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Koryu1212(Dan D) Crook Knights Pack #3 build

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Red Canvas Straps:

So measured out 8” X 22”, folded in half and stitched along the length using upholstery thread and heavy gauge needle...

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Turned that inside out and folded ends in 1” and boxed stitched...

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Both stitched; adding grommets, 2 to each side as well as two for access to the middle mount screws to my seed trays.Used hole-punch to make initial hole and then ran a pen through...

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Set grommets...

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Secured with 550 cordage...

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Attached seed trays and internal brackets...

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Ok, now to lab pipe or not to lab pipe ? I understand that there were two versions of the “Move along” pack?



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So while I’m waiting on Imperial Procurement to arrive (read: Amazon/eBay) I worked on the two pieces that would hold the shoulder strap on the radio...

 

Using my drill I slowly made two holes in each of the strap mounts making sure to not bore through the mounts...

 

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Again, using brass insert nuts and abs paste I sunk them in...

 

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Once I was done with that I put my “stinger” together...

 

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Oh, and here are how my “shotgun shells” turned out...

 

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That’s all for now.

 

 

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Quick update:

Received my Tupperware, er I mean my radar dish today!

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Still awaiting my electronics for my radio...but I did get my switches and other radio items from Sonic World! Will post more pictures soon!


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Got a lot accomplished today; but not with out help from Vince and all my fellow MEPD officers! I’m glad I am able to contribute!

 

Ok, on with the pictures...

 

Purchased a grinder backing disc and trimmed the lip off my lid; also drilled hole for a carriage bolt...

 

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Painted lid white...

 

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While I was waiting for my radar to dry I installed my straps using Chicago screws for the top crossbar and zip ties for the bottom...

 

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Mortar Tube: glued my control panel and used insert nuts To mount it to my pack frame...

 

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Installed my radar dish after...

 

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Mounted my shells to the bracket using rivet tool...

 

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And after that, I went ahead and mounted everything to the frame and seed trays.

 

I also put together a display stand to show off my pack...

 

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Ok, results so far; now I still have to finish the radio and weather it to match my armor, but I’m pleased with how it has turned out!

 

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Alright...good enough for government work! Now I’m in the hurry up and wait phase while I’m patiently waiting the internal guts so I can finish my radio...

 

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Pack looks pretty cool already, neat idea with the display stand! :duim:

I would stro0ngly  suggest getting another more accurate canteen though. The Lionstar canteens found in the sale section here are so much cooler anpd lightweight too. 

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2 hours ago, Hausi said:

Pack looks pretty cool already, neat idea with the display stand! :duim:

I would stro0ngly  suggest getting another more accurate canteen though. The Lionstar canteens found in the sale section here are so much cooler anpd lightweight too. 

Thank you! 

Regarding the canteen; is that a “show stopper” for PO status? 

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No, that pack is perfectly good for PO, don't worry mate. :duim:

You can still upgrade later but I do still highly recommend such an upgrade. 

How much does your pack weigh? 

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5 hours ago, Koryu1212(Dan D) said:

Thank you! 

Regarding the canteen; is that a “show stopper” for PO status? 

Hey man.  I am getting ready to order some canteens from Vince.  I will send you one.

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5 hours ago, Hausi said:

No, that pack is perfectly good for PO, don't worry mate. :duim:

You can still upgrade later but I do still highly recommend such an upgrade. 

How much does your pack weigh? 

Well...it’s not light.  It has some heft; I would say easily 20+ lbs, of which (no offense Crook Knight) the radio feels like 5lbs! That resin casted face is pretty thick and is the reason I “overbuilt” with the internal brackets  and re-enforced the frame with rivets! The lumbar supports actually support the weight and distribute the it across my back, which sorta surprised me. 

But since I’m one to stay suited up for extreme periods of time (last year at SDCC I think it was 14hrs) the ultimate test is to troop and see how it feels; but remember I am current active military police, so my body is used to wearing approximately 40lbs of arms and armor. I just “pretend” I’m back in-theatre and am hunting “rebel scum” (it’s funny not funny; I’ve posted over in FISD concerning veterans with PTSD and how during troops we find ourselves “back on patrol”)...

Sorry, slipped into Chief mode there for a min :rolleyes:, long post but I hope I answered your question Hausi, but it’s been extremely rewarding to wear armor and not have someone shooting at you, if that makes sense? Plus I am glad to be part of the best detachment in the 501st :salute:  and cannot wait to deploy as a PO! 

This Sandtrooper is standing by, waiting further instructions, sir! :td:

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39 minutes ago, CrookKnight said:

Hey man.  I am getting ready to order some canteens from Vince.  I will send you one.

Oh, wow...thank you! 

I hope I’m doing your pack justice with my build? If there is anything I missed please let me know and I can elaborate more on my technique...

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So I’m bored and while waiting on my radio parts...

Weathered my pack using same technique as my armor (which is really pandatrooper’s). I only used two colors of Liquitex acrylics...

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Results: I got it to match my armor perfectly; still have to weather my radio once it’s done, but I’m super happy with the result!

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Test trooped around my barracks room...I’ve learned pretty much to suit up by myself, just have to be careful not to drop anything. Shoulder straps are hitting right on where my suit shoulder straps are; no pinching or biding anywhere, and it seems to be riding perfectly across my back (I’ll let you all know when I do my next 4+ hour how it feels). Need to secure my shoulder pouch but other than that I am super happy!!

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“Move along...move along.”
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Your pack suits you very well mate and I like the subtle weathering. I´m also in the midst of completely reworking my own pack and I have considerably toned down my initial weathering. 

Nice work!:duim:

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Radio: It’s going to be a while for my internal stuff for the radio (3w speaker, MP3 board) so I went ahead and added the knobs then weathered the face and added the stickers...

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Ok, that’s all for now; heading to Phoenix AZ for their Con. When I get back will finish the radio!


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Radio: It’s going to be a while for my internal stuff for the radio (3w speaker, MP3 board) so I went ahead and added the knobs then weathered the face and added the stickers...

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Ok, that’s all for now; heading to Phoenix AZ for their Con. When I get back will finish the radio!


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I like the weathering. Did you use the same stuff as the rest of your pack?


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Got back from Phoenix Fan Fusion...

 

So some of this might be a repost (my apologies)...

 

Radio:

 

I received most of my internals for the radio...MP3 board, 4ohm speaker...

 

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Mounted speakers using wire and cut a Pringle’s can for the tube...

 

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A fellow Chief (ETC Type) soldered my slide switch and my speaker wire for me...

 

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Glued switch in place and packed the hole with ABS paste...

 

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Using spray adhesive and rivets for the feet I wrapped it with the provided pleather...

 

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I started on the 8-pin din side and screwed it down so I could stretch the pleather tightly around and riveted the feet in place...

 

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After that, I mounted the carry strap mounts and antenna...

 

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I then weathered it using acrylic...

 

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Twisted a length of wire using a drill, and...Tada!!

 

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I loaded up 8hrs of TD Chatter, which should get me through most events!

 

 

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Ok...mounted completed radio to pack, and after adding some tape to “hold it together” here it is!

Crook Knight Pack #3

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Really had fun with the build, and Shawn was super easy to deal with! Also shout out to Tony for the radio parts...Grazie!

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask.


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Looks good, nice work! :duim:

One suggestion: the red canvas looks too factory-fresh, use some black spraypaint and give it one or two passes. 

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7 hours ago, Hausi said:

Looks good, nice work! :duim:

One suggestion: the red canvas looks too factory-fresh, use some black spraypaint and give it one or two passes. 

Ok...was thinking of going over the canvas with an acrylic wash to dirty them up.

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Might work as well, go for it! 

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Ok...got to troop this last weekend at Anime Conji 2019. Did two days 6+ hours each day and I can say it was pretty awesome! I feel...complete now LOL

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Final thoughts...other than replacing the bottles with more screen accurate ones, the 3D printed radar dish with an actual Tupperware lid, repainting the gloss grey RAL 7031 with a flat RAL 7031 (sourced from www.lvppaints.com), and adding switches from Sonix World I would have to say I am very impressed with Crook Knights kit, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to any other fellow MEPD trooper looking to add the most essential of gear...The Backpack!

On a side note I’ve trimmed/thinned down my sniper plate to be more screen accurate and as soon as I weather my silicon hand plates on my rubber gloves I’ll be submitting for “Deployment”!

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TD-15169 standing by for further instructions!


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I think you should ... you know you won't be satisfied till you upgrade those :td:

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