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  1. Here is a replica holster by Gino who had access to a complete original ANH suit to cast, and it's a perfect example to show. I might be able to show the details on screen used armour but I don;t have a dead on shot like this. Notice how the mounting straps are on the front of the holster? There are two ways the straps were mounted to the belt but the way they were attached to the holster are the same. Let me explain. It's my belief that the holsters were originally made using loops to hang the holster from the belt - just as they did in ESB. But for whatever reason they changed their mind and decided to rivet the holster directly to the belt, so the loops were cut. The cuts were made either to the front of the strap, leaving a small black tab commonly seen on the front of the holster and the tan colour of the inside of the strap showing going under the belt, and some were cut at the back of the strap so you see black straps attached to front of the holster (as in the photo above) and the tabs would be on the back of the holster. This is why you will see some troopers with black straps and tan straps, but the main retaining straps and the shape of the holsters were always the same as far as I have seen during my research over the years. So, while it's acceptable to have the straps mounted from the front of the holster, the way Darman has done it shouldn't have the tab on the front but on the backside of the holster and the straps should be black with the tan to the inside.
  2. The Anovos holster is more screen accurate than both of those from Darman. Problems with Darmans are: 1. V cut-outs are wrong shape 2. Retaining straps should not slot through the holster 3. Mounting straps attached to the front
  3. You might want to reposition your brackets on the abdomen more towards the end of the armour. The first screw should be much closer to the very end of the armour and the chest brackets should be 10-15mm from the end of the chest plate. The way you have them fitted now will mean your chest brackets will be way too central on the chest and look odd. There seems to be a trend with RS armour, be it RS commissions or RS owners putting the brackets in the wrong places.
  4. The armour isn't round. Here are a couple of photos of an original ANH forearm I took.
  5. Incorrect. You have the inner left as your outer right but the inner right is the correct part. Your left shin is made up of the outer right and outer left.
  6. Just so you know, the shins are not assembled correctly. You have put both outer halves together and both inner halves together. It doesn't really any difference but they are not assembled as intended.
  7. The gaps can happen when you make the mistake of measuring in from the flat edge. The edges are not usually straight so the best way to cut any butt joint is to lay your joining strip onto the edge of the armour where you want it to go and mark the middle of the strip on the top and bottom of the armour and draw a straight line. Now you know the two parts will join up perfectly. If you have some of the flat edge showing from under the joining trips, that's totally fine.
  8. Close! Don't have the strips longer than the armour.
  9. Not a great reference photo. These are ESB MKII shins assembled using the overlap method and they are two outer parts together and two inner parts together.
  10. ANH armour would typically be finished like this.
  11. You're good up to 25mm on the strips - front and rear. Squared off or angular trimmed ends on the strips. Pop rivets are optional
  12. I'm guessing he's trying to make the knee plate ridge line up with top of the shin which is what I believe is an FISD requirement? They most definitely do not line up with the shin ridge - no Stormtrooper armour does. Since the ROTJ knee plates are held on with single cap rivets, the front plate angles away from the shin - opposite to how this is angled.
  13. Is your choice of going TD because of the result of your shimming work?
  14. Looking at your helmet at this stage, I would have been tempted to build it as is and glue a strip of ABS inside the tubes to close the gaps. Then position the ears strategically to hide the joint.
  15. Haha indeed. The ears are not fitted to the correct sides.
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