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    JeklynHyde's RS Prop Masters, ANH Stunt Build

    I got stuck on the shaping of the kidney section. I can't quite progress with the mounting until I sort out the final shaping (as I would rather install the reinforcing pieces in their final position rather than having to attempt to melty-bend two thicknesses of ABS) but then I realized that the belt will help squeeze the armour a little. I did another test fit and it doesn't look horrible. I may not attempt any more additional shaping. The thinking behind this is that if I cut down the shape the kidney section any more, I will need to trim down the sides. In its current shape, it just manages to meet up with the ab section and it feels snug, yet not constricting. But... if I want to shape it more, I can do so in the future. With the kidney taped to the ab in position, I tested out the chest sizing again. If I cut out the neck a little more, I may be able to get away with not having to cut and reshape the bottom return edge. (We'll see. I may end up trimming it anyway). I suppose I should add: I am somewhere between 5'6" and 5'7".
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    JeklynHyde's RS Prop Masters, ANH Stunt Build

    That sounds like an excellent idea actually. I have read here and there about the returns on the back being prone to cracking. And after seeing the originals with the screw holes needing to be relocated because they tore out (at least that's what seems to have happened), I definitely wanted to reinforce and do what I can to prevent the potentially inevitable.
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    JeklynHyde's RS Prop Masters, ANH Stunt Build

    Using the scrap from the kidney, I cut out small bits for mounting support. following Fragarock's and UKswrath's build threads. I know this isn't movie accurate, but does this affect centurion status? So far, I only did it to the upper back. Can be undone if needed. Superglued them in place on the back. Re-marked the points for the holes. Drilled the them at 7/64. I used a 7/32 drill on the outer return edge to give the holes a little chamfer to countersink the screws slightly. Installed brackets.
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    JeklynHyde's RS Prop Masters, ANH Stunt Build

    The other battlestation. I started with 200, but eventually boosted it to 250. Time to attack that wobble Started with a more focused tip for the curved section. You can see in the background it's flattened out. For this I ended up using my fingers for the most part. Switched to a wider tip to concentrate on the flatter, longer sections. Curve is a lot flatter now. And I was able to push down the bulge in the middle Flat once again. For the edge, grabbed the wood block, heated up along the edge and pressed it out a bit Used some curved, wide, flat pliers to grab and bend the plastic without removing the heat The gloves allowed me to hold and manipulate the part with my hands or the pliers without any risk to my flesh. Managed to get the cut out curves into shape again too. Heat gun allowed for much better control. Even if I end up cutting more off, it was good to get more comfortable with the use of the tool. I had to mess with it a bit more, but I was able to maintain the overall curve. Matching it to the back, it looks like I'm going to need to do a little more shaping further from the sharper parts of the curve. Also, thank goodness for the editor saving input. I would have had to have rewritten so many posts by now XD
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    JeklynHyde's RS Prop Masters, ANH Stunt Build

    Ramping up the battlestation again. Pot on the right is for cold water bath. Turns out it was more useful for cooling down my hands Full pot, rolling boil. Part of the problem before was that I couldn't get the part shaped quickly enough before it cooled down. Put on some gloves that let me handle and shape the plastic in the water. When the heat got too hot even with the gloves, I dunked my hands in the cool water. Grabbed some popsicle sticks and used pliers to compress the edge. Testing to see that it would work. This would have been easier if I had not trimmed down the return edges so much already, but alas. This is what I've got to work with. Ready to enter the pot. Found a block of wood to try to assist shaping. You can see the popsicle sticks and pliers did the trick to flatten out the return edge. Cut two pieces and played with it for a while. Still wobbly, but in the right shape. Next step may be the heat gun, but now that I know ~200 degrees does the trick to get it a little bendy (but not floppy), I'll start at that temp with the heat gun so that I don't overdo it.
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    JeklynHyde's RS Prop Masters, ANH Stunt Build

    Bahaha, Evil!
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    JeklynHyde's RS Prop Masters, ANH Stunt Build

    Not yet, but i may need to get one! That is definitely on my list. Thanks for the suggestion!
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    JeklynHyde's RS Prop Masters, ANH Stunt Build

    Thank goodness! Thanks for posting that! I thought i was going a little crazy over here. I hadn't taken very good before pictures or measurements so i was starting to freak out a little. I do have a heat gun which would allow for greater control so long as i can direct it correctly, but i haven't figured the right temperature yet.
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    JeklynHyde's RS Prop Masters, ANH Stunt Build

    Then here's where I go wrong... In reading about the hot bath technique to help shape parts, I traced the outline of the bottom edges (Right from the front, and Left from the front). Smaller dutch oven doesn't allow for quite as much submersion as I was expecting... ... So I got out my big pasta pot. After the first attempt, the left side was still significantly out of place. The right side wasn't as bad... I think the first bath worked decently for it (no before image on this one) After a number of attempts... It's at a better curve, but I'm not liking how curved the top got. The right side managed to get to the right shape But in the process, the left side got way too bent out of shape. The return edge got all curled up. Deformed side To the point where it looks like that whole side is shrunken. ... and warped. warped.. warped....
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    JeklynHyde's RS Prop Masters, ANH Stunt Build

    Taking a look at the mounting brackets, they're all the same length minus the three super long ones. But they're all skewed, the same side on all of them is lifted up. So I bent the ones I was working with so both sides were on the same plane. Using pliers to hold the vertical part steady and twist the other side in line. I also decided to take off all the stickers from the insides of all the parts. Sticker residue was being a bother. Did a little research, and it turns out WD-40 does an excellent job. Nearly immediately removes the residue and does not damage the plastic. All clean. Once removed, wash it down with dish detergent to remove any residual. Getting the bracket positioning sorted. Following Ukswrath's build thread. Used tape to help draw the second hole mark. In matching the back to the kidney to mark the kidney's lines, I see that they won't line up without significant bend to either the kidney or the back. Kept the brackets used for the measurements taped to the plates in case of any length differences due to the bend reshaping. Using tape to make the kidney bend to a better shape to match the back. With the tape in place, the curve and gap look better. Been watching House in the background - It's the Darth Vader episode XD.
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    JeklynHyde's RS Prop Masters, ANH Stunt Build

    Just made an E-11 blaster kit purchase from DoopyDoos. On the docket for tonight: torso sizing and strapping. Let's see if i can get it done in one shot xD
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    JeklynHyde's RS Prop Masters, ANH Stunt Build

    Maybe i won't have to trim it then. I haven't really trimmed either of the bridge pieces and I've left the return around the front neck edge. We'll see... I won't cut anything down till i get some strapping in place and find out what i can get away with xD. Thanks for the input!
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    JeklynHyde's RS Prop Masters, ANH Stunt Build

    Dry fitting.... Definitely going to have to trim that chest. Womp-womp. In order to get it on without too much trouble, I taped the chest to the back with enough room to fit my head through, so the chest might be a little floppy positionally. Chest attached. Side and back view taping return edge to return edge. Back kidney compared to upper back looks a little wide comparatively. Chest not attached. Side views with ab-kidney overlap. Back view. Kidney-upper back looks a little tighter. That booty though XD. I think connecting the crotch will sort the bottom curve out fine.
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    JeklynHyde's RS Prop Masters, ANH Stunt Build

    Been doing more reading/researching. Cricket's build and centurion submission. Ukswrath, you've also got a superb build thread as well. Reading into the EIB & Centurion requirements and looking into submissions. I'm going to focus on the torso now so that I can get a proper sense of how the arms and torso fit together. I'll save gluing the forearms for once the torso is sized and together. I'm debating trimming down the wrist ends of the forearms a little more (I've trimmed a little - still got some room before the first indent). If it's still a little awkward bending the arms, I'll probably trim out the scoop a little more as well. Still haven't touched the legs or bucket yet. Bucket will be last... Definitely going to hand-paint. Still need to purchase paints (need humbrol 5, 14/15, and some kind of white). I'm also going to have to look into a blaster. I suppose I should get that search started before I get the armour done so that whatever I'll need will ship so that I can move right into working on it. Been saving the ABS dust in case I need to make goop. I've got the return edges trimmed. Kidney plate will likely shape out when it gets connected to the ab. Didn't trim down the chest yet. I was hoping maybe I wouldn't have to, but doing a "dry"? fit, it looks like I'm going to have to.
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    JeklynHyde's RS Prop Masters, ANH Stunt Build

    Just kidding... I finished up the sizing for the forearms. I cut the right forearm a bit too tight, so I split the difference on one of the edges I cut off, and put it back in place. Good part is this will be covered by a cover strip. If necessary, I can do a repair at the visible edges to make it seem like there's no secondary gap. But both sides are a good fit now. The elbow scoops may need a little more trimming, but I do still need to trim and true up the wrist edge. Both forearms, especially the right one, seem a little "flat". I'm guessing that getting the cover strips in place will help to curve them out. Right on the right, left ton the left Wrist ends
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