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My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:December 2nd, 2018, 7:58 am
by CorfieldUK81
Hi, new to prop building but as a kid of the 80's a Proton pack has been on my want list forever! I have the trap, the pke and suit..so now the main tool! waiting on my benofkent kit to arrive but so far have my ALICE frame ready, got my paints ready. Can't wait! :D
Very nervous as I've never done anything to this scale and its an expensive project to mess up! anyone with experience with a BoK kit drop advice please haha still need to source a Dremel tool and borrow a drill from a friend for the project XD
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Re: My Proton Pack build

PostPosted:December 2nd, 2018, 8:42 am
by Banjo
Good start!
your story sounds a lot like mine. Now I'm older and can build that pack I longed for as a kid.
I'm looking forward to see how your build goes.

Re: My Proton Pack build

PostPosted:December 2nd, 2018, 4:05 pm
by Spectregater
Slowly working on my BoK kit. It and him is a pleasure to work with.

Re: My Proton Pack build

PostPosted:December 4th, 2018, 1:13 pm
by CorfieldUK81
delivery will be next tuesday for my kit ! :D

Re: My Proton Pack build

PostPosted:December 6th, 2018, 8:09 am
by CorfieldUK81
Slowly working on my BoK kit. It and him is a pleasure to work with.
yeah he has been a great help with any questions I've had. Any tips would be great if you have any too ;) do you have photos / thread of your build?

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:December 6th, 2018, 11:05 am
by Kingpin
Man, that A.L.I.C.E. frame repaint sure came out a treat. :)

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:December 6th, 2018, 11:55 am
by Spectregater
None of mine. I am really bad about documenting my progress.
But I have used Canpara's build thread for help. http://www.gbfans.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=42368
Sadly he didn't use the BoK thrower so I may be on my own for that.

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:December 12th, 2018, 4:29 pm
by canpara
Great start! I have bookmarked your build thread and I will follow it with great interest.

I too was very nervous when I started my proton pack build. I learned the skills as I went along. I think the key was doing as much research as I could on other peoples' build threads and asking for peoples' advice in my own thread.

If you ever get stuck, remember that Ben offers great service on his pack kits... He was very prompt when replying to me on Facebook Messenger.

Good luck!

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:December 12th, 2018, 4:33 pm
by canpara
But I have used Canpara's build thread for help. http://www.gbfans.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=42368
Sadly he didn't use the BoK thrower so I may be on my own for that.
I'm happy that my build thread is of use to you! That's correct: I used a Freeky Geeky wand for my build. Nonetheless, Ben's wand seems quite elegant to put together. I hope you can share some of your progress with us when you get to that phase of your build.

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:December 13th, 2018, 2:45 am
by Venkman's Swagger
Awesome start mate. I too was really nervous when I built my first pack. Just take your time, use the right tools for the right jobs and you'll be sweet. Measure 400 times and drill once!! Good luck

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:December 13th, 2018, 11:55 am
by CorfieldUK81
its here! rough placement of bits ( yes top left bit is facing wrong way that will be fixed lol) just need to figure out what types of screws I'll be needing to get it all drilled in place.

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Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:December 13th, 2018, 1:04 pm
by CorfieldUK81
got my kit eager to get started just wondering if anyone could help out with one thing I'm trying to work out,, and idea what screws I need to buy and where from? video ben linked me showing how to install the tubes needed a 5.5 mm self tapping screw but when looking for those still unsure what ones to get :| and what ones to buy to use on the bumper. Thoughts? places to buy in the uk would be great help!

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:December 14th, 2018, 9:49 am
by CorfieldUK81
Can not for the life of me get this to lay flat even after benofkents very patient advice to me, he said to stop on this bit and will send me out a slightly smaller tube that will hopefully fit in and have car filler to smoothen out.

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Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:December 14th, 2018, 11:39 am
by Spectregater
Is that the way the hole came cut. Mine fits perfectly, but it has a perfect circle.

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:December 14th, 2018, 4:29 pm
by CorfieldUK81
Is that the way the hole came cut. Mine fits perfectly, but it has a perfect circle.
no this is from me dremeling to try and make my tube fit. Turns out I was sent a tube that was too big and explains why mine didn't just fit perfectly like others did and per Bens instructions :\ he is sending me out a replacement smaller tube and hopefully can repair with filler fingers crossed

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:December 17th, 2018, 10:31 am
by CorfieldUK81
Today I decided all I could really do while I wait on metal parts from Benofkent is to try the most daunting part for me. Cutting holes !
Most tricky was the hole for the hose just under where the crank knob goes as my drill was obstructed by the shell, I had to drill a hole then use a dremel to do the rest. The hole for the Ribbon cable and the hose for the wand I used a hole cutter. First time using one of these so practice was done on cardboard first to find right size. Turned out great in the end so was happy with that!
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Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:December 18th, 2018, 7:37 am
by Spectregater
I still have yet to get a good hole drilled by the crank generator. Wish it was hollow inside there instead of being solid resin.

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:December 18th, 2018, 11:24 am
by CorfieldUK81
I still have yet to get a good hole drilled by the crank generator. Wish it was hollow inside there instead of being solid resin.
If you mean the hole for the hose like in above picture, I had to drill a hole with a large drill bit, then largen the hole step by step with a dremel, then I'd turn over the shell and smoothen out the path with a dremel till hose fit in.

Tip : if you do the hole with a hole cutter near the N-Filter for the hose you can use the circle that is left over as a template to draw around on the crank, template can also be used to mark your spot for the ribbon cable too.

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:December 27th, 2018, 2:16 pm
by CorfieldUK81
Update : Smaller tube arrived with Metal parts etc, ordered some drill taps so I can start making progress. Scary as never done this before and hope I dont mess up!

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:December 27th, 2018, 11:03 pm
by Spectregater
I had never done tapping before either, I feel like I am a pro at it now. Biggest tip I can give is just make sure you start the tap perfectly straight, then it just goes like butter.

My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:December 28th, 2018, 8:12 am
by canpara
The hole for the Ribbon cable and the hose for the wand I used a hole cutter.
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Are you planning on mounting your electronics on your motherboard or directly onto your shell? If you choose the former, the placement of your hole for your loom could be problematic whenever you remove the shell from your motherboard. I had to cut a "mouse hole" on the edge of the shell to avoid needing to feed the loom through the hole, like so:

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Obviously, you might have other plans in mind for your electronics. If that's the case, please ignore my post. It's just something to think about down the line.

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:December 28th, 2018, 5:07 pm
by Spectregater
I have been trying to find the clamp you are using Canpara but have had no luck.

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:December 30th, 2018, 7:08 am
by CorfieldUK81
Nice idea but a bit late now I've cut my hole I guess lol, plan was to use a zip tie to keep the loom in the hole, not even thought too much about electronics yet as they are expensive on GBfans for UK buyers :/ one bridge at a time, still worrying on drilling holes on pack and building the wand lol
I have been trying to find the clamp you are using Canpara but have had no luck.

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:December 31st, 2018, 6:25 am
by CorfieldUK81
While I wait for Taps to arrive so I can drill holes in my shell for the build, I thought I'd get the motherboard onto my Alice frame.
Benofkent did me a favour and marked where on the board to drill holes and provided some 3d printed spacers.
I then Painted and placed the Warning sticker on
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Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:December 31st, 2018, 9:00 am
by canpara
I have been trying to find the clamp you are using Canpara but have had no luck.
I purchased mine from Bionic Moon Labs (bishopdonmiguel on GBFans) and I cannot recommend it enough: I see that the GBFans thread is locked and the Etsy store is sold out. However, you could try messaging bishopdonmiguel directly. He's a swell guy and very helpful.

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:December 31st, 2018, 6:25 pm
by starburst
If you do contact him let us know the reply as I was going to be doing the same in the new year as I’m hoping to start a very similar build (hoping by Easter time)

Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 3rd, 2019, 11:30 am
by CorfieldUK81
So I got my drill taps to start the holes on the shell. Started by trying to get the hole I cut too big due to an incorrect sized pipe corrected using Car Filler sent by Benofkent. First time doing this it was messy and tricky lol bolted it in place and sanded down a little. Might sand it a bit more / top up filler in places. Will look neater once painted. Next Job is the Bumper
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Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 6th, 2019, 1:06 pm
by CorfieldUK81
so I did a fair bit on the pack since I got my taps to drill with, bolted a few parts in place and prepared the ion arm
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Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 8th, 2019, 10:05 am
by CorfieldUK81
Best i can do until a few bits get delivered, then the wand to do, not looking forward to that
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Re: My Proton Pack build (Benofkent kit builders please give advice !)

PostPosted:January 8th, 2019, 11:33 am
by Spectregater
Yeah I haven't even attempted to start the wand yet.