Symmetrical Solipsism. Symmetry is always a tricky matter especially when doing symmetrical parts at separate times. I started these at the same time, but, as it went, I had to redesign them to make them streamline. The problem wasn't avoiding having to redo the parts, but rather, making them symmetrical at mid-stage of the build. So I had to employ a few old tricks maybe a few of you already know.
generally use masking tape to mask parts during painting, and maybe keep
cemented parts in place as they bond and cure. But, I also use masking
tape to achieve curved-parts symmetry by applying tape over the curved
surface I want to replicate, marking the edges I want to copy with a
pencil, then apply that over a slab of WHIPS (or plaplate). I then
simply cut the part along the lines I've made, adjusting the cut as
needed, then flip the cut part. With this technique, I can achieve very
close symmetry with little room for error.
the same masking tape technique, I outlined the main half-leaf shape.
Since I've already braced the outer edge of the layered armor, and with
the marking tape curving in instead of out, I have an extra millimeter
or so to contend with with the replicated mirror-version of the armor.
This can be adjusted later on.
The rest is easy. All I had to do in this case is mirror the ribbing and connective parts.
Then pencil marks are planned details, which most probably done with 0.5mm WHIPS.
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