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Hey all, I've been working on a Legacy Stormtrooper build since May. I've run into an issue with the shins not fitting my calves (I had to take up running during the pandemic ugh). Does anyone have any advice regarding adding a shim to them so they fit? This is my first build and I'm really nervous about messing it up. I'm most nervous about getting the shim to curve properly but I'm also nervous about making sure it looks right in the back for approval.

 

Any advice or tutorials would be great. Thank you!

 

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Some photos of your issues may help.

 

Not specific to shins but here's a few threads adding some shims to some thighs on an OTTK, may give you some ideas (note some images are watermarked but can still be seen)

 

 

 

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ok So  i understand your concern with the shins, these are a complex part as is but lets try to help with the issue, firstly i would assemble the shim as normal you can refer to my guide for this part of the process 

 

 

the difficulty is keeping the correct look of the shin armour with it being unique and very different form that of a normal TK  but that being said i have worked with a number of legacy's now and have a method that i feel retains the right look 

 

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 step1 assemble the shins as normal and check what you've got to work with 


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if the shin sits nice around the ankle as in the above pic reduce the return edge to minimal size (i.e just showing the top radius) just to help then carefully cut done either side of the raised  areas thill you get them to join up and sit straight as with the pic above.


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once you have achieved this you can make triangular templates from card to cover the now visible areas  

 


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do the templates for both shins 


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use the templates to make shims out of ABS and then glue (E6000) in place  
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once you are happy with the shims mix up a batch of ABS slurry (there plenty of references to this on the forum) and start to fill in the joins  
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once the paste has set you can file/sand into shape might take one or two go's 



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then totally cleanup the shins and add the velco at the back  

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As you can see once you have been through all this the shims still look like they should and the raised portion stays nicely inline with the thighs 

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