Right, just a small progress report here. I got shoulder straps and the back plates done. Its wearable at this point. I'm already making notes for the actual production model. The lower back can be covered with plates easily, that leaves only the 1/4 of the torso - the belly covered with maille only, and the 2 sides of course. Can't use scrap though, I'll need a big sheet for this, since, as I found out, a large quantity of similar plates will be better than several types&sizes. That means finding a car and so on...annoying.