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Great insight from Kalani and it's coming along super nice so far!

And rats, I forgot to remind you - I usually drill the holes for the left side rivets, then glue the strapping in, then use a soldering iron to poke the holes for the rivets through, then set the rivets through the nylon. You can totally glue over the top, but the other way looks cleaner. New cut line looks good. Putting a little 1/2" spacer block between the sniper knee and cover strip sometimes helps everything align better too.

 

Keep up the great work!

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Great insight from Kalani and it's coming along super nice so far!

And rats, I forgot to remind you - I usually drill the holes for the left side rivets, then glue the strapping in, then use a soldering iron to poke the holes for the rivets through, then set the rivets through the nylon. You can totally glue over the top, but the other way looks cleaner. New cut line looks good. Putting a little 1/2" spacer block between the sniper knee and cover strip sometimes helps everything align better too.
 
Keep up the great work!


Thanks Justin! I had hoped to do that with the webbing, but since the strapping came preinstalled with the snaps it looked like a rough fit to squeeze the rivet locations in between.

Are you saying a 1/2" long piece of extra material on top of the shin cover strip to thicken up between the cover strip and knee? Or 1/2" thick?

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1 hour ago, progressbarloading said:


 

 


Thanks Justin! I had hoped to do that with the webbing, but since the strapping came preinstalled with the snaps it looked like a rough fit to squeeze the rivet locations in between.

Are you saying a 1/2" long piece of extra material on top of the shin cover strip to thicken up between the cover strip and knee? Or 1/2" thick?

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The rivet locations are kind of a suggestion as long as their evenly spaced, so...

 

1/2" or so thick. 

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Hey all, it's been a while but I've been plugging away at the build - in the interest of not spamming posts I'll be outlining major chunks of progress photos as I have them (pic heavy).

 

Will be taking overall build photos tonight as well for hopeful pre-approval.

 

-Ab+Belt progress
  • Setting Belt Line 24 male snaps
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  • E6000 covers on top
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  • Cutting down holster
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    Zyiriuj.jpg
  • Marking holster position on canvas
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  • Marking belt position on ab
    [forgot to take picture]
  • Positioning drop box
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-Arm Strapping
  • bicep strapping
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    yFvZsvK.jpg
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  • shoulder elastic
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  • Had to adjust shoulder - back/chest connection - was way too deep
    • before/after (shown between 2 shoulders)
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-Thigh Progress
  • Thigh clamping
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    Zs07tTT.jpg
  • Aftermath - lots of excess E6000 but holds true/flat
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  • After cleanup
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  • Front - will put a backer inner cover strip in and glue one side, then the other to tighten up the connection there
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-Sniper Knee
  • re-clamping center
    oHJVGhG.jpg
    yQB1YFS.jpg
  • Closing trim
    Seo8Tcx.jpg
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    really not fun - sCMZwJa.jpg
 
-Core Strapping (Chest/Back)
  • Adding chest cover strips
    A7gCzzQ.jpg
    QaHvtvS.jpg
  • Chest/ab interior connection
    yQB1YFS.jpg
  • Back interior connection
    kdWOOwf.jpg
  • Ab/kidney right side
    qGVzgOW.jpg
  • Posterior
    Wi16BDE.jpg
  • Core Painting
    • Button Layout
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    • Tape trimmed
      8wdHeH3.jpg
    • Paint
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    • Blue applied
      MjiQy86.jpg
    • Grey applied
      iIJ8N2x.jpg
    • After
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  • Gluing buttons to ab
    fLnNRY3.jpg
     
-Wrist Return Edge
  • Before/in progress
    eYoA9ST.jpg
  • After
    nqTSYnQ.jpg
 
-Shins
  • Trimming velcro - cover strip side
    bmtRUXz.jpg
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On 9/4/2019 at 5:04 PM, kman said:

I've only removed my ammo pack from my belt once in the 3+ years I've had it (which was quite simple, with the Chicago screws), so I personally recommend the Chicago screws over the snaps that Justin is recommending, but either will do the job.  Go whichever way you prefer.  My belt hasn't been damaged, so I think you're fine as long as you're not trying to press sharp folds.

@kmanFor securing the ammo belt to the canvas (and boxes to the elastic) what size Chicago screws did you use?

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15 hours ago, Bullseye said:

@kmanFor securing the ammo belt to the canvas (and boxes to the elastic) what size Chicago screws did you use?

I believe 1/4" is most commonly used. Totally dealer's choice for how you attach the ammo belt, just be aware of my warning as to folding/cracking the reinforcement in the canvas belt. Much less of an issue if you have a big crate with lots of room, a luxury I unfortunately do not have haha

 

https://www.amazon.com/Chicago-Screws-Plain-Pcs-Silver/dp/B00355AN4U

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4 hours ago, TheRascalKing said:

I believe 1/4" is most commonly used. Totally dealer's choice for how you attach the ammo belt, just be aware of my warning as to folding/cracking the reinforcement in the canvas belt. Much less of an issue if you have a big crate with lots of room, a luxury I unfortunately do not have haha

 

https://www.amazon.com/Chicago-Screws-Plain-Pcs-Silver/dp/B00355AN4U

Yup, I'm pretty sure I used 1/4" as well.  Pretty much any size that's in that range should work, and which one works for you depends on your belt, your ammo belt, and what sort of repairs (if any) are needed, because that all stacks up and determines how thick things are.  It's easy to pad things out a little with some spare ABS if it's a smidge longer than needed, than if it's too short to grip adequately.  In fact, it may be a good idea to make an ABS washer on the back side, to give more surface area to grip the belt, but it's not strictly necessary.  Again, a lot depends on the thickness of the belt.  (Anovos OEM belt vs. Imperial Issue, vastly different thicknesses, for instance)

 

Oh, and my belt boxes came pre-assembled from Anovos, already glued together, so I didn't use anything on mine.  Others I've assisted have opted for simple rivets, or even just gluing the elastic in place, or both.  Chicago screws would technically work here, too, but again, you'll probably want to shim out the inside with scrap ABS "washers" to give extra thickness and strength.  And the c-screws would need to be short enough that the shallow boxes still close fully.

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