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Attaching Armour : Tutorial

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    Re: Attaching Armour : Tutorial

    Oh snap, thanks for the tutorial! Granted, gotta redo the paint on Jodo, but this is how I've been wanting to attach the armor all along, and now you're made it a nice step-by-step process! Thanks for the instructional!

    Bump so newer folks like me don't miss this!

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    Very cool tutorial!

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    Re: Attaching Armour : Tutorial

    cool and detail tutorial! Great job..

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    great tutorial!

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    great tutorial +1

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    Newbie here... I have been wondering how the armour was attaced and so far this has been the best Idea. I was planning to use rivits in a similar manner. Thanks!!!

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    These are a great idea. Where did you find them?

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    Great idea here, my concern is about using this technique for trash can armor. I used this technique last year for Halloween on my trash can armor. I used hotglue and plumbers epoxy putty, this worked ok, my armor held for most of the night but i had to be careful how i moved, by the time i was heading home though the bolts were breaking off the armor. This year I made a new set of armor and tried to attach the bolts using super glue and then automotive epoxy putty. I didnt get very far, the bolts all snapped off before i even got to attach the putty. I guess my question is is there anyway to use this technique effectively with trashcan armor, or should i save my self some time and effort and just use velcro.
    Thanks all

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    Great Idea! Ill do the same with snap buttons!

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    Re: Attaching Armour : Tutorial

    vobio said: View Post
    Great idea here, my concern is about using this technique for trash can armor. I used this technique last year for Halloween on my trash can armor. I used hotglue and plumbers epoxy putty, this worked ok, my armor held for most of the night but i had to be careful how i moved, by the time i was heading home though the bolts were breaking off the armor. This year I made a new set of armor and tried to attach the bolts using super glue and then automotive epoxy putty. I didnt get very far, the bolts all snapped off before i even got to attach the putty. I guess my question is is there anyway to use this technique effectively with trashcan armor, or should i save my self some time and effort and just use velcro.
    Thanks all
    Some glue doesn't adhere well to the plastic used in trashcan armor. Another thing to make sure to do is use sandpaper to scratch the surface of the plastic to give the glue something to adhere to.

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    I kept mine very simple. I used thin sheet steel. Looks tough but is bendable with your hands. I hot glued a rubber backing (close to 1/4 of aninch worth). Then I hot glued the rubber backed steel armor onto an Extra Large Pull over (zipper neck) sweat shirt. I hand wash the thing. It works great. If something comes loose I just use a little hot glue for repairs. I didn't make a full back armor. I only made a piece for the shoulders and upper back. I added velcro to the armor and the sweat shirt ( I could have done that on the front pieces but I wanted a solid look and feel on the front). I then added velcro to the jet pack and the back plate armor. Worked great. If I make a Jt pack that is heavier then I will need to rethink the attachment method.
    -Indae007

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    Re: Attaching Armour : Tutorial

    sorry folks but i dont really understand this method.do you actually drill holes in the armour or do you screw from the inside of the flack vest [what i mean is do you put the bolts on to the armour,put the armour onto the vest and then remove the excess from where it would dig into you,the finished pic does not seem to have holes in the actuall armour],thanks

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    Re: Attaching Armour : Tutorial

    You JB weld or adhere the top of the bolts to the underside of the vest. Then the bolt goes through the grommet in the vest and you screw the nut on the underside(the side facing you) of the vest. You then want to grind the excess amount of the bolt that is sticking out past the nut so that it doesn't dig into you when you are wearing it.

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    cheers buddy

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    Re: Attaching Armour : Tutorial

    as im doing the jango armour would this method work for the leg armour too

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    Re: Attaching Armour : Tutorial

    You certainly could. I suppose that it would help the armor plates to hold their position but I would still suggest that you also do what most do for Jango's leg armor and have straps running into the jumpsuit that wrap around the leg.

    However I would suggest, if you do go that route, that you wear some underarmor pants or something under your flight suit then so you don't have the bolts rubbing into your leg.

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    very true,maybe i will go with the straps for the legs

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    Great tutorial!! I'm contemplating on whether to use snaps or bolts with JB Weld on my 3mm Sintra armor set and Pleather vest. I don't plan on countersinking the bolts, if I go the bolt route.

    I'm afraid that the bolt method may put too much stress on the sintra's surface. Has anyone had experience with Bolt attachment & Sintra armor?

    I know the Sintra & snap method works with good success. Just wondering if I could make it better.

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    Re: Attaching Armour : Tutorial

    Quality tutorial very helpfull, now to dig out my stab vests and have a play.

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    Re: Attaching Armour : Tutorial

    Any news on the positioning of the shoulder eyelets?

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    JayBox325 said: View Post
    Any news on the positioning of the shoulder eyelets?
    From the pictures I've seen, the Boba shoulders appear to rotate from the sides near the corners of the armor... almost like a hinge. Looks like two eyelets (on the top farside corners) were used in the original.

    I attached mine a little differently though. I used 4 snaps (which work a lot like bolts/eyelets, if you recess them well enough) per shoulder. 1 snap on each of the top 4 corners of the armor. I'd say this method would work for the rotating boba-style, if you removed the top 2 snaps.. leaving the far "side" corner snaps.

    The key to mounting the shoulder, which I found out the hard way, is to follow the SEAM of the vest, not the contour of the vest sleeve. I followed the contour of my vest's sleeve first, and it made my shoulders look like WINGS lol.

    So I suggest that you focus on aligning the top edge of the shoulder with the vest seam (where the sleeve meets the vest). This will make it angle downward correctly, and give good spacing to the collar and the chestpiece.

    It took 4 or 5 people for us to figure out what looked off about my original placement. We couldn't put our finger on it, it just looked funny lol.

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    Re: Attaching Armour : Tutorial

    Any pictures of where you positioned your eyelets? Sounds very in depth :P

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    I haven't taken any photos of the eyelets, but I do have photos of my shoulders.

    Here they are mounted "correctly" (following the seam of the vest)


    Here they are mounted "incorrectly" like wings lol (following the contour of the vest sleeves)


    Here is a trimmed photo of my shoulder after correcting it - just happened to have this uploaded


    See where the two green lines intersect? Place a snap or bolt about 1/2" from that corner. Place another snap on the opposite corner. These two snaps/bolts are critical for MY vest. You could attach to the corner where the red/green intersect, but it may leave a more noticeable gap between the fabric and the shoulder - it just depends on your vest.

    These two snaps are the only ones you need for the Boba screen-style mounting (someone correct me if I'm wrong), as his appears to rotate freely about this axis point. Forgot where I saw the pictures.

    If you want them fixed to the vest (like mine), two more snaps are needed for the top (near the top of the green line). I used two snaps - one at each of the "top corners".

    Jango's vest extends beyond the shoulder plate (mine does not, obviously), and this will require a couple more snaps/bolts to hold the vest to the bottom of the shoulders. I would attach these to the corners also.

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    What size grommets are the the best to use? 3/8, 1/4?

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    thanks!! gracias cada detalles es importante

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