By jhusel
#4888762
First I want to say thank you to all of the great build threads here, and awesome reference pics. It's nice to be able to find everything in one place. I had a Proton Pack years ago, traded it, and have regretted it ever since. So I finally decided to build my own. I still have a ways to go, but it's getting there. I hate waiting on parts to arrive, but that's what I get for buying parts as I sell props to fund this project.

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By jhusel
#4888816
Thanks! The inspiration from some of the packs I've seen here is phenomenal! I've so many cool tricks I want to add to this, it's very exciting to see!
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By xyster101
#4888896
What? I feel like I just watched the stay puft exploded and it is over. Do you have build pictures?
Those are some nice shots of a sweet looking pack. Details!
By jhusel
#4888900
Thanks guys. I put a few stickers on tonight. I'm at a stopping point until I get some more parts in. Everything is ordered tho.

I do have a few build pics, I'll upload and post some tomorrow. What an awesome project!!
By jhusel
#4888912
So I'm not the best at taking progress shots, when I'm working, I get caught up in getting it done and forget. But I did take some.

First, here is the fiberglass shell I started out with. Not bad, but did require some filing, filling, and sanding to true things up some. You can see where I needed to bondo the N-Filler in the first pic. There was a recessed area all the way around it here.
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Got some parts in and started drilling and tapping them to fit on the pack
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Then started attaching all of the parts so I could disassemble and start painting. The ribbon took more work than I thought to get it where I wanted it.
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Here are a lot of the add-on pieces painted in a low gloss black, automotive finish. And reference pages I printed off from here to see how things line up.
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Then I masked off parts of the pack that should be smooth and textured the pack with a Paintable Spray On Bedliner. Removed the masking tape and sprayed the whole thing low gloss black to match the parts. I like the liner I got, it wasn't rubbery. (Ignore the ugly holes on the Ion arm...ugh. But it fits snug and isn't visible)
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Now was the fun part, putting everything back together!!
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And here is how she sits today. Still have parts I'm eagerly waiting on! I can't wait!! Well actually I lied, I put some stickers on last night. And I will still need to add some welding and details, distressing, etc.
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By jhusel
#4889444
Thank you Sephiroth! I added some stickers and cables. Got in the motherboard and brackets, so I need to mount it all together, run electronics, add some welding, some weathering, etc.

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By jhusel
#4889775
Got some more work done. Stickers added, mother board mounted to the ALICE frame, brackets added (drilled, tapped, and riveted), electronics installed, foam pad added...

Still waiting on a few things. Next is to drill the speaker hole pattern, mount the battery pack, then painted the motherboard. Still a work in progress, but getting there! Video coming soon

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By jhusel
#4890018
Ok, finally got to the electronics! I had thought an AWESOME idea would be to have a speaker hole pattern like a radiation symbol. I spent a lot of time working on it, and then to find out someone already did it on this board. LOL Great minds I guess..... ha
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I got the motherboard all cleaned up and ready to paint. However, I decided to go with a powdercoat finish since we have a place here in town that does that. And here is a short video of the electronics! It's ALMOST done!!
https://youtu.be/cMYppDtFpKo
By jhusel
#4890110
I finally finished! I decided I couldn't wait any longer and machined my own Ion Arm end cap. For the motherboard, I decided against paint, knowing that it would look terrible after a while. So a I had a local company powder coat it for me yesterday, turned out great!!
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So here are the final pics!
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By jhusel
#4890168
Thanks for the feedback guys.

Yep, had it on backwards! Classic newbie mistake lol

I know I still need to do a few things, add some welding lines on the N Filter, etc. and straighten up the bumper (didn't notice until the pics), and add the new wiring harness for charging the battery, then mount it on the wall.
By jhusel
#4890461
I got the Spengler charging port in and so I finally completed my pack (for the most part). Here are a couple of shots of the inside. I'm very happy with how it turned out. What a fun project!!!

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By Theoderic
#4915533
I finally finished! I decided I couldn't wait any longer and machined my own Ion Arm end cap. For the motherboard, I decided against paint, knowing that it would look terrible after a while. So a I had a local company powder coat it for me yesterday, turned out great!!

So here are the final pics!

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Really another epic build - it's totally awesome! Congrats on this! :crunch:

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