It really never is done is it? LOL! Ok so since i had that minor problem, that some of you may have seen, with my belt that snugs the bottom of the JP to the body...i started doing a little research on the harness' thinking maybe i can find something better and with more support without having to spend the 200 bucks for a replica. So, i know we had determined that the JP harness may have been some kind of tank harness, possibly a firefighters. Diver harnesses were mentioned as well, and kind of made sense with the use of the divers buckle, although it seemed the dimensions we had for the harness were too small for divers oxygen tank.
So i just decided to randomly see if i could find something similar that may be cost effective. and could possibly be used with a few mods. It wouldn't be completely screen accurate of course but would provide the same support and comfort. I found these:
The top one is 40 bucks, the bottom one is 60. I thought with some modding, these may be able to be used and be similar to what was used on screen, and give you the same back support and stability. Just a thought.
Here is the webste: Backplates & Harnesses | Technical And Cave Diving Equipment in Thailand - BIG BLUE TECH
There is also some interesting information on this site's page:
They have "kydex" back plates, which are a lightweight alloy/plastic that weigh less than a pound. The come in small to large sizes. They have a pic of it assembled with well of course not a jet pack, but you can see the size. I think something like this could work.
I also found this fire dept video..but although the size is closer, it has a lot of stuff that would need to be removed to make it usable id think. My finace's dad is a fire fighter and may have an older tank harness around, so we are going to find out and check it out.
here is the video...