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  1. 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade Trimmed out some leg return edge and added foam for my sniper knee - all helped but it was still quite a walk haha.
  2. Alright, as mentioned in the pre-approval, I am APPROVED, but the SAGA CONTINUES.... Armor party this Sunday, planning on a few things unless the community thinks otherwise (note - still shooting for EIB/Centurion) General question - Are mineral spirits and/or novus polish enough to remove paint? Return Edge Trimming - taking some more down per pre-approval thread and troop log feedback per this thread Helmet Blackout Was originally planning on blacking out the interior with truck bed liner I was looking at TK-17511's bucket and he had lined the interior with industrial black velcro instead Means I don't need to take the whole thing apart, either Makes sense to me - any advanced tactics issues? Ear screw replacement - unscrew Anovos screws and install the v-screws I've already painted from the centurion kit Touch up paint on the frown, Add the fake extra teeth on each end of the frown Touch up mesh to frown with E6000 File out additional return edge on the eyes Pop out mic tips Replace mesh with thicker mesh from ukswrath Paint tip interiors white [doubtful I'll get to it, but noting I'll need to order stencils / repaint tube stripes eventually]. Left Shin Need to E6000 the rear cover strip velcro down Gaff/Electrical Tape some 1" x 1" x 8" foam to the interior at front cover strip to push the sniper plate forward
  3. JRDF One Walk 2019 They lent us a snake- First Troop as a TK! Learned a lot about walking and why leg trimming is important. Also what that sniper plate angle means in terms of sneaking under the thigh. Will impact how I tune up the armor moving towards L2/L3.
  4. Doing my best to stay organized: JRDF One Walk 2019 (191109) Bowl-A-Con (191110) 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade (191201)
  5. Thanks everyone for the helpful feedback! It's a bit overdue, but I'm pleased to announce I am APPROVED! Again, this community has made the build process enjoyable, and I'm proud to start trooping with the most active and supportive Detachment around. I'm definitely not settled or done with this armor - already putting some of the fitment changes in place, and prepping to break down the helmet for the L2/L3 applications. That said, I'll be keeping all of that work on my original build thread, so stay tuned- Looking forward to seeing you there soon.
  6. Requesting Updated 501st - FISD Access: https://www.501st.com/members/displaymember.php?userID=29904
  7. Hello all, I know there's always some things to work on, but hoping this build is where it needs to be to pass basic (with an eye for higher in the future)before I need to pack up and move (within garrison). WIthout further ado: Ryan Limbo Southern California Garrison Anovos armor Anovos Helmet Kittel belt Darman neckseal Imperialboots boot Praetorian blaster 5'8" Weight-175ish...maybe? (Honestly started working out to avoid kidney shimming) ANH Stunt Major thanks to @TheRascalKing and @kman FYI, build thread here: *PS the Info post for preapproval skips #8 Photos: Overall I know there's a few dressing issues compared to the eib/centurion threads I follow that felt apparent as soon as I could take my bucket off and actually see the pictures, but I hope the kit itself fits right on me for basic: Ab Detail (see also that the rivets line up when I can see them and adjust the part height (or get some other troopers with experience to help me adjust (roommates can only do so much haha) Included another thigh shot to prove the ammo belt can go up properly Internal strapping *Note internal strapping belt with velcro thigh straps (thanks therascalking), so the thigh height can be adjusted as needed Thanks everyone for all the incredible advice/encouragement so far. You're all amazing.
  8. -Sniper Knee re-clamping center Closing trim really not fun - -Core Strapping (Chest/Back) Adding chest cover strips Chest/ab interior connection Back interior connection Ab/kidney right side Posterior Core Painting Button Layout Tape trimmed Paint Blue applied Grey applied After Gluing buttons to ab -Wrist Return Edge Before/in progress After -Shins Trimming velcro - cover strip side
  9. Hey all, it's been a while but I've been plugging away at the build - in the interest of not spamming posts I'll be outlining major chunks of progress photos as I have them (pic heavy). Will be taking overall build photos tonight as well for hopeful pre-approval. -Ab+Belt progress Setting Belt Line 24 male snaps E6000 covers on top Cutting down holster Marking holster position on canvas Marking belt position on ab [forgot to take picture] Positioning drop box -Arm Strapping bicep strapping shoulder elastic Had to adjust shoulder - back/chest connection - was way too deep before/after (shown between 2 shoulders) -Thigh Progress Thigh clamping Aftermath - lots of excess E6000 but holds true/flat After cleanup Front - will put a backer inner cover strip in and glue one side, then the other to tighten up the connection there
  10. Thanks Justin! I had hoped to do that with the webbing, but since the strapping came preinstalled with the snaps it looked like a rough fit to squeeze the rivet locations in between. Are you saying a 1/2" long piece of extra material on top of the shin cover strip to thicken up between the cover strip and knee? Or 1/2" thick? Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  11. Laid out a new cut-line for the sniper plate - does this look appropriate?
  12. Latest Weekend Update: Another full weekend of gluing etc, now with a lot of pictures. Updates broken out by part below, questions IN RED to stay consistent. Right Thigh New clamping procedure Magnets, Spring Clamps, Deep-throat-C-clamps (harbor freight) with rubber safety shoes. Really not sure what more I can do here Still isn't perfect, but is holding as an integral piece Pulling off the tape it still springs right back (also pulled it based on wanting to check progress (it did look so promising) early at 20 hours instead of 24) May try a followup glue job later on top of the existing to clamp some more, maybe with some harder short boards or something to distribute compression, but hopefully this can continue on for basic at least Ammo Pack - good to mount? Tried to set equidistant along two thigh side ridges Is that enough distance? Currently taut along front Is the belt angle correct, or too high? Plan on setting with cap rivets Left Shin Finished front and rear outer cover strips Inner cover strips make it feel strong and easy See sniper knee - good to mount? How much return edge do I need? Looks like it's already starting to crack Is it just the top edge that needs to look like it aligns? Outer edge looks ok to me See the Inner edge which is aligned, but the rest of the bottom of the knee plate pictured actually overshoots the ridge Ab Rivets are set (kidney too) Glued webbing snaps in place Had to go over the rivets Realized I was overthinking landing the first set, but will be gluing on the matching line on the kidneys carefully to ensure as tight as possible butt connection without overlap Han Snap Ended up using Tandy Line 24 Note(, and I promise I'll drop this now haha ) - the ukswrath build thread still shows poppers going in there for Centurion - hence the confusion. CRL does not specify either. Plan on incorporating that into the existing strapping (cutting down the webbing I have and using as top snap Painted ab buttons Do I need to take down more return edge? Currently on Anovos cut lines and looks raised as shown on the ab piece Arm strapping Currently running on inside of elbows Cut some scrap pieces to get as close to snaps as possible to apply E6000 pressure to the webbing (with the thigh in mind felt like overkill was appropriate) v1- v2- Tried following Ukswraths suggested ~4" distance between inner bicep and inner elbow, but it feels a bit long. Will show photos shortly Incidentally - suggestions for what foam to buy as helmet/arm liner? Belt Cut replacement abs for backing, still need to glue and drill Do I glue the chicago screw backs to this backing, or to the 3 square covers? Posterior Snaps are set Ukswrath thread was designed for smaller poppers, so used his initial 5/8" measurement for the closer snap and noticed the second wouldn't fit as shown Changed it by eyeballing room for the next nearest one to be close on that centerline * Yes the snaps were finally set both facing inward for the cod strap - had them pictured this way for layout marking Next up - feels like we're getting close Mounting sniper plate and thigh ammo pack pending someone here saying it's safe to cut return edges and drill the rivet holes Final glue on left thigh/right shin Continuing work on the belt Continued strapping work, particularly in the chest, left arm, and kidney
  13. Thanks all, the snap advice is super helpful! This finally takes the "snaps vs poppers" question I started with back in July and lays it to rest: Poppers are more accurate for ab/ammo belt connections Line 24-style snaps are required for the Han snap and the butt plate cod snaps Based on the Tandy vs unbranded (and therefore unlabeled) discussion above, as long as they're placed correctly does it make a difference for Centurion if I use Anovos supplied? None are significantly load-bearing as far as I can tell, so not sure what the benefit of other snaps are unless it's a sizing thing That said, I don't think the Anovos kit came with tools to set the snaps, so do I need something specific or is it possible to jury-rig with the setting punches for the poppers? To clarify here - I was referring to the ABS portion of the belt - there's some larger holes behind where the [rivet] covers were, so I was going to patch from the back with spare ABS to give the covers something to hold onto.
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