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Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:November 3rd, 2019, 4:14 am
by RedSpecial
Thanks for the kind words, gents :D
I knew there would be a good reason to subscribe to your build. I never would have thought of a bracket for the injector tubes. The added bonus is that it’ll be covered up by the ribbon cable. Excellent!

It's definitely a worthwhile addition.
I can't tell you how many times the injectors and tubing on my old pack got bumped or snagged at events, so its great to have the extra strength in that area.

Not that it was my idea mind you.
Here it is on the Super hero pack from the Sony lobby pics in the refence section.

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Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:December 7th, 2019, 9:53 am
by RedSpecial
Back at it after almost two weeks of inactivity due to a virus and various other interruptions.

Nothing too interesting this time, just the filler tube. Image

Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:December 7th, 2019, 12:42 pm
by Venkman's Swagger
Nothing too interesting................

Just a killer filler tube!!!!

Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:December 7th, 2019, 4:24 pm
by RedSpecial
Thanks

Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:December 9th, 2019, 4:26 pm
by Foley
This looks amazing!

Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:December 9th, 2019, 4:48 pm
by RedSpecial
Thanks, Foley!

Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:December 9th, 2019, 5:12 pm
by Krenzy
Are you looking for a clippard fitting with the second hole for the beam line, like the Spengler pack?

Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:December 9th, 2019, 5:18 pm
by RedSpecial
Yeah that would be great!

Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:December 9th, 2019, 8:02 pm
by Krenzy
Pm sent. :)

Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:December 10th, 2019, 8:04 am
by JWils23
Looking great Red! What did you use to make the striations and were you able to find some reference on their spacing? I’ve been looking for some detail on those and I want add them to my Hero build As well but unless they’re staring me right in the face I haven’t been able to find much on them.

Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:December 10th, 2019, 8:46 am
by RedSpecial
Thanks!

I used some small diamond files and a scalpel to lightly score the surface of the shell.

Here are the reference pics I used.
They're from the Murray Hero pack.

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Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:December 13th, 2019, 10:25 am
by RedSpecial
Today's task was the booster tube assembly.
I was kind of dreading this bit but it turned out ok in the end. ImageImage

Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:December 13th, 2019, 5:29 pm
by JWils23
Thanks!

I used some small diamond files and a scalpel to lightly score the surface of the shell.

Here are the reference pics I used.
They're from the Murray Hero pack.

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Thanks for posting this, it’s exactly what I was looking for!

Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:December 13th, 2019, 6:29 pm
by RedSpecial
No problem, glad I could help :)

Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:December 18th, 2019, 6:35 am
by RedSpecial
I decided to epoxy together the three sections of the GB1 V-hook.
There may be some evidence of this being done on the hero packs going from this image of what's left on the super hero pack.



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Either way, it makes for a stronger part, putting less strain on the threaded aluminium, meaning that I don't have to rely on that alone to keep it all together under the weight of the thrower.

I also decided to dry fit the V-hook on the shell just to make sure it all fit without any issues.
So far so good.

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Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:December 19th, 2019, 6:54 pm
by Adub794
Are you using a plate on the inside of the shell for reinforcement?

Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:December 19th, 2019, 7:14 pm
by RedSpecial
Yeah I'm actually using the male part of my old V-hook as a reinforcing plate and a couple of washers to keep the bolts flush on the outside.

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Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:January 7th, 2020, 10:02 am
by RedSpecial
Yesterday was my first day getting back into my projects after the Christmas break.
So I decided to throw the HGA together.
Based loosely on the one on the Super Hero pack.

The SMC elbow is just a placeholder until I get around to making some decent replicas.

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Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:January 9th, 2020, 3:19 pm
by BatmanALL
This is great! I know you said its been done a lot but for a noob like me, seeing this step by step is wonderful! I'm terrified to start a build myself.

Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:January 9th, 2020, 5:10 pm
by RedSpecial
Thanks :)

I know it can be a really intimidating project with so many elements to consider but you've come to the right place.
It's an invaluable resource.

Between the pics of the screen used packs in the reference section, the info in the equipment section, the pinned posts at the top of this forum and the years of amazing builds on the forums you can't really go wrong.

And once you start breaking the build down into individual tasks it becomes much more manageable.

Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:January 12th, 2020, 5:33 pm
by RedSpecial
I turned the ion arm rod yesterday.
Although I managed to mangle the top rod like an idiot Image
Then after a bit of experimentation, I aged it to a nice dark reddish brown patina by sealing it in an air tight container for six hours with crushed, over boiled egg yolks.
The yolk releases sulfur which reacts with the copper leaving it like this:
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Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:January 13th, 2020, 4:59 pm
by GohstTarp
The patina weathering on the rods looks really nice. Keep up the great work!

Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:January 13th, 2020, 5:06 pm
by RedSpecial
Thanks, GohstTarp!

Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:January 14th, 2020, 8:38 am
by Brads_gimmick
Looking awesome man, question.. what did you do to get the Elbows looking that good?

Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:January 14th, 2020, 9:08 am
by RedSpecial
The elbow on the hga?

Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:January 14th, 2020, 9:54 am
by RedSpecial
Today was the first part of the nfilter build.
The cap was welded on then the holes drilled out, Hero style with the two holes nearest the top of the part being spaced closer together than the rest.
It still needs some deburring and cleanup.

Part two will involve taking a template from the cast in nfilter on the shell so that I can cut this down to the final length and shape to fit against the shell as well as make and attach a plate inside the nfilter in order to bolt it onto the shell.

Then it's on to part three where I'll need to clay off the inside of the shell, apply fiberglass then cut the cast in nfilter away before I can bolt the new one on.
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Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:January 15th, 2020, 5:54 am
by RedSpecial
Today I received of one of the few aluminium parts that I don't have the equipment to make by myself.

The new uber accurate GBfans guntrack.
It's a beautiful peice of machining.

I can't wait to put this to use.

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Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:January 15th, 2020, 4:55 pm
by Brads_gimmick
Yeah man
The sheen you have on the elbow on the HGA is phenomenal!
Just curious best way to get that result :)

Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:January 15th, 2020, 5:11 pm
by RedSpecial
It looks like crap up close
It's painted with Humbrol Admiral dark grey gloss enamel.
It's great paint if you get a nice smooth coat of it on there but it takes about 12 hours to dry.

Re: GB hero pack ( GBfans Shell)

PostPosted:January 22nd, 2020, 8:16 am
by RedSpecial
I haven't had a chance to work on the Nfilter yet but I received the split loom today.

I ordered two separate 2 meter lengths from different manufacturers to check what differences there are.
Both of them were comparible in flexibility and looks but the actual diameter varied a lot between them.

These are the dimensions you need.
It fits perfectly in the vac tube and thrower handle with a spot on match to the profile of the split loom that was used on the screen used packs.

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When they arrive they'll have some odd bends in them due to being tightly coiled but thats easily corrected by pulling the loom taught, gently clamping each end down then using either a hair dryer or a heat gun on low heat along the entire length for a couple of minutes.
Once it cools down it'll be the perfect shape with no odd twists or bends.

If there's any lettering on the surface, it can easily be removed with isopropyl alcohol without damaging the surface.