Got the pack in the mail from TillSon. The power was already out so I had to look in awe of this beautiful bigI7 shell with a flash light.
Then, this kind of thing started happening all around us.
Luckily, we the tornado just clipped a massive oak in our yard and we came out with a destroyed fence and not the total disaster you see there.
Anyway, once power was restored I got back to work...
I decided to model my pack off of this photo. I know it's a fairly well know pic but it's kind of special to me. I remember having an old Starlog magazine back in the 80s that had this photo in it. I always dreamed of having a proton pack when I was kid, so it makes sense that I would bring it full circle and use this photo as my primary reference.
I'm using some great techniques I picked up from Libtechnit and Filandrius. Big bolts. BIg strong washers. They aren't all pictured here but some of those SSW (super strong washers) are present too.
I had some left over Apoxie sculpt left and I reinforced the walls of the EDA because they seemed a little thin.
Here's the pack, all ugly and dry fitted with parts from MMM, Nickatron, onlinemetals.com, JPA35, GBShop etc.
Nevermind my nasty ass feet.
Finally, I got to the painting stage. Taking a page out of Filandrius's book, I gave it an undercoat of Krylon Fusion Silver, but with a twist. This is hammered finish paint.
The pic I'm using as a reference really shows the rough, cast iron like finish of the pack and that's what I'm going for. I sprayed all of it with the fusion except for the ion arm, the booster tube, bumper, N-filter, and booster frame as those appear to be smooth. I assume it's because most of these were aluminum.
Again, nasty ass foot.
And here we are, caught up. After waiting a grueling 8 days for the fusion to fully cure, I was finally ready to paint it with the BBQ black paint. The weather was bad today though, so I ended up turning my Kitchen into a Dexter style kill room in order to paint it. COULD NOT WAIT.
Going to start working on the weld between the booster and the Ion arm tonight... stay tuned.