How to Attach Armor

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    How to Attach Armor

    Hey All,

    I just came into ownership of a very high quality Fett Flak Vest, and I was wondering what the best way to attach armor to it would be...

    Previously I used bolts and grommets method, but although it did the job the grommets weren't attached very well and I effectively ruined the flak vest which I do NOT want to happen this time

    I've contemplated industrial strength velcro (but you'd have to sew it on to the vest yes?) as well as rare earth magnets attached to the inside of the vest and the armor plates... anyone have any easy/effective tips that keep the vest in relatively good shape? Links to threads on this topic would also be very much appreciated

    Thanks guys!

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    Re: How to Attach Armor

    Snaps....velcro i hear catches at wookie braids. Earth magnets if the armors not attached will want to stick to eachother. So I would go with snaps in your case

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    Re: How to Attach Armor

    Thanks Fett 4 Real! A little bit of research yielded some tutorials on how to do bolts/grommets the correct way, so if snaps fail me I can try again with the bolt option

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    i'm a big fan of the bolts method.

    imo, snaps make the armor sit too far off the vest, where the bolts pull it in super-tight.

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    Re: How to Attach Armor

    Boo Boo Fett's tutorial is "spot on". If I were you, that's the method I'd use.

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    dsonik1 said: View Post
    Boo Boo Fett's tutorial is "spot on". If I were you, that's the method I'd use.
    can ya link that one?

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    Re: How to Attach Armor

    I think this is the one you want.

    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showt...ighlight=bolts

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    Re: How to Attach Armor

    Thanks, Cold.

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    I actually used a slightly different version of the bolt and grommet method. I used the t-nuts and screws that hold football helmet facemasks on to the helmet. I'll take pictures and post them tonight when I get home. Worked great for attaching the armor to the vest and works amazingly well for putting the visor into the helmet.

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    Re: How to Attach Armor

    Cant wait to see it, as I still have to attach mine, as well

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    Re: How to Attach Armor

    Boo Boo Fett's tutorial is very thorough and well explained... and I'm hoping to buy a set of Wickedbeard armor at some point (if I ever get a PM back from him ) so I may use that one.

    On that note, do you guys know if Wickedbeard is still around? If he still sells his metal armor parts?

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    Indeed he does. Send him a message via his e-mail addy, which is on his website.

    http://www.freewebs.com/wickedbeard/

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    Re: How to Attach Armor

    dsonik1 said: View Post
    Indeed he does. Send him a message via his e-mail addy, which is on his website.

    http://www.freewebs.com/wickedbeard/
    Yeh he was backed up with orders when i checked a few months ago...

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    Yeh he was backed up with orders when i checked a few months ago...
    Yeah, fair enough. His work is obviously held with a very high regard around here, but for $550 I'm going to have to think about it anyways :P

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    Re: How to Attach Armor

    think those prices are low not sure what he quoted me at

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    Re: How to Attach Armor

    Wickedbeard is definitely still making armor. I just got my ESB gaunts and armor yesterday from him.

    Vest and armor pieces are marked for BooBoo's screw mount method right now, and I am going to start installing the grommets in about an hour. Jeff is really busy, though. In fact, I think I ordered my stuff from him back in the middle of December - just to give you a timeline. He's pretty active on facebook, but he does stop by here to check his inbox from time to time. I just got a PM from him yesterday, in fact.

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    Re: How to Attach Armor

    Try not to forget that those prices include one hell of a paintjob.

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    Re: How to Attach Armor

    dsonik1 said: View Post
    Thanks, Cold.
    No worries! I was looking this over not too long ago. Have some armor on order and a naked flak vest.

    Figured that if I was ever spotted in only the Fett cloth gear, it would be the equivalent of Mando indecent exposure. Going to be looking around town for grommets in the near future.

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