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  1. Sorry, I wasn’t suggesting to make mobility cuts. Just that you can see the thigh placement in those shots. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Photos from the reference gallery of mobility cut outs can help give you an idea too This one shows the bottom of the thigh sitting just above the knee. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Based on ANH armour and technically is OT since its galactic empire. Each to their own anyway! I almost went tie pilot but it’s mostly soft parts. Aside from the helmet and chest box, there’s not much of a build. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I’d love to! Mine’s pretty much done and I’m getting withdrawals already. I have a shadowtrooper on the way though so it won’t be for long. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Oh for sure, I just meant that once you get this part down, the same principle applies to the shins. It’s fine if you have one calf bigger than the other, the measurements will just be slightly different for the bigger leg. My right thigh ended up being slightly bigger than the left. Hey, no ones perfect [emoji2371] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. This is from my build, if it helps at all. So this was fresh off the mould, nothing trimmed yet just taped up at the front where I’d cut and left 10mm either side for the CS: Then fitted it and taped it: Measured the overlap marks at the top and bottom: The top measurement is fine, nothing to line up or anything so that’s good to go at 60mm. The bottom, I can’t just cut where it’s marked or the ridge won’t be even, so first I measure the length of each side on that back ridge which was 90mm & 70mm = 160mm So, the length of the ridge (160) minus what I need to remove (55) = 105. That will be the new length of the ridge so divide it by 2 = 52.5. Once I’d measured in 52.5 from the edge on each side and drawn a straight line up to my mark at the top, this is the line I was left with: You can see how it more or less matches the plane of the front seam. Don’t forget, no one is going to see the front and back at the same time so it doesn’t have to be mathematically perfect but as long as it looks straight. From this angle you can see how the seams match and the amount of ridge either side of the back seam is even: I hope this helps and I’m not just flooding your brain! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. There you go! Just remember that for the shins. Once it clicked with me, it was super easy. I started by measuring the length of that ridge. I can’t remember but let’s say it’s 120mm. After test fitting and marking the overlap, I find I have to trim say 30mm. 120 - 30 = 90mm. 90 / 2 = 45. So now I know to measure in 45mm from the edge on each side. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. You want an even amount on either side to the edge so I would do 57mm on each side. (60 + 55, /2 = 57.5) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Hopefully this will help explain it better. So you can see the line where I want to cut here. But instead of following that line along the ridge, I’m going to cut a few mm out from there, then come back and follow the rest of the line. Afterwards, it should look like this: Now you can file that excess material back until you get a straight fit with the other side. One of these big flat ones: The bigger the better as it’s easier to see if you’re filing at a straight angle, in line with the cut. I’m sure plenty of people would consider this overkill but I struggled with the legs as much as you and really wanted them to come out good. This worked for me and allowed me to go nice and slow until I had the join I was happy with. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I feel your pain, believe me! I agree with what you said earlier that this side of things doesn’t seem to get much coverage in tutorial videos or other WIPs, I just couldn’t fathom how seemingly NO ONE else had struggled with this. If you take it super slow, and keep stopping to check and re-check you will get there eventually. I had your same lack of confidence plus the fear that I’d already screwed one set of thighs up but I got there in the end and so will you. You’ve done a fantastic job so far. I still have one of the screwed up thighs. If you like, I can do a quick video which will hopefully explain it better and PM it to you? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Also, for getting a gap-less join where the ridges are, Here’s what worked for me: Let’s say your cut line is the green one. Rather than following that straight from the bottom, I’d cut slightly further out where the red line is and then angle back after the ridge and follow green the rest of the way: So once that’s cut, the part where the ridge is will be sticking out. You can now slowly file this back - use the biggest file you have, not sandpaper, and focus on keeping the file on the same angle as the rest of the cut line. This is what allowed me to get my bottom ridges looking like this on both thighs: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Hi there, Hopefully you don’t mind me jumping in on your thread but I’m only speaking up because I also had trouble with the thighs and shins similar to you. On my build, I actually cut the thighs wrong and had to order a whole new pair [emoji2359] I neglected to make sure that there was an equal distance from the cut at the back to the edge of the knee ridge. Hopefully some pictures will explain. So this was incorrect: You can see where my cuts were and the red line where the cut should’ve been. There was so much of your experience with thighs and shins that were the same as mine, I thought best to make sure you didn’t make the same mistake. Also, making sure you get that cut at the back in the centre of that bottom ridge will help massively with getting the rear cut in line with the front one. I also had the same problem as you when cutting the shins. I found that as much as I tried to get a straight line, clamping straight edges and rulers e.t.c, as soon as I cut - the edges weren’t straight. I thought I was going crazy, I’d always have a kind of bowed effect where there seemed to be loads more excess to trim in the centre. My method was to cut 5-10mm less than I needed to (if your cut line is red, go to green) And then slowly sand from the centre on both sides with lots of stopping to offer the edges up in between. Don’t forget, you have 12mm or so grace so they don’t have to be perfect but this method got me pretty good results. Same with the thighs. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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