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PostSubject: Armour updates   Thu Jul 21, 2016 7:22 am

It's been a while! And I know I've bought and sold a few sets of armour over the last few years. So, what are you all wearing these days?

In the pursuit of the ultimate suit of armour I've settled on TM and RS, and in fact a mix of both!

In 2014 I built another full TM suit with a new ESB helmet. Full original strapping, Neweys etc. The new rerworked TM helmet is cracking!
It looked a bit like this ...





I picked up another RS ABS helmet to troop this kit as ANH. Nice combo in itself ...





At this stage I had two full TM suits. It was kind of what I'd settled on.
BUT!!! Hanging around with hardcore RS users in the German Garrison made me pick up on a few details on the RS that TM (for me) still can't match.
So, at the end of 2015, I picked up another full ABS armour kit from Rob and Si and eventually sold the older TM armour I had at the house in Tenerife. More on that later because there's a further update on the 2014 TM suit ....
Having RS and TM parts side by side, and comparing them with reference photos of original suits, I came to the conclusion that the chest and back on the RS are unbeatable. The TM suit is excellent and maybe still has some advantages over the RS in some areas, but I decided I needed an RS chest and back for my TM. And this was the result ...
The RS/TM hybrid:







Back to the full RS suit then ...
The kit is built. It's a bit of a weird one! I built it with both full original strapping but with snap plates for modern strapping too, just so that I could travel with it easier if need be. But, in general, it will be assembled with original strapping for that bendy/popping chest effect.
It's all still out in Tenerife so I've not had a suit-up with my RS helmets (which are all in Germany). Here's a video of a quick test fitting with an old TM helmet which Paul built for me in 2011 ...

RS armour/TM helmet (ESB)



So, that's where I'm at. Here's the traditional overview ....  Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Armour updates   Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:48 am

Lookin pretty awesome there Rich I have to say..

I personally am wearing 2015 TM from the neck down in 1.5 gloss abs with an RS props helmet, also in abs.

My 2015 TM is different from the previous 3 suits I have from 2008 onwards. Everything has been changed on the suit.

As much as I have talked to Si and Rob, I've never made a purchase. It would have to be a full replica as the Simon suit is, not altered in anyway for me.

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PostSubject: Re: Armour updates   Thu Jul 21, 2016 12:52 pm

I'm still using my first 2010 2mm TM. But I've also gotten one of the RS green PP helmets, painted up by our own Dan.
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PostSubject: Re: Armour updates   Thu Jul 21, 2016 1:12 pm

firebladejedi wrote:

As much as I have talked to Si and Rob, I've never made a purchase. It would have to be a full replica as the Simon suit is, not altered in anyway for me.

I always said I'd want the doubled-up forearms but when it came to ordering, I just went with the standard package, i.e. including Rob's dodgy sculpted arm - you know, the one that Ano-vos (you anus in Spanish!) definitely didn't recast, Oh-no, not us, guv'nor!
I shall have to look into changing that.
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PostSubject: Re: Armour updates   Thu Jul 21, 2016 1:14 pm

locitus wrote:
I'm still using my first 2010 2mm TM. But I've also gotten one of the RS green PP helmets, painted up by our own Dan.

The lid is very cool. I have a plain ABS and a "fake chipper" with a green base coat but not the real PP.
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PostSubject: Re: Armour updates   Thu Jul 21, 2016 2:07 pm

Rich330 wrote:
locitus wrote:
I'm still using my first 2010 2mm TM. But I've also gotten one of the RS green PP helmets, painted up by our own Dan.

The lid is very cool. I have a plain ABS and a "fake chipper" with a green base coat but not the real PP.
I think they still have enough plastic to make a few more in case you want one.
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PostSubject: Re: Armour updates   Thu Jul 21, 2016 2:29 pm

Don't tell me that!!! bounce
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PostSubject: Re: Armour updates   Thu Jul 21, 2016 2:38 pm

Rich330 wrote:
Don't tell me that!!! bounce
Too late! :D
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PostSubject: Re: Armour updates   Thu Jul 21, 2016 2:48 pm

affraid Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Armour updates   Thu Jul 21, 2016 10:07 pm

I need to get me a green lid.....

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