I want to be a stormtrooper - the Journey

Friday, 02 August 2019 14:24
Written by  Tony

Thought it would be nice to share this story from one of our members (David Forsey) about the journey our newest member has been on recently.

"One November MCM a small lady approached the UKG table to discuss her dream to become a stormtrooper but had fears that it could not be done due to her 5ft 1 height. Fellow member Chris Hobbs gave her some advice and pointed her in my direction as I was the First Order Stormtrooper armourer at the time.

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After a few discussions I decided to set us a challenge to prove that whatever your dreams, with a bit of managed expectation, effort and desire, you can do things beyond what you often think yourself.

Stefan Wickham kindly allowed us to use his workshop to cut down the kit and prepare for sizing. As Stefan is our Chief Armourer, he also gave valuable advice and guidance during the critical phase of cutting the armour to fit a standard 6ft frame down to 5ft 1.

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Once we all got stuck in, we ended up with something that looked like it could work, but there was still a long way to go with more cuts, height scaling and a ton of surface preparation.

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Luke Daley at JJ Industries supplied a scaled blaster, so as long as we could pull together we had everything to conclude.

Many hours later, we got to a point of submission and the armour was cleared after a few helpful hints.

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This weekend at MCM Manchester saw the conclusion and Jodi Hook was branded, completed her induction, and is now a fully fledged AND the first female First Order Stormtrooper in the 501st UK Garrison. It's been tough, it's been frustrating but it's been achieved...I present a snap shot of the journey, but it is a clear example of how our great club brings everything together to add value to others and new members.

Very proud helpers and a very proud new member."

Just shows we can make dreams come true for our members too.

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