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I finally had a chance to get together with my squadmate Scott who also ordered Jim's FOTK. We are super exited to be working on them together! After 2 hours of sanding inside the pieces with 220 grit sandpaper we were impressed by the amount of progress we made! Nearly all the pieces were sanded, just a few more left!
 
I also ordered a FOTK Squad Leader Pauldron from IG - hoping it shows up soon.
 
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That’s a lot of sanding - there shouldn’t be a troublesome fibre left.

You had contact with Imperial Gaskets? There was a rumour they were ramping up again.


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On 3/8/2020 at 11:00 PM, JAFO said:

 


That’s a lot of sanding - there shouldn’t be a troublesome fibre left.

You had contact with Imperial Gaskets? There was a rumour they were ramping up again.


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Yes - my pauldron shipping finally updated and it's in Chicago.  I will keep you all posted once it's here!

 

On 3/10/2020 at 7:29 PM, ukswrath said:

Looking great Zach

Thanks!  

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Hope you and your family are all well. many of us are slammed with work and in situations we aren't used to, but one thing is for certain, we are here for when you can return to your build.

Stay safe Zach.

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Hope you and your family are all well. many of us are slammed with work and in situations we aren't used to, but one thing is for certain, we are here for when you can return to your build. Stay safe Zach.     

 

I really appreciate the support Andrew. I usually feel drained coming home from work these days but knowing there is an end in sight keeps me going.  I also remind myself that if I am too tired I don't have to work on my costume, it will be waiting for me when I have more energy.       

 

Hey Zach any progress?

Yes, I was able to try some of the armor on for the first test fit!  Pics below:   MVIMG_20200330_194715.thumb.jpg.538ad6704668f1329a658e2180e788a8.jpg   

 

Spacing on the arm armor looks good to me.

 

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I'm thinking these areas will need to be trimmed a little bit at a time to ensure a better fit. Let me know your thoughts:

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On 3/31/2020 at 11:04 AM, KindofaBigDeal said:

I'm thinking these areas will need to be trimmed a little bit at a time to ensure a better fit. Let me know your thoughts:

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I wouldn't trim anything just yet until you have your strapping worked out, it looks as if your thighs want to come up quite a bit. You may even need to add an inner shim on the inside of the thighs to allow them to come up more.

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Just watch the curvature when trimming, always compare with the gallery section or screen references

 

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Hey Tony thanks for checking in!  I'm still working on sizing the thighs right now,  You can see I've done a little trimming here off the inside of the thigh, which allows it to slightly higher up my leg and a slightly better fit - but the bottom of the thigh piece is still below my knee.  I don't want to lose any of the recessed detail so I'm hesitant to take any more off the top.

 

Looking at the gallery and screen caps, I understand some material is taken off of the front and back bottom of the thigh, so that is definitely going to help, but if I could move it up my leg a little more, I could obviously take less off the bottom.

 

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14 hours ago, KindofaBigDeal said:

I fixed up the top inside of the thigh and also took 1/4 inch off the bottom. As you can see, the armor extends bellow my knee

Great job Zach, if I can make a suggestion, I would recommend that you wear your compression clothes when testing your armor, sometimes normal clothing is usually thicker and can make you not fit well.

 

Keep on doing a great build Trooper :jc_doublethumbup:

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Great job Zach, if I can make a suggestion, I would recommend that you wear your compression clothes when testing your armor, sometimes normal clothing is usually thicker and can make you not fit well.
 
Keep on doing a great build Trooper :jc_doublethumbup:
Thanks for the suggestion, however the issue I'm currently having is knowing what to take off of the piece, and it's hard to show where my knee is with all black on. I hope this makes sense.

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Zach does the inner seam open up?
If it does not. I had it custom sized by Jim to my measurements so I wouldn't have to worry about shimming. The piece is able to be pulled up high enough on my leg. I believe that modifying the bottom front and back will allow it to fit properly. I have marked up areas I think would be accurate with pencil around the knee area, but would like to know your thoughts before making any cuts. If anyone is able to help and thinks the cuts need to be adjusted, I would love to see an edit in photo shop with proper lines. Please ignore the lines on the top as I don't think I need to trim that area any more. Thank you.

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On ‎5‎/‎3‎/‎2020 at 5:09 PM, KindofaBigDeal said:


 

 

 


Thanks that's perfect. Do you have the right as well or should I just base it off of the left?

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Same as the left just reversed

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