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  1. So I found this supply list on the FISD page; Elastic- 1 inch wide black for shoulder bells, etc. (4 ft.) 2 inch wide white for ab/back plate shoulder connection (1 ft.), 1 inch wide white for drop boxes, (1 ft.) 1/4 inch wide white (1 ft.) for shoulder straps. Nylon strapping- 1 inch wide black, at least 6 to 8 ft. long. 2 inch wide black (48 inches) for high tension areas if you are using the double snap method. (NP) Before I go out and buy all this nylon and elastic. I wanted to know how these supplies might vary for a sand trooper build since our belts and shoulder straps are both different from a white armor build.
  2. One of the last pieces I need for my armor is the pauldron. I'm having a hard time nailing down prices for this piece, and I was wondering if the pauldron from trooper bay going to be the cheapest? I don't mind waiting on one from somewhere else, but saving a little coin would be nice.
  3. I actually hoped to use a decorative cover strip over the armor to give myself more meat for the velcro/ hooks to attach to. The only way to get the two halves to meet all along the middle is by overlapping the bottom few inches, or by squeezing the middle together with my hand. I couldn't get the whole thing to overlap while keeping a straight seam along the front due to the curvature of the plastic. I did a little sanding on the top and bottom of the back seam to try to shrink the gap but it didn't do much at all. The curvature of the pieces still opens them up pretty bad. From what you guys have said, it sounds like a cover strip and some good Velcro should hold it them together with out pulling apart while I walk or move?
  4. That's what I was hoping would work, but the gap just seemed to be a little too much to close up with Velcro or hooks because the top and bottom touch, so the decorative cover strip would be too wide at the top and bottom and too narrow in the middle. Although my under suit wouldn't show through, the bulge where the separation is would still show in a small degree.
  5. My first time building armor has been relatively uneventful. Until now. While assembling my shins I got the sides sanded and trimmed to about 10mm front, and 13-5mm rear. after taping the shins up to see how they fit, I found out that the back of the shin piece has a gap right in the widest part of the piece (just above center middle). Here are a few photos to show what I am talking about. You can see the gap in the back of the shin where the two halves refuse to join in the middle. By either, overlapping the bottom I am able to close the gap or by squeezing the outer half with some pretty major force. I hoped that closing a small gap at the bottom of the front butt join that I could make the gap smaller. So by working the tape a little, I managed to get the major gap shorter by eliminate the gap in the front bottom of the shin, but It did not solve my problem completely. Will I be able to close the gap in the back with Velcro along the rear cover strip or hook and loop clasps? I haven't taken a heat gun to the pieces yet, but If there are any other gap closing techniques that I missed can you guys let me hear 'em?
  6. And for my first trick... erm... post, a little bit of inventory before I get started. First, Core armor with belt and knee amo boxes. Down the road I think I might try to divide the cod piece and ab armor, but that's just a thought for later. Arms, hands, buttons, and that one piece for the backpack. I should have been more careful with the arms and shoulder bells and forgot which goes with which side... figures... Legs, much easier to tell apart than the arms. However, I'm a little worried about getting the return edges around the thighs to line up and look clean with the cover strips, but just like the cod and ab pieces, that's a problem for later. After I got all the bits and pieces (save for the helmet bits and knee plate which were in my small box) laid out I busted out the box cutter and tried my hand at cutting around one of the biceps (the rounded one), but I was sure to leave plenty of room to go back and trim for real. You can see where I pushed a little to hard and slipped across the bottom of the arm. After getting some advice from you all on another thread I had posted, I decided that I should start with the ab, butt, and kidney pieces. I hope they will be the most forgiving and easiest to work with because of their size and curvature. With all the rain that Virginia is about to get this weekend, I hope to make a little progress and maybe post it up if I actually get something useful done.
  7. A long time ago in a town from Virginia, I ordered some ATA sand trooper armor. Well, It came in a few weeks ago and I figured it was about time to start work. Before I get started though, I wanted to start a thread to document my process, and ask a few questions along the way. I hope you guys enjoy my pictures and commentary along the way.
  8. Thanks for the many words of wisdom. I had talked to another member who lives down the street and he connected me to someone (local GML?)who was able to give me a few more tips too! Aside from trooper bay's tutorials what are some of you all's other personal favorite build threads, most of what I have found are documentations of the build process v.s. explanations of the build process.
  9. After getting my armor in (from ata) and fetching a few of the supplies I need, I suddenly got cold feet about continuing. I know I should start on the arms and legs, and I know the tools and supplies I need to get started, but I just can't bring myself to start cutting and gluing. Do you all have any advice for starting on my first set of armor? More specifically what technique is going to be the least stressful for a beginner to trim armor with?
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