Long time lurker first time poster. Just to preface this is my first ever attempt at any sort of custom build. I received my AM kit and was impressed with the quality but distraught at the task at hand. I haven't got any soft parts yet, but that will be easy by comparison. Luckily I had a pro (Eric Dyck) build the helmet in the same time it would take me to open the box it came in. I still have to paint it but I find that will be easy because I have lots of miniature painting experience.
So as I prepare to embark on my first build like most I'm terrified to make my first cut. After a lot of research I feel compelled to start with the biceps to hopefully build some confidence from there. So my question is....when sizing the bicep or any limb armor do I want to trim to size from both pieces (outer and inner) or just off of one piece. In other words if I want to reduce both sides of the armor by say an inch do I cut a half inch off both the inner and outer armor halves or do I take an inch off the sides of just one piece and if so which one inner or outer. My gut tells me to take it off evenly but I thought I'd get some advice.
For my next question bare in mind I'm relatively sized proportionally to a 1970's Englishmen in that i'm 5'9" 155lbs or perhaps a little short for a trooper. But anyways, is there a good guideline to use for the screen used widths of cover strips on the shins, thighs, forearms and biceps? Likewise what should I be doing with the return edges on each piece. I know a lot of people will just say search the forums but I keep seeing some conflicting answers and the guidelines don't always specify on every piece.
Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.