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Hey troops, Before I start with this thread, is there anyone who has or knows a trooper with a completed Kyber pack? if so, post pictures of it here and a tutorial of how to build one. The only thing I know about it that a so called "Alice backpack" was used for the base of this fieldpack. Amongst the additional parts is a RAF gearhook, which is placed on the right strap facing forward. An antenna, a pice of tubing and the part that is most in your face, the (mortar)rack on the back. Looking forward to an interesting conversation!
It's just a bit over a year that has passed since my last pack build but boy, this year has seen quite a bit of new discoveries. I felt it is time to build a new pack, the move along this time, and to try to incorporate those new discoveries. So let's do it First thing for me was the backpack frame. Now we all now it's "The" vintage Karrimor frame. But is there really just one model? I was lucky enough to come across an old boyscout from the UK who happended to have a nice collection of frames up in his attic so I persuaded him to sell his "collection" to me. I found that they did not only come in different lenghts but also with different thickness of the bars. After some eyeballing and photoshop scaling I found that 0,76 inches (diameter of the bar) looked right: Again, after doing some measuring I found that the pack should actually be a little shorter than the ones build during the last year. My last pack had a lenght of about 60cm but 45cm looks more like it. The next challenge was to find appropriate seed trays. After spending quite a bit of time on ebay I actually found them; real vintage seed trays that not even look like the ones used for the original packs but also have the correct dimensions. They only had the 3 rib ones but afaik the only pack that actually comes with a bottom seed tray that has 5 ribs is the move along pack. But since I planned to do the move along pack, some modding was in order: The upper seed trays are no finished yet (still need to fill the holes) but this is what they currently look like: For the radio I was not lucky enough to snag one on ebay so I decided to model one with the correct dims and details with a help of fellow Sandie (Thanks, Redbeard!). The radio holders on the side are actually cast from originals Below you can see a comparison shot with a found radio: Some other original parts I will use are the Shires syphon, a Gio Style canteen flask and the 4" tupperware lid. IMO the (wet wipe) bottles have a larger diameter than the ones frequently used. By my estimate they should be in the 9,5-10cm range. I'm using a 1,5L shampoo bottle. The lenght will definitively need to be reduced but I'll do that when I had the chance to do some test fitting together with the other parts. However, since none of the mushroom caps currently offered are wide enough, I asked Redbeard again to help me model and print it in 3D which I usedd as a base for my mold. EDIT: During my build I discovered that they've indeed used a rubber plunger for the "mushroom cap" (link provided in the thread). I vac formed them in black ABS (along with the exhaust port): That's all for the moment, hope you guys like it so far