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Tested Ghost Trap Build

PostPosted:November 9th, 2018, 12:07 pm
by SmugglersProps
As you can tell I am pretty new to this forum, but I have already put together a decent uniform and pack. But now I am focusing on building a new trap.

As most of you probably know, Sean Charlesworth creates files for a hybrid ghost trap to thingiverse.

So I will attempt to build one (emphasis on attempt)

About two years ago I was going to a Halloween party as a ghostbuster, my uniform was good, I had the patches, a uniform, a pack, and a PKE meter (the pke and the pack I plan to remake in the future). It was a week before the party and I didn’t have a trap, so I hastily made one

Brace yourselves, it is pretty bad

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As you can tell it sucks, I am very embarrassed of it. Its falling apart, the handle is broken, it is as far from accurate as you can get and it’s made of cardboard.

So I will be posting updates as often as I can on my progress, so please be critical, I need as much advice as I can get to make this good.

I use a creality CR-10 just in case anyone is wondering.

Re: Tested Ghost Trap Build

PostPosted:November 14th, 2018, 2:22 am
by JulesHiggs
You know, other than the chunky red side rails, and being a little oversized, that's a pretty damn good cardboard trap! Some nice details there. 👌🏻 Best of luck with the new trap!

Re: Tested Ghost Trap Build

PostPosted:November 14th, 2018, 6:10 am
by SmugglersProps
Thanks JulesHiggs!

Re: Tested Ghost Trap Build

PostPosted:November 18th, 2018, 4:52 pm
by SmugglersProps
Even though nobody is really following this, I’ll just post my progress for my own record keeping.

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So I have made a lot of progress, I printed the main parts, cleaned them up, assembled and painted them.

I still have a decent amount of printing left, but it’s starting to come together

I plan to put actual socket cap screws to give it a more real look, but for now I’m not planning on adding electronics. I still need to print the pedal, and acquire some more pieces, but I am happy with what I have so far

Re: Tested Ghost Trap Build

PostPosted:November 19th, 2018, 3:12 pm
by TragicManner
Looking really good so far! This is why I've felt, if someone has a 3D printer, that doing Sean Charlesworth's trap is the way to go.

Are you doing to do aluminum for the side panels or stick with 3D printing them?

I really do like the look of the finish with the bondo. Are you using the same kind that Sean used in his guide? How was working with it?

Re: Tested Ghost Trap Build

PostPosted:November 19th, 2018, 4:06 pm
by SmugglersProps
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TragicManner, I just use this spot putty and a lot of sanding to get my prints to a good finish, but it is very easy to use, I just get some on my finger and touch up any imperfections or layer lines. Afterward, it’s pretty easy to wash off with some water.

I’m likely going for the printed panels, but I will screw them into place so I can replace them later if I want to.


Re: Tested Ghost Trap Build

PostPosted:November 27th, 2018, 7:09 am
by simcarr
Nice work dude.

Shortly after I built my pack I bought one of Nickatrons trap kits and did nothing with it. That was 6 years ago and now I'm thinking of building myself a trap.

So I'm watching your build to decide if I go down the 3D printed route or stick with Nick's mark2 trap kit. (Or a hybrid of both)

Re: Tested Ghost Trap Build

PostPosted:November 27th, 2018, 7:21 am
by SmugglersProps
Nice work dude.

Shortly after I built my pack I bought one of Nickatrons trap kits and did nothing with it. That was 6 years ago and now I'm thinking of building myself a trap.

So I'm watching your build to decide if I go down the 3D printed route or stick with Nick's mark1 trap kit. (Or a hybrid of both)

I would go with the Nickatrons trap for a base and supplement it with some 3D printed pieces. That way you have more customization options. And I’m very interested in seeing a hybrid trap.

Re: Tested Ghost Trap Build

PostPosted:November 27th, 2018, 1:45 pm
by Glenn Frederick
The trap is looking great.
I used the same spot putty on the one I did awhile back.

I just noticed the sides where the plates go are recessed, was the 3d files Changed/updated or did you redo them to cut down weight?

Re: Tested Ghost Trap Build

PostPosted:November 27th, 2018, 1:48 pm
by SmugglersProps
Simcarr, I would go with the Nickatrons trap for a base and supplement it with some 3D printed pieces. That way you have more customization options. And I’m very interested in seeing a hybrid trap.

Glenn Frederick, I think he must have updated the files because I just printed them as is

Re: Tested Ghost Trap Build

PostPosted:November 28th, 2018, 2:19 am
by simcarr
Think that's the plan. By the way, it's a mk2 trap not a mk1.

Re: Tested Ghost Trap Build

PostPosted:November 28th, 2018, 8:47 am
by NotSabbat
Simcarr, I would go with the Nickatrons trap for a base and supplement it with some 3D printed pieces. That way you have more customization options. And I’m very interested in seeing a hybrid trap.

Glenn Frederick, I think he must have updated the files because I just printed them as is
You may have swapped the sides. I think the recesses are supposed to be on the inside of the trap to allow more room for internals.

Re: Tested Ghost Trap Build

PostPosted:November 28th, 2018, 10:28 am
by SmugglersProps
Simcarr, I would go with the Nickatrons trap for a base and supplement it with some 3D printed pieces. That way you have more customization options. And I’m very interested in seeing a hybrid trap.

Glenn Frederick, I think he must have updated the files because I just printed them as is
You may have swapped the sides. I think the recesses are supposed to be on the inside of the trap to allow more room for internals.

Oh I think I did, but I’m not planning to put functional knobs on the sides so it doesn’t make a big difference for me.

Re: Tested Ghost Trap Build

PostPosted:December 4th, 2018, 8:11 pm
by SmugglersProps
So, I have made pretty good progress.

I finished up one side panel and the front panel, I am very happy with them so far, I also printed out two of the labels.

I also purchased the socket cap screws that I needed from Home Depot and did a bit of dry brushing with some silver to start the weathering

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Re: Tested Ghost Trap Build

PostPosted:December 5th, 2018, 3:47 pm
by canpara
Wow, your trap looks great! What kind of black spray paint did you use?

I have subscribed to this thread. I'm looking forward to your next updates!

Re: Tested Ghost Trap Build

PostPosted:December 5th, 2018, 9:37 pm
by SmugglersProps
Wow, your trap looks great! What kind of black spray paint did you use?

I have subscribed to this thread. I'm looking forward to your next updates!
Thank you so much!

I used a Rustoleum satin black primer. I didn’t like the look of the matte spray paint just because the shine mixes better with the dry brushing and weathering.

Re: Tested Ghost Trap Build

PostPosted:December 5th, 2018, 10:11 pm
by NotSabbat
How did you get the metal to look so realistic?

Re: Tested Ghost Trap Build

PostPosted:December 7th, 2018, 10:58 am
by SmugglersProps
How did you get the metal to look so realistic?
I used a Rustoleum metallic silver paint that I’ve had for a long time, and it ended up working great

Re: Tested Ghost Trap Build

PostPosted:December 8th, 2018, 11:57 am
by simcarr
Nice looking trap dude, coming along nicely.

Re: Tested Ghost Trap Build

PostPosted:December 13th, 2018, 7:43 pm
by SmugglersProps
It’s finished! I am so happy with the result and I am proud to be able to wear it on my belt ( or at least I will be when I get an accurate belt).

I sanded, primed and painted the last panel as well as printed out the toggle switch and “LED”.

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But wait, there’s more!

I am also building the pedal to go along with my trap. Here are the two pieces I have printed so far

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And a third piece already on the way

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