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  1. I looked into dichloromethane as a solvent and plastic welder, it sounded like a nice way to bind the armor components together, but after some of the research, it seems that it's similar to the effects of acetone, but evaporates quicker and builds a bond much faster. But from what I know on acetone on ABS, even though it can weld two piece of plastic together, I'd be opposed to using it as it's simply liquifying the ABS into a bondable state, and re-solidifying; however, it has repurposed the material used for the structural integrity of the piece into a bonding element. Personally, I'd add more material to increase the strength and rigidity of the piece rather than juggling it. I guess since you're out of a good 2 part epoxy resin for joining, this may be a decent substitute. My big fear is how much of the plastic integrity was compromised, only time will tell. Have you tried sanding/roughing up the pieces when epoxying? Might help the joining process as it gives more surface area to cling to?
  2. I'm so happy to see another person strive for excellence! It feels good to know you gave 100+% to your armor, it feels good to troop with others that take pride in their armor... but... it feels especially good to know you don't look like a store bought Halloween costume or costumed panhandler.
  3. Also helps minimize armor bite and cuts. Be good to your skin ☺️
  4. Obligatory Photos, shamelessly stolen. Hollywood - Anaheim -
  5. Maybe I've been a bit overly critical of the bucket- when painted, it doesn't look too shabby - this is from KB's FB. I don't think I'll try too hard to shape the frown, probably just add some material at the ears and the nose while making the nose narrower. Pretty excited to get started on the build, just waiting on gaskets before I start trimming. Question about the Ab box; this image shows the decal placement as a hollowed opening, which is right?
  6. I got a KB one and I'm not extremely happy with the frown and nose, but I think both the WTF and KB buckets are smaller than the ANOVOS/black series... I think I'm going to try completing the KB with modifications mentioned on my build thread, and if I royally mess up, black series modding I go. Thank you @funkster for taking the time and pointing me over here.
  7. Curious about that cast helmet sitting on the table, is that a WTF helmet? Looking for some TLJ helmet options before I start modding my KB and/or Black series helmets, don't mean to hijack your thread.
  8. For the glove curvature, you want to add more glue around the edges to keep it down. E6000 is pretty easy to clean up, so a little over the edge is ok, just peel it off after it dries. Don't try to clean while wet, just makes a mess. The thicker it is, the easier it peels .
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