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At this point, it's past 6pm, so I've resigned to the fact that I won't get it done in time to get approved for the troop tomorrow. I'm still pretty happy with my progress and most importantly I've learned a lot the past couple of days. I'll keep trucking and still try to get it approved ASAP though, I'm aiming for Monday morning now.

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Happy Friday and thanks all!! Your kind words are keeping me super motivated After finishing gluing the reinforcement pieces for the brackets I drilled holes for and installed ab/k

Well, it’s been a few months, but I’ve managed to get a bit more done. Huge thanks to you @MoSc0ut! I really appreciate your help with everything so far.   The big challenge for me was just

Haven’t got as much done this month as I was hoping. Health has limited me to 3-4 hours per week, but it’s better than nothing!   Got the thighs and shins in progress, and I’m measuring them

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Not too worry there will be plenty of more troops in the future ;) Stay on target and I'm sure you'll get that TK approved soon.

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52 minutes ago, 1nfern0 said:

Thanks guys! Haven't gotten back to it yet. Ended up being a busy weekend and now the garage is under renovation so my workbench has been stuffed into the corner for the moment:(

Garret, just throwing out a quick shout out. I live outside Oregon City and should be receiving my commission build this week. Joined cloud city garrison right before Covid hit and have been lurking on the boards there. a well. 

 

Good  to see another PNW TK on here:-) ...  Looking forward too trooping soon I hope!

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Garret, just throwing out a quick shout out. I live outside Oregon City and should be receiving my commission build this week. Joined cloud city garrison right before Covid hit and have been lurking on the boards there. a well. 
 
Good  to see another PNW TK on here:-) ...  Looking forward too trooping soon I hope!

There’s more of us here in CCG we’ve just been quiet lately

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On 10/25/2020 at 7:54 PM, Jeffnmar said:

Garret, just throwing out a quick shout out. I live outside Oregon City and should be receiving my commission build this week. Joined cloud city garrison right before Covid hit and have been lurking on the boards there. a well. 

 

Good  to see another PNW TK on here:-) ...  Looking forward too trooping soon I hope!

Nice to meet you Jeff! Hope to meet in person at a troop someday :duim:
As Jim said, there are a bunch of PNW TKs, just haven't been many trooping most of this year. We can change that though :D
 

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So, I've come to a bit of a standstill with my bucket.

The right ear ended up giving me a lot of grief over several days, and even though I was careful - so I thought - and read the excellent posts that @gmrhodes13 shared with me, as well as watched the RS youtube tutorial a bunch of times, I still ended up cutting it enough that it's too small now...

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The rest of the bucket has come together pretty well though!

After drilling holes for the ears, I took the screws out holding the two halves together, and glued some scrap abs into where the gap above the left ear was:

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I know it looks a bit dodgy, but it'll barely be seen and is more there to hold the ear screws and patch up the swiss cheese drill holes.

Next, I gave the helmet pieces a nice bath with dish detergent and water, and started on the eyes.
 

I decided to go for something more sturdy than the screen accurate thin film that RS provides in the kit, so I purchased a thicker lens material from Trooperbay.

First I traced the eyes onto some paper, and then cut out the lenses with an extra 1cm or so allowance around the edges.

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I opted to use Joseph's method of attaching the lenses with Sugru, which I bought from the man himself, and following his excellent tutorial it should have been pretty simple and straightforward - and with the left eye it was - but for some reason it wouldn't stick to the right lens and I had to redo it several times. In the end it came out pretty well, although didn't stick quite as well as I had hoped it would have.

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Finally, I riveted the two halves together and screwed in the left ear and hovi tips that I'd finished a few days prior.

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At this point, I'll have to do an order for another right ear and another ammo belt before I can do much more, so I tried on the rest of my armor to see if there was anythong else I'd need to fix that I could order at the same time.
 

@Rat, @justjoseph63, @gmrhodes13, Please ignore: 

- The ANH bucket 

- Lack of holster 

- Loose right shoulder bridge

 

But, do you see any other issues with the armor that might require replacement, or might get in the way of me getting Centurion at this point?

 

Thanks!

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Thanks guys!

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Overall a good looking build, Garrett!  I see a few items that may affect you at different levels, but nothing that can't be pretty easily remedied.

 

1.  It may be the lighting but the teeth look to be gray instead of black as required for all levels of approval.

 

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2.  Your bucket is sitting pretty high, and it may be due to padding inside the top.  Padding is not required at any level and removing it may actually help you see better by dropping it down more level with your eyes.  This will not affect approval at any level, but is just a strong suggestion. ;)

 

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3.  You are good to go for Basic and even Level 2, but the gap between the shoulder bells/shoulder strap will need to be be reduced for Level 3.

 

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4.   A tiny bit of overlap is fine and dandy, but for higher levels we prefer none.  It may be the photo, but it appears as if your "Han snap" (if that's what it is.. hard to tell) is painted white and is sitting way to close to the corner of the ab.

 

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4.  Just a simple strapping fix here..  The left thigh is riding up pretty high and cold stand to come down a bit to match the right one.

 

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3 hours ago, justjoseph63 said:

 

3.  You are good to go for Basic and even Level 2, but the gap between the shoulder bells/shoulder strap will need to be be reduced for Level 3.

 

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4.   A tiny bit of overlap is fine and dandy, but for higher levels we prefer none.  It may be the photo, but it appears as if your "Han snap" (if that's what it is.. hard to tell) is painted white and is sitting way to close to the corner of the ab.

 

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Thank you so much @justjoseph63! I’ll get the bells closer in to my shoulder bridges. Any tips for getting a nice snug fit?

 

The Han rivet is unpainted but it’s hidden under my chest plate in these photos. I’ll have a play with it today to see if I can fix the massive overlap though... maybe I need to trim down the edges of the abdominal plate more?


Thanks again sir!

 

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Can you add a few close-up pics of the left side of the ab/kidney showing the rivets and one of the Han snap placement??  No need to get suited up. ;)

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You may want to try some padding behind your ab as the ab/kidney are overlapping on the sides. When you are skinny a little padding can make a lot of difference imageproxy.jpeg-5.jpg.128330736028303298c359257a6419a7.jpg

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19 hours ago, justjoseph63 said:

Can you add a few close-up pics of the left side of the ab/kidney showing the rivets and one of the Han snap placement??  No need to get suited up. ;).

Here ya go:

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Looks like your side rivet placement is a little low on the top rivets.

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Also your Han snap is a little far away from the corner.

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In saying that these are higher level issues and you may be ok for basic approval (depending on your GML)

 

 

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On 11/2/2020 at 8:37 PM, 1nfern0 said:

So, I've come to a bit of a standstill with my bucket.

The right ear ended up giving me a lot of grief over several days, and even though I was careful - so I thought - and read the excellent posts that @gmrhodes13 shared with me, as well as watched the RS youtube tutorial a bunch of times, I still ended up cutting it enough that it's too small now...

6lFFlSx.jpg
5IOJZ7f.jpg
 

The rest of the bucket has come together pretty well though!

After drilling holes for the ears, I took the screws out holding the two halves together, and glued some scrap abs into where the gap above the left ear was:

rxv7UK6.jpg

 

I know it looks a bit dodgy, but it'll barely be seen and is more there to hold the ear screws and patch up the swiss cheese drill holes.

Next, I gave the helmet pieces a nice bath with dish detergent and water, and started on the eyes.
 

I decided to go for something more sturdy than the screen accurate thin film that RS provides in the kit, so I purchased a thicker lens material from Trooperbay.

First I traced the eyes onto some paper, and then cut out the lenses with an extra 1cm or so allowance around the edges.

86Ay3by.jpg
gIZh4lq.jpg

 

I opted to use Joseph's method of attaching the lenses with Sugru, which I bought from the man himself, and following his excellent tutorial it should have been pretty simple and straightforward - and with the left eye it was - but for some reason it wouldn't stick to the right lens and I had to redo it several times. In the end it came out pretty well, although didn't stick quite as well as I had hoped it would have.

pRJZ5UR.jpg
xMLGhfY.jpg
 

Finally, I riveted the two halves together and screwed in the left ear and hovi tips that I'd finished a few days prior.

I4CapXd.jpg
NccTWUN.jpg


At this point, I'll have to do an order for another right ear and another ammo belt before I can do much more, so I tried on the rest of my armor to see if there was anythong else I'd need to fix that I could order at the same time.
 

@Rat, @justjoseph63, @gmrhodes13, Please ignore: 

- The ANH bucket 

- Lack of holster 

- Loose right shoulder bridge

 

But, do you see any other issues with the armor that might require replacement, or might get in the way of me getting Centurion at this point?

 

Thanks!

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3C9odYm.jpg
bLVIE2T.jpg
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Thanks guys!

 I was just trying to figure out how I could cut the eyes and this helped.

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6 hours ago, gmrhodes13 said:

Looks like your side rivet placement is a little low on the top rivets.

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Also your Han snap is a little far away from the corner.

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In saying that these are higher level issues and you may be ok for basic approval (depending on your GML)

 

 

Thank you Glen!
 

My main takeaway from this is that I have too much return edge on my abdominal plate. Once I get basic approval, I’ll plan on cutting the sides and top here, filling the holes and redoing my riveting/strapping. 
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It's more the alignment of the rivets to the top which is a little off, the distance to the end of the sides looks ok. Again this is more for higher level clearance and shouldn't affect basic approval.

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Not much to update yet. Waiting on an order of spare parts from RS so fingers crossed it'll get here soonish. Here's the list of everything left to do on my armor as I see it now (not including helmet):

To do now:
- Adjust padding that I added in shins (it was pushing the shin into the back of my calf)
- Trim back tops of thighs to match the shape of butt plate better
- Add little bits of padding to fronts of thighs to make them sit nicer

- Replace thigh ammo belt with new ammo belt with corrected corners, paint new rivets
- Add padding to abdominal plate to make it sit nicer
- Loosen strapping holding butt plate to kidney

- Glue pouch for phone and cable management system to chest plate (or maybe abdominal plate) for sound system

- Shorten shoulder bell to shoulder bridge strapping

To do after basic approval:

- Remove top two rivets on ab and kidney plates, patch hole with ABS paste, sand and polish, correctly place rivets ~20mm from top, and midway between bottom and top rivetsas per reference, and paint rivets (most urgent)

- Replace current left abdominal strapping with less screen accurate but more handy webbing and velcro

- Remove ammo belt rivets and replace with snaps
- Add snap to left shoulder bridge strapping to make it removable

Not a ton to do, but I definitely want to do it right! I'm going to step back for a week or two and finish up some other projects first and then get back to it and get this thing done!

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20 hours ago, 1nfern0 said:

Remove top rivet on ab and kidney plates, patch hole with ABS paste, sand and polish, correctly place rivet ~20mm from top as per reference and paint rivet (most urgent)

Hi Garret, just another detail.

 

for Centurion Level,  You will need to reposition de rivet located in the meddle as well.

 

Crl: Rivets are equally spaced along the depth of the armor and about 10mm from the edge.

 

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:salute:

 

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1 hour ago, TKSpartan said:

Hi Garret, just another detail.

 

for Centurion Level,  You will need to reposition de rivet located in the meddle as well.

 

Crl: Rivets are equally spaced along the depth of the armor and about 10mm from the edge.

 

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:salute:

 

Roger that. Updated my todo list to reflect this. Thanks!

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Get the replacement bits from RS about a month ago, but ended up just slowly addressing the notes on my armor to-do list, and just opened up the package from RS to start on replacing the thigh ammo pack and work on the right ear on my bucket, and to my surprise, the plastic on the replacement bit is a noticeably different shade of white to the rest of my armor:blink: 

 

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I had a mini freak out... and then wrote RS to see what they say, so fingers crossed they’ll have an answer.

 

Otherwise, what... will I need to paint the armor/bucket to make everything match (don’t mind painting the bucket, but don’t want to have to paint the armor)? See if I can order the bits from another vendor who uses plastic that is closer to the rest of my suit? I could always try the old peroxide trick to lighten the plastic I suppose. Not sure it’ll work on this case though. 
 

Ok need to go take some deep breaths now

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I've not seen issues of color differences from the same supplier before unless perhaps there was a mix up between ABS and PVC?

 

You find this a lot between different armor makes hence we recommend going through the same supplier for extra pieces, in this case it definitely hasn't worked. 

 

Looking forward to hearing the reply from RS

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22 minutes ago, gmrhodes13 said:

I've not seen issues of color differences from the same supplier before unless perhaps there was a mix up between ABS and PVC?

 

You find this a lot between different armor makes hence we recommend going through the same supplier for extra pieces, in this case it definitely hasn't worked. 

 

Looking forward to hearing the reply from RS


I didn’t even think about it being PVC...  that would explain the slight difference in translucence and thickness too. We’ll see I guess!

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