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How long did you leave it for and how did you prepare the surfaces? The new E6000 has...mixed reviews. I use Gorilla Glue, this one:

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It’s just as forgiving as E6000 and should be tightly bonded after 24 hours.

When I’m glueing cover strips, I sand the back of the cover strip with 120 as well as the area on the arm/leg piece. I also lightly score the back of the cover strip with a blade. Already the glue evenly on the cover strip and apply a few small beads to the limb. Leave a minute or two before you apply the strip, then leave clamped for a minimum of 24hrs.

Temperature is also a factor. Make sure it’s not too cold where you are leaving the pieces to go off or it’ll take longer to fully set.


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Thanks for this.

I always leave for 24 hours in the warmest room in the house, but this is the first time anyone has said to me about sanding or scoring the surfaces (obvious now you say it!). I have armour from RWA in UK, and he doesn't mentioned it in his videos. Think that's going to be the trick.

Now I'm worried about the other pieces I've already glued (guess they're not a problem till they're a problem ).

I have some gorilla glue clear contact adhesive too. Do you think that might be a better idea given that the shin needs to be flexed more than other parts to take it on and off?

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I don’t think the sand and score approach is necessarily a ‘must do’ but it’s more of a belt and braces type of thing that should result in a stronger bond if you are having trouble. I have an RWA TK and a TX and it’s what I’ve done with both kits. Ross most likely doesn’t mention it in his videos because he uses a much stronger and less forgiving glue called Stelmax.

For the shins, if you’re worried about the added stress from opening the backs, I’d add an internal cover strip at the front. It’s what I did with my TK and although I haven’t trooped with it yet, I’ve worn them multiple times for the clearance process and they certainly feel strong and sturdy.


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I always sand both pieces before applying E6000, can take longer than 24 hours to dry fully too, I normally leave for 48 hours before applying any pressure to glued areas. 

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On 4/9/2021 at 11:58 AM, CallMeMrTibbles said:

I'm thinking I may need to replace the xl butt and back with standard size emoji848.png

 

I have to start by saying AWESOME job on removing those return edges! :salute:

 

As I see it, the back plate needs to come down at least 2cm so that the tabs sit on your shoulders.  Doing this would obviously require the kidney and butt plate to be lowered which would throw everything out of whack, so if you can get a back plate that is shorter that may be the answer.

 

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4 hours ago, CallMeMrTibbles said:

I always leave for 24 hours in the warmest room in the house, but this is the first time anyone has said to me about sanding or scoring the surfaces (obvious now you say it!). I have armour from RWA in UK, and he doesn't mentioned it in his videos. Think that's going to be the trick.

In my case, I usually let 48 hours dry  for forearms, thighs and shins cover strips. don't let it in warm room, it's better in normal/fresh weather . :salute:

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Morning all,

Another test torso fitting, but with the undersuit.

Things that need sorting out.

Back piece:
Shorten the shoulder tabs, and bend them in using a hot (not too hot) hair dryer.
Would need to trim the bottom at the sides where it overlaps the sides of the kidney plate. What I think it actually needs is replacing with the standard size back plate (currently xl)

Butt:
Heat the sides and bend in, as when viewed from the front they stick out and create a gap. Again, proper solution is to get the standard size part (currently xl), as aside from the gap it feels baggy all over, and I think when the crotch strap is fitted it will pull out of line.

Chest:
Scoop out the neck line just a little. It feels like it's sitting in the right place, but is a little uncomfortable in how much it pushes against my throat (and that's without the added thickness of the neck seal, which I don't have yet).

Everything else feels OK.

Thoughts?

(Edit: sent Ross at RWA these pics and after a chat the back and butt in standard size have just been ordered)

(Also, excuse the accidental nazi salutes )

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