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 Apollo's Backpack

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Apollo's Backpack
« on: Aug 19, 2010, 12:40 AM »
I'm making a radio pack for my mando. It's based on real world military radio packs, but I've changed around the design a little to look better for star wars. The main body is the tops of two RV battery boxes that I bought years ago for a sandtrooper. Besides that, I'm just using sintra and greeblies.




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Re: Apollo's Backpack
« Reply #1 on: Aug 19, 2010, 08:02 AM »
Are you going to angle the two pieces like a sandtrooper? It'll help fit the curve of your back more, probably...

Looks great! Can't wait to see your stuff get done. ;)

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Re: Apollo's Backpack
« Reply #2 on: Aug 19, 2010, 09:54 AM »
Are you going to angle the two pieces like a sandtrooper? It'll help fit the curve of your back more, probably...

That's the plan anyway. I spent enough time on MEPD researching that costume that I can use a lot of their construction methods on this thing. Mine will just me much less bulky than a TD pack.

I've got the next week and a half off, so I'm hoping to actually be able to finish it in less that a month (unlike every other project on this costume)

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Re: Apollo's Backpack
« Reply #3 on: Aug 19, 2010, 03:04 PM »
Super-quick update!

I did some filling and sanding and painting and detailing so it looks a lot more complete.




there's still a pretty big piece of circuit board to install on the bottom, and some rigged-up lights Scur made for me to go up top.


unfortunately, in my haste to get this thing done I rushed the paint and....

ORANGE PEEL!!!!!

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Re: Apollo's Backpack
« Reply #4 on: Aug 21, 2010, 12:31 AM »
another day, another update.

I got rid of the orange peel so that was nice. The pack also needed a way to stay together and hold the shape that Bio mentioned, so I spent some quality time with my heat gun and a piece of 3/4 inch pvc to make a frame for the whole thing. I'm not sure how it'll work yet, but I'll attach the harness to it somehow too.




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Re: Apollo's Backpack
« Reply #5 on: Aug 21, 2010, 05:24 PM »
Great work so far man! I'm loving where this is going. Can't wait to see it on your armor. ;)

Gotta say, ti's giving me some good ideas for my own pack (which I have to make for my new kit)

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Re: Apollo's Backpack
« Reply #6 on: Sep 17, 2010, 07:09 PM »
I really love the functional look of this. The gauges and switches and such. Keep up the good work!

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Re: Apollo's Backpack
« Reply #7 on: Sep 20, 2010, 12:36 AM »
Looks great! Don't sweat the orange peel... it's a nice weathering effect in my opinion.

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Re: Apollo's Backpack
« Reply #8 on: Sep 22, 2010, 01:08 AM »
Yeah dude, the peel looks fine. I've seen plenty of real military gear that does that all the time. Radios, Humvees, ammo boxes. Its to happen on just about everything. It looks natural.

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Re: Apollo's Backpack
« Reply #9 on: Sep 24, 2010, 12:52 AM »
nice work

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Re: Apollo's Backpack
« Reply #10 on: Oct 09, 2010, 03:25 PM »
I'm impressed. That looks really good!

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Re: Apollo's Backpack
« Reply #11 on: Nov 24, 2010, 02:41 PM »
And here's some progress, only 4 months later!

I found a real nice pair of combat suspenders at my flea market (I think the guy said they were British?). I took a canvas dropcloth, cut a few strips our of it and folded them over thrice. I then sewed these strips onto the suspenders




A couple of snaps later and voila! A pre-made harness system for my backpack that doesn't need to be concealed under my vest



This is far from done, but it looks pretty good now. I've still gotta secure that huge circuit board inside, attach the blinky lights, get some general detailing done, and weather it. I'm also thinking about loading the harness up with grenades. Anyway, here are some full upper body shots since I couldn't resist suiting up with this.



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Re: Apollo's Backpack
« Reply #12 on: Nov 24, 2010, 07:29 PM »
The olive drab suspenders don't really seem to fit with your kit, but that backpack's looking fantastic ;)

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Re: Apollo's Backpack
« Reply #13 on: Nov 24, 2010, 07:53 PM »
Once the suit gets dirty is should blend well.

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Re: Apollo's Backpack
« Reply #14 on: Nov 25, 2010, 05:37 AM »
personally i think they blend in quite well acctually, love the back back too looks amazing

and they do look like an old set of british C class webbing

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