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2 hours ago, BlueBoxFromSpace said:

 

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I noticed in the CRL it says: 

For Level 3, the corners of the plastic ammo belt shall be trimmed at a 45 degree angle that meets the outer edge of the cloth belt.

 

I think I'm either going to have tiny corners or the cloth belt will extend slightly beyond the cuts.

That might be something that gets fixed when I make another belt...

I would just trim your corners to meet the belt and see how that looks, there is no actual size for the corners 

 

One thing which may get a knock back at higher levels is the width of your sewing, having the double V stitch looks quite wide compared to original belts, but that is entirely up to the deployment officers

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Hi Aaron,  trimming the corners to meet the belt would be ok. and consider the buttons covers to placement. 

 

 

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On 5/1/2021 at 5:26 PM, gmrhodes13 said:

One thing which may get a knock back at higher levels is the width of your sewing, having the double V stitch looks quite wide compared to original belts, but that is entirely up to the deployment officers

Yeah, haha, like I said this was my first time sewing so I ended up going over the stitch like 3 times. I'm more than likely going to be making(or buying) a new belt at some point. I just want to finish this one in case there's anymore "gotchas" or other things I'd like look out for next time.

 

 

 

On 5/2/2021 at 12:19 PM, TKSpartan said:

Hi Aaron,  trimming the corners to meet the belt would be ok. and consider the buttons covers to placement. 

 

 

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That hole got away from me when I was drilling. I don't know what happened. 

 

 

On that note also... I had a few freak outs last week while I was working on the button covers.

 

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I realized that the snaps I was using here are massive. I don't know how I missed that when I put them in. These were snaps that I bought locally just to tide me over until I got others from online. I removed them no problem with some needle nose pliers but I'm wondering if while they're out I should patch that old hole that's off and try to drill a new one that's more on target? Or just leave it and correct it with the covers?

 

Which brings me to my next freak out...

 

When I had sanded down the cover and placed it over the snap (ultimately realizing how big those snaps were) I thought I might have sanded too much off of the covers.

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I stopped sanding them and went back to checking references but I haven't personally had much luck in finding good photos

( I think I'm just bad at looking at pictures or something. Every time someone posts an image and says "This is an example of this", I usually see the opposite of what point they're trying to make.)

It feels like what I've done is okay but I'm just always so nervous about removing too much.

 

also the smaller snaps that I have now (the ones I used for the rest of the build) kind of seem like they might be too big. Which adds to the worry that I've removed too much of the covers.

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It might not be clear but the normal sized snap is under that plate. It isn't actually attached though. It's just the one side of the snap sitting loose in the hole.

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2 hours ago, BlueBoxFromSpace said:

When I had sanded down the cover and placed it over the snap (ultimately realizing how big those snaps were) I thought I might have sanded too much off of the covers.

 

 

Hi, the covers are right sanded, I would suggest two options you could try:

 

1- Replace the snap for chicago screws, they have a flat surface so you can place the cover just in place.

 

2- Change the Snap piece , use the flat one instead of the cap one.

 

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Hope this can help. :salute:

 

 

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2- Change the Snap piece , use the flat one instead of the cap one.
   


BRILLIANT! lol I don't know why I didn't think of that. I think I assumed the cap went there because of the look of the button cover. I don't know what I'd do without you guys.

I switched them out and finished sanding the button covers. I'll post the pics when I get them glued on.

I'm starting to work on the drop boxes but was wondering if there is a suggested depth for them. I saw one sizing of approximately 12mm for the inner and 15mm for the outer. Is this important?

Thanks again for past and future help!

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10 minutes ago, BlueBoxFromSpace said:

I'm starting to work on the drop boxes but was wondering if there is a suggested depth for them. I saw one sizing of approximately 12mm for the inner and 15mm for the outer. Is this important?

 

This is the reference we usually use.

 

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Additionally, this one could be useful

 

 

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Haven't had time to post lately... So here's an update dump.

 

Here's where we're at with the belt. I still need the holster. I was originally going to try to make one but I think I'll just buy one instead.

 

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I also ended up switching out the snaps for Chicago screws. So much easier. I don't know why I didn't do that from the beginning. I think I was just resisting buying another type of fastener for some reason.

I'm also going with velcro for now to hold it belt in place on the armor. I'll probably switch to snaps eventually though.

 

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I started the TD. After a lot of sanding to get the caps to fit, I painted it with just a grey primer for now. Is there a specific color and finish for the TD? The pics I've seen look like it has a slightly glossy finish.

 

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I also finally glued on the Ab button plate. You can also see here the velcro for the belt. 

 

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I finally mustered the will to continue on with the shins. For me this was one of the most challenging parts of the ATA kit so far. The right shin wasn't bad but the left shin had some issues with the fitting. This is apparently a common thing with this kit. I think a lot of people solve this with either a hot water bath or heat gun to reshape it a little bit. I'm not comfortable with either of those techniques yet so I just made it work the best way I could.

 

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I decided to go with velcro for the closure method on them. I felt like that was the easiest in this case.

 

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It's a little hard to see here but this shows the difference in the ankle sizes. The one on the left is the right shin and vice versa. You can also see some Velcro on the inside of the ankle. I'm having the issue of my shins popping off of my boots and I'm trying out some ways of keeping them on.

 

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Speaking of the boots... I got some cheap black Chelsea boots on amazon and painted them white with some spray paint thats for painting car interiors (vinyl, fabric, and leather). And it immediately started cracking... lol. I like the way it looks though. I'm just not sure how long it's going to stay on. Hopefully long enough for me to get a proper pair of boots. Also you can see where I added some Velcro to keep the shins in place.

 

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So I think all I have left for the armor part is finishing the TD, getting a holster, putting the ammo belt on the thigh, and adding the sniper plate to the shin. As far as the sniper plate goes I marked out some guide lines for where to cut. Do these look good?

 

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And how much edge gets left underneath? (Don't mind the line there. )

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I feel like I'm almost there and I'm getting excited. I'm just super nervous about moving on to the helmet...

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Moving along nicely, Aaron!  You are doing the absolute right thing by posting lots of images and asking questions.  If you keep this up, I guarantee you will end up with a spectacular set of armor, sir.

 

As for the trimming on the sniper knee plate, this is what I would suggest:

 

1.  Trim off ALL of the return edge on the bottom.  Doing this will allow it to flex, fit snugly against the top of the shin and will help with positioning.  Before gluing, I would post up a pic of it held on with blue tape.

 

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When trimming the sides, try not to have a sharp angle, but a slight curve.  Sharp angles are where splits start.

 

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You NAILED the 45 degree angles on the ends of the ABS belt.  NICE JOB!  Your left side (second photo) drop box lines up spot on, with the outside edge lining up with the end of the ABS belt.  The right side is a bit off, but this is easily remedied by positioning it where it should be and adding a dab of E-6000 behind the rear strap.

 

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