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  1. bobamaker's Avatar
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    Jan 22, 2005, 6:22 PM - Re: Jetpack Thrusters - Brainstorming #76

    Quote Forced Trekker said:
    This looks HEAVY!



    Hey, you're right! I asked JB how heavy the original was, he said it felt like a lead weight pulling him backwards, in order to rest between shots he would lean his back against a wall to take the pressure off.

    I'd still swop my MLC lightweight version for one anyday!
  2. Jun 9, 2005, 3:56 PM - JET PACK Special effects #77

    I want to add some special effects to my Boba Fett jet pack and I am curious to know if anyone has done this and how they have done it. Some of the ideas I am looking for is adding smoke and sound. Any help would greatly be appreciated. Thanks.

    Chris
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    Jun 9, 2005, 3:58 PM - Re: JET PACK Special effects #78

    The Albino Fett had the ability to shoot smoke out of the exhaust ports but I have no idea how they did it.
  4. Jun 9, 2005, 4:01 PM - Re: JET PACK Special effects #79

    I think I'll try to look him up. Thanks for the tip. Does anyone else have any suggestions? Thanks.

    Chris
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    Jun 9, 2005, 4:50 PM - Re: JET PACK Special effects #80

    umm..maybe a one of those small fog machines you see during halloween
  6. Jun 9, 2005, 5:01 PM - Re: JET PACK Special effects #81

    I've looked into those but they seem like they would be too big to fit in the pack. They also would need to run off some kind of battery as well. I will look into that alternative further. Thanks for the suggestion....anyone else have any ideas???
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    Jun 9, 2005, 7:00 PM - Re: JET PACK Special effects #82

    The original used Paashe airbrush compressed air cans.

    When they are turned upside down, it comes out looking like steam or fog.
    Get one of those 'electronic cleaning' cans of compressed air, and squeeze it when it's upside down. It does the exact same thing. It would have been hooked up to some sort of solenoid valve, so they could be turned on using a switch. The only problem I've had so in trying this is finding a solenoid. Mind you, I haven't looked much recently, but I'm sure there is something out there.
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    Jun 9, 2005, 10:23 PM - Re: Jetpack Thrusters - Brainstorming #83

    Would you like to know more?
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    Jun 9, 2005, 10:32 PM - Re: Jetpack Thrusters - Brainstorming #84

    Quote Gator Fett said:
    Would you like to know more?
    Oh freakin yes! :thumbup
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    Jun 9, 2005, 10:40 PM - Re: Jetpack Thrusters - Brainstorming #85

    YES!!!! That little black bit is the solenoid? GET POSTING!
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    Jun 9, 2005, 10:51 PM - Re: Jetpack Thrusters - Brainstorming #86

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    Jun 9, 2005, 11:03 PM - Re: Jetpack Thrusters - Brainstorming #87

    Got your attention ... huh.

    This v1.0 set up is very preliminary. Basically I wanted to see if I could get everything to work, and get the "discharge" to look like thruster smoke. I guess you approve.

    The first picture shows the setup. A Propel can connected with an air brush hose to the solenoid valve. Coming out the other end of the solenoid is just a barbed hose fitting. Additional piping, hoses and fittings will be needed to route the the two thrusters. (More on that later.)

    Electrically, the solenoid is wired to a 6V rechargable RC battery and a momentary toggle switch. My plan is to install the battery in the JP and wire the switch into my right gauntlet.

    CAUTION!!! This set up is unstable. The blue regulator on the top of the Propel can leaks butane fluid when held upside down. It is just not made to handle the liquid that is inside the can, and it is the liquid that is needed to create the smoke. I am working on some changes to my design, which should eliminate the leaking problem, but I have to wait about a month to get the parts I need.

    Gator
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  13. Jun 10, 2005, 9:23 AM - Re: JET PACK Special effects #88

    That does sound like a good idea. I actually went home last night and gave it a try and you're right, it does produce a steam or fog. It wasn't a huge amount but I think we are on to something. Thanks for the tip, Jango_Fett_Jr. What else has anyone done to make their jet pack "come alive?"
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    Jun 10, 2005, 9:58 AM - Re: JET PACK Special effects #89

    Check the next thread.
  15. Jun 10, 2005, 11:06 AM - Re: JET PACK Special effects #90

    Thanks, Gator Fett. I have been eagerly watching that thread. http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showthread.php?t=5510 You da man!!! I'm also looking into adding some kind of speaker system in my pack with some sound effects as well. Hopefully some of these other kinds of effects will pop-up as well. Thanks for the great tip!!!
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    Jun 13, 2005, 3:11 PM - Re: Jetpack Thrusters - Brainstorming #91

    I put this diagram together to show the piping and wiring for my v1.0 thruster. I had to resize my Visio drawing to fit the image restrictions, so I hope this works.
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    Jun 13, 2005, 3:46 PM - Re: Jetpack Thrusters - Brainstorming #92

    HOLY ******!!!

    Thats awesome! Any idea on a price range or availability of parts in the UK?

    Dan
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    Jun 13, 2005, 7:04 PM - Re: Jetpack Thrusters - Brainstorming #93

    Quote Gator Fett said:
    I put this diagram together to show the piping and wiring for my v1.0 thruster. I had to resize my Visio drawing to fit the image restrictions, so I hope this works.

    SWEETNESS.......NICE JOB ...Now let's see it installed!! Please.:thumbup
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    Jun 14, 2005, 1:04 PM - Re: Jetpack Thrusters - Brainstorming #94

    That is cool man, very inventive!
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    Jun 14, 2005, 2:43 PM - Re: Jetpack Thrusters - Brainstorming #95

    Looking sweeet! Shame about some of the prices of solenoid valves!

    Dan
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    Jun 14, 2005, 7:33 PM - Re: Jetpack Thrusters - Brainstorming #96

    What is the prices on all this different stuff? Looks AWSOME!
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    Jun 14, 2005, 8:41 PM - Re: Jetpack Thrusters - Brainstorming #97

    Looks to complicated for a puff of smoke.
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    Jun 14, 2005, 8:48 PM - Re: Jetpack Thrusters - Brainstorming #98

    Its actually not that complicated, it even very similar to how the original was done, except the battery was freaking HUGE. This is about as close as you'll be able to get to the actual effect, and its much safer/lighter. Although as mentioned, there are a few issues with the leaking butane that will need to be fixed before it is implemented.

    Again Gator, thanks for getting this far!
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    Jun 15, 2005, 4:14 PM - Re: Jetpack Thrusters - Brainstorming #99

    Quote mandalore697 said:
    Any idea on a price range or availability of parts in the UK?
    Quote askywalker98 said:
    What is the prices on all this different stuff?
    Quote mandalore697 said:
    Shame about some of the prices of solenoid valves!
    The Airbrush parts, various brass fittings, battery, wires & switch, should be available anywhere, and at minimal cost. As mandalore697 pointed out, the solenoid valve is kinda costly. Depending on the type of valve you get, they can range from $50 to $200. I have been able to "borrow" some parts from work to put my v1.0 set up together, so my out of pocket costs have been low.

    As I said before, there are some issues with this version that are not safe, and need to be corrected. Once I have the new parts, I will set up a v2.0 and test the operation. After I get an operational & safe system, I will work on getting it installed in my JP. When I get all of that finished I will put together a parts list for anyone that is interested. I may even have a few kits available.

    JFJ - Thanks for your support.
    Gator
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    Jun 15, 2005, 4:20 PM - Re: Jetpack Thrusters - Brainstorming #100

    Quote cal196 said:
    Looks to complicated for a puff of smoke.
    cal -

    It's more than a puff of smoke. Actually, it’s more of a continuous blast of smoke. During my testing, I have probably discharged the system 15 to 20 times for 5 to 10 second intervals, and the can is still half full.

    Gator

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