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Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 8th, 2019, 1:25 pm
by JWils23
Looking great! Don’t let the thrower intimidate you, if you’ve come this far you can go further. I was nervous about the thrower too but once I started I had a blast building it. It’s hands down what I’m most proud of on my pack.

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 8th, 2019, 2:53 pm
by joezlo
Get a roll of painter's tape (blue 3m tape) and dry assemble the BOK wand. That's what I did and it made me feel much more comfortable moving forward because I could visualize the construction and mods I would need to make without having to just do them blind.

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 14th, 2019, 8:22 am
by CorfieldUK81
Put on some stickers and got the V-Hook in place. Just waiting on some clippard hose holders to arrive to finnish off the main pack part now. (other than putting in lenses and getting the Crank in place)
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Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 14th, 2019, 3:52 pm
by Spectregater
Looks good. As for myself I did my first test fire of my pack last Saturday. Still have yet to begin the wand though.

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 15th, 2019, 10:49 am
by chris8414
Man that looks awesome! I have spoken to Ben multiple times the last few weeks and he is in no position to build me a pack! I am hopeful I will have one built by him and headed my way in time for my Halloween party and Disneyland Halloween this October! I am keeping my fingers crossed! I am in no position to build one of these myself, as I don't have the time nor the craftsmanship LOL. Keep up the great work on the pack!

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 15th, 2019, 2:00 pm
by CorfieldUK81
Man that looks awesome! I have spoken to Ben multiple times the last few weeks and he is in no position to build me a pack! I am hopeful I will have one built by him and headed my way in time for my Halloween party and Disneyland Halloween this October! I am keeping my fingers crossed! I am in no position to build one of these myself, as I don't have the time nor the craftsmanship LOL. Keep up the great work on the pack!
Sadly Ben no longer sells fully built packs, only the kits. Honest I have NO skills, never used a drill or dremel in my life, If I can do it you can! give it a shot

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 16th, 2019, 7:32 am
by CorfieldUK81
Rest of tubes now on, hardest part of the build so far getting the blue tube to bend on the top bit of the Ion arm ...
Next stage is the wand once i figure out where to start ha, ordering electronics end of the month

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Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 16th, 2019, 7:36 am
by mike_waclo
Rest of tubes now on, hardest part of the build so far getting the blue tube to bend on the top bit of the Ion arm ...
Next stage is the wand once i figure out where to start ha, ordering electronics end of the month

I was worried about bending the green tube on the wand when I built my Anovos kit, because I didn't want it to kink, so I heated it up with a hairdryer to soften up the plastic a bit... Helped a lot! When I got to attaching tubes to the pack itself, I ordered colored tubes from the GBFans shop... It was a much softer, rubbery material, and they all bent nicely without any need to heat them.

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 16th, 2019, 9:24 am
by CorfieldUK81
Rest of tubes now on, hardest part of the build so far getting the blue tube to bend on the top bit of the Ion arm ...
Next stage is the wand once i figure out where to start ha, ordering electronics end of the month

I was worried about bending the green tube on the wand when I built my Anovos kit, because I didn't want it to kink, so I heated it up with a hairdryer to soften up the plastic a bit... Helped a lot! When I got to attaching tubes to the pack itself, I ordered colored tubes from the GBFans shop... It was a much softer, rubbery material, and they all bent nicely without any need to heat them.
nice idea about heating up the tube, will try this when I do the wand. May in future upgrade to the GB fans blue tube

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 17th, 2019, 2:39 am
by starburst
Your build continues to get better and better with every update and gives me confidence that when I start my own (soon, only been planning it for 10 years!) I will be able to do it justice!

Looking forward to your future updates :)

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 19th, 2019, 12:57 pm
by CorfieldUK81
Your build continues to get better and better with every update and gives me confidence that when I start my own (soon, only been planning it for 10 years!) I will be able to do it justice!

Looking forward to your future updates :)
thank you!, honestly go for it. I have ZERO experience with a drill or DIY. This has been all new experience for me too. If I can do it anyone can.

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 19th, 2019, 1:05 pm
by CorfieldUK81
Added the Cyclotron and Powerbar lenses, spot of superglue that I made a little mess with. But I plan on weathering the pack later so hopefully can cover most of it up.
Also got the Crank Knob in place, it spins but its purely cosmetic no function. Added foam to the top of the motherboard thanks to @Venkman69 for providing the foam his build can be seen at viewtopic.php?p=4912412#p4912412, I put the DANGER sticker too high so had to make the foam thinner than It's meant to be oh well :P
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Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 20th, 2019, 12:24 pm
by CorfieldUK81
I did not use a texture paint on my pack ( kinda wish I did now) but thought I'd try it on the grips to give it some distinction between the barrel and a nice feel when holding. Worked out a treat I think. Tempted to try and mask some stickers on the pack and do the pack now
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Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 21st, 2019, 6:21 pm
by CorfieldUK81
Finally managed to get these two bits together, main hurdle in starting the wand! rest of the bolts ordered and soon ordering electronics :D
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Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 22nd, 2019, 8:05 am
by canpara
Sadly Ben no longer sells fully built packs, only the kits. Honest I have NO skills, never used a drill or dremel in my life, If I can do it you can! give it a shot
Amen to that. Same thing here. Once you get going, you will gain confidence and you will be forever proud of your work! It's a very rewarding project.

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 22nd, 2019, 8:15 am
by CorfieldUK81
Work has begun to fit the wand together, very messy inside the shell from putting the tubes in need to sand down to prepare for wiring. Once bolts are delivered I can get rest in place :D
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Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 22nd, 2019, 8:29 am
by SSJmole
See that looks awesome. I found it hard building the Lego dimensions Ghostbusters cars and trap 😂 I could never do these. Awesome job

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 22nd, 2019, 10:31 am
by CorfieldUK81
Sadly Ben no longer sells fully built packs, only the kits. Honest I have NO skills, never used a drill or dremel in my life, If I can do it you can! give it a shot
Amen to that. Same thing here. Once you get going, you will gain confidence and you will be forever proud of your work! It's a very rewarding project.
this is very true, also makes it feel like your own pack, not a pack someone has handed to you. You can show it off and think "I made this" you feel like an Egon or Ray :D

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 22nd, 2019, 10:34 am
by CorfieldUK81
See that looks awesome. I found it hard building the Lego dimensions Ghostbusters cars and trap 😂 I could never do these. Awesome job
Thank you :D but really hardest part of building these (other than electronics where I am kinda worried about attempting ha) is using a drill and dremel tool, if you have used those before then this is a doddle, if not its still not hard as ...well I've done it.

The rest is easy enough, no major painting to do as its all black, maybe one or two silver bits. The tubes and stickers are provided...

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 22nd, 2019, 10:54 am
by SSJmole
Again though. Lego was hard lol I don't think I should be using tools. People like me should stick with the £30 costumes that have inflatable pack lol

I still find this awesome though , it's cool to see how much work people put into these

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 22nd, 2019, 2:31 pm
by CorfieldUK81
Painted a few parts and the first coat on the wand, once bolts arrive to do more I can get them on and wait for electronics :D
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Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 30th, 2019, 10:56 am
by CorfieldUK81
Managed to get a friend at work to cut a hole in the motherboard as thats one thing I was not confident in doing myself, for the speaker.
Built up the wand a bit too. Electronics have been paid for, also ordered the metal decals GBfans have recently added to the store! :D
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Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 30th, 2019, 3:30 pm
by Venkman's Swagger
Some good updates dude. Any reason you cut a hole in your mobo instead of drilling a speaker grille?

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 31st, 2019, 9:48 am
by CorfieldUK81
Some good updates dude. Any reason you cut a hole in your mobo instead of drilling a speaker grille?
Everyone I know who has a pack has done it this way, I was going to do a grill and raise up the speaker on bolts but found there would not be enough room for the reflectors I'll be using for the cyclotron lights. So sinking the speaker into the shell this way frees up room

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 31st, 2019, 9:50 am
by Venkman's Swagger
Fair play buddy. No right or wrong way, was just interested in your reasoning

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 31st, 2019, 9:54 am
by CorfieldUK81
Mounted the speaker on the motherboard, this was a pain to do mainly cause of the bolts used that are very hard to tighten to keep it secure. I used foam sheet between the speaker and the board to prevent rattling , a tip a friend of mine gave from his build.

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Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:February 2nd, 2019, 11:27 am
by starburst
Coming along nicely... you will soon be done at this rate!

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:February 2nd, 2019, 2:16 pm
by CorfieldUK81
First major screw up on the build...thought I'd use some chrome paint to make the clippard look better. I masked the parts I didn't want paint on however it managed to get through :( easy fixed with a new Sticker so contacted Ben to see if he can help, prob have to buy a whole sheet for one sticker but hey ho.
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Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:February 8th, 2019, 3:59 pm
by CorfieldUK81
So my electronics kit arrived today ( great kit, snaps together easy and sounds brill) .....however trying to get switches to fit in the holes and fit it into the wand. Getting Cyclotron lights in the reflectors I want to use and the power bar light on the stand....all seem impossible and makes this project so close to completion yet not able to :( electronics part seems a bit over my skill level

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:February 10th, 2019, 10:50 am
by CorfieldUK81
So after a few problems and worries, I got my electronics kit and I was a bit overwhelmed at how to fit it in the wand etc. I even managed to accidentally break 3 of the switches when attempting to fit them, was about to accept my pack would have no lights and sound and just look the part.

The kit seller however was amazing and reassured me it can be fixed and is sending out replacement switches. So I used the broken switch as a template at getting the holes correct and practice at fitting to prevent future damage on the rest.

In these photos you will also see I have put the Clippard onto the wand, I have also got new stickers for the Clippards that are metallic and look great. Added a little bit of weathering on the wand using a paint pen, looks good so when all done I'll be looking into doing more on the main pack also.

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