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By l3w1sb159
#4948282
Big progress.

So I managed to spray over the epoxy welds pretty smoothly. And just like that I'm ready to reassemble this sucker.
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So putting it back together had a few speed bumps, a few rounded screws but nothing that couldn't be fixed. I lightly weathered the parts that would usually be aluminium underneath and used a burnt umber wash on the bare metal parts and stickers to give it a used look. I'll be swapping the grey crank knob for a black one and keep the other for a future GB1 pack. Ill put the lenses in once I've sorted out the pack lights and I'm still waiting on the rest of the labels to arrive as well as the electronics.

So until then, at least I have this to look at...
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By Nighty80
#4948293
Dude, that looks amazing!
Great progress - really been enjoying your build, it's sooo close!
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By l3w1sb159
#4948294
Thanks, it's been quite the learning curve for my first time building any kind of prop. But as mad as it may seem; I'm already planning and gathering parts for a second pack....
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By l3w1sb159
#4948571
My ThrowingChicken thrower kit got here finally, so now the hard part can commence!
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Justin threw in an Afterlife style front grip too, top stuff!
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I also ordered the aluminium knobs I was missing, as well as 2 pop catches and some custom banjoes from Freekygeeky which arrived at the same time. As I'm planning on a superhero pack down the line I've made my own nycoil style banjoes as they are like unicorn excrement to find!
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The main complication to figure out is the pop mech, as TC's front handle design is slighlty different to most, although it has been made a bit easier now that the grip is now seperate to the handle. I'll be pouring over Freekygeekys installation guide for sure.
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By l3w1sb159
#4948581
Quick question, how does one attach an S hook to the gun track as there is a disc molded into TC's kit where the S hook should go?
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By l3w1sb159
#4948598
Made a fair amount of progress;
Attached the rear handle pending epoxy weld,
Attached instrument bar cover,
Attached rear cylinder and barbs
Attached top knob and side knob,
Attached clippard
Drilled out holes for green lever, hat lights, switches, vent, arco lights, front knob, trigger box,
Drilled and tapped the 2 screws with brass spacers to attach the front handle.
Drilled and tapped the base plate holes , plus attached v hook and s hook
Rounded the heatsink fins for giggles.
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Still need to mount the trigger box, which I'm waiting for some 6/32 bolts for and I need to dremel out a part of the inner wall to allow the front knob bolt to sit straight.
Plus grips need attaching; the front one of which needs a channel dremeled out to fit over TC's new handle which has a raised channel on the outside of the handle for wires to be routed through under the grip.

And once again waiting for a few more parts and electronics to be delivered to finish the dry fit of the wand, plus I need the acrylic barrel to sort out the pop mech tube and set up the catch and lever.
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By JWils23
#4948655
Coming along great! Very cool that the front handle is now a separate piece. Mine was the solid piece which makes routing the ear wiring a little more difficult. But I had a blast putting that kit together and I learned a lot.
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By l3w1sb159
#4948659
That old front handle was the one thing that had me worried about the kit. It took a bit longer to get my kit while he reworked the design but it was well worth the wait.
Makes the pop mech so much easier to install.
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By l3w1sb159
#4948679
Seeing as I wont be getting my electronics for a while, does anyone know what size switches come with the GBfans wand kit? Wanting to predrill the holes accurately so they can be put straight in as soon as I get them.
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By l3w1sb159
#4948856
A small update

Managed to put together as much of the thrower as I can, apart from the inner pop tube once I get the acrylic tube and the electronics.
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I'm thinking I should be able to paint the thrower unless I've missed anything. Plus sorting out the pop tube will be a challenge as the inside diameter of the static centre tube is 7/8 which is the same o/d as the acrylic tube, so full need a 7/8 aluminium tube for the pop tube and somehow attach the acrylic tube to the end of it. I'm thinking a 5/8 hollow dowel to connect the two?
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By tobycj
#4948857
I've got some 5/8" acrylic rod, I can cut you an appropriate length if you want, and drill the centre out too if you need it. Pop me a PM if that'd help bud.
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By l3w1sb159
#4949035
So a little update.

I've started working on my pop tube, big thanks to tobycj for sending me a custom made acrylic dowel.
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So I've drilled and tapped through the pop tube, into the dowel, which will be the same for the frosted barrel once I get it. Using grub screws to secure them and 1 regular bolt to act as the guide. Once I get the frosted barrel I can mark and cut the slit in the static tube and cut the pop tube down to size as needed.
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Tobycj drilled a hole for routing the wire for the barrel led through which will require some hackery but should be simple enough. Plus having the guide screw not directly into the frosted barrel should help avoid it cracking, as this dowel is sturdy AF
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By l3w1sb159
#4949184
So I managed to primer my parts before the 2 week straight rain hit.
To try and recreate the look of the original grips I found this Army Painter Fur Brown primer, which hopefully will be close enough in colour for when I come to weather the grips.
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