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  1. So I haven't made a video showing how to do that, but I do have a write up thread here that goes through the process I use for hard lenses that are removable. You can find it here:
  2. Hey! Thanks so much for the kind comments, I'm glad you like how the build came out and hope it may inspire people to do similar things with their buckets as well. Cheers and thanks again.
  3. Heya. Well, four years later it is holding up pretty well. The main issue is where two pieces meet and there is solid connection between two edges. Over time small chips of wear are observed at these spots, which I then hit up with a clear enamel. It makes for a little bit of natural and three dimensional armor wear, which I kind of like.
  4. I looked at all my WIP workshop photos, the only thing that comes close is this one that was before I installed the electronics. Shows the raw neoprene, no padding, and before a bunch of clean up. Hopefully it helps.
  5. Hey,

    I have a couple more questions about the neoprene. Did you use all 50 ft of it?

    Did you line the entire helmet or did you work around the electronics (like in your video)?


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      Hey there - overall I think I used maybe 1/3 of the roll or so. I did line pretty much the entire helmet except for the very top where the electronics are mounted and where the top padding would cover it. Hope this helps. :)

  6. No I run them in parallel, not series. This provides constant voltage to each fan and allows me to quick disconnect one or more if I just want 2 for instance, or doesn't shut the whole loop down if one breaks, a problem with your christmas tree style series lights.
  7. I do something a bit differently. I craft a piece of steel that is the shape of the mouth and bend it so it can lay inside laying "flat" against the teeth with the appropriate bend in the middle. I paint that flat black, and mount it with Sugru such that it is offset by 1/4" from the teeth opening. The Sugru rubber "feet" it lays against are visually hidden from looking through the teeth at the front. On top of the back side of this plate goes the neoprene. This seals the mouth off entirely and gives a very nice structural depth to the teeth mesh versus having it see-through. Pictures are hard
  8. Glad you like it! I have another guide up for how I do lenses in my helmets. Lately the only thing I change is rather than steel bolts I use black nylon ones that i can safely trim inside the helmet without overheating the paint and plastic, makes for better cuts to exact size after the lenses are placed on them. I plan to update my YouTube channel soon with more videos especially one for lenses as that's something which gets asked at lot. Anyway, for now you can check out this guide I posted up here on FISD:
  9. Eeks, so I'm to "blame" for getting you into this mess of a situation, so far as creating perfection in a super accurate and realistic TK set. It's a slippery slope but a hobby that is second to none, glad to bring you into the ranks of the 501st and who knows, maybe see you out in the field one day.
  10. So I can't speak to the nuances of the velcro lining, just another idea I gave you and glad that worked out. However, I can certainly say that the neoprene route does not cause any issues with absorbing sweat or odors. It gets super hot and humid in the DC area too, but having four fans helps a ton to counter that. Anyway, so after a couple years my TK helmet still smells like new in there, so do all the other helmets I've done up with neoprene, but I think that's a particular beauty of neoprene which I gravitated towards seeing how it does with dive suits and the like. Anyway, looking good so
  11. Derrick Meade 11778 Centurion Letter Size Tony http://www.whitearmor.net/eib/certificates/11778-centurion.png
  12. Derrick Meade 11778 EIB Letter Size Tony http://www.whitearmor.net/eib/certificates/11778-eib.png
  13. Hard to tell if it would meet EIB or CEN since it would require close up details that aren't really apparent in the two shots. What I can point out is much what humperdingle already said, the left thigh is pushing up way too much on your but plate, it should look much more like the right one. The fronts look fine but the back seems problematic and may require tracing a new trim line to match the right. Also, not sure if it's just the picture but it almost appears like the butt plate is being pushed over the bottom edge of the kidney plate (maybe because of the thigh). Helmet may be a bit too f
  14. Read all the bullet points carefully, compare it to how your armor looks on you when you wear it. Ensure the rivets, whether they are painted or not, is accurate. Check the gaps between your ab and kidney, look at the kidney notch, wrist return edges, etc. If you feel it's all good then go for it and submit an EIB application, if there's anything you missed it will be pointed out and in the process if there are any updates that are felt necessary for CEN they'll be pointed out as well. Good luck, RSP are nice (I love mine, albeit ANH and I opted to build it myself, but personal preferences )
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