Hi everyone, I'm Matt.
(Always wear your respirator!)
I've been hanging around on the forums and in the chat room for awhile, soaking as much info as I could before I started to build my pack. I've actually been working on it for a couple of months now, slowly.. just night + weekends, and it's finally time to share.
Since I've learned so much from all of your builds, I really wanted to make sure I had something worthwhile to contribute before I posted mine. There is a massive amount of knowledge on here- fantastic how-to's, great process pictures, info on hard to find bits, etc, and so much of it is going into my build. I feel like I'm standing on the shoulders of giants here, so hopefully I can add just a little bit to the top of the pile. You all have been a tremendous help so far, thank you!
A little about me and the pack I wanted to build...
I'm an industrial designer, and so I design products for a living. You may have a few of them in your house! I'm a bit obsessed with objects in general, but I’ve always had an especially strong fascination with movie props. To me they are like one-of-a-kind fantasy products. Off-screen they’re little more than plaster and foam painted and aged to look like the real McCoy, but when they’re on film they become special somehow. They get a dose of imagination and become a gunslinger’s revolver, a cursed idol, an archaeologist’s lucky hat. It’s not just a hat anymore, it’s The Hat.
I spent a fair amount of time in school making models of designs I was working on, but now I do most of that on the computer. I missed being in the shop, and I needed a project. Some people paint, some people knit, I wanted to create a fairly accurate reproduction of a portable nuclear accelerator that pretend working class scientists used to catch ghosts in a 1984 comedy. It’s always been one of my favorite props from one of my favorite movies. Plus, it’s instantly recognizable, great for Halloween, and the kids love it. Luckily there is a ton of info on how to go about doing this
So here goes nothing...