Hi guys, First off a massive thank you to everyone on here - without this site there is no way my costume would be coming out how it has so far. WOF you are a legend for your templates, and there is just so much good advice in these threads i thought id add my 2 pence worth in in the hope that it might help someone.
First off, iv made some mistakes, and this isn't perfect. but for a first try i'm suitably happy so far. Things you will probably notice is the shape in the center of my jet pack is wrong, that was due to a mistake when i was building the frame and to save from scrapping the whole thing i adapted it using a contact lens box i had lying around. second is the base isn't at the right angle, this again is down to the same mistake.
A few bits i thought might interest people -
Removable Rocket on Jet pack; I used an oasis bottle lid and top as it fitted inside the cones perfectly to able me to remove the rocket from the top of my pack - works great and providing you secure the cap well you wont have any problems.
Attaching the Jetpack This costume is to be worn behind a bar at Halloween, so i wanted to be able to shed some bits if it gets busy, and i came up with a simple way of making your jetpack removable and with no visible signs of attachment - Hard drive rare earth magnets. Fit a few at the top of your back plate and a few more at the bottom, with corresponding magnets on your jet pack they should be strong enough to keep it attached until you want to remove it - a quick pull from a friend and your free.
the balls for the boosters; iv used kids toy vending balls from my local pub - max of 2 quid and are the right size and don't look bad (see one of the pics below) and the use of a oasis lid and bottle top that fits perfectly into the rocket to allow it to be removed (again see below).
My Boots; i will confess iv copped out on, i wasn't spending 90 quid on a pair and didn't have the time to latex a pair so i got some grey snow boots from eBay for 6 quid and intend to use them. there not perfect but i am hoping in future to adapt them so they look closer to the real thing, or play with a pair of converse to make my own.
My Ammo Belt; i am proud of this - all 8 pouches have cost me £2.79 for the leatherette, some card and a bit of glue. they all work and are pretty sturdy, and iv just threaded them onto a leather belt i had just lying round the house.
Gauntlets are mid build at the moment but i made the mistake of using foam board for them - if anyone out there is thinking of this for a first time like me - use card as you don't have to fanny about cutting sections out so it can fold.
The Armour; iv used 1.5mm thick Upvc that i got from a friend - its sturdy and lightweight enough to work, but can be cut with scissors and heated in hot water o bend - or a hairdryer. I intend to use press studs to clip it onto the jumpsuit/flak vest and ill upload some pictures of that once i get closer to finishing.
Hope this helps anyone thinking of jumping onto this for the first time like me -