I'm going to break this here for the moment and in the next post I'll give the next 10 steps.

-Sal

jedi master sal
08-17-2006, 10:34 AM
Here we are with Steps 11-20.

Step 11: Now is the point in which we need to make small holes for our needle and thread to go through. Notice on the paulron itself that it has two small "circles" on it already. Seems like a good place to make your holes. (This is where they went in the real life version as well.) Note that I used my needle to make the hole. You can use a cutting implement, but that might make too big of a hole or leave a "white" hole that you'll have to fill in with paint later. By using the needle, you are only making the hole big enough for what you need.
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_11_1473.jpg

Step 12: I started the hole by placing the point on the circle, then as you can see in this picture I use the table to push it through. BE CAREFUL with this step. Take it SLOW and easy. You don't want to slip and prick you finger!
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_12_1474.jpg

Step 13: I'm almost all the way through. At this point I can just pull the needle thourhg the other side. Make the hole on the other side using the same steps previously.
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_13_1475.jpg

Step 14: Now we're ready for the string. Thread your needle. (See these steps are real easy, huh...?)
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_14_1476.jpg

Step 15: You don't need a lot of string. I think I used about a 6-8 inch long piece. http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_15_1477.jpg

Step 16: Pull the knot tight...
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_16_1478.jpg

Step 17: Once your not is tight, thread the needle through one of the holes, FRONT side first to back. The reason you thread through the front first is so the knot you are going to make will be on the BACK side of the armor and will be hidden. Thread most of the string through, then make a knot, carefully tightening it against the paulron. You can make a second knot if you choose to make this more secure.
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_17_1479.jpg

Step 18: At this point you can start to get your figure ready. Take off his incorrect armor and helmet.
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_18_1480.jpg

Step 19: Oh, here's another view of the first knot I was making...
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_19_1481.jpg

Step 20: Yet another view of the knot with the tail part of the string still attached. Carefully cut that away without cutting through your knot. Again though, this should be hidden behind the armor, so don't worry if you don't get too close.
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_20_1482.jpg

Okay I need to stop here for a moment as I'm at work and need to attend to some business. I'll post the final 9 steps shortly.

-Sal

jedi master sal
08-17-2006, 01:09 PM
Here we have the final steps 21-29.

Step 21: this is optional but reccommended. Position the arms as is in the picture. (It made it easier for me to tie on the armor.)
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_21_1483.jpg

Step 22: Don't forget to pop off the head. The new armor won't fit over teh head and there's no need to cut the armor any more to fit. Besides it will fit more snugly this way.
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_22_1484.jpg

Step 23: Place the armor over the head peg like so.
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_23_1485.jpg

Step 24: Now carefully without getting the string tangled or caught in any of the figure's articulate joints, wrap around the back to the other side of the armor.
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_24_1486.jpg

Step 25: As with the first hole, you want to thread the needle from the front to back. Again the reason is to hide the knot behind the armor.
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_25_1487.jpg

Step 26: Now it's a little hard to see in this pic, but I've brought the needle all the way through and tied a knot.
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_26_1488.jpg

Step 27: Pull this knot tight against the armor. You may want to tie a second and third knot to keep it secure. (I did.)
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_27_1489.jpg

Step 28: Your almost done!
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_28_1492.jpg

Step 29: Okay really you WERE done at the previous step, but I wanted to shoe the finished custom next to another one that I did. BROTHERS!!
http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/Step_29_1493.jpg

Let me know what you thought of this tutorial and if it was explained well.
Like I said this was EASY to do and there really isn't that many steps in doing this. I just wanted to completely spell it out.

Hope you enjoyed seeing the process and if you make a custom from this tutorial, please share it by posting a picture here.

-Sal

Turbowars
08-17-2006, 08:26 PM
??Hurt?? Do you mean "hurry"?Yeah that's what I meant. Just another Brain Fart.

Bacta Beast
08-17-2006, 08:45 PM
links don't work

jedi master sal
08-17-2006, 09:56 PM
links don't work

Work for me with no problems. only thing I can suggest is deleting the http:// part of the link and try again.

So Turbowars, did you read through the tutorial? If so did you see the pics and what did you think of the tutorial over all?

Turbowars
08-17-2006, 11:02 PM
So Turbowars, did you read through the tutorial? If so did you see the pics and what did you think of the tutorial over all?Well Sal I'm happy you ask. I did read through it and view all the pics. It's almost too thorough. No, but really you did a great job and I think Ikea should hire you. :thumbsup: The only thing I would like to see is a better pic of the final product. I'm 100% sold on this custom, so a larger pic would be cool. I know there's the one with his arms out, but a larger one with the 2 figures together.

figrin bran
08-18-2006, 02:27 AM
sal, thanks for that tutorial. unfortunately, i think i want to do other sorts of customs with the DSG's like using that body as a base for alien customs. maybe a rodian or gran. plus i don't trust myself with a needle!

jedi master sal
08-18-2006, 08:46 AM
Well Sal I'm happy you ask. I did read through it and view all the pics. It's almost too thorough. No, but really you did a great job and I think Ikea should hire you. :thumbsup: The only thing I would like to see is a better pic of the final product. I'm 100% sold on this custom, so a larger pic would be cool. I know there's the one with his arms out, but a larger one with the 2 figures together.

Can do! At your request here's a larger, closer up pic. Same pic, just zoomed up on. I did brighten it up a bit so you can see the detail more clearly.

http://www.geocities.com/swsalerno/FINAL_DSG.jpg


sal, thanks for that tutorial. unfortunately, i think i want to do other sorts of customs with the DSG's like using that body as a base for alien customs. maybe a rodian or gran. plus i don't trust myself with a needle!

While that would be cool, the neck material kinda detracts from using it as a custom. Well, at least for me it does.

figrin bran
08-18-2006, 07:30 PM
While that would be cool, the neck material kinda detracts from using it as a custom. Well, at least for me it does.

you mean the frilly thing around the neck? you can always just sand it down. that's what i plan to do.

jedi master sal
08-19-2006, 12:55 AM
you mean the frilly thing around the neck? you can always just sand it down. that's what i plan to do.

That's a bit harder than you think. Good luck though and remember to post pics on this if you do it. It might inspire me to try it too!

-Sal

figrin bran
08-20-2006, 01:20 AM
That's a bit harder than you think. Good luck though and remember to post pics on this if you do it. It might inspire me to try it too!

-Sal

no. only harder in your mind.

use a dremel, you must. :p

jedi master sal
08-20-2006, 08:28 AM
no. only harder in your mind.

use a dremel, you must. :p

Careful you must be. Do not underestimate the power of the dremel or sand off too much you will.

figrin bran
08-21-2006, 01:25 AM
the lowest setting of the dremel, you must use!

mastermatt24
08-21-2006, 06:41 PM
Interesting.. I dont think Ill be doing it though- For one, I cant even find one, and two, it doesnt really bother me that much that his armor is off. Nice modifcation though.

Turbowars
08-27-2006, 04:13 PM
Well I finally got 2 Gunners yesterday from a friend and I wont be doing this custom as well. I can't bring myself to destroy a Sandtrooper and it seems to me that the if the custom is to be done it needs to be glued on to lay down on his back to look right. Hasbro's EU armor will have to do.

jedi master sal
08-28-2006, 02:10 PM
Well I finally got 2 Gunners yesterday from a friend and I wont be doing this custom as well. I can't bring myself to destroy a Sandtrooper and it seems to me that the if the custom is to be done it needs to be glued on to lay down on his back to look right. Hasbro's EU armor will have to do.


NO no, that's why you make small holes with the needle, put string through it and tie it around the figures back. It stays secure.

Oh and you won't be destroying a Sandtrooper. THink of it as either a dirty Stormtrooper, or get paint remover and clean off the sand paint and you got a fresh new Stormtrooper!

Turbowars
08-29-2006, 11:05 PM
NO no, that's why you make small holes with the needle, put string through it and tie it around the figures back. It stays secure.

Oh and you won't be destroying a Sandtrooper. THink of it as either a dirty Stormtrooper, or get paint remover and clean off the sand paint and you got a fresh new Stormtrooper!
What holds down the section behind his neck? I see what you are saying about the string, but I did a test fit and the part behind his neck looks funny.

I see what you mean about not destroying a figure, but I would be destroying a Sandtrooper.

jedi master sal
09-04-2006, 12:30 AM
What holds down the section behind his neck? I see what you are saying about the string, but I did a test fit and the part behind his neck looks funny.

I see what you mean about not destroying a figure, but I would be destroying a Sandtrooper.

Well the paulron is a bit think behind the neck, but I find that makes the helmet a little more snug actually. If you wanted you could carefully shave some of the thickness off of the paulron. Also of course you could make another hole in the back neck part, tie a string in that and tie the other end to the string running across the back. I HAD already thought of that, but didn't want to bring attention to the string so I passed on doing that.

D'oh, and you would NOT be destroying a sandtrooper!!! Not all of them had paulrons.

Well to each their own.

Turbowars
09-04-2006, 12:33 AM
D'oh, and you would NOT be destroying a sandtrooper!!! Not all of them had paulrons.

Well to each their own.They don't?

COMMANDERCODY2795
09-04-2006, 02:41 AM
no they didn't. if you look closely as luke and ben are entering mos eisley there are paldarunless troopers.