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  1. One further questions I may have forgotten to ask. One of the snaps on the Ab is weak, and the belt easily pops off. Is there a way to remedy this? Does this mean I didn't hammer the male and female portions together tight enough through the Ab armor? Should I remove and install a new male snap? Cheers
  2. Well, after a 5 day hiatus in I am back at it. Even though I had fun on vacation, is it bad when I say I would have much rather been working on my armor instead of hanging with family? Sniper knee installed. I'll have to see how it measures up for the proper top edge alignment for centurion. Thigh ammo pack is installed. I originally trimmed it to just under 16", but then it was further trimmed to about 14" to better match the thigh profile. It is still clamped at the front as I dolloped some glue in there to keep it from sagging. I went for the slightly angled up option. I used single cap rivets for installation which still need to be painted. I've also filled and sanded the tops of both thighs and calves where the armor pieces join. Once again, this was a purely esthetic things for me. There still might be small touchups I want to do as the ABS paste had tiny bubbles in it. This is where my OCD is showing it's ugly face and delaying the build... I basically used wet sanding (to about 3000 grit) then finished with Tamiya model polishing compounds. These are used in model building to achieve very smooth finishes in plastic. I've installed the 3" elastic to front of thighs that will be part of the suspension belt system. They are still about 2' long until I get a final fit done. All cover strips are now done. I will be adding interior strips once I get my Basic approval done. Next big step was addressing the shoulder bell fitment over the bicep. The bells were flared out too much. I used excellent instructions by justjoseph (THANKS!) and a pot of boiling water to reshape the bells. They may need additional tweaking after I do another fitment check. Flared bell bottoms (HA!) on left pieces. After some heat and tweaking. I'm not sure if the bells are supposed to tightly hug the biceps? Left (heat treated) compared to original right. Right side on the bicep before heating. Better pics once I can get it all put on. The bell to shoulder straps are also glued on. That's all for tonight. Getting there bit by bit...
  3. Is that his name? Couldn't find it anywhere. The thigh ammo pack or ear pieces don't have any cut or trim lines. I've just been searching for about an hour and can't find any references on how much to trim on the thigh piece. Should I just trim where the ABS starts to round over from the flat where the ammo packs are? Is the Ammo strip the correct length, or will it need to be shortened? I guess I can compare this to my current one. Looking for hole attachment hole location measurements Also looking for the radius of the bottom edge. A comparison between the SDS and ATA. The ATA ammo pouches are more squat and wider.
  4. Oh happy days! There is nothing like coming home from work and seeing the a box that contains armor parts! The final replacement (for SDS parts) components for my armor arrived from ATA. Excellent and very quick service. Thanks to them. I ordered bran new designed Hero ear pieces, a thigh ammo belt, and two plain ABS sheets to used as inside cover strips for extra support. Now I just have to learn how to trim brand new components from the sheets. Haven't done that yet. Heading on vacation for the next 5 days, so no updates for a while.
  5. Thanks. I took a look at some further screen shots and it seems like the little elastics on the shoulders don’t need to be over the back armor shoulder tabs. They can ride forward and simply hold the shoulder cover pieces to the white elastic strap underneath. Hopefully more pics tonight.
  6. And final bonus shot of my other completed armor Stay tuned for more!
  7. The same is being done for the bottom of thighs. Left and right bicep are the next pieces. to be worked on. They were cover strip attachment on bock and glued on front. I had a tough time cutting apart the front piece to add covers strips. I also removed the logo's from my undersuit. The one on the back of the neck would have been covered by my neck seal, but it was easy to do. Goo Gone is your friend! I thought these logo's were painted on, but they were actually some sort of fine metallic sticker. Came off really easy and only left a fine outline of the lettering and logo.
  8. Well, working through the heat wave of Southern Ontario is easier when you have a nice cool basement to work in... Lots has been completed, so this post will be image heavy. I'll have to wait to get shots of me in the armor when the wife is available. Sorry for the shots in the bathroom, only place to hang this up... Torso is complete, but I have some minor adjustments to make. The chest piece is riding high here, but it sits more than an inch lower when I wear it. I still might cut the original black bracket elastics and put in a small 1/2" extension to make it sit better. Shoulders glued in front, floating in back. The left shoulder elastic won't stay on the back armor shoulder extension, and it slides forward. I'm thinking I will glue it on the underside of the back armor to make it stay in place. Right shoulder doesn't have any issues. I did have to use a double loop of elastic as I couldn't find thicker pieces anywhere.: Interior: I will be switching out the 3 left elastics and the right elastic with snap for webbing or tighten them a bit.. When I wear the armor it is fairly loose. I can tighten the gaps on the left and right. I left myself a little too much room L and R calf have had overlap removed and cover strips installed. Thigh overlaps are removed. Waiting for glue on one to dry. Before: After: The original calf and thigh armor had sharp peaks on the front, and I didn't want that look. I wanted them more flat as per screen references. I cut the peaked cover strip on all 4 leg pieces and a small bit of the peaked armor underneath. This was not required but I think it will give a more "finished" look to the armor. I know screen shots show left and right pieces are misaligned (one side higher than the other) or gaping holes between the parts. I just don't like it. I backfilled the opening with ABS strip: Then filled with layers of ABS paste. All pieces still needs final sanding.
  9. I wasn't able to hit Canadian Tire for the clamps due to family commitments, but I managed to due a little bit more gluing. Shoulder strap edges trimmed slightly as per lucnak's suggestion (forgot about this, so BIG thank you). I couldn't find a definitive measurement for the edging, so I eye balled it. Second strap being installed I did a little bit of aggressive trimming on the left calf armor, so I have to glue this bit by bit, then install an internal backing plate. Small oopsy Right forearm almost done Armour pieces waiting to be worked on. Thighs only need the back overlap trimmed, then cover strips installed. The bottom front of the thighs had a largish gap that I filled with ABS putty. It needs to be sanded smooth. Gloves are finished with silicone armour. TD is slightly long, according to the CRL. I will cut it down. then install new aluminum strapping of proper width. Shoulder bells will need to be given a hot bath for better fit over the bicep armour. And for some fun and perspective, this is my office, model workshop and armour modding center. And since I have to wait for glue to dry, this is some other armour I am working on... These kits are by BAn Dai. They are relatively inexpensive, easy to build (snap together) and look great once done. I bought this kit since I am building Hero armour, and am waiting for my DLT-19 to basically make a version of me as Solo. Pretty good detail. Cheers!
  10. Thanks! One shoulder strap is installed. The second one and internal white elastic straps will be installed tonight. Progress is slow as I only have so many clamps. I have to balance them with doing all the cover strips. I can then do another fitment check with the thigh armor to look at spacing You know what, screw it. I'm going shopping for more clamps tonight!
  11. lucnak, check, check and check I was waiting for the fittings to see if the logos were covered or not. Easy to remove. I'm just finishing the cover strips on the back of the thighs, then will do another fitting to see how they fit with the ab armor and cod area. Thanks!
  12. What images would help? I'm just over 5' 10" About 185lbs and slowly losing weight. That is why I opted for elastic on the sides. I can reduce the side gap by at least 1/2" or more. I may know why the pics look off. When I was wearing the armor I don't have the white shoulder straps installed. I had to use tape to hold the chest and back together. This pivoted the top of the chest armor tight against my chest, thereby making the bottom of the chest rise up. That's why there is allot of ab armor showing. Chest armor laying flat, with straps at full extension. I can easily extend the bracket straps if needed. Just a bit of sewing. I like the originality of them and want to use them if possible. Wife's gone to bed so I can't put on the armor and get good shots.... Sorry for the poor pic. This is the armor laying on the floor. The top of the chest is sagging downward, increasing the amount of the ab plate showing. This approximates how the armor sat against my chest. It is about 3". If I lift the top of the chest up, approximating a more vertical wearing, the gap drops to 2" So, how to proceed? I know the following depends on body type, but is there an ideal? Is there a recommended gap at the top of the chest and back armor, where the shoulder strap goes? It's hard to see this in photos. There is a about 1/2 to 3/4 gap in my photos, but if I squeeze the chest and back together they almost touch. Should the chest sit very snuggly against my chest? By installing my white shoulder straps, it may allow the top of the chest to pivot outward. I just noticed my ABS belt ends are kind of flying outwards. I may have to bend them in a bit
  13. Ok. Here is the initial fitting with just the torso pieces. Not too happy, but it is acceptable for first time on with the brackets and straps. There are no white elastic shoulder straps installed yet as I wanted to see how everything fit. This probably will change the way the armor hangs on me. Questions / findings: This may be a silly question, but how much is the cod piece supposed to "coddle" you? If I pull the armor up so I am, ahem... "supported" the chest piece raises up about 2 or 3 inches and floats above my shoulders. It is comfortable as is right now. The shoulder and back tabs are almost touching. Should I trim? One of my belt snaps easily pops off the ab snap. I think I can remedy this. I used elastic to join the left and right Ab to kidney. I may have to rethink this as the Ab armor sags down slightly, pulling everything out of alignment a bit. I made the elastics a little long just to give me some room. I could shorten the elastics (or replace with webbing) a bit to give a more snug look. The shoulder straps are just held / taped in place. Good angle and such? Damn trooper butt... The shoulder straps will sit flat and even to armor sides when glued.
  14. I heard from ATA today. My new Hero ear pieces, thigh ammo pack and an additional plain ABS sheet (for internal reinforcing strips) will be shipping soon. Excellent service. The thigh piece is the only thing holding me back from applying for Basic level. The Hero ear pieces will let me step towards Centurion level (when I get to it). Once I'm done everything to the SDS armor the only thing holding me back will be the gap between the Ab and kidney armor. I have about 1" to 1 1/4" space. I am hesitant to put in a spacer piece. We'll see. SO, the latest update is: Bracket system and left side strapping installed. I am gluing the single right strap right now, as well as the S snap on the right shoulder. Left forearm finished. These are some comparisons with the basic right one (overlap joints front and back) Some minor glue cleanup to be done. It may look like it cause of the flash, but there is no return edge on the left finished forearm
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