Welcome SA Fanforce readers to the premiere post of MONSTER CLONING FACILITY as two Imperial Trooper junkies work on getting fully armored for conventions !!! I am your host ObiJuan, and we start off with our first Monster Cloning Facility project: One Stormtrooper ABS armor kit being assembled for one Jim Marshall so he can be a part of the Imperial Ranks and terrorize Rebels (especially those who carry beanie babies in their jacket pockets . . .) The Time Span: depending on how much we wish to tweak out Jim's armor and re-tweak my completed set and our crazy schedules, anywhere from a few days to a week or more. Resources: my completed armor kit, which will soon be going DIRTY, and I don't mean Christina Aguilera Dirty, I'm talkin Sandtrooper baby !!! We start off with Day 1: Planning, sizing, cutting and sanding . . . We took out all the parts to get a glance at what all needed to be trimmed and / or sanded, luckily, there's not that much of a need for a whole lot of sanding but we did cut the ab plate from the cod piece so that Jim can have some torso mobility and not look like a robot. There was Great concern in making this cut but I told him that he was giving his armor an Imperial C-section and that the scar won't show up since his belt will cover it, alas a Trooper bikini cut. Once the pieces were separated it was time to start the sanding and get Jim into his bodysuit for the sizing of the leg and arm armor pieces. We took alot of time measuring on Jim to determine whether or not he needed to use shims (Monster Cloning Facility Factoid: Shims are extra plastic pieces to fill in spaces on armor to make it look more seamless for you non-prop building cake eaters and not something else) and we also brainstormed on a better way for the bicep pieces to hang better from the shoulder bells with snaps and elastic rather than the traditional and sometimes evil velcro . . . Jim also got to see his future as ole ObiJuan donned his Trooper armor to show how the finished product will be once we finish this pilot season of MONSTER CLONING FACILITY !!!! Pics to follow soon and stay tuned for Episode 2 !!!!!