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Continuing with the belt, I drilled out the holes to attach ammo belt to the canvas.

 

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The middle hole I mismeasured so it's off by a little. Luckily, it will be covered by the button, so I'm not worried about correcting it. Measure twice people!

 

Using these holes, I measured out the middle of my canvas and marked where to punch holes.

 

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When it comes to the hole punching, I tried out several of my options. I ordered a rotary punch, and while this one hasn't been useful with nylon or elastic, it worked well enough on the canvas!

 

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I'm jumping around a bit since I feel I want to move to another piece when I reach a slight obstacle impasse.    Here's the left ab/kidney plate juncture where I measured out the rivet holes

Yeah, I should have took a picture before I trimmed. The WTF ab plate did not have much extra to create the sides of the plate, and had large dimples going into the sides of it, so I cut it all off. F

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Expanding off my last post, I wanted to get to this point with the belt so I could fit it with the ab plate. I drilled out holes using Ukswrath's estimates.

 

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I began to install the snaps here. Due to the awkwardness of the ab's shape, I had to invent the shady tower of Pisa.

 

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But it worked!

 

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Now with those installed, I could us a pencil to shave some lead on the snaps and press it into the canvas to get my distance. Importantly, I also made sure there was a slight overlap on the button plate. I quadrupled checked this and then set those snaps on the canvas. With those snaps set, now I could install the ammo pack with pop rivets.

 

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And test fit:

 

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Ab and buttons update.

 

Here's a quick shot of the Han snap I installed.

 

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Below is the process I went through to fix the ab button plate.

 

There was just enough scrap left around the ammo belt button that I could use to create a plate. I careful removed the ammo button and rectangled? squared it off.

 

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For stability, I took some more scrap abs and built up a stack to create more surface area to glue on. I didn't want to rely solely on abs paste! Then I attached the two sides together.

 

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ABS paste time! I used a toothpick to spread it around the seams and after it dried, I went through the riding grits of sandpaper to smooth out the edge.

 

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In hindsight, I definitely should have just left the edges around the original pull and filled in the dents with abs paste. Would have been much easier. But at least I got that sweet sweet abs paste experience.

 

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Ab plate fix looking good. You could trim your smaller ab plate a little more, yours looks curved on the sides and overhangs the raised area, references below

 

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Very right gmrhodes, I trimmed it up again. WTF buttons appear to be a pinch larger.

 

Tonight I tried out some strapping. I found that using a soldering iron was really easy to make holes in elastic. Here's where I applied this experience at the cod/posterior strap.

 

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Soldering iron definitely helps to stop fraying around the hole too.

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Before moving on with any of the torso, I wanted to make sure everything's still fitting correctly. Time to suit up (kinda).

 

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The posterior flanges do stick out a bit. but I presume they'll contour better once the strapping snaps are set.

 

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I'm 6'0'' on the tall side, so the chest/back ride a bit high on me. I gave ample space on the shoulder bridge to compensate my noodle proportions.

 

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You may be able to come up a bit on the back plate as it is overlapping in this image, you also have a big gap between the neck and backplate, a lot of the time it comes down to tweaking the strapping

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19 minutes ago, gmrhodes13 said:

You may be able to come up a bit on the back plate as it is overlapping in this image, you also have a big gap between the neck and backplate, a lot of the time it comes down to tweaking the strapping

 

 

Good stuff. While the front seems just good, you're right. I think it can go up higher under the shoulder bridges when I attach it. I was most worried that there would be a gap between the kidney's and back when I did that. But again, the strapping will probably help a lot there too.

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Also when it comes to adding your shoulder straps, screen suits on the front are spaced 1 large tab and 4 to 5 smaller tabs on the chest plate, (some makers of armor won't allow for this though).

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On the rear they didn't actually have a large tab, (although you can leave the large tab for all levels of approval), it's just more screen accurate. Some cut the rear large tab in half or cut the whole tab off, many just leave it there as is.

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I acquired some sewing skills (courtesy of my mom lol) and started to make some straps this weekend. Starting with the right side kidney to ab.

 

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I'm not sure which direction to head with other strapping connections. I've seen where a lot of troopers use glued in snaps on the armor, and then separate nylon snaps to bridge them. Assumedly this makes it easier to  break apart and transport.

 

This guide by chiefbonan looks like it will be very helpful.

 

For the snaps on the armor, it seems like most people use ABS base plate for the male snap. The above guide mentions using nylon for some. I don't know what the advantage for each is, so I'm testing each first on the kidney to butt connection. 

 

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Immediately I noticed that the snaps set in plastic (from left-over cover strip) is not very bendable to the contours of the armor. So I might go with nylon if a stress test goes well.

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Second update of the night!

 

In addition, I started working out the thigh supports.

 

I cut some elastic and glued it to the front of the thighs.

 

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With a black thrift store belt, I measured out the length for them to hang from it by. Looped it, and then sewed them together.

 

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All together now. 

 

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The nylon strapping works well. However, I want to move them to the outer part of the butt/kidney piece to help pull in some of the posterior's...uh...cheeks.

 

Going about the second time, it was much easier to have the full straps made and together when I glued on the two attach points. No mucking about with measurements between snaps.

 

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Here's the posterior now attached. I'm gonna redo the right side straps with elastic, because I can't get my fingers anywhere near the nylon when I'm in it.

 

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Yeah those cheeks still be wide. I've seen some people use an ABS tab, and I'm going to try that to make sure that but don't jiggle.

 

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I came up with a V tab bracket system which helps pull in the butt plate.

 

With a heat gun (or oven) you bend strips of ABS plastic into the shape of a V, only glue the butt plate side and the other remains free to allow movement when you bend. Just helps stop the butt plate from pushing back from the back plate.

 

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On 6/8/2021 at 9:24 PM, gmrhodes13 said:

I came up with a V tab bracket system which helps pull in the butt plate.

 

With a heat gun (or oven) you bend strips of ABS plastic into the shape of a V, only glue the butt plate side and the other remains free to allow movement when you bend. Just helps stop the butt plate from pushing back from the back plate.

 

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Do the V shapes prod or irritate much? I did some hot water bathing to try and mold them and I made softer U's.

 

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However, since I was boiling the water, I thought why not just try to alter the butt plate? 

 

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This seemed to do a good job, along with changing the right side straps with elastic. The tips still seem to protrude just a bit, so I'll probably use the V-tabs anyway. Thanks for the tip!

 

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2 hours ago, Doomsdale said:

 

Do the V shapes prod or irritate much? I did some hot water bathing to try and mold them and I made softer U's.

 

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However, since I was boiling the water, I thought why not just try to alter the butt plate? 

 

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This seemed to do a good job, along with changing the right side straps with elastic. The tips still seem to protrude just a bit, so I'll probably use the V-tabs anyway. Thanks for the tip!

 

Some have tried heating in an oven which helps heat them, but you don't want to go too far with heat,

 

Really depends on how far they stick out over the edge of the armor, I really don't notice mine, can't feel them while wearing.

 

Seems to have done the trick, nice work

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