Rocketeer Rocket Pack from found parts

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Skaar, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. Skaar

    Skaar Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    So i've decided to build a Rocketeer Rocket after I woke up from the coma I was in after seeing the price for the kit online.

    My reaction to the price

    Im going to do it all from random parts at home depot and anywhere else I can find stuff.

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    After I saw the drain piece that's in the middle of the two steel canisters, I decided to go for a cartoonish over exaggerated rocket pack, Which gives me more room to be creative with whatever I can find.


    So now I need some tips on how to cut the stainless steel canisters and I would love any ideas you guys have for the other parts that I need!!!
     
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  2. yt

    yt Sr Member

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    I'll be watching with interest!
     
  3. Berserk

    Berserk Well-Known Member

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    me too, so want one but the MIM price is beyond stupid!!
     
  4. Phantom22

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    I do a bit of gunsmithing on the side as a hobby, as well as other various projects, I would recommend a variable speed dremel with a reinforced cutting blade to cut the tube. Shouldn't be that much for one and you could use it for other various projects and around the house uses. Just make sure you either have a guide or a steady hand. Do not use the standard cutting disks that they give you or else you are going to go through all 100 of them doing both tubes.
     
  5. mikey123mushukl

    mikey123mushukl Well-Known Member

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    The kit does not even come with the harness. I recommend Pepakura as a starting point. I make a pretty decent replica of the rocket pack and the harness. Check out my rocket pack photo album on my RPF profile page or the link to my facebook page for more examples of my work.
     
  6. Finhead

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    I have one of these kits straight from the source not MIM. It is without a doubt one of the nicest cleanest cast kits/props I have ever bought. I was on the fence forever about it , but can say it is worth it 100%.
    I can see doing a variant of the pack comic style or the like but don't waste your time with the pep file, not even close to being accurate.
     
  7. mikey123mushukl

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    My pepakura based rocket pack is an awsome / much less expensive alternative to the MIM Rocket pack. Especialy if you do not have over a thousand dolars to blow on an unfinished static prop that does not even have a harness. Check out My RPF profile page photo album. It is by no means an exact replica, however many have comented that my rocket pack captures the impact of the rocketeer prop. It even comes with a harness. I also customize the prop to my clients specifications. I and others say that it is worth it 400%.
     
  8. Finhead

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    Other than it is not the right measurements in any direction and simple it's close to the real prop. If your happy with something that kinda looks the part fine that is great. But for someone that wants an accurate prop with all the right parts and all the correct dimensions the ACME pack is the only way to go. Oh and it has the flap function and they come in machined Aluminum working hinges etc, so not static at all . ;)
     
  9. EvilRocketeer

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    what is your budget on this? I tried building my own pack using parts I found at home depot and ebay. In the end, it turned out to be a big waste of money. I could had saved it and bought the Acme pack instead.

    I would recommend to keep a strict budget and not to go over it.

    Acme is the maker of the pack. MIM is basically the middle man. Acme sells the rocketpack in parts so you can buy pieces at a time. If you need the contact info, feel free to pm. It is the best pack available.

    I agree with finhead. I would avoid the precrapkura. It will never be close to the original and it looks funny

    If building your own is still the way you want to go. I recommend reading this thread. A banned member made his very own pack. It has tons of useful information and pictures!

    http://www.therpf.com/f9/my-rocketeer-jetpack-build-progress-thread-84463/


    Goodluck
     
  10. mikey123mushukl

    mikey123mushukl Well-Known Member

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    Like i said pep is just a starting point. Have you looked at my photo album? I added all sorts of scratch built extras to get closer to
    the look of the actual prop. My build captures the overall impact and spirit of the rocket pack without the outrageous cost. Each rocket pack i make is even better than the last. All the validation i need is the look on fans faces when my client wore the first pepakura rocket pack and helmet that I had made to the 20th anniversary screening of the Rocketeer at the El capitan theater. I simply hate to hear members belittle the work and methods of other members. How about being encouraging for a change and not such prop snobs.

    theUOTE=Finhead;2155141]Other than it is not the right measurements in any direction and simple it's close to the real prop. If your happy with something that kinda looks the part fine that is great. But for someone that wants an accurate prop with all the right parts and all the correct dimensions the ACME pack is the only way to go. Oh and it has the flap function and they come in machined Aluminum working hinges etc, so not static at all . ;)[/QUOTE]
     
  11. coofunkcurly

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    You're in the wrong place if you don't like "prop snobs." :lol
     
  12. mikey123mushukl

    mikey123mushukl Well-Known Member

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    It must be my mistake. I thought this was a site where like minded creative people shared ideas and encouraged one another. Not to downgrade and be negative.

     
  13. Lutso

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    Nice thread, guys.

    I would wear one of Mikey's packs any day of the week.
     
  14. mikey123mushukl

    mikey123mushukl Well-Known Member

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    Thanks!!!!!!! Encouragement....yes!!!

     
  15. avianoguitarist

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    Great idea, and a spectacular way to fight back against the kit prices! I'll be following this thread...
     
  16. coofunkcurly

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    There is nothing wrong with encouragement but on this site where the most minuscule details are scrutinized you have to expect a certain amount of criticism. Without criticism and only blowing smoke up each others wahoos nobody improves at their craft. ;)
     
  17. mikey123mushukl

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    Constructive criticism is helphull. But to make blanket statements that downgrade and belittle are helpfull to no one. My objective is to provide a means that fans of certain hard to find / unavailable , or any prop for that matter are available for free or at little cost.
     
  18. avianoguitarist

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    That's why I love threads like this! You clearly stated it's not going to be a screen accurate jet pack, but a similar style with some personal creative alternatives. The prop snobs will understand that, but it's the other folks you need to watch out for--luckily there aren't many here. Nobody bashes a "custom saber or blaster," so I don't think the purists will bother with a custom jet pack.
    Rock on dude--can't wait to see what you come up with.
     
  19. Lutso

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    Seriously. +1
     
  20. Scandvoice

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    Keep at it - no matter what anyone says - in the end you'll have something that is one of a kind. Even if you're copying something. ;-)
     
  21. Prefect42

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    I love Home Depot. Unless I need something fixed around the house and need advice. :lol

    For the cones on top, I'd suggest blue painters tape around the steel cones to protect them. Then get several cans of expanding foam. Build a cardboard disc just inside the tubes, squirt the foam inside and let it set up. Once dry, sand down the foam to a basic shape. You can bondo on top of it to smooth it out.

    Or just use some insulation foam. That might save you a step. I just don't know how much it costs and the expanding stuff is less than $5 a can, if I remember correctly.

    Looking forward to your progress.
     
  22. avianoguitarist

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    Great advice!
    I'll offer another possibility. Cut the top 6 inches off a plastic 2 liter soda bottle. Cut the threaded opening off. Add some Sculpy or other modelling build up medium and shape into the cone. Once it's all dry--primer and paint.
     
  23. EvilRocketeer

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    That's a good suggestion. There are two builds of rocketpacks online (not on this site) and one.used coke bottles. Another suggestion is crab floats. They are more sturdy and easier to attach items too.

    Another suggestion is to scratch build. A member here named hikz I believed made an amazing rocketpack.
     
  24. John Barnett

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    I have a couple of rocket pack projects in the works, using mostly found parts. I'm eager to see your progress.

    If you get a chance to look, garage sales and thrift stores like Goodwill often have dirt cheap lamps with conical sections made of hollow brass or steel. The parts nest together around a threaded inner rod. These make very nice conical tips (for aerodynamics) or exhaust nozzles. Also, they can sometimes cost less than the most humble part you can get at a home improvement store. I lucked onto a couple of matching lamps at a Goodwill that yielded enough cones for at least two packs.

    Slightly off topic- So Howard Hughes (fictionally) invented the Rocketeer pack. Howard Hughes also (actually) invented the flush rivet.....

    Why no flush rivets on the rocket pack?
     
  25. mikey123mushukl

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    At most dollar stores you can find 3 liter plastic bottles of soda you can use for the nosecones. I also use modified drinking bottles that look like tiny sparklets bottles for the rocket engines.
     
  26. Skaar

    Skaar Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Holy cow you guys are awesome!!! Thanks for all the helpful info

    Evilrocketeer: Sweet jesus thanks for even looking at a thread of mine you rocketeer God you! A strict budget is a great idea i guess I'll set 200 limit
    However If this starts to look really bad I'd deffinitly be interested in saving up and contacting you to cut out the middle man that is MIM. Thanks!

    Finhead and mikey123mushukl: Gentlemen as Ron Burgandy said here
    I havent seen a rocket pack on this site that I haven't marveled at with amazement!

    Prefect42: Thanks! I am definitely looking into that now and am hopefully going to do that!

    Pics to come!!! I really hope I get some time tomorrow to work on this because for the next three weeks I have so much prop freaks stuff going on I wont have time to breathe

    And thanks to everyone else for looking and for the encouragement!
     
  27. DeathProof

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    Any updates on this?
     

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