I am currently still waiting for my BBB of plastic from WTF and my MBB of plastic and aluminum that is my DLT-19 kit from 3DpropsNL. I am also awaiting the arrival of my boots from Imperial Boots as TK boots shut down and is out of my size in the available stock. I have acquired my compression shirt and pants as well as shirt stays for my undersuit, I just need to black out the logos with some sharpie. I have a 10-watt amp from Tk Products LLC and am running my voice channel through the trooper talk app. I also currently have a Darmon Props Neck Seal with the zipper.
I Need to order gloves, I'm thinking Anovos or Trooper bay and I am going to order handguards from JustJoseph63 in the future. I also need to order my paints and stencils for the helmet. I also need to order 2 different gunmetal paints with aluminum and a rubber simulating paint for my DLT-19 I'll include the reference pics of what the finished product from the producer looks like and more detail in how I plan on painting it. I also have yet to purchase my dark green lenses as well as fans, black-out material, and S-gaskets for the helmet. I think the only things other than the helmet gear I have yet to pick up are the various canvas straps, white and black velcro strips, and many rivets and rivet poppers for the rigging of the kit as well as a crap ton of e-6000 glue. So essentially I need to purchase my rigging and tools for applying the rigging as well as more dremmel heads and plastic cutting scissors. Is there anything I missed?
My goal is to shoot for Expert infantry and possibly Centurion on the first go with minimal adjustments.
This is what the finished product of the ready to troop version of the DLT-19 kit I bought:
My plan is to paint the stock a rubber black or as more of a mix between gunmetal and true black with wear along the edges in the gunmetal or aluminum. the ring near the stock will be aluminum paint. The Handle will be a mix between Gunmetal and true black with wear along the edges in the gunmetal, possibly mixed with aluminum. The majority of the remaining blaster will be a base coat an aluminum-based gunmetal black with weathering done in aluminum dry brushing, and some done with a mixed coat dry brushed on. My goal is to give it various amounts of wear on different pieces similar to that of a real MG34 due to the interchanging of parts. Thus the receiver will have medium wear, the heat shroud/cooling fans will have light wear, the flash hider/gas blowback will have light wear, and the Bipod will have heavy wear. The majority of the wear of this weapon is intended to look like it came from handling the weapon rather than from abuse, thus it will have more a faded look to it that implies it was caused by the oils in the skin rather than it being dropped and dragged. Although I will include wear on random parts that protrude to indicate some sort of physical abuse albeit minor, whether it was dropped or banged into something. After all my wear and tear is painted on I will patina it, to better fade in the wear as well as seal the finished product, and if it looks good on test strips of plastic, I will cover the patina in a non-gloss clear coat.
Do I appear to be on the right track?
Also, I will use this thread for updates on my purchases and arrival of parts/pieces, and the official building/compilation of my armor and possibly DLT-19 although I have another thread for that as well. The Gun and Armor are set to arrive shortly before Christmas. on its arrival my goal is to have a completed Helmet before New Years