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By Tigress_Ren
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Figured I had enough documentation to finally share this years halloween project. Plans were downloaded PDFs from Lost Wax's youtube tutorials. As the pack is part of a motorcycle cosplay, It was important to me to make a left-handed pack which is why I opted to build one from the ground up. Here goes.

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Base is 1/4" plywood with a layer of cardboard glued to it with elmers. All other layers were added with hot glue.
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Gun built, pvc bits added. Started to figure out I wasnt even halfway done yet. 😅
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This part came out EPIC. Took a peice of pvc to my firepit and got it to curve, then cut it in half and flattened an end. First try. Beautiful.
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Last minute additions before paint. Basecoat of gloss black.
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Wire details being added. I purposely abandon the idea of a traditional rainbow loom, but made sure to add color sticking out other places.
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First look at my home-printed cardstock lables, hot glued on. Came out less than ideal, but satisfactory for the level of detail Im going for.
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Time to bite the bullet and make the hardest part to make from scratch. Turned out perfect honestly. Dunno why I put it off.
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Time for weathering! Went overboard with silvering... but soffened it up with dusted layers of flat black and flat dark-brown
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Thats pretty much it! No electronics or alice pack this year. Maybe upgrades next year. I know there are a lot of "flaws" and missing details in the traditional sence, but I mostly wanted something that looked good while driving down the street. In that, I think its perfect. Being a slap-dash cardboard project there was only "so much" accuracy I cared about. I.E, it'll do plenty to please the casual fan. Id love to hear what yall have to say!
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P.S. My neighbor shot some video of this project and put it on his youtube channel. Enjoy.



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By Tigress_Ren
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Some added notes as I posted a little on the tired side last night. 😅 Total cost was only around $50. I had the wood and hot glue, the wires and heatsinks were free from my neighbor, and the cardboard was also free. The final hose is a broken air hose from a spray tan machine I was able to scavange, and the alluminum tube tip was also from a free broken broom from work. Besides a few tiny hardware bits, I basicly only paid for some pvc and paint. Oh, the current backpack straps came from a $5 baby sling from the thrift store.

A few design choices were made after watching Adam Savage build his custom pack. I fully plan on making a front shoulder "attenuator," so I dont mind having no switches on the wand (though it was done for time and laziness reasons 😁). For the same reason I also added detail to the antenea to give it my own flare. I also wanted a slightly more "retro" and "real" look to the wand which is why it got a needle gauge temperature readout (pegged at 88 btw) and a firearm inspired barrel heat-sink instead of a plastic tube. As a welder, this makes me see the wand as more of an actual potential tool that could do some damage, aand it also saved me from tracking down a clear tube... haha.

I havent weighed it but Id say the pack is between 8 and 12 pounds? (5 seems too light a guess, and 15 seems too high.) Solid layers of cardboard so theres not alot of "air" in the thing. It ended up heavier than I was initially expecting. But still super light for a costume prop. I went with cardboard because Ive worked with it before and wanted the strength and regidity over foam for something Id be taking on the highway. Ive tested it as a 65mph backpack so far btw. No issues.

I guess anything else just ask. 😎
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