It got here Friday and has been sitting on my table all weekend, with the also great looking resin cast parts kit from Crix
Still undrilled, untapped, and unpainted. That won't do, not at all.
I don't have a lot of experience working with spray paint, but after drilling and tapping my parts I gave em a couple coats of primer. Overkill? Probably, but I'm being careful over here.
Now for some flat black, cause METAL! (Widdly widdly waaaaaaah!)
Over the course of this last weekend I've done ALL the reading, and I'm sure I'm still missing plenty, but I have figured out MOST of my drill sizes, so I prepped up my booster frame once I was confident in the size I needed. Then gave it the same loving flat black
And after it had dried, I cut a handy little paper template and lined things up on my booster tube and drilled it out while I was at it.
I also made some paper templates for drilling my shell attachment points using my now prepped parts
I thought about it over dinner, and realized I had the perfect tool to help me paint my booster tube
I present to you the Painter's Arrow MK.1
Since I'm waiting on paint to dry (Why am I so excited watching paint dry?) I figured I should start smoothing my shell a bit, ideally I'd like to give it a hammered texture as I've seen on a few other packs.
I grabbed this fine grain sanding sponge at a local hardware store when I got my part kit from Crix, and although I didn't have to do much on those parts it's coming in invaluable on the shell. Bonus: That's my uniform flashlight providing some nice directional hands-free lighting! Fashionable AND functional!
So that's as far as I am right now! Currently awaiting my brass elbows and hose barbs, and need to order all of my tubes as well as the ALICE pack frame. Tomorrow's plan is to get some stock for Aluminum brackets and start preparing my mounts for the shell and injector tubes. Also in the mail is some black epoxy putty, between that and a silver paint sharpee I'll be touching up my weld lines as well as reinforcing my parts and filling some spaces. I'm just way too excited to get started so I'm prepping all my pieces while I await moar parts.
Bonus Fake Edit Update!: In the course of typing this up I was poking around Dad's workshop, and spotted a handy 2" pipe bracket. I realized it would take almost no work to make it into a support bracket for my Injector tubes
Just hammer it flat, mark out where you need to trim it down to, and tahdah!