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I've found with the two AP buckets I've built that the ears fit pretty good just trimmed to the score lines....after a little extra trimmed along the bottoms to help them sit flush, and at the mid-point where they bend. The gaps left between bucket and ears are pretty much then on par with screen used buckets. So not too much fuss about getting them perfect.

 

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Mike   Great job!   You can cut off the big rear tabs on the shoulder bridges if they are too long for you, I did my bridges 2" longer than the original to accomodate larger bodies

The sniper knee plate looks great, Mike.  Trimming that bottom completely off will allow it to fit snug against the calf.  In the second photo of your last post it looks as if you need to remove the r

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Test helmet assembly. Time to drill the holes next. Need to go back and do some more reading. I have a bunch of questions: Space between black strip and eyes? Screw placement? Painting tricks, etc. The pictures of it resembling a helmet make me excitedf65f27ba472e766b5b8231f9ef16aafb.jpg252fb229fec1ec6c02d1e890e05794a8.jpgaf5caf443f7aa649a1505e195b454fd2.jpgae625493b6254e1be7acbb62b2dfd28b.jpg24ac72af5640ed6acf4c6e7edc4b1b4e.jpg

 

 

 

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This thread from one of our FISD legends Steve "gazmosis" really helped me with my helmet - awesome read too!

 

http://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/28633-HOWTO%3A-ATA-Helmet-Build-hand-painted-details--PIC-HEAVY%21

 

 

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After being away for the weekend, finally got back to doing a little on my helmet. I was only able to get one ear done...SO HOPING I DID IT RIGHT! Lol

 

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The brow keep moving, so this is where it will stay! :/

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This thread from one of our FISD legends Steve "gazmosis" really helped me with my helmet - awesome read too!

 

http://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/28633-HOWTO%3A-ATA-Helmet-Build-hand-painted-details--PIC-HEAVY%21

 

 

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thanks!

 

 

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Helmet is together. Sanded more down on the ears for a better fit. I got the lens installed and it's ready for paint

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My little buddy loves it!

 

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Looking good, Mike!  You were wise to do the black outline first, but you may need to extend it out a bit more. Keep up the great work!

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Looking Good. Try to keep the opening for your head as small as possible; it keeps kids from seeing right up in there.

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More trimming tonight...almost ready to start fitting my armor. Feels like some real progress here's some photos I took, I forgot to take several of the other parts I trimmed tonight

 

Backplate

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Shoulders

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Drop boxes

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I'm concerned about the extra space...any ideas?

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That extra space on the back side of the drop boxes is fine, Mike, and will be acceptable to Centurion level.  (No one sees it anyway)!  Great job on the trimming, but I would slightly round out those areas in the areas circled below.  The reason being is that anytime you have a sharp angle like that it can lead to splitting.  Keep up the great work!

 

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Trimmed and sanded chest tonight! Looking ok minus the scuff I made on the front of it...I'm assuming it is something I can buff out?! Help!?24ca1a68c681a4fde4ccbe965ca6fd39.jpg1683754c868f399a224ee999c1f996ee.jpg1e332b3cc4e4845ca7358fd68a415825.jpg

 

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Don't worry about that scuff mate!

 

It can be fixed using the 3M headlight repair kit which can be found at Walmart!

 

https://www.walmart.com/ip/3M-Headlight-Restoration-Kit/13023890

 

I removed a 1/16" gouge out of ammo belt (It's a ukswrath trick I learned from him)

 

 

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Great job so far, I would personally remove more material around the ears, there should be no steps visible, I put that there for trimming guidance.  

 

For the inner drop boxes, no worries just put E6000 all around edges of small boxes and set in place.

 

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I met Mike tonight and we had an impromptu armor party.  We got his arm pieces all trimmed down and ready to glue... I gave him some tips about trimming and using Lexan scissors... at the end of the night, I wanted to show him the light at the end of the tunnel, so we made him into a blue tape trim trooper!yeYdBwUl.jpg

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