Star Wars fan makes bulletproof stormtrooper suit and then opens fire on it

Utah Star Wars fan Nils Rasmusson has built himself a suit of stormtrooper armour – and it’s bulletproof.

The white full-body suit was made from 19 separate pieces fabricated on a 3D printer.

Aware that stormtroopers don’t have the best luck in the Star Wars movies, Nils collaborated with a mate who customises cars to make them bulletproof.

“Stormtroopers don’t do well in the movies. One shot and they’re dead,” he told local news site KSL. “So, could we give them a little protection?”

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Actually, only the helmet, the backplate, and one shin-guard were bulletproofed in the end. The process was too expensive to cover the whole suit.

Nils tested the bulletproofing on his stormtrooper helmet by shooting it. he took it down to his local firing range and unloaded his pistol at it.

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“It actually did its job, really well, of stopping all the bullets,” he said.

“I would be a little bit afraid to wear this and get shot at,” he admitted. “That would be pretty scary, but it did its job. I was pretty impressed.”

Nils carved the bullet-damaged helmet with a water jet to see if how well the bulletproofing had done its job and he was pleased with the results.

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It took five printers running for around 500 hours to produce the suit. “I kind of incorporated all of the things that I’ve learned in 3-D printing and DIY into this project,” he said.

It took Nils around nine months to fabricate the suit and put it together.

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“I had to figure out – how do you put all of these pieces together? There’s no tutorial or instructions on this,” he said.

Why did he go to all that trouble building a suit, just to put bullet holes in it?

“I’m just a Star Wars fan,” he says. “I love the outfits, and the characters on the dark side guys in particular.”

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