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    Feb 7, 2016, 12:25 AM - the armor #1

    How does everyone connect their armor to their flak vest? Can we use velcro and still get approved?
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    Feb 7, 2016, 7:48 AM - Re: the armor #2

    You can velcro. I use snaps. I think snaps is a preferred method by many.

    Look up Cruzer's thread titled "Don't call it a comeback" scroll down and you will see an excellent picture display of how snaps look.
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    Feb 7, 2016, 10:25 AM - Re: the armor #3

    Here's another good thread by cruzer
    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/f28/j...-member-51906/
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    Feb 11, 2016, 10:04 PM - Re: the armor #4

    I'll have to do that. Alright, another question. My jumpsuit came with this weird elastic in the back. If I take it out, can I still be approved? I feel like it would fit better if it weren't there. I don't want to have to go through the trouble and hassle of ordering another one and waiting another year to get it.
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    Feb 11, 2016, 11:12 PM - Re: the armor #5

    The back of your flightsuit isn't visible anyways so I would think it would be ok. The only thing visible of the flightsuit in the back is the butt area and the legs.
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    Feb 12, 2016, 9:16 PM - Re: the armor #6

    It's near the bottom curve of the back.
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    Feb 12, 2016, 11:07 PM - Re: the armor #7

    Before you do anything drastic, post a picture. The guys here will guide you in the right direction.
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    Feb 20, 2016, 11:38 PM - Re: the armor #8

    Alright. I'll post pictures later today or tomorrow.
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    Mar 12, 2016, 8:48 PM - Re: the armor #9

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    pay no attention to my ugly mug. in the last picture, you can see where the elastic band is "pinched." should i let it out a little?
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    these pictures are to show the length and size of the flak vest. should i bring it up a little? if so, how? or should i leave it alone? it is about an inch to an inch and a quarter below my waist.
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    Mar 12, 2016, 8:53 PM - Re: the armor #10

    All that will be covered by your girth belt and ammo belt

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    Mar 12, 2016, 8:56 PM - Re: the armor #11

    so i can let out the elastic? it's a little tight as it is.

    looks good to me. is yours sewn at the bottom?
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    Mar 12, 2016, 9:11 PM - Re: the armor #12

    That pic is the 501st requirements pic so follow those standards
    mine has no elastic, that's the way I received it , I would say let it out , you won't need it
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    Mar 12, 2016, 9:15 PM - Re: the armor #13

    Much appreciated.
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    Mar 13, 2016, 9:47 AM - Re: the armor #14

    Agreed, as long as the stitching from the elastic doesn't drop down and show below your girth belt you should be fine. As for your vest it does look a little long however I would wait until after you have everything assembled before altering the length. If the vest shows below the girth belt when everything is worn then adjust the length. If it doesn't no adjustment is necessary. You may also want to check out Seeker's Flicker page it has some great ideas (pictures) for setting up your mid section and attaching your leather parts to your vest which will prevent it from riding up while your moving around. https://www.flickr.com/photos/arturo...7628954377747/
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    Mar 13, 2016, 2:28 PM - Re: the armor #15

    This is all very good information. Thank you.
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    Apr 12, 2016, 8:55 PM - Re: the armor #16

    How much space is between the parts of the torso armor?
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    Apr 12, 2016, 9:18 PM - Re: the armor #17

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    Should I lower them, raise them or what? They aren't attached. They're just placed on there to get an idea of placement.
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    Apr 13, 2016, 1:48 AM - Re: the armor #18

    It's hard to tell with out it being on you, especially since you have a much longer Flack vest than the ones I have seen before. I would use some Velcro or thick double sided tape to temp install the plates and make adjustments with it on you.
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    Apr 13, 2016, 12:24 PM - Re: the armor #19

    That's what I was planning to do today. I was going to tape it like it is and gauge from there. I was just trying to get a general idea as well as seeing what the consensus was. Thank you, kindly.
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    Apr 13, 2016, 1:13 PM - Re: the armor #20

    You could also put on your jumpsuit, vest, and girth belt. Make sure everything is where it will be when the complete costume is worn. Then draw a line on your vest with chalk or something easily removable along the top of your girth belt. Then remove everything and lay out the vest flat and find the center (2 marks one high and one low to keep the line from going off center) then draw your center line (with chalk) from the neck to the girth belt line. Use the center line to center your collar, diamond, and abe armor. Then it's just a matter of evenly spacing out your armor in the space allowed between the colar armor and the line you drew where the girth belt will sit.
    Then as you stated I would still recommend temp installing it to see how it looks when worn before installing the snaps (just to make sure).
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    Apr 13, 2016, 3:29 PM - Re: the armor #21

    I would have never thought to do all that. You all are good people.
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    Apr 13, 2016, 8:31 PM - Re: the armor #22

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    Apr 13, 2016, 9:20 PM - Re: the armor #23

    Should I cut the bottom of the vest or sew it?
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    Apr 14, 2016, 9:16 AM - Re: the armor #24

    Judging by your chalk line for the cod piece your ammo belt might be a little high. The ammo pouches should not extend higher than the girth belt, The girth belt is approximately 5" tall and the ammo pouches should be 4.5" tall. The girth belt should cover the top portion of the cod armor (see picture from the gallery).
    But, yes cutting it and then re sewing the bottom would be the way to go. Just remember make sure everything is perfect before you cut it. You can always cut more off but once it's cut you can't put it back on.
    Also remember that it tucks under the girth belt so don't cut it to short or it will keep pulling out while your moving around.
    Also lay out your armor on the vest and make sure you can space it out evenly in the space allowed (between the neck and bottom chalk line).
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    Also, off topic from your question the back of the ammo belt (where it attaches) needs to be altered. It should be tapered on the end with no Velcro showing. (see picture).
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    Hope this helps.
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    Apr 14, 2016, 2:27 PM - Re: the armor #25

    I may have to buy another girth belt and ammo pouch. I'm not sure how to attach the girth belt. It doesn't connect together and that's almost as tight as the ammo pouch will go.

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    I'm really getting discouraged with this whole thing.
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