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I went strapping as well.  It went together very quickly.  Watch your symmetry and spacing.  When you get there, PM me if you want and I'll send you details of mine.  I had to zip-tie one side tighter because it kept popping up.

 

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Yesterday my missing snaps arrived from RS including the right tools. Great customer service... Because I was a pretty tired from trooping on friday I decided to tackle something less complicated on the weekend and started building the detonator.

Lucky me, I've already a template from my snowtrooper...

 

I marked my endcaps at 18mm and started rough trimming them...

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Next up was the control panel, which was very easy because I just cut it along the curve.

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Dry fitting before final dremel-action...

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and the final result before glueing compared to my Snowie-DT

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First time all parts of the torso meet.

I used the kidney edges and the chest as reference where to put the parts. Shoulderstraps are just eyeballing. Compared to elastics that came with the RS strapping kit, I'm not that far away.

 

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Hope I'm not to big for a stromtrooper and it's just a matter of spacing and reducing return edges that aren't important for the brackets later.

At least it seems like I'm in no danger to violate 

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  • Back plate shall have no, or minimal overlap of the kidney plate.

from the CRL L3 ;)

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How tall are you Florian?

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1,84m So not that tall ;)

Chatted to a fellow trooper just around the corner yesterday and he's close to 2 m. He mentioned that my kidney and butt-plate seem to be very low and after I moved everthing a little bit upwards and used the real shoulderstraps for reference it looks like this:

 

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And now I know where to remove or reduce the return edges

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The back torso parts only go together one way with each part butting up against each other. I always leave a small gap between the parts to allow them to move as you walk but essentially they are butted up.

 

The shoulder area and chest overlap are where the adjustments can be made. At your height you are pretty much maxing out the size, so when you strap the chest using the original strapping brackets, you don't really have any adjustment there. Your main adjustment will be the white elastic shoulder strap length.  You will find the armour feels much better when you have strapped it with elastic. Taping it together is fine to get a basic feel for the armour but it doesn't allow any movement like elastic does.

 

I don't quite understand your concern about the return edges. Just leave enough to attach the brackets (7-8mm) and a few mm's everywhere else.

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On 5/19/2019 at 1:30 PM, troopermaster said:

The back torso parts only go together one way with each part butting up against each other. I always leave a small gap between the parts to allow them to move as you walk but essentially they are butted up.

 

The shoulder area and chest overlap are where the adjustments can be made. At your height you are pretty much maxing out the size, so when you strap the chest using the original strapping brackets, you don't really have any adjustment there. Your main adjustment will be the white elastic shoulder strap length.  You will find the armour feels much better when you have strapped it with elastic. Taping it together is fine to get a basic feel for the armour but it doesn't allow any movement like elastic does.

Good to know. I was aiming for the small gap you're talking about. The second try was much better. I was using the plastic shoulder strap for reference instead of the elastic one.
Did I understand you right, that bigger persons have to cut out the neck of the chestpiece to lower the back?

On 5/19/2019 at 1:30 PM, troopermaster said:

 

I don't quite understand your concern about the return edges. Just leave enough to attach the brackets (7-8mm) and a few mm's everywhere else.

No concern so far. I did a rough cut with about 10mm all around to remove the excess material. Didn't want to cut away too much where I attach the brackets. Do you round of the edges somehow or just sanding? Especially at the kidney piece.

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1 hour ago, hazamel said:

Did I understand you right, that bigger persons have to cut out the neck of the chest piece to lower the back?

No, that's not how it works. You would only cut out the neckline of the chest plate if you was short. This allows the chest to sit lower and not dig into your neck.

 

If you're tall, you will have no real adjustment between the armour parts, just over your shoulders so the gap would be bigger between your chest and back plate to allow your tall body to fit inside.

 

1 hour ago, hazamel said:

Do you round of the edges somehow or just sanding? Especially at the kidney piece.

I do all the fine trimming with a Dremel grinding stone then scrape off the swarf with a blade and finish with fine sand paper.

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One week of from from work and goal is to put together the torso.

I already drilled the holes for the back parts. And I'm ready to take on sewing the loops for the brackets.

Looked around the forum and youtube but couldn't find any recommendations about the length of the loops. Mine came not pre-sewn as one long piece of elastic and I don't want to make it look crappy.

So any guidelines for the length of the short and long ones?

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10 hours ago, hazamel said:

One week of from from work and goal is to put together the torso.

I already drilled the holes for the back parts. And I'm ready to take on sewing the loops for the brackets.

Looked around the forum and youtube but couldn't find any recommendations about the length of the loops. Mine came not pre-sewn as one long piece of elastic and I don't want to make it look crappy.

So any guidelines for the length of the short and long ones?

I suggest you make them small enough to keep the armor sections together yet not too tight, you don't want to put unneeded stress the bracket mounts either.  

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Strappingtime!

I drilled all the holes, added the bracket like @ukswrath described in his Anovos build and... voila..

 

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I haven't glued the shoulderstraps yet and just used magnets to fix them on the amor to get a reference. Looks good for me so far.

One thing that looks weird to me is the posterior sticking out on the sides. Any ideas how to fix that? Use less elastics on the side to make it sit tighter to the body or do I have to go down the rabbithole of heat treatment?

I will also keep every extra inch I can get from the sides of the abplate ;) Hope I'll loose some weight over the summer and gain some space in my armor but I won't cut down the side. 

Right now I'm pretty happy that everything comes in place nicely (especially the kidney-abplate-line).

 

For the size of the elastics (if anyone cares): I cut them at about 6,5 cm, sewed them and turned them inside out. For the chest and abplate I used about 8cm and sewed them along the 6.5cm line. So I got a loop of a little over 3.2 cm

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19 minutes ago, hazamel said:

Strappingtime!

I drilled all the holes, added the bracket like @ukswrath described in his Anovos build and... voila..

I haven't glued the shoulderstraps yet and just used magnets to fix them on the amor to get a reference. Looks good for me so far.

One thing that looks weird to me is the posterior sticking out on the sides. Any ideas how to fix that? Use less elastics on the side to make it sit tighter to the body or do I have to go down the rabbithole of heat treatment?

I will also keep every extra inch I can get from the sides of the abplate ;) Hope I'll loose some weight over the summer and gain some space in my armor but I won't cut down the side. 

Right now I'm pretty happy that everything comes in place nicely (especially the kidney-abplate-line).

 

For the size of the elastics (if anyone cares): I cut them at about 6,5 cm, sewed them and turned them inside out. For the chest and abplate I used about 8cm and sewed them along the 6.5cm line. So I got a loop of a little over 3.2 cm

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Shoulder strap elastic should be white. Keep up the good work :jc_doublethumbup:

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22 minutes ago, ukswrath said:

Shoulder strap elastic should be white. Keep up the good work :jc_doublethumbup:

It is. These are just the ones for connecting the torso pieces

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Just now, hazamel said:

It is. These are just the ones for connecting the torso pieces

Sorry, my bad :jc_doublethumbup: 

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I'm in a little rush today...

Next up: Hinges!

The additional material on the ab get's me in a little trouble here. What has to be in line?

Like this:

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or like this where the edge of the ab an the kindey is in line (blue line) and I'll have to trim down the return edge of the ab (red line... in a more elegant way of course).

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Like I said before the extra material is needed to keep the gap at a minimum. I'm still trying to stay as close to Centurion level as possible.

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Align the top corners of the outer return edge, though in your case I might would raise the kidney a couple mm. It doesn't have to be perfect, even at Centurion.  

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Update-Time!

I finished the strapping of the torso and pretrimmed the button panels.

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And because I'm really clever, I ordered 14ml of Humbrol 86 instead of Humbrol 14 so painting has to wait a few days. For my untrained eye it really looks good so far and I'm happy to get something visibly done.

Next up is the belt.

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I had a "happy litte accident" while trying to prevent my canvas belt from pulling strings. Let's say: The blaster misfired and hit the belt. ;)

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Because I didn't find any meassurements for the covers on the belt: Mine are about 25mm length. I tried to make them rectangular but stayed true to the origins of the armor and so they are a bit off ;)

 

Next on my list:

  • Beltboxes
  • Painting Buttons (as soon as my paint arrives)
  • Painting screws and rivets
  • Shoulderbells

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Is there a recommended depth for the dropboxes?

In the Billgrams they're about 15mm and on other builds I saw 10 to 13mm.

(Bonus-Question: I read that some people use velrco to close their boxes. Any examples?)

Cutting Shoulderbells:
I knew I saw someone meassuring the Shoulderbells here, but can't find it anymore. Search doesn't give me the right hits...
Is it 30,5cm/12 inches from bottom to top and 13cm/5 inches on the underside from ridge to edge? 

 

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Shoulderbell-Tuesday!

 

This was a pretty quick one. Trimmed both down to size

 

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Only thing that is left is a little return edge at the bottom that needs some Dremel-action. My Lexan-Scissors didn't work there.

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Is it normal that the one with the straight ridge is narrower than the other one (It's the left one on the upper image)? It's 11cm wide at the bottom vs. almost 13 cm with the other one.

 

Finally I used my magents to fix the elastic for a first fitting

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Considering that I'm on the upper limit for wearing the RS Suit this looks okay for me. Any suggetions for improvements at that stage?

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While trimming and sanding my shoulder bells and doing a little research about the curved shoulderbells, I came across @Crickets build thread again. I highly recommend it for any trooper.

Browsing through her Centurion fixes I noticed an issue I've also on my belt... Reading requirements is an art. Didn't I blame a guy at work to read the manual?

Well, my belt is slightly wrong

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I guess cutting along the line will fix this issue. There's only a demand for 45 degrees in CRL and not in how long the plastic part has to be. (Reads again... doesn't find anything about that). Well, I also feel a little stupid right now ;)

Also thanks to crickets build thread I know that my buttplate is all screen-accurate with sticking out and not following the lines of the kidney. Did I mention that the buildthread is a great ressource?

 

 

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Looking good Florian, if it's not too late I suggest removing some of the ammo belt return edge just outside the ammo boxes. It should be roughly 1/8" or 3mm.

 

Here's a reference photo

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