ARNOTT’S TIM TAM

Have you ever had crack in a biscuit? Well, not literally, but this is what I would imagine crack in a biscuit would be like. The rest of the world calls it a biscuit, I think we would call it a cookie. Arnott’s Tim Tam Biscuits. Crack.

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As far as I know, the sister company that we know of as Pepperridge Farm has brought over this tasty and addictive Australian treat as Pepperidge Farms Tim Tam in 2008-09 exclusively to Target Stores. Since then it doesn’t look like they ever brought anymore over to our shores.

I am fortunate enough to have an awesome friend from Australia send me a pack straight from the source.

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Let me remind you, this is a drug. An addictive one. If you ever have the opportunity to eat one of these delicious chocolate covered biscuits….take it. Trust me.

On my fatassing scale of 1-10. I rate this as a 10

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DOOOD APPROVED: ZENKI CONVERTED DC5 RSX

Owner: Daniel Ho

Car: 2002-04 RSX (DC5)

Article/Photos: Collin L. (asiandoood)
Photos Shot with Iphone 5 Camera

Daniel’s RSX is a good balance of a daily driver and street show car. His build concept is quite simple and clean. The Zenki DC5 body is mated with the Kouki front and rear conversion with simple aero pieces that praise the already clean body lines of this Honda. Complimenting the simple color is a pair of OEM DC5 Type R badges which gives it just enough kick to catch your eye. Sitting on aggressive sizing Enkei RPF1 wheels and a simple air suspension kit, Daniel can make the RSX go from a worry less daily driver to a chassis scraping street show car within seconds. Be sure give a peek of his build at upcoming events and at our Inspire USA Year 3 Event!

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PASCALL PINEAPPLE LUMPS

A good friend recommended I try this particular confection all the way from New Zealand/Australia.  I don’t believe we have anything like this or similar in the USA.  Pascall Pineapple Lumps may sound weird at first (to American’s at least).  I always have the motto of “don’t knock it till you try it”.  At first glance, it looks like a chunk of chocolate.  When you bring it closer to your senses, you can actually kind of smell the pineapple sneaking through the layer of chocolate.

When you bite into it, it may take a little effort as the pineapple candy center is quite tacky like taffy.  You first get the senses of the chocolate taste.  A few seconds later, the taste of pineapple mixes with the chocolate.  ADDICTING!  Who would of known chocolate and pineapple would go together?  I couldn’t stop at one, I had to have more.  It’s not overly sweet and artificial like American candy.  It’s just a right mix of fruit flavor and chocolate.  I highly recommend trying this if you are able to get your hands on some.

On my fat assing scale of 1-10, I rate this as a:  9

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SCOUT ARMOR: SHOULDER STRAPPING

I’ve been getting a lot of requests and questions on how to strap the shoulder bridge straps. Here’s the method I used that is simple and accurate for 501st approval.

The 501st Legion requires this bridge to be a piece of cloth. Not elastic. If you watch the movie as well and look closely at the strapping, it should be “duck cloth” material or similar to canvas.

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The method of strapping is referenced by many scouts before me. It is called the T-Strap method. It consists of many pieces of velcro and straps sewn together into a shape of a T. You’ll need to look at the pictures that follow to understand which side to sew the velcro pieces.

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On the armor, I placed some white velcro on the outer bridge.

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On the underside “inside” the armor, I placed some velcro between the inner bridge.

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The T-strap will velcro onto the under side of the bridge of the 2 armor pieces facing outwards

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You will then secure the two pieces of armor together, pull the T-strap and wrap over the outer velcro.

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Loop over the outer velcro, under the bridge until the strap faces outward again

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You will now have the strap hanging outwards with the velco pad that will attach to the shoulder bell armor piece

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Velcro the shoulder piece on and you’re done!

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Hopefully that’ll clear up the confusion on how to strap your shoulder bell armor while achieving a 501st approved and movie accurate strapping. Good luck and happy trooping!

KINDER SURPRISE! (STAR WARS EDITION)

I was graced with happiness with gifts of Kinder Surprise (Star Wars edition). Kinder Surprise is an egg made of chocolate with a surprise toy inside. From research these eggs originated/manufactured by an Italian company and is distributed in the UK as well as other European countries, Asia and, Australia.

This is the packaging of the 3 Egg set with the Star Wars Surprise inside

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The eggs are made of milk chocolate. This package is made specifically for distribution in Australia.

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These are the collectible Star Wars twistheads you can collect from the “surprise” toy inside each egg. It’s kind of like buying Kid Robot “blind boxes” only you can eat your way to the prize inside. A very awesome concept!

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The Kinder Egg, wrapped in foil. Kinder Surprise is illegal in America as it seems like it doesn’t pass regulations for choking hazards. Ridiculous as if parents are not smart enough to keep these novelties away from their small children from choking.

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The Kinder Egg consists of 2 milk chocolate halves fused lightly together.

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Inside the egg is the “kinder surprise”. Kinder meaning “children” in German I believe. The surprise toy inside is held in a yolk colored plastic container.

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The surprise capsule opens in half revealing the surprise inside! This particular one awarded me with the Sith Lord Count Dooku aka Darth Tyrannus.

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I really like the concept of the Kinder Surprise. Even though these were made for younger children, there have been cult followings by adults and collectors of Kinder Toys. I can’t blame them when they know how to attract us Star Wars fans with these surprise toys. I really did get a little childish excitement when opening a Kinder Egg. It brings back the fun times of childhood. Hopefully America lifts the ban of these awesome chocolate eggs. It seemed to have failed as there was not much interest or demand to bring these surprises into the states a few years ago during a petition.

SCOUT ARMOR: THERMAL DETONATOR STRAPPING

A lot of people have asked me about how to strap the Thermal Detonator on the belt.  There are many ways to do this.  The most common is using the belt clips that attach to the belt after it has been put on just like the TK armor.

However, we all know when there is limited help or handlers during a troop, we want to make it as easy as possible to suit up and suit down.  Here is how I strapped the TD on the TB belt.

It’ll look seamless like this and will be permanently attached to your belt like this:

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I drilled 4 holes onto the female side of the belt clip after attaching the main tie strap (black through the center).

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NOTE: You’ll have to make careful measurements before drilling. Look at the male side of the belt clip and make sure the release tabs will clear the holes so that you can release and unclip the belt.

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After drilling the holes, I ran 2 tie straps to secure the TD to the belt. Test fit the belt clip, adjust it to the correct place and secure it tightly in place and you’re done! Now you don’t have to worry about losing the TD and worry about clipping this piece behind you without any help.

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Bounty (Chocolate Bar)

As seen on wikipedia:

Bounty is a chocolate bar manufactured by Mars, Incorporated and sold internationally. It was introduced in 1951 in the United Kingdom and Canada, initially only with a milk chocolate coating. Bounty has a coconut filling enrobed with milk chocolate (which is sold in a blue wrapper) or dark chocolate (which is sold in a red wrapper) and is sold as two pieces wrapped in same package. Since 2006, a cherry flavored version has also been available in Australia. This was initially a limited edition flavor, but remains available as of 2013. In Europe, a limited edition mango flavor was available in 2004-05 and in Russia and Ukraine in 2010. Although Bounty is not marketed in the United States (where a similar product, Mounds, is marketed by Hershey’s), it can be found at World Market and in the international sections of many supermarkets there”

So I was very fortunate to have been given a few Bounty bars from Australia.  Having tried one of these bars and comparing to the similar chocolate bars we have here with coconut inside (Mounds), I’d have to say they are pretty similar except for one thing.  It does seem like Bounty doesn’t have that sweet after taste that our North American Mounds bars do.  I am assuming because they use more “natural” ingredients or less of artificial.  I didn’t see High Fructose Corn Syrup in the list, but I did see Glucose syrup.  I am wondering if they are the same or similar.

Overall I am very pleased with the Bounty Chocolate Bar compared to our Mounds bars.  Less sweetener aftertaste and more of a cocoa taste to the chocolate.