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Howdy Troopers!!

 

Starting a thread here has been on my list of things to do for nearly 18 months. Shameful, but... I work a ton and tend to be pretty forgetful. Also moving and a ton of other excuses kept me from starting some armor. 

 

I got a big brown box something like 18 months ago. Maybe longer? Ages. It's sat and been dusty. Meanwhile, the brother armor belonging to Scimitar has been built and trooping around happily for months.  It's an exact double. Everything Eric bought two of everything and shipped half to me. Which is awesome because I *have* everything I need to do the armor. But... clueless about putting it together.

 

Anyways, more build less talk.

 

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Eric pre-trimmed this bucket for me (many thanks) before shipping it off. And 18 months later, I spent something like 90 minutes painting the frown on. I... can't explain how it took me that long. I've not painted something BIG in ages. I usually use toothpicks and micro brushes on Hot Wheels. Trying to get an even coat of grey on the frown was rough for this toothpick painter.

 

And rougher still was learning that I got some paint into the gums and had to fix it. lol

 

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About a week later, I got to here.

 

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Not perfect but pretty decent. Good enough to move forward with the armor while occasionally running around with a bucket on my head.

 

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Yeah, getting to wear my bucket for the first time was a proud day.

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Next, I rough cut my entire armor set in one evening. I was a bit optimistic on that... my fingers still have blisters from those fine lexan sheers. But It's all rough cut!

 

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The biceps were the strangest. No clear guide of where to cut. I trimmed in the valley at Eric's instruction but... yeah. I now have the bicep halves cut apart and sitting. There's not much definition on the pieces. I'm not too sure where to trim for the fine trimming. These are the next part I get to figure out though, as they're next for glue.

 

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I have ONE whole forearm halfway done! This is a big deal for me. I can get my arm inside and the cover strip is even close to the correct 15mm size.

 

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The other side is clamped and curing at this very moment. I'll pop the magnets off in a few hours, glue on the inner strip, and then let it sit undisturbed for a day or longer.

 

Getting the forearm halves to line up required a ton of work. See, I'd trimmed this forearm like 18 month ago. Then it sat. It warped a bit during the time in the brown box, so I got to massage it with the heat gun to create roundness again.

 

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Forearm #2 ready to go. Just waiting on some proper sized clamps from amazon to show up this afternoon.

 

 

 

 

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And the last bit of backlogged pix.

 

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I changed out the acetate for hard lenses from trooperbay. SO much easier to see through! I copied Eric's excellent lens mounting method with the T nuts glued to the bucket. The lenses are tight at the top and have a bit of breathing room at the bottom.

 

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My helmet electronics are a mess at the moment. I'm moving them here and there, trying to get space for both my head and the wires. Once I'm happy with placement, I'll tidy things and take a couple pix.

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Hi Adam.  Better late than never.  Nice work so far.  :duim: 

 

Be warned when using the heat gun - things can go south pretty quick.  If you can, try a hot water bath (stick ABS in boiling water for a minute - shape - and hold under cold water to lock in new shape). 

 

One little thing - it looks like you put your tube stripes on the wrong sides (left on right, right on left).  This won't affect basic approval, but it is recommended for higher level approval. And be sure to paint the screws on the helmet white. 

 

Some of the trim lines can be hard to see.  I had to use the underside of the pieces to see the trim line in a few places.  I can send you images of where I trimmed by biceps if you need some visual guidance.

 

Good luck with the build!

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I was looking at this thread...

 

And I thought I'd put the stripes on correctly. Though, to be honest, the little arcs look symmetrical to me. It would be my luck to have chosen wrong... lol

 

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Reading build threads yesterday, I came across someone building thighs and shins by doing the inner cover strip FIRST. This created a nice, strong, flat surface for the outer

cover strip to adhere to and I loved the idea. When I went back today to give credit, I couldn't find it to save my life. Sorry Trooper.

 

Anyways, gonna try that with my second forearm - inner strip first and then the outer. I figure if it doesn't work, I can just tear them apart and start again.  But for right now it's curing!

 

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I did the inner strip this morning and carefully disassembled it this evening to pop on the outer strip. Now the sandwich will cure for a couple days before I move onto the other side.

 

 

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And tomorrow, I'll have my first completed armor piece once the first forearm cures. MUCH EXCITE!!  I'm looking forward to finishing the outer edges and cleaning up the ton of glue everywhere.

 

And using the under side of the biceps, I was able to figure out where to trim. Many thanks wook!! No idea why I was squinting and trying to find detail on the front side.

 

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Got it roughly sized to me. Flat edge in the front, tapered in the back. I'll trim the edge up tomorrow and add some glue once I have free magnets handy.

 

And on the off chance of helping any future AP kit owners, here's a couple pix of the back side of the biceps before I did the fine trimming. I tried to bring out the highlight details and emphasize the molded in details.

 

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And lastly, a new set of tube stripe stickers and some S trim is on the way from trooperbay right now. :)

 

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Except for biceps I did inner then outer strips because it let me add in carefully measured gaps to get pieces big enough for my size.


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Looking good so far, keep up the good work.

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