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Hi there

I introduced myself here at the beginning of the year and am finally ready to start building. After a lot of research, I am still facing with some questions that came up during the build. I don't know how regularly I get to work on it, but try to keep you updated.

 

A good 90% of the parts are already trimmed and progressing slowly but relatively well (i hope so).

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Fortunately, I can use my brother's workshop (a 10-minute walk away)

 

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first test and have to cut a bit more and don't really sure how to connect the back and the front. Unfortunately the front ends in the ab box...

 

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Today I temporary connected the biceps and they are as big as my thigh. I have to bend it somehow, it is way too big.

 

Next step is fitting the Thighs, Shins and much more...

 

I'll take more (detailed) pictures in the future, I've just started.

 

Happy Holidays everyone and greetings from Germany

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Looking good so far, when in doubt check our gallery sections, lots of great references there https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/gallery/category/20-fotk-reference/

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So today i trimmed and fixed a few parts

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I thought of cutting out the red marked to make it easier to put on and to attach the TD with Velcro and magnets. What do you think?

 

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Does the shins and thights have a return edge  (top/bottom) or not? can't really tell from the references.

Thats it so far... 

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I'm pretty sure KB has updated a few parts in his kits, one being a TLJ specific cod, which are slightly different in shape to the TLJ

 

Here is some comparisons of the cods

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Also the insides of the forearms a cut a little differently

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Edit: Regarding the cod piece, a member of the German garrison told me that the TFA cod piece would be fine for a basic approval. I will decide to use that first and look for the TLJ cod later, as I am aiming for EIB status (if i don't mess up).

 

so i started to work my way from "Head to toes" :D

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I've already cut out the small middle part

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Quick test, what it would look like.

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My Plan is, to drill holes for the small rubber bands. But not sure if these are strong enough, so looking for an alternative.

 

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yesterday I continued to supply some parts with ABS paste to close gaps. When it dried and can be processed, it is sanded and puttied again at ...
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Wearing it feels good so far. I fixed the back of the torso with magnets to see if it fits the size. Could be made a little narrower, but I still have to think carefully about how to close it at the back (with the TD). Brilliant as I am, I forgot to photograph the back :rolleyes:
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I trimmed the TD and have to adjust it in time, which I will do as soon as I have a plan on how to solve the torso.
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Upper body rests a little, continue with the legs

With the thighs, I'm still unsure how to adjust them or whether I have to cut something ...
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The shins (and spats ...)
right leg (spats a bit too tight)

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left leg (spats very large)

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I did a lot of research, looked at WIPS and measured it several times ... unfortunately all of this doesn't help if you, for whatever reason, write down the measurements upside down and glue the parts together incorrectly ... In the meantime, almost everything has been fixed again.
Therefore the progress is manageable

 

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right Thigh

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the inner seam will be velcroed later.

 

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unfortunetaly a stress fracture during test fitting

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had to glue in a reinforcement, hope it can be saved ...

 

sanded the shoulder bell and marked for later attachement

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the pauldron will be attached witch magnets later

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Maybe someone can help me. I trimmed the spats and tried them on. One is too long and I have to shorten it, the other is clearly too small. Does it have to be closed flush or may a gap remain? The gap would be (way) bigger than in the picture. 

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Good progress Ian, this will come together nicely. Keep up the great work.

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I decided to highlight the indentations on the yoke more clearly and cut them into thirds. The distance between the indentations is about 4mm and, after drying, the upper and lower areas must be filled with ABS paste.A4aFsD2.jpgneBBniZ.jpg

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The magnets on the abdomen are now finally fixed and it can be buckled on easily. To wear it, it will held with a suspender as soon as the TD is adjusted and I know how it looks . Tried to to shape the TD so that it rests better.

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At the moment I'm still sitting on the left shin with the spat, right thigh to get the (Ddan's) holster in place.

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the greeblie on the Forearms looks kind of small or is it right that theres a gap towards the elbow?

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I have to get used to taking a few more photos of the work steps.
Will check the other WIPS again before my next visit the workshop ...

See you next time

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So easy to miss taking photos when your are too busy building, coming along nicely.

 

Forearm reference

 

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I have adjusted the spats as far as possible, fine tuning is still missing, so that the upper edge is straight.

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At first I only put on the boxes from the left Shin for optics. since they should lie on seamlessly, they still have to be sanded a little.

 

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To attach the holster I made a construction of ABS scraps and Chicago screws ... will follow in the next post with further progress.

 

At this point, thank you very much for your feedback! I appreciate it very much :duim:

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Today, for the first time, I wore everything at the same time. I noticed that it still has to be reworked in some places for freedom of movement (can't take off the helmet on my own).

 

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Then a misfortune happened when I tried to attach the boxes to the left shin ... :6:

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For whatever reason it broke right there where I spread the ABS paste between the box and the shin (suddenly seemed brittle). Hasn't happened to me before with the ABS paste and I can't explain it to myself. Now I have to save it somehow or, in the worst case, look for a replacement...

 

Then I prepared the boxes for the abdomen and have to gain some distance. 

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I'm a little upset that it happened and have to get over it, before something goes wrong because of  the mood.

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You may find the plastic was a little too thin, having a solvent in the ABS paste can soften areas and it can melt right through, I used bondo (automotive filler) in places which needed to be filled.

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On 2/27/2021 at 8:29 PM, Doomhammer said:

 

Then a misfortune happened when I tried to attach the boxes to the left shin ... :6:

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For whatever reason it broke right there where I spread the ABS paste between the box and the shin (suddenly seemed brittle). Hasn't happened to me before with the ABS paste and I can't explain it to myself. Now I have to save it somehow or, in the worst case, look for a replacement...

 

 

 

 

I'm a little upset that it happened and have to get over it, before something goes wrong because of  the mood.

I think you can save it Ian.

If you have some scrap ABS you can use it to create a backing patch to go inside the shin. Then fill that melted recess  with Bondo and sand it smooth.

If you have no scrap, you can buy A4 size sheets of 1 mm thick HIPS on ebay which I have found very hands to reinforce the back of cracks in my armour. because it's thin it curves and bends easily and I usually use CA glue to bond it behind the surface that needs repair.

You got this.

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Finally I'm back...

 

I was able to "save" the shin and have to continue filling and sanding. I had saome ABS scraps to backing the hole and filled with bondo

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Getting dressed is really an art in itself and it's not really comfy yet. I can't put the helmet on myself and my arms get something abvoe my chest that I can only adopt the typical C3PO posture :lol:

The biceps are still hanging too low and the shoulderbell caught under them.

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I have to shorten the thighs because they hit the cod and I think they should sit higher.

 

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The TD is not correctly centered , so has to check the bracket again.

 

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I want to connect the cod and the backplate with a black rubber so that they don't stick out.

 

 

Seems farther from the target than originally thought. Little baby steps, but at least steps at all and it's still exciting and entertaining to build and find solutions!

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I think you will find your cod needs to come up more, you shouldn't have to trim the thighs at this stage.

 

Also run an elastic strap between the cod and butt plate, will help stop the butt plate flaring backwards.

 

 

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vor 21 Stunden schrieb gmrhodes13:

Also run an elastic strap between the cod and butt plate, will help stop the butt plate flaring backwards.

 

Thats what I meant with "...connect the cod and the backplate with a black rubber...".  I wrote and translated it weird

 

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I think you will find your cod needs to come up more, you shouldn't have to trim the thighs at this stage.

Ok thank you, will give it a try.

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