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    Merged: Any Tutorials on how to assemble GA's Jetpack?

    Ive just got round to thinking how to assemble my GA Fiberglass jet pack, but it didnt come with any instructions.

    Haanyone done one already and would help me out or are there any tutorials out there?

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    I would be interested in them also.I am about to start on one myself,if it ever gets here.

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    Merged: Re: Any Tutorials on how to assemble GA's Jetpack?

    If yours came marked with trim lines, use a Dremel with a cutting wheel and cut off the excess FG. If you have access to a belt or electric sander, use it to sand all of the rough edges. Lay the JP flat on the ground periodically to make sure you are sanding it evenly. Use some fine grit sandpaper to smooth out any imperfections to the outer shell. You may need to Bondo any low spots. You will need to get a wooden dowel rod to use for the axle (I can't remember the diameter). Cut out the holes on the sides and run it through until you have just enough sticking out of each end to attach the thrusters. Mark the dowel and cut off the excess. Once that is done, lay the sheet of styrene over the back and trace the outline onto it. When you go to trim it, leave a little excess on the sides since the concave of the JP will draw them in a bit. If you don't, you'll end up with gaps. Decide on how you are going to mount the straps to your harness before you glue the back on. I wrapped my straps around the dowel rod. Once everthing is finished, go ahead and primer it. I recommend painting all of the individual pieces BEFORE you glue/bolt them into place. I also recommend replacing the solid jets with plastic spray bottles (there is a thread on this topic).

    This is kind of a rough explanation, and I am sure I am leaving steps out. If you need anything clarified, post the questions here.

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    Thx man

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    What else can I use to cover the back ?I didn't get a piece of sintra to cover the back of the pack.

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    Merged: Re: Any Tutorials on how to assemble GA's Jetpack?

    Go to Lowes and get a "FOR RENT" sign. I think they're 8 bucks.

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    Thanks .But isn't that a bit thin? Does anyone have progress pics of the assembly of the GA pack? How do you attach the harness connectors without them pulling through?And do you just glue the back on ?
    Thanks

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    Merged: Re: Any Tutorials on how to assemble GA's Jetpack?

    Sorry but I didn't take any progress pics.

    I used nylon straps for mine. I wrapped them around the wooden rod and used the 'strap adjustment' pieces of the plastic buckles to anchor the straps on there and ran the other ends out of slits I cut in the back cover. Make sure they are TIGHT before you glue the back on. Mine came loose everytime I wore it. I recommend either gluing or sewing the ends of the straps together (above the dowel rod) inside of the jet pack. If you do it right, then you won't need to cut an access hole in the back cover like most of us eventually ended up doing. But hey, even the real ROTJ jet pack had an access hole in it.

    As far as gluing the back cover on, I used Goop (even though I hate Goop) and Bondo'ed in the gaps. I think the For Rent sign would be too thin (if it is the same kind I am thinking of). I'd get something that is at least 1/8" think. Walk the isles of the mega home improvements stores, and I am sure you'll find something you can use.

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    Merged: Attaching GA backing plate on pack?

    I just got my GA fg Jango Arena pack and I was wondering how you guys that have GA packs have attached your backing plate to the pack?

    Fiber glass, bondo, both, other?

    Any body got any tips or recommendtions for attaching it?
    Lynn

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    I epoxied small aluminum "L" brackets to the sides of the pack(inside).Then I drilled and riveted the back plate on .Then I used hot glue(not regular stuff,the stuff that comes in the Craftsman hot caulk kit.Formula 100 I think.)to cover the seams.Then I used a razor to cut the glue down flush.Next I used GOOP to fill in any seams .There is probably a better way but it worked pretty well.

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    Pantera... thanks for the tips!!
    I like the "L" shaped bracket idea....
    Do you got any pics of your pack?

    Did you make any kind of frame work for the harness system to attach to inside the pack before you attached the backing plate? Or is your harness attaching system directly attached to the backing plate?
    Thanks again,
    Lynn

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    Lynn,
    Unfortunately I didn't take any progress pics.What I did for the harness is I ran a pvc pipe through the jet pack to attach the thrusters.I looped 1"nylon straps around the pipe and sewed them.I then ran the straps up and behind a second piece of pvc pipe that I epoxied into the pack.The straps then come out of the pack through small holes cut into the plastic.I then attached seat belt ends ,out of a Mustang(I installed racing harnesses years ago) ,to the ends of the straps.I just looped it through and sewed it .The seat belt ends work PERFECT!They are small and very easy to attach.I adjusted the straps so that the seat belt ends just barely stick out of the pack.I made my harness so that I can attach the pack then pull it tight and attach it to itself.After wearing it for several hours on Halloween night,It is the part of the costume I am happiest with.
    Hope this helps,

    Ron
    TK/BH-1889

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    Ron,
    That sounds like a plan, I gotta a bunch of PVC pipe here I'll start to experament with.
    Thanks!!

    Do you have pics of your pack on you?
    Lynn

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    These are the only pics I have of my suit so far .There's a couple of the pack on me.Enjoy.

    http://groups.msn.com/JangoBear/pant...nw?albumlist=2

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    that looks great!! thanks for the pics...

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    Pantara, I did the exact same thing when I built up my first GA glass pack.The "L" brackets made it rock solid too.A definite way to go for a long term,worry free attachement method Lynn

    Steve

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    Thanks Steve!! Did you guys use the same sized "L" brackets, or different sizes for different areas of the pack? Approximatly how many did you use to do it?

    Lynn

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    I think I used six brackets.All the same size. I used 1/8 "X 3/4"alumininum.

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    Merged: Re: Attaching GA backing plate on pack?

    I went a little hog wild with the brackets.I used steel "L" brackets found in Home Depot. 1" X 1" and there were 4 across the top,4 on each side,and 4 on bottom.All those were hardly necessary,but it was my first pack,and I didn't want it coming apart.I guess with 16 steel brackets it never will

    Steve

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    That is sooooooo awesome!!

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    the l brackets is definately your best bet

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    Merged: Re: Attaching GA backing plate on pack?

    For pics and almost complete instructions of not just Boba Fett costuming, but for other few character in the saga...go to Obi-Wan's Jedi Academy (www.jedi-academy.com). From the main page, go to the "costuming tips" link, then choose your character (Boba Fett), and from there choose the "Jet Pack" link ,and so on. You could choose which part of the armor do you want to look at. It could be used as Jango as well, cause the site refers of tips of how to construct and progress of each individual part of the Bounty Hunters' armor, literally, from head to toes, from scratch (Note: Minus the boots, cause I just looked at it and there is no boots reference at all). Hope this helps everyone.

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    Merged: Re: Any Tutorials on how to assemble GA's Jetpack?

    This is a little bit late for the topic, but I believe that the JP I've been working on is a GA Jet Pack ( i bought it from someone on Ebay), but It makes me think is his because I've got almost the same items than in a pic that's somewhere in the JP topic, which includes all items included (minus the greeblies and the closure backing plate). I could tell cause of the shape of the rocket and the nozzle cones made of resin.

    I was thinking about the "FOR RENT" sign, which you have to buy something that it's at least 20" X 20" (that's the biggest you could get), and the thickest available. In that case, I would buy at least 2 signs and glue them together. I had to do the same with a piece of plastic that I ordered from www.usplastic.com and they sended me a really thin sheet of that material (white expanded PVC), I cutted two sheets with the shape of the back of the JP and I glued them together (I did this today). Sorry that I didn't take the opportunity to take progress pics, but I'll be doing them sooner now that I'm still like 40% done with the JP...now is a great opportunity to do so. I'll be posting pics soon this week.

    Robert

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    Merged: Re: Any Tutorials on how to assemble GA's Jetpack?

    By the way...I think GA have the tutorial already at www.jedi-academy.com Depends on your JP if it's vacuuformed or fiberglass...if its VF, you'll need a 3" PVC pipe core and cut it to size from top where the hole is to be made (from the inside) to bottom of JP where the bottom grill is located at; or a 2" PVC pipe (same procedure) for the Fiberglass version, due to the fact that fiberglass has a tendency that it's thicker in the inside due to the FG fillaments and solution thickness and less space to work with than the vacuuformed version. Trust me, I know this for a fact , cause my JP is Fiberglass and I tried all this already, and that's the best way to do it even if you don't have all parts available...You have to improvise.

    I didn't use the resin cast nozzles either, cause they're really thick and they are kinda heavy for the JP, well, just a little...besides I wanted something more realistic, which I used Glade Air Freshners that comes in a white or Ivory color bottle that closes up and down. I used the bottom of the freshners to insert inside the nozzles to make them more realistic, and a little originality to it. The top of the freshners I poped them out (pushing them to the inside) and INVERTED them, back together so the inside could face outside to connect to the nozzle "balls". Sand them as well to "erase" the designs they have in the surface and bottom. Glue everything together, primer them and PRESTO! Ready to paint.

    The harness I'm gonna use is an old PRC-25/77 military radio pack harness, with buckles and straps that I bought at a local army surplus store, instead of the "steel wire cable and ferrule" system, wich will create a bulk on your back between your JP and your back armor, not to mention of ruining and scatching your armor and JP as well.


    So far, I have already attached the rocket assembly to the JP body inside to the PVC "core" and to the frame, which I had to adapt it as well, slightly different from the website, so it could fit inside without disturbing the space for the closure backing plate, regardless of what do you use for it.

    Like I said before, I'll be posting pics pretty soon here of my progress with it and how far I'm done with it, and directions that are not in the Obi-Wan's Jedi Academy's website (like the previous above}. I'll be posting really soon with pics and detailed instructions. Mey The Force Be With You!

    Robert

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    Merged: Re: Any Tutorials on how to assemble GA's Jetpack?

    At last...I'm done with the assembling part of the Jet Pack, and what a hassle!!! Now I'm in the process of priming to then start painting it tomorrow or by this weekend (average expected time of completion.

    It's unbelievable that this is the very first Fett (costume part) item I have even since before I joined this forum, probably since November last year that I got it, and I signed to TDH in January/February this year. I'll be so happy to finish with this item to continue on with other stuff. I'll be posting my progress in a tutorial way in this thread pretty soon, being taking pics at the same time while in the process of completing this Jet Pack, my sucess and my mistakes.

    My advise, get the one from Mardon (highly recommended), RA or Bradley...you don't want to suffer with this one as I did.

    Robert

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