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    Jango72s scratch built jetpack progress thread ( from WoF templates )

    Seeing as I'm currently waiting for parts to arrive, and for the funds to get even more parts, I decided that it would be a waste of precious time to sit and not work on something for my Jango costume. So with WizardofFlights templates and some cardboard and copious amounts of glue in hand, I sat down and started the first parts of my jet pack... the rocket.

    Everything went together fairly well, so well in fact that I actually had to stop myself so that I could snap a few pictures of my progress thus far.

    I still have to do some light bondo work with the spot and glazing putty, so the fins haven't been added or even constructed yet.

    Here's the rocket as of this evening...


    A closer look at the top of the rocket. This is the part that really needs all of the bondo attention. I really want to get rid of those ridges so it'll look smooth as a babys bottom.


    Before I began the construction, I figured that it would be best to make the rocket removable for storage purposes. I didn't want it to twist or flop around, nor did I want it to be near impossible to remove with out the aid of power tools. I finally got the inspiration that I needed... I used the threaded neck and top from a Simply Orange juice bottle. Now all it takes is a quarter turn twist to lock it in place.


    I'm going to start on the main body of the jet pack this weekend. I can't hardly wait. :jet pack

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    Re: Jango72s scratch built jetpack progress thread ( from WoF templates )

    awesome lol

    lemme know if you tackle another one some day so I can buy it off you lol

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    Re: Jango72s scratch built jetpack progress thread ( from WoF templates )

    I've got the basics of the main body of the jet pack fleshed out, but still have tons of work to do on it.

    I'll have to tweek/alter some of the parts so that I'll get a better fit, but nothing too major.





    More to updates to come in the next few days. 8)

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    Re: Jango72s scratch built jetpack progress thread ( from WoF templates )

    Very very impressive job so far. Seems like you got those fine details nailed down.:jet pack:jet pack:jet pack

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    Re: Jango72s scratch built jetpack progress thread ( from WoF templates )

    Hmm... Maybe I should start my backpack to... This was quite an inspiring peice of costumepart

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    Re: Jango72s scratch built jetpack progress thread ( from WoF templates )

    WOlfie said: View Post
    awesome lol

    lemme know if you tackle another one some day so I can buy it off you lol

    I would make one for you WOlfie, but it would cost me way more to ship it than it did to make it. ( my jet pack has cost me zero dollars so far as I've got all the materials on hand. )

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    I would make one for you WOlfie, but it would cost me way more to ship it than it did to make it. ( my jet pack has cost me zero dollars so far as I've got all the materials on hand. )
    true lol

    maybe i'll try to follow your example someday. i am gonna make the jet pack last unless I find an amazing deal on one...

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    Re: Jango72s scratch built jetpack progress thread ( from WoF templates )

    That's pretty much why I decided to make this a stage by stage, start to finish thread... so that others will have some visual references when the build theirs.

    I had originally intended to attempt to make my jet pack last as well, but seeing as I've got some time on my hands while waiting for parts to come in, I thought that this would be a good opportunity to give it a go. This way I might actually have my jet pack finished around the same time frame as the rest of my costume. I also tend to get a bit antsy if I'm not working on something.

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    great job. you should have left the whole orange juice bottle in there, and made a fett-fountain. have a tap in one of the thrusters... fill it through the rocket. maybe even a cup dispenser.

    you'd be the most popular Fett at any con!

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    Re: Jango72s scratch built jetpack progress thread ( from WoF templates )

    I hadn't thought of that...

    I do intend to keep the inside as open as possible, with an access hatch/door so that I can hide/mount a camelback drink bladder in there. I'll run the drinking tube up the back of my neck and into my helmet so that I can have a refreshing drink any time I want.

    It'll be great for those long hot trooping days.

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    Re: Jango72s scratch built jetpack progress thread ( from WoF templates )

    A small update.

    I wasn't totally happy with the look/positioning of the main body of the jet pack, so I pulled it appart and re assembled it. I felt that I had the top plate ( where the rocket sits ) mounted too low, and the bottom of the pack had lost the slope. ( it wound up at the same angle as the top )

    I'm happier with the repositioned frame, but I won't have any pictures to post up until tonight. ( no time to snap any pics this morning, sorry )

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    Re: Jango72s scratch built jetpack progress thread ( from WoF templates )

    Small update...

    I've almost finished the main body, after having to rip it apart and reposition the top deck for the third time.

    The side tanks are almost ready to be installed, they'll need some bondo work to get rid of the surface ridges from the cardboard.

    Here's where it's sitting now, I'm really happy with the results thus far. 8)


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    Re: Jango72s scratch built jetpack progress thread ( from WoF templates )

    Not much of a change from my last update, but it's getting closer to completion. Still need to attach the side tanks and finish the detailing of the main body. Then I can start work on the thrusters.




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    Outstanding work!!!!

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    Re: Jango72s scratch built jetpack progress thread ( from WoF templates )

    No updated pictures to post just yet, I'll try to snap a few tonight.

    I've now got the covers for the side tanks attached, the rocket is attached and I'm currently on my second coat of bondo to smooth out the center and side tanks. I still need to find the ball portion for the side thrusters, so I'll be cruising the aisles in Micheals soon.

    I've got how to make the stabiliser all worked out, and I'm trying to make a beacon out of wood dowel. I am open to suggestions as to what I could use to make the top of the beacon.

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    Awesome work! Keep it up!

    Believe me you will get an overwhelming sense of self satisfaction after completing it!

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    Juice bottle to secure the missile - BRILLIANT!

    Dude - that detail on your jet pack is outstanding.... great work!


    J

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    Re: Jango72s scratch built jetpack progress thread ( from WoF templates )

    Thanks. 8)

    The juice bottle locking mechanism was one of my better "brain farts". It's just an added bonus that I love to drink Simply Orange.

    I just finished sanding my ( hopefully ) final coat of bondo on the tube sections. Then I can turn my focus back to finishing off the fine details.

    I'm going to pop into Walmart on my way home from work tomorrow and pick up a cheap camelback knockoff to convert into my jet pack harness. Thanks again for the pictures of yours TK1799jhw, now I know that my plans aren't a hair-brained idea... it WILL work.

    I'll do my best to post up some more pictures before I turn in for the night.

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    Re: Jango72s scratch built jetpack progress thread ( from WoF templates )

    Awesome job on the JP Jango72!

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    I couldn't have done it without LisaFetts initial work and WizardofFlights templates. :thumbup

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    Re: Jango72s scratch built jetpack progress thread ( from WoF templates )

    Hey man,
    Thanks coming along nice! Keep up the good work.

    J-ROCK

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    Re: Jango72s scratch built jetpack progress thread ( from WoF templates )

    Here's some new pictures. Although it doesn't look like much progress was made, I'm pretty happy with how every thing is progressing.

    I still need to work on the fine details like the "ribbing" under the edge of the top deck. I also need to make my harness and attach it to the pack.

    I can't wait to start painting this jet pack.





    I've also been working on my pair of resin Westars that I purchased off of ABNtroop. They were in such rough shape when I got them, but I'm happy to say that they're just about ready for paint. I added some real bolt heads in place of the horribly cast resin ones, and I feel that this one small detail will make a huge difference in the over all appearance of the finished blasters. For now, they're tucked safely away in their case until the holsters from Cruzer arrive. 8)




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    Re: Jango72s scratch built jetpack progress thread ( from WoF templates )

    Out of sheer curiosity, I just put my jet pack on the weigh scale at my work. To my shock, it's only 3.5lbs right now!!

    This means that my finished pack will easily be within my target weight of 5lbs.

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    You've done a fantastic job on this pack! I didn't see it in the thread, but what did you seal the cardboard with so it's paint ready? Amazing!!!!

    Also, just a side note for reference, the " 'ribbing' under the edge of the top deck" is also referred to as "piano keys" by some people. Just a tidbit.

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    Re: Jango72s scratch built jetpack progress thread ( from WoF templates )

    Thanks for the kudos MandalorFett, and I did read some where the reference to that detail being called "piano keys".

    I haven't fully sealed all of the cardboard just yet. The tube sections have a coating of Bondo spot and glazing putty on them, which was used to smooth out the surface to get rid of the "faceted" look. I plan to pick up some polyacrylic sealer, which will seal the cardboard and effectively make it waterproof.

    As for the main bulk of the jet pack, it should be just fine one a fine coat of primer is applied as it's made from hardboard/wood 1/8" thick. I've painted this material before with no ill effects what so ever.
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