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54 minutes ago, TKModder421 said:

I went ahead and attached the ammo pack to the right thigh, after which I realized I should've painted the rivets first :P

I won't make that mistake with the  rivets on the abdomen and kidney piece ;)

All you will need is a small paintbrush and you should be fine, Greg.  One thing I would recommend before painting the rivets is to sand and then wipe down the heads first, which will allow the paint to adhere better.

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All you will need is a small paintbrush and you should be fine, Greg.  One thing I would recommend before painting the rivets is to sand and then wipe down the heads first, which will allow the paint to adhere better.

Ah yeah! Great advice, thank you!

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8 hours ago, justjoseph63 said:

All you will need is a small paintbrush and you should be fine, Greg.  One thing I would recommend before painting the rivets is to sand and then wipe down the heads first, which will allow the paint to adhere better.

Oh forgot to ask, if there is a particular white paint I should be using?

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1 hour ago, TKModder421 said:

Oh forgot to ask, if there is a particular white paint I should be using?

All you need is either Humbrol or Testor's gloss white in the 1/4 oz. size, available at most craft stores or online.  Be sure to get the Enamel as opposed to the Acrylic, though.

 

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Alright, I'm ready to move on. I was thinking I better wait to build the shins until I've got boots that I can do a test fit with

 

So I'm gonna start working on the abdomen. On my initial fit tests of the abdomen and kidney plate you can see how oval the two are. This makes them fit fine front to back, but it gives me a decent gap on each side. Looking at reference pics I can see the abdomens look much more tubular and form fitting around the abdomen. So I'm wondering what direction I should take with this. Do I trim and hot bath the shape to be more round and form fitting? Or is this just normal?

 

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Hope you all had fun at Celebration!! I'm so jealous, wish I could've been there!

 

 

Alright, so I'm thinking I'm going to need to trim down the vertical sides on the kidney and ab piece, and maybe a little bit of hot bath to make it fit properly. I've been looking for examples and what is necessary to fit these pieces for thinner/smaller troopers and I've found a few, but I was looking to get some advice on the best way to go about this. Maybe even a good thin/small trooper build to check out? IDK, maybe I haven't seen it yet.

 

I also have some question...

First off what return edge is necessary to keep on these pieces?

I assume if I have to cut into the notches when I trim down the kidney I'll have to rebuild those?

 

Also right now I have a fair amount of return edge (around 4mm in addition to the original cut line) on the top and the bottom of the kidney plate.

I'm not entirely sure yet if I'm going with a bracket system or the supplied ANOVOS strapping to connect the ab and kidney to the chest, back and butt. Any advice? I'm not super concerned with accuracy, more with ease of installation, use, it's sturdiness and being hopefully Centurion level  approvable.

My concern right now with the return edge is when I flex the kidney to test fit, I'm getting warping and bending on the return, and I don't want to crack it, so I don't think that will be able to be kept, at least not as large as it is currently is.

 

If you all would be so kind as to give me some suggestions on how I should proceed so I can weigh my options. TIA

 

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