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 Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters For Backplate Build (Updated, page 6 pics!)

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Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters?
« Reply #30 on: Oct 24, 2012, 08:22 PM »
The way you were describing the way the thrusters would be used made me think of a "high mobility" set up or something.
IE quick movements left/right, toward or away from a target, without really "taking flight"
Same Idea I have boiling for my heavy character(be nice to dodge the occasional blaster bolt or rocket).

When I read "Intergrated Thrusters" first thing that came to mind for me were Mobile Suits(AKA Gundam's).
And when I saw how you thought of those toilet brush holders as thruster ports it really made me think.

In the short screen time the Kampfer spent most of its combat time on the ground using multible thrusters on its back, legs, torso and arms to move around the battle field very rapidly.
While the whole time never really "flying/jumping".

Here is another Gundam with intergrated thrusters in the back(including weapons powered by the backpack).


And this is closer to the idea of my mobility pack, a Space Leo(which is the same as a ground based version just with different colors and the mobility pack).


Now I know these are giant robots, but the ideas are there.
Not sure if my "High Mobility" pack will pass inspection later down the road or not, but maybe those pictures could lend you some ideas on how to incorporate some thrusters into your calves, boots, shoulders, etc

Something along this line could spread into a "paratrooper/shock trooper" of some type, where as instead of using a parachute they would have thrusters on their armor to slow and ultimately stop there drop into hostile territory and then use their quick speed and mobility to break through the enemy lines.

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Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters?
« Reply #31 on: Oct 24, 2012, 08:41 PM »
Hey look, I own that first guy!  :laugh:

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Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters?
« Reply #32 on: Oct 25, 2012, 03:32 PM »
The way you were describing the way the thrusters would be used made me think of a "high mobility" set up or something.
IE quick movements left/right, toward or away from a target, without really "taking flight"
Same Idea I have boiling for my heavy character(be nice to dodge the occasional blaster bolt or rocket).


In the short screen time the Kampfer spent most of its combat time on the ground using multible thrusters on its back, legs, torso and arms to move around the battle field very rapidly.
While the whole time never really "flying/jumping".

That was pretty much the idea! Trading altitude for acceleration and mobility, with maybe a tad of slight jump pack power in a pinch. Since my character has a very close-quarters weapon set, I figured I'd be relying heavily on my thrusters to close the distance and outmaneuver my enemies.  But this is all in-my-head-fantasy-battle-tactics  ;D

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Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters?
« Reply #33 on: Oct 25, 2012, 04:04 PM »
That was pretty much the idea! Trading altitude for acceleration and mobility, with maybe a tad of slight jump pack power in a pinch. Since my character has a very close-quarters weapon set, I figured I'd be relying heavily on my thrusters to close the distance and outmaneuver my enemies.  But this is all in-my-head-fantasy-battle-tactics  ;D

Sounds awesome. I had considered such things as well. I really like the originality of your approach. I do however recommend you maintaining some basis of canon in-universe examples (ie Cad Bane's jet boots, etc) as an initial base then customizing for originality (keep in mind you want on-lookers to say "Oh wow, I haven't seen that",  but still recognize all components as SWarzy, and not some crossover.)

I'm having to make same considerations on the cyber-arm design I'm building for my kit.

Good luck, ner vod. I'm keeping an eye on this one!

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Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters?
« Reply #34 on: Nov 02, 2012, 07:17 PM »
I agree, there's a lot of inspiration to be had looking at mobile suit backpacks.
I always liked the gundam F91's thruster setup a lot. looks like it could move in any direction on a dime.


omg i just found someone making a costume of it

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Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters?
« Reply #35 on: Jan 26, 2013, 10:26 AM »
Sorry I haven't posted in a while guys, life demanded mando be put aside for a little bit, but now I'm back and rushing to finish by early March at the latest!

And wow amouro, that's quite the set of boosters on that one. Kudos to whoever is making a costume of that monster!

So I figured I might as well update where I'm at on my integrated thrusters. I want my mando to be wearable by Megacon, and I have an additional costume armor set I need to complete before then, so in the interest of time I'm only doing my backplate thrusters for now. I'll go back later on and add the additional thrusters I wanted to my calves and elbows, but I think the backplate will do just fine for now.

Here's where that's at as of the last time I worked on it:



The actual thruster bit still needs to be attached to the backplate, I planned on doing that with a combination of E-6000 and bondo. Once that's done and all seams are filled, I planned on putting PVC couplings in to look like actual thrusters.

Thoughts?

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Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters?
« Reply #36 on: Jan 27, 2013, 01:32 PM »
Minor update from last nights work. Though nothing drastic enough to notice with pictures, I did get some heat shaping done on the toilet brush holder portions of my thruster plate. Once i pick up another tube of E-6000 i'll be ready to attempt to glue and bondo everything together.

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Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters For Backplate Build
« Reply #37 on: Jan 31, 2013, 02:32 PM »
Woo, triple post!

So instead of my original plan of bondoing the seams of my thrusters to my backplates, I've decided to go with a different method.



I started off by gluing tabs of sintra to the inside of my thrusters after a bit of shaping to fit. Then I cut holes in the backplate to slide the tabs through, reheated the tabs and bent them so that the two pieces would stay secure to eachother:



After that I filled in the seams and minor gaps with hotglue to keep it stable. I still have a bit of hotgluing left to do, then I might through some E-6000 over it before slapping on some epoxy to smooth everything out.



Might have more to come on this as I continue to work on it throughout the day.

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Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters For Backplate Build
« Reply #38 on: Jan 31, 2013, 02:37 PM »
I do like these thrusters ;D

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Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters For Backplate Build
« Reply #39 on: Jan 31, 2013, 04:47 PM »
Very cool idea!

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Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters For Backplate Build
« Reply #41 on: Jan 31, 2013, 08:21 PM »
Just a quick update. Got a lot of painting done today, snapped a shot of the newly attached thruster plate with the segmented lower plate after it's new coat of red.



That same red will be applied to the rest of the thruster plate eventually, with some gray detail possibly added in there.

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Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters For Backplate Build
« Reply #42 on: Feb 02, 2013, 09:11 PM »
Looking awesome as always vod! :D Keep it up!

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Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters For Backplate Build
« Reply #43 on: Feb 02, 2013, 09:33 PM »
I've got some small jump jets integrated into my backplate, so they are definitely allowed. They are quite small though. They are losely based off of an image I found of a crusader with small jets.



Hope this helps a bit :D

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Re: Integrated Jet Boosters/Thrusters For Backplate Build
« Reply #44 on: Feb 02, 2013, 11:04 PM »
Looking awesome as always vod! :D Keep it up!

Thanks Swift, right back at ya.

And Tracyn, I've been a big fan of your armor for a while now, and I never noticed those jump jets! I like them!

And they remind me of something I've been debating with doing for my own thrusters, I'm thinking about cutting down PVC couplings so that they look like nozzles and gluing them in place inside the housings I already have. Does anyone think that's necessary? I'll get a pic up showing what I mean soon.

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