Thanks, I've also been to the Studio Creations site many, many times. Even when I was only looking at costuming for Halloween. As for the Vader I appreciate the back-up, and since I said time isn't really an issue since I'm not aiming at a specific date of completion right now, that means that budget is not an issue. I can buy the gear as I need it and whenever I am ready for it (one section at a time--the only way to keep myself from "settling" for less than perfection). I also like Jurist's idea of occasionally meeting at hardware, fabric, or craft/hobby stores to gather supplies for projects that two or more people might be working on, whether they be working on one project together or individual projects of the same type. I'm gonna be new to costuming but I have imagination to spare, and even I can see the endless amounts of entertainment that a club like this could offer (and work-but not ALL work is bad)!