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Anyone want to give me a hint as to what these are for? They were with my helmet.


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HA! Those are waist belt rivet covers. Sent to you by mistake I imagine. 



Racked my brain trying to figure that out. And since they were with the helmet I assumed they were part of that.


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For some reason I thought you were only building a helmet. Did you receive two waist ammo belts

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For some reason I thought you were only building a helmet. Did you receive two waist ammo belts


I haven’t even unpacked the waist belt stuff yet. Didn’t want to lose anything.

On a positive note I’ve got a thigh. It’s a bit big at the knee so I’ll have to keep with that and maybe get some foam to keep it from being lopsided. IMG_1146.JPG


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I'm suspecting you've been given two different waist ammo belts, one if assembled correctly one is Centurion approved, the other is not. 

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Ok. Since we are on the subject I unpacked it all. This is what I have and I’m not sure if I need it all.

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Ammo belt with 4 drop boxes?

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This will be for the right shin and left thigh

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This looks like extra shoulder straps and chest pieces for another build

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Not sure about this stuff.


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I'm assuming you're building a ANH stunt (most popular). This looks to be an AM 1.0 or 2.0 kit. Do you have any other pieces? From what I can see here you're missing a few items. Let's go over what you can and can't use from the photos you've provided.

 

Top #1 photo - the belt with the indented squares, hold off to the side, you won't be using this one. The other belt and boxes are ok.

 

Photo #2 - keep everything here however, if you're shooting for Centurion the plastic hand guards will need to be replaced with flexible versions.

 

Photo #3 - Except for the Ab plate (bottom right) you won't be using any of these items. As a matter of fact if you plan on applying for the higher levels of accuracy Centurion you'll need to replace the Ab button plates with versions with integrated buttons. 

 

Photo #5 - These are either Sandtrooper or Return of the Jedi items. 

 

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Ok. I forgot I had taken these out already because I wanted to keep them separate. By the looks of the 501st site model these are the ones I need for ANH stunt?

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Already got the flexible hand guards with my gloves so I’m good on those.

Now I’m confused about the belt. The 501st site shows the belt with those little square thing I asked about earlier covering what I feel is the only visible indent. So I’m using the plain belt and affixing the square thing(s) to that?

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Also the drop boxes. There are four am I correct in assuming they are front and back piece to close them?

And new question. Paperwork in the box said I needed to lightly heat the thigh ammo belt to properly fit it. Any suggestions on what to heat it with?




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Ab buttons are correct, yes one set of drop boxes goes into the other and the ammo belt covers are correct, just don't use the belt with the indent it's not correct. Here's a photo a canon belt without the square covers installed.

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As for the thigh ammo belt, trim off the majority of the outer return edge first (The area outside the vertical boxes).

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To mold use the hot water bath technique. I found it easiest to soften it up then wrap it around a can equivalent to the size of your lower thigh area (allow for the mounting ends to remain straight). Let cool, repeat as necessary until you've obtained the desired shape. It doesn't have to be perfect.   

 

 

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Thin out the top section. Lightly trim the lower as needed.

 

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Trim this part up? Or the part above it that gets screwed in? IMG_1177.thumb.JPG.a1a2a5ef53f7fe953fe21b26a533dfc6.JPG


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You can start there yes but my point was the entire upper ear can be thinned out to draw the lower section closer with minor trimming.

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Check this out Frank. Great series for the current run of AM. I have a similar gap on my bucket. I should be able to fix it though after watching this.

 

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Paint is preferable, but if you use decals make sure to get those that replicate the hand-painted look.

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Sorry for the duplicate post, not sure why it did that, but how perfect do you have to be with straight lines if you paint?


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Can go either way. If you plan on using decals just use "Dave M" decals. You can pick them up on trooperbay.com

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Hey Frank,

 

Any chance you can pry apart the back of that thigh? It's very oversized, top to bottom.

 

If you can, I'd suggest you pry apart the back of the thigh, and cut a triangular chunk out of the back of it and then re-assemble the thigh, covering up your cut with a cover strip.

 

This will create a tapered thigh versus the cylinder look you have now. A tapered thigh will reduce the amount of padding you'll need, make you look less knock-kneed, and be more comfortable. If you do attempt this, make sure you can still fit your foot through the knee opening once tapered. You might have to put your thigh on backwards, and rotate it once it's past you foot.

 

Good Luck & keep the posts coming!:smiley-sw013:

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