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1st build. WTF TK. Issues aligning ab & kidney plates on left


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Hi brothers & sisters.

 

This is my first build. I chose WTF as I’m 5’8” and fairly lightly built.

 

But I’m having some problems with lining up my ab and kidney plates.

 

I trimmed to the natural lines but, on the left side, the top of the ab plate is too low. Did I over trim and do I need to shim?

 

Right side is fine.

 

 

 

 

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hi James, and welcome to FISD.

 

Please take a look to this Building thread, page 10 has a solution for that same issue.   If you need more assistance don't hesitate in ask here or you can open your own building thread into the section HERE to receive feedback and help in every step on the way.   

 

 

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3 hours ago, TKSpartan said:

hi James, and welcome to FISD.

 

Please take a look to this Building thread, page 10 has a solution for that same issue.   If you need more assistance don't hesitate in ask here or you can open your own building thread into the section HERE to receive feedback and help in every step on the way.   

 

 

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Thank you so much, TKSpartan.

If I understood correctly, Lord-Potato trimmed the kidney on the top left.
My concern comes from if I trim the kidney top, that it will hang crooked

or not line up under the back plate

as I suspect the left would then be lower than the right.
(Don’t have access to the suit right now, so I can’t measure it.)

 

I wonder if it’s not better to trim the AB PLATE top right side instead to match the lower left,

then trim the BOTTOM (both sides) of the kidney plate and make new notches and return edge on the kidney bottom.

I’m a little short for a stormtrooper (5’8”), so I can probably benefit from shortening somewhere anyway.

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Ideally the notch should align with the bottom ridge, I would match your bottoms notches to the armor and trim the top to suit

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A great build for those of short stature

 

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3 hours ago, MintImperial said:

I’m a little short for a stormtrooper (5’8”), so I can probably benefit from shortening somewhere anyway.

 

I would recommend to make a test of the armor (you can use painters tape to get the Ab, kidney rear plate together an see how it looks before any cut.

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Hey man! 

 

Have you made any progress on your ab to kidney issue? There were a lot of things about Walt's kit that gave me anxiety. What I did first was put a butt load of masking tape to enclose the right side of the ab to kidney section, making sure they meet perfectly at the top. Then I slide into the armor and had my wife tape the left side and made sure the top of the kidney and top of the ab plate were flush on that side as well. Then I had my wife take pictures from my back side to see if it was crooked. 

 

Just because the left side seems to appear to be lower than the other side, that could just be the natural tendency of the shape. If you put tape to make it meet with the top of your ab plate while you are wearing it, you might see that it won't be crooked. 

 

I have a feeling I didn't explain this very well. If you lost brain cells reading this I can try and explain again lol.

 

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Thanks Lord_Potato.

 

I haven’t moved any further with it as I’ve been concentrating on my bucket.

 

Yes, I’ve tried matching it up and even measured it.

According to the trim lines, I matched the top of the notch on the kidney plate on each side

to the corresponding ridge on the ab plate.

That way, I know the bottoms are straight.

But doing that, the top left edge of the ab plate falls short of the top left of the kidney plate.

 

I was tempted to rebuild the top edge to make it match up, 

but I’m 5’8”, so I could probably do with making some cuts somewhere anyway.

I just don’t know whether it’s safer to cut from the top or the bottom.
Either way, I’m going to have to make some new return edge.

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On 7/7/2021 at 8:21 AM, MintImperial said:

Thanks Lord_Potato.

 

I haven’t moved any further with it as I’ve been concentrating on my bucket.

 

Yes, I’ve tried matching it up and even measured it.

According to the trim lines, I matched the top of the notch on the kidney plate on each side

to the corresponding ridge on the ab plate.

That way, I know the bottoms are straight.

But doing that, the top left edge of the ab plate falls short of the top left of the kidney plate.

 

I was tempted to rebuild the top edge to make it match up, 

but I’m 5’8”, so I could probably do with making some cuts somewhere anyway.

I just don’t know whether it’s safer to cut from the top or the bottom.
Either way, I’m going to have to make some new return edge.

If you wouldn't mind posting pics so I get get a better visual idea of whats going on. I think I understand what is going on but I would like to see some pics to see if I can help. If you can post pics of both side with masking tape holding it together from the inside would be great. 

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