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 TCW Deathwatch Jetpack

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TCW Deathwatch Jetpack
« on: Jun 11, 2010, 11:18 AM »
Last night I started on my Vizsla jetpack. I'm hoping that the body will be a 2 piece vac form job with some resin addon bits. We'll see how that works out :)

I started off taking some measurements from the WoF templates to get a general sense of scale. I then drew out the pack on a big sketchpad, cut that out, and used it as a template to cut a couple of pieces of MDF.

You can see the template next to the base piece here:



I took some PVC pipe and ripped it in half length-wise on a table saw to make the thruster tubes. The second half of the pipe will be on the back piece of the pack.

I used 1/4" mdf for the housing around the pipes. The measurements were somewhat trial and error, but I got there.

Again the table saw came out, this time to zip a bit off the back of the big center pipe, so that it would lay flat.

I then used assorted smaller pieces of MDF to rough out the middle portions of the pack.



Bondo and apoxie sculpt added in:



Smoothing out the transition from MDF to PVC:





Bottom view:



The big things I noticed about their packs vs. Jango is that they are pretty flat overall, and the back has an odd shape. I'm putting together a pack reference library, so I'll post the link in the next update.

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Jetpack
« Reply #1 on: Jun 11, 2010, 02:09 PM »
Shiny ;D. You're going to bankrupt me with all the new goodies your working on, assuming this proves cost effective to put into production.

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Jetpack
« Reply #2 on: Jun 11, 2010, 08:53 PM »
Hey Trooper,

Good work. The DW pack is, was  going to be my next project.
Keep up the good work.

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Jetpack
« Reply #3 on: Jun 12, 2010, 02:30 AM »
More refinement tonight:



I decided I didn't like the sections between the tubes so I redid those. I also shaped the bottoms of the outer tubes and added a center ridge.

So not a ton of visible change, but a lot of work. More than the initial build I think!

My hope is to get this closed up enough for a test pull this weekend, so that I can tell if I'm on the right track.

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Jetpack
« Reply #4 on: Jun 12, 2010, 02:51 AM »
I'd say quick work, but that's probably hours and hours of effort :P. Any estimate on how much you'd charge for one of these, if it doesn't prove too much of a pain in the -censored- to produce?

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Jetpack
« Reply #5 on: Jun 12, 2010, 05:10 PM »
Keep us updated, it looks good so far.

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Jetpack
« Reply #6 on: Jun 21, 2010, 09:36 AM »
That is looking great brother! Can't wait to see the vacced pieces. What thickness are you thinking?

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Jetpack
« Reply #7 on: Jun 22, 2010, 12:49 AM »
Sweet!

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Jetpack
« Reply #8 on: Jun 22, 2010, 12:22 PM »
i'm behind on pictures, but it's been moving along. i made a few design errors that i had to correct, but i'm back on track.

i'll probably try this in 080 hips, and move up to 125 if it seems like it needs it. my boba pack is either 080 or maybe even 060 and that's held up for years, so i'm not worried about durability. lots to do... lots to do...

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Jetpack
« Reply #9 on: Jul 07, 2010, 11:42 PM »
I did the 1st and 2nd test pulls of the jetpack tonight! I'm thinking 3rd is a charm. I suspect that the next pull will be what I assemble for myself.

Here is the prototype of the body:



And a couple of shots of the 1st test mounted on the backplate, as modeled by my friend Sean, while he was trying to make clone trooper holsters:





It shows me that my backplate is a bit too long. I need to shorten it by about an inch. Not a big deal, just a quick ride down the table saw and some filler.

Overall I'm quite happy with how it has worked out. I'll do my 3rd and hopefully final pull tomorrow night then put it together, so that I can work on the resin parts.

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Jetpack
« Reply #10 on: Jul 07, 2010, 11:44 PM »
Nice!

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Jetpack
« Reply #11 on: Jul 08, 2010, 12:09 AM »
Awesome!  If you do runs of these, I bet they'll sell like crazy!  I've really been wanting something to wear on my back in costume.

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Jetpack
« Reply #12 on: Jul 08, 2010, 12:10 AM »
That's looking really good man! The kit is coming along nicely, can't wait too see more!

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Jetpack
« Reply #13 on: Jul 08, 2010, 10:45 AM »
Definitely interested, if you ever do a run of these...  ;)

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Re: TCW Deathwatch Jetpack
« Reply #14 on: Jul 08, 2010, 04:44 PM »
That looks GREAT for a vac formed JP. Good job bro!

 


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