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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:12 pm 
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I started another set of m3 armour for another fellow board member here, not to much to show at the moment but I'm getting there.

The front and back are done and I'll be getting started on the shoulders connectors and pauldrons tomorrow and get the lines done on the front plate.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:46 pm 
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Awesome work buddy!!! So much skill!!
Can't wait to save enough money... :-)

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:16 pm 
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The strapping and shoulder connectors are done and the kidney plate is atached, just need to get the shoulder bells finished and connected.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:46 pm 
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Nice work! What is the material type and gauge?


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Awesome work buddy!!!

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:37 pm 
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bladerunner wrote:
Nice work! What is the material type and gauge?

It's all made from 1mm Aluminium plate.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:38 pm 
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Thanks Kevin much appreciated mate:)

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:08 pm 
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schotti wrote:
bladerunner wrote:
Nice work! What is the material type and gauge?

It's all made from 1mm Aluminium plate.


Thanks!


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:52 pm 
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I'd love to hear more about how you are making these. Assuming you are just using hand tools, no english wheels?

I have a little experience with car body panel fabrication, but the indentations and curvature required here is much more complex.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:26 pm 
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Hallo

Well if you work with car bodies then you'll know how time consuming this can be, to make a full set of M3 armour it takes me using the old fashioned methods about two to three months because I don't always have time due to my normal day job.

If I use machines it takes me roughly three to four weeks to complete a set.

I use an old wooden tree stump witch I dished out and smoothed down this is what I use mostly for the back armour especially for the shoulder curvatures. As for the indentation I use a chisel which is curved a little but always moving the chisel towards me whilst tapping gently this way you can get really straight lines. To smooth out the lines I use a beading machine but just to smooth things out a little. I know this is cheating a little but I only do this as a hobby and every piece that I do the quality is getting better; learn by doing.

The rest is just time and patience using different techniques to tribe out the main form for the Breast plate and then it's just a matter of getting all the little dents out which is caused by tribbing the metal and then just smoothing it all down using a polishing wheel, this sounds all so easy but believe me it's not, but it's great fun and it's my way of relaxing after a hard days work.

But if someone needs something quick then I will use sometimes the English wheel to get things done faster but I mostly like doing it the old fashion way like my grandfather did.

But because I live in a private house and my landlord lives in the same house I can't go banging around on Metal all the time, that's why I mostly do things in the garden from a friend of mine where most of my tools are. This way I'm not disturbing anyone.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:25 pm 
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Its incredible work! Your skill is very apparent.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:26 pm 
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Well I've got the main armor done and built up for Christian it's just a matter of getting his helmet finished.

This is such fun and a great joy to know your making someone you've never met happy, thats worth more to me than all the money in the world.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:40 pm 
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I know this is for Taz, but my name is also Christian so for a second my heart skipped a beat when I read that. Someday!!!

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:30 pm 
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Ha ha. Yes it's mine....

I hope u too get a set one day as well mate.

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It's a beautiful set mate, you are going to be stylin'!

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Saving as we speak...

Carry on with the outstanding work Neil!!!!!


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:03 am 
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Thanks retro. I've got everything bar my SPAT BDU's which I've ordered but will take some time. Will be hard to wait lol

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:40 pm 
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I'm on the final stage the helmet,I've got all the main parts attached i just need to get the IR Sight put in and the camera which needs a little work done to it but then it's all finished:)

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:47 pm 
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Hello Neil,

great work.

Preparing yourself that one day, i apply for one of those from my "neighbor" .

Greetings

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:10 am 
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Ooooooooooh! My Beyer looks so nice in there mate. I'm getting chills lol

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Ooooooooooh! My Beyer looks so nice in there mate. I'm getting chills lol


I know the ones in the film had the black guard on them, but I really prefer the "exposed" look. Shame to hide it!

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