WIP: Scratch Build Styrene Jet Pack


Fettered

Hunter
I'll have another photo-update soon--the outer skin is now on, so it's starting to look like something! :jetpack

In the meantime I am looking towards attaching the thrusters--does anyone have advice on whether or not these should be removable? It is obviously easiest to bond them permanently, but they seem kind of "out there" and vulnerable to getting banged up.

Thanks!
 
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stormtrooperguy

Sr Hunter
making the thrusters removable also makes it easier to fit the jetpack into some sort of travel case. if the rocket and thrusters come off it can fit into most armor bins.
 

Fettered

Hunter
Thanks STG. You are, of course, correct and that is what I will do. I have a couple of ideas, one of which I am particularly fond of. I'll be sure to post up if it works. Or if it doesn't! :lol:

Finally--some progress photos that actually look like progress!

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Fettered

Hunter
Yes, I used the 15" at 100%. I thought about scaling it down slightly to 98.5% or 99%, but decided against it. I hope that wasn't a mistake as I am 5'7" in my bare feet, but I think it is looking good in terms of scale. I did scale the armor I am making to 98.5%, and the pack still looks really good next to the back plate. I'm not scratch building my bucket (at least not right now) so I didn't want the bobble head effect you sometimes see. I'm trying to play a balancing act that way, scaling some things slightly to different degrees.

I've also thought about looking into making a mold from it, but really have no clue how to do this with such a complex shape.
 

Fettered

Hunter
Wow it has been a long time since I've been on task with this! I've started back to it, and I think I've solved one of the pieces that was giving me fits--the rocket cone.

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Dollar Store to the rescue!
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I still need to dress and fit it, but I think it will be nice when done. :jetpack
 

Matty Matt

Active Hunter
Fantastic! Great idea for the cone. Looks like just the right size. What did you make the piano keys out of? They look really good. Actually everything looks awesome.
 

Fettered

Hunter
Thanks Matt. That cone took a while to find. I kept a close up from the gallery on my phone so I could compare angles ;)

The piano keys are from sheet styrene. I cut two long strips to size for height and then laminated them together with zap-a-gap. I cleaned up the top edge, then used a block plane (woodworking tool) to cut the bevel. Smooth as butter. Then I just had to cut each key to width and sand the edges lightly.
 

Fettered

Hunter
So the back plate has been bugging me because the prop had significant thickness and curvature to it compared to what I had. After pondering for a while I finally tackled it, and am pretty happy with the result.

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Fettered

Hunter
Thanks guys! :D I know someone who has molds for the canister caps. If he can find them he's going to make me some resin caps which should make that part of the build really clean. In the meantime I've mixed up some styrene sludge with the intention of cleaning up some seams and reinforcing some joints.
 

Fettered

Hunter
I’m necroing this one. I’ve been way out of the game for a long time, and wanted to get my Fett into a wearable state for my wife’s work Halloween party. It’s a new job and we think it will be a good show stopper and introduction to some new friends of hers. I decided to make a push about 3 weeks ago, and it has been crazy since then. I think it will be wearable and not embarrassing in most company, though I won’t have most of it weathered by then. Basically nothing is truly finished, but only you guys know that. All of that to say I dragged the old girl out to work on what has been my biggest hang up, and wanted to show you my progress, as promised apparently 5 years ago! Still a lot to do (thrusters, anyone?) and inaccuracies (bottoms of the tanks) but it will pass the Friday test.

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