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    May 11, 2008, 7:02 AM - chans scratchbuilding adventures #1

    Inspired by the many scratchbuilds i've seen here, heres the start of my Jango rocket pack - I started on the rocket. I'm lucky enough to have access to a laser cutter at work, so it was pretty easy task cutting the card parts out. Thanks to WoF for the CAD plans - they are brilliant! One thing i did before getting stuck in, I decided to scale the plans down to 95% so the entire pack would be a touch smaller to better match my body size.

    The rocket is made of plastic coated card (for a smooth finish) 5mm foam board used as framework in the form of several 'rings' and a 16mm wooden dowel through the centre.

    the card parts cut out:



    After seeing Jango72's scratchbuild thread I too opted for a screw attachment to the jet pack body so that it could easily come off for transport/storage. I found some hose fittings that were perfect:



    heres a pic showing the foamboard rings used to solidify the base of the rocket around the screw attachment:



    threw a few foamboard wedges into the larger sections for strengthening:



    heres a couple of shots showing the construction of the holey ring - it has a foamboard ring inside again for strength:



    Once all the parts are assembled,they can be slid onto the wooden dowel:



    The inside of the nosecone is filled with poly filler, as i imagine this would cop the most abuse:



    so were almost there, just need to build the base which the rocket will screw into. again, a foamboard core, using small foamboard wedges under each of the fins.



    and after a weekend of fun... tadaa! Still need to add a few details, and eventually I'll fill in the gaps and cracks, sand, prime and paint.

    Last edited by chansplace; May 22, 2008 at 7:57 AM.
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    May 12, 2008, 7:50 PM - Re: chans scratchbuilding adventures #2

    Very nicely done.

    I like your idea of using the foam board on the inside. I might give that a try on one of my next jet pack builds.

    Keep up the good work and I look forward to future updates.
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    May 22, 2008, 8:22 AM - Re: chans scratchbuilding adventures #3

    here are some more progress pics.
    the smoothing of the rocket tip:



    the exhaust cap is laser-cut from 4.5mm acrylic sheet.



    and heres the mock up so far:

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    May 22, 2008, 10:51 AM - Re: chans scratchbuilding adventures #4

    Sweet build! I love seeing things scratch built, and you have a really good start going on, there! The laser cutter must be a big time saver, as cutting all that by hand would be quite tedious.

    Great job; Stay away from open flames.
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    Jul 20, 2008, 8:57 AM - Re: chans scratchbuilding adventures #5

    I've made a little more progress n this, but I've been workin on other parts of my costume at the same time. Originally I was going to build it so the rocket could be stored inside the body for transport, but I forfeited that idea in aid of a more solid connection of the rocket base.



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    Jul 20, 2008, 9:04 AM - Re: chans scratchbuilding adventures #6

    that is SwEeT!!!! If I tried something like that I would be pulling my hair out!!!! I cant wait to see it when its done!!!
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    Jul 20, 2008, 9:19 AM - Re: chans scratchbuilding adventures #7

    and heres a couple more construction details. first is the foamboard framing for the body, second is the connection for the rocket base to the body.


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    Sep 22, 2008, 5:44 AM - Re: chans scratchbuilding adventures #8

    for those still following this epic journey...at last more progress!
    admittedly this has taken way longer than expected - but it has been worth it.




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    Sep 22, 2008, 6:59 AM - Re: chans scratchbuilding adventures #9

    Dude! That is frickin amazing!!!

    G-Fett
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    Mar 6, 2009, 7:13 AM - Re: chans scratchbuilding adventures #10

    and yay - almost finished. I've had this sitting idle while i finished the rest of the costume, and finally got around to painting it over the last few weeks.

    still gotta paint the keys, and give it a coat of matt varnish to take the shine off.


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    Mar 6, 2009, 7:49 PM - Re: chans scratchbuilding adventures #11

    *note to self* I need a laser cutter.
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    Mar 9, 2009, 2:57 PM - Re: chans scratchbuilding adventures #12

    Awesome job! Well done
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    Mar 9, 2009, 3:26 PM - Re: chans scratchbuilding adventures #13

    For a scratch build, that's awesome!!
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    Mar 15, 2009, 4:07 AM - Re: chans scratchbuilding adventures #14

    Thats a great job Yo, Grats

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