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 Post subject: LoveMonkey's AM 2.0 TD Build with Pack and Blasters
PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:50 pm 
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Well, big brown box day finally came. Opened it up and I'm very pleased with what I see so far. Now to the intimidating part of trimming and fitting.

Will keep you guys updated with this and any help you can provide is much appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: LoveMonkey's AM 2.0 TK Build
PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:18 pm 
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Have you created an account with whitearmor.net yet? You'll get some GREAT advice there, and find the best parts around for your :trooper:

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 Post subject: Re: LoveMonkey's AM 2.0 TK Build
PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:33 pm 
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Hutch wrote:
Have you created an account with whitearmor.net yet? You'll get some GREAT advice there, and find the best parts around for your :trooper:


I've already been there and got an account. Been binge reading that site as much as I have time for.

For anyone who wants, I'll try and keep this thread updated. You can also follow my whitearmor build thread at http://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/31861-lovemonkeys-am-20-build-thread/

Anyways, I can't wait to see some of you this weekend and get a look at a completed set in-person before I start my build.

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 Post subject: Re: LoveMonkey's AM 2.0 TK Build
PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 12:30 am 
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Glad to see that the brown box of happiness arrived with all parts intact!

Just to give you something fairly easy to do towards your build, look up the cover strips you will need for your arms and legs. You should have strips for front and back of your arms, as well as legs. The best way to cut them is by table saw. I started off by measuring the fronts of my legs and cutting them down to the size of my strips, applied some of the trimmings as an inside strip, and then applied the front strips. The backs can be done later after you measure you arm/leg size requirements.

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 Post subject: Re: LoveMonkey's AM 2.0 TK Build
PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 2:14 am 
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Reideemer wrote:
Glad to see that the brown box of happiness arrived with all parts intact!

Just to give you something fairly easy to do towards your build, look up the cover strips you will need for your arms and legs. You should have strips for front and back of your arms, as well as legs. The best way to cut them is by table saw. I started off by measuring the fronts of my legs and cutting them down to the size of my strips, applied some of the trimmings as an inside strip, and then applied the front strips. The backs can be done later after you measure you arm/leg size requirements.


Thank you for this. I've been seeing a lot of mention of cover strips, and I need to research a bit more so I understand exactly what they are.

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 Post subject: Re: LoveMonkey's AM 2.0 TK Build
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LoveMonkey wrote:
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Glad to see that the brown box of happiness arrived with all parts intact!

Just to give you something fairly easy to do towards your build, look up the cover strips you will need for your arms and legs. You should have strips for front and back of your arms, as well as legs. The best way to cut them is by table saw. I started off by measuring the fronts of my legs and cutting them down to the size of my strips, applied some of the trimmings as an inside strip, and then applied the front strips. The backs can be done later after you measure you arm/leg size requirements.


Thank you for this. I've been seeing a lot of mention of cover strips, and I need to research a bit more so I understand exactly what they are.


Whitearmor.net tutorials will have a section on arms that covers the butt plate/cover strips. You will have different sizes for the arms than you will for the leg fronts and leg backs.

Also just to clarify, use a table saw to cut cover strips, not to cut your armor. You should have recieved 5 or 6 spare lengths of unaltered ABS to measure and cut for the strips. Make sure you take into account the amount that the sawblades take awat from each cut so you do not cut the strips too small.

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 Post subject: Re: LoveMonkey's AM 2.0 TK Build
PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:25 am 
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Seeing all that armor gives me anxiety and excitement for my Anovos Kit to arrive. Hopefully it gets here before I leave. Good luck with your build.


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 Post subject: Re: LoveMonkey's AM 2.0 TK Build
PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:48 am 
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Reideemer wrote:
LoveMonkey wrote:
Reideemer wrote:
Glad to see that the brown box of happiness arrived with all parts intact!

Just to give you something fairly easy to do towards your build, look up the cover strips you will need for your arms and legs. You should have strips for front and back of your arms, as well as legs. The best way to cut them is by table saw. I started off by measuring the fronts of my legs and cutting them down to the size of my strips, applied some of the trimmings as an inside strip, and then applied the front strips. The backs can be done later after you measure you arm/leg size requirements.


Thank you for this. I've been seeing a lot of mention of cover strips, and I need to research a bit more so I understand exactly what they are.


Whitearmor.net tutorials will have a section on arms that covers the butt plate/cover strips. You will have different sizes for the arms than you will for the leg fronts and leg backs.

Also just to clarify, use a table saw to cut cover strips, not to cut your armor. You should have recieved 5 or 6 spare lengths of unaltered ABS to measure and cut for the strips. Make sure you take into account the amount that the sawblades take awat from each cut so you do not cut the strips too small.


Thanks for the tip. Haven't had time yet but will be looking to start the cover strips soon.

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 Post subject: Re: LoveMonkey's AM 2.0 TK Build
PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 9:06 am 
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I couldn't link these earlier as I was posting from my phone, so here you go...

Arms - 15mm strips on both sides of the bicep/forearm
http://www.whitearmor.net/fisd/Tutorial-arms

Legs - 20mm strips on the front/ 25mm strips on the back
http://www.whitearmor.net/fisd/Tutorials-legs

The tutorial says to use an exacto knife and a ruler. These tools are easily obtainable, but a table saw works a lot faster. Again, if you use a table saw, be sure you account for the width of the blade. An exacto may be much smoother of a cut (and honestly I may go this path with my commando) but be careful not to have a cut that is not deep enough and then accidentally damage the strip. Also be sure you sand down the edges and slightly round the corners prior to attaching the strips to the armor. Its not very easy once it is glues in place without tearing away the strip.

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 Post subject: Re: LoveMonkey's AM 2.0 TK Build
PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 1:14 pm 
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Reideemer wrote:
I couldn't link these earlier as I was posting from my phone, so here you go...

Arms - 15mm strips on both sides of the bicep/forearm
http://www.whitearmor.net/fisd/Tutorial-arms

Legs - 20mm strips on the front/ 25mm strips on the back
http://www.whitearmor.net/fisd/Tutorials-legs

The tutorial says to use an exacto knife and a ruler. These tools are easily obtainable, but a table saw works a lot faster. Again, if you use a table saw, be sure you account for the width of the blade. An exacto may be much smoother of a cut (and honestly I may go this path with my commando) but be careful not to have a cut that is not deep enough and then accidentally damage the strip. Also be sure you sand down the edges and slightly round the corners prior to attaching the strips to the armor. Its not very easy once it is glues in place without tearing away the strip.


Thanks for all of this. I will take a look as soon as possible.

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 Post subject: Re: LoveMonkey's AM 2.0 TD Build
PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:24 am 
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While waiting for the armor party at the end of the month, I was able to get a pair of Imperial Boots. They arrived today and look great along with fitting nicely. Need to wear them in a bit before I start trooping but there is plenty of time to do that. If you are looking for boots, I can't recommend Imperial Boots enough.

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Also, you can follow my main build thread here: http://forum.mepd.net/index.php?showtopic=13751

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 Post subject: Re: LoveMonkey's AM 2.0 TD Build
PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 1:33 pm 
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I've updated my build threads at both whitearmor.net and mepd.net. Check them out!

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 Post subject: Re: LoveMonkey's AM 2.0 TD Build
PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:05 am 
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Ok, so here is a small update. I was able to work on the forearms at an armor party about two weekends ago. I did not have enough magnets or glue to finish them up, so they are still a work in progress. In the downtime while I have been getting those supplies, I've been trimming and fitting the biceps. One side is complete and now starting to glue while the other one has just begun trimming.

The goal is to be done for Comic Con, so here's hoping!

Also, I've been able to order the pauldron, pouches, canvas belt, and all the other items I'm missing. I think the only thing left is to get it built and then I can work on the backpack and blaster.

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 Post subject: Re: LoveMonkey's AM 2.0 TD Build
PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:06 am 
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Also, for those who may be looking for pouches, blaster 8466 on mepd.net makes fantastic pouches. Definitely worth the money!

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Looks good so far! If you have issues with fit, you can get some of the pipe insulation from lowes or home Depot to help center it on your arms/legs

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