Spent a bit of time refining how the front and back halves of the torso join up and I think I’ve got something workable here.
I look ridiculous, but whatever. I taped the pauldrons on just to test them out.
I have to figure out how I’m going to attach the shoulder to the back half of the torso, and I need to figure out where and how the fixtures for the air filters are going to attach. It’s clear that there is some kind of plastic mount involved:
Obviously, whatever it is will have to be designed to be out-of-the-way of the latches I just added at the tops of the armor to join the front and back halves. Maybe something magnetic? I am not sure yet. In that last picture, you can actually even see the connector between the front and back plates on the screen-used model…