So I've wanted a Proton Pack for ages. I've looked into building a Pack from parts, kits or such, I've looked into just buying a Pack, but at least for now, those all were a bit out of my price range. Then last year, the Spirit Pack appeared.
For whatever reason I didn't pick one up then, but I have one now, and so more research, lol.
I've been watching various videos on YouTube on how people have modded theirs, and I'm getting a lot of good ideas. Right now, I'm hoping to get some questions I have solved so I can move forward.
My goals for this Pack are:
1) To get it painted and mounted on an ALICE frame.
2) To get a power on and cycling light setup for it so it's doing something while I'm just walking around with it on.
3) Hopefully to have space to upgrade it in the future so that once I learn some more, I can add things to it.
I don't currently have any experience with soldering or Arduino, so there's that.
I was wondering first, it looks like there's two different types of ALICE frame, a regular and an LC-2? Is there a difference? I'm going for a GB1 pack if that makes a difference.
It looks like some people leave the motherboard alone, others use Plexiglas and some use MDF(what is this by the way? Foamboard?). Where would I get these and what would the difference be? I'm guessing Home Depot and probably weight, but I could be wrong.
I've seen that Fincher Technologies is a good source for the 80% ribbon cable, but I'm not sure how you contact them to buy one. I found their FB page though.
With paint, it looks like a matte black is the preferred color for repainting it, but I saw one where the paint used gave it a kind of metallic look to the pack, but I'm not sure what paint that would be.
With the cyclotron lights, aside from the light kit (I'm guessing its the one from the shop here or spongeface on ebay) do you have to take the lights out to put the red gels in, or just use red LED lights? Also, with the lights, I've seen various mods where people use plastic, glass or stainless steel shotglasses around the lights. Is that just to give them a bit of depth, or does it make them brighter?
Lastly, I'm looking at doing the clip kit off Etsy for the thrower, it looks like the easiest way to go, unless there's another option?
Sorry for all the questions, but just looking to start off on the right foot. While this is my first foray into fabrication and modding, I'd like to have the pack come out well when I'm done.