This is a pack build for my 6 year old son for halloween. As well as the fact that he loves GB. It started out around 3 months ago when i started thinking about building his pack. It started out like this....
It was going to be a simple build from whatever i could find at Lowes. Then something terrible happened. I stumbled apon this site called http://WWW.GBFANS.COM . Now my 6 YEAR OLDS pack is looking something like this...
Im not exactly sure how it happened, but i went from electrical boxes to scratchbuilt parts, lights, and sounds. I guess im a little over the top... but that would go for most of you reading this as well! I had to keep things as light as i could, so the gearbox, and section under the booster tube are made out pink foamboard covered with very thin plywood. This is nice as it gives my strength and suuport from the foamboard, and the outer wood will keep it solid against dents and whatever. The ion arm, angled section at the bottom of the booster tube, and gun mount are all solid wood. The sync-gen is also made out of pink foam board, then wrapped in veneer to make it more durable.
As far as size goes, i cut it down a few inches in length,width, and made it 1" less thick. It is still really big on my 6 year old, but it is managable. Going any smaller would have made some of the pre-build parts im using too big for the pack. But i think it will be managable, and good in the fact that he can grow into it for many years. Here is how it sizes up on him.
And thats it for now. I just finished cutting out the bumper today. Id like some opinions on it if you dont mind. My tooling is very raw, It was cut out with a 30 year old jig saw.... and in fact this entire build has taken place in the living room of my apartment (Its a freaking mess in here!)
But yeah, thoughts on the bumper would be appreciated. I wish it could be more fancy, but i dont have a router and it seems kinda fragile. So i think i will just sand it nice and leave it be!
Thanks for looking!