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Mandalorian Armor => Equipment & Accessories => Jetpacks/Backpacks => Topic started by: Chro on Oct 03, 2012, 11:42 PM

Title: Comm Pack (Version 2, page 2)
Post by: Chro on Oct 03, 2012, 11:42 PM
Working on a communications rig and so far I've come up with this:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y180/73h53xh4xxor/2B8E48DF-AE3A-43F2-965A-99E9BBCE11DA-3935-0000044B726ACEC6.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y180/73h53xh4xxor/EA8B6B3C-B19E-4538-8B2C-EA94D323B48A-3935-0000044B785D112E.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y180/73h53xh4xxor/40712414-6D49-4D0D-9129-0625D000C915-3935-0000044B81C03F52.jpg)

Very rough to start out. Base is a surplus musette bag, with a few fiberglass antennas and greebs and lights. Probably going to ditch the handset on the side. However! I need ideas to take it further towards a serious looking radio bag.

Thoughts?
Title: Re: Comm Pack
Post by: Than'del Coret on Oct 03, 2012, 11:50 PM
New guy's two cents, but when I hear communications pack I think of the old WWII radio man backpack. Maybe if you switched to a hard pack or bulked it up with an internal frame (so the comm gear wouldn't get knocked around so much) you'll get the look you're going for.
Title: Re: Comm Pack
Post by: Chro on Oct 04, 2012, 12:06 AM
Thanks for the input! Your idea is a solid one, but I forgot to specify that I want to use this bag, or one like it, instead of a backpack. I already have a back plate and like what I've done with it a lot, so I want to show it off.
Title: Re: Comm Pack
Post by: Jerek Darr on Oct 04, 2012, 07:46 AM
Maybe a detachable link to your bucket? That would eliminate the handset, but still give the same type of feel.
Title: Re: Comm Pack
Post by: Chro on Oct 04, 2012, 10:08 AM
The handset was mostly an experiment, so far there's nothing in the bag that would need to be connected to anything yet. I've thought about sticking a set of speakers for a superpowered voice amp, but I'll cross that bridge later.

Keep giving me ideas! These are all good ones.
Title: Re: Comm Pack
Post by: Ralin Voth on Oct 04, 2012, 04:57 PM
I agree with a cord to the helmet, since all our communications gear is built into the bucket. I'm also not quite feeling the soft pack for comms gear. All the ones I've seen are either semi-rigid or hard. If you really want to use that pack, I'd build a frame like Than'del suggested. Also, perhaps its just me being a computer guy, but the RAM on the antenna is way too Earthy for my tastes. I like the LEDs though!

You're on the right track, vod. Keep it up, and keep throwing ideas out there! I think you can make this work =)
Title: Re: Comm Pack
Post by: Chro on Oct 04, 2012, 05:10 PM
An external frame might help, and the RAM-flag-thing definitely needs work.
Title: Re: Comm Pack
Post by: Chro on Oct 17, 2012, 04:58 PM
Advice has been taken, and direction has been shifted over to an as-yet-untapped material: Lunch Boxes.
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y180/73h53xh4xxor/Mando/IMG_0729.jpg)
Covered the lids with sheet metal to cover up the stamped-in design, then riveted Spider-Man to Highschool Musical.
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y180/73h53xh4xxor/Mando/IMG_0730.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y180/73h53xh4xxor/Mando/IMG_0731.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y180/73h53xh4xxor/Mando/IMG_0733.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y180/73h53xh4xxor/Mando/IMG_0734.jpg)
Drilled antenna holes and primed:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y180/73h53xh4xxor/Mando/IMG_0738.jpg)
Built a tube frame out of 1/2" PVC bent with a heat gun, then riveted that to the boxes.
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y180/73h53xh4xxor/Mando/IMG_0745.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y180/73h53xh4xxor/Mando/IMG_0748.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y180/73h53xh4xxor/Mando/IMG_0749.jpg)(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y180/73h53xh4xxor/Mando/IMG_0750.jpg)
Title: Re: Comm Pack
Post by: Ralin Voth on Oct 17, 2012, 06:32 PM
Now THAT'S thinking outside the box! (no pun intended, lol). The biggest thing now though are the clasps on the lunch boxes. If you can lose/replace those, I think it'll look even better. Right now, they kinda break the illusion a bit. Great work though, it really looks good!
Title: Re: Comm Pack
Post by: Pesh 'katar on Oct 17, 2012, 07:02 PM
Great start!! I love the tube frame idea, and good find with the lunchboxes!
Title: Re: Comm Pack
Post by: Niabi on Oct 18, 2012, 12:31 PM
I like that a lot ;) cool idea ;D
Title: Re: Comm Pack
Post by: Milori Te'Bell on Oct 19, 2012, 03:55 PM
Looks good like this, now some control nobs and displays, and maybe a telephone cord from the pack to the side of your helmet, but that's my idea.

I agree on the clasps, though I only noticed them when pointed out by Ralin.
Title: Re: Comm Pack
Post by: Slade Kel on Oct 20, 2012, 12:30 PM
I like the new direction; as much as the old bag looks nice, it didn't really scream 'commo' to me. Might be worth considering cutting a few small holes in the lunch boxes and installing a few status lights or some such, along with some obvious jacks and data-ports.
Title: Re: Comm Pack
Post by: Chro on Nov 06, 2012, 02:23 PM
Put in a little more work today:

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y180/73h53xh4xxor/Mando/EA102BFB-519A-441E-8EC7-1CDB92E28DC0-17593-000016C8F31D4497.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y180/73h53xh4xxor/Mando/07FA84FB-012E-4040-B39F-D12EAA6C093E-17593-000016C8F98EDCC9.jpg)

Wiring's not completed yet, but the three colored switches will light up when "on", red switch controls the lights on the antennae. I think the big box needs some more knobs on it or something and I still need to figure out how to strap it to myself, but I think it's getting there.
Title: Re: Comm Pack
Post by: Milori Te'Bell on Nov 06, 2012, 02:27 PM
Damn those are big antenna's *insert compensation joke here*

Maybe you can get an old green screen (from one of those very old measuring devices) and slap that on? After all, you need to be able to see what frequency you're setting up ;)
Title: Re: Comm Pack
Post by: Chro on Nov 06, 2012, 02:31 PM
The antennae are only about 2.5-3 feet long including the ends in the large box, the pack is just small.
Title: Re: Comm Pack
Post by: Milori Te'Bell on Nov 06, 2012, 02:36 PM
Ah ok. As for mounting, if you plan on always using this pack, I'd suggest cutting slots in your backplate and hanging the pack on with clasps of some sort.
Title: Re: Comm Pack
Post by: Slade Kel on Nov 07, 2012, 12:48 AM
If the pack is small and light, have you considered bolting it directly to your backplate? I know that's what Stormtrooperguy did with his Viszla jetpack and it works pretty well. Of course, the jp is light  (mostly vac-formed with resin tank toppers, rocket and propulsion cones) so it'll depend how heavy your comm-pack is.
Title: Re: Comm Pack
Post by: Jerek Darr on Nov 07, 2012, 12:59 AM
Chro's back plate is too epic to cover up.
Title: Re: Comm Pack
Post by: Chro on Nov 07, 2012, 09:28 AM
Chro's back plate is too epic to cover up.
I like to think so. One option is that my backplate is in two segments, a smaller one covering the small of my back layered under the larger main plate. I might be able to bolt it to the small plate with maybe a strap or two to my shoulders for stability.
Title: Re: Comm Pack
Post by: Slade Kel on Nov 07, 2012, 09:36 AM
In that case, should be easy enough to run the straps right up under the larger upper plate. You might even be able to get away with using quick-release buckles or snaps at the top of your back rather than having straps that go all the way up over your shoulders and back down to the pack.
Title: Re: Comm Pack
Post by: Coder on Nov 21, 2012, 09:29 PM
Omg idea rush!!!! So here goes. I got this from a combination of my work and your lunch boxes!

Working. Data. Pad. + realistic looking comm gear inside.  8)

I have a spare laptop and you sir have inspired me to use it. Checkit. So frame the inside of a box kinda like the hard drive area of a tower. Throw in some hds and the battery cell. In the other box wire up the motherboard and video cards. Run cable to the monitor and build a case that looks swarsy just dont forget cooling , power button and ports. Then if you have something running to a gaunt, install the touch pad and/or number pad. This way you could open the pack and it would look like comm equipment inside. I work with old 1960 hardware, AWACS. This would make a great look. And since my guy is a slicer I just may do this myself. If I do I will write some sw to use with it. In mandoa of course. Omg I have to stop here... don't want to give away all my plans, or steal this thread.

Sorry, inspiration got the best of me. :D

This or something similar will make this this scream comm.

Coder.
Title: Re: Comm Pack
Post by: Chro on Jan 23, 2014, 01:23 PM
Put some work into this lately, three primary upgrades have taken place.

First thing I did was replace the antenna stalks with a couple of extendable antennas. Looks better and I can pack it in my tote now.
Second, thanks to a post Christmas clearance, I got my hands on some cascading LED icicle lights.
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y180/73h53xh4xxor/Mando/1DF75A5D-739D-4C83-A0C6-5A0D16F074BE_zpskqmff86m.jpg)

Third change was the addition of my new Aker amp in there. The 6 volt runs the lights, and there are holes drilled behind the amp (which actually points towards my back).
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y180/73h53xh4xxor/Mando/B385B8A9-01BB-4155-8375-ADA3FB2EEBC9_zpsqjygubtz.jpg)

Only downside is that I've lost some of my swag storage space  ;)
Title: Re: Comm Pack
Post by: Niabi on Jan 24, 2014, 12:39 PM
Nice vod ;) Very Nice
Title: Re: Comm Pack
Post by: Nishi Ja'tejag on Jan 16, 2016, 08:19 PM
Did you ever figure out a good way to attach it to your back?
Do you have a separate harness or using your flak vest?
Title: Re: Comm Pack
Post by: Chro on Jan 16, 2016, 11:34 PM
I've used straps, but currently my method is this: I have two door chains mounted to the top bar and those actually hook into the top of my backplate (the back of the 'head hole'). There's a waist strap that keeps it from swinging around and falling off.
Title: Re: Comm Pack
Post by: Nishi Ja'tejag on Jan 17, 2016, 12:09 PM
And your backplate is attached to the flak fest by something stronger than velcro, I assume?
Title: Re: Comm Pack
Post by: Chro on Jan 17, 2016, 08:35 PM
The backplate is attached to the collar plate with bolts, which is in turn connected to the rest of the chest plates with straps. If you strap your backplate to you separately from the rest of your armor it would work the same.
Title: Re: Comm Pack ( Version 2 )
Post by: Chro on Jan 23, 2017, 01:33 PM
Decided to overhaul my backpack. It's starting to show its age and it does get heavy and occasionally hit me in the face when I bend down.

Main goals with the new build:
1) Make it lighter. There have been plenty of troops where I left it behind 'cause I didn't want to tote it around.
2) Easier attachment. Also left it in the box plenty of times because I didn't want to deal with strapping it on.
3) Sleeker design. Make it less obtrusive and easier to wear and sit with.
4) Make a version that doesn't look like a bomb on an airport scan. I powered the old one with a big 'ol 6v battery, which was in a metal box full of wires. Didn't even bother to pack it when we went to Anaheim.

Started with a sheet of sintra and formed it into a box.
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y180/73h53xh4xxor/Mando/93FE005E-0498-4D43-A84A-B035DA65B1B5_zps142ibnl7.jpg)
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y180/73h53xh4xxor/Mando/8878D99E-9429-49A7-8D4A-06B2A2AD09D9_zpsnf1ypaqu.jpg)

Size is about an inch narrower than the small of my backplate, which is where it will sit.
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y180/73h53xh4xxor/Mando/F0B5FB28-DBDF-4594-877E-3C2B088BD2AA_zpsdwrbiuvz.jpg)

It's attached with a pair of bolts, screwed from the inside of the backplate into some nuts that are glued inside the pack.
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y180/73h53xh4xxor/Mando/0DC56516-2747-4B17-86D5-9A94D7B83A7C_zpsifqfgvg0.jpg)

Then drilled holes for my antennae and such, and installed the greebs:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y180/73h53xh4xxor/Mando/C08BFF70-B0FE-418F-A965-B36A7E19B0C6_zpskiubebez.jpg)

And wired everything up:
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y180/73h53xh4xxor/Mando/35B96188-B374-4A73-816E-29A437E5324C_zpsh8ibey2p.jpg)

Power is via any USB rechargeable battery bank I have handy. Jerek Darr from Wampa showed me how easy it is to wire in as most USB cables only have four wires, two for power, two for data. Using these saves weight and money on batteries.

I have to get the corners finished and glued together, then some paint. I'll post once I get some more pictures, but it's gonna be a pretty standard mix of PVC cement for the corners with glazing putty to smooth them over.
Title: Re: Comm Pack (Version 2, page 2)
Post by: Jerek Darr on Jan 23, 2017, 02:15 PM
Very nice.
Title: Re: Comm Pack (Version 2, page 2)
Post by: Arch on Jan 24, 2017, 08:32 PM
Good jorb! :D
Title: Re: Comm Pack (Version 2, page 2)
Post by: Hulahooper on Feb 25, 2017, 03:29 PM
I'll have to show this to my mom. She's thinking of making a backpack and this may come in handy.
Title: Re: Comm Pack (Version 2, page 2)
Post by: Pippi_Veshok on Feb 27, 2017, 10:07 AM
I'm a robber mando and I'm gonna steal some of this when I get the chance. I mean, I will flatter you with imitation.
Title: Re: Comm Pack (Version 2, page 2)
Post by: Chro on Feb 27, 2017, 01:25 PM
Steal away!