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Markus, your attention to detail makes me feel - frankly - Lazy

I keep saying the CRL's are wrong. I only care how the original LFL costumes were assembled and I advise everyone to build their kits the same. The original shoulder straps are riveted to the chest an

Here are the glued ear bars: The "s-type-neck trim" Every decal are on the helmet now. It looks from time to time more like a stormtrooper helmet : I glued a piece of vel

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Yesterday I couldn't keep my eyes open, therefore I riveted the dropboxes. Here the result:
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Can someone help with my strapping? I don't know where exactly the strapping of the upper arm will be fixed? AND does the forearm and the upperarm fit as I posted?
right arm:
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left arm:
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I ask for advice / tips / critiques / etc. :blink:
Thank you!

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I glued the strapping for "biceps to forearm" on the forearm yesterday. Here some pictures of it:
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I have awesome news: the Darman's "neck seal" has arrived today!!! :peace::jc_doublethumbup:
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I can only say that the "neck seal" from Darman is very, very great!!! :jc_doublethumbup:

real good work, fits very well an looks fantastic!! :th_AnimatedBravoSmiley:

THANK YOU DARMAN!!!!

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Because my biceps and thighs sit a bit too loose and I don't want they wobble while walking. So I glued some foam padding inside:

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Today my taughter helped me attracting my armor :duim:
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To be continued ... the strapping of the two upper arms were glued ...
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left arm:
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cutting the strap:
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... aaaaand ready! Now I hope it fits. I tryed on the arms many times.

riveting cod plate:
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Tomorrow I will rivet the cod.

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You may want to refer to the CRL if you're gunning for highest level of clearance? No visible rivets on cod or posterior :)<br><br>

Edit - Although this may be another out-of-date point? Wait for Paul's comments before proceeding :)

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I knew it because I spoke to Paul before I riveted it!

And I saw it in the movie, that the original Stormtrooper HAS a rivet on the cod plate

 

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The "cod plate" was finished today.
riveted:
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and the "strapping" on the testicular protection is also glued:
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The foam padding is glued:
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Tomorrow I will finish the foam padding in the left thigh. And then the time has nearly come to start assembling the ..... voltage increases ..... H E L M E T ! ! ! :D :D :D
I'm very happy about assembling the helmet. This would be certainly a chelange B)

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The foam padding is already glued in upper arms and thighs

I also have found an old black 100%-leather belt. On the picture it looks a bit brown, but it is a black one B)
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And here is the newest test fitting:
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I know I have to strap the shoulder bells.
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How do you think about the gap between the shins and thighs and further on the gap between the thighs and the abdomen?

Here the missing points to finish the armor (without helmet :P ):

.) strapping of the shoulder bells
.) painting rivets white
.) riveting the Holster
.) both "drop boxes" finishing
.) strapping of the thighs
.) painting the sole of the boots white

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The gaps on your knees are fine. The distance will vary from trooper to trooper, so don't think there is a specific size the gap should be. The most important thing is how the thighs feel when walking. If they can be lowered to even up the gaps at the knees and abdomen, then by all means do so but it's not crucial.

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Thank you Paul! They fit very well and I can kick up beltline almost :P:D I think, I let them in place an glue the strapping! :duim:B)

 

And there is still another question:

The holster is fixed on the right side and in the vertical center of the belt. But where definitely on the right side? Is there a certain amount?  :huh:  :) 

 

greets Markus

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next step:
I fixed a tape around the strapping to trace the contours better.
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put the strapping in position ...
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... and trace on the inner side of the thighs the strapping-contours:
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and finally glue the strapping:
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Now both thighs fit perfectly and the gaps between "shins and thighs" and "thighs and abdomen" look great!
I also went stairs up and down and the right thigh pinches a bit (really just a bit) on the hollow of the knie, but by far nothing that would blow a real Stormtrooper B):P:D :D

Photos from the finished (except the helmet) Stormie follow at the end of the week B)

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I have a question about painting the rivets:

 

In this following picture is a piece of plastic I painted with white color (which I would take for the rivets). It is actually not the same color as the plastic. My question therefore:

is it ok, or shall I take a more similar color?

 

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greets, Markus

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My armour is from CFO and I am also more off white than white - I used a can of spray paint from Bunnings in Colourbond Surfeits ( used to be called off white ) worked for me. I also painted my white gasket trim around the armour with it as there was a bit of a difference between the armour and the gasket/trim - it matched spot on for me so maybe give that a go - just spray some onto a plastic plate or lid etc and then use a brush to transfer it onto the rivets.

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My armour is from CFO and I am also more off white than white - I used a can of spray paint from Bunnings in Colourbond Surfeits ( used to be called off white ) worked for me. I also painted my white gasket trim around the armour with it as there was a bit of a difference between the armour and the gasket/trim - it matched spot on for me so maybe give that a go - just spray some onto a plastic plate or lid etc and then use a brush to transfer it onto the rivets.

 

Nice! Thank you for the tip!

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I made a new upgrade B)
Because of riding up (I hope it's the correct word for it) of the trousers and the undershirt and getting wrinkles while putting on the arms and legs of the armor, I decided to do something that that would no longer happen. ( I'm shure that's not the right english, but I hope you understand :P ).

here the waistband:
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other side:
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Here you can see the tautly stretched fabric of the pants - no wrinkles! :D
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I sewed the strapping on the outside to avoid friction points. I feel nothing of the strapping on my sole.

I did the same on the sleeves. there is only one difference: I sewed it on the inside, because there is no opportunity of friction points. Unfortunately I don't have a black small strapping, but while wearing the gloves there is no opportunity to see anything of the strapping.
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and so it looks like when it's ready:
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Here the strapping of the shoulder bells:
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The holster is also fixed. It fits very well, I think!
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(to drill is perhaps a bit exaggerated, but I had no other tool :blink::D )

rubber washer between:
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And that's how my Stormie-Armor looks like at the moment:

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holster
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I'll glue the drop boxes today. I think it is not necessary to assemble them openable :)

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