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TKModder421

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    I'm a computer science major, but I've found a lot of interest in Star Wars costuming and armor building lately.

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  1. Thanks!! I think they look good in the pics also, I just have no range of motion at all, and where the knee sits the return edge catches my knee cap when I move. So I was thinking if I take a little off the top I can pull them up a bit and they wont catch my knee any more. But maybe I'll consider taking a little off just the back first and see how that works
  2. I decided to rig up the thighs so I could get a better idea of how they fit and what additional trimming needed to be done. They're just barely too large. Trying to walk in them I totally understand how anyone costuming as C3PO feels! I think I may take about an inch off the top all the way around. My only concern is I'm going to be getting rid of my return edge that I've left on the outside top of the thighs (I took off most of the return edge from the front to the back of the inner top thighs), I'm hoping I won't have to take in the tops of the thighs because of it. Suggestions or advice is greatly appreciated!
  3. Alright, here's an initial fitting of the top half. After trying on the thighs with this (not shown) it has become apparent that I'm going to have to trim them down at the top a bit all the way around. I'll probably take them in a bit as well, making them a little more narrow for skinny legs. Anyway, please let me know if you see any adjustments that need to be made with what I've got so far. TIA
  4. My next step was to start with the strapping since things were finally coming together. Also so I could get a better idea of what needed adjusting I decided I wanted to go with nylon straps with buttons to put it all together. I wanted it reliable but also easy to disassemble and pack up for transport. So I went to work making the straps. After research I decided to go with double button straps for better reliability. I am using nylon webbing and E6000 for the armor-side snaps instead of ABS plates. After thinking about needing to test fit the whole upper body and being unsure if further shaping/trimming was going to be necessary I decided to temporarily use the ANOVOS supplied velcro between the back plate, kidney and posterior. Once I'm sure about how things fit and the positioning of the straps I'll swap out the velcro for the nylon straps I've made. I did go ahead and install the straps between the chest and ab, because I thought I had a pretty good idea of how they should strap together... turns out I was wrong and I gave too much slack between the two. I had to rip off the two armor-side snaps you see below and place them ~1 inch lower I also decided I wanted to be able to completely disassemble the ab and kidney plates to make it more compact for transport. So I created a strip of buttons to connect the two on the rivet (left) side.
  5. OK, back to it!! So after asking around and impatiently doing a bunch of research, I decided to trim a little off each side of the ab plate I also shaped the ab plate and kidney plate a bit to wrap around my torso a bit more naturally. This is how much I took off the ab plate: On the right side (basically just went up to the "return") and the same off the left And it still lines up nicely with the kidney plate
  6. Haha. Ok awesome, good to know! Thank you so much for your time!
  7. Oh! Alright, thank you! So if I trim them on the vertical, do I need to worry about cracking on the kidney return edge when I'm cinching the pieces together with the belt? Because I notice if I overlap them now to try and get a more form fitting shape, I'm getting warping/bending at two spots (4 and 8 o'clock positions) on the kidney top and bottom return edges. And would that be as far as you would trim? and just pad the inside from there?
  8. I wanted to ask, since I understand you've built armor for different sized people, and I'm just trying to get a consensus of the best route for me to take on the ab and kidney fit. I'm a thin guy, 5'9" with about a 30" waist, so as of now the ab and kidney are pretty wide on me. I've seen some build threads (i.e. Cricket and Sha Sha's build threads) where they trim down the ab, kidney and posterior to get a proper fit. I've had a few others suggest leaving it alone and just filling things in with padding to keep them from moving around. (I'm not discounting anyone's advice, I just want to hear multiple opinions before I proceed) I just wanted to get your professional opinion as well. Here's how they fit currently. pushed to the side so you can see the gap better
  9. Thank you Q!! Oh really? I guess that makes sense about keeping it proportional. I just hadn't noticed too many others having the same issue, and those that did, such as some of the smaller troopers, ended up modifying the kidney plate. So I was thinking that's what was needed. Having a wide waist won't end up looking disproportionate to my narrow shoulders? I got the sense from reference pics that you would want the whole lower abdominal piece to wrap more fitting around the waist. I was waiting to start the strapping until I knew if I was trimming the pieces. But if that's normal then I'll just leave it and start working on attaching and strapping things together. I think I'm going to trim down my extra return edge on the kidney plate at least to the original trim line. There are two points that warp on the top and the bottom of the kidney plate when I put on the belt. Should I try and reinforce those points? Han seems to have very little return edge on the kidney plate from this angle. Is there any L3 requirements for the amount of return edge on those pieces?
  10. Yeah of course, anytime! Glad I could help. Always feel free to pm me if you have more questions
  11. I'm slowly but surely building my ANOVOS ANH Stunt as well. I'm also not a big guy (5'9" 150lbs). But from what I've heard is that you want around 2 finger width space between the armor and your body. It's best to err toward the larger side though, as you'll be hating life when you trim too much and find yourself trying to figure out how to fix it. There are plenty of people that use foam padding and other fit adjustment methods if the armor ends up fitting a little large. Also if you use E6000 to glue things together and you end up deciding that it's too large and you really do want to size it down, you can always rip it apart and try again As far as image sites, I use imgur to store and link to my images. Here are my forearms, I ended up trimming the return edge off the inside of the elbow because it was slightly too long and was cutting into my lower bicep, and I had to do a hot water bath to get them to be round enough to be comfortable since I trimmed so much off to get them to not be gigantic on my forearms they were very oval at the openings. Before After (Sorry, I just realized these images are 2 different forearms, but they looked essentially the same before and after so you get the idea) Here's how they fit now. Note: Keep in mind the camera may make the proportions a little hard to judge, sorry about that.
  12. Hope you all had fun at Celebration!! I'm so jealous, wish I could've been there! Ok so on my initial fit tests of the abdomen and kidney plate you can see how oval the two are. This makes them fit fine front to back, but it gives me a decent gap on each side. Looking at reference pics I can see the torso look much more tubular and form fitting around the abdomen. I also don't see much return edge on them. So I'm wondering what direction I should take with this. Should I trim and hot bath the shape to be more round and form fitting? I'm thinking I'm going to need to trim down the vertical sides on the kidney and ab piece, and maybe a little bit of hot bath to make it fit properly. I've been looking for examples and what is necessary to fit these pieces for thinner/smaller troopers (I'm 5'9" and have about a 30" waist) and I've found a few, but I was looking to get some advice on the best way to go about this. Maybe even a good thin/small trooper build to check out? IDK, maybe I haven't seen it yet? I also have some questions... First off what return edge is necessary to keep on these pieces? I assume if I have to cut into the notches when I trim down the kidney I'll have to rebuild those? Also right now I have a fair amount of return edge (around 4mm in addition to the original cut line) on the top and the bottom of the kidney plate. I'm not entirely sure yet if I'm going with a bracket system or the supplied ANOVOS strapping to connect the ab and kidney to the chest, back and butt. Any advice? I'm not super concerned with accuracy, more with ease of installation, use, it's sturdiness and being hopefully Centurion level approvable. My concern right now with the return edge is when I flex the kidney to test fit, I'm getting warping and bending on the return, and I don't want to crack it, so I don't think that will be able to be kept, at least not as large as it is currently is. If you all would be so kind as to give me some suggestions on how I should proceed so I can weigh my options. TIA 
  13. Hope you all had fun at Celebration!! I'm so jealous, wish I could've been there! Alright, so I'm thinking I'm going to need to trim down the vertical sides on the kidney and ab piece, and maybe a little bit of hot bath to make it fit properly. I've been looking for examples and what is necessary to fit these pieces for thinner/smaller troopers and I've found a few, but I was looking to get some advice on the best way to go about this. Maybe even a good thin/small trooper build to check out? IDK, maybe I haven't seen it yet. I also have some question... First off what return edge is necessary to keep on these pieces? I assume if I have to cut into the notches when I trim down the kidney I'll have to rebuild those? Also right now I have a fair amount of return edge (around 4mm in addition to the original cut line) on the top and the bottom of the kidney plate. I'm not entirely sure yet if I'm going with a bracket system or the supplied ANOVOS strapping to connect the ab and kidney to the chest, back and butt. Any advice? I'm not super concerned with accuracy, more with ease of installation, use, it's sturdiness and being hopefully Centurion level approvable. My concern right now with the return edge is when I flex the kidney to test fit, I'm getting warping and bending on the return, and I don't want to crack it, so I don't think that will be able to be kept, at least not as large as it is currently is. If you all would be so kind as to give me some suggestions on how I should proceed so I can weigh my options. TIA
  14. Alright, I'm ready to move on. I was thinking I better wait to build the shins until I've got boots that I can do a test fit with So I'm gonna start working on the abdomen. On my initial fit tests of the abdomen and kidney plate you can see how oval the two are. This makes them fit fine front to back, but it gives me a decent gap on each side. Looking at reference pics I can see the abdomens look much more tubular and form fitting around the abdomen. So I'm wondering what direction I should take with this. Do I trim and hot bath the shape to be more round and form fitting? Or is this just normal? Pushed to my right side with still 2 fingers width, I have a significant gap on the other side
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