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It's definitely a thing!  I have a plan of attack now...will be cleaning up edges, cutting shim strips, and getting sludge ready...! 

Stripes, mesh behind the teeth, lenses, weather stripping on the bottom..!

Molds have safely landed

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So I thought I'd share my idea on how anyone...and I mean anyone...can get the detail lines on their armor...

 

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Drawing pencil.  6B soft.  Apply light pressure and work the graphite in there.  Easy!  :jc_doublethumbup:

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Small detail, but I wanted to make sure I took the time to show this.  I took some scrap ABS that I cut into strips, primed and painted with flat black, and left to dry normally.  I then dropped in some CA glue inside the ab, around the holes.  I didn't use E6000 on purpose, since it tends to run until curing sets in.  I applied a bit of pressure with a strip of painters tape and allowed it to air dry for a bit. 

 

Tape comes off and we're left with a really nice looks that mirrors the look of the show!

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Right shin.  I sliced along the seam line in the back to give me the ability to get my foot in and out and still maintain the slim look.  Right now I have it clasped on the inside with industrial velcro, but I'm not sure I'll keep it...

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Dim the lights...put on the Barry White...because it's time to explore...

 

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The TK butt..!

 

Notice a few of the areas I called out...the upward slope, the segmented area stopping at the mid line.  The cod/butt complex looks like it's a single piece  here, so any connection below the belt will have to happen beneath the drop box.  Speaking of drop box, there are no visible means of attachment, so a strap from the inside?  Also...no visible means of attachment for the TD.

 

Challenge!

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Strap from the inside makes the most sense for the drop box, since attaching to the bottom of the belt directly, or the posterior plate, will just cause the box to get torqued one way or another. 

It does seem to be literally on the side aligned to the last ridge on the belt, where the OT TK has them aligned to the plastic belt ends. 

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Strap from the inside makes the most sense for the drop box, since attaching to the bottom of the belt directly, or the posterior plate, will just cause the box to get torqued one way or another. 

It does seem to be literally on the side aligned to the last ridge on the belt, where the OT TK has them aligned to the plastic belt ends. 

 

 

They do flap outward on the show.  I'm thinking a 2" wide web or elastic strap?

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They do flap outward on the show.  I'm thinking a 2" wide web or elastic strap?

The wider strap would keep them from twisting as much... I'll have to rewatch a few episodes and see if I can catch how they "flap". :)

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Progress report.  Still don't have the boots (stuck on the slowest boat from China.  I've been tracking them every day for over 3 weeks!!), the drop boxes or the TD.

 

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Biceps and forearms before the gloss coat.

 

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How I'm tackling the TK butt.  I am very strongly thinking I'm going to treat this much like my Clone...butt, cod, ab, kidney all go on as a single complex.  I'm adding the upward swoop of the butt area and shimming out the belt slightly.  I'll have to fiddle with where the segmented parts of the belt and and the smooth section begins...!

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So TK experts, I need some help.

 

Should I add one more belt segment per side or just continue the unsegmented part into the shim?

 

If I add the segments, it will look better IMHO, but I'll have the incorrect number of segments vs. the TV show.  Thoughts?  DL?

 

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Should I add one more belt segment per side or just continue the unsegmented part into the shim?

 

If I add the segments, it will look better IMHO, but I'll have the incorrect number of segments vs. the TV show.  Thoughts?  DL?

 

I've been wondering the same thing. The working CRL states 13 segments although these kits only have 11 so wouldn't we need to add another segment to each side anyway? The CRL thread shows at least one reference shot where 13 can be seen. 

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In these situations, I tend to side with what is seen on screen, so if it will fit you properly at 13 segments then I'd say you should have 13.  

 

When I say seen, that includes the proportions, so if someone is smaller, then maybe 11 would look right on them.  If someone is larger, they may need 15.  What will ultimately wind up happening is that we will likely see it approached in similar fashion to the tube stripes on the OT TK helmets:  We'll provide a range that is "ideal" or "normal" and mention proportions.  That type of language usually keeps the Caliper happy GMLs at bay.  ;)  

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I've been wondering the same thing. The working CRL states 13 segments although these kits only have 11 so wouldn't we need to add another segment to each side anyway? The CRL thread shows at least one reference shot where 13 can be seen. 

 

I have to go back to what I wrote there, but I *think* I took it off the reference material without even looking at what I have on the actual armor piece.

 

In these situations, I tend to side with what is seen on screen, so if it will fit you properly at 13 segments then I'd say you should have 13.  

 

When I say seen, that includes the proportions, so if someone is smaller, then maybe 11 would look right on them.  If someone is larger, they may need 15.  What will ultimately wind up happening is that we will likely see it approached in similar fashion to the tube stripes on the OT TK helmets:  We'll provide a range that is "ideal" or "normal" and mention proportions.  That type of language usually keeps the Caliper happy GMLs at bay.   ;)

 

 

Perfect, thanks.  That's what I was leaning towards so it's good that there is some reasonable accommodation that can be made.

 

 

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You're spot-on, ramey.  Jim's kit only has the 11, so adding one to each side will work perfectly.

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shimming the left shin armor.  I added a triangular piece to match visual references (sloped drop-off in side views) and did a bit of shaping to the top, as it scallops a bit at the sides.  Sludge coming up soon!!

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Hi Eric, now that Celebration is over I'm going to be getting back to my build. Was just wondering how your build is coming along. Any progress? 

 

Thanks,

Ramey

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I have everything done with the exception of the TD and the Drop Boxes...which I'm STILL waiting for. :blink:

 

The left thigh has the white gloss paint, which I want to let cure for a few more days before I do the weathering.  The TZA helmet is also done and I'm getting ready to begin the strapping shortly.

 

I filled in the indents and decided to paint rather than use the decals.  I also thinned out the eyes to match the on screen references a bit better.

 

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Thanks for checking in!  I haven't forgotten about it..!!

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Chest:

 

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Back:

 

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Ab/Kidney:

 

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Straps:

 

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Bells:

 

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Biceps:

 

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Hand backs and gloves:

 

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