Questions regarding Rocketeer Jetpack

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Ninjamal

New Member
Hello, RPF! I am planning out a relatively low-budget Rocketeer costume to put together for next year, and I was curious on whether or not some ideas can work. I plan on making the helmet, gun and Jetpack (Whether it be the movie version or original comic book design) all out of EVA foam. However, I'm having a tough time trying to figure out how to make a very cheap harness. Has anyone tried one of those back braces from home depot? (http://www.homedepot.com/p/Cordova-Medium-Black-Back-Support-Belt-SB-M/202593528)
I am curious if there is anyway to attach one of those to either EVA foam-made rocket packs.
 

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propmaster2000

Sr Member
I have never used one of those lower back support belts, but I think you would need more upper surface area to attach the rocket pack.
Those suspenders don't seem to have much of anything to attach anything to.

Maybe an inexpensive back pack would give you more choices for support. Cutting away any parts of the back pack toward the front to reveal the
inside surface. That way you can add a more ridged support "plate" to attach your rocket packs using pop-rivets.
If you add lights and sound, this will also lend it self well to electronics, and batteries.

Take pictures and share your progress :)

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Strikerkc

Sr Member
I've always been under the impression it's best to avoid "orthotic" or brace type things for costumes. if you don't need the brace for what you're doing, or for an actual injury/condition, they can physically harm you (though a hernia belt is probably on the very low end of that spectrum).

what that harness reminds me of, is a tactical vest like this one. https://www.amazon.com/Condor-Outdo...coding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=BXEYA0M863Z21R9E13PZ
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or this one https://www.amazon.com/CONDOR-Condo...coding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=GA67EG6N54DVRSJQPSDV (can even just hook this one right to any belt you want and not worry about the molle stuff on the front)
vest 2.jpg

this one is even set up the way the rocketeer harness was, if I recall. the rocket hooked on up near the shoulders, and there were straps over the top. Buy it in brown, cut the tactical bits off the shoulder straps, and you've got your quick and dirty rocketeer harness :D
 

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propmaster2000

Sr Member
Interesting. Similar to this build, right? https://www.therpf.com/showthread.php?t=160160&page=2
Any recommendation on what cheap material I can use for a "plate"?

As shown in the link above, a $4.00 backpack was used. If you make a nice clean cut, removing the front portion, you can attach a
fairly rigid material, maybe something like styrene or clear plastic sheet from Home Depot, to hold everything in place.
Pop rivets (with a backing washer) is a good way to hold it all together.

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Ninjamal

New Member
Considering the rocket (which at this point, will most likely be the comic book version) is made of EVA foam, and that I don't have any experience with fastening, would it be a good alternative to use contact cement or hot glue to hold stuff together?
 

propmaster2000

Sr Member
Sure.

Contact cement, hot glue, duct tape, staples, etc. or all the above.
What ever works for your needs and budget.
You can test each method on a small sample piece to see how it holds.

propmaster2000

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