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Looking great so far trooper. When i was going down the path for SWAT, my weathering changed so many times its not easy to count. I found that an acrylic wash as a base layer worked very well to rid my armor of the shine. After the wash was done wait 24 hours and do the detail weathering..  I followed pandatroopers oil and dirt method with a twist.. :td:

 

The wash is using a damp rag with your personal mix of acrylic paints applyed to the cloth in moderation.  Then dab, rub and move the paint around to get the dulled effect.. Im gonna have to make a video one of these days lol

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Well the Acrylic fun has begun! I'm happy so far but I think it will need some grey or lighter sand color and the Fullers Earth to add that extra.

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All that is left are the biceps & forearms then weather the cloth parts, pouches and reassemble.

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Nice work! I have a hyperfirm E-11 too. If only he would make a bapty version though.... 

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Looks like you are almost done!

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Awesome!


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Totally saving this thread.  I am about to start a conversion on my TK.  Thanks for the awesome documentation

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And so I made my and one other TD conversion's debut! Yeah we got a little carried away but what the heck! Just something about being dirty that feels sooooooo goooooooood!

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Looks nice


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Well it was time to get the backpack going.....

Kit is from Charlie Mann

Frame

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Opted for some aluminum strapping in lieu of the abs....and then attached the Back of the seed tray boxes to the straps

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Tool/Utility Box built

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Canteen

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Ready for paint!

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Radio......built storage bins and mounting for the MP3 player and Aker amp

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Exhaust Port is finished and just need the holes drilled and mounted to the seed tray/box cover

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Cistern assembled and it needs mounting then paint!

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Upper bottle finished and it too needs mounting and paint

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I found this paint that has a blue-gray tint so I will post pics of how it looks.

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With all this excitement on the back pack where I will have the radio chatter I needed to upgrade my amp/voice setup. My ast troop the cable going from the iComm to the amp decided to die. I gave it some thought and figured I would try out the speaker mic tips from TK10116.....fellow graduate of the academy. I had only one issue and it was 100% my fault. I dropped the mic tip and it broke. I found all the pieces and was able to put it back together! I mounted the amp and iComm using 3/4" black elastic webbing and then used zip ties on the extra wires. It works flawlessly and fit perfectly!

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Awesome build bro!!!
This is looking very very good!

And yes, there is something about being dirty that feels great!!

Keep it coming.

Saludos.

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Made some more headway today. Started mounting things on the seed trays. The Intermediate Blue looks really nice!

Found the Wet Ones bottles I needed to replace the ones in the kit.

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Got to try out the Intermediate Blue paint. It goes on nice with a light followed by a heavy coat and its dry in 20 minutes. Outside it looks blue and inside it looks gray......If you go this route get a minimum of 3 cans. I ran out after spraying 1.5 bottles and the canteen with one can.

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Finished with an aluminum bracket mounted to the seed tray!

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Looking good so far!

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A little fun!

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Finally after looking over a bunch of pictures and asking around the cistern mounts above the seed tray. This should be fun to do!

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Your pack is looking really good, loving the progress.

 

One small note, the tube coming out of the faucet cover on the bottom of the pack looks a bit long.  You might want to recheck the measurement on that.

 

Can't wait to see the final product!

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I think he means the tube coming down from the canteen. We used to use winter faucet covers for that part. Now we know it was a canteen.

And yes, it's a bit too long.

Saludos.

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On 9/4/2016 at 5:31 PM, TriumphTrooper8 said:

Found the Wet Ones bottles I needed to replace the ones in the kit.

Just curious, but why did you replace the bottles from the kit?  Loving this thread, BTW!

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Sorry, I meant cistern.  I couldn't remember the name for it when I wrote the original post.

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Ok love so how many threads should I have hanging out there? ;)

Rick I replaced the bottles because they were not proportionally correct from the reference pictures I have looked at especially the top bottle next to the tool box and exhaust.

Also someone chime in on if the top of the hanging canteen get painted black like the bottom?

 

 

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Another "quickie" in the afternoon ;) on this build.

On my way running around Frederick Maryland I went to a local Hobby store and there it was.........Zap-A-Gap, Zip Kicker and my Intermediate Blue Paint! SCORE!

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I finished painting the upper bottle/canister. Then just for the **** of it mounted the cistern. I figured out from pictures of all the inconsistent back packs that there really is no one place for it to go. I used thru bolting and for the top inner tube area put a screw with a nut on the other side of a plastic strip so I could feed the bolt thru the hole. After all that I added a screw from the underside of the seed tray to keep it stable.

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Here is the cheaper version of the "wet ones" you can buy from Target

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Thru bolting of the cistern

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The added safety screw.....

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Getting there.........

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This is the paint I will be using for all the black parts

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Radio Decals?????

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Ok all that is left is to finish the radio, the lid attachment for the tool box and the shoulder straps.

The blue AS19 Intermediate Blue goes on really well and is a flat finish. I used a light gray primer so it would not darken up.

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