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  1. I would recommend it. I'm building my kit currently, but I knew I didn't want to be wire connected. Also, I liked the idea of the sound coming from the hovi's instead of an external speaker mounted behind the chest plate. As for wiring inside, it's really how you lay it out. I may adjust mine a little more on the inside. (I have a few other items inside as well. )
  2. Now for today... I am beginning the part that has me the most anxious. Trimming! I have my guide printed (@ukswrath) and am going to trim it all out before beginning the sizing. Once trimmed I'll post pictures of the pieces for feedback and directions. I know there are parts where there should be no return edge (i.e. the wrist end of the forearms), but if someone is able to list all the parts and which ends of each part, should not have a return edge for the Centurion level, it would be of great assistance!
  3. I have a doopy E-11. But I want to take my time on that build as I would love to make it as real and functioning (lights/sound) as possible. The completion kits and sound kits will require some more purchases, but for now that will be my afterwards project. In the meantime I ordered and just received my E-11 from Praetorian Blasters. A bit of nerd out time occured as I walked around the house with it and then watched a show while using it to point to things for my wife and daughter. It's well made and if you didn't know some of the parts look like real metal! This appears to be L3 ready.
  4. My other accomplishment has been the installation of the electronics set-up from @ukswrath. Let me say, if you need anything like this I am quite impressed. Hearing assist, hovi mic speakers, cooling fans bracket. Added a Bluetooth transmitter and Bluetooth earbuds to keep me from being "plugged" into the bucket with traditional earbuds. Here are the hovi mics from the speaker system. The plastic ones simply unscrewed from the bucket. I had to then drill a slightly larger opening for the speaker posts, but was very easy to put in. Aside from the sound ability, I believe these make my hovi tips Centurion rated. The original ones were going to need some interior painting if they remained in place. Interior electronics. I wish I could make them look a bit more organized. Good news is no one really looks inside except when I'm showing it. After playing around trying to fit it to my ear. I remembered that this could be mounted in the bucket. That's what I've done here and I much prefer that set-up.
  5. Thank you everyone! Since the last post I've accomplished tow projects. First is the Husky Storage bin. It was time to move the kit from the BBB and into its new home. Here is the before and after pictures. Yuu can barely see the top of one of cat's head next to the bin on the far right. Open box seems to be an invite to them! Found this foam at Wal-Mart. Depending on how much space is available once the kit is trimmed, I am considering adding another 1/2 inch of foam on the bottom. The fabric came from Jo-Anns Fabric (3 1/2 yards long for those like me who are fabric shopping challenged). After measuring the interior we (my daughter is my official build-assistant) cut the foam to fit. In hindsight, cutting foam with a retractable razor on your dining room table is not smart. After a small cut line on the table, all work shifted to my portable workbench! We then used the foam to cut the fabric to size. The Fabric was attached to the foam using spray adhesive (see below picture). This was bought at Wal-Mart. Cost less there than the fabric store. It starts drying quickly so had to spray over the foam surface and then we placed the fabric on the foam holding it tight and then smoothing out wrinkles. You definitely need to do this outside as the spray makes everything it touches tacky, plus has a somewhat strong odor. Attached velcro to the back of the foam on all four corners. The top, and front/back sides also have velcro in the middle along the top edge and bottom edge due to the overall length. Here is the final product. And with the tool box (soft goods holder) inserted. All in all rather happy with how this turned out!
  6. I received all the electronics and have placed them in the bucket. Let me say, I'm very impressed. If you see any issues with my set-up in the pictures I'm about to show, please let me know.
  7. Thank you for all of this information. Very helpful! I'm about to upload some new photos of the recent activity I've been up to. In it will be a few more bucket pics. I'll hold on the tube stripes for now.
  8. Would you happen to know the size of those slotted screws? If not no biggie, I'll just take one of the upper ear screws with me to the store. I do intend on ordering a belt from Kittle. BUt need to complete the trimming and then measure. For the strapping I was going with the brackets from @Mr. No Stripes I was originally considering the snaps. I suppose if these should fail me then I'll need to go to the snaps.
  9. I appreciate it. It is great to have this group for guidance and encouragement.
  10. Thank you! What's interesting is the poster they packed with this kit shows full teeth not like the actual bucket. So apparently somewhere along the line the "less is better" mantra must of kicked in.
  11. That diagram helps greatly! I have ordered the Humbrol paints and once they arrive I'll get to those teeth.I was happy this bucket doesn't seem to have overspray, but felt something was off with the frown, but wasn't completely sure.
  12. To begin I've done tons of forums readings and have a question/concern regarding the bucket. I have the brow spacing that has been discussed recently so feel good there. It's the ear rotation and stripes I'm curios about. Are these good to go for Centurion? Or am I looking at some modifications that must be done for approval at this level? If so advice and guidance on how to accomplish it will be greatly appreciated. Remember, I'm not as skilled yet and would hate to damage or ruin it by some silly mistake!
  13. Hey Everyone, I had the long wait for my Anovos armor. When it arrived it was the day before our family moved from Orange Park, FL (Jacksonville area) to Columbia, MS (30 minutes west of Hattiesburg). That was July 3rd 2017. Fast forward to today and I am finally settled in and able to begin my first ever build. To say I'm excited, nervous, and all the rest is an understatement. I have been acquiring items, tools, and a workbench. Plus I have recently ordered additional items to further assist and hopefully improve my build (I'll be listing these soon). The aim is building to Centurion from the start. The struggle will be shims for the abs (6' 240lbs makes for some adjustments required) and my limited experience from model car building and miniatures painting. However, with all the encouragement and directions (not to mention awesome supplies/products) I've received so far from people like @ukswrath, @justjoseph63, @Darman, @gazmosis, my friends I met in Squad 7 of Florida, and what I know the rest of this community will be able to offer, I believe I'll be able to make it to the goal. So to begin I'm posting the following picture. The initial bucket on (July 2017):
  14. Two quick questions regarding the gloves. First: I have read numerous posts on Nomex gloves being good for trooping. Does anyone disagree with this after having trooped with them? Second: Reading the CRL am I correct in assuming that the Nomex gloves are also valid for approval at the EIB and then Centurion level (since there is no level 3 additional requirement with the CRL)? Or must I have rubber/latex gloves? (I have seen a pair on trooperbay) My goal is Centurion ANH-S, but don't want to buy the wrong item and be off on the wrong foot as I await the armor to arrive. Thanks for all the help so far in the process!
  15. My online name came while in the US Air Force. I was a weather forecaster and Xbox had just launched its live service (pre-international release). So being the "highly creative" individual that I am I used two weather terms. Vortex for the rotation of elements (air, various indexes, etc) and 5 for the proximity circle surrounding areas of responsibility (warnings, watches,and all that jazz). I received several offers to buy my gamertag and that caused me to like it more. It's still mine on Xbox and the basis for the rest. Since then I've had to add a few numbers on new sites and the 12 just works out. Sent from my QMV7B using Tapatalk
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