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42 minutes ago, Krisko720 said:

It’s completely overwhelming yet oddly satisfying.
 

I totally agree, this could be the catch phrase for any TK build:laugh1: Nice work so far!

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And just like that we have some lollipops that should stay in place. Once they fully cure I’ll be able to sand away the excess material on the bases and mount them.

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I will advise that if anyone uses the XTC-3D as a filler for hollow 3D printed parts like I did, that you coat the outside first. This will give you a hard shell around the part allowing it to hold in the chemical when you start putting it inside.

 

I had one tiny hole that gave me some trouble, but not near as much if I had not coated the exterior first!

 

Here are the triangle trim pieces for the shield view port. I will be sanding these down to remove the coating and to even out the inside cut I made on the original piece. Once that is complete I’ll have to create a step in the both pieces of material to allow them to sandwich the glass securely and provide an attractive look both inside and out.

 

I’ll report back when the items above are complete, possibly this evening... with pics of the completed shield of course!

 

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Ok, so maybe I won’t wait to post pics..

 

Just drilled the holes and test fit the corner pieces. Is there a proper name for these? I think they’re supposed to be lights.. have yet to see them light up on screen.

 

I’m liking how this turned out. Pretty clean looking even with the bolts and nuts. Way more work than I wanted to do, but I had to work with the parts I got.

 

I’m using 5/16-18x1-1/2 nylon bolts with nylon nuts and washers. Same hardware I used on the ab boxes.

 

Just have to complete mounting the trim and glass next. Then figure out what I want to do on the rear with the strap and handle.

 

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Finished applying, what I hope is, the last coat of XTC-3D on the trim pieces. I sanded them down and found a few spots that needed leveling out. Once dry I should be able to mount everything.822f4ad77736557c3c73b100ca684c5a.jpg

 

 

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Took a little time this morning to do the modification to my MiCom setup.

 

It came with a 8-button pad with an elastic strap to go around your hand. This works well with a bare hand but with my glove on and the buttons being so close on the board made it difficult to trigger the correct ones.

 

Taking an idea from other push-button setups, I took the board out of the equation and added separate push-buttons that I will be attaching to small elastic loops that will go on my fingers, two on each finger.

 

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I love work arounds, if you get time it would be great to see a short demo video once you get this sorted. :duim:

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I love work arounds, if you get time it would be great to see a short demo video once you get this sorted. :duim:

I will definitely do that. I always like seeing these recorded line audio systems. I was hooked after visiting Galaxy’s Edge and watching their troopers interacting with people.


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After a very long day with some sandpaper, glue, and file set I was able to complete a few more things.

 

Used my small round and flat files to cut out my pill holes on the chest and biceps.

 

Glued the rails and screen cast clip greeblies on my forearms.

 

And worked a little more on finishing up the recessed line on the TD. KB does not include that detail on this for some reason.

 

As a side note, finally heard back from 3D-Props and he is printing the last couple of parts for my rifle and pistol. Said they will ship out tomorrow.

 

That’s all for today!

 

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Looking great Chris, almost ready for some paint

I’m at that point of needing to cut a big hole in my chest for the resin block.. I’m trying to put it off as long as I can lol


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Learned something new today. My grandmother was a seamstress and for some reason I never learned. That changed today when I needed to sew up my gaskets a little tighter. My girlfriend has a machine and showed me how to do everything.

 

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Here’s my latest test fit. Starting to look good I think. If anyone has any feedback, please let me know. Sounds like it’ll be a couple weeks or so before I get my yolk/back pieces.

 

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Looking Bada$$ right there brother.

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Added a set of suspenders to keep things in place better. I almost don’t need them as I think I’ve fit the armor to myself pretty well. But the weight of things and moving around a bit cause things to shift and get off center.

 

And as I’ve noticed you can’t see a darn thing with the bucket on. So I would just like to have things secured enough so I don’t look like a bargain bin mess of a trooper.

 

I ordered an inexpensive set of Dockers suspenders from Amazon. I made sure to get the set with four round clasps. Took a 1/2” paddle bit and cut the holes far enough in that the clip closure would still function.

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Played around with the elastic straps and found the approximate length of strap I needed to remove from each point. Then just had to cut them and sew the ends back down.

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And just like that, new suspenders to keep your trooper pants up.

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Taking some time this morning to use my new sewing skills to tidy up a few annoying things.

 

First and foremost was shortening the four adjustable straps that attach to the thighs from the harness. Now that I have the straps adjusted to where I want, I wanted them to stay that way and also not flipping around.

 

Easy fix. Applied Velcro to the excess strap material so it will stay put, yet be adjustable if ever needed. I’ll be going around the entire harness doing this.

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Got the gaskets, straps and, Velcro finished up.
After a test fit of the assembly I’m able to have a full range of motion, even doing jumping jacks, with everything staying in place and no binding or pulling.
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Wow!


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Got a few small things done today. Ended up priming and painting my shield parts. And tinkered around with my pauldron and ammo pouch.

 

I’ll share more once everything is dry tomorrow.

 

Essentially I wanted to be able to put the pauldron and ammo pouch on and take it off without much effort. The biggest problem was trying to find a way to make them stay on without moving. Easy fix. Just use magnets.

 

I ended up gluing the three magnets in place on the pauldron itself and then three more under the chest plate. I put some black loop Velcro on the magnets to keep things soft.

 

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The ammo pouch was a little trickier. I cut one piece of ABS that slid under the two existing pouch straps. Then I cut three small pieces glued together to use as a riser. I cut two long strips and ran those under the chest plate. To hold the pouch, risers, and mount together I drilled four holes all the way into the pouch and fed four Chicago fittings through from the inside and screwed them from the outside.

 

 

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After these pictures I spread the ammo pouch mount magnets out a bit more and then created some more ABS plates to house the magnets. It’s darn strong and holds the ammo pouch in the perfect position without moving.

 

I’ll have to see how well it’ll play with my yoke once I get it. I will have to slide this mount in between the yoke and chest but it’s not very thick and is very well hidden by the pouch itself.

 

The MP40 leather pouch is pretty darn big and I played around with the placement a lot. I actually moved it up slightly from where it is in the photo below. But it’s still a huge pouch and is a lot bigger than what the toys use in terms of proportion. I’m on the fence if I like it or not.

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I will suit up tomorrow and see how it all looks together.

 

 

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Just received my shipping information from 3D-Props! This little box of goodies is on the way.

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Well someone is going to have their hands full ;)

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8 hours ago, Krisko720 said:

Just received my shipping information from 3D-Props! This little box of goodies is on the way.

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Beautiful :jc_doublethumbup:

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