My first scratch-built pack took way too much time and effort to build and I’m not doing that again. I tried to 3D print a pack but then I think my print bed got bent so the printer is kaput.
Now I’m on to a shell build. Those of you who saw my scratch build back in the day know that I used a MOLLE frame and I’m going to do that again. It’ll take a bit of extra work but I can make it happen. I’m also going to do bits and pieces from the different movies instead of doing a one-movie specific look. For example, I’m going to use a GB1 ribbon cable with a black crank knob. If I’m not portraying one of the movie characters, why does my pack have to be an exact duplicate of their packs?
In any case, this is going to be a slow process. I don’t even have all of my parts yet and I don’t have any deadline. When I did my scratch build, I was working on it up until the night before the convention it was for. I’m not going to do that again. I’m simply going to finish it when it’s done and whatever convention comes after it will be its debut. In any case, I’m probably going to skip any conventions next year out of precaution unless a viable COVID vaccine gets released before then.
Step one today was attaching the brackets to the motherboard. I learned the hard way that manual riveting is really hard. Did it turn out perfectly? No. Is anyone going to notice that it’s imperfect, especially the first two rivets at the bottom left that I placed totally incorrectly, once the pack is built? Also no.