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  1. Notlewis's Avatar
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    Sep 4, 2014, 2:05 AM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #126

    Thank you for your kind words!
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    Sep 7, 2014, 10:17 AM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #127

    Did some weathering on the knee armor yesterday evening with grey, brown and black acryl paint using the washing method:
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    Sep 24, 2014, 2:50 PM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #128

    I installed white elastic band into the knee armor. They are just glued in with gel super glue. After that I weathered them with brown and black acryl paint.
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    ...and managed to do some progress on the shoulder armor.
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    In reality the knee and right shoulder armor are more orange, than shown in the pictures.
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    Sep 25, 2014, 3:46 AM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #129

    you're on the right track sir!


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    Sep 25, 2014, 9:47 AM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #130

    Looking good..... I would say that the left shoulder still looks orange, as it should be yellow. Maybe that's just the pics......
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    Sep 25, 2014, 10:04 AM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #131

    Some pics of the test fit... its coming together... step by step.
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    Next will be installing the magnets to the armor and rework the velcro on the vest.

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    Quote Major said: View Post
    Looking good..... I would say that the left shoulder still looks orange, as it should be yellow. Maybe that's just the pics......
    Thanks Major! Its just the pics... the left shoulder is yellow.

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    Quote jbdubz said: View Post
    you're on the right track sir!


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    Thank you, jbdubz! I hope so!
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    Sep 25, 2014, 3:24 PM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #132

    Nice work man, you're doin real good.
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    Sep 25, 2014, 4:16 PM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #133

    Quote thebeans said: View Post
    Nice work man, you're doin real good.
    Thank you, thebeans!
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    Oct 4, 2014, 1:49 PM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #134

    Today, I got my belt with 7 functional pouches from mexico. Thank you so much, Landher!
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    2 Weeks Ago - Nov 9, 2014, 1:41 PM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #135

    Just a little, little, little update: I installed the 2 switches to the right gauntlet and did some test with the gauntlet hose connection to the jumpsuit.
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    I havent been lazy... only some side-projects going on...
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    2 Weeks Ago - Nov 12, 2014, 11:07 AM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #136

    Guess what it is...
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    Correct! The inside of my vest, starting to find the right positions of the magnets. Im using N52 neodym 10x10x2mm magnets. The relation is 1 glued to the armor : 3 on the inside of the vest. So at the moment its 111 magnets only for the 4 chest pieces.
    First of all I tried 1:1, but that was too loose and easy to pull apart.
    1:2 was strong, but not strong enough (for me).
    1:3 is perfect, the magnet area on the inside is still flat enough and you have to pull really hard on the armor before you can take it off the vest.
    Before glueing (Im still thinking about the best way to fix them on the vest material) Ill have to cut out the area, where the chest display will sit, to hide the electronics and cable.
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    2 Weeks Ago - Nov 12, 2014, 2:35 PM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #137

    Wow! Clap. clap. CLaaAP! Great work! I'm loving this build and thanks for sharing this detailed build with the communitie. It's almost like a tutorial! I can't stress this enough, great job!!!!
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    1 Week Ago - Nov 12, 2014, 6:44 PM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #138

    Quote Notlewis said: View Post
    Some pics of the test fit... its coming together... step by step.
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    Next will be installing the magnets to the armor and rework the velcro on the vest.

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    Thanks Major! Its just the pics... the left shoulder is yellow.

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    Thank you, jbdubz! I hope so!
    How did you get the shoulder plates to stay on the mannequin? I'm new and looking to display something similar to that until I do a full build.
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    1 Week Ago - Nov 13, 2014, 2:08 AM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #139

    Quote grenater said: View Post
    Wow! Clap. clap. CLaaAP! Great work! I'm loving this build and thanks for sharing this detailed build with the communitie. It's almost like a tutorial! I can't stress this enough, great job!!!!
    Thank you so much!

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    How did you get the shoulder plates to stay on the mannequin? I'm new and looking to display something similar to that until I do a full build.
    At the moment, they are held in place by velcro. But Ill change this in the next days, using magnets.
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    6 Days Ago - Nov 20, 2014, 12:48 PM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #140

    The magnet-installation... was a succes!

    I used hotglue to fix the magnets on the inside of the vest. From now on, it will be only hand-washing possible. It took me several hours, because each time before gluing the magnets, I checked the right position of the armor.
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    The edge of the armor sits now very flat on the vest, no space or gaps visible. It looks like a unit. Im very happy with the result.
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    Now the time has come to take care of the chest electronics:
    As cover for the lights behind the slots I use matt black car window foil. To attach it to the inside of the armor, strong tape is really helpful and in case I have to chabge something, I can just pull it apart. At the moment the cable shows on the front of the vest. To hide it, Ill cut a small hole into the vest and put it through to the inside, where also the battery will be placed in a small pocket.
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    1 Day Ago - Nov 25, 2014, 10:11 AM - Re: Mid-Budget ESB built #141

    Did some work on the left gauntlet. It was time to fix the hoses for the flamethrower. I had some old white cable laying around. Cut in 3 pieces and coloured one red. As base 3 washers were used. Drilled the holes to the flamethrower backside. Put in the cable and fixed the 3 ends of the cable in the inside of the gauntlet with some gaffer tape. I will do some weathering, so the red hose wont look that ugly painted anymore. Its not perfect, but it will do its job.
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