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  1. Thanks that's perfect. Do you have the right as well or should I just base it off of the left? Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
  2. If it does not. I had it custom sized by Jim to my measurements so I wouldn't have to worry about shimming. The piece is able to be pulled up high enough on my leg. I believe that modifying the bottom front and back will allow it to fit properly. I have marked up areas I think would be accurate with pencil around the knee area, but would like to know your thoughts before making any cuts. If anyone is able to help and thinks the cuts need to be adjusted, I would love to see an edit in photo shop with proper lines. Please ignore the lines on the top as I don't think I need to trim that area any more. Thank you. Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
  3. Thanks for the suggestion, however the issue I'm currently having is knowing what to take off of the piece, and it's hard to show where my knee is with all black on. I hope this makes sense. Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
  4. I fixed up the top inside of the thigh and also took 1/4 inch off the bottom. As you can see, the armor extends bellow my knee. Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
  5. Hey Tony thanks for checking in! I'm still working on sizing the thighs right now, You can see I've done a little trimming here off the inside of the thigh, which allows it to slightly higher up my leg and a slightly better fit - but the bottom of the thigh piece is still below my knee. I don't want to lose any of the recessed detail so I'm hesitant to take any more off the top. Looking at the gallery and screen caps, I understand some material is taken off of the front and back bottom of the thigh, so that is definitely going to help, but if I could move it up my leg a little more, I could obviously take less off the bottom.
  6. Thanks, I sent you their email via PM. Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
  7. I really appreciate the support Andrew. I usually feel drained coming home from work these days but knowing there is an end in sight keeps me going. I also remind myself that if I am too tired I don't have to work on my costume, it will be waiting for me when I have more energy. Yes, I was able to try some of the armor on for the first test fit! Pics below: Spacing on the arm armor looks good to me. I'm thinking these areas will need to be trimmed a little bit at a time to ensure a better fit. Let me know your thoughts:
  8. Received my pauldron from IG! As Devastator Squad Leader I feel like this is a necessary addition! I hope to make more progress on the armor this weekend!
  9. Yes - my pauldron shipping finally updated and it's in Chicago. I will keep you all posted once it's here! Thanks!
  10. I finally had a chance to get together with my squadmate Scott who also ordered Jim's FOTK. We are super exited to be working on them together! After 2 hours of sanding inside the pieces with 220 grit sandpaper we were impressed by the amount of progress we made! Nearly all the pieces were sanded, just a few more left! I also ordered a FOTK Squad Leader Pauldron from IG - hoping it shows up soon. Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
  11. Thanks man, I love that the whole kit is basically assembled. Our squad is a tight group - we just hit 29 members! Our life day celebration (Squad Holiday Party) was a great success. Sanded a few pieces by hand this weekend. Before and after pics are attached. Before Sanding After Sanding Has anyone tried using a mouse sander to speed up the process? I think you would have to be careful and use a low setting. Might be helpful on some of the larger pieces. Not sure it's worth the risk but can't hurt to ask if it's been done before. My friend in the squad ordered Jim's TLJ kit which should be shipping this week if all goes well. I'm excited for him to get it so we can work together! Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
  12. Everything has been washed. I used rubber dish washing gloves to protect my hands from the fiberglass and washed all pieces in soap and water. I went to local hardware store and picked up some heavy duty work gloves for sanding fiberglass, goggles and a sanding gripper with various sand papers. Sanding Gripper https://www.menards.com/main/paint/sandpaper-abrasives/power-tool-sandpaper-abrasives/masterforce-reg-hook-loop-3-1-2-x-5-1-2-detail-sanding-kit-12-pack/7330-018/p-1444423435229-c-14240.htm I'll be having hosting our squad Life Day themed holiday party tomorrow and everyone is excited to see the kit! More updates to come. Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
  13. BBB day is here!!! Time to celebrate! I couldn't be happier with the quality from Jim. The details are crisp, and due to the thickness of the pieces they look quite durable. I have a fiberglass scout helmet that's quite heavy so I was concerned about how much the flexible fiberglass pieces would weigh compared to Abs plastic, however having both in hand they're extremely comparable. I am most excited that a lot of the parts come assembled (yoke, forearms, thighs, biceps, spats) and I believe it will save a lot of time compared to some of the other options available. My plan is to sand all pieces interior and exterior to get rid of the fiberglass bits. Then I'll give them a good wash with soap and water to get rid any mold release chemicals. Super excited to start my third build, it's bringing back nostalgia of my last to BBB days Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
  14. Thanks for the feedback troopers! I received my bucket today! Lightweight, standard TFA variant. Buckets on
  15. Thanks for the great compliments everyone! I'm glad to know I made the right decision with my purchases. Next up is the blaster which I got off eBay. It is a rubber like material with metal accent pieces. There are decals where the LEDs would be. This was an upgrade from a 3d printed blaster which just didn't have enough weight to it and the print lines were visible. Really liking this one! Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
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