By Danimaljoe3
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I’m wondering if anyone has come out with a light or sound mods for the new spirit full size proton pack? Or cosmetics? I’ve seen them for the smaller versions, but wasn’t sure since the full size is relatively new.
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By MajorDad206
#4986059
Spongeface's instructions are very easy to read too. Should make using his kits straight forward. 10/10 fully recommend.
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By Egon2023
#4986197
Hello fellow busters! I am doing some heavy modification to the entire full size Proton pack and wand. So far so good. However I came across a problem when trying to install a real Clippard Valve on the wand. I was able to use some tools to cut off the plastic one which comes with the wand, and was going to install a real one on top of the base of the plastic clippard, but the real one is slightly bigger, so I can't use the base part to simply drill in holes and be done because it extends just a bit over. Since it's heavy, I need to have it screwed in. One side is screwed and the other can't in this setup. My best solution was to buy some plastic moldable epoxy (J-B Weld 8237 PlasticWeld Plastic Repair Epoxy Putty) and I was thinking of building out the plastic fake clippard base just enough so the real one can go on top of it and I can drill a screw hole in that to get everything to fit nice. A bit more of a job that I initially set out to do, but I think it will work. Just curious if anyone has tried to do this mod on their life size spirit packs, if so please let me know. The area is weird because that part of the wand actually slides out and if I were to cut the entire standard plastic clippard base off, there would be nothing to screw the real one into, which is why I left it for that purpose. I'll add some pictures if I can later as well. THANKS.
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Spo0ngeface mod kit installed on an otherwise stock Full Sized Spirit pack:
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Speaker cover mod and crank from Etsy. Taped both front and rear grips.
But wait there's more...
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I an trying to figure out if I want to cut the battery hatch in the aluminum board or run the wires
through the board with a disconnect and have the battery pack sit on the alice frame...

What are your thoughts?
By Hoon
#4986418
I am getting close to getting my LSSP set up and I am loving it so far. Running everything off a talent cell. It was a touch tricky fitting the wand kit in but it works. I will post photos soon for you guys to see if you like what I've done or give feed back.

My setup as of now consists of:

Spongeface/Ghostlab42
Light kit
Ear and hat light
Vent relay
New wand trigger box

GBfans
Sound board
Wand kit
Cables for the kit and board
Light covers for the wand

Wasteland Industries
Vent kit with USB cable

Random suppliers

Acrylic tubing
Talent cell
Stickers
Alice frame
Random hard ware
Nightlight for upper vent and lighting


But it's cool to know a totally functional set up can happen for these packs! Can't wait to see what you all make! Share some pics when ya can!
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By Joeyvenkman
#4986474
That sounds amazing, definitely share pictures when you can! I’m just getting back into all this after a 12 year hiatus haha. Instantly bought the full size spirit pack once I heard about it. I’d love to spruce up the wand with a light kit eventually. If y’all have any advice on safely & cleanly cutting the plastic for the vent holes & whatnot that’d be much appreciated!
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Elliott52 wrote: October 9th, 2023, 3:02 pm Where did you get the aluminum motherboard from, by the way?
Redman Studio Workshop under "No Ghosts" I also have their Haslab overlay board.ImageImageImageHis stuff is top notch and looks good installed on my pack.

3D Printed Cyclotron bumper installed: ImageGun Track added to the wand:ImageI decided to get the metallic labels from Moby Sign Company just like I have on my Haslab pack on this one.

Originals: ImageImage Moby Signs Metallic Labels: ImageImageImageOriginals:ImageMetallic:ImageImageImageImageThese are the "weathered" ones and the difference is like night and day! Pictures do not do them justice.

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By SpaceBallz
#4988196
By any chance, can someone take measurements of the power cell and the riblets? I'll be at home for awhile and would like to work on a 3D model for print to upgrade that area for spirit pack owners that will match the Frozen Empire upgrades. Would be much appreciated.
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By SpaceBallz
#4988217
hawkbatsquadron wrote: November 12th, 2023, 10:36 am Does this help?
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Thank you!! Is there anyway you can get in between the gaps with a MM ruler and see the length between one of the ribs and the base? Like Stephan's plans:

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By SpaceBallz
#4988232
If anyone has a 3D printer and would like to try to see if this fits on your power cell, lemmie know and I'll email you the .stl file. I'm not an expert (and I'm sure someone with way more talent than I will release one soon) but it was a fun project. It's the Frozen Empire mod.

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By Jordan Byron
#4988239
Jumping on the full size spirit mod train! I've had really good luck sourcing cosmetic parts from Etsy (BIG shout out to Sean Charlesworth and GreatScottPropShop for quality products and rapid fast shipping). As for electronics, I've been adapting them from various other projects. I really enjoy the DIY part of building out my pack, so as much as possible I avoided off the shelf solutions which I acknowledge isn't everyone's jam. If that's something that sounds like fun to you, keep reading :)

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First thing I did was revamp a few Arduino projects I'd previously used with my Spirit 80% scale pack to work with a state machine. This greatly simplified the logic of the pack and made it 10x easier to work with. I've published the code on GitHub, but the README leaves out a lot of the slimy details (like hardware, wiring, etc). If people are interested I'll backfill these details.

https://github.com/jordanbyron/gb-proton-pack

I used some mouth words to describe why a state machine and some of the coding choices I made were so impactful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3X4x8cy23yI

Also if you just want to see the pack in action I've got that video here:

https://youtu.be/ZlHGk2GJUO0

I'll post a few pictures of the interesting mods I made. Because I wanted to make sure I was "Halloween Ready" I didn't end up taking on repainting and replacing the hardware on the main pack body, but that's on my list of "things to do". I also hope to introduce a pack attenuator.

Motherboard is MDF painted black and cut to fit the shell. I decided to use rare earth magnets to hold the shell to the motherboard. The fit is nice and snug and the majority of the weight is anchored to the motherboard itself. I wore this thing trick-or-treating all Halloween 2023 and had zero issues. I have a poorly manufactured ALICE frame attached to the motherboard via a few 3D printed stand offs. The motherboard also has my 2.1 audio system and batteries attached to it.

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The wand underwent the most modifications, including adding working toggle switches, buttons, opening up the vents, bondo filling the existing holes, cutting a slot for the bar graph, and fitting the aviation connector into the wand hilt. I've also added a volume control / push button inside the front knob (inspired by arpehem's build). The end result allows me to switch the pack into "music" mode and FF through different tracks while still enabling the normal animations and functionality to play out.

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By kman
#4988282
Egon2023 wrote: October 2nd, 2023, 2:22 pm Hello fellow busters! I am doing some heavy modification to the entire full size Proton pack and wand. So far so good. However I came across a problem when trying to install a real Clippard Valve on the wand. I was able to use some tools to cut off the plastic one which comes with the wand, and was going to install a real one on top of the base of the plastic clippard, but the real one is slightly bigger, so I can't use the base part to simply drill in holes and be done because it extends just a bit over. Since it's heavy, I need to have it screwed in. One side is screwed and the other can't in this setup. My best solution was to buy some plastic moldable epoxy (J-B Weld 8237 PlasticWeld Plastic Repair Epoxy Putty) and I was thinking of building out the plastic fake clippard base just enough so the real one can go on top of it and I can drill a screw hole in that to get everything to fit nice. A bit more of a job that I initially set out to do, but I think it will work. Just curious if anyone has tried to do this mod on their life size spirit packs, if so please let me know. The area is weird because that part of the wand actually slides out and if I were to cut the entire standard plastic clippard base off, there would be nothing to screw the real one into, which is why I left it for that purpose. I'll add some pictures if I can later as well. THANKS.
A month later so you've probably moved on, but:

Maybe epoxy a nut on the inside, and then thread that second mounting screw right into it? Should hold it nice and sturdy.
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By Joeyvenkman
#4988916
Wow that sound system looks insane! Love the smoke effects too, super cool stuff.

I've been working on my spirit pack for the past few months as well, mostly focusing on cosmetic mods. Lots of stuff from Chris Bosh's etsy page. I also got the crank knob upgrade from GreatScottPropShop, & a slip-on cyclotron upgrade from Extrud8. All the upgrades ended up super well integrated after priming & painting (and texturing!)

Here are some progress pics:

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The whole hassle with texturing the pack was totally worth it. I followed Chris Bosh's guide (viewtopic.php?f=2&t=27710) using homax wall texture & got really nice results. I also tried sanding down the harsh edges on areas like the power cell & crank gen to give it a softer, more rounded appearance.

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I didn't bother with cutting off the cyclotron to accurize the bumper too. Just felt like it wouldn't be worth the effort. Considering other "fused" areas like the booster tube & HGA I'm pretty OK with the way it looks now.

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To get some of the parts to look like aluminum, I wrapped them in foil tape & used a scotchbrite pad to roughen the surface & give it some directionality. It works surprisingly well on flat surfaces like the ion arm, gun mount block & ribbon cable clamp.

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I didn't like how inset the motherboard was after removing that soft padding, so I added some washers on the inside to make it level with the back of the shell. You can also see the JBL speaker I put on the back to get better sound. I followed this guide (https://youtu.be/lmxhETyjxLw) to mount the pack to the Alice frame.

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Speaking of sound, I ended up scrapping the stock wand entirely & just got a spengler wand instead. Added an audio jack to the end of it & combined the audio with the pack's audio via a basic passive mixer I built on stripboard.

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Overall I'm pretty happy with how it turned out! I'm gonna experiment with replacing/covering the stock tubing next. It's just kinda wimpy. I did experiment with simply slipping some real tubing over the included stuff & it might look ok. Still waiting for a full set to arrive & we'll see how it looks then.

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Other than that I think I'm mostly done with this pack! Maybe. For now.
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By Joeyvenkman
#4988960
Tubing upgrade was successful!

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The biggest difference is definitely on the injector tubes. Huge improvement with the thicker tubing. In some areas I also slipped on bits of corrugated tube to act as those strain relief fittings (I guess that's what they used on the original packs? Not sure)

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The thinner tubing hasn't changed as much with the upgrade although it is more vibrant & shiny now! To remove the old stuff I basically just twisted & pulled it out, then drilled out the stuck glued bits. A good amount of it seems to hold well with a friction-fit like the red tubing on the elbows for example. And for anything that wouldn't hold or didn't seem sturdy enough, I cut & glued some electrical screws of different lengths for the tubing to slip over.

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