Started with a beautiful Mike Nelson V5 shell & mobo-
Tools of the trade for day 1 (flat file, round file, a sanding block, and a square file)
Started with small things that needed filing-
After I removed all the small imperfections, I spent 3-4 hours filing the edge of the shell until it sat flush on the mobo. Then I started on the mounting brackets.
Started with using my scribe to mark off where I want to drill-
The best engineers wear slippers while working-
For this part, I used my calipers to measure the thickness of the shell, and then added 0.04" for wiggle room. Then I marked where I wanted to center of that bracket to go, and matched up the lines-
And...... voila! I always make sure to use washers with all my rivets, I find that it helps them stay secure for longer
I like to also pean over all my rivets using none other than my handy dandy ball pean hammer
A finishing touch to the brackets that I've yet to see anyone do. I know it isn't movie accurate, but it sure beats having to drill out and replace rivets if they ever become loose.
And a close up-
Let me know what you guys think! This will definitely be a leisure kind of build, just mounting parts when I have time in the shop. I already have my other GB1 hero pack, which I will be converting to GB2 to make way for this bad boy. Hoping to have some more work done on it in the next few weeks or so.