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  1. Yea, I am planning that actually...I just needed a few days to stop being frustrated about the situation and then need to organize a plan for documenting the process/problems.
  2. Sweet! Have a link to a request page as well? Also - I see you're in Central CA - whereabouts? I'm trying to meet up with some Cali folks for advice/assistance with my wreck of a build, but thus far have struck out. You may be too far south to meet up, but never hurts to ask!
  3. Well, I've run into a plethora of other issue with this suit. Note to those reading - NEVER buy your suit second hand, especially if someone has already trimmed/put together a lot of the pieces. I am having to go back and fix most of the fit and finish, and make a ton of adjustments. Turns out now, straps are the least of my worries. I need to side shim the kidney/ab plates, trying to mount the knee ammo and knee guard pieces, etc. And the guy who had the suit before me really butchered the eye sockets on the bucket. I tried flat lenses, but due to bad beveling, rough trim - they just snapped. I think the bubble lenses will wind up working better for me, but it's yet another purchase I wasn't anticipating. Oh well - lessons learned! I'm going to keep working on this suit, knowing it won't really be fully up to 501st snuff, but it'll give me practice so I can purchase a raw suit and do everything from scratch.
  4. For those of us who don't have drill presses, sanders or literally any of those tools - are these clips available for purchase anywhere?
  5. I don't suppose you ever got around to making a tutorial on this shimjob did you? I like the look of it, and would like to try that on my own suit...
  6. So - 3 pages deep into the topic and I've only seen 2 examples of shimming in photos. I don't have a suit that would be approved for full on trooping methinks - but nonetheless, I have a full ANH Sandtrooper suit, and it appears that I am a bit too thick in the middle to pull it off properly. For someone that doesn't necessarily have to adhere to strict guidelines - are there any good examples of shimming that's been done that doesn't look quite as janky as the shimming seen here http://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/18228-tk-4584-requesting-anh-stunt-eib-status198am/ ? I liked the look of the riveted shims personally, but I understand that wouldn't fly for 501st approval. I'm sort of stuck with a set of armor I bought second hand, that I should have inspected better when I 1st got it - as there's a ton of fit and finish work I need to do. One of the most important parts being the shims. Any and all advice would be appreciated - especially anything that includes really good photo references.
  7. I'm not quite trooping yet. I'm mostly done with my suit, but need to rig up the straps and snaps, and mount my lenses and mouth mesh in my bucket. I've been trying to find some local Oakland/Bay Area folks to lend advice/assistance, but thus far haven't had any luck. Tutorials are ok, but I do much better with "monkey see, monkey do".
  8. Can someone point me to an updated thread where the images aren't all deleted and or dead links? I'm basically down to strapping my armor, and there's a ton of links to "how to's", and lots of conflicting info and a veritable plethora of different methods. I'm looking for a good, solid, standard format for strapping my armor - I'm guessing primarily using elastic straps and either snaps and/or velcro for the connection points. Thanks in advance!
  9. If my ultimate goal is to weatherize for a sandtrooper build, do I want the armor highly polished?
  10. You know...I thought I had tossed a few 200 grits in my cart as well, but I musta backed out of that part of the order. Oh well, I have Amazon Prime, so I'll just order some of the heavier grit papers too right quick. Good looking out...that was my plan initially, I just got excited jumping back and forth between tabs and forgot! lol
  11. Absolutely! I just ordered a few different grits of paper and watched a few tutorials for wetsanding ABS. Once the materials arrive I'll begin my foray into fixing these things. I'm excited (and nervous) to begin!
  12. Hey all - The set of armor I got is relatively decently assembled, but the fella I picked up the suit from, in my opinion, cut a bunch of corners when assembling. A lot of the edges of the armor or kind of sharp and could very easily be uncomfortable to wear. he also made quite a few less than perfect ABS "welds" (the acetone/abs paste mixture). My question is - what grits/grades of sandpaper should I invest in to address these issues? Before I bother with putting snaps and attachments and all that sort of thing to the armor, and before I even consider doing any sort of painting, I'd like to get it all smoothed out in the rough spots. I did some searching to see what folks have been using, but I seem to be coming up empty. Thanks in advance!
  13. Cheers to all! Thanks for the warm welcome!
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