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 Comm Pack (Version 2, page 2)

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Re: Comm Pack
« Reply #15 on: Nov 06, 2012, 02:31 PM »
The antennae are only about 2.5-3 feet long including the ends in the large box, the pack is just small.

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Re: Comm Pack
« Reply #16 on: Nov 06, 2012, 02:36 PM »
Ah ok. As for mounting, if you plan on always using this pack, I'd suggest cutting slots in your backplate and hanging the pack on with clasps of some sort.

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Re: Comm Pack
« Reply #17 on: Nov 07, 2012, 12:48 AM »
If the pack is small and light, have you considered bolting it directly to your backplate? I know that's what Stormtrooperguy did with his Viszla jetpack and it works pretty well. Of course, the jp is light  (mostly vac-formed with resin tank toppers, rocket and propulsion cones) so it'll depend how heavy your comm-pack is.

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Re: Comm Pack
« Reply #18 on: Nov 07, 2012, 12:59 AM »
Chro's back plate is too epic to cover up.

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Re: Comm Pack
« Reply #19 on: Nov 07, 2012, 09:28 AM »
Chro's back plate is too epic to cover up.
I like to think so. One option is that my backplate is in two segments, a smaller one covering the small of my back layered under the larger main plate. I might be able to bolt it to the small plate with maybe a strap or two to my shoulders for stability.

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Re: Comm Pack
« Reply #20 on: Nov 07, 2012, 09:36 AM »
In that case, should be easy enough to run the straps right up under the larger upper plate. You might even be able to get away with using quick-release buckles or snaps at the top of your back rather than having straps that go all the way up over your shoulders and back down to the pack.

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Re: Comm Pack
« Reply #21 on: Nov 21, 2012, 09:29 PM »
Omg idea rush!!!! So here goes. I got this from a combination of my work and your lunch boxes!

Working. Data. Pad. + realistic looking comm gear inside.  8)

I have a spare laptop and you sir have inspired me to use it. Checkit. So frame the inside of a box kinda like the hard drive area of a tower. Throw in some hds and the battery cell. In the other box wire up the motherboard and video cards. Run cable to the monitor and build a case that looks swarsy just dont forget cooling , power button and ports. Then if you have something running to a gaunt, install the touch pad and/or number pad. This way you could open the pack and it would look like comm equipment inside. I work with old 1960 hardware, AWACS. This would make a great look. And since my guy is a slicer I just may do this myself. If I do I will write some sw to use with it. In mandoa of course. Omg I have to stop here... don't want to give away all my plans, or steal this thread.

Sorry, inspiration got the best of me. :D

This or something similar will make this this scream comm.

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Re: Comm Pack
« Reply #22 on: Jan 23, 2014, 01:23 PM »
Put some work into this lately, three primary upgrades have taken place.

First thing I did was replace the antenna stalks with a couple of extendable antennas. Looks better and I can pack it in my tote now.
Second, thanks to a post Christmas clearance, I got my hands on some cascading LED icicle lights.


Third change was the addition of my new Aker amp in there. The 6 volt runs the lights, and there are holes drilled behind the amp (which actually points towards my back).


Only downside is that I've lost some of my swag storage space  ;)

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Re: Comm Pack
« Reply #23 on: Jan 24, 2014, 12:39 PM »
Nice vod ;) Very Nice

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Re: Comm Pack
« Reply #24 on: Jan 16, 2016, 08:19 PM »
Did you ever figure out a good way to attach it to your back?
Do you have a separate harness or using your flak vest?

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Re: Comm Pack
« Reply #25 on: Jan 16, 2016, 11:34 PM »
I've used straps, but currently my method is this: I have two door chains mounted to the top bar and those actually hook into the top of my backplate (the back of the 'head hole'). There's a waist strap that keeps it from swinging around and falling off.

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Re: Comm Pack
« Reply #26 on: Jan 17, 2016, 12:09 PM »
And your backplate is attached to the flak fest by something stronger than velcro, I assume?

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Re: Comm Pack
« Reply #27 on: Jan 17, 2016, 08:35 PM »
The backplate is attached to the collar plate with bolts, which is in turn connected to the rest of the chest plates with straps. If you strap your backplate to you separately from the rest of your armor it would work the same.

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Re: Comm Pack ( Version 2 )
« Reply #28 on: Jan 23, 2017, 01:33 PM »
Decided to overhaul my backpack. It's starting to show its age and it does get heavy and occasionally hit me in the face when I bend down.

Main goals with the new build:
1) Make it lighter. There have been plenty of troops where I left it behind 'cause I didn't want to tote it around.
2) Easier attachment. Also left it in the box plenty of times because I didn't want to deal with strapping it on.
3) Sleeker design. Make it less obtrusive and easier to wear and sit with.
4) Make a version that doesn't look like a bomb on an airport scan. I powered the old one with a big 'ol 6v battery, which was in a metal box full of wires. Didn't even bother to pack it when we went to Anaheim.

Started with a sheet of sintra and formed it into a box.



Size is about an inch narrower than the small of my backplate, which is where it will sit.


It's attached with a pair of bolts, screwed from the inside of the backplate into some nuts that are glued inside the pack.


Then drilled holes for my antennae and such, and installed the greebs:


And wired everything up:


Power is via any USB rechargeable battery bank I have handy. Jerek Darr from Wampa showed me how easy it is to wire in as most USB cables only have four wires, two for power, two for data. Using these saves weight and money on batteries.

I have to get the corners finished and glued together, then some paint. I'll post once I get some more pictures, but it's gonna be a pretty standard mix of PVC cement for the corners with glazing putty to smooth them over.

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Re: Comm Pack (Version 2, page 2)
« Reply #29 on: Jan 23, 2017, 02:15 PM »
Very nice.

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