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just waitin’ for my pack to be GML-approved; suitin’ up and hope to be submitting my request for MEPD PO Deployment within the week, give or take...  :peace:

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18 minutes ago, OnkelPaschulke said:

The pack looks nice! I guess the PO is just a step away! :salute:


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Thank you Arne..!  **fingers crossed** :thumbsup:

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Looks good!

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A few of you might have browsed through my PO Deployment Request, and many of you may very well have used this exact technique before, but this was first time I had ever tried using the ‘homemade ABS glue/paste trick’ to add plastic where it wasn’t before, so I figured I’d add it to my WIP.

In the first review of my Request, I was made aware that the shape of the knee ammo belt on the right thigh piece was inaccurate - it needed a more rounded off edge than the slightly rounded 45° angle I had originally cut.

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My first attempt to remedy the situation proved inaccurate as well as it caused too much of a swooping curve back toward the fastening rivet than the correct shape.

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At this point I saw two options;  one, I could order a whole new ammo belt, wait a week, or two, or three to receive it, only to have to cut it, shape it, drill out the old rivets, etc., or two, I could try my hand at attaching the necessary amount of ABS using leftover scraps to recreate the original squared-off edge which I could then shape to the correct curve.  I went with the latter and opted for the more time-efficient solution;  after all, I was in the middle of a Deployment Review!!

Using scrap ABS, I fashioned triangular-shaped pieces that would complete the original squared off edge and held them in place with tape, securing the tips of the triangle pieces to the existing curve with a little bit of superglue.

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I then mixed up a little jar of ABS slurry from scraps of ABS and acetone and let it breakdown.  When ready, I applied the glue to both sides (front and back) of the two ends of the ammo belt, knowing whatever excess would have to later be sanded.

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Letting that harden to the point I could no longer scratch a dent into the dried glue, I cut the new curve and began sanding down the excess.

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All that was left to do now was weather the new pieces, and this is what I ended up with:

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Here’s hoping I got it right this time :thumbsup:, but even if it needs more work, I feel pretty darn accomplished with my first go ‘round with ABS paste..!

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No magic at all?! I‘m shocked...
Just kidding. How sturdy is it? I guess it is an opportunity for areas which are not that much stressed mechanically?


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Hahahaha!  Only as magic as the chemical reaction between acetone and ABS, I suppose, but from what I researched, that’s the beauty of ABS slurry;  it’s pliable to fill cracks and seams joining ABS together ‘melting’ the edges to be joined, and then as the acetone evaporates it leaves the two pieces as one weld...  As far as sturdiness,  I haven’t put any more stress on it than I would normally apply to see if the parts held, but time will tell...  Like you said, at least it’s not in a location that bears much, if any, stress!

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ABS slurry or sludge, as it's also called, is just a great way to repair stuff. :yes:

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Dude, you’re the man. I was amazed at how fast you fixed that throughout the day. I even showed my girlfriend. Thanks for the peek behind your curtain of genius. Lol. That worked so well I thought it was just photoshopped. Lol. No seriously, really great work. And thanks for showing your work too. I’m sure it’ll save someone the trouble of having to buy whole new pieces.


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Thank you Jason!!  I’m absolutely happy to share it..!  Honestly there were a couple of times during the process, especially toward the end, where I cocked my head to the side looking at it and thought to myself, “holy s#!t, that worked..?!!” :woot:

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Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing!!

These are the things that make the mepd the mepd and also make wives and husbands everywhere shake their heads in disbelief at all these crazy perfectionists! Haha


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