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 Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!

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Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
« Reply #675 on: Jan 15, 2018, 01:49 PM »
Well, I've been talking to the boss, Mandalore, and he suggested using 20gu steel.  Not sure how I'll be able to cut it, since all I have are yellow-handled snips. I wouldn't trust my Dremel to do it.

Oh, here's my latest.

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Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
« Reply #676 on: Jan 15, 2018, 03:30 PM »
Dremel will cut 20ga steel just fine. Make sure you buy the reinforced blades, or they make a 'life time' grit blade that does a decent job as well. Your aviation snips should cut it fine as well, but it will be a literal pain. At the very least, you'll want to rough your plates out with the dremel to make cutting woth the snips a little easier

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Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
« Reply #677 on: Jan 15, 2018, 05:49 PM »
Thanks for the tips, Vod!  ;D
My main concerns about using a Dremel are mostly about noise and sparks, since I have to do this indoors.

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Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
« Reply #678 on: Jan 29, 2018, 05:09 PM »
So, picked up some 22ga. steel for my rebuild.  Hope to have some shots to show once I have it cut.

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Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
« Reply #679 on: Jan 31, 2018, 02:03 PM »
So, got a bit impatient; printed and used a set of WoF Jango Fett templates.

Collar should be cut tonight, and have a lot of cleanup to do.

And a size comparison with my originals:

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Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
« Reply #680 on: Jan 31, 2018, 02:51 PM »
Nice!  Love seeing progress, vod.

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Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
« Reply #681 on: Jan 31, 2018, 03:29 PM »
*heavy Breathing in Mando*

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Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
« Reply #682 on: Jan 31, 2018, 04:01 PM »
YEESSSSSSS!!!!! MORE METAL!

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Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
« Reply #683 on: Mar 03, 2018, 09:57 PM »

So, I didn't post this here for some reason.

I also picked up a Mystery Box from UltraSabers... Nice milled aluminum with a red blade.

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Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
« Reply #684 on: Mar 04, 2018, 11:05 PM »
Nicely done, ner'vod.   :)

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Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
« Reply #685 on: Mar 05, 2018, 06:53 AM »
So, having spent a grand total of fourteen hours in kit this weekend, I have come to two realizations:
1) I need to find a way tp keep my knees and vambraces from biting me.
2) I am really looking forward to getting my metal plates done.

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Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
« Reply #686 on: Mar 05, 2018, 12:26 PM »
So, having spent a grand total of fourteen hours in kit this weekend, I have come to two realizations:
1) I need to find a way tp keep my knees and vambraces from biting me.
2) I am really looking forward to getting my metal plates done.

Perhaps stick a small chunk of eva foam on the inside? Small enough to provide cushion but not large enough to be seen.
I did that with my gauntlets and while there is cushion, they don't chaffe (chaff? rub against) my forearms, then again I haven't ever been in a full kit so my credibility on that subject is hazy  :rolleyes:

Your metal plates will be very very interesting to see how they end up fitting and being shaped  :P

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Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
« Reply #687 on: Apr 03, 2018, 08:35 AM »
Had a bit of fun yesterday, tried to trim down the plates again.  Gave up after winding up with more than a few sparks hitting me in the face while I was trying to use a cutting wheel.


I also printed an April Storm DW vambrace, left. Got the halves epoxied, and a bit of wire in the hinge.

Now comes my dilemma... I'm shooting for the Striker Brigade, Assassin Profession. The PRL's say a streamlined gauntlet, so I'm wondering just how far to go in adding the bits and bobs to this.

EDIT: Is this too small? It closes just fine, but was wondering if I need to adjust the length.

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Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
« Reply #688 on: Apr 03, 2018, 08:40 PM »
Nicely begun my friend :). Metal armor is the best armor, but I might be just a touch prejudiced there :P. You'll want to take a hammer to the edges just to flatten out where your dremel chewed a bit, but I'll admit I only actually read this page and skimmed the last few so you might already know that. For gaunts and knees, a bit of the thinnest eva foam (2mm, I believe) will serve to stop pinching, and you can always go a little thicker if you need the padding.

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Re: Straka Zulu, Brigades or Bust!
« Reply #689 on: Apr 03, 2018, 08:56 PM »
As long as it can still close over a flightsuit I don't see any issue with it  :laugh:

It seems pretty well streamlined to me, but i'm not in the Brigade so i'm not sure if it will work. Have you tried asking in the brigades directly?

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