So I decided to build for him, an 80% scale (almost but not quite accurate) pack using "Norm's Plans, a little eyeballing of reference pics and good old fashioned on the fly engineering. Why 80%? Because the pie plate I found at the Dollar Store for the Cyclotron was 8 inches in diameter, or roughly 80% of the 10 inch dimensions of Norm's...
So enough behind the scenes.... here we go.
I already said the pie plate came from the Dollar Store. I took the plate into Lowe's and found some washers that look liked they would make a good fit for the rings. I made the appropriate measurements and started the holes. This to me was going to be the most challenging part of the build since I was not sure how to drill such big holes out of metal. But it worked.
I then stuck the washers on using some E-6000 (shout out to all the TK's reading this!).
That was set aside to dry and that was the end of day one.
Day two I took the very thin poplar plywood I had also gotten at Lowes and started measurements for the Sync Gen and Motherboard. Again, using roughly 80% when I could. I had also bought a measuring cup set at the Dollar Store that I was going to use for the Vac Pump Base and Modular Valve Base.
I then jigsawed the pattern and sanded. Next I set up the motherboard using electrical boxes from Lowe's for the Power Cell, Crank Generator, Booster and Gun Mount Block.
I laid it all out and matched Norm's Plans the best I could, which were actually very close. The rest was the eyeballing and on the fly engineering I mentioned before.
Then traced the outline, jigsawed and sanded.
Then a quick layout of some components to see how it would look. Happy with it so far.
And that is the end of day two. Busy tomorrow so don't know when day three will be. But I started early so there is a cool pack for him come Halloween time.
My build thread: http://www.gbfans.com/community/viewtop ... =2&t=36523
My kid sized garage build: http://www.gbfans.com/community/viewtop ... =2&t=34388
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