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  1. tk1450's Avatar
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    Jan 31, 2009, 6:32 AM - Re: Scratch Build Jetpack - sintra & WoF [updated] #26

    Thanx guys

    Yes, it sure is a lot of work! However, the sintra is easier to work with than I expected. With patience, I have too much of it and determination and no less than 5 smoothing treatments (rasp, file, 120 grain sandpaper, 250 grain sandpaper blok and 600 grain sandpaper) it does look good ^_^

    @ Maycol: thank you for that compliment. But, you are so much better off when handing your money over to guys like, MoW, BF, AF, BM and the other pro jet pack makers I'm forgetting. I invest many hours cuz it's mine and my hobby.

    Next up: grappling holder with no less than 18 'teeth' and its base.
    Also, I need a hollow rangefinder to hold the circuitboard I bought from mrgr8ness. I have some 3mm transparent plexiglass laying around I can use for the view finder side. Let's see if I can get the same results making the RF from sintra...

    QUESTion: does anybody have any pics or details of how the three hooks of the grappling system actually extend? I would like to try making it functional and not just glue three ribs on it.
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    Jan 31, 2009, 6:37 AM - Re: Scratch Build Jetpack - sintra & WoF [updated] #27

    Barry

    That's some awesome work you've got there! I love it!
    I'm really looking forward to see it some day.

    Ruben
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    Jan 31, 2009, 9:03 AM - Re: Scratch Build Jetpack - sintra & WoF [updated] #28

    hey I used my wood lathe to turn mine, couldn't stand the idea of
    bending all that sintra. what a great idea to use a peanut butter jar
    lid for the ribbed part! your work looks greta so far and good luck with the rest!
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    Feb 12, 2009, 5:45 PM - Re: Scratch Build Jetpack - sintra & WoF [updated] #29

    Thanks Ruben & Woodman

    Here's another update. Have been pretty busy, but managed to get this really tough piece ready for a bondo workout. I need to get rid of the 2-layer seam and some 'scars' when the dremel got away from me, hehe. This one has 16 'teeth' and is one of the toughest and labour intense pieces I've ever worked on.

    Thanks for looking

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    Feb 12, 2009, 6:35 PM - Re: Scratch Build Jetpack (sintra) [updated feb 12] #30

    Here's my concept of what the hook should look like and where its lever will be (small circle).

    All I need now is a mechanism to open the hooks when the whole grappling hook is pulled out of the jet pack. I prefer not to use a switch.

    Base design of the hook is from the WoF templates.

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    Feb 13, 2009, 4:33 PM - Re: Scratch Build Jetpack (sintra) [updated feb 12] #31

    OOOH that grapping hook rocks barry!
    i never saw that picture wow its machined aluminium i think.
    cool youre going for this.
    maybe make them spring loaded but electronic is better to reject them.

    looking sweet bro.
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    Feb 13, 2009, 4:59 PM - Re: Scratch Build Jetpack (sintra) [updated feb 12] #32

    Vey nice Barry,

    If I were you, I would try little magnets


    Ruben
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    Feb 13, 2009, 5:08 PM - Re: Scratch Build Jetpack (sintra) [updated feb 12] #33

    Fantastic job, mate!

    G-Fett
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    Feb 14, 2009, 2:28 AM - Re: Scratch Build Jetpack (sintra) [updated feb 12] #34

    That's pretty awesome. Almost inspires me to try something similar!
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    Feb 14, 2009, 3:42 AM - Re: Scratch Build Jetpack (sintra) [updated feb 12] #35

    man you're doing such a great job with this still, love the grappling hook drawing

    excited to see more pics
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    Feb 21, 2009, 12:51 PM - Re: Scratch Build Jetpack (sintra) [updated feb 12] #36

    looks awesome
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    Mar 14, 2009, 12:09 PM - Re: Scratch Build Jetpack (sintra) [updated feb 12] #37

    This has probably been discussed before, but it's interesting that the shape of the rocket tip in the photos is clearly conical, and not rounded.
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    Aug 18, 2009, 6:27 PM - Re: Scratch Build Jet Pack (sintra) [updated aug 18] #38

    Whoa!

    It's been too long since I updated you guys on my progress and there sure is some. This Sintra stuff is awesome! Thank you for looking.

    Next: thrusters and grappling hook system assembly

    Enjoy:

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    Oct 28, 2009, 6:55 PM - Re: Scratch Build Jet Pack (sintra) [updated feb 12] #39

    These look awesome! thanks for the pics, you made the seemingly impossible look very managable -

    FarmerFett
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    Oct 28, 2009, 8:36 PM - Re: Scratch Build Jet Pack (sintra) [updated feb 12] #40

    Excellent build, Thanks for sharing. you have given me some idea's.
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    May 13, 2010, 6:39 AM - Re: Scratch Build Jetpack (upd 13 may 2010) #41

    Hey denters,

    Haven't been able to find time in the past half year, but picked it up a few weeks ago and got some real progress.

    In this update:
    - I met Jeremy Bulloch and he autographed the inside of the access door;
    - abandoned the grapple hook system as it was stalling my pack to ever get finished! The whole grapple hook is removable so I might make a fully functional one later on;
    - all the greeblies for the pack are delivered;
    - thrusters almost done. It's a $#$#%! job to drill the holes for the thruster greeblies (by Dark-Side) in the hard wooden balls
    - left to do: finish thrusters, round the top of the back panel and apply bondo alllll over, and the paint job of course;

    This forex is magical stuff...
    Let me know what you think and thanks for watching

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    May 13, 2010, 7:51 AM - Re: Scratch Build Jetpack (upd 13 may 2010) #42

    Hey! I just wanted to let you know that this was one of the scratchbuilds I looked at for inspiration when building my pack. This looks amazing.

    I know this is too late but maybe this might be useful to you... I used clear plastic christmas ornaments for the thruster balls. They are found at Michaels. They come in halves so it might be easier to cut holes in them for the purpose of inserting greeblies. I just glued the two halves together with Goop glue and added a little bondo to remove the seam. Anyway... I'm glad you're almost done with this!
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    May 13, 2010, 1:43 PM - Re: Scratch Build Jetpack (upd 13 may 2010) #43

    Thanks clonecollector
    Xmas balls is not a bad idea: easy to work with and light weight... oh well
    I have just finished making the holes for the thruster greeblies. All I need to do now is make the 4 black markings around the front greeblie on each thruster ball and the 3 wide indented markings on the bottom of the thruster exhausts.
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    May 17, 2010, 10:36 AM - Re: Scratch Build Jetpack (upd 13 may 2010) #44

    Seeing your pack up close dude.. Its all looks very nice!! And really light weight as well
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    May 19, 2010, 3:22 AM - Re: Scratch Build Jetpack (upd 13 may 2010) #45

    Dude, you've got the finest sense of detail and a crud load of patience to go with it. And it pays off....

    This pack is amazing, thanks for showing it to me!!!

    Hang in there, Lord Vader!!
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    May 19, 2010, 3:35 AM - Re: Scratch Build Jetpack (upd 13 may 2010) #46

    Thanks guys

    Seeing it up close gives a better impression than these pics do.
    Now carving the front 'crosshair' markings on the front of the thruster balls with a Stanley knife...
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    Aug 31, 2010, 12:39 AM - Re: Scratch Build Jetpack (upd 13 may 2010) #47

    Any progress? Amazing work so far. I can't wait to see the finished pack!
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    Sep 7, 2010, 7:36 AM - Re: Scratch Build Jetpack (upd 13 may 2010) #48

    Hey Denters,

    Hope you all had a blast at civ5. Saw a bunch of great pics of the TDH booth and it's a pitty I didn't get to go...

    Quote Ignohippo said: View Post
    Any progress? Amazing work so far. I can't wait to see the finished pack!
    Hey Ignohippo, thanks for inquiring. Although I'm not making a lot of progress in a short time, I do get ahead steadily.

    Here a new update with an almost 100% assembled Jetpack, woohoo!!

    - thruster balls assembled and glued to the axis;
    - top of the backplate sanded to shape by 'sculpting' it with the Dremel;
    - applied 2 component polyester filler and Revell plastic filler (great stuff!);
    - added the beacon and stabilizer;

    left to do: firm sand job, soldering the beacon LED to battery pack, primer and paint

    Thanks for watching!

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    Sep 7, 2010, 8:39 AM - Re: Scratch Build Jetpack (upd AUG 7th, 2010) #49

    Very good work...are the beacon and stabilizer serenity parts?
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    Sep 7, 2010, 11:57 AM - Re: Scratch Build Jetpack (upd AUG 7th, 2010) #50

    Quote Fett 4 Real said: View Post
    Very good work...are the beacon and stabilizer serenity parts?
    Yup, sure are. Well spotted ^_^

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