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A lot more sanding but hopefully will solve some pin hole issues. I do tend to add blade putty a little thicker, it can shrink when drying so by adding a little more it does help fill in those pesky holes and scratches ;) 

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A lot more sanding but hopefully will solve some pin hole issues. I do tend to add blade putty a little thicker, it can shrink when drying so by adding a little more it does help fill in those pesky holes and scratches  

What grit do you sand putty with? Wet or dry?

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2 minutes ago, DarthBiscuit said:


What grit do you sand putty with? Wet or dry?

I always sand wet, helps the sandpaper last a little longer and doesn't get clogged as quickly. I normally use a 240 grit wet & dry on spray putty and blade putty (if needed), apply primer then a light hand sand with 600 grit. Everyone has their own way buy this works for me ;) 

 

 

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5 hours ago, DarthBiscuit said:

I went putty-crazy today! Slathered it on and scraped at it to fill/cover everything (hopefully).

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Around the oval was bad, so I wet sanded to 400 and applied putty.

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The chest was definitely noticeable and unacceptable, so I pretty much sanded and reapplied putty on the whole thing...

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I'll sand the putty tomorrow, more lightly than before and with 400. Hopefully that way will keep it smooth and let another coat of gloss white adhere evenly!

And you thought you'd just spray 2X straight on it :P

 

Welcome to hell hahahaha Keep your eye on the light at the end of the tunnel tho. It's all worth it for a smooth, glossy finish! Enjoying all the progress! You'll be done before I am at this rate haha

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If anybody (namely ME) wasn't sure if filling the pinholes was necessary, check this out! It's upsetting that they happened in the first place, but after wet sanding to 400 today, there's no doubt in my mind that it was the right choice. Hopefully spraying gloss white tomorrow goes well...
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I also wet sanded the barrel to 220. I've decided to trim another inch off the back, since the gap is only about an inch when I put it on (and don't hold it too snug).

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I trimmed about another inch off the barrel. The gap, while wearing, should be able 2" now.

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Setup for painting (again)!

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And it went well! I can still see some pinholes, but that's really just with close inspection, when I'm looking for them. I think they'll be fine, but I'll definitely have to look them over once they're dry.

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Then I propped up my barrel and belt halves and taped the ammo boxes on. Does this look right? The CRL doesn't have spacing/placement, but the pics I've seen look like this: the center boxes are just past the edges of the center panel, the next boxes are centered between the small notches (under the side panels), and the outer boxes are centered on the big notches. This keeps the spacing between them about even, and I think they look right. Is there a specific spacing?

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This will help me figure out how much to trim off the rear half so it meets just short of the outer boxes.

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20 minutes ago, DarthBiscuit said:

Then I propped up my barrel and belt halves and taped the ammo boxes on. Does this look right? The CRL doesn't have spacing/placement, but the pics I've seen look like this: the center boxes are just past the edges of the center panel, the next boxes are centered between the small notches (under the side panels), and the outer boxes are centered on the big notches. This keeps the spacing between them about even, and I think they look right. Is there a specific spacing?

So my logic was to use the two medium boxes with the raised top ridge and work off those. I measured the center of the belt and made a mark, then placed the right box where it goes from the reference image, then measured that distance and duplicated it on the left side, which wasn't quite centered. Then I measured the width of the two smallest center boxes and subtracted that from the distance between the two medium boxes, then divided what was left by 3 to get my spacing. For the last two biggest boxes, I just replicated that spacing from the edge of the medium boxes out.

 

Hopefully that all makes sense! MATH haha If I get a chance, I'll try to measure where mine landed, but it might vary slightly suit to suit.

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@gmrhodes13thanks! Do you just have a library of screenshots?? Lol! Actually...what if each suit's forum had a thread where we just post reference pics for future use? Consolidate them all into one place (for each costume)!

 

@TheRascalKingI think I'm following your measurements lol! I'll definitely get good measurements once I go to actually mount them, that way I can place the outer boxes and space all the others evenly off of them. I'm still waiting for your R1TK progress... ;)

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18 minutes ago, DarthBiscuit said:

@gmrhodes13thanks! Do you just have a library of screenshots?? Lol! Actually...what if each suit's forum had a thread where we just post reference pics for future use? Consolidate them all into one place (for each costume)!

Gallery section for all costumes is in the top menu bar https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/gallery/

 

Rogue One section is here https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/gallery/category/28-r1-tk-reference/

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52 minutes ago, DarthBiscuit said:

Oh damn how did I never find that!? Thanks!!

I've asked for the gallery tab to be put in a more prominent place as many don't see it ;) 

 

nag nag @Sly11

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I taped and clamped some pieces together to get an idea of fit and mark the rear belt half and the side plates. My wife walked out and just stared at me before going back inside lol.

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The gloss white on the chest and back are much better than they were!

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Then I setup the barrel for priming. I poked some toothpicks into the cardboard to keep it from falling off when I turn it. I might keep that method when spraying gloss white, since it didn't obstruct the spray too much.

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There must have been a lot of debris floating around, because it's not a very good coat of primer, but it's good enough to wet sand to 400 tomorrow.

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In between sprays I marked a few pieces for trimming.

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I think it all worked out! The shoulder bells look more symmetric now, the rear belt half should overlap the front half just short of the outer boxes (what? lol), and the side plates shouldn't pop out under the chest and won't extend all the way into the center.

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Looking good and I think the belt boxes look good. I hate all the little pin holes in my armor and after numerous coats of glaze I still did not get them all.

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I wet sanded the barrel primer to 400 today. I also noticed the interior edges may have been too rough, so I sanded them to 220. I still see quite a few spots that need putty, which I'll do tomorrow.

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I also washed the side plates and belt halves. It looks like I don't need to putty them again, but I don't want to spray primer right after washing so I'll prime them in a couple days.

 

Since I finished those pieces, I thought I'd take a look at the chest, back, and shoulder straps. I'm going to velcro them together tomorrow and figured I could plan it out. Turns out, one of the straps has a big old crack! It's probably what I tried to patch up before, but didn't hold up. It's only open when I bend it, and it's at a spot that may be covered by the chest plate. I'm not sure if there's a good way to repair it, especially since it's already gloss white. Any suggestions?

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I've used JB weld on a few cracks and it's pretty solid, also sandable. I would try to grind a V into the crack to give something for the JB weld to hold on too. I just find the JB weld holds better than a fibreglass fix. 

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