Cricket[TK] Posted April 2, 2018 Author Report Share Posted April 2, 2018 Moving along to modify the belt and knee ammo pack a little... They are flat and need some shaping. My waist line is so small and curved that it necessitates adding some bends to the belt. If I don't add some curving to it, the plastic ends of the belt will flare out and ruin the nice profile that the belt should have. If you have a wider torso than mine, then you won't have to deal with this kind of thing. Lucky you! And adding some curve to the ammo pack just makes installation easier. Here you can see the belt before the hot water dip. I use chemical gloves to protect my hands from the boiling water and to easily handle the hot items as I shape them. I also use a pair of paint stir sticks taped together to help clamp part of the belt flat while I bend it. So, at the end of the belt I want it to curve a little, but just where it meets the box, and I also want it to keep kind of a flat shape. So I clamp the belt with the stir sticks next to the last box (like in the photo below) after I've dipped that section in the hot water to soften it. )You can do this same process to the middle sections as well if necessary.) Then I just apply gentle pressure and bend it where the box and the clamps meet. The stir sticks are wide enough that they just fit between the boxes of the WTF belt. After a few minutes of shaping, I ended up with a gentle curve in my belt and ammo pack without any warping or loss of detail. If you don't like how your bends are coming along, just redip the part of the belt you don't like, and let it sit in the boiling water for several seconds. It will return to its previous shape without any coaxing. Try again from there until you end up where you want. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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