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Ok...to begin with this is the “kit” from Crook Knight of Pack #3. Let’s open her up and see what’s what

 

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Quick inventory...

 

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PVC pipe and joints for frame; abs strips for the braces...

 

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Backpack straps...

 

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Seed trays; very strong and look to be vaccu-formed...

 

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Brexton box and lid...

 

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Exhaust port: nice 3D print...

 

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Shires siphon: I must say that this is quite impressive, it looks to be cast, but the quality of this piece is awesome. The “mushroom” cap appears also to be vaccu-formed of good quality plastic...

 

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Top, center bottle and cap...

 

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Mortar tube end-caps and radar dish; looks to be a nice 3D print. Thermal detonator and “lab” pipe...

 

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Canteen; again a very good quality 3D print. Also comes with the “Stinger”...

 

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Radio: resin cast front also comes with all the switch greebles and stickers, although looking at the cast, I might try and fill in the casted letters. Also if anyone has information on functional slide switches, please let me know. I am really wanting to make this a “working” radio.

 

I’ll need to go out and pick up some 2” pipe for the mortar tube as well as some zip ties to go around the siphon. I also plan on fabricating the red lumbar supports as well.

 

I am more than likely going to “over-build” this thing like I did my ATA kit (read mil-spec) since I troop...a lot...and any and all advice will be much appreciated!

 

Dan

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Picked up some 2” pipe; cut to 28” and started on the frame...

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Sanded everything flush...

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Glued and riveted the joints...

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Cut some metal strapping and riveted to frame to mount my “seed trays” to. I also allowed approximately 4” between them for the red canvas “lumbar” supports, which I’ll work on tomorrow...

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Results so far...

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Still have to trim the edges of my trays; are the corners squared, or rounded?


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The corners of the tray should be rounded off, great start! Looks good!

I would recommend a repaint with the battleship gray color in a matte or satin finish. Right now your pack is looking a bit glossy. Also you could get a matte clear coat and spray the entire pack before weathering. 

 

 

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I like the addition of the rivets on the corners of the frame.

The gray paint I used on the lower box is the RAL 730 and only comes in a gloss.

The seed trays come in there raw form and do need to be trimmed with rounded corners.

Thanks for posting this thread.


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Thanks for the quick response! 

Is it ok to use a matte or flat black paint, and is there a preference?

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I use both. It is up to you.


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I would not recommend painting over the gray. I will post here but be done to flatten it. Something can be sprayed over it. To make it look older.


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You can use a matte clear coat to get rid of the shine.


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1 hour ago, CrookKnight said:

I would not recommend painting over the gray. I will post here but be done to flatten it. Something can be sprayed over it. To make it look older.


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Once I weather it to match my armor it should knock down the “glossy” look of the grey.

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Ok...so I trimmed and rounded off the corners of my seed trays.

Again, I am overbuilding this, that being said I don’t want to glue my trays together, so I built up the insides...

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Fiberboard cut to fit inside of bottom trays...mounting holes through frame braces, tray and board. Two additional holes through tray and board for internal mounts...

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...3&7/8’s length...wood insert nuts set in both ends...

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To loose some weight, I cut down the bottom trays fiberboard...

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Tray mounted and secured with “well nuts”...

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Internal fiberboard screwed down to braces...

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Repeat for “bottom” tray...

Shown from the back...trays are just temp blue taped...

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The “internal” shelf, for lack of a better term, will allow me to mount the rest of the equipment and if need be I can unmount the top tray should I need to.

Shires Siphon Mushroom Cap and Bottle...

Used the siphon to make my cut lines around the caps...

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Bandsaw to trim them...

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So, instead of just glueing the bottle to the cap, I cut out a circular piece of wood...

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...wood insert nuts on three sides, big one in the middle...

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Used my hole punch to make hole through lip of bottle...

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Screwed the piece in place...

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Back at the shop; drill press the holes for the top of the siphon and cap...

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Insert and tighten down the long bolt supplied, along with lock washers and nuts...

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Place cap...

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And screw in the bottle...

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And there you go...

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Still need to get the zip ties (what size?) to go around the siphon...

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Coming along rather nicely



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I like the reinforcements you have done. I may use some of your ideas. Keep up the good work.


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It’s been a while for a build like this.. following with interest ! Great skill... :duim:

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Ok...time to assemble and place equipment onto top seed tray:

Exhaust pipe...

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Used rubber “O” rings to simulate ribbed hose around pipe with one at the top...

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Wrapped it up and added hose clamp...It slides into base and locks into place without glue...

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Top bottle: sometimes the simplest things work the best...

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I cut a water bottle and glued the cap in the middle of my mushroom...

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Cut and placed insert nuts for internal brace of bottle...

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Coated outside of water bottle with superglue and stuffed inside...

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Quickly screwed cap on...

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...and pushed down on cap to have the mushroom cap sit flush with bottle...

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Brexton Box: Trimmed down the edges...

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Made an internal mount plate...

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Drilled holes for screws...glued internal plate to lid (not shown)...

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Everything laid out...

Starting with the exhaust pipe I laid it out and drilled all my mounting holes through seed tray and internal bracket (white abs paste for filling some incorrectly measured mounting holes )...

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Mounted exhaust, then Brexton box lid and finished with the bottle minus the mushroom cap...

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...then I mounted to bottom seed tray...

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And there we go...

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Mortar tube and siphon just laid on for inspiration ...

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Once I get everything mounted it’s going to come apart and get painted....


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Oh...I also placed zip ties around the siphon...

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The lock goes towards the back of the siphon ( since that faces the lower seed tray and is hidden )...it will take two 14” zip ties each, to completely wrap around...just only hook the first two and tighten down the other end as tight as you can get it...

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Clip the excess and there you go...

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Shotgun shells: Edit: originally I used the ones Crook Knight sent me but upon looking at the pictures from here (i.e, screen grabs and other builds) I decided to go with 2 & 3/4” length...

 

So I dug five dried up dry erase markers out of the trash and when I cut the ends off, much to my surprise I got this...

 

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Looks pretty good to me...superglue and pressed in...

 

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Beveled the edge and cut out a bracket to mount them on...

 

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Using ABS Paste to seal the ends...

 

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I’ll let those set overnight to cure...

 

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Mounting radio and siphon to bottom seed tray...

 

Laid in where holes will go...

 

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Drilled through seed tray and internal brace...

 

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Holes drilled on radio back, and siphon...

 

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Brass insert nuts screwed into siphon ( I added a drop of superglue around the threads )...

 

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Radio back mounted...

 

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Siphon mounted...

 

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Ok, top and bottom completely mounted...

 

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Will disassemble tomorrow for paint...

 

Note: I ordered a can of RAL 7031, Flat 10%...

 

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...so I will take pictures of the difference between the 7031 Gloss from Crook Knight, and how well the 7031 Flat does.

 

 

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Some great ideas and some serious engineering you have put into the construction of your pack:duim:, I guess it will be very sturdy but I'm also afraid that it will end up being quite heavy. 

The bottles seem too long though and slightly too small in diameter. 

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9 hours ago, Hausi said:

Some great ideas and some serious engineering you have put into the construction of your pack:duim:, I guess it will be very sturdy but I'm also afraid that it will end up being quite heavy. 

The bottles seem too long though and slightly too small in diameter. 

 

It doesn’t weigh as much as it looks (I’m active duty and used to wearing 40+ lbs of body armor, so it still “seems” light to me :ermm:)...

After looking at various screen grabs I’ve decided to change out the bottles.

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Looking great


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Just got back from paint...

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The results from the RAL 7031 Flat. Newly painted bottle on left, old one on right...

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Repainted seed tray...

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So while that is curing I started my radio build...Bored out the speaker grill...

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Will start on the radio housing next. Ordered some internal stuff from Italy (Sonic World: price was very reasonable) , as well as an mp3 board and 5w speaker to go in it...


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Radio Face and Housing:

Crook Knight Pack came with a resin cast Sonix 75 face, as well as all the pieces of wood and fiberboard to assemble. He even put a pleather surround in the kit too!

Starting with the back...

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I’m using 3/4 brass wood screws with superglue...with fiberboard it’s easier to pre-drill your holes...

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I’m also hand-tightening the screws...

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Housing is done...

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Attaching the face using two cabinet magnets as well as friction via two spacers set top and bottom “exactly” between the two wood blocks...

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Again I used superglue along with brass wood screws into the resin...

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Fits like a glove...magnets glued and screwed into fiberboard...

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Metal also was glued prior to screwing into the resin...

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And done...

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Did some touch up of the where the slide-switches I ordered from Sonix World are going...I also rounded off the edges of the housing so as to make wrapping the pleather easier...

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Ok, so everything is painted, housing is done and now I’m waiting on the “guts” for the radio, as well as a vintage 4.5” Tupperware lid to arrive...

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Hope everyone is enjoying this as much as I am putting it together


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