Ok guys, let's do a small run (4-6) of these.
The discrepancies I found in the first pull (my backplate) showed me I need to double up on the aluminum resin for two gelcoat applications for a solid and smooth surface before fiberglassing. Also, because of the untrimmed weight of these things (approximately 2.5 lbs) the shipping costs are going to be a bit higher than expected. However, once trimmed and depending on how much is cut-off from the sides and bottom, the weight goes down significantly by 1/2 to 3/4 of a pound.
Also, I've noticed the resin and fiberglass materials I'm using allow the backplate to have some flexibility, especially in the shoulder and side areas. I'm thinking this will increase comfortability when wearing one of these things. But it's still very very durable. I'm using a single layer of thick fiberglass mesh that the package says is intended for heavy repairs, so you won't have to worry about breaking this thing unless you jump up and down on it or drive over it with your car!
Here are a few more specifics:
Shoulder width = 15.125" (trimmable)
Height = 17" (trimmable)
Trimmed weight = 1.75 to 2 lbs.
Materials = Aluminum filled resin gelcoat and fiberglass application.
The price I can offer these at is $95 USPS Priority shipped in the U.S. Please contact me for anywhere outside the U.S.
I'll start taking paypal orders to Lorenzo_Cruz1@msn.com (underscore between my first and last names). First paid, first shipped. I'll order more aluminum resin as soon as a few orders come in, and I am anticipating the middle of next week for them to begin shipping out.
Here's a link of the original build thread and a few pics showing how they look untrimmed, but I'll give em a rough trim before shipped:
4.Darth Hobbes ...shipped
5.Jimmy BufFETT ...shipped
10.Jango 5204...picked up
The list is closed for now, but I will reopen it once these orders are shipped. Thanks