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-- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP-- 5/26/10

PostPosted:January 15th, 2010, 8:53 pm
by hooker
It has been a while since I did a WIP thread but since there seem to be many new builders on the site I thought I would start a scratch built pack using only the basic of hand tools and materials.

For this build I am using:
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-Hobby knife
-mm / inch straight edge
- miter gauge
- sanding block
- a compass
- a fine point marker
- Styrene material (.08 body & .125 for ribs)
- Styrene cement
- and Mt. Dew Throwback to keep me hydrated

Styrene is a great user friendly material that cuts easy and provides a nice smooth surface. For those who have never used styrene before you can find it at many plastic suppliers in large sheets or in small sections at your local hobby shop. Basically mark your line, score the plastic, and snap it off. Take the time to lightly sand the edge smooth and you are set.

I am starting this pack (based from Stefans plans) from the top working left ot right and finishing with the cylcotron last. Many people have their own methods for taking on a pack but for this thread I am starting with the easier sections and building up to the large bottom area.

Start of the power cell:
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Lego blocks provide the perfect spacing for the powercell ribs for those who have a hard time getting your lines straight.
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Next is the Booster Area which I chose to do in two sections. Here is a shot of the inside with added supports put into the corners and seams.:

Section #1
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Section #2
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As move from section to section make sure you double check all your measurements and check for fit. Using a mobo for layout proves to also be an added guide. Also be sure to sand all your seams smooth to ensure proper alignment of your sections

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Next is the start of the gear box. This piece will take a considerable amount of time compared to the rest of the smaller sections due to tapered sides, large and small roundovers on the edges, and many rib sections.

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Again, using the mobo and measurements to ensure everything is square and fitting properly.
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One final shot with the sections placed together and a few pieces put on to make it look like something.

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I will continue to add more photos and comments through the remainder of this build. Feel free to post any questions, comments, or concerns as I go.

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack --

PostPosted:January 15th, 2010, 9:01 pm
by mburkit
Very, very clean build there so far Hooker. I love seeing scratch built packs, especially ones from styrene. Can't wait to see more.

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 15th, 2010, 9:10 pm
by jimbo7
looks like im gonna have to pick up some styrene and start my own. looks great tim, cant wait to see more.

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 15th, 2010, 9:19 pm
by Austin
Tim, will you marry me?

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 15th, 2010, 9:34 pm
by jpa35
ok so i know what the shiny silver stuff is. what are the other materials? is the Styrene the white stuff and the grey material is what?

sorry if it's not shiny and silver i don't know what to do with it : )

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 15th, 2010, 9:46 pm
by hooker
Tim, will you marry me?
Yes.



Jason, both the gray and material is .08 styrene. The color difference also aids me when sanding the seams and radiuses to see they are even.

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 15th, 2010, 10:19 pm
by KCGhostbuster
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful...

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 15th, 2010, 10:41 pm
by Krenzy
Awesome work, Tim! Very VERY clean! I'm definately jealous.

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 15th, 2010, 11:14 pm
by ThrowingChicken
Brilliant.

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 16th, 2010, 12:17 am
by Cole Funstuff
Did you happen to find that styrene with a local supplier? If so, I need names!

Loving the WIP. Can't wait for the next segment.

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 16th, 2010, 1:54 am
by XxEctOxX
this guy... great freaking work so far dude! ur projects are wayyyy cooler then mine!

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 16th, 2010, 6:41 am
by nick-a-tron
YES! now THATS what im talking about!

Keep it comming Hooker!

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 16th, 2010, 7:50 am
by Ron Daniels
Totes Ah.May.Zing.

That lego trick is pretty awesome too.

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 16th, 2010, 9:00 am
by Not404Error
Sexy.

The lego trick is indeed pretty awesome; when I did mine, I just used the pre-cut ribs to space it that way since they're all about 1/2"... which was close enough for me.

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 16th, 2010, 9:25 am
by Spooky
Its beautiful *sniffle*

Great job Tim

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 16th, 2010, 4:16 pm
by pchrisbosh1
Looks super clean so far Tim really great work. Looking forward to more of your progress.








Chris

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 16th, 2010, 4:39 pm
by AJ Quick
Great job.

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 16th, 2010, 9:34 pm
by deekman
Awesome job, I was thinking of what to build mine from (since the first will more than likely just be a wallhanger) and styrene looks like it might be the answer. Can't wait to see how you pull off the cyclotron. :cool:

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 17th, 2010, 2:18 pm
by jpa35
i have never worked with Styrene before and the thing that i was wondering is how strong is this stuff. I see you are going to have some Aluminum parts attached to this so i would think that this material has to be fairly rigid to suport the weight. I am just amazed at what you guys do with this stuff.

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 17th, 2010, 4:04 pm
by hooker
i have never worked with Styrene before and the thing that i was wondering is how strong is this stuff. I see you are going to have some Aluminum parts attached to this so i would think that this material has to be fairly rigid to suport the weight. I am just amazed at what you guys do with this stuff.

Styrene is a great material to use if you don't want to go the power tool route. The ABS itself is fairly rigid and the strength all depends on construction style and adhesive. Obviously styrene will not be as rigid and impact resistant as an MDF pack but you are trading in the the heavier duty pack for something much lighter. It has planty of strength on it's own but may not make it sfaely through those crowded bar gatherings.


Okay so just a quick update:

I had time to work on the gear box to get the rib sections cut and installed.

I chose to make the bottom rib section from a single length of styrene and hand file out the profile as well as filing into the gear box itself to match what is seen in some of the reference pics.

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you can see a little bit of the grooves worked into the body of the gear box
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and a shot with ribbing attached with some un-finished sanding to round over the edges.
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I have a busy week so I will try and get some more progress pics up by week's end.

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 17th, 2010, 4:25 pm
by pagrashtak
I really look forward to how you do the Cosmetic plating, it will no doubt provide me invaluable insight for when I make mine.

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 17th, 2010, 6:02 pm
by nick-a-tron
ah the gearbox. One of the parts i dread the most on pack builds :) But youve done an outstanding job so far Tim, can't wait to see more.

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 17th, 2010, 6:47 pm
by kind2311
There's not much I can say that hasn't already been said by others

So personal differences aside, Tim, I'm really enjoying seeing your skills put to work on a pack.

Outstanding.

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 17th, 2010, 7:44 pm
by madeinsocal6
Yes, looking great. I can only imagine how well the finished pack will look with such precise and smooth lines.

I'm thinking of going this route when I do a scratch build. So I hope to see some more pics up.

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 17th, 2010, 8:19 pm
by Dan AKA
I love it when you build and whisper sweet nothings into my ear.


Errr... This isn't a PM is it?

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 17th, 2010, 10:43 pm
by Austin
I love it when you build and whisper sweet nothings into my ear.


Errr... This isn't a PM is it?
UH UH! YOU AIN'T GETTIN' MY MAN!

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 18th, 2010, 10:37 am
by namebrand
Nope, he's mine...the things I've let him do to me...I better get something in return...

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 18th, 2010, 1:12 pm
by jimbo7
wtf??? tim said i was the only one

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 18th, 2010, 2:26 pm
by | alkaline |
Wow looks great ! Styrene is so nice to work with. Where did you order it from? I'd like to find it in a B&M store since freight charges are ridiculous.

Re: -- Hooker Scratch Pack WIP--

PostPosted:January 18th, 2010, 4:25 pm
by lordgilpin
Beautiful work on this... I expected no less.