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  1. Bounty1138's Avatar
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    2 Weeks Ago - Jan 13, 2015, 12:22 PM - Re: WIP - ESB Fett a rapidly expanding project #51

    That last pic helps a lot. Thanks for finding it. I think it shows two things. One is that there is a gap, which is probably unavoidable (and maybe not a bad thing). The other thing is that the back plate in the pic is more curved below the slots for the straps than mine. That seems to make a difference on the size of the gap. That pics shows quite the curve lower on the back plate.
    I think bending the hooks is a bad idea.
    I'm just going to move ahead with the hook installation as planned and live with the gap unless anyone else has an idea. It will be covered on one side by the cloak anyway.
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    2 Weeks Ago - Jan 15, 2015, 12:41 PM - Re: WIP - ESB Fett a rapidly expanding project #52

    So, I moved forward with installing the hooks. It went well without an major issues,
    It was trickly to thread the nuts inside the pack without being able to see them and having limited room, but I managed.

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    Since I had the hardware mounted, I figured I should take it for a test drive to see how it worked with the harness.

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    I hadn't cut the slits in my vest yet, so I just put it on over my flightsuit. I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable it was and how well the weight was distributed with the harness. Now that I know it works, I can properly tighten the white straps, add the beacon, etc.
    My fears about the gap between the jetpack and the back armour seem to be unfounded, since I think it looks fine.
    I used magnets to keep the collar armour in place and that worked remarkable well. Since the harness bears all the weight of the pack, the rare earth magnet was plenty strong enough to keep the collar armour exactly where I wanted it to be, without choking me or riding high.
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    2 Weeks Ago - Jan 15, 2015, 3:10 PM - Re: WIP - ESB Fett a rapidly expanding project #53

    Looks perfect to me! Nicely done!
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    1 Week Ago - Jan 22, 2015, 1:15 PM - Re: WIP - ESB Fett a rapidly expanding project #54

    So, I finally got to try everything on at the same time, which was exciting.
    The jetpack is surprisingly light and comfortable. It feels very secure on the 3D printed harness.
    Here are some pics.

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    The lighting isn't great and some of the colours seem off with these cellphone pics. The knee armour looks weirdly orange and they are hanging at strange angle (can't blame the camera for knee armour angle ;-).
    I also need to tighten up the white straps holding the jetpack.
    I'm still toting around the repainted Hasbro ROTJ EE-3, but have placed an order for the ESB EE-3 and the sidearm from Stormrider.
    I also ordered a new vest and neck seal from Arkady, as I'm once again leaning towards going for 501st certification at some point (although there is more to be done before that) and the MoW vest won't cut it.

    Feedback is welcome. I will try to get some pics with better lighting soon.
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    1 Week Ago - Jan 22, 2015, 3:56 PM - Re: WIP - ESB Fett a rapidly expanding project #55

    Man, that is really coming together. Excellent work!

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