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By n0c00lgamertag
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So I think this is my second pack build if you count the scratch pack I did for my son last fall for Halloween:

http://www.gbfans.com/community/viewtop ... =2&t=34388

Aside from giving him a kick ass costume (that he won first place at a convention kids costume contest for), I wanted to give myself some experience with the basics of a pack layout.

That being said, the wife and kids got me my first real pack for Christmas. It's a GBFans shell and it's been in the shipping box since the end of last year. I ordered a Crix resin kit and that was about it. It has been way too cold here in Michigan this winter to be outside doing anything. With a big local convention coming up in May, I needed to get moving and have it done by then for the big reveal. Well thanks to the forced savings account called the tax return, the other day I ordered almost every remaining component from the outside in, including a Matty wand and other electronics, MB, hoses, fittings, lenses, Alice pack pads and such. I'm waiting I the arrival of the pieces, at which time if all goes well, I put the entire thing together. My uniform got completed last fall so at least I have that. That being said, I officially start my build thread. Thanks for all future input.

Right now, all I'm in possession of other than the GBFans shell is a Crix resin kit and the ion arm resistors. Still have to clean up the resin pieces, nothing major.

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By pyhasanon
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Looking good! Wish I had the time and opportunity to build my own... someday... sigh...
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Ok then.

Step one was to drill the holes in the N Filter.
Step two was to fill the newly drilled holes in the N Filter with epoxy resin.

I mistakenly assumed that the dimples in the N Filter were the exact locations where the holes should be, so I started a' drillin. Well, the holes were way off visually, and my drill bit took two HUGE chunks out of the surface. I didn't get any pix of that, but trust me, it was not pretty. Here are the before and after with the filler and sanding process...

BEFORE:

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AND AFTER:

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Not a bad job, but a tad more sanding happened after this picture.

I also cleaned up my Crix resin set.

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Up next, redrilling the N Filter.
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By n0c00lgamertag
#4789175
So it would seem that my pack build thread has sort of turned into a pack built thread. I've gotten a lot of building done over the past week or so, and although I've taken pictures I have not posted them. So, here is my progress in photo history up to this point...

Since I ordered so many parts at once, I got something in the mail almost every day. I tried to order as much as I could from the GBFans site, but some items I had to get elsewhere due to availabilty. Here is my Crix light kit which I later wired...

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Some more stuff.

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And more.

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An my pride and joy, which my wife had the nerve to call "a toy". Geez.

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Most of the stuff I ordered before I jumped into my build. Beautiful sight isin't it? I know the straps are wrong, but the accuracy police will just have to deal.

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I then began the sanding, priming and painting. I sanded out the annoying seam through the middle of the bumper. Not sure if that is sceen accurate, but I like the smooth bumper better.

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I fitted and then drilled holes for all the pieces that would later be attached.

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I prepared the shell for painting by taping off areas where I didn't want texture to go after following a tutorial from the forums.

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Some priming of pieces.

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After priming and texturing, I started to attach all of the pieces. Was too excited so I didn't get any before pix of the shell.

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Then I put in all the hoses and stuck the stickers (which are not liking the textured surface one bit). I had to use some spray glue on a few but that is still iffy.

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I still have to attach the vaccuum hose and am waiting on my ribbon cable, L brackets for the mother board and my Matty V-Hook. I have to put those pieces together, install the lights and then I am done! Way ahead of schedule.
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By VincentVegaFFF
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This came together quick! Looking nice.

I too don't like the seam in the bumper and tried wet sanding it down but it was extremely slow going. Did you wet sand it as well or do it dry? I've never worked with resin before so I'm not sure how to handle it. I really don't want to ruin the bumper.
By Mat
#4789546
What I did was I started by sanding the seam by hand with 100 grit; once the seam is gone switch to 220. You can even the front out/remove dishing on the flat spots by putting a piece of sandpaper on a workbench or hard surface. While keeping the bumper flat against the surface, sand and check as you go! Prime and sand and repeat until satisfied. Gives a nice finish. :-D

Pack looks great! It's no easy feet to get a shell to that stage in such a short time.
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By n0c00lgamertag
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What I did was I started by sanding the seam by hand with 100 grit; once the seam is gone switch to 220. You can even the front out/remove dishing on the flat spots by putting a piece of sandpaper on a workbench or hard surface. While keeping the bumper flat against the surface, sand and check as you go! Prime and sand and repeat until satisfied. Gives a nice finish. :-D

Pack looks great! It's no easy feet to get a shell to that stage in such a short time.
That is just about exactly how I did it. Started with 100, then worked up to 150 and so on and so on. Sanded a bit, then looked where it needed to come down, then sanded some more. I double primed it to help with any super fine scratches and you can't even tell it was there.

Thanks all for the kudos by the way!

I've also weathered the pack with some silver auto touch up paint. I enjoy that portion of the build a lot. I even did the stickers by rubbing them with my finger to lighten certain areas, then I popped the hood of my car and got some grime where I could, and smeared it on the stickers. I waited a bit and then dabbed with a dry cloth.

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By Master Taran
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Your car grime approach looks like it worked extremely well on those labels. I'll have to remember that for my build.
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By PssdffJay
#4789626
Your car grime approach looks like it worked extremely well on those labels. I'll have to remember that for my build.
Ditto. Never even occurred to me.

Great tip and beauty pack!
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By n0c00lgamertag
#4791063
Thanks all.

I've been hard at work with the pack which is just about done. Actually, it is all done.

Took a few pics at the end of my build. Here is my electronics setup. It's a Crix set and that inexpensive amp that was for sale on the forums. Two Sony 6 1/2 speakers. Aux jack goes out the back and battery is mounted outside for charging and maintenance.

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I attached a small washer to clean the lines where the ribbon cable goes into the pack.

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A nice twist...

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My straps and neck padding... Went with zip ties and electrical tape. You can see my top speaker holes here also. I know my straps are wrong...

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And finally, the pack and Matty thrower.

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All in all it was fun. Although I have several other costume builds under my belt, this was very challenging. I look forward to my next one some day.

Thanks for looking. Happy busting.

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By n0c00lgamertag
#4791067
And no more fiberglass itchiness!

My money is on Saturday.

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