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Title: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Karjair on Sep 19, 2013, 07:21 PM
Slowly working on getting a repulsor pack together. Going for Shock Infantry: Orbital Drop.  Planning to have the breathing hoses pull off the back of my helmet going into the top of the pack.

 Here are the concept drawings. I've decided that I like the V2 version better so that's what I'm building to.

(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm148/glassdaggers/Mandalorian%20Mercs/RepulsorPackconcepts.jpg) (http://s295.photobucket.com/user/glassdaggers/media/Mandalorian%20Mercs/RepulsorPackconcepts.jpg.html)

I'm cutting the shapes from foam core and hot gluing them together. For the curved areas I will be using poster board and then the whole thing will get reinforced (probably with drywall fiberglass tape), some Bondo, and finally sanded down smooth. Here's what I have built so far.

(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm148/glassdaggers/Mandalorian%20Mercs/RepulsorPackBuild001.jpg) (http://s295.photobucket.com/user/glassdaggers/media/Mandalorian%20Mercs/RepulsorPackBuild001.jpg.html)

Comments and advice are welcome. Thanks for looking.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop
Post by: Ca'tra Firaxan on Sep 19, 2013, 07:47 PM
This is interesting! I've never seen an orbital drop brigade mando before. I can't wait to see this done.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop
Post by: Karjair on Sep 19, 2013, 07:51 PM
This is interesting! I've never seen an orbital drop brigade mando before. I can't wait to see this done.

Before the brigade forums were limited to OM's I saw one, was really well done. It was early era's I think, neo-crusader possibly.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop
Post by: Ca'tra Firaxan on Sep 19, 2013, 07:51 PM
Nice. I guess you might be original for the modern era.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop
Post by: Karjair on Sep 19, 2013, 07:55 PM
Nice. I guess you might be original for the modern era.

Yeah, that's the plan. Hoping this turns out as well as it looks in my head.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop
Post by: Ca'tra Firaxan on Sep 19, 2013, 07:56 PM
With a pack design like that, I think it'll be pretty cool.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop
Post by: Draarn Cetar on Sep 19, 2013, 08:10 PM
Vod,

 You've stirred my motivation!  I was thinking of going Recon but after 17 years as an Army Paratrooper the orbital drop Mando brings a pang to the old ticker.  I'll be watching this with great interest!! 


Draarn
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop
Post by: Niabi on Sep 20, 2013, 05:59 PM
Cool concept vod ;)
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop
Post by: Karjair on Sep 20, 2013, 09:43 PM
Vod,

 You've stirred my motivation!  I was thinking of going Recon but after 17 years as an Army Paratrooper the orbital drop Mando brings a pang to the old ticker.  I'll be watching this with great interest!! 


Draarn

I might need to pick your brains to refine some of the ideas I'm kicking around in my head.

Cool concept vod ;)

Thank you ner vod :D
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop
Post by: Tact Kor on Sep 20, 2013, 10:01 PM
Looks like a great start, looking forward to watching this.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop
Post by: Karjair on Sep 21, 2013, 11:27 PM
I managed to get some (small) work done on the pack today. I installed the lower wall of the repulsor pods after cutting out the spacer I had glued in  place to get the angle I wanted on the outer panels. It occurs to me that cutting out and installing the lower wall and installing the outer panels afterwards would have saved some cutting and (eventually) sealing issues. Closed in the long sides of the jetpack chamber (the blocky teardrop at the bottom) and the lower wall of the "life support" area (top area between the pods) so that I could begin building up the main area which sits in the middle of everything. I cut several 2" tall sections of foam core and hot glued them around the edges of where the main deck would fit to act as a ledge for the main deck to sit on then applied the hot glue to the top of them and pressed the main deck in.

There are gaps in a few areas but I'm hoping that those can be sealed up with minimal issue
(on the right side in this picture)
(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm148/glassdaggers/Mandalorian%20Mercs/GapinPodwalls.jpg) (http://s295.photobucket.com/user/glassdaggers/media/Mandalorian%20Mercs/GapinPodwalls.jpg.html)

Here's a pic showing some of the internal supports holding things in their proper places.
(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm148/glassdaggers/Mandalorian%20Mercs/Internalsupports.jpg) (http://s295.photobucket.com/user/glassdaggers/media/Mandalorian%20Mercs/Internalsupports.jpg.html)

And here's the current state of the pack.
(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm148/glassdaggers/Mandalorian%20Mercs/RepulsorPack001.jpg) (http://s295.photobucket.com/user/glassdaggers/media/Mandalorian%20Mercs/RepulsorPack001.jpg.html)

There is surprisingly little left to do on the main build portion of this:
Close in the JP chamber bottoms (this will be where the rocket nozzles get mounted)
Close in the main deck bottoms
Complete the "life support" area (where I'm planning to attach hoses running from helmet)
Build the raised center that runs from the JP chamber to the "life support"
Close in the top and back of the repulsor pods (direction references are "as worn")
Tape, Bondo, Sand like crazy

Then I can start worrying about things like "What kind of nozzles do I want, and where will I get them?", "How am I supposed to make these pods look like they're repulsor pods?", "is this enough greeblies?", and lastly "How am I going to mount this monstrosity on my armor?"

Also... This thing needs a name. I was considering 'Basilisk' in homage to the war droids but that seems a bit much. Names are hard.  Comments and advice are, as always, welcome. Thanks for looking.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop
Post by: Tracyn Ordo on Sep 22, 2013, 03:14 AM
It's a neat design man! I like it :) Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop
Post by: z2the4 on Sep 22, 2013, 10:21 PM
I love where this is going, I enjoy reading over "different" builds.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop
Post by: Karjair on Sep 22, 2013, 11:14 PM
It's a neat design man! I like it :) Keep up the good work.
I love where this is going, I enjoy reading over "different" builds.
Looks like a great start, looking forward to watching this.

Thanks vode  :D

I did make some progress today but not as much as I wanted. The next update will most likely be when I have it all closed in and possibly taped. This might take a while as I need to get materials for taping and bondo. The bondo process will be somewhat slow as well because I can't do it in my tiny apartment and will need to do that work in another location.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop
Post by: Karjair on Sep 24, 2013, 11:00 PM
So I managed to finish closing the shape up this evening.  I have also obtained the materials I need for the next phase: Fiberglass mesh drywall tape, Spray Adhesive, Bondo, and several sizes of flexible plastic scrapers that will be used to spread the bondo over the drywall tape.

(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm148/glassdaggers/Mandalorian%20Mercs/th_RepulsorPackBasicShapeComplete.jpg) (http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm148/glassdaggers/Mandalorian%20Mercs/RepulsorPackBasicShapeComplete.mp4)

It's a video, but I was unable to figure out how to get a photobucket video to play in the forum.
Comments and advice welcome, thanks for looking.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop
Post by: Niabi on Sep 25, 2013, 03:54 PM
Looks awesooooooome vod ;) I really really like it
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop
Post by: Drak Fiurr Verda on Sep 25, 2013, 10:24 PM
I really like that design you have there. Great job, this is the way things are supposed to be done carefully with precision.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop
Post by: Karjair on Sep 26, 2013, 09:31 PM
Looks awesooooooome vod ;) I really really like it

I really like that design you have there. Great job, this is the way things are supposed to be done carefully with precision.

Vor'e Vode! (hahaha mando rhymes). Seriously though, Thank you.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop
Post by: Solus Raam on Oct 21, 2013, 01:16 PM
Whoa this is starting to look really cool. I'll be watching.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop
Post by: Karjair on Jan 20, 2014, 04:02 PM
So I have decided I'm not happy with where the pack is going. Mostly I have decided I hate large quantities of Bondo. Having discussed some options with Hondo Karr (Thanks for the advice vod), I will be making this pack out of sintra and only using putty to clean up the seams. Instead of the simple graph paper drawing I was working from previously, that led to some improvisations I was not happy with, I managed to model the pack in Sketchup well enough to use as a visual reference.  I also have a second copy of the same file saved with dimensions added in to assist in laying this all out to cut.  Overall I think I am happier with the new look of the pack than I was with the old.

Lessons learned from Pack V1:
1) When using drywall tape, don't tape it unless you are going to putty over relatively quickly. The tape adhesive is not very strong and will pull away from the piece, making it look like an unraveling mummy.
2) I need more practice working with Bondo before attempting to cover large areas.  The Bondo I have spreads like very thick cake frosting. I was unable to spread it out without causing ridges and swirls. The anticipation of having to sand this mess is what caused me to hold off on finishing the original version and look at my options.
3) This one is for anyone new who might be reading this... Our brother/sister Mando's are helpful. If you have a question, ask someone. Start a thread, send a PM, make a phone call. They're here to help you.

Since I don't want to necro my thread without at least some progress, here's a photo of the sketchup model I will be working from. Sometimes going back to square one is a good thing.

(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm148/glassdaggers/Mandalorian%20Mercs/20140120_123733.jpg) (http://s295.photobucket.com/user/glassdaggers/media/Mandalorian%20Mercs/20140120_123733.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Carid Vhett on Jan 20, 2014, 06:50 PM
Pity about the mess ups of V1. Best of luck with V2, design looks great.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Karjair on Jan 21, 2014, 10:48 PM
     I spent the better part of yesterday evening laying out the main body of the pack. I had several bad starts as I was trying to figure out the best way to progress through the build. I remember very little from my mechanical drawing class back in junior high, but drawing through my intended points and not erasing the excess construction lines saved me.  As you see in the photo below I'm going to be folding the Sintra almost like a Pepakura except that the entire piece isn't connected. There is a piece on either side that will form part of the back (as it's worn) that connects to the main section via a 2" piece. I had some difficulty figuring out how best to lay out this piece until I noticed that I had left my construction lines in place on the main section. I used a compass to recreate a triangle that let me get a foothold and something to work from. I finished laying it all out and went over the lines to be cut or grooved with a sharpie. Solids = cut, dotted = groove.

(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm148/glassdaggers/Mandalorian%20Mercs/2e7ff440-4cce-41b9-b7e1-d554785665c3.jpg) (http://s295.photobucket.com/user/glassdaggers/media/Mandalorian%20Mercs/2e7ff440-4cce-41b9-b7e1-d554785665c3.jpg.html)


     Today I purchased a V-groove cutter for foamboard and picture frame mats.  It wasn't exactly what I needed but it is sufficient. The blades don't cut a very deep groove in the sintra. I did some test bends and it still worked well enough to do the job.  When I returned home, the uncut armor pieces on the sintra were staring at me coldly so I cut them out. They're happy now and will be even happier when I make it to the armor party in February.  Back to the pack...
     A lot of cutting, and more cutting. Then carefully using the groove cutter where the folds would be. Broke out the heat gun and started heating the first fold, which didn't turn out as well as I had hoped. I overheated it a tad too much and it started to curl. Quickly turned off the heat gun and grabbed my cheap plastic speed square from Lowe's and used it to make my 90 degree fold.  The first couple folds are a little rough but serviceable. The folds for the more critical pieces that fold up and over were much better and I'm satisfied with how they turned out. Here are the results, I will have to fill those gaps and fair the curled pieces at some point.

(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm148/glassdaggers/Mandalorian%20Mercs/IMG_20140121_204729.jpg) (http://s295.photobucket.com/user/glassdaggers/media/Mandalorian%20Mercs/IMG_20140121_204729.jpg.html)

(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm148/glassdaggers/Mandalorian%20Mercs/IMG_20140121_204836.jpg) (http://s295.photobucket.com/user/glassdaggers/media/Mandalorian%20Mercs/IMG_20140121_204836.jpg.html)

(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm148/glassdaggers/Mandalorian%20Mercs/IMG_20140121_204943.jpg) (http://s295.photobucket.com/user/glassdaggers/media/Mandalorian%20Mercs/IMG_20140121_204943.jpg.html)

The 4" PVC sewer pipe I cut from a piece lying around in my dad's hoard of scavenged materials that me might use 'someday'.  In the V1 pack I had intended this piece to be a tube as well but got impatient to build it and made it a box instead.  There isn't much to say about the last pic except that this is the current state of the build.  The pipe is being glued to the rest of the main body and will sit like this overnight while the glue cures.  The ruler laying across is to keep the pieces laying flat instead of pitching up. There is a bead of glue down the entire length of the bottom of the pipe and glue on the inboard corners of the pieces the ruler is laying across.

(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm148/glassdaggers/Mandalorian%20Mercs/IMG_20140121_210228.jpg) (http://s295.photobucket.com/user/glassdaggers/media/Mandalorian%20Mercs/IMG_20140121_210228.jpg.html)

     So now I have some questions, Should I fill and fair the gaps and seams on this piece before building and adding the next one? The next piece will be the piece that runs up the center. Given my terrible Bondo skills, should I use something else to fill the gaps and fair the curled pieces smooth or just go with the Bondo?
Comments and advice always welcome, Thanks for looking.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Carid Vhett on Jan 22, 2014, 02:07 AM
Go with bondo, but invest in an electrical palm sander. Or just sit down one day/night and start sanding. Put some music on and smooth it out.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Karjair on Jan 24, 2014, 05:09 PM
Not much progress since the last update. I put some bondo on the inside of the seams and a few of the outside seams as well.  Ground down the bondo with the dremel tool and a grinding stone so that I could get into the corners, the mouse sander is just too big to fit. I cut out, folded, and glued the lower section.

(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm148/glassdaggers/Mandalorian%20Mercs/20140124_154051.jpg) (http://s295.photobucket.com/user/glassdaggers/media/Mandalorian%20Mercs/20140124_154051.jpg.html)

I may pause the build here until after Ge'tal Veh's upcoming armor party.  I want to make sure I can get inside to install mounting hardware and rocket nozzles if I need to.  I am seriously considering making the central section either completely removable or having some other form of internal access for future upgrades. I'll be getting the bondo finished and sanded down on this in the next week or so before I install the central section or the repulsor pods on the sides.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2 (Now with 20% more progress)
Post by: Karjair on May 11, 2014, 02:30 AM
So it's been almost 4 months since I last did any work on my pack.  Work has been keeping me busy. My kit might get done eventually, not holding my breath though.  :laugh: Some close friends Kuu and Jaelie from Murran clan started working on their kits, so I decided to get off my duff and get some work done on my own.

Ok... Had some issues with putting the repulsor units on.  I had originally intended to have the pods slide over the tube section, but I wasn't sure about the best way to lay out the ellipse to cut. It's an ellipse because the sides of the pods meet the tube at an angle. So I procrastinated (In addition to being busy at work). I layed out the main parts of the repulsor units, and cut them out.  Then I noticed that the shape didn't match what appeared on the 3D model I worked up. I checked my measurements again and found that I had made an error.  I managed to salvage it but for the faceted top of the units I will not be able to use those measurements from my model. I used the first cutout as a template and traced it onto the sintra and cut out the second piece. Heated, bent, no major issues (minor cracking in one bend that wasn't heated enough).  Dry fit the piece onto the pack... major gaps.  I had failed to account for the additional width that is created by bending the sintra. So... I broke the drywall tape back out, taped the inside of the seams with gaps and liberally applied hot glue. The tape kept the glue from gushing out.  Once the glue cooled down I began filling the gaps from the outside with the "Plastic Metal" Bondo in a tube.  This is where I am currently. Not all the seams have Bondo in them yet, I wanted to give it a chance to cure before I started handling it to finish adding the Bondo.

(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm148/glassdaggers/Mandalorian%20Mercs/IMG_00451.jpg) (http://s295.photobucket.com/user/glassdaggers/media/Mandalorian%20Mercs/IMG_00451.jpg.html)

(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm148/glassdaggers/Mandalorian%20Mercs/IMG_00461.jpg) (http://s295.photobucket.com/user/glassdaggers/media/Mandalorian%20Mercs/IMG_00461.jpg.html)

(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm148/glassdaggers/Mandalorian%20Mercs/IMG_00471.jpg) (http://s295.photobucket.com/user/glassdaggers/media/Mandalorian%20Mercs/IMG_00471.jpg.html)

Comments and suggestions welcome. Thanks for looking.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Kuu on May 11, 2014, 03:00 AM
Looks so awesome! I see Bondo in my future as well (Jaelie and her sister's kits). I too need more practice with sť Bondo.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Karjair on May 11, 2014, 08:51 PM
I made a little progress on the pack today. Most of the day was spent filling seams with bondo. I haven't started sanding yet.  I did get the main panels on the faceted top attached. I will wait to bondo them in until after I have the bevels attached.  Once again there isn't much left to actually do to complete the build. As I'm beginning to think about paint apps, I am wondering if anyone has any experience with painting over Plastidip. There are several small areas with divots that I would like to hide in as easy a manner as possible.  They don't really work as 'battle damage' for me but I'd rather not spend a lot of time sanding since the sander tends to scuff up the sintra pretty badly after a while.

(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm148/glassdaggers/Mandalorian%20Mercs/IMG_00491.jpg) (http://s295.photobucket.com/user/glassdaggers/media/Mandalorian%20Mercs/IMG_00491.jpg.html)

(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm148/glassdaggers/Mandalorian%20Mercs/IMG_00501.jpg) (http://s295.photobucket.com/user/glassdaggers/media/Mandalorian%20Mercs/IMG_00501.jpg.html)

(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm148/glassdaggers/Mandalorian%20Mercs/IMG_00511.jpg) (http://s295.photobucket.com/user/glassdaggers/media/Mandalorian%20Mercs/IMG_00511.jpg.html)

Comments and advice welcome. Thanks for looking.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Carid Vhett on May 11, 2014, 09:12 PM
Plasti dip, bondo, sand, primer paint. Sorry, it is the only way I can think of.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Karjair on May 11, 2014, 09:26 PM
Plasti dip, bondo, sand, primer paint. Sorry, it is the only way I can think of.

Is this the order of operations or a list of methods? If it's the order, you bondo after the plastidip?
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Carid Vhett on May 11, 2014, 09:29 PM
Yeah, can be order. You can swap Plasti dip and bondo around I think. Plsti dip creates a seal, I have seen it used on EVA foam to paint it.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Ronin Tavic on May 11, 2014, 09:31 PM
I would bondo before the plasti dip. It makes a seal, but it's more like a paint than anything. The bondo might not make a good bond on it. This pack is seriously wicked. Btw.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Karjair on May 11, 2014, 09:40 PM
I would bondo before the plasti dip. It makes a seal, but it's more like a paint than anything. The bondo might not make a good bond on it. This pack is seriously wicked. Btw.

Are there any difficulties with primer and paint on top of plastidip?
Also... Thank you!
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Ronin Tavic on May 12, 2014, 12:22 AM
Are there any difficulties with primer and paint on top of plastidip?
Also... Thank you!
Paint works well. Just keep in mind that to some paints you've turned what ever surface you dipped into a plastic surface. So some paints will treat it as such. It holds up well. My wheels on my car were painted with plasti dip then paint. And it's help up for over a year of driving.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Karjair on May 12, 2014, 12:37 AM
Paint works well. Just keep in mind that to some paints you've turned what ever surface you dipped into a plastic surface. So some paints will treat it as such. It holds up well. My wheels on my car were painted with plasti dip then paint. And it's help up for over a year of driving.

Excellent, that's good news. Thanks for the info!
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Karjair on May 12, 2014, 08:42 PM
Only minor progress today. Got a call to go back to work tomorrow, hopefully I can still make progress on this throughout the coming weeks to get this project completed. In my original concept I wanted squarish rocket nozzles. I was browsing through other jetpack builds last night and saw someone used funnels as toppers on their jetpack so I decided to use funnels as the nozzles on mine.  I had picked up 2 pour spouts from the local DIY store months ago. These spouts are used to pour paint from a 5 gallon bucket into the paint trays. In any case, they were an interesting shape and I thought they would work well for something. Last night I went to Wal-Mart and purchased 2 long funnels and cut them down to the length I wanted and then glued them to the pouring end of the spout assembly.  The pour spouts have a screw on attachment to fit them to the buckets. I unscrewed this and glued it to the bottom of my pack. Now I can remove my nozzles for transport. They can also spin to change their angles.  ;D I started by sanding some of the bondo that had been applied previously and adding additional bondo to fill and fair the seam, then I began cutting sintra to fill in the beveled edges on the top of my pack and glue them in, then covered them in bondo. Not a lot accomplished today, but I forsee a LOT of sanding in my future.

(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm148/glassdaggers/Mandalorian%20Mercs/20140512_144850.jpg) (http://s295.photobucket.com/user/glassdaggers/media/Mandalorian%20Mercs/20140512_144850.jpg.html)

(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm148/glassdaggers/Mandalorian%20Mercs/20140512_185440.jpg) (http://s295.photobucket.com/user/glassdaggers/media/Mandalorian%20Mercs/20140512_185440.jpg.html)

(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm148/glassdaggers/Mandalorian%20Mercs/20140512_185505.jpg) (http://s295.photobucket.com/user/glassdaggers/media/Mandalorian%20Mercs/20140512_185505.jpg.html)


I apologize for the quality of the last 2 pics, I had to take them with my cell phone since the battery in my camera died and I cannot find the charger for it.
Comments and advice welcome. Thanks for looking.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Carid Vhett on May 12, 2014, 08:46 PM
Please tell me those large square parts will have a grill like effect. Those will look so cool, especially if you add LEDs behind to give the impression of it working.

Please continue this, it looks really awesome.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Karjair on May 12, 2014, 08:55 PM
Please tell me those large square parts will have a grill like effect. Those will look so cool, especially if you add LEDs behind to give the impression of it working.

Please continue this, it looks really awesome.

I had planned on the recessed area being solid with greebs to look like emitters and whatnot. I do think some sort of backlit grill would look good though, will have to consider that. Thanks!
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: FreemanBanana on May 13, 2014, 03:09 PM
I had planned on the recessed area being solid with greebs to look like emitters and whatnot. I do think some sort of backlit grill would look good though, will have to consider that. Thanks!

Is this what you were suggesting?

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e192/stinkylinkz/20140512_144850_zps7247f1b8.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/stinkylinkz/media/20140512_144850_zps7247f1b8.jpg.html)

If so, El wire will do the trick. You can run it back and forth like that and it will turn on at the flip of a switch. Look it up on amazon. Very cheap and effective if that is what you are going for.

Regardless, nice pack. Looks great. I like the large, wide open, booster look.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Carid Vhett on May 14, 2014, 03:16 AM
Kind of what I had in mind. The vents would be angled down slightly.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Karjair on May 14, 2014, 08:42 PM
The big pods on the sides are supposed to be repulsor units. I havent seen anywhere that shows an exhaust for repulsors. I am still trying to figure out how to make it look like it is what makes the pack fly in a way that wont be confused wiith large jets or rockets.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Shadow Blade on May 14, 2014, 09:33 PM
I forget where I read it but I remember repulsors being described as coils. You could always run El wire in a rectangle coil with a grating over it. That way it looks different from a jet pack.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Karjair on May 17, 2014, 01:26 AM
I wonder what this could be...

(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm148/glassdaggers/Mandalorian%20Mercs/20140516_22270_edit_1400303937234.jpg) (http://s295.photobucket.com/user/glassdaggers/media/Mandalorian%20Mercs/20140516_22270_edit_1400303937234.jpg.html)

Thanks for the suggestions, some of them will probably have to wait for an upgrade so I can have this troopable ASAP.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Niabi on May 19, 2014, 11:30 AM
I dont know what its for  :rolleyes: but i like the chest diamond patten  ;D
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Karjair on May 19, 2014, 07:25 PM
I dont know what its for  :rolleyes: but i like the chest diamond patten  ;D

It is the template for the 'grating' that will cover the repulsor coils. The diamond pattern was intentional. I didn't want a sink or shower drain pattern of holes. I want to be able to look through the grating and see the coil area underneath.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Niabi on May 20, 2014, 02:51 PM
sounds cool  8)
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Guy'ikaab on May 21, 2014, 07:00 PM
Curse you, Vod! Now I need to go to MA again.  :laugh:  This is going to be a MASSIVELY amazing build when it's done! Good work!
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Kardos Shantiel on May 28, 2014, 03:37 AM
Wow! It's looking amazing!! And updates on it??
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Karjair on May 28, 2014, 11:25 PM
(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm148/glassdaggers/Mandalorian%20Mercs/20140528_214357.jpg) (http://s295.photobucket.com/user/glassdaggers/media/Mandalorian%20Mercs/20140528_214357.jpg.html)


(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm148/glassdaggers/Mandalorian%20Mercs/20140528_214435.jpg) (http://s295.photobucket.com/user/glassdaggers/media/Mandalorian%20Mercs/20140528_214435.jpg.html)


Although slow, there has been progress made. I have finished attaching all the major pieces and am in the process of filling gaps with spot putty which will then need to be sanded. About the only thing left to do is to add some greebs here and there and paint. I am not going to add lighting effects at this time as I want to get the pack ready ASAP. I have some ideas for a V3, but that will have to wait until OM.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Oren-Cathal on May 29, 2014, 02:30 AM
I have honest never browsed the jetpack thread before, and this was the first one I clicked. Mind = blow. Amazing work.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Raysh Palaven on May 29, 2014, 02:35 AM
I dig this Repulsar Pack. Reminds me of a Warhammer 40K Space Marine jump pack. Well done!
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Jaing Vau on May 29, 2014, 10:14 AM
Very cool! I vote for backlit slats by the way. Would look way cooler in my opinion. Awesome work so far, keep it up mate! 8)
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Niabi on Jun 13, 2014, 09:20 AM
I really like this and how its looking  ;D

but  :rolleyes: a thought just popped in to my mind , It reminds me of a warhammer 40k Jump pack a bit  ???
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Karjair on Jun 15, 2014, 06:49 AM
Sounds like I need an App Team member to comment on wheather or not this will be an approvable design then.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Raist Kebi'cin on Jun 15, 2014, 12:22 PM
its the centre part that stands out to me as 40K... the layered diamond effect and the bottom 2 vents.

But lets see what the app team say.

i still think its great looking though
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Xyyyr Black on Jul 10, 2014, 02:34 PM
I LOVE jump pack! You did a awesome job on it! 8)
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: ElectronicFerret on Dec 19, 2014, 12:17 AM
How did the pack turn out? I've been keeping an eye on this thread because that repulsor pack looks almost exactly like what I need for my own kit (although maybe half-size as I am a tiny Mando). Looks impressive from the WIP!
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Ref Al'drann on Dec 19, 2014, 01:33 AM
I can see where people are saying it reminds them of a Space Marine jump pack. However, it's definitely original enough to pass.

(http://store.miniwargaming.com/images/D/space-marine-assault-squad-5-models-9060l.jpg)
(for the uninitiated)
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Karjair on Dec 24, 2014, 11:25 AM
No new progress to report yet. Work is eating up all of my otherwise free time.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Dar'manda on Dec 25, 2014, 04:04 AM
very cool!
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Ka'ra Pitat Woorkem on Dec 25, 2014, 10:36 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing how this turns out.  I have yet to actually start on my armor templates, much less the construction phase, but I wonder how this would look on a full suit.
Title: Re: Repulsor Pack for Orbital Drop V2
Post by: Ajax Kaal on Jan 03, 2015, 11:49 AM
I really like the overall design look of this pack and you've done a great job on the build. Keep up the great work and can't wait to see a final look.