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  1. Thank you sir. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Question about the Han snap: Does this position look okay and should it be a ligne 24 or a ligne 20? This placeholder one is 24.
  3. My mistake. You already answered my question before I asked it! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Wow. Thank you for all of that. You’re so right about needing only three snaps, not six. I’m not smart enough to think that through and would’ve gone the whole way! I love the idea of the plastic plate connecting all six snaps. But do you think the stresses on this would be worse than separate straps as the whole plate would have to move together? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Thanks again Glen. I do want it as screen-accurate as possible. At least from the outside. But, at the same time, I’d like to be able to separate the chest and kidney plates completely for easier storage. Did I see a build somewhere where the rivets go through the bottom part of three snaps? Or did I imagine that? Sounds ideal if it could work.
  6. Added the 3 split rivets each to my kidney and ab plates today. 10mm gap from the edge, 20mm from the top and evenly spaced along the length. I reduced the 52mm and 53mm gaps to about 51mm because I previously had to shorten the kidney plates. I reamed the holes using an RC car hole reamer as it’s so easy to accurately position the fine point and gradually increase the size of the hole. Will paint these rivets white once I’ve strapped everything up. If I do it now, I just know I’m going to scratch all the paint off and have to do it again.
  7. For shoulder bridges, I’ve filled the big square hollow and the first three narrow hollows with ABS paste to for more surface area contact when I glue them to the chest plate. Been trying to check references and I think that, in general, four thinner hollow/bumps were positioned over the chest plate tabs with the rest free-floating. Still trying to gauge the measurements for mine. Later I will cut the last square hollow off the back end. I’m not a huge guy. Pretty sure I won’t need it and I do want to be as screen-accurate as possible.
  8. That’s a great idea. Thank you. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. The biggest issue I think I’ll have is that the shins are quite short. I received three shorter pieces and one longer in my kit. I’m worried that my knee gap will be too large. I will try to set them slightly higher (without exposing the top of the boots and maybe set the thighs slightly lower to reduce the black. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Taking it for a test fit. Held together with masking tape and gaffer tape only. No strapping. And dressed by myself. (Don’t judge me too harshly!) Shoulders are a bit floaty as they’re held by one piece of tape running across my shoulders and they probably need a slight trim on the width. And gloves are just placeholders with ABS plates while the glue is drying on my rubber gloves with flexi plates. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Hi Joseph. I took another look at the Dave M helmet. I feel I’m actually pretty close to it, eye-wise. There are a couple of areas I want to fine-tune but, largely, I’m quite happy. Would you mind taking a look at the images below and see if you stand by your comments? Thank you so much. (Temporarily installed lenses to test the effect.)
  12. ]I accidentally painted my helmet at the weekend. What I mean is, I hadn’t really psyched myself up for it and didn’t prep properly. Was just toying with the idea of doing it. Next thing I know I’d painted the frown and so I just kept on going. Still haven’t painted the tube stripes or the ear screws yet. And I have a LOT of cleanup to do on the black pinstripe outlines on the tears, traps, etc., plus some other touch ups. I also inadvertently pressed the vocoder up against my t-shirt while it was still wet, so I now have a great print on my shirt and a furry-looking underside on by bucket, which I will have to totally redo. Hideously wonky lines that are way too thick. I may totally redo this using masking tape. Have already started cleaning up some spills through the mask template, using a toothpick dipped in rubbing alcohol.
  13. Thanks JR. Not hard-planning to do this. Just looking into the possibilities. Never heard of splitting the abdomen before. Very, as you say, interesting!
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