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Mandalorian Armor => Equipment & Accessories => Jetpacks/Backpacks => Topic started by: Tor'dola Magnus on Jun 09, 2013, 09:54 AM

Title: It's jet pack time!
Post by: Tor'dola Magnus on Jun 09, 2013, 09:54 AM
I finally got around to starting work on my jet pack last night.  I'm using a couple paint trays as the general shape, which seemed to work very well for another guy I'd seen on here.

I didn't get any photos of where I have glassed so far, we decided the trays are so flimsy that after we made the "fat" part solid with the fiberglass,  we wrapped it all in a layer of tape to give it more body and hopefully make the rest of the glassing process easier.

And here are the pictures:

(http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l587/gm2viking/20130608_212445.jpg)

(http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l587/gm2viking/20130608_212441.jpg)

(http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l587/gm2viking/20130609_063527.jpg)

(http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l587/gm2viking/20130609_063515.jpg)


I'm expecting there to be a bit of bondo put on here, but I am going to keep a few of the dents, as I'm sure they'll add a bit of character to the prop.


As always, give me ideas, pointers, anything that may help!
Title: Re: It's jet pack time!
Post by: Riven Kassle on Jun 13, 2013, 04:29 PM
Hey buddy,

Looks like a good base shape: question... are the paint trays as solid as say... a rubbermaid storage container or a tupperware bowl?  Or are they thinner than that?
Title: Re: It's jet pack time!
Post by: Tor'dola Magnus on Jun 13, 2013, 05:18 PM
Hey buddy,

Looks like a good base shape: question... are the paint trays as solid as say... a rubbermaid storage container or a tupperware bowl?  Or are they thinner than that?

Imagine printer paper... only plastic.   This weekend after getting one or two more things from Lowe's,  I will be adding layers of resin to build a good form.   Then bondo, sanding, Bondo, sanding, primer, details, primer, paint, electronics,  then weathering.

Honestly i hope i can make somethingthat looks as good as yours.
Title: Re: It's jet pack time!
Post by: Riven Kassle on Jun 14, 2013, 06:58 AM
Sounds like you have a good plan :)  I have never attempted to build up something really sturdy with bondo, starting from something that slim.  It seems like it will be quiet a bit of work but you also seem like you know exactly what you're getting into!  Thanks for the compliment by the way.  I'm sure you'll create an awesome pack.  Personally, I love my rivets.  They're just one of the best ways to permanently attach things.  Seems like they wouldn't work too well with bondo but that could just be my inexperience with the material.  I have a lot of it at home but so far, I've only really used the spot and glazing putty much.
I'm not sure if you planned it already, but it's a good idea to plan this early on:  a hinged door on the back side that will allow you easy access to the internal area of your pack for managing the electronics ;)

I'll be watching your build, best of luck!
Title: Re: It's jet pack time!
Post by: Jerek Darr on Jun 14, 2013, 08:40 AM
Neat! Go resin for strength, Bondo for shape.
Title: Re: It's jet pack time!
Post by: Tor'dola Magnus on Jun 14, 2013, 12:58 PM
Neat! Go resin for strength, Bondo for shape.

Exactly my plan!  Second coat today.  then I have one mre thing to add and glue into place, and one more thin coat of resin over that, and I'll have everything I need in place for me to start using bondo and sanding.
Title: Re: It's jet pack time!
Post by: Tor'dola Magnus on Jun 15, 2013, 08:58 AM
Pictures! 

(http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l587/gm2viking/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130613_000653.jpg) (http://s1125.photobucket.com/user/gm2viking/media/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130613_000653.jpg.html)

(http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l587/gm2viking/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130613_000710.jpg) (http://s1125.photobucket.com/user/gm2viking/media/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130613_000710.jpg.html)
Those "panels" will eventually be homes to some switches and LEDs.  My supplement bottle will become a tank attached to the side by a couple small PVC elbows.

The pipe sticking out the bottom is not part of the end design.  It is part of the stand we pieced together from that, the table on our deck, and some cardboard.

(http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l587/gm2viking/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130614_220646.jpg) (http://s1125.photobucket.com/user/gm2viking/media/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130614_220646.jpg.html)
I made a Lowe's run, this is everything that will be in the Jet Pack. (still figuring out where to put the cat)
Title: Re: It's jet pack time!
Post by: Riven Kassle on Jun 15, 2013, 02:15 PM
Awesome!  Love the shot with your cat in it.  I love how curious they can be.  I do most of my work out in the shop but anytime I bring home bags of new stuff, my cat has to inspect all of it.

Looks like some excellent materials you've got ready for it.   The Dremel is worth it's weight in gold :D  Have fun with it bro
Title: Re: It's jet pack time!
Post by: Tor'dola Magnus on Jun 15, 2013, 06:43 PM
MORE progress.
(http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l587/gm2viking/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130615_165219.jpg) (http://s1125.photobucket.com/user/gm2viking/media/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130615_165219.jpg.html)

Above and below, you can see I completed my first layer of resin.

(http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l587/gm2viking/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130615_165246.jpg) (http://s1125.photobucket.com/user/gm2viking/media/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130615_165246.jpg.html)

While waiting for the resin to cure, I put together the body of the "rocket quiver" that will be attached to the right side of the jump pack.  once the resin is cured, I'll get the proper measurements, and cut the quiver to fit around the pack.


(http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l587/gm2viking/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130615_165343.jpg) (http://s1125.photobucket.com/user/gm2viking/media/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130615_165343.jpg.html)

EDIT:
ROCKET QUIVER!
(http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l587/gm2viking/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130615_224018.jpg) (http://s1125.photobucket.com/user/gm2viking/media/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130615_224018.jpg.html)
Title: Re: It's jet pack time!
Post by: Tor'dola Magnus on Jun 16, 2013, 01:56 PM
I am finished with everything I need before the next and last layer of resin.  the connectors on the side will lead to the fuel cell, and the one on the top near the rockets will be the connector for the clear tube, which will eventually house a wire (possibly led string) that will connect to my right gaunt, which will house the fire control system.

(http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l587/gm2viking/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130616_124459.jpg) (http://s1125.photobucket.com/user/gm2viking/media/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130616_124459.jpg.html)

(http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l587/gm2viking/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130616_125809.jpg) (http://s1125.photobucket.com/user/gm2viking/media/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130616_125809.jpg.html)

...and the fuel cell...
(http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l587/gm2viking/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130616_125540.jpg) (http://s1125.photobucket.com/user/gm2viking/media/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130616_125540.jpg.html)
Title: Re: It's jet pack time!
Post by: Riven Kassle on Jun 16, 2013, 03:19 PM
Looking great Vod! keep it up, making fast progress!
Title: Re: It's jet pack time!
Post by: Tor'dola Magnus on Jun 16, 2013, 06:44 PM
Looking great Vod! keep it up, making fast progress!

I can't go a day without doing SOMETHING on my kit.  Every morning I start a few cuts for the next piece, and unless I have duty, and stay overnight on the ship, when I get home I do more. 

I start my daughter's kit soon too.  I might try to do that integrated jetpack backplate for her, since she'll want to be at least close to mine.... only pink.

Edit:

this is the beginning of the inside of the rocket launcher.
(http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l587/gm2viking/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130616_212950.jpg) (http://s1125.photobucket.com/user/gm2viking/media/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130616_212950.jpg.html)
Title: Re: It's jet pack time!
Post by: Riven Kassle on Jun 17, 2013, 05:39 AM
Hehe, I know the feeling.  The same with me.  None of my children have any interest in having their own kit but I may do one for my wife after the one I'm working on. 
That rocket quiver is gonna be awesome.  I like it bro
Title: Re: It's jet pack time!
Post by: Buir Be An Vheh'ade on Jun 18, 2013, 12:00 AM
looking  awesome. ive been toying with the idea  of making a  back pack of a sorts for my kit. i was thinking about  using the plastic kitty litter jugs  to help  give the basic shape of mine. never thought about using a couple  paint trays. there are so many different basic types of  trays.
Title: Re: It's jet pack time!
Post by: Tor'dola Magnus on Jun 20, 2013, 10:08 PM
Haven't really made any progress on the jump pack this week.  weather's been relatively crappy till today, and I've been getting down with some wet-sanding of my bucket.  Plan for this weekend: finish second coat of resin, and start the bondo smoothing process.


Update: no new entry since I have made little progress, and have no pictures.  I have all the glassing done, and the rocket tubes are cut and epoxy'd together in a size that will fit.  I plan to add the rocket tips, and attach the tubes tomorrow.  After that the process of sanding and bondo will begin.
Title: Re: It's jet pack time!
Post by: Tor'dola Magnus on Jul 05, 2013, 12:23 AM
Finally another update with pics!  I'm to that part in this endeavour where I REALLY just wish some magical gnome...or jawa... would come along and just get it to where I can start to paint....

...anyway...

Finally found some perfect warheads, so I threw those on, and sanded down the first coat of bondo enough to realize I'll need A LOT more bondo.


Pics!!!

(http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l587/gm2viking/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130704_133409.jpg) (http://s1125.photobucket.com/user/gm2viking/media/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130704_133409.jpg.html)

(http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l587/gm2viking/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130705_000028.jpg) (http://s1125.photobucket.com/user/gm2viking/media/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130705_000028.jpg.html)

(http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l587/gm2viking/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130705_000038.jpg) (http://s1125.photobucket.com/user/gm2viking/media/Mando%20Armor%20in%20%20Progress/20130705_000038.jpg.html)
Title: Re: It's jet pack time!
Post by: Riven Kassle on Jul 05, 2013, 01:48 AM
Those are awesome warheads bro :)  Good find right there, makes me happy FOR you LOL.

Hey I'm sure you already have this worked out but just in case you've never used it, just wanted to give you a heads up about two part Apoxy Sculpt (two little buckets labeled A and B).   You could easily use that to fill in the spaces between the warheads and to smooth the threads on the inside rim of their container.  It cures and hardens on its own and can also be sanded but since it's malleable, it's easy to dip your fingers in water and just smooth it own jus like you want in, even engrave shapes and stuff in it before it hardens. 
Enjoying your project Vod!
Title: Re: It's jet pack time!
Post by: Tor'dola Magnus on Jul 20, 2013, 04:27 PM
I have had horrible luck with weather as of late.  either rainy, or too darn hot.  I hope to make some more progress on this part of my kit soon.