For this build I am using:
-mm / inch straight edge
- miter gauge
- sanding block
- a compass
- a fine point marker
- Styrene material (.08 body & .125 for ribs)
- Styrene cement
- and Mt. Dew Throwback to keep me hydrated
Styrene is a great user friendly material that cuts easy and provides a nice smooth surface. For those who have never used styrene before you can find it at many plastic suppliers in large sheets or in small sections at your local hobby shop. Basically mark your line, score the plastic, and snap it off. Take the time to lightly sand the edge smooth and you are set.
I am starting this pack (based from Stefans plans) from the top working left ot right and finishing with the cylcotron last. Many people have their own methods for taking on a pack but for this thread I am starting with the easier sections and building up to the large bottom area.
Start of the power cell:
Lego blocks provide the perfect spacing for the powercell ribs for those who have a hard time getting your lines straight.
Next is the Booster Area which I chose to do in two sections. Here is a shot of the inside with added supports put into the corners and seams.:
As move from section to section make sure you double check all your measurements and check for fit. Using a mobo for layout proves to also be an added guide. Also be sure to sand all your seams smooth to ensure proper alignment of your sections
Next is the start of the gear box. This piece will take a considerable amount of time compared to the rest of the smaller sections due to tapered sides, large and small roundovers on the edges, and many rib sections.
Again, using the mobo and measurements to ensure everything is square and fitting properly.
One final shot with the sections placed together and a few pieces put on to make it look like something.
I will continue to add more photos and comments through the remainder of this build. Feel free to post any questions, comments, or concerns as I go.