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Raindrop’s 4.5 AM ANH Stunt Build

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Correct, you will find many of the templates are an approximate size, always best to go with the visual references, nice work 

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We don't always get everything right the first time, I did the same on my first build.

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Belt is back on track and I have decided to use chicago style screws and a glued an approx 1” strip of nylon for more rigidity to where the screw will go. My host recommended I fill the female screw with E6000 so that it will jot come undone during troops but still removable if need be.5e9b7cc2f47e091ed0d895d91305b35a.jpg
Gonna probably want to figure out how to give my snap some proper support to make it easier to snap onto the abdomen.

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41 minutes ago, TheDecisiveRaindrop said:

Belt is back on track and I have decided to use chicago style screws and a glued an approx 1” strip of nylon for more rigidity to where the screw will go. My host recommended I fill the female screw with E6000 so that it will jot come undone during troops but still removable if need be.5e9b7cc2f47e091ed0d895d91305b35a.jpg
Gonna probably want to figure out how to give my snap some proper support to make it easier to snap onto the abdomen.

Just watch the crimping the posts of the snaps, looks like the one in the image above isn't quite central. A good tip is to first hit the post with a philips head screwdriver, it will splay open the post a little so when you use the snap tool it will crush better. 

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Just watch the crimping the posts of the snaps, looks like the one in the image above isn't quite central. A good tip is to first hit the post with a philips head screwdriver, it will splay open the post a little so when you use the snap tool it will crush better. 

Will do for future snaps! I’ll admit I am not the most experienced with setting snaps.
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Also, got a bit of work done on my helmet. Got the brow at the height I like tried fitting the ears and I believe in order to align the ear screws with the traps, I’ll be needing to trim off the back half of the bucket a little bit.e08dd713d7e1d8489500e0dabeb7f14f.jpg
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I’ll also be probably trimming a but of the right side’s brow gasket to make it line up more with the trap. When I get back to my armor, I’ll be sure to snag some better pictures with the ears in place to give you guys a better idea before I cut.

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2 hours ago, TheDecisiveRaindrop said:


Will do for future snaps! I’ll admit I am not the most experienced with setting snaps.

I also recommend lightly tapping them with the weight of the hammer. When I started, I was using too much force, which caused a few to offset.

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36 minutes ago, TheDecisiveRaindrop said:

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Thinking of trimming it to this point. Any thoughts?

This is exactly what I did to achieve the appropriate angle. 
 

Eric Dyke has a great AM helmet tutorial.

 

 

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Instead of rivets for the face to back of helmet connection I used a bolt and nut (easy to undo and reposition).  Once you have it completely built, then go back and rivet if you want. 

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I haven’t been able to work on my armor as much as I’d like to but I am a decent way through painting the armor. I have the DT built and screws painted.f0142bf73b276caa3e3529f7581899b8.jpg
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I’ll be getting a spare TD built with more accurate panel and brackets for the future.

Next up is progress on my helmet.018458d513156c635ad1c592a6553088.jpg
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I’m pretty happy with the frown and chin, tears are a wip and I’ll need to completely redo the tube stripes for a third time. First time I used the wrong blue and used the button panel dark blue, so I cleaned that up. Second attempt I didn’t apply the paint correctly and still turned out wayyy too dark. Here is a pic before I clean this up.01e313a29dd9123825a8c4489d63e223.jpg
As for progress on the belt... I messed up big time trying to heat form it. I have a spare ABS belt that comes with the kit but I need one extra button. Everything else is fine though, and I should be getting the parts I need soon.

Next up is the button panels. They are all painted and ready to be glued. 0ea000cc9a6f95ccdac257e0d9071a9b.jpg
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Not sure if you can really tell from the picture but I was trying to ensure the paint doesn’t extend beyond the bottom as per the CRL. Gonna glue them on probably tomorrow. Oh, also got the ears painted.

All that’s left for me to do is finish painting the helmet, finish assembling the helmet, fix the ABS Belt, and do the strapping for the arms. Hopefully I can get pictures of the final fitting once the belt is fixed.

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If you paint white first in the tube stripes stencil it will fill any bleed areas, then once dry go over with blue 

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