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“In this issue, the elements needed to complete the left shoulder joint of the armor will be added to the arm base.”




Materials: All of the parts in this issue are plastic.


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Chest (8)

Stage 1 – Assembly of the Left Shoulder Joint
Step 1

Retrieve your Arm Base assembly from the previous issue. As before, fit the Left Shoulder Joint Casing to the circular detail on this end of the Arm Base, aligning the tab of the Joint Casing (arrow below) to the notch as shown:

Secure the Left Shoulder Joint Casing to the Arm Base assembly with one (1) QP screw:

Step 2

Fit the round Friction Block down into the Left Shoulder Joint Casing with the concave side facing up, as shown:

Step 3

Slide the tab of the Left Shoulder Joint Ball through the Left Shoulder Joint Socket.

The ball of the Joint Ball should face the round recess of the Joint Socket, as shown:

Step 4

While holding the two parts together, fit the Left Shoulder Joint Socket to the Left Shoulder Joint Casing. There is an alignment pin on the Joint Socket that matches a hole in the Joint Casing:

Then, align the three screw holes as shown:

Secure the Joint Socket to the Joint Casing with three (3) LP screws.

It is recommended to first install each screw a small amount, then go around to tighten them the rest of the way. There should be a small, even gap between these parts once the screws are tightened – do not overtighten them as you risk bending or breaking the parts:

Check the movement of the Left Shoulder Joint Ball:

This Ball Joint should be quite stiff, but not impossible, to move into different positions as this joint will have to support the entire weight of the arm assembly. If needed, evenly adjust the tightness of the three LP screws until the desired resistance is achieved:

Stage 2 – Positioning the Arm Base in the Chest
Step 1

Temporarily remove the two (2) LP screws holding our Arm Base assembly together and set the cover aside, as shown:

Retrieve your Chest assembly from Issue 76. Fit the two posts of the Arm Base onto the matching posts inside the Chest assembly, orientating it as shown.

This Arm Base can be accidentally installed backwards. To get the orientation correct, note that the Shoulder Joints should be closer to the lower part of the Chest – I have marked here how there should be more of the Arm Base above the Shoulder Joints:

Secure the Arm Base into the Chest with two (2) IM screws.

This is your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:

Fit the cover of the Arm Base back into place and secure it again with the two (2) LP screws we removed earlier. This time the screws can be fully tightened:

Stage 3 – Assembly of the Supports for the Shoulder Armor
Step 1

Retrieve your Support for Right Shoulder Armor from the previous issue. Fit it into the matching recess on the right side of the Chest assembly, then secure it into place with two (2) EM screws as shown.

For reference, this Support is marked ‘R’ on the inside surface:

Step 2

In the same way, fit the Support for Left Shoulder Armor (from this issue) into the matching recess on the left side of the Chest assembly, then secure it into place with two (2) EM screws as shown.

For reference, this Support is marked ‘L’ on the inside surface:

Stage 4 – Assembly of the Neck Joint
Step 1

Slide the tabs of the Neck Joint into this matching slot on the inside of the Chest assembly, noting the orientation as shown:


As the Arm assemblies will not be attached until Issue 93, I am hoping that these plastic connections will be able to support the weight and articulation of each one. Time will tell!

Next Up

Issue 80 – Chest 9

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