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Trampís Mando Kit WIP
« on: Apr 20, 2021, 06:47 PM »
Ok, Iím slowly getting the pieces together to upgrade my kit to MMC standards.

Here is the basic concept, so far, for my kit:


 So far, I have my helmet from STEINCustomDesigns, which I just stripped down for a total repaint (with primer this time), flight suit (black BDUs with the jacket collar modified with a flap and Velcro added to form a neck seal), Valken full finger Airsoft gloves (needs mods to hide logo molded into plate on back of hand) , tactical ammo/utility belt, and Boba Fett style bracers from DHPFX. My next piece of soft goods just came in: a pair of black Ridetech motorcycle boots:



The current plan is for these to be the only leather in my kit, as Iím going for a very ďtacticalĒ look for my kit, particularly in the soft goods. As such, my utility and gun belts will both be nylon web belts.

As it stands, this is my current kit:


Iím going to replace the torso plates with ABS plates Iím going to order from DFPFX, along with his back plate, then mod them to fit and taste. The only part of his torso plate set I donít plan on using are the shoulder plates, as I want simple, shoulder bells like Sabine Wrenís, and my current kitís, not Fett style plates. If I can reshape the DHPFX ones, I will, otherwise, Iíll need help finding some.

These will then be assembled into a full cuirass bound together with nylon straps, rather than attaching directly to the vest. The collar plate will also be fused to the back plate to form a single piece that slips in over my head like my current kit: 





One thing not in the concept art that Iím likely going to add is a Kama in order to cover my back pockets and hip pockets.

These are images of the other parts I currently have:













And these are my next planned purchases:







And this is the vest I want:



Anyone know who could make that at a good price? Iíve checked the vendors here and the few that make vests all make standard ďFettĒ style vests with back (or some side) closures, whereas this is a front closure design.

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Re: Trampís Mando Kit WIP
« Reply #1 on: Apr 21, 2021, 03:24 AM »
The big thing I noted was that your current plates seem a bit long and wide on you. But the new ones should help with that, just remember that the ab should end right about your navel.

On your vest, I'm not sure it's approvable to do a front closure, as it could be seen between the plates. Probably a good idea to ask the app team in the q&a section before going on with getting it made.

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« Reply #2 on: Apr 21, 2021, 10:19 AM »
The big thing I noted was that your current plates seem a bit long and wide on you. But the new ones should help with that, just remember that the ab should end right about your navel.

On your vest, I'm not sure it's approvable to do a front closure, as it could be seen between the plates. Probably a good idea to ask the app team in the q&a section before going on with getting it made.

My current plates are deceiving. I have a long torso. My current plates do, in fact, end above my navel. In fact, my utility belt was at my navel.

It should also be noted that those plates were originally fitted to be worn over a heavy leather duster, and, in that picture, Iím wearing them over just a a set of BDUs with a sweatshirt and sweat pants under them for warmth.

As for vests with a front closure, Iíve seen a few that have been approved, so thatís not an issue, and, with how my plates will be attached together, the strapping between the collar, pectoral, and abdominal plates should hide it just fine.

My only other option for vests would be this, but itís about $130, and Iím not sure I really want to pay that much. It doesnít have the stand-up collar either.





All the other Tactical style vests Iíve looked at have way too many pouches built in or are too long.

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Re: Trampís Mando Kit WIP
« Reply #3 on: Apr 22, 2021, 11:33 AM »
Well, I just ordered my new chest and back plates from DPHFX. They should ship in a few weeks.

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Re: Trampís Mando Kit WIP
« Reply #4 on: Apr 22, 2021, 12:42 PM »
The big issue with the front closure is, going by your pic, it looks like you would have the zipper/ whatever you use to secure it visible, and the app team will immediately kick it back if there are exposed zippers. But if there is a velcroed flap over the zipper line, it would be more likely to pass. The team goes over the app pics with a fine toothed comb, so if there is a zipper at all visible (or exposed elastic, unpainted rivets, etc) they will see it.

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Re: Trampís Mando Kit WIP
« Reply #5 on: Apr 22, 2021, 02:12 PM »
The big issue with the front closure is, going by your pic, it looks like you would have the zipper/ whatever you use to secure it visible, and the app team will immediately kick it back if there are exposed zippers. But if there is a velcroed flap over the zipper line, it would be more likely to pass. The team goes over the app pics with a fine toothed comb, so if there is a zipper at all visible (or exposed elastic, unpainted rivets, etc) they will see it.

The zipper wonít be a problem, given how my plates will be assembled. The only part that might still show would be at the very bottom, and that could be covered by a buckle secured between some nylon strapping.

The main question is whether to go with the ďFuture CopĒ design from the 3D model and hope someone will make it for me at an affordable price, or go with the $130 tactical motorcycle vest, and which would be more affordable.

One of the biggest reasons for a front closing vest, aside from the ease of getting into and out of it is that I can wear it without the armor attached and still look ďsci fiĒ/ Star Wars.

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Re: Trampís Mando Kit WIP
« Reply #6 on: Apr 26, 2021, 02:03 PM »
After much consideration, I think Iím going to go with the ďTrue GritĒ vest for a couple of reasons, not the least of which, it comes with a removable holster that can be set up for either hand, and can fit almost any type of hand gun, so it should fit a Westar 34 or 35. Secondly, the price dropped to $117. :8):

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« Reply #7 on: Apr 27, 2021, 08:32 PM »
No new pics yet, trying to get them from my phone to my computer to take them into Photoshop to combine them. That being said, the weather was finally warm enough to prime my helmet for its repaint. I went with Krylon black primer and will let it cure a day or so befor applying the paint. Iím using Mission Models gloss black acrylic paint as a base and will follow that with Mission Models chrome. Once thatís dry, Iíll start on the blue clear coat in order to get that dyed metal look I want.

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Re: Trampís Mando Kit WIP
« Reply #8 on: Apr 29, 2021, 01:39 AM »
Ordered the True Grit vest this afternoon and itís already in transit from the store. I ordered it from Eagle Leather out of Tacoma, WA, and itís scheduled to arrive on Star Wars Day.  This does not mean Iíve given up on having the Future Cop vest made, but this way I can get my armor properly sized and shaped when it comes in. It also means that I donít have to make a holster.

Speaking of which, I am ordering a Westar 35 Deathwatch Live Action from Deckplate Designs, and have requested an invoice so I can pay him. Out of the three versions of the Westar 35, that ounce looked the best to me. It should fit the holster, if the latter is as versatile as advertised. Itís supposed to hold virtually any size or shape pistol up to a 44 magnum.

I canít wait.  :8):

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« Reply #9 on: Apr 30, 2021, 01:33 AM »
My vest is on its way and is supposed to arrive Tuesday, 4 MAY, Star Wars Day. :D I have also ordered my Westar 35 Deathwatch Live Action, and itís getting printed as we speak. I canít wait until it arrives.

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« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2021, 03:01 AM »
My vest arrived on time and fits great. I tried it on over my BDU shirt and with my utility belt as well, and even under my existing armor, and it works better than I expected. Obviously, it will require some alterations to hide the zipper and remove the tags (for if/when I choose to wear it without the cuirass), but overall, I think it will work.

The only issue I found is that the holster is not as ďreversibleĒ as the staff at Eagle Leather said it was. Yes, technically, you can wear it for left-handed use, but it leaves the strap loops on the side facing away from the thigh or waist, instead of right up against it where any straps would be able to slide right through and around.

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Re: Trampís Mando Kit WIP
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2021, 11:56 AM »
Hereís some pics of the new vest:









I know there are mods that will need to be done to meet approval standards. Already planning that.

Here are those promised helmet pics:











Now, for some more good news. My torso armor just came in yesterday. I havenít really done any major test fitting, yet, with the plates taped together, but I did try the collar and back plates just holding them, and the collar may, or may not, be a little wide. Iím not sure. I need to get some proper pics taken with them put together later today, expect some new pics within the next few days.

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Re: Trampís Mando Kit WIP
« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2021, 03:25 PM »
Good a lot of progress going!

Are you going to be able to attach plates to that vest with the built in padding without them floating off of your body?

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Re: Trampís Mando Kit WIP
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2021, 03:59 PM »
Good a lot of progress going!

Are you going to be able to attach plates to that vest with the built in padding without them floating off of your body?

The armor isnít going to be mounted directly to the vest at all. It will all be worn over the vest.

As I did with my previous prototypes, the collar will be fused to the back plate (Iíll need to extend the shoulders of the back plate forward to do that) and all of the other plates will be attached to each other via nylon webbing to form a full cuirass that will slip on over my head and fit over the vest, secured at the sides with straps and buckles. Itís going to be completely separate from my vest. That way it will be easier to remove and I can wear the vest without the armor as well.

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Re: Trampís Mando Kit WIP
« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2021, 06:29 PM »
I think the point of the question was that the padding may lift the plates off your chest, resulting in "floating" plates, which, if it were to happen, would mean either ripping out the pads or tightening the chestplates so tightly it would get hard to breathe.

But as long as the plates are shaped with the padding in mind, it shouldn't be an issue, as the pads look fairly thin

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