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I removed it for a second time and walked away for the day... 

But the next time I had time to work on it I got it installed properly! 

 

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and applied paint last night!

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I use a hole punch the same size as the head of the rivet to make my mask. 

and also a hand torch quickly brushed over the paint to pop any bubbles.

 

I used Testers White Enamel

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  • 4 weeks later...

Been a while since I did an update, lots going on with work...

I know this isn't the most exiting build log... but maybe it will contain something helpful down the road for someone...

 

The scarping is DONE!  found another seam needed to be re glued... 

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It was time to start learning how to do snaps. 

I got a bunch of Tandy line 24 snaps and the setting tools.

first attempts proved that using a hammer and setting tools, don't work so good in soft materials like elastic...

got some crazing bending...

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making one side not remotely aligned with the other in this case... 

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So I bought some snap pliers off Amazon.

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That made all the difference! (right tool for the job is a thing)

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I'm going to use webbing for the armor side in most places, not squares of plastic. This 1" black will likely work, but 1.5" wide will give just that bit more glue surface.

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Really glad to see that you went with the "double snap" method, Steve.  Pretty much guarantees that nothing will ever come apart during a troop!

 

Since the black nylon straps that hold the shoulder bells to the shoulder bridge elastic are normally 1" wide, you can still use the double snap method on these as well.  Just be sure to put a piece of elastic under the snaps on the white elastic for some added strength (blue arrow).  Paint the tops white and you are in business!

 

 

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I also find if you offset the snaps on the shoulder straps more towards the front it helps to rotate the shoulder inwards when moving the arms around.

 

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Double snaps have helped me on more than one occasion to keep on trooping ;) 

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On 11/20/2021 at 1:23 PM, gmrhodes13 said:

I also find if you offset the snaps on the shoulder straps more towards the front it helps to rotate the shoulder inwards when moving the arms around.

 

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Double snaps have helped me on more than one occasion to keep on trooping ;) 

Ok, I see how making them a bit forward would help...

So, you put the black strap under the white elastic and snap down onto it?  Interesting... I like it.

 

is there a good reason the shoulders are elastic and not 2" white webbing? I have been considering just using some webbing. 

 

Some use sew on snaps, I'm thinking of gluing some reinforcement around the snap area, and just using holes like the ends.

First, I need to figure out how long to make the things.  Probably going to start by just making 9" long straps, attaching the snap points on the back plate, then sorting out where to put them on the front and that should tell me how long to make them...

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4 minutes ago, Revvek said:

Ok, I see how making them a bit forward would help...

So, you put the black strap under the white elastic and snap down onto it?  Interesting... I like it.

 

is there a good reason the shoulders are elastic and not 2" white webbing? I have been considering just using some webbing. 

 

Some use sew on snaps, I'm thinking of gluing some reinforcement around the snap area, and just using holes like the ends.

Yes black under the white, this is in case they pull then you will see white from the top and not black.

 

Webbing doesn't allow any movement, plus it is what was used on screen armor ;) 

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Adding some glue to elastic before adding snaps will give a little extra strength, I used to do this until I discovered using a soldering iron enforced the hole so no longer required glue. 

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Found time this morning to start making some snap mounts for my shoulder straps. 
I cut a bunch of white webbing nuggets, then used 123 blocks to help isolate the edge and sealed them with a torch. 
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Then I marked the hole placement using a template I created and punched holes with a soldering iron. 
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Counted out the snap parts and started to go to town with the crimping tool!

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This thing works great!

 

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