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By Ecto46
Hello Folk's....My names Bart, and I wanna be a Ghostbuster when I grow up ( and have for the last 30 odd years or so....)

So yesterday I took the plunge and ordered up some .125 styrene sheets and a couple sizes of acrylic tube. Got the plans printed out and I'm ready to get on with this bad boy.

Heres to getting some templates plotted out and getting ready to slice and dice some styrene when it gets here.......

Imagepack001 by Bart Salmons, on Flickr
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By Ecto46
Looks like the styrene sheet will be arriving tomorrow so I styed up late last night and laid out the first template.
]Imagepack002 by Bart Salmons, on Flickr

Also got some components in today. Acrylic tubing for the prton thrower, and a Pilot Plasma tube, The envy of all pack builders!

Imagepack003 by Bart Salmons, on Flickr
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By Batfly
Yeah baby! Subscribed to this thread.

Look into getting a spst or spdt 12v relay, .1uf resitor, and dpdt momentary push button for the plasma tube. That thing throws off crazy emf making things go wonky. I just bought the relay and resistor Sunday and need to get them in line. Shhh, don't tell my build thread, I haven't told it yet lol.
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By Ecto46
OK lets see some REAL progress for a change! I started assembling the gunbox. First up I rough sanded everything to get a good fit. Then I used a heat gun to bend the side /top section, draping it over a piece of pvc pipe to get a uniform radius

Imagepack006 by Bart Salmons, on Flickr

I cleaned up the front piece of the curve to make sure everything lined up nicely......

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Front bits glued up and doing a little rough sanding. Like how everything is fitting together. Note also the tube of Weld On 16. the only glue I will ever use on this kinda project.....Fantastic stuff

Imagepack008 by Bart Salmons, on Flickr

Also on a different front I repurposed an old jacket (well my Mom did) by sewing a No Ghosts Logo over a Public atey Insignia that I'm no longer associated with........

Imagejacket by Bart Salmons, on Flickr
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By Batfly
Nice, looking good! The thrower is a motivating piece to start with.
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By Ecto46
OK now that the first round of Holiday Silliness has concluded, I can get back to work in the Bartwerx. Tonights silly Bart Trick is the Instrument bar and trigger bar.

Imagepack011 by Bart Salmons, on Flickr

Left an opening on the front that will get a cover plate, and drilled through for wire access. theres a cover for the back of the trigger bar too I glued in some lugs to screw the retaining screws into as well.

Imagepack012 by Bart Salmons, on Flickr

I was wondering if my handle wasnt a little too long, but now I see it looks alot better with the IB/TB in place....also predrilled some pilot holes for the switches and lights that will get installed eventually

Imagepack013 by Bart Salmons, on Flickr
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By Batfly
Oh yeah, that's a great, clean looking IB/TB!

I see the hole in the back of the IB, did you also make a hole between that and the TB?
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By Ecto46
Felt like doing something constructive and messy after I got home from work tonight. Why not start cutting out parts for the pack proper? Been anxious about building the syncgen/cyclotron parts So I figgered I'd go ahead and get them out of the way. I have laid out the spcer template on poster board and then used it to trace onto the styrene. then I had to refer to the plans to lay out the cosmetic plates.

Imagepack014 by Bart Salmons, on Flickr

I used a combination of the jig saw, band saw, mini hacksaw, and just scoring and snapping to get the basics done. yep, they are rough and will need a lot of clean up. Thats why I have several belt sanders.......

Imagepack015 by Bart Salmons, on Flickr

Kept the cutout of the center to help make the top of the cyclotron and cut strips for the sides and reinforecement of the syncgen....

Imagepack016 by Bart Salmons, on Flickr
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By Ecto46
So even though I had to attend training, I had the day off. So after knocking out a few chores I decided to assemble some styrene! The girlfriends youngest decided she wanted to hang out with me this evening, so it was styrene, glue and Cutie Cars....

Imagepack017 by Bart Salmons, on Flickr

After I took the manual sharkskin to the jig saw edges, I measured out the individual plates and scored and snapped them. then did the same for some internal bracing so that the construction could begin in earnest. I started at the bottom and added extra bracing there. then began one at a time mitering one edge and assembling the wall.....

Imagepack018 by Bart Salmons, on Flickr

Getting the individual plated on wasn;t as hard as I thought it would be, so look out boys....Im breaking out the heat gun. I had already glued in the PVC spacers so I used that as a buck to clamp , heat, and bend the styrene around ........

Imagepack019 by Bart Salmons, on Flickr

Wow.....sometimes I amaze myself ......Getting the last two sections of wall in place were really a piece of cake after that.....

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And there we have it Ghostheads.......... a rough syncgen ready for finishing........

Imagepack021 by Bart Salmons, on Flickr
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By Batfly
What have I done? You too with the sandpaper synonyms. Lol. Keep it up!
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By Ecto46
Welp....Made my first mistake..........

Imagepack024 by Bart Salmons, on Flickr

Do ya see it? Lol When I built the EDA and snuggled it up to the Cosmetic Plating I discovered that I apparently miscalculated when I was laying out the CP. Note that it should be as wide as the EDA before the angle starts.

Imagepack023 by Bart Salmons, on Flickr

Now the question is do I wanna just ignore it and pretend its a feature, or do I wanna go back and add some plating? Decisions decisions.........
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By Batfly
You'll kick yourself later if you don't redo it now. Part of creating is messing up lol. The booster tubes line up next to this so things will start to get thrown off later on down the road.

Good progress speed though! Enjoy the construction part, it slows down during clean up and assembly.
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By Batfly
Something doesn't look right and i think i know what it is. The lower section of the eda is too wide looking. There should be a bare part of the base sticking out past to the left of the angled area.

Like so:

Your angled part sends to go all the way to the edge off the base. There should be about 1" or so of base gap there between the angled part and powercell. The cosmetic spacer was probably fine.


Hate to be the bearer of bad news.
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By Batfly
That's looking good now! Quick fix, wow.
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By Ecto46
Welp we have lost 5 employees over the past week at work, so construction time has come to a screechin' halt. they are interviewing left and right, but dang.... findin people that can pass a backround check and drug test........

Anyways, did find a lil time and cobbled up the ion arm.........

Imagepack027 by Bart Salmons, on Flickr

And today made a start on the powercell. I gotta sand it up to hide the seams before I add the ribs, but I do yave the stock cut for that.....

Imagepack028 by Bart Salmons, on Flickr

On another interesting front, the girlfriend and I went out to dinner with another Buster. Now that she has seen what a completed pack looks like in the flesh so to speak, she wants one of her own. So this just became a double build........Love that woman!
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