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6 hours ago, gmrhodes13 said:

Depends on the armor kit but some do require a little heat to help flatten the rear so it sits flush. I use a heat gun but you need a bit of practice, others use a hot water bath.

 

Be aware depending on temparture the glue can take up to 72 hours to fully cure, I don't like putting any strain on parts until they have sat for a few days ;) 

Yes, I saw this on RS shins like mine some time in other builds. But it was always just for reshaping and realigning the ridge as far as I understood. From what I tried and moved yesterday I would need another ~15mm of additional material at the bottom for the outer half.

Then I could could a wedge out of the inner half for the perfect straight line up.

 

My guess was to shorten the coverstrip in the back so it does not get over the edge at the bottom or angle the end to follow the shape of the cutout.

 

And again I feel like I'm overthinking this thing... ;)

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Waiting time is always a good time to do research. Talked to @Ripper_L I had the pleasure to troop with in May and send a picture of my calves to our GMOs...

In the meantime I started to paint the buttons... and felt like a monkey holding a brush for the first time. It's not like I have shelves full of Warhammer Miniatures with freehands and all the tiny details...

 

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Maybe I should have painted the imperial insignia on that button...

But it's on the ab and doesn't look that bad.

 

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It's the typical thing I've with my miniatures, too.

 

And while the Legion's bureaucracy takes time, it came to my mind (like very often) to scroll through EIB and Centurion applications and look for the calves of RS armors. Well... More or less diagonally coverstrips everywhere. Can someone do me the favour and hit me with a sign that says "LOOK AT OTHER APPLICATIONS!" when I run into things like that? Thank you...

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53 minutes ago, hazamel said:

nd while the Legion's bureaucracy takes time,

You could also paint the bracket screws:smiley-sw013: Buttons look great but if I were to nitpick the smaller plate could be a tad smaller, could be the angel but it appears to go over the top of the mounting area.

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8 hours ago, TheSwede said:

You could also paint the bracket screws:smiley-sw013: Buttons look great but if I were to nitpick the smaller plate could be a tad smaller, could be the angel but it appears to go over the top of the mounting area.

 

 

It’s not the angel ;)  I‘m already thinking about how to fix this without removing or damaging parts.

Painting the screws and rivets is in the list :)

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6 hours ago, hazamel said:

It’s not the angel

Perhaps the *angle :P

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4 hours ago, TheSwede said:

Perhaps the *angle :P

So the rumors are true... You've an eagle eye for nearly invisble details:

 

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Like I learned a lot of times: Nothing beats the real glue. So I glued the back coverstrips and the hooks for the right shin... And couldn't resist taking photos.

 

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Things I see, that I need to fix/finish:

  • one of the unglued hooks came of. Glued them and will see how they look then
  • I constantly need to remind me to adjust my arms after getting dressed. Didn't have contacts on so checking was a bit difficult
  • Added a drop of glue to the thigh ammo pack so it stops moving downwards
  • Left shin is twisted. Also a thing of "There's a mole under the bucket"
  • Looks like the left dropbox is doing its own thing.
  • My constant struggle with the shoulder bells. I put them into position and while I'm not looking they're doing their own thing

Well, that's at least the thing I see from my amateur point of view. But I feel like this is nagging on a high level.

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Looking good:duim:

Some small observations apart from your own.

You should lift the belt a smidgen.

You could consider trim the right thigh/coverstrips so it´s more level at the top.

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You could consider filling the gaps with some abs paste, or, with what I belive they did for the Movie-suits, white steelmax glue.

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Almost there:)

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Reads like it's basically approvable ;)

 

Those gaps already bothered me from the assembly. Will give ABS paste a go which means another shopping trip to the local hardware store. I can also fill the gaps at the front of the thighs like in the LFL archive ones.

 

Speaking about thighs:

 

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Just follow the edge of the inside part in a nice curve? Same with the bottom of the left thigh? Outer ridge is 2mm bigger than the inner one.

 

Another non-visible question: How do you protect the bracket screws from tangling up with the undersuit? Cut them down? Shrinking tube? Ductape?

 

Now I'm a little indecisive what to do next:

Would love to see how close I can get to EIB and Centurion but this would mean to build an ANH-Blaster. At the moment I feel like I need a break from drilling, glueing and sanding not so well fitting parts ;) And I need additional space for storing blasters...

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5 hours ago, hazamel said:

Reads like it's basically approvable

Correct, would have said otherwise. Belt height is a Centurion requirement.

5 hours ago, hazamel said:

Just follow the edge of the inside part in a nice curve?

Here´s some examples on how to trim.

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5 hours ago, hazamel said:

Same with the bottom of the left thigh? Outer ridge is 2mm bigger than the inner one.

Photo please:)

5 hours ago, hazamel said:

Another non-visible question: How do you protect the bracket screws from tangling up with the undersuit? Cut them down? Shrinking tube? Ductape?

Never had an issue with it, what does your screws look like?

5 hours ago, hazamel said:

Would love to see how close I can get to EIB and Centurion but this would mean to build an ANH-Blaster.

You can buy a finished one, Imperial warfighters (FB) have a great rubber E-11. 

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1 hour ago, TheSwede said:

Photo please:)

Here you go...

 

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1 hour ago, TheSwede said:

Never had an issue with it, what does your screws look like?

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Those are two of the longer ones. I taped the ones at the chest because they seem to damage my undersuit.

 

1 hour ago, TheSwede said:

You can buy a finished one, Imperial warfighters (FB) have a great rubber E-11. 

Thank you for the hint. Only found those that cost a fortune ready-to-wear. Sadly the last post was that his wife died four weeks ago. Makes me feel bad to ask if he's taking orders when life hit him that hard.

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11 minutes ago, hazamel said:

Here you go...

 

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I would start with abs paste and level it out and see how it looks, maybe do some additional trimming. Not required, just for looks.

13 minutes ago, hazamel said:

Those are two of the longer ones. 

I would find shorter ones or cut them down. I bought some acorn nuts but never got round to     make the swap.

17 minutes ago, hazamel said:

Makes me feel bad to ask if he's taking orders when life hit him that hard.

Yeah it’s an absolute tragedy....no harm in asking though, interaction with others when life is difficult is never a bad thing. Well, obviously depends on the type of interaction but a polite question would be fine.

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On 7/21/2019 at 6:46 PM, TheSwede said:

Yeah it’s an absolute tragedy....no harm in asking though, interaction with others when life is difficult is never a bad thing. Well, obviously depends on the type of interaction but a polite question would be fine.

Chatted with him. He's taking orders and I placed an order for an ANH rubber E11. Looking forward to take the road to the higher levels :D

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Here's the finished trooper on its way to the approval.

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As you can see here my shoulderbells already decided to do their thing. I've no clue how to prevent them from doing so.

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I also ordered a summer undersuit. I've the "all-year"-two piece one from stormtrooper undersuits and it's definitly not all year (25°C and 80% humidity and I was soaked before I even put on the bucket)

 

I'm currently doing some testruns on working with ABS paste and wetsanding and polishing before closing the gaps.

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Excellent work Florian, if you could I would drop the biceps even more. 

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17 hours ago, ukswrath said:

Excellent work Florian, if you could I would drop the biceps even more. 

Noticed that when we reviewed the photos. And changed it.

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Unfortunately I held my arms pretty strange in the corrected pictures :wacko:

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One more update:

Had a double mail day yesterday. My summer undersuit arrived and E11 by Imperial Warfighters

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Instead of the two to three weeks Ryan delivered in under a week. It's so fresh I can still smell the paint ;)

 

Unfortunately approval seems to be just a little slow at our garrison... Read that people are waiting for six weeks to get their FO Admiral approved. So I won't be doing that much in the meantime and put the armour away... :(
Maybe I'll troop an event as unregistered. Can't wait to wear this beauty.

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Well that was quicker than expected:

I got approved. No further questions from the GMO.

Also had my first troop as a stormtrooper on Saturday which was pretty great. I now know where I need to do some minor adjustments for comfort. And my first repair because the snap of my left Shoulderbell came loose.

I was really surprised how good the ventilation is in a TK compared to my TS. :D guess I’ll wear it more often now.

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Great news, congratulations and welcome to the ranks trooper 

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