First, a word on the shell. If you are a newer builder, or if you aren't planning on a hero pack, or if you're on a budget, the current Studio Creations shell is what you'll probably want to go with. That said, changes to the shell must be made before you mount anything to it, and then it must be backed in fiberglass. The shell comes in two halves, which must be bolted together, and then the seam must be filled with bondo or putty. This presents an interesting problem that I had, which is that once it's bolted together, it no longer lays flat against a motherboard. These sorts of problems were a theme with the build, and my experience was that I was fighting it at every step of the way. Still, it's inexpensive, lightweight, and more durable than you think.
So the way I went into this was that even though it's a vacuform pack, it's gonna be the best vacuform pack I can possibly build.
-I bought the shell, booster tube, vac line, EDA discs, PPD, N-Filter, and HGA (Joe Luna's) from Mr_Stay_Puft.
-Booster frame, gun ears, barrel lock, tube adapter, front and rear thrower cylinders - Jack Doud
-Ion rod - Multimedia Mayhem
-Grips, gun track, heatsink, trigger tip - Nick A Tron
-Thrower body is a pep given to me by Alan Hawkins.
-Bumper is from KCGhostbuster
-Everything else is from GBFans shop.
The interior of the shell gets fiberglassed.
The thrower body started out as cardstock
Alan Attached my handles with rivets and loctite putty.
Yep, I did the silver thing.
Body is all painted.
The thrower looks kinda cool with grey grips, actually.
Eleven days until my event deadline. Wish me luck.