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By JWils23
#4938234
pchrisbosh1 wrote: August 14th, 2020, 7:24 am Looks amazing sir. I love the attention to detail, its going to be a nice looking pack.
Thanks Chris! With a shell that's so nice I had to make sure I brought my A game!
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By JWils23
#4938235
I forgot I didn't post pictures of how the strata lines came out after paint so here are a few shots.
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Had a couple deliveries this week, both zip ties and short Clippard barbs came in.
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I saw this discussed in another thread as to which barbs were actually used in the movies, Dan pointed out that the 11752-3 is actually the correct barb. Here they are compared to the 11752-2
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And by comparing the height of the base on the 11752-3 it seems to match with what was used on the movie packs.
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So with the new barbs in I went to work putting the injector tubing on and finishing the line from the HGA to the beam line. Also for fun I took some of the dry rubs I have from Arron and added the Clippard stamping, looks good while I stay on the lookout for the correct vintage tubing. I also realize that my straights are crooked but that's just because I don't have them fastened with a nut from the back at the moment haha
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By JWils23
#4938237
With the newly discovered zip ties (thanks Stuart) in hand I could finally tackle the ribbon cable. I've been going back and forth on what kind of twist I was going for, which pack I'd try to replicate and I finally settled on tying to recreate the Venkman twist. It was not easy to get right and took many many tries twisting and re-twisting, plus it's really tough to find a decent shot of that particiular twist so I worked with what I could. I couldn't quite get the rainbow on the cable to run solid across the booster tube though. I also added the zip tie on the two lines coming from the HGA as seen on the Spengler pack. I don't know if that tie was on the other packs as I've only seen it on that one.
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By Couture
#4938263
JWils23 wrote: August 4th, 2020, 9:54 am Thanks bud! Nope, they’re actual Legris elbows but they’re 3/16 instead of 4mm. Just slightly bigger but still hold the 4mm tubing well. There’s a guy on eBay who sells them pretty regularly, in fact he just put up a bunch last night. I went through and found the ones that looked the best (minimal cracking/wear) and snagged them.
I recently grabbed a set from the same seller and really like them. Mine had a small amount of cracking but were otherwise in pretty good condition. Considering that they're vintage, dark grey, and gen 1, they're definitely the next best thing to vintage 4mm ones.

And excellent looking pack, can't wait to see it finished. I was also lucky enough to snag a bosh shell from this run which I commissioned a user here to build me a pack with. I'm super excited for it.
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By JWils23
#4938892
Been a bit of a lull the last few weeks as I wait for parts to come in but you might have noticed in the previous posts that my N-filter had gone MIA. Originally when applying all the labels I decided I liked the look of the foil label from Arrons kit and as I was applying it I clipped it with a finger and it creased it right across the middle. This is one of those things that probably no one else would notice but it's all I could see and it drove me nuts.
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I got in touch with Arron and he was nice enough to send me two new labels for my filter and I really can't thank him enough. Once I knew I could get another label I set out stripping the old label and dry rub because I knew I'd have to strip it down and repaint. After about 45 mins with the steel wool I was ready to paint again, but the weather wasn't cooperating so I had to wait about a week and a half for temps and humidity to drop here before I could hit it again. But once it broke I painted again and the let it sit for about a week before putting it back on the pack.
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Once back on I put the new label on, taking extreme care to mind my fingers and put a new dry rub on
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And there she is, all back together! Now to take that bumper off and do some bondo and sanding work to clean it up...
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By JWils23
#4940939
Been awhile since my last update but not much to report as I'm waiting for RJ to finish up on my thrower and I've been slacking on getting going on my mobo. But I did have one small update, scrolling through threads here I found one regarding Clippard valves on the packs (viewtopic.php?f=2&t=32031) which talked about the configuration of them on the original packs. Since I'm always looking for little quirks I noticed that the Spengler pack has 701's both on the gun and the pack which I thought I'd noticed when looking at the reference pictures. Image

Since my pack pulls a lot from the Spengler pack I thought this would be a fun little detail to add. I had already scooped up a vintage 701 for my thrower and after being encouraged by Dan to go for it I set out looking for another. Patience paid off and I was able to find a second which I just got yesterday. One has very heavy engraving of the Clippard name.
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While the other is much finer
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And here together
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So now the question is which one on the pack and which one on the thrower?? I'm thinking the heavier engraving on the pack because it has the dimple on the cap similar to the spengler pack but I'm open to ideas. Any input is appreciated!
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By RedSpecial
#4940961
I was just reading through your build thread yesterday, wondering when the next update would be.
Great to see you back at it :)

I'd go with the one with the heavier engraving on the pack too, if its the closest match to the one on the Ramis Hero.
The depth and spacing of the knurling also seems to match the screen used example pretty well on that cap.
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By JWils23
#4940969
Oh I know, admittedly I’ve been slacking as of late. Big implementation project at work plus setting up all the Halloween stuff at my house has taken a lot of my free time. Plus it’s the usual build stuff, patience while you wait for things to be built or sourced. Hurry up and wait!

I didn’t even think about the knurling, it looks to be very close with the exception of the knurling stopping at the upper third of the set screw hole on mine and the lower third on the Spengler pack. It’s crazy the subtle variations of bevels and knurling each valve can have, even though they’re all the same valve (technically)!
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By RedSpecial
#4940973
Thats the eternal struggle in this hobby, work/ home balance is bad enough but the waiting to find parts or receive them can be so frustrating.
Even if we are spoiled for parts these days.
Looking forward to the next update though, this pack is going to be the real deal.

It's nuts how inconsistent a lot of these parts can be.
even something as simple as the straights and banjos seem to have quite a bit of variation.
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By JWils23
#4941018
Thank you for the kind words, I’ve really enjoyed putting this one together and was hoping it would be reflected in the finished product. I’m very excited to get my thrower and start building that, especially because I have all the extras already like the pop mech/light kit/grips etc. That build should go quickly finger crossed.

I know, there are so many inconsistencies on the same part. Which makes it fun to try and track down the right variant, but also annoying trying to track down the right variant haha!
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By JWils23
#4941213
Demon Vice Commander wrote: October 20th, 2020, 4:36 pm
JWils23 wrote: October 20th, 2020, 3:59 pm Quick update, swapped out the 331 Clippard for the vintage 701 today. Clippard logo down, diagram facing up just like the Spengler pack.
Very nice! I actually just swapped out a modern 331 for a vintage 701 on my pack as well. :)
Love it! These little subtle details and oddities are what I love about building this.
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By JWils23
#4942506
So not a crazy update but an update nonetheless. Big thanks to Tommy Medford for the Nycoil tubing, adds a nice little touch of detail. I did my best to mimick the placement of the nycoil to match the Venkman pack, though not exact because this newer tubing has a smaller stamp. I do think I'm going to clip a little more off to get a more consistent curve on it though.
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Next it was onto replacing the red 4mm tubing running from the elbows to the straights. I took this as a chance to redo my attempt at replicating the spengler pack with the tubing zip tied to the split loom with and the sharper turn it takes coming out of the straight. Wanted to make sure I got the tubing running underneath the split loom right where the zip ties attaches as I wasn't exactly happy with how it turned out the first time.
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At this point I think I need to redo the split loom running from the HGA to the Beam Line, I cut it a little long so it doesn't run in tight to the vac line like the Spengler pack does so that may be my next adventure.
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