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 Rhue's First WIP (pic heavy)

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Re: Rhue's First WIP (pic heavy)
« Reply #30 on: Jul 12, 2021, 07:28 PM »
Just for posterity's sake, here are the pics I sent the app team on Friday-ish. Still waiting on a reply from them, hopefully I get an answer by the end of this week. I've honestly become quite attached to the notion of going Post-Imp  :laugh:

     

With the exception of a slight adjustment to my backplate since I'm no longer going for a cuirass-style setup, I'm not planning on changing any of my other plates. I am starting to pay attention to all those "how do you attach your armor to your soft parts?" posts now though  :laugh: 

I think a combination of leather straps and magnets/velcro will work well for the lower body armor, does anyone have any tips on how to attach the straps to the back of the plates?

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« Reply #31 on: Jul 12, 2021, 08:00 PM »
Yesss, Post-Imp hype!! :porg2: Your design is so clean! I'm about to send the app team my own cardboard mockup so it's exciting to see yours. :D I'm very interested to know if they OK the separate ab plate, a lot of references have them attached to the chest plate, but having it separate makes a huge difference in flexibility.

I'm also interested to learn how to attach straps! I know sintra takes cyanoacrylate superglue instantly, but not sure about the straps, so I look forward to others' input.

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« Reply #32 on: Jul 12, 2021, 08:57 PM »
Chest plates look super cool!
As for straps, I used pleather straps and attached them to the plates with velcro (and the plates were also attached to my flight suit with velcro, the straps were mostly aesthetic). Not the most "in universe" method, but with velcro you can adjust everything super easily and take off the armor very fast. I tried hot glue (straps came right off) and was considering snaps, but settled on velcro.
I just did a little square of velcro at the end of the strap and some on the inside of my armor plate. I added some gorilla glue to the velcro to make it stick (most velcro has a sticky back but it's not very reliable, use glue or sew it).

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Re: Rhue's First WIP (pic heavy)
« Reply #33 on: Jul 12, 2021, 09:21 PM »
I second what evening.echiveria said. Love the design!!! :like: I am going to be using Velcro and snaps to attach my armor. and don't be afraid to try out some of the attachment methods to see what works best for you. ;)

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Re: Rhue's First WIP (pic heavy)
« Reply #34 on: Jul 12, 2021, 10:04 PM »
Yesss, Post-Imp hype!! :porg2: Your design is so clean! I'm about to send the app team my own cardboard mockup so it's exciting to see yours. :D I'm very interested to know if they OK the separate ab plate, a lot of references have them attached to the chest plate, but having it separate makes a huge difference in flexibility.

Thank you!! Sending stuff in to the app team is a little nerve wracking honestly. Feels a bit like turning in a test and not knowing if you got a 19% or a 99%  :laugh: 

And about the ab plate, it is attached to the chest portion, it's just hard to see the white cardstock I used for the spacer against my light tan vest *facepalm*

Chest plates look super cool!
As for straps, I used pleather straps and attached them to the plates with velcro (and the plates were also attached to my flight suit with velcro, the straps were mostly aesthetic). Not the most "in universe" method, but with velcro you can adjust everything super easily and take off the armor very fast. I tried hot glue (straps came right off) and was considering snaps, but settled on velcro.

That's a good idea, thank you! Did you use any additional adhesive to stick the Velcro to the back of the plates, or was it strong enough as it was? I have the reading comprehension of a 2nd grader apparently  :laugh:

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« Reply #35 on: Jul 12, 2021, 10:33 PM »
That's a good idea, thank you! Did you use any additional adhesive to stick the Velcro to the back of the plates, or was it strong enough as it was? I have the reading comprehension of a 2nd grader apparently  :laugh:

Yeah no worries! I only used glue to stick the velcro onto the straps, but that's because the sticky back of the velcro has been good enough so far with the sintra. I may have to glue the velcro down to the sintra if they start to fall off. I just have to wait lol. For most minor gluing I use gorilla glue (the gel kind), it's generally strong and cures fast, plus it's cheap and sold everywhere (in America).

Also, to mention the app team thing, don't stress! My ruus'alor said something really neat, which was that the "app" stands for APPROVAL, not application. They want you to get approved just as much as you do! I know, they scare me too  :laugh: but we're all just nerds making costumes. This is for fun!

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« Reply #36 on: Jul 13, 2021, 12:42 AM »
Another strapping option would be similar to how Iím doing my armor. Attach straps between the chest and ab plates to join them together, then another pair over each shoulder to the back plates, attaching the two collar plates to the shoulder straps, then two sets of side straps with parachute buckles on either side (an upper and lower set), connecting the chest and ab plates to the back plate. That makes a full cuirass, but flexible cuirass.





Best of all, you wonít have to physically attach it directly to your vest either.

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Re: Rhue's First WIP (pic heavy)
« Reply #37 on: Jul 13, 2021, 08:18 AM »
For my straps I used Chicago screws to hold them onto the plates and a mix of buckles and D-rings to close them. 🙂

Love the chest plate  :<3:

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« Reply #38 on: Jul 15, 2021, 07:27 PM »
Thanks Vercopaanir, I'll check our your WIP and see what you did  ;D

I don't have any updates on my kit, but yesterday I got to go to Galaxy's Edge for the first time  :o  I quite literally have no words to describe how amazing it was... I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't been able to go yet and wants to see it for the first time in person, but here's the link to some of the photos I took  :D I felt like such a nerd taking close-up pictures of like...the ride queue railings and the trash cans but it actually gave me a good idea of what kinds of weathering I like, so I called it "research" and let my family laugh at me  :laugh:

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« Reply #39 on: Jul 15, 2021, 08:57 PM »
Thanks Vercopaanir, I'll check our your WIP and see what you did  ;D

I don't have any updates on my kit, but yesterday I got to go to Galaxy's Edge for the first time  :o  I quite literally have no words to describe how amazing it was... I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't been able to go yet and wants to see it for the first time in person, but here's the link to some of the photos I took  :D I felt like such a nerd taking close-up pictures of like...the ride queue railings and the trash cans but it actually gave me a good idea of what kinds of weathering I like, so I called it "research" and let my family laugh at me  :laugh:

Nuiiiiiiice. Did you get to Saviís Workshop or the Droid Depot?

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« Reply #40 on: Jul 15, 2021, 09:33 PM »
Galaxy's edge looks soooooo cool, I'm glad you had a great time! I really want to go after the pandemic gets better (I would have to fly there).

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« Reply #41 on: Jul 15, 2021, 10:23 PM »
Thanks for sharing the pictures ;D it looks like you had a fun time!! I am also hoping to go there again after the pandemic.

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« Reply #42 on: Jul 16, 2021, 08:03 PM »
Oooohh, I'm so jealous!! That's bucket-list stuff right there, I'd love to go someday. Those are some great reference pics, you should get a tax write off on that trip since you were obviously there on business. :8):

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« Reply #43 on: Jul 20, 2021, 11:42 PM »
Oooohh, I'm so jealous!! That's bucket-list stuff right there, I'd love to go someday. Those are some great reference pics, you should get a tax write off on that trip since you were obviously there on business. :8):

Ooh good idea, then I'll have more money to spend on greeblies  :laugh:  And you all should definitely go, it really is an incredible experience. My sister bought the Art of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge book and it's fascinating to see how it progressed from a bunch of rough concept sketches to a fully fleshed-out theme park.

Nuiiiiiiice. Did you get to Saviís Workshop or the Droid Depot?

Nah, it was kind of a spur-of-the moment trip (perks of living in SoCal  :laugh: ) and tbh I didn't even know the Droid Depot existed until we got there lol

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I've been putting off re-dyeing my flightsuit fabric for several weeks now but I finally went out and bought some more dye today. I got one of the Rit Back to Black kits that comes with the special Jet Black dye, as well as a packet of regular black dye and combined them in one double-strength dye bath. The fabric is in the wash now and I'm hoping that it's at least a very, very dark shade of grey once it comes out of the dryer, because I really don't want to dye it again  ???  I'll update tomorrow with a pic of how it turned out.

I also bought a pair of Post-Imp ear caps today, so I'll be able to start making progress on my (woefully neglected) helmet soon!

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« Reply #44 on: Jul 20, 2021, 11:51 PM »
Good luck!

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