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Classic kit to Arena Jet Pack conversion (pic heavy)

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    Classic kit to Arena Jetpack conversion (big-time pic heavy)

    All right, last April after purchasing what was probably the worst jet pack kit ever sold on ebay...

    ...and getting into it for almost $350 for it and unsuccessfully getting any of my money back (even just a little of it )Actually I owe him for teaching me to have kindness for those who for some reason do me wrong and teaching me to not give up in finding the good in a bad situation...

    ...here it is 50+ hours later and around another $100 more...

    ...without further adeu, my lemon of a Classic Jet Pack converted into a sweet Arena just in time to make its first public debut at IGNLive October 22nd in L.A. this last weekend to hang with Andy, slavefive, Resilient, John(awesome Tie Pilot), and many cool others.

    The only Jet Pack that will forever hold a special place in my .

    Ta dah!
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    Re: Classic kit to Arena Jetpack conversion (pic heavy)

    Way to go man.


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    Re: Classic kit to Arena Jetpack conversion (pic heavy)

    Thanks slave1pilot, really appreciate it, especially comming from Blacklist Squadron. Needless to say I like the heavily weathered look. Plus it hides the imperfections in the base paint job and matches my armor well.

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    Impressive work. It turned out very nice.

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    Re: Classic kit to Arena Jetpack conversion (pic heavy)

    Marvelous! After seeing it I would have never guessed you finished it only a few days earlier, this goes to show what a little elbow grease and a whole lot of patience can do with what you have.

    Great work!

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    Re: Classic kit to Arena Jetpack conversion (pic heavy)

    Thanks guys! Actually Andy, I finished painting it in the wee hours of the Sat. morn that we all met. I didn't sleep at all Friday night before driving down to L.A. on Sat. morn. for IGALive. I stayed up all night working on various parts of my costume to have it ready. That night I was on another one of those prop building highs...minus the drugs of course...always.

    gotta get some sleep, Later, and thanks for the compliments guys! Now I just got to find a missle thrust vent for the bottom and I think it's all done. Then off to ebay...just kidding that'd be almost like selling one of my children after all the time i've invested in it.

    Got an MLC Classic comming anyday now too that I'm excited about painting up.

    night.

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    Re: Classic kit to Arena Jetpack conversion (pic heavy)

    Great job man! I love your sons t-shirt Jet Pack looks mighty good! Well done!

    DA


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    Re: Classic kit to Arena Jetpack conversion (pic heavy)

    Cruzer you should send these photos to that seller, and show him what you found when you sanded that crap down he gave you

    I :thumbup your patience on this project.

    ...just amazing with what you had....get Ripleys on the phone!!!

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    Re: Classic kit to Arena Jetpack conversion (pic heavy)

    Amazing work! I'd never imagine it turning out so well considering how it started!
    Last edited by Jango_Fett_Jr; Oct 25, 2005 at 9:20 AM.

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    Re: Classic kit to Arena Jetpack conversion (pic heavy)

    Great job man!!


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    Re: Classic kit to Arena Jetpack conversion (pic heavy)

    ..impressive

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    you are just the best!!!!

    By the way, I thought you were going to buy a clasic one to bountys hunted

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    Re: Classic kit to Arena Jetpack conversion (pic heavy)

    I agree with SEEKER,,,

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    totally SWEEET...

    anyway, wad did u use for the weathering (those black greasy corners)

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    Re: Classic kit to Arena Jetpack conversion (pic heavy)

    Wow, you polished a turd and found a diamond burried under it.

    Great work!

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    Re: Classic kit to Arena Jetpack conversion (pic heavy)

    Now that is truely Art. Awesome job man.

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    Excellent!!!!

    I so impressed, that jet pack is an absolute beauty!!! True workmanship!

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    Re: Classic kit to Arena Jetpack conversion (pic heavy)

    Amazing!!!! :thumbup

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    Re: Classic kit to Arena Jetpack conversion (pic heavy)

    ...dang dude...had no idea that you did that yourself...:thumbup

    ...there is no way I could even come close to doing something like that...hats off to you...

    ...and it was a pleasure meeting you and your family at IGN Live...

    Later
    Lewis

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    Re: Classic kit to Arena Jetpack conversion (pic heavy)

    Just WOW! :thumbup

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    That is gorgeous looking. And I can't believe you did all the mods yourself. Great job!

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    Re: Classic kit to Arena Jetpack conversion (pic heavy)

    wow!! looks great!!

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    Re: Classic kit to Arena Jetpack conversion (pic heavy)

    WOW what a piece of junk you started with. uke Your right ... that has to be the worst jet pack ever bought on ebay.

    However, you did a fantastic job created one of the best Arean packs I have ever seen.

    Great Job.

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    Re: Classic kit to Arena Jetpack conversion (pic heavy)

    Awesome job, man! Looks terrific. You really made that sorry crap shine like new!

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    Re: Classic kit to Arena Jetpack conversion (pic heavy)

    Delete
    Last edited by Andy; Oct 26, 2005 at 8:05 PM. Reason: Lorenzo is able to post again no need to repeat the same post so I'm deleting it now.

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