Attaching Armour : Tutorial

bobamaker

Active Hunter
Just finished attaching my chest armour to the vest. i used steel eyelets, as can be seen on the ILM props. i bought the eyelets from a 'Hobbycraft' store, they are very easy to attach, everything is included in the pack except a hammer.

You can trace around your own armour onto cardboard for a template, but make sure that you keep the same curvature or the holes in your jacket won't line up with the bolts on your armour when finished.

Just a note: If you wish to troop in your armour you will need to cut off any excess bolt when finished (a dremel will do the job), get the bolt as short as possible so it won't dig into you.

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Dark Amon

Active Hunter
good job Daz !
i search how i fix my bobamaker armor on my flak jacket now i see the answer ! but can i fix the bolt without maked a hole ?
 

Jimmy BufFETT

Well-Known Hunter
Very good idea, DAZ!

Got a question for people trooping in the armor. After walking around and putting the armor on and off for multiple events, there may be chance one of the bolts may come loose. Would you recommend using a thread-locker (like medium strength lock-tight) to prevent this from happening?
 

never ending fett

Active Hunter
Great Idea! And I really like your addition of the hot glue MandaloreFett, just peel the glue off when you need to and reglue it. Hot glue's cheap. I think this is the route i'll end up going.
 

Keegan

Active Hunter
Community Staff
Great job Daz! I have been meaning to do a tutorial on this forever.

If anyone is curious, I know how to make it with a pretty accurate pattern for attachment, and many other things too if anyone is intrested.

Can't wait to see your finished costume!
 

Seven

Active Hunter
Really nice to see this method being so nicely laid out. If anyone asks, this is the way to go. Thank you BM!:cheers
 

Fetthunter

Well-Known Hunter
Using a dab of hot glue on the end would keep it fastened and provide a little cushion from the bolt head.

Or, you could use a cap nut. It screws on, and has a rounded head. No mess, and it doesn't dig into you. Drop of Loctite Threadlocker, and you're good to go! ;)
 

bobamaker

Active Hunter
Hi

Try these, they're called "locking end caps" or "star washers" these will be perfect :) These won't come off whilst trooping.

DAZ

Very good idea, DAZ!

Got a question for people trooping in the armor. After walking around and putting the armor on and off for multiple events, there may be chance one of the bolts may come loose. Would you recommend using a thread-locker (like medium strength lock-tight) to prevent this from happening?
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mandalore697

Active Hunter
Great tutorial Daz, I'll definitely be doing this for my armour.....

...just when I think I'm done, something else comes along!!
 

never ending fett

Active Hunter
Why would you need to take your armor off?:confused;):p

after hours of trooping in the heat wearing (maybe) a t-shirt, then the jumpsuit, then the padded vest, then a layer of some sort of plastic or other hard material to hold in the heat and the vest is bound to get stinky. If not you could end up spilling something on it or having someone spill something on you.
 

SaxeCoburg

Active Hunter
That's cool... I more or less did the same with the grommets on my ESB Boba. What I like is I can get the vest really tight up against the back of the armour, no gap like I had with snaps or velcro
 

Ronin677

Well-Known Hunter
Just when i needed a better method, you come up with the goods :). Thanks Daz (y)

oh the new method will work wonders with some new armour i am about to order :lol: expect the order any day soon daz
 

shabad

Active Hunter
Great method Daz, I think I'll upgrade to this with my current armor even before I upgrade to my newer armor. I also really like your tutorial method, very easy to follow.
 
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