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#1 Posted : 13 May 2013 12:45:40

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BigGrin Hi All
My 1st lot of parts are on the way and iv got the first set of instructions, cant wait to start thisDrool BigGrin Drool Love
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#2 Posted : 18 May 2013 11:11:59

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BigGrin Hi All
The first set of parts came todayBigGrin Drool BigGrin Drool Drool Drool BigGrin I have to say the size of the parcel was a shock and the parts were neatly protected in plastic blister packs as the pics show, so shortly my diary will begin.
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PS Still no sign of D51 thoughCrying Confused Crying
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#3 Posted : 18 May 2013 17:05:52

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D51 should be hard on its heels Andy..
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#4 Posted : 18 May 2013 17:27:45

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BigGrin Hi Tom
Yes I think maybe Wednesday for the D51
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#5 Posted : 18 May 2013 17:48:58

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BigGrin Hi All
The build starts in earnest or slownest whatever takes your fancy.
I will be using gloves all the time on this build to prevent oily hands syndrome
The ears and drain tubes etc are added here and the making up of the first armour plate section Mr T recommends using a tooth pick to help line up the holes and this is my method although im sure you will have your own.
I use 5 cocktail sticks and then remove the backing paper completely but replace it just below the holes then line up using the cocktail sticks [ see pics ] this method worked well for me.
The helmet parts went together quite easily until it came to mounting the rim where I had some fit problems, check the edges of the upper casting as one of the flutes was to long and needed filing back, also I filed back the front and rear lugs to improve the fit. Im quite happy with it now one other word of warning treat all the parts very gently as they will chip very very easily.
The breast plate parts went together without any problems.
Now for the lacings, this is something you will either love or hate but will be made easyer if the laces are prepared correctly to aid the threading. One thing I will mention is that the look of the lacings is very important, so getting them right is very important I may start mine again as im not happy with the results so far
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#6 Posted : 19 May 2013 17:42:15

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BigGrin Hi All
The first compleat panel of lacing is now done. the only problems I really had here were the laces have some stretch in them so carefull positioning is a must so they hang in the correct position although in the 'tips' it says that 2/3mm up or down is permisable and getting the laces to go mountain style or valley style can at times be frustrating.
I have a feeling as we do more of this lacing the results will improve and maybe some relacing will be in order anyways heres the 1st results
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#7 Posted : 05 June 2013 00:14:34

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She looks really good Andy, didn't think lacing would be such a complex task but see how a great deal of care is needed to get it to look just right.... Well done, look forward to seeing more....BigGrin BigGrin BigGrin

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#8 Posted : 05 June 2013 01:26:18

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BigGrin Hi Alan
The main problem is getting the correct fold in the laces as they exit a plate these should all be mountain folds and not the reverse which is a valley fold, the best way to explain this is think of the letter V and turn it upside down and think of it as the cross section of the lace exiting the armour plate front hole this is a mountain fold and as normal would be a valley fold exiting the plate.
Also there is a fair amount of strech in the ribbons which also has to be taken into consideration to get the plates hanging at the correct spacings, thanks for looking in and your comments
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#9 Posted : 05 June 2013 10:06:22

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BigGrin Hi Alan
The main problem is getting the correct fold in the laces as they exit a plate these should all be mountain folds and not the reverse which is a valley fold, the best way to explain this is think of the letter V and turn it upside down and think of it as the cross section of the lace exiting the armour plate front hole this is a mountain fold and as normal would be a valley fold exiting the plate.


You're not wrong there Andy. I found that despite carefully ensuring that the folds were correct as I started the threading, they would flip and invert themselves as the last few millimetres were being pulled through.
I also found that the Laces would not stand a lot of tugging backward and forward before starting to show some degree of fraying.
An interesting learning curve on this one and another 10 plates to perfect our technique on.BigGrin Blink
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#10 Posted : 05 June 2013 10:18:44

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Hello Andy,

A very impressive result with your first panel, and in following the various diaries I can appreciate the difficulty in getting it all to hang right and to look the way it should? I think it may prove even more difficult for you to get successive panels to finish up all the same length, something which will need some careful attention when building them!!

Well done Andy - great work so far!! Cool ThumpUp


Kev BigGrin
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#11 Posted : 05 June 2013 11:16:30

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Hi Andy,
Very impressive so far, looks like a whole new bundle of skills coming out for this one.

WTG

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#12 Posted : 05 June 2013 22:14:53

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BigGrin Hi Andy
I totaly agree with all your comments as I had the same thing happen to me most frustrating at timesCursing . Thanks for looking in
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#13 Posted : 05 June 2013 22:19:18

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BigGrin Hi Kev
Thanks for the comments and yes the correct spacing's for each plate will be the major head ache so the look reasonably alike
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#14 Posted : 05 June 2013 22:20:53

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BigGrin Hi Del
As you say a different set of skills involved here but I have to say I am enjoying it, thanks for looking in and your comments
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#15 Posted : 29 June 2013 19:44:59

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BigGrin Hi All
Pack 2 arrived and I have cracked on with it. The visor was added to the helmet using the rivets provided then the enhancements to the neck guard was added, again some tinyBlink Crying parts here so be carefull the carpet gremlin don't grab em.
The 1st of the side plate armour has had its attachment points added and the holding pin with retaining cord attached.
Again it was a case of assembling the leatherette backs to the tasset plates and the enevitable laceing commenced, the main laces are in place just the gold to attach here.
More to post soon
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#16 Posted : 30 June 2013 00:07:50

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Lovely looking work Andy, think this is a model that is definately differnt and would be fun to build.... BigGrin BigGrin .. Keep posting and I'll keep following.... Cool Cool

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Alan
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BigGrin Hi Alan
Your right it certainly is different, I found the second set of tasset's easyer than the 1st but I guess that's down to the learning curve of the 1st set. The gold braid is now added to the second set so I will attack them tomorrow so more pic's on the way. Thanks as always for your comments there very much appreciated
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#18 Posted : 30 June 2013 16:47:51

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BigGrin Hi All
This months issue's are now all done, I have decided to keep pic's to a minimum as I feel some one is cherry picking the builds for his own ends, the first of the half side plates has been made up with the usual clamping and the attachment pins added ect. The two tasset plates have been attached to the front cuirass and finally the two plates of the third tasset brings this month to an end
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Neat work Andy, and the best thing is that its taking shape quite quickly Cool
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#20 Posted : 30 June 2013 22:11:34

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BigGrin Thanks Mr T only eight and 4/6th tasset's leftLOL Drool LOL
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