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  1. Alright, now that the semester is over I've finally gotten around to working on this again. I started up again a few days ago (Saturday) and I've finished trimming up the left arm completely. The right arm hasn't been touched yet. I'm taking my time. It's a slave Leia getting this stuff apart with the way I glued it together initially, so I'm making sure it's 100% perfect before putting it back together after trimming. I'm not gonna bore you with all the progress pictures, so here are comparison shots of the brand new trimmed-to-fit arm (the left arm), vs the old still-needs-to-be-trimmed arm (the right arm). All pictures show the new on the left and the old on the right. Bicep Took about an inch or so of the diameter off. Forearm Took 1/4 inch off the diameter of the elbow joint, and almost 4 inches off the diameter of the wrist. This makes a HUGE difference in the shape of the forearm and how it sits on the arm. It not only looks MUCH better, but also makes it way more comfortable to wear. My forearms have always been a solid tube shape that pinches my inner elbow and seriously hinders my range of motion, so I took out a big angular chunk of plastic on the inner elbow to make it even more comfortable, look better, and give me more range of motion. (Elbow end) (Wrist end) I took so much material off the forearms in the wrist area, the new one comfortably fits inside the old one... Test Fit Comparison Shots Below are some shots spliced together showing the look and fit of the new arm on the left, vs the old arm on the right. I LOVE the upgrade. So much more sleek and comfortable!! This picture shows the added range of mobility involved in taking that extra little bit out of the inner elbow. This is lifting my arm until my elbow starts to push my forearm further than it should be and starts pinching my skin. I went from about 90 degrees of mobility to about 130 degrees. Major difference!! Next Up -Re-shaping and trimming the torso section (probably won't be posting pictures of that as the changes will be minor) -Doing everything shown above to the other arm. -Revisiting the thighs that are still torn apart from my original post to this thread... Thanks for stopping by, and stay tuned!
  2. It's way to thick. There's 3 layers of plastic glued to itself, and I'd never be able to tear the layers apart without breaking the strips. Plus I'm gonna need more for the forearms and biceps as well...
  3. MAN. I've lost a decent amount of weight since I've build my suit... and a lot of it has come out of my thighs... So it's time to start trimming this baby up! I'm starting with the biggest change, the thighs. I began by smacking a screwdriver between the cover strip and the thigh plates to try to break it all apart... Curt came over and reminded me that I can't trim any more off the front or I'll lose the detail ridge that the cover strips are glued on to. Oops. At this point though, I had to clean up the mess I made of the front inner cover strip so I can repair it properly later. I just created more work for myself for trying to do it this way first, but oh well. We live and learn. Meh... Good enough. I'll fix this up more later. Now to the actual trimming, the right way. I started by scoring ans snapping the plastic on both sides of the outer cover strip. I knew I'd need to take a good 2" or so out of the circumference of the thigh, so starting with taking out the whole cover strip worth of plastic seemed like a decent start. I then put the thigh on with my under suit and had Haley tape it in place. Right now it's just overlapping, I'm still waiting on TM to get back to me about some replacement cover strip material before I can start reassembling. Here's the overlap, AFTER I already took out the whole width of the outer cover strip: Some comparison shots: Right thigh fitting, untrimmed: Left thigh fitting, after trimming: Side by side. My right thigh isn't trimmed, my left one is. It's easier to see the difference from the back, but there's a huge change in size and fit here: A better comparison shot. Trimmed on the right (left thigh), not trimmed on the left (right thigh): I just repeated this process with the right thigh to get them both trimmed down to a more comfortable size. Scraps tax: I'll keep updating as I make more progress, but for now I can't wear my costume as the thighs are just taped together. As soon as I get more cover strip material I'll get working more on those. Next up: trimming the forearms and biceps!
  4. Gragh!! I was so excited for this and now I get it in the mail and it doesn't work. I'm assuming my neck is too big. Now what do I do with a $50+ microphone that doesn't put out any sound
  5. This is the best PTL I've seen so far. I'll be following this build in my eventual build
  6. Mine was a stunt build, so I didn't think anything of the teeth issue. It looked fine to me. But now that they mentioned it, that is correct. Hero has fewer teeth holes cut out.
  7. That left ear is sticking out quite a bit, but as long as you can tuck that ear under the neck trim, you should be fine. it really is hard to tell even in pictures. Excellent job with noticing that gap and fixing it. I was going to suggest that next, but you already got to it!
  8. Are you going for hero or stunt? The reason I'm asking is because it looks like you went with the bubble lenses that came with the kit, which would be used for the hero builds. Also, can we get a few more pictures of that ear problem? It may look fine from a distance, but it still needs to be lined up and assembled properly to look good up close. I can't tell exactly what's going on in the one picture you posted of it, but it looks like you might need to reshape it slightly to fit better at the bottom. More pictures will help figure that out... Otherwise though, so far it is looking like you have a handle on things with trimming and lining things up!
  9. It should be to no surprise to anyone that I will be watching this build thread
  10. Touche I notice that now, thanks for pointing it out!
  11. Agreed. I like screen accuracy, but I LOVE an in-universe, "fresh off the line" look that the NE armor gave in it's boxy robot edges and perfectly smooth cap and back on the helmet. That's what he likes as well. The lack of imperfections that the original suits had in mold screwups and what have you. That's why he wanted to get the NE kit like mine. I told him to order the AM2 kit if he wants to. We'll get a better look at everything once it gets in. I'm sure as soon as he gets it on his doorstep he'll be at my place ready to start building
  12. Ah. Gotcha. Thanks for clarifying! So the question remains... Should I tell my friend to pull the trigger and order this AM2 kit?
  13. I may just be ignorant to this area of expertise as well. I thought if the RS armor fits perfectly on top of the NE armor, and has softer details than the NE armor does, that would make RS the recast piece. Like it was just cast right over the NE parts. But that may not be how it works. I just build the armor, I don't know how to pull it
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