I added another crossmember to give myself another mounting point for the main tank. It's not accurate, but no one will be able to see it once the vest is on. I also used bolts to mount the side tank. The real deal used pop rivets, but I wanted to be able to remove them if a repair is needed in the future.
And speaking of the vest, If you ever wondered if it was really necessary, the answer is YES. This hurt:
The center of gravity is way higher on this than it is on the pack. with just 2 straps it feels like being cut into 3rds.
The electronics are mostly done on the pack. This was my solution for the power cell. In hind site, this approach made it tricky to screw the box on after everything was installed, but it works.
This was a small concession. It doesn't look like the originals had a second set of quick disconnects on the back side of the pump box, the Zooka hoses were just attached directly to it. I decided to ignore that and added the disconnects anyway. I wanted to be able to disconnect the hoses at both ends just to make moving/displaying/ wearing this thing a little easier.
*Still looking for that elbow for the spherical tank. It's an elusive bugger. I might 3d print and electroplate it as a last resort.
* Still have to wire the lights in the zooka
*Trying to encourage my seamstress wife to get started on the vest. I think we found very close matches for all the fabrics
* Trying to decide how much relicing I want to do. I was considering dripping some epoxy with pink dye in it around the plumbing fittings.
Has anyone out there tried that? I'm wondering how it will look. I have experience with epoxy dripping effects on accident, but I've never tried to do it on purpose
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