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Is it necessary to add a return edge on to the extended kidney plate? Shimming and adding a 3 inches to my kidney plate.

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1 hour ago, TKNick8350 said:

Is it necessary to add a return edge on to the extended kidney plate? Shimming and adding a 3 inches to my kidney plate.

No, nor is it a requirement. 

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So I’m heading out to see The Lion King, this is what I have as of right now. The extended plate is at 3 1/2 inches for now because I want make proper measurements towards my final cut. The only part glued in is the shim. I used Trooperbays abs plates. I wished I was a little smarter keeping the scrap. But his abs is thick as you see in the picture. This is the material I will be using, plastic is easy to sculpt out. To make the material more flushed, wheat grit sand paper should I use and what’s a good finishing grit? should I add a return edge to match kidney and Ab?

Stormtrooper kidney

 

Stormtrooper kidney

 

Stormtrooper kidney

 

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"To make the material more flushed, wheat grit sand paper should I use and what’s a good finishing grit? should I add a return edge to match kidney and Ab? "

 

400 grit and higher. Finishing 1200.

 

Return edge is not required. I personally would reduce the kidney return edge as you get closer to the extension.

 

Keep up the great work :jc_doublethumbup: 

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3 hours ago, ukswrath said:

"To make the material more flushed, wheat grit sand paper should I use and what’s a good finishing grit? should I add a return edge to match kidney and Ab? "

 

400 grit and higher. Finishing 1200.

 

Return edge is not required. I personally would reduce the kidney return edge as you get closer to the extension.

 

Keep up the great work :jc_doublethumbup: 

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something like that? For more flexibility?

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That will work yes. Not necessarily for flexibility but more to eliminate the square edge from digging into your ribs and waist.

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Test fit tonight, thanks to my love. We did our best to level the kidney the Ab plate tonight after dinner. 

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(Above) As you can see on this picture the tape shifted.

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Left side ^

 

We measured about two inches on both sides. But I’m thinking I should have it to possibly 2 1/2 inches to 3. The tape shows it at 3, but it’s at 2.

 

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Below, the picture shows that I have gaps from my straps from Mr No Strips. Wondering what I can do with that issue, but no problem with the front straps.

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Also, my back plate is digging in to me.

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And my collar on my front chest plate is cracking, should some of these edges be taken off with the level 2 to 3 centurion? I want to be very comfortable on troops, as well as making it screen accurate.

 

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Stress cracks. “Nooooooooooooooooooooo”- Darth Vader

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15 hours ago, TKNick8350 said:

Below, the picture shows that I have gaps from my straps from Mr No Strips

No worries, you´re screen accurate. I would try to level that gap though by shortening the elastic or maybe it´s just a matter of your posture. 

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15 hours ago, TKNick8350 said:

Also, my back plate is digging in to me.

Trimming and if that´s not enough - trim and a hoth bath. (trim lines are not precise)

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15 hours ago, TKNick8350 said:

And my collar on my front chest plate is cracking, should some of these edges be taken off with the level 2 to 3 centurion? I want to be very comfortable on troops, as well as making it screen accurate.

You are clear to trim:salute:

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The curve in on the shoulders of the Anovos backplate is insane.  Only the smallest troopers, who can literally let it rest on top of their shoulders, are going to be happy with the stock curve.  I'd highly recommend removing some return edge, and giving the nubs a hot water bath to straighten them a bit.

 

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You have the option of removing some of the return edge from the chest (and back) plate or all of it.  Anovos armor is famous for cracking in these areas, as well as the in the neck openings.  Whether you opt to remove some or all of it, I suggest adding some inside shims made of scrap ABS in those areas.

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You can remove all of them and still be screen accurate:  (Note lack of return edge on the top of the kidneys as well).

 

                                                                                         Reference images

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Working on the kidney. I also worked on removing the neck return edge and reshaping the back plate with all of everyone’s help! Thank you all! I posted this on the Anovos group page. Hoping to not get a snarky response which I do get from time to time. I have some pitting where both kidney and sheet meet. Should I continue to use abs paste or use  bondo? I was thinking of using tamiya liquid surface primer as a filler. I have used this stuff with my model building and fills in gap really nicely, but I’m not sure how it will behave with movement.  Or only it’s a filler, it’s white and if needed to paint, it won’t show as much as the bondo would with it’s brick like color. 

 

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I found using ABS paste gives you a little more strength and is less likely to crack, where as filler (bondo) cracks very easily with flex

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So it has been 8/20 since my last post and yes, still fighting the kidney plate. I’m having issue with these small pits forming. I have filled them in at least more than four times and they are still there. 

  

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Right side of Anovos Kidney

 

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Pits.

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Left side.

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More pits.

I am at this point stuck. The paste is not working. I let the paste sit more than 48 hours, like a week or two so it can be cured as can be. Sand it down, and just to see more eyes sores on my progress on this build. What’s the alternative now?

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