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Hi Michael,

My thought for the red line on the bottom plate was just to reduce the overall height of the butt plate. If the sides match up, it will probably be better to leave it at the sides.

Is your butt plate correctly overlapping the kidney? Not easy to tell here but I think it might be?

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If so. It should be possible to have the kidney and butt touching at the back without upsetting the side alignment of the ab and kidney. It’s possible that your ab plate could drop by an inch or so. Once there’s a strap from the cod to the butt, that should hold things in place. :-)

For the butt plate, just follow screen reference butt plates to gauge the ideal shape (if you choose to trim any parts, that’s is). :-)

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Dan

Yes, the vertical edge of kidney and butt plate are already line to line. No notch is needed. I see what you mean about the ab might be able to drop same amount when choose to cut any off butt.


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16 hours ago, CableGuy said:


Hi Michael,

My thought for the red line on the bottom plate was just to reduce the overall height of the butt plate. If the sides match up, it will probably be better to leave it at the sides.

Is your butt plate correctly overlapping the kidney? Not easy to tell here but I think it might be?

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If so. It should be possible to have the kidney and butt touching at the back without upsetting the side alignment of the ab and kidney. It’s possible that your ab plate could drop by an inch or so. Once there’s a strap from the cod to the butt, that should hold things in place. :-)

I will install a elastic strap between cod and butt plate before making any changes.  Right now, my straps for kidney-to-butt plate may be a scouch too short.  I tried to avoid this by gluing the straps in before separating the butt plate from kidney.  The thought behind this was it would give me smallest gap possible.  However, any movement right now without the connecting strap to cod does cause butt edge to pop up over kidney.  I was thinking that belt my cover this, but looking at pic you posted from movie, I may be off on this assessment.   I am meeting up with local garrison member on Saturday to help with butt/kidney/ab fitting.  So, hopefully, get some of these things ironed out.  I will post updates Saturday or Sunday.

 

Thanks to everyone for their help if I have not already done so.  

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I will install a elastic strap between cod and butt plate before making any changes.  Right now, my straps for kidney-to-butt plate my be a scouch too short.  I tried to avoid this by gluing the straps in before separating the butt plate.  The thought behind this was this would give me smallest gap possible.  However, any movement without connecting strap to cod, does cause butt edge to pop up over kidney.  I was thinking that belt my cover this, but looking at pic you posted from movie, I may be off on this assessment.   I am meeting up with local garrison member on Saturday to help with butt/kidney/ab fitting.  So, hopefully, get some of these things ironed out.  I will post updates Saturday or Sunday.
 
Thanks to everyone for their help if I have not already done so.  

Great stuff. Meeting with other garrison members will be a big step, I’m sure. You’ll be all sorted before you know it. :-)

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Ok. Here are some pics from fitting today. Thanks, Alan Tong TK-76239! We put a strap to pull cod and butt plate together between my legs. That made a big difference in helping get fit right.

I learned that I can cut 1/4-1/2inch off top of kidney plate to be same size as ANOVOS kit.
More to come
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Here are some pictures comparing my FX chest and back plate to an ANOVOS kit. 8e0d3a94e5b9622541477f308d4b7e8f.jpg314d3b771d2c46ded581d10e83bdb322.jpg18b711ee640cba1966f8e87c1adfb2b1.jpge4d9ffd661d3470c3bdbc7e0619282ba.jpgd67669b72b1ed8411b112c40b98cf2f9.jpg49fd3034bf13967f73f5e7427ff96309.jpgcd40fe1f94dfa08ad248cbb0516ee061.jpg5e2efa98fc69f501c30e54b83a3543f8.jpgfdc8c171f3375c48d9f2ad8a8eedc3f0.jpg07f60d656c69f37f81530bd6629a7fbd.jpg89a6779fcff06fe6bc3a13721cd6c407.jpg


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Ok. Progress. Frown is cut out and rough filed. I will clean up eyes and frown in the daylight tomorrow with some 400 grit paper. Then I can install lenses and frown mesh.

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I’ve just primed ab buttons. Then can paint buttons and get them installed on ab plate.

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I’ve also made a decision on how I am going to harness my torso pieces. That will be installed tomorrow. Tune in for post with pics.




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Ok, as it turns out I did not make a final decision until Friday about the initial harness for torso. Thanks to my wife and another trip to Joann’s, I have begun assembling the starting harness I will use to get approval. Pictures to come later in week when it’s done.

 

I did get TD/O2 canister painted and assembled minus the clips. Those should be arriving from Pandatrooper in next day or so. Then that will be done.

 

I wasn’t sure how to get cap mold flash trimmed. I ended up taking lexon scissors and cutting them as close to cap as I could.

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I used a dremel tool to remove the remaining flash to my taped off line for where I wanted cap to end. I did not have a belt sander to make nice uniform edge, so I grabbed my vibrating sander with 220 grit.

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The result as you can see turned out quite well. The top cap is before vibrating sander and The bottom cap is after. I am actually glad I didn’t have belt sander. I feel like I could make really fine tweaks with the vibrating I may not have been able to do with a belt sander.

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Here is pic with it glued with tape keeping plates secure while it dries. Final pic coming later with clips.

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Wow! It has been a while since I updated this build thread.  I got into convention prep mode to get it completed by my target date.  I did get it wearable by May 17 and did wear it to the Motor City Comic Con in Novi, MI.  I am going to do my best to pick up the thread where I left off.  I do not remember how good I was at taking pictures with all my ADHD hyperfocus on getting it done for convention.  Here it goes....

 

 

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