Introduction to my blog


Hello there, my name is William (a.k.a ThermalSoarer) and this is an introduction to my new blog.  In this blog I’m intending to get down my thoughts on things, mostly this will be in my hobbies of 3D Printing and Cosplay, though sometimes I might also talk about my job as a Software Engineer.  I’m not sure yet how often I’ll be posting, however I do intend to try to post as regularly as I can find topics to post about.


I’ve been into Cosplay for a few years now with a Star Wars X-Wing Pilot (Original Trilogy) cleared with the Rebel Legion, an animated Clone Trooper armour in progress for cross-clearance in the 501st and Rebel Legion, and additionally I’ve also just started my first Halo costume with the intention of getting that cleared with the 405th.  My main interest with Cosplay is on taking costumes from my favourite franchises and making them as accurately as I possibly can, spending months and months pouring over as many references as I can before I even begin a build.  I generally have a preference for armoured costumes as I love the look of them, though as I’ve found with my X-Wing Pilot costume having non-armoured costumes gives you very nice flexibility when at events!

Living on the South Coast of the UK, most of the events I go to are in London, however there are a growing number happening down here and I’m hoping to be able to make it to as many as I can.  The next event I’m going to at the time of posting is Star Wars Celebration Europe in London in a couple of weeks time, which I’m very much looking forward to attending.  After that will likely be Defcon in Southampton in early October and then MCM London at the end of October.  I’m hoping to have my Halo costume done for those last two, however if not then I’ll still have my X-Wing Pilot to use.

3D Printing

3D Printing is a hobby I’ve gotten into more recently.  I have a RepRap Prusa i3 Rework that I’ve built from scratch using the bill of materials on the RepRap wiki, and have since started modifying it to fix any minor problems I’ve come across.  So far I’ve been focusing on PLA printing to get used to the way it works, and to dial-in my settings, however yesterday I tried my first ABS print which presented a few bed adhesion issues.  I decided to get into 3D Printing to help me with my cosplaying as I wanted a way to be able to design and make my own props/costume parts.  To date I’ve only been printing test pieces and new parts for my printer, however I’m planning to soon print an M6C SOCOM prop for my Halo costume using models I found on Thingiverse.

Final Thoughts

Thanks for taking the time to read this post.  I’m hoping to be able to find the time to post content regularly.  Please leave a comment if you want to know more about my costuming and/or 3D printing.

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