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  1. I’d definitely recommend trying the internal Cover strips before resorting to hot water. Despite what people who have had success with it may tell you - using hot water to bend the parts is very much a lottery, at least in my experience. I’ve had it work with no issues, and I’ve had it ruin parts completely. T’s very difficult to do with any degree of accuracy and think it should only be suggested as a last resort. I had a similar issue with my external cover strips not sticking on the forearms. Fitting internal strips first completely solved the issue. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Having recently done this with the forearms on my TX, I’d advise doing them separately. It’s incredibly fiddly to try to do both at once. Resist the urge to rush! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. This is my TX kit but it’s exactly the same as the TK. If you attach a strip of Velcro vertically on the inside centre of the belt: Then a tab on the small rectangle just below the main ab button panel, just out of shot here: With the strip on the belt running vertically, you can adjust the belt position to the correct placement without having to precisely marry up two tabs of Velcro. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. There’s no one method for trimming return edges that works best. What you’ve done with using a number of different methods is best. For me, I start with the scissors, if I run into areas the scissors can’t reach, don’t try to force them into tight areas - that’s when you get those surface marks - instead, go wider and use the dremel afterwards to work the edge back. Clean everything up with a 120 grit sandpaper, then something a lot finer (400-800) to make the edges super smooth. Don’t worry too much about how the top of the biceps look as they’ll be covered by the shoulder blades. That being said, if you want to even up so both sides match, I usually wait until they’re fully constructed as it’s easier to get an even return edge all round if your sanding it as one piece. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. It’s a really smart decision and should definitely help. It’ll still be tough, the sniper knee always is but thinner should be easier. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. One good place for the new E6000+ In the bin! Seriously, bin it off and just use the gorilla glue. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. You’re doing it the right way. My sniper knee was tough to get on, it just seemed to be fighting against me in every direction! The key is patience. Leave it clamped for as long as you can and you should be ok. Seems like you’re in the right track if you were able to leave the centre for 72 hours. Same again for the sides and you should be golden! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I don’t think the sand and score approach is necessarily a ‘must do’ but it’s more of a belt and braces type of thing that should result in a stronger bond if you are having trouble. I have an RWA TK and a TX and it’s what I’ve done with both kits. Ross most likely doesn’t mention it in his videos because he uses a much stronger and less forgiving glue called Stelmax. For the shins, if you’re worried about the added stress from opening the backs, I’d add an internal cover strip at the front. It’s what I did with my TK and although I haven’t trooped with it yet, I’ve worn them multiple times for the clearance process and they certainly feel strong and sturdy. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. How long did you leave it for and how did you prepare the surfaces? The new E6000 has...mixed reviews. I use Gorilla Glue, this one: It’s just as forgiving as E6000 and should be tightly bonded after 24 hours. When I’m glueing cover strips, I sand the back of the cover strip with 120 as well as the area on the arm/leg piece. I also lightly score the back of the cover strip with a blade. Already the glue evenly on the cover strip and apply a few small beads to the limb. Leave a minute or two before you apply the strip, then leave clamped for a minimum of 24hrs. Temperature is also a factor. Make sure it’s not too cold where you are leaving the pieces to go off or it’ll take longer to fully set. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. If you have some spare ABS, cut a 15mm wide strip into 1-2 inch long pieces. Tape 2 or 3 of these together and place them in the inside cover strip ridge. If your magnets are strong enough, they’ll hold flat on the scrap ABS pieces. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. That’s an impressive clamp collection! I also find these type of ratchet clamps really useful, particularly for the ends of the cover strips on areas like biceps and forearms. They have big rubber ‘feet’ so they cover a large surface area but won’t damage the plastic. They’re also surprisingly manoeuvrable for tight areas. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Nice catch, thank you! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. No, mine is also an ANH and has those two barrels (power cylinders) I just haven’t attached them yet. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. That’s the Hengstler counter. I believe it should be mounted to the underside of the scope rail using two L shaped brackets: You can see it runs parallel to the barrel and scope rail Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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