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Cool.  I have some ABS paste that I want to use to fill in the seams/gaps at the bottom (left over from my repair when I trimmed the wrong thigh piece).  I have glued small support strips in.  Don't worry, I am a much better modeller than whoever filled in the ones in the examples above LOL.

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Managed to close up 2 of the gaps.  The other 2 have ABS paste in them now.  Thursday is jiujitsu night and I work at 530 tomorrow morning so we'll see how much I get done tonight.  Sniper knee held well so far.  I have rounded out the corners on the return edge as suggested.  I will most likely see where I can brace it and glue down one edge to finish it off.  Hopefully by tomorrow night I am strapping.

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Thigh cover strips are trimmed.  This is my latest attempt at the sniper knee.  I am not thrilled with the inside edge, but short of cutting out a section, splitting and filling, I don't see a lot of alternative...  I would not look forward to that patch job either.

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You can see now why a lot of people use the “offset method” for making their sniper knee line up on both sides (one of the few things I documented reasonably well in my build thread, I might add ಠ_ಠ )

 

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Yeah Rob - Let's look at it tomorrow, thanks.  I don't know how I didn't do that because I remember you telling me, and seeing it in your thread.  SIGH....  Too much info sometimes!  Can you please bring yours over so we can measure off of it?

Strapping system for the torso is almost done!  Just need to connect the chest to the cod.

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Strapping question!  The only one I am having issue with is the centre of the chest.  The return edge is pretty skinny and I am pretty sure that I can't safely drill into it.  Looking at some reference images they drilled in the front, but I don't like that look.   UKs build doesn't show that bracket clearly so I can't go off of that.  

Thoughts or suggestions?  

Thanks!

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11 minutes ago, Digz Graavz said:

Strapping question!  The only one I am having issue with is the centre of the chest.  The return edge is pretty skinny and I am pretty sure that I can't safely drill into it.  Looking at some reference images they drilled in the front, but I don't like that look.   UKs build doesn't show that bracket clearly so I can't go off of that.  

Thoughts or suggestions?  

Thanks!

When you say skinny - do you mean you didn't leave enough return edge?  The reference pics show the suit after a lot of use and the screws are moved forward out of necessity due to wear and tear.  Ideally, you don't want the screws on the front of the chest piece (but I really don't know how this would affect approval at any level).  Can you glue in a piece of ABS on the back side to build up the return edge just enough to get the screws in?

 

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1 hour ago, wook1138 said:

Can you glue in a piece of ABS on the back side to build up the return edge just enough to get the screws in?

 

That's the thought process I was working with.  I was considering screwing the bracket to its own piece of ABS then gluing that in to support the bracket.

I'll sleep on it and see what it's like in the morning light.

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So today's armour party at my place was amazing.  I owe Robert (twosolitudes) and Brad (68Brick) a huge debt of thanks.  I should be able to wrap it all up tomorrow if I grind hard.  Brad got me through heating and reshaping the sniper knee (pics to follow).  I got to put on most of my suit for the first time, and they helped me with all the spacing.  I could NOT have gotten my suit to the level it will be without their selflessness and expertise.

 

We also welcomed Mark (Markweller) and helped him finally get started on his Anovos build that had been collecting dust for over 2 years.  All of us live within 20 minutes of each other.
 

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It can amaze people how much can be achieved at armor parties, many have built their own costumes and what seems hard for a newbie is just common practice for an experienced builder.

 

Looking good, won't be long now :D 

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So today's armour party at my place was amazing.  I owe Robert (twosolitudes) and Brad (68Brick) a huge debt of thanks.  I should be able to wrap it all up tomorrow if I grind hard.  Brad got me through heating and reshaping the sniper knee (pics to follow).  I got to put on most of my suit for the first time, and they helped me with all the spacing.  I could NOT have gotten my suit to the level it will be without their selflessness and expertise.
 
We also welcomed Mark (Markweller) and helped him finally get started on his Anovos build that had been collecting dust for over 2 years.  All of us live within 20 minutes of each other.
 
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That’s good you have a solid crew close by. Nice job, buddy. Let’s see those pre-approval pics tomorrow!


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With 68Brick's guidance and a pot of hot water, we got the sniper knee looking pretty good this afternoon.

 

Tonight's work:  Shoulder straps are repositioned.   Bells have their elastic gluing.  You can see the strapping system in the one photo.

 

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Chris I just want to say, what a great job you have done on the sniper plate.

I have built 3 AP kits now and can tell you the plate just never aligns quite straight. The small gap underneath the centre should be irrelevant as it is not part of the CRL and not a photo that is asked for in the application process.

To get it as close as you have and to have the sides aligned with the top ridge is a masterful effort, well done.

Centurion is well and truly within your grasp.

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Yep, Andrew summed it up.  That sniper knee plate looks great.  I don't know what Brad told you, but it was solid advice!  Nice work!

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Looking awesome, sir!   It may just be me, but I gotta' admit this photo gives me a little concern:

 

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They seem awfully close together...  do they line up in the center of the tabs on top of the back plate ok??

 

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Looking good Chris. Looks like the crew has given you some pretty sound advice.

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Thanks everyone!  I think the combination of Brad's guidance and experience along with the cuts I put in the corners may be a not-so-secret-any-more recipe.

The shoulder straps are overcurved from the boiling process and that's why they look so close together in the photo.  We aligned the heck out of everything and they're glued dead on the lines we used.  I'll post more pics later with this morning's progress.  Time to go unclamp and move on to more stuff.

Ammo boxes, TD and the last of the strapping.  Brad had me trim my forearms a bit so I need to redo those cover strips.  If all goes well I might be doing basic submission in a day or two.

 

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5 minutes with a hair dryer and the curve is much less aggressive.  Here is it with just the elastic to retain it.

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So... All strapping is done, other than the thigh garters and attaching the drop boxes to the belt (they're drying and the straps are on the belt).  I want to complete the TD tonight, maybe get the thighs done.  That will just leave replacing the cover  strips on the forearms, which are not bad but can be better.  Submission pics tomorrow unless the Universe throws me a curve ball :)


Right now it's mostly Velcro unless snaps are required for Centurion.  I figure the best thing to do is get it fitted 100% with the Velcro, then mark the positioning and add snaps.

 

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You can use anything for inside strapping for IE and Centurion, snaps are only needed for external decoration on side of ab and butt plate ;) 

 

Hope you throw those approval images on the pre approval forum, looking forward to seeing them.

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Chris,  you can trim off the shoulder straps rear big tabs the movie original didn't have any, I just made my straps longer for larger people

 

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9 hours ago, Digz Graavz said:

Right now it's mostly Velcro unless snaps are required for Centurion.  I figure the best thing to do is get it fitted 100% with the Velcro, then mark the positioning and add snaps.

As Glen mentioned, internal strapping techniques are up to you.  Smart idea about changing over to snaps, though.  Velcro holds up well at first, but will begin to get weaker over time from repeated opening/closing.

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Thanks again everyone.  Rob (twosolitudes) will be here in about 90 mins to take my submission pictures!

Check out these sexy TD screws!  (They've since been painted black).

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