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11 minutes ago, justjoseph63 said:

You should be fine with the 15 mm cover strips, but for additional strength I would suggest putting cover strips on the inside as well.  You can use scraps from your build as they don't have to be pretty.  Be sure to save some scraps for the inside front of the calves as well.  Since they get a workout from constantly opening/closing them while putting on your armor any reinforcement helps.

Thanks for the speedy reply, I've already done the internal ones with scraps, so this will be something for me to do tonight.

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Biceps just awaiting cover strips 9eea04b22417c41ef266871fdbfa98a3.jpg

Forearms with a few clamps
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Think I need a new system to be more efficient in the downtime while I wait for the E6000 to dry.


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Nice trimming on those biceps. Mark!

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Forearms with a few clamps
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Think I need a new system to be more efficient in the downtime while I wait for the E6000 to dry.


Gotta love the $15 for a billion clamps bag from Bunnings lol

You’ll work out the order and process that works best for you, just remember slow and steady wins the race


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Note to self, cover strips are slightly different colour on reverse side, gotta make sure I put the correct side up

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Just a tip, if you use some coarse sandpaper on the backs of the cover strips and front of armor it will help the glue to adhere. I scuff my sheets before cutting in to strips, can easily tell which side is which then ;) 

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On 2/13/2019 at 9:47 AM, gmrhodes13 said:
Just a tip, if you use some coarse sandpaper on the backs of the cover strips and front of armor it will help the glue to adhere. I scuff my sheets before cutting in to strips, can easily tell which side is which then  

 

Thanks was doing it after cutting, would make it easier doing it before.

 

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Thought I'd knock off something simple today.

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Don't you hate when there is only enough glue for one glove.



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Minor setback...

 

Did you scruff up the underside of the hand plates? That helps. I also used gorilla glue and clamps with mine. Seemed to stick better.

 

 

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Yeah mine were a fail too - Also AP.   I've seen the 2-part CA glues with an activator work well but you need to make 100% sure your placement is perfect.

I've had to order another set from Mark...

 

 

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Was thinking afterwards that scuffing may have helped.

Thankfully the hand guards are undamaged, and the gloves were only $3 from the supermarket.


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You also need suprisingly little glue, I used loctite and it didn´t stick well, then when thinking how to get them to stick I suddenly  remembered Mike from Trooper mentioning on his Zap-a-gap glue "use sparingly"so I just used way less and that did the trick :)

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Thanks might need to try zap a gap, 

 

Round 2, tried another glue with an activator pen, lasted til I flexed my hand, but  this was an improvement on round 1

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13 minutes ago, husky68 said:

Don't you mean "hammer time" :dance:

Can't touch this! Love the animation

 

On a separate note, elastic on the shoulder bells around the biceps is just glued directly on?

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On 2/26/2019 at 5:47 AM, BigCara said:

Thanks might need to try zap a gap, 

 

Round 2, tried another glue with an activator pen, lasted til I flexed my hand, but  this was an improvement on round 1

I have had a LOT of experience gluing hand guards to gloves, lol.  I have experimented with CA (super) glue, rubber cement, and even Elmer's.  The one that I found that works the best (pardon the pun) hands down is good ol' E-6000.  CA glue can (and will) get brittle over time, and can peel off.  E-6000 has the bonding and flexibility that I found works best.

After scuffing up and them thoroughly cleaning/drying the rubber gloves, apply it just to the back of the hand guards.  Smear it around evenly, making sure not to go too heavy near the edges.

Lay the gloves flat, place the guards in the correct positions  and then add a substantial amount of weight on top of each.  (Several pounds).  Wait 12-24 hours and that should do the trick.

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37 minutes ago, BigCara said:

 

On a separate note, elastic on the shoulder bells around the biceps is just glued directly on?

That's the way it was done in the films, and you can certainly do it if you like... BUT, those were not really meant for long-term use. Elastic will wear and stretch out over time, so I suggest attaching them using snaps.  That way, you can replace the elastic as needed in the future instead of trying to peel it off the armor.  I also suggest using snap/strap connection for all areas.

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Nothing worse than waiting for glue to dry ;) 

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I've been looking to do chest back, abs and kidneys next. After taping everything up to do a rough fit check before I strap, I've got some concerns that my torso might be a bit longer than I thought. I'm only 6' tall but pretty solid at 230lb.

 

When I taped everything up and had a slight overlap of the chest plate and abs (only about an inch) and aligned the kidney to be level with the top edge of the abs. There was about a 3-4" gap in between the back plate and the kidneys. Its fixed if I hunch over, but not overly comfortable for more than 2mins, and standing up straight blows it open.

 

I know I can slightly lengthen the elastic over the shoulders by about an inch to drop the back plate slightly, though any more and the shoulder straps might get to short to attach at the back, this still does it doesn't give me enough to close the gap. If I move the chest plate up closer to my neck that also helps drop the back plate, but results in the cod crushing the Jatz Crackers.

 

How much overlap should I have on the chest plate/abs?

 

Should the neckline of the chest plate be roughly at the same height as the bottom of the helmet? or doesn't matter?

 

I'm using double snaps for strapping, should I use elastic or nylon webbing through for the torso straping?

 

Any other suggestions? or am I over thinking stuff.

 

 

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I've been looking to do chest back, abs and kidneys next. After taping everything up to do a rough fit check before I strap, I've got some concerns that my torso might be a bit longer than I thought. I'm only 6' tall but pretty solid at 230lb.
 
When I taped everything up and had a slight overlap of the chest plate and abs (only about an inch) and aligned the kidney to be level with the top edge of the abs. There was about a 3-4" gap in between the back plate and the kidneys. Its fixed if I hunch over, but not overly comfortable for more than 2mins, and standing up straight blows it open.
 
I know I can slightly lengthen the elastic over the shoulders by about an inch to drop the back plate slightly, though any more and the shoulder straps might get to short to attach at the back, this still does it doesn't give me enough to close the gap. If I move the chest plate up closer to my neck that also helps drop the back plate, but results in the cod crushing the Jatz Crackers.
 
How much overlap should I have on the chest plate/abs?
 
Should the neckline of the chest plate be roughly at the same height as the bottom of the helmet? or doesn't matter?
 
I'm using double snaps for strapping, should I use elastic or nylon webbing through for the torso straping?
 
Any other suggestions? or am I over thinking stuff.
 
 

Hi Mark,

If it’s possible for you to get it strapped on again and take some pics, we can try to point you in the right direction. A lot of it just depends on how the parts fit ones specific frame. :-)


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Slightly better than the other day

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If I stand completely upright the jatz crackers get squashed.

 

Do I have room for longer elastic shoulder straps as the overlap of the shoulder covers at the back plate is between the 4-5rib which is the same overlap as the chest plate.

 

Is there too much overlap of the chest plate /ab? Can I score more length here?

 

Elastic strapping or nylon webbing internally?

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