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BTW, it's GML, lol.  :laugh1:

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BTW, it's GML, lol.  :laugh1:



I’ll forget again. I’ve got so many codes, numbers, and names floating though my head all the time the stuff that doesn’t get used that much gets pushed out.


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I’ll forget again. I’ve got so many codes, numbers, and names floating though my head all the time the stuff that doesn’t get used that much gets pushed out.


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Your GML should be seared into your brain, you know, with all that back and forth during your approval.


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Hey Frank. Its GML  ;)  :lol:

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On 1/18/2019 at 8:38 PM, ukswrath said:

They don't have to be perfect, and were never meant to be ;)

Hahahahaha, this did give me quite a laugh. Thank you, Tony. 

On 1/18/2019 at 10:41 PM, Bud Spaklur said:

Furthermore, what is she even complaining about???

Not much, apparently. Your "secret compartment" comment was hilarious, btw! It's not that bad!

On 1/19/2019 at 6:47 AM, Frank75139 said:

Personally it’s fine, but if your not happy with it fix it, your the one that has to look at it every time you put it on. The last thing you want is to be look at it getting all mad about it.

True. At this point it's just for my own sake (and Roddie's) which is nice to know. He's said end of January will be the end... so who knows. And hey, I didn't know you read my Carida thread!

On 1/19/2019 at 6:58 AM, gmrhodes13 said:

Looks pretty good to me, you could spend hours fine tuning, a little sanding here and there and only end up slightly better, I’d call it, then it’s onwards and upwards.

Agreed! And I didn't want to mess with this right ear because it really is quite nice, just too different from the left for my taste... so I dug through my reject ears and found draft #3 which was super slim and nice minus a little gappiness on the back which everyone has convinced me is totally fine. You all win! And thank you so much, again.

 

I've gotten a smidge more completed here and there. The belt snaps are on! I opted for nylon snap plates instead of setting the snaps right into the ab because they'd be easier to move and it'd mean fewer holes in my armor. To install, I laid the belt over the ab where I wanted it to rest and taped the middle to keep it high enough while positioning.

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Then I put loops of painter's tape on the back of the nylon snap plates and pushed the belt into place. 

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Carefully unsnapped, put a piece of tape along the top edge, folded the snap plate back, peeled the rolled tape off the back, smeared on some E6000, folded the plate back down, clamped it up, and I was done. 

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Also, I'm pretty sure the ab buttons are on correctly now. Ha. But @ukswrath , you commented on @A.J. Hamler 's build that the vertical plate could use trimming. Is mine too big, too? The ATA buttons themselves are quite large so I could only afford to trim the edges a few mm more before cutting into the buttons, but I *could* take those mm off.

Anyway I trimmed the belt rivet covers down to 1" squares and hollowed out the backs to accommodate the rivets better, then centered those and got them gluing.

jDnhJVN.jpg

So now it's this; center belt height is negotiable pending final fitting and I'll secure it in the center with Velcro if that proves necessary. The side snaps are at a good spot for it to hinge around, though. And I have yet to clean up the glue seepage around everything.

FS9Napj.jpg

 

I also did bucket things. Like I said earlier I picked an old ear as my new right ear, so moved ahead with painting the bucket details. My general stance on painting seems to be "we'll fix it in post" which worked shockingly well with Testor's on the traps (cleanup with a toothpick). (I will, however, be masking carefully for the tube stripes.) The vocoder didn't work out so nicely - wrong brush for the job - so I'll be wiping that and starting fresh. Yay mineral spirits.

ixjlwLB.jpg

See that little speck of black on the bottom edge? Plastidip. I'm back at it again with the plastidip, y'all! So glad I saved the dregs of the can. Even when it's all dried and gummy, a splash of xylol thins it back to usability almost instantly. Why did I thin said dregs? Because I found out E6000 never really stops off-gassing when heated and I have some exposed in my bucket from gluing the lens mounts in. How much heating qualifies as "heating", I do not know, but troops on hot days don't seem like "cooling" ventures, and I'm far from interested in being cooped up with E6000 fumes. Also, I touched up the inside of the bucket with some Testor's and while I believe enamels can fully cure, the jury's kinda sorta out on the advisability of breathing right next to those for extended periods of time, too. I decided to seal everything in with a couple coats of plastidip for my peace of mind, if nothing else. Turns out the lens mounts look even cooler and more integrated with the plastidip wrapping up from the rest of the face! The lighting was sketch so I'll post pics of that later.

 

There's an armor party on Saturday where I'd like to get some major fitting done. Other than more painting and a bit of strapping to be made, I think the big things are getting the cod and sniper knee on. Yeah, I'm still avoiding that knee... *side-eye*

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Agreed! And I didn't want to mess with this right ear because it really is quite nice, just too different from the left for my taste... so I dug through my reject ears and found draft #3 which was super slim and nice minus a little gappiness on the back which everyone has convinced me is totally fine. You all win! And thank you so much, again.
 
I've gotten a smidge more completed here and there. The belt snaps are on! I opted for nylon snap plates instead of setting the snaps right into the ab because they'd be easier to move and it'd mean fewer holes in my armor. To install, I laid the belt over the ab where I wanted it to rest and taped the middle to keep it high enough while positioning.
ZDOLDPt.jpg&key=de490d6f1724c4385574ffdcb87f4a292b14a6fe06b0091dc7486bae08e0fff3
Then I put loops of painter's tape on the back of the nylon snap plates and pushed the belt into place. 
godXkXI.jpg&key=9cd02e7d12282ab194d8ba11ee1a1980f34f5b8df7d3ed8a4b4341906990d12d
Carefully unsnapped, put a piece of tape along the top edge, folded the snap plate back, peeled the rolled tape off the back, smeared on some E6000, folded the plate back down, clamped it up, and I was done. 
SdZTgEp.jpg&key=652ba9aceb8f332ee1e89c5f1b09d485137294487a0937c62ba0ed42e1c5cea9
Also, I'm pretty sure the ab buttons are on correctly now. Ha. But [mention=21566]ukswrath[/mention] , you commented on [mention=30895]A.J. Hamler[/mention] 's build that the vertical plate could use trimming. Is mine too big, too? The ATA buttons themselves are quite large so I could only afford to trim the edges a few mm more before cutting into the buttons, but I *could* take those mm off.
Anyway I trimmed the belt rivet covers down to 1" squares and hollowed out the backs to accommodate the rivets better, then centered those and got them gluing.
jDnhJVN.jpg&key=3214b9f5f0e40806de2a5896d48eea6a9d2b8370dc578d44d60157da111077ec
So now it's this; center belt height is negotiable pending final fitting and I'll secure it in the center with Velcro if that proves necessary. The side snaps are at a good spot for it to hinge around, though. And I have yet to clean up the glue seepage around everything.
FS9Napj.jpg&key=cd669c7d781b0720edb7979b6dbf6f325033dd491b7272983a1e4a7b8d022358
 
I also did bucket things. Like I said earlier I picked an old ear as my new right ear, so moved ahead with painting the bucket details. My general stance on painting seems to be "we'll fix it in post" which worked shockingly well with Testor's on the traps (cleanup with a toothpick). (I will, however, be masking carefully for the tube stripes.) The vocoder didn't work out so nicely - wrong brush for the job - so I'll be wiping that and starting fresh. Yay mineral spirits.
ixjlwLB.jpg&key=a01fc9bf3d42a455cc08f9d55d9df1d6136d74dd1f2316c9d18b6323ec2acc6e
See that little speck of black on the bottom edge? Plastidip. I'm back at it again with the plastidip, y'all! So glad I saved the dregs of the can. Even when it's all dried and gummy, a splash of xylol thins it back to usability almost instantly. Why did I thin said dregs? Because I found out E6000 never really stops off-gassing when heated and I have some exposed in my bucket from gluing the lens mounts in. How much heating qualifies as "heating", I do not know, but troops on hot days don't seem like "cooling" ventures, and I'm far from interested in being cooped up with E6000 fumes. Also, I touched up the inside of the bucket with some Testor's and while I believe enamels can fully cure, the jury's kinda sorta out on the advisability of breathing right next to those for extended periods of time, too. I decided to seal everything in with a couple coats of plastidip for my peace of mind, if nothing else. Turns out the lens mounts look even cooler and more integrated with the plastidip wrapping up from the rest of the face! The lighting was sketch so I'll post pics of that later.
 
There's an armor party on Saturday where I'd like to get some major fitting done. Other than more painting and a bit of strapping to be made, I think the big things are getting the cod and sniper knee on. Yeah, I'm still avoiding that knee... *side-eye*

COD is easy, nothing to it. The knee, well....! But at least if it’s giving you that much of a hard time, the armor party will help get it in place for sure.


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I’m an attache it’s my job to read everything and I’m stalking you. Jk, I try to help there as well but I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes.


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Coming along nicely, I’m sure some extra hands will be of help to get everyone sitting just right.

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Hey Lorelei! There is an armor party coming up locally for our garrison. Are you able to attend it? Link here: http://501stgarrisoncarida.org/forum/topic/16959-20190126-armor-party/?tab=comments#comment-258864

 

I won't be able to attend, but I am sure you will get some help from some veterans! :salute:

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5 hours ago, Frank75139 said:

I’m stalking you.

Figured. *shrugs*

;) But really, that makes sense, and as you know this thread is much more lively anyway so it makes for better (and more continuous) discussions if you stay over here so thank you!

5 hours ago, gmrhodes13 said:

Coming along nicely, I’m sure some extra hands will be of help to get everyone sitting just right.

Thanks! That's what I'm hoping for. Still trying to get as much done as I can before then, though...

4 hours ago, Pretzel said:

Hey Lorelei! There is an armor party coming up locally for our garrison. Are you able to attend it?

Yup. Mentioned it towards the end of my post - but apparently it was too much rambling for the mighty Preston to sit through. *sobs quietly*

;) In general thanks for mentioning it though because I didn't have access to that part of the Carida forums before O.o  I do now, fortunately.

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Not sure about Mighty.. Glorious I would say. :P

 

 

But, Yeah I must of missed that lol. Glad you are able to see the Armor party now though!

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Not sure about Mighty.. Glorious I would say. 
 
 
But, Yeah I must of missed that lol. Glad you are able to see the Armor party now though!



Maybe legendary?


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Just now, Frank75139 said:

 

 


Maybe legendary?


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Even Better. 

 

Legendary. 

 

Also Side Note: When you get to the point that you need your approval photos taken, let me know! I would be happy to assist. I am also a Photographer. ;)

 

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Even Better. 
 
Legendary. 
 
Also Side Note: When you get to the point that you need your approval photos taken, let me know! I would be happy to assist. I am also a Photographer.
 
Photography Website
 


One more reason why your legendary.


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Belt position looks great. I put a couple small strips of Velcro in addition to the snaps to keep it from sagging during troops.

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Everything is shaping up nicely. Sniper knee plate looks harder than it is. Just do what Tony and I did and use a million clamps and you’ll be golden.

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23 hours ago, Pretzel said:

Even Better. 

 

Legendary. 

 

Also Side Note: When you get to the point that you need your approval photos taken, let me know! I would be happy to assist. I am also a Photographer. ;)

Legendary it is! I would edit my post but we've already established that my mistakes will be here forever. ;) And oh my goodness photographs would be great, thanks! I was just thinking about who I could ask to help with that since "dressing" everything to proper specs is so important... I'll PM you sometime if that works!

 

15 hours ago, shashachu said:

Belt position looks great. I put a couple small strips of Velcro in addition to the snaps to keep it from sagging during troops.

Thanks! Did you use adhesive Velcro, or glue it on with E6000? Wondering if self-adhesive is strong enough.

 

12 hours ago, Harbinger said:

Everything is shaping up nicely. Sniper knee plate looks harder than it is. Just do what Tony and I did and use a million clamps and you’ll be golden.

Former failures loom large. :unsure: The angles seem too odd for clamps, though... what type did you use?

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I bought a big bag of them from Home Depot. Here's what it looked like whilst clamped:

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Oh look I've gotten caught up on one thread I've been following with great interest.
Looking great Lorelei.

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I bought a big bag of them from Home Depot. Here's what it looked like whilst clamped:
zrEYhBC.jpg&key=f69769c8b63afaae360e51da702d4bee1b30cb746e68830204346c893b35c1db
Yes that looks quite familiar from my own build.

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4 hours ago, Harbinger said:

I bought a big bag of them from Home Depot. Here's what it looked like whilst clamped:

zrEYhBC.jpg

Somehow that picture makes it seem so doable! Trimming the knee down now, and will acquire those exact clamps (but from Walmart) tonight and set it a-gluing. Thank you!

 

And I'm glad you've caught up, @Rat . ^_^

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I read every other page. And if I see that Swede, Greg, Tony, Glen, Daniel, or Frank the Tank have posted, I figure they already got whatever question you had, covered.

Frank- $5 says Lorelei will get her sniper plate on straight and centered.


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I read every other page. And if I see that Swede, Greg, Tony, Glen, Daniel, or Frank the Tank have posted, I figure they already got whatever question you had, covered.

Frank- $5 says Lorelei will get her sniper plate on straight and centered.


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Your on, I’ve got no faith in her ability at all! Lol


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24 minutes ago, Bud Spaklur said:

I read every other page. And if I see that Swede, Greg, Tony, Glen, Daniel, or Frank the Tank have posted, I figure they already got whatever question you had, covered.

Frank- $5 says Lorelei will get her sniper plate on straight and centered.

Haha! Safe bet. I'm well taken care of.

 

24 minutes ago, Frank75139 said:

Your on, I’ve got no faith in her ability at all! Lol

 

 

WELL I NEVER. Y'all... honestly my jaw dropped before I started laughing. Excellent motivation, and I'm going to prove you SO wrong, Frank, and prove you SO right, Matt! Haha.

 

While I blob about a bit after dinner, here, have an update:

 

Yesterday after work I stood outside for two hours in the sub-freezing weather painting Smudge. Ever notice that Testor's doesn't have any application temperature guidelines? I did. :P These were my results:

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Well, those, and I painted the vocoder half a dozen times, hating it and wiping it each time. Speaking of wiping, a cosmetic wedge sponge soaked in mineral spirits is my best friend while painting. Those sponges are the bee's knees!

I left the pieces in my heated workroom overnight and did some more painting this afternoon. Full sized pics this time because I am SO fond of how it's coming along:

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Lower edge of left ear will be cleaned up as the black is too wide.

Touched up the hovis:

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and admitted to myself I could not freehand the vocoder shape, opting to sketch it in with pencil like so:

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How's this look?

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The frown was being annoying so I think I'll mask that before painting.

I'm going for the full hand-painting experience on the tube stripes :icon_eek: having figured out that I paint best when employing sharpshooting breath control techniques, I'm confident I can pull it off.

 

Enough dilly-dallying - off to get my knee ready!

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