I think I'm going to try to make a Mando that would "pass muster" for the Mercs but I am not going to sweat it either; if it ends up not satisfactory for the Merc requirements, oh well. As to foam sculpting, no, I've only read over how some work with it. I figured I'd play a bit at the workshop; Doug said he'd love to get examples of "the learning curve" in armor building and I am happy to oblige. In a similar vein, what are people thinking when it comes to the flak vest? The Mercs FAQ indicates that MOLLE/TAC and paintball style vests may be used without any modification other than the armor pieces covering it. But, looking at them on-line, I don't see the advantage to those versus modifying a pleather jacket as per a forum discussion on it: http://mercs.firespray.net/forum/index.php?topic=28740.0 Thoughts?