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Military Gear Cosplay General /mgc/
>Post Gamescom Edition

This thread is to talk about cosplays involving Gear, to help each other with identification and to improve on ourselves. Please keep strictly military topics to /k/ or strictly airsoft topics to /asp/.

Metal Gear, STALKER, Resident Evil Fan? Or something completely different? Feel free to check out this thread.

Links:
https://pastebin.com/t40v7Ly7

Feel free to submit new shops, to improve the experience. I will then update the pastebin.

>Do you work on any gear related cosplays at the moment?
>Have you enjoyed the last thread? Anything I can do to improve it?
>Have you been to Gamescom? Did you enjoy it? What did you wear?


Gamescom was a full blown success!
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Does this count? They're wearing a glowbelt and shemagh, both of which are military gear.
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>>9621505
Duh. Of course it counts. What are you fucking gay?
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Just ordered the BCG's for my latest cosplay, but I was wondering what my options were as far as wigs that would work for a shorter hairstyle.
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Walking dead characters (female) with military gear?
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>>9622705
Yeah sure, everyone in....

I'm not sure about this though >>9621505
This kind of spooks me. Fucking /k/ users.

>>9622170
So you wanna cosplay Mike Vining?
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>>9622743
Or at least borrow the 80's/90's operator aesthetic he has, although that's more /fa/ than /cgl/.
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>>9622769
I mean I love the 80s operator aesthetic as the next guy, but this is more /asg or some /k/ general than anything. Like if you show up to a con looking like Vining, 99.9% of people are going to think you're cosplaying as a school shooter.
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>>9621490
Interesting take on building the gun props.
Rather like it.
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>>9622769
Chinos, button-down shirt, body armor under, "practical" shoes.

Now add MP5, etc.
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>>9623071
It's only because we had not much other Choice. Gamescom doesn't allow airsoft props, therefor we had to improvise.

We prefer airsoft for prop guns ofc.
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>>9623075
But he's not carrying an MP5. And that's not a button down, it looks like a regular collar on that shirt. Th glasses are obviously bcg's and the pants look like Dockers.
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For those of you who are going to the Boston Cosplay Picnic next Saturday, there's an MGS meet at 1PM across from Park Street Church.
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>>9623398
Update: It's been moved to the City Place plaza.
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Update from me:

We got the first stuff for Ela in and I ordered the FBI SWAT vest, so it isn't sold out, when I need it.
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>>9629174
Eehehehe. Methinks this is made with love. saved.
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>>9629174
A masterpiece.
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Liberator 2 Headsets and original GROM Patches are in boys
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Buddy and I are considering a project making a riot/ballistic shield, any suggestions on materials/techniques?
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>>9632962
You probably could find riot shields on Amazon.
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>>9633365
Actual riot shields are illegal in Straya otherwise I'd have bought one years ago.
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anyone know where to get a Maska for cheap?
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I'm thinking about getting an airsoft/replica M249 and was looking for some help.

Pic related is the version of the M249 used by Homura Akemi, which is the cosplay I'd be using it for. I'm not too much of a gun enthusiast, but it seems to be the Mk 46 version with the Mk II stock.

I don't care too much about exact accuracy, I just wanna make sure it's a version with the recognizable elements (belt box, tripod, solid stock). Main problem is that most airsoft versions of the M249 are full-metal and really expensive.

So really what I wanna know if there's somewhere I can find cheaper, plastic or non-functional replicas. It'd be cool to have a metal version, but I can't really see myself shelling out $300-600 for an airsoft gun that I'm gonna use as a prop for one cosplay and otherwise have in storage.
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>>9634896
I went with an m240b for my Homura cosplay, since I figured 7.62 would be better for witches than 5.56, and because it's more fun to shoot. I didn't have the money for a replica so I just tried to make a shitty one from foam. And since I wasn't able to find schematics with all the measurements I kind of had to use a .308 round to try and estimate the measurements from different parts.
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>>9634927
Well damn. I might just end up making a foam version as well since I doubt I'll be able to find an affordable replica. Luckily I own the RAH so I can use the accessory as reference and scale up the measurements.

I've actually already done Homura but only with a Deagle. I wanted to expand my options for props since I really like wearing the costume. I was torn between the M249 and AT-4 with those being the other "iconic" arms she uses, but the AT-4 would be a pain to carry around even if it would be easier to make a prop version.

If I end up making the M249, my next con will be Rambo Homu for half a day, and then Moemura for the other half with the Deagle and a driver club.
A footnote: I was doing a little more research on the Madoka wiki and they list her SAW as a generic FN Minimi while the RAH specifically refers to it as an M249. Further analysis seems to confirm that it is indeed a customized M249 Mk 46. I guess she replaced the hand guard with a tri-rail even though she doesn't have anything attached to it. I'm not a firearm enthusiast, so I didn't realize at first that the front guard was modular.
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>>9633677
If you're going for the "Curved plexiglass" look like pic related, Try buying plexiglass and forming it around a frame made of wood, or pipe. Or buy a thin sheet of metal, and curve it to the proper shape and have your plexiglass either glued/screwed to the metal
If you want a "Solid Ballistic" look without carrying a solid hunk of metal (exactly what a ballistic shield is) try buying a solid square of wood and sand it down smooth. Then paint the shit outta it
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>>9635249
For the latter it might be better to sandwich wood dowels between two layers of foam, set this structure over like 3 stairstepped planks lengthwise, and then heatform the foam to make a really lightweight piece.
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/cgl/ i have a dilemma. I'm making a Naked Snake (as in MGS3) cosplay for halloween (also coinciding with mangacon in my town) and now all i need is the uniform. On the one hand, i could get a Tadpole tiger stripe advisor uniform which is a spot on repro of what he wore and would also allow me to do an apocalypse now impression. On the other hand, I have always wanted to get a taiwanese marine corp uniform in taiwanese tiger stripe (pic related) which would be period and theme correct but not as accurate as could be.
Both are almost the same price, but one is a repro and the other one is genuine. Should i go all out accurate or take this chance to get a semi-rare item that may do the trick to the untrained eye (you help me determine that)

What do

also in general tips for cosplaying naked snake are welcome
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>>9635721
You always go accurate, if you have the option. Don't do "because I like it" shit desu.
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>>9635721
Big Boss will likely be recognizable regardless of the minute details on the fatigues, but I'd personally go with accuracy for a costume that has very few necessary elements to make it recognizable.

Ultimately it's up to you. You can go period-accurate and style on MGS nerds with how your military knowledge is better than Kojima, or you can try to make the costume as true to the game as possible.
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In case the person who does the XOF cosplay drops by.
Your kit list says you're running off the tank, but it's only 30 minutes? Are you really running off the tank for the most part?
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>>9636730
His tank is a non-functional prop.
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>>9636730
If you can't justify the tank and respirator, you can easily go without it.
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Anybody here had to deal with old men and stolen valor? I was walking to a con as venom snake and some dude started giving me shit for stolen valor and I had to explain that the diamond dogs were not an actual thing and from a video game. It was really weird.
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>>9637532
If your con is connected to a hotel, just change in the hotel bathroom. Either that or change in the con bathroom.
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>>9636730
XOF anon here. No, I didn't run off the tank. I listed 30 minutes in reference to the size of the tank. I adapted the tank hose to one side of a Scott dual respirator adapater and left one side partially open.
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>>9637750
Thanks, man. How did you size the AV3000? Guesswork or using a another respirator/gas mask sizing guide? Is the Bose in the CVC functional or unpowered?
Strongly considering being a copycat because the respirator kit + CVC is relatively inexpensive.
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>>9637753
I just went with a size medium, which was the same as my other gas masks. Medium would be the best bet if you're really unsure of sizing. Yeah, the Bose CVC headset liner is functional. It's an active hearing protection headset, so when you have it on it feels like you aren't wearing it at all. Just unscrew the side earmuff cover panel, pop 2 AA batteries into the non rechargeable battery slots, and you're good to go.
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Have any of you got experience mounting a mic+speaker in a mask so that folks can actually hear you? It's proven to be an issue when I've gone to cons the last few years with how muffled I get.
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>>9638635
As somebody who does a kylo ren get up, I can highly recommend any 501st trooper rigs. Adding fans is also something they are great with. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8_1I5V6NZU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX1_GpnrF8E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APkxYAYZKCE
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>>9634927
>The turner diaries
My volksgenosse
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>>9637532
Incoming Blogpost:

I've been to a couple outdoor events, as PW Big Boss, and a few old people thanked me for my service. I VERY quickly said "No, I'm not in the service" and explained what was happening; and they kinda chuckled.

I went to one con, though, that was being held in the old JC Penny space at a nearby mall. Everything was well and good, until I got in line for a pretzel. A woman walked up to me, and said "Would you die for that uniform?"
"Excuse me?"
"Would you die for the uniform? Would you go to a foreign country and fight and die for that uniform?"
"Uh, these are just BDUs, not a full uniform. And these are 'Nam-era, so I really wouldn't have a choice, I guess?"
So she stormed off.
Not 5 minutes later, an old dude walked by, wearing a USMC Veteran hat. We made eye-contact, so I snapped him a little salute. When he returned it, I said "Oorah, sir." to which he replied "Semper fi, never die." and kept walking.

tl;dr people are fucking fucking weird and picky.
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>>9639554
'murica.

Such a "stolen valor" thing has never happened to me with Russians or MSF or anything. Only when I wear 'murican stuff it has happened to me
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>>9629174
toochunko
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>>9639554
I've never been accused of stolen valor really, but having been in the military probably helps with that.
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l want to get a Snake Eater Revolver Ocelot costume going
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>>9640909
you should check you the previous thread in the archive! there was a bunch of discussion about ocelot cosplay there
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>>9641549
got link?
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>>9642086
https://warosu.org/cgl/thread/S9562742
next time search yourself, its not hard
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New Gorka is on the way and I might have a cool new surprise from the Motherland. Will let you know in time
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If I wanted to do a Caesars Legion cosplay, what would be the best option for getting a wolfs-head hat?
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>>9647903
Kill a wolf
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>>9647207
Where did you cop your Gorka
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>>9648286
I got it from a Russian guy on ebay, Gorka 3 in Digi Flora for 60$
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>>9647903
Degenerates like you belong on a cross.
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Grey Shop order is out, Blackhawk for Thermite is here and we got some new stuff in for Ela. Yay
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from UAE, Dubai event
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>>9652496
What's Chief holding? I can't tell if whoever ran the booth couldn't be bothered to get a gun from Halo or if it actually is and i can't tell
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I'm thinking about doing an Armor Hunter Mellowlink cosplay. Any suggestions on how to make Mellowlink's rifle? I was just going to take a nerf sniper, extend the barrel with pvc, toss a scope on it, and spraypaint it black. Any other ideas?

Also, how should I make it a little more box-like like pic related
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>>9653171
EVA foam and/or cardboard for the body, wooden scaffolding with pine dowels if you need support

PVC pipe for the barrel and scope

You can go really far with EVA foam in terms of appearance with the right techniques (contact cement, heat gun, silicone putty, plastidip, spraypaints)
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Do squatting slavs in tracksuits count as military cosplays?
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>>9654586
nyet, blyat
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CWU-27P coveralls would be too green for an XOF cosplay, right?
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>>9655252
Since the XOF look is based on 90's navy seal VBSS-gear, it would be exactly what you need.
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>>9655267
I was thinking that too, but the suit seems to shift from black to grey and everything in between. Quiet's suit for example is just flat out grey.
I'll probably buy one anyways though since I'm a filthy bbwarrior/milsurp autismo and this whole XOF cosplay is just an excuse to buy milsurp.
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Does anyone know where to find (in Europe) an airsoft F2000 with grenade launcher and optic like in pic related?
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>>9656421
G&G sells one, but no one makes the launcher. At that rate though you might as well just make one from high density foam.
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Building a Kasrkin kit atm, I have some surplus stuff I might be able to use for the BDU under the armor but I was wondering if anyone could recommend something better.
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>>9656478
Thanks for the heads up. A shame nobody makes it, would be pretty dope.
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>>9656802
If you really wanted to drop some dosh, you could try and find an EGLM and modify it to fit an F2000.
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>>9654586
>>9654824
What about more game-inspired STALKER cosplays?
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>>9657628
Right is pretty spot on for a rookie, left just looks like a school shooter and he's one GP-5 away from being "that guy" of Stalker cosplays.
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>>9657628
This one, if you ignore the Ka-bar.
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> at AX
>first time cosplaying an actual character
>goes as satou from ajin
>same exact vest, hat, hair color even squinted
>only thing off was the rifle because dem weapons checks
>gets one high five from a guy who's seen the gif set on /k/ once

little sad but understood because its cgi and not alot of people watch it still figured at AX more people would know it
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>>9637750
Where did you get that 152 radio?
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>>9659217
I'm willing to bet that it's one of those cheap dummy models from any Asian airsoft store, or a TRI replica from Toy Soldier or JKarmy if he's a real high roller.
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>>9659578
Neither
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>>9623087
the label over the back pocket makes me think they are something else.
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>>9659995
Isn't that uhh, wickedly illegal then?
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>>9660057
Why would owning a wideband radio be illegal? It's short range and you'd need keys to access encrypted channels anyways.
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>>9660109
For some reason I was under the impression that owning a 148 or 152 was a pretty big felony, key or not. For example I saw a legit PRC-152 on Shopgoodwill once and the next day the listing disappeared without a trace.
I mean I might be wrong because this is really just loads of bbwarrior bullshit I've heard over the years from people who bought replica 152s.
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>>9660375
Is that a cardboard helmet?
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>>9660132
Could be that the listing disappeared because someone bought it?

I mean, they are pretty rare outside of service so it's possible they just get bought immediately.
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>>9660534
Nah listings are still up when the auction ends. The same thing happens to other "contraband" such as fake watches and clothing.
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>>9660375
You bought the wrong vest my dude.
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>>9660375
>>9660714
Much rather....the wrong everything.
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>>9660467
Sheet metal
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>>9660743
Looks no Bueno, anon. :I
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>>9637750
>Anonymous
How did you modify the mask to accept your tank? Is it PVC pipe or somthing? I am doing a very similar XOF cosplay and I am having trouble deciding how to modify the T connector that the SCBA needs.

Also did you spray paint the connector? Mine is black and I have some grey spray paint that I am hesitant to use. I don't want to mess it up before I know the modification I do will 'work' and look good.
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>>9660876
In other words, this is what I have and I am wondering what you did for the SCBA hose on one side, and the other side that is suppose to have a smaller filter/attachment.

I still have to spray paint the T connector grey... Hoping that goes well.
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Well I went and bought a sage CWU-27/P anyways. The seller didn't really know what it was and knocked it down to $11 shipped, so I couldn't really say no.
Here's hoping that sage grey is actually more grey than green in person.
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>>9661299
Doing an XOF cosplay? Going with the SCBA rig or just balaclava/soldier?
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>>9661336
Just the balaclava and CVC helmet, but yeah. I would love to do the hospital SCBA dude, but I can't really afford to do that at the moment.
Like I said in >>9655583 though, if it's too green i'll probably just keep it for a VBSS bbwars kit or something.
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>>9661352
Be sure to post what you got, i'll be posting all my stuff in a bit, just waiting for a few things in the mail!
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>>9660876
>>9660976
What I did was use 1 1/2" PVC couplings to adapt the tank to the mask. I cut the tank's mask inhale/exhale regulator off and replaced it with a barb which is screwed into a brass fitting which itself is screwed into a pvc fitting on one of the T bone adapter's sides. The other side has a piece of pvc (used a grinder on the inside to make it fit over the odd pitched threads) cut at an angle to accept another piece (broken off in the pic) that is meant to mimic the inhale/exhale valve. Don't use spray paint to paint it. You'll end up with a flaky mess. Use a coating of gray Plastidip instead.
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>>9661865
Thank you! Words can not tell you how much I appreciate the tips and the picture you provided.
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>>9661399
Right now I've just got the suit on its way, but I've been keeping my eye out for a decently priced CVC and I'm piecing together probably the closest I'm going to get in terms of replicating an ABA vest from Evike.
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>>9662049
>keeping my eye out for a decently priced CVC
Look on ebay, I got one for like.... 90 bucks? Not sure if the active ear protection will work or not on it as they didn't specify.
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>>9662323
Its pretty beat up too, scratches and stuff. Going to spray paint it as well.
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>>9652496
An overly detailed pilots helm and props but half-assed everything else.

Christ, even a plate carrier and scarf would've done justice
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>>9662323
I'm honestly kinda beating myself up for forgetting to bid on this, but another one will come up in time.
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>>9662389
Looks like it woulda been perfect! And at 60ish dollars not bad!




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