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    Dec 29, 2006, 4:18 PM - Reshaped "BM" armor #1

    Well, I had this sold but it fell through.
    The main thing I did not like about it was that it seemed to small on me.
    So I unsnapped my current armor and taped the BM armor on it and it was dead on .
    The next thing was the top of the chest plates. They kinda stuck out on the top. They had a weird curve to them and did not sit right on my chest.
    The collar armor had the same thing going on. It was almost flat and did not rest on my shoulders the way it should. Most people don't have this problem. As I said, this was my problem.

    I read somewhere that you could change the shape of fiberglass by heating it up the same way you can with plastic. So I took it to work and hit it with a heat gun and was VERY happy with what I came out with . I shaped the back plate to match.

    I personally think Bobamaker makes a AWESOME set of armor but it would be next to impossible to make something that would fit everyone out there. This armor was ''Ready to go'' out of the package. I'm just nuts I guess.

    So that being said, if you are teetering on getting some of his stuff, go for it.
    On top of that, He is a stand up guy to work with and keeps you updated .

    This is my opinon anyway .

    The pics are of the ''AFTER'' form.
    By no means was this stuff not killer right out of the box, I have just become way picky .

    So, what do you guys think ?

    -Tim-
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    Dec 29, 2006, 7:13 PM - Re: Reshaped "BM" armor #2

    Cool. Like you said armor is just one of those things that is never going to fit everyone perfectly right out of the box.

    I had to do a bit of reshaping on my mlc armor around the ...cod area. It was too steap a curve in ward (that comes to a point rather than a curve) and was a bit uncomfortable for my unmetionables. heat gun and a few min of holding and it was a much better fit.
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    Dec 29, 2006, 7:39 PM - Re: Reshaped "BM" armor #3

    Quote NikNak_aka said: View Post
    heat gun and a few min of holding and it was a much better fit.

    ......i hope you took the cod off first.....
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    Dec 29, 2006, 8:39 PM - Re: Reshaped "BM" armor #4

    Quote WhiteWulf said: View Post
    ......i hope you took the cod off first.....
    Imagine trying to explain that to an ER doctor.

    The armor looks great! BM makes great stuff.
  5. I helped at SDCC '08 GCNgamer128's Avatar
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    Dec 30, 2006, 5:23 AM - Re: Reshaped "BM" armor #5

    I'm glad you're happy with your modifications Any error would have made the armour trash
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    Dec 30, 2006, 8:59 AM - Re: Reshaped "BM" armor #6

    Just curious, is it possible to reshape fibreglass AFTER it was painted, without breaking the paint or something. I used acryls and figured the chest pieces could use a little reshaping as well.
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    Dec 30, 2006, 10:43 AM - Re: Reshaped "BM" armor #7

    Quote Real Scooby said: View Post
    Just curious, is it possible to reshape fibreglass AFTER it was painted, without breaking the paint or something. I used acryls and figured the chest pieces could use a little reshaping as well.
    Nope. The heat needed to bend the glass will bubble the paint.
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    Dec 30, 2006, 4:18 PM - Re: Reshaped "BM" armor #8

    Quote Real Scooby said: View Post
    Just curious, is it possible to reshape fibreglass AFTER it was painted, without breaking the paint or something. I used acryls and figured the chest pieces could use a little reshaping as well.
    Yes it is possible to re-shape the armour without the paint cracking. The heat process also softens the acrylic paint and allows it to bend slightly, don't go made though... carefully does it

    DAZ
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    Dec 30, 2006, 8:53 PM - Re: Reshaped "BM" armor #9

    Also watch where you put your fingers when you heat up your armor, it can leave nasty fingerprints.
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    Jan 1, 2007, 6:28 AM - Re: Reshaped "BM" armor #10

    Thanks Daz ! Its just a little reshape process, to fit your V.1 Chest plates a little better to my chest.
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    Jan 1, 2007, 12:53 PM - Re: Reshaped "BM" armor #11

    is it still possible if the fiberglass has a gel coat?
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    Jan 2, 2007, 11:47 PM - Re: Reshaped "BM" armor #12

    Quote zombierepellent said: View Post
    is it still possible if the fiberglass has a gel coat?
    Well doesn't his have a gel coat anyway?

    I have to assume it's possible, as long as the gel coat isn't thick where the form is easily lost


    -=QuinN!
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    Jan 3, 2007, 10:57 PM - Re: Reshaped "BM" armor #13

    Sorry to say this and to be honest (and faithful with the original post) and please don't take me wrong and I'm not trying to be a smart butt either....but, unless we have a "before-and-after" pics, I don't see this topic THAT helpful (that's what I do normally, showing the before-and-after pics or COMPARISON pics). Are you upgrading or just got a new BM set, or mixing-and-matching.....I don't get it. Well, that's just me. Just a suggestion to everyone (not just you), and another learning tip, that way other present and future members could learn from here.

    At least I understand the part when you said (in a way) that all armor is not for everyone's body shape, and that's the truth. I also understand that you've had to re-shape the chest pieces, because they were too flat...am I right? If so, NICE hint. I will work on mines when they come.

    Anyways, I've ordered a full set of BM armor myself since mid-november, then hitting my head to a wall, by just seeing some of the armor being sold on Ebay from other members and previous BM customers. The only one big problem I have is the collar armor (originally vacuuformed from MB) and the back armor do not match correctly (or shaped correctly to match each other, I would say), and they need to be changed, and the back armor is not accurate, specially the back of the neck area.

    BTW....are you upgrading, or just got a new set of armor? Let us know.

    Robert
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    Jan 5, 2007, 5:35 PM - Re: Reshaped "BM" armor #14

    Quote DarthVader1 said: View Post
    Sorry to say this and to be honest (and faithful with the original post) and please don't take me wrong and I'm not trying to be a smart butt either....but, unless we have a "before-and-after" pics, I don't see this topic THAT helpful (that's what I do normally, showing the before-and-after pics or COMPARISON pics). Are you upgrading or just got a new BM set, or mixing-and-matching.....I don't get it. Well, that's just me. Just a suggestion to everyone (not just you), and another learning tip, that way other present and future members could learn from here.

    At least I understand the part when you said (in a way) that all armor is not for everyone's body shape, and that's the truth. I also understand that you've had to re-shape the chest pieces, because they were too flat...am I right? If so, NICE hint. I will work on mines when they come.

    Anyways, I've ordered a full set of BM armor myself since mid-november, then hitting my head to a wall, by just seeing some of the armor being sold on Ebay from other members and previous BM customers. The only one big problem I have is the collar armor (originally vacuuformed from MB) and the back armor do not match correctly (or shaped correctly to match each other, I would say), and they need to be changed, and the back armor is not accurate, specially the back of the neck area.

    BTW....are you upgrading, or just got a new set of armor? Let us know.

    Robert
    Sorry, no before pics. Maybe someone else could post some.

    All I did was heat up the TOP of the chest armor, closest to the collar and made it ''Flatter'' across the top so it diden't set so far off of my chest.

    Just letting guys out there know that you could change the shape a little if need be, thats all.

    -Tim-
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    Jan 5, 2007, 6:26 PM - Re: Reshaped "BM" armor #15

    Quote CombatBaby said: View Post
    Well doesn't his have a gel coat anyway?

    I have to assume it's possible, as long as the gel coat isn't thick where the form is easily lost


    -=QuinN!
    I don't know, I don't have his armor.

    I don't think I'll bother trying this tho. I'm just going to upgrade it sometime anyway.
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