#4971137
I recently made some progress on my Afterlife pack build and I figured I'd post it here so people can see how the parts that were identified in this thread look when installed on a pack. The pack half of the build is done; I am just wrapping up the wand now.

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And last but not least, a comparison photo:
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And just for fun, here's a video of the electronics in the pack.



Eventually when I finish up the wand, I'll post more wand specific photos and probably a video.
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#4971148
That looks awesome! I can’t believe how close it is. The weathering is like a copy. Just a few questions:

Where did you get the front grip for the thrower? Or the measurements?

Also whats the reason you went for a black wire on the upper left side as opposed to blue, and adding the gold nut on the ion arm? I may have missed some detail in a specific scene,
#4971156
One time wrote: July 5th, 2022, 9:26 am That looks awesome! I can’t believe how close it is. The weathering is like a copy. Just a few questions:

Where did you get the front grip for the thrower? Or the measurements?

Also whats the reason you went for a black wire on the upper left side as opposed to blue, and adding the gold nut on the ion arm? I may have missed some detail in a specific scene,
My front grip is a shotgun grip that I cut down and modified to replicate the ones on the Phoebe packs. Here is a link to my post about the grip: Grip Post Link

As far as the "black wire," it actually is a blue vinyl pneumatic hosing, but the final stage of my weathering was hitting the pack with flat black paint over spray. And for some reason, my blue hosing soaked that paint up. Most of my other hosing was able remove the paint with mild sanding, but the blue stuff just absorbed. In person, you can see the blue too, but I admit that in my photos, it just looks black.

Lastly, the reason I still have nut on the resistor on the ion arm is because the Afterlife packs still had them too. Here's a shot of the Phoebe Hero Pack #2 that was shared by Tested.com.

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Looks absolutely awesome. I think it's the best I've ever seen. I love all of it, but what I like most is the finish. I think a lot of packs I see don't get the finish quite right, even though all the parts may be perfect.

Yours has that matte black spray or mist effect all over the pack which is present on the real one done by ISS. That gives the immediate overall accurate look.

ISS are very good at layered drybrushing. Which is basically -not- a base color and dry brushed wear highlights.

But it's more, passes of drybrushing with varying mix of paint and varying pressure on the brush.

Something along the lines of:

Pass 1: mix of 70% base color - 30% highlight - Heavy pressure
Pass 2: mix of 30% base color - 70% highlight - Medium pressure
Pass 3: almost pure highlight - Light pressure

Or even more passes.

You can see this on the periphery of the cyclotron on the screen used one.

In other places, where there are chips, it could be as simple as a silver sharpie (screen used trap) but I think that on closeup never looks as good as at least some mix layering.
#4971344
One time wrote: July 7th, 2022, 5:01 pm Looks absolutely awesome. I think it's the best I've ever seen. I love all of it, but what I like most is the finish. I think a lot of packs I see don't get the finish quite right, even though all the parts may be perfect.

Yours has that matte black spray or mist effect all over the pack which is present on the real one done by ISS. That gives the immediate overall accurate look.

ISS are very good at layered drybrushing. Which is basically -not- a base color and dry brushed wear highlights.

But it's more, passes of drybrushing with varying mix of paint and varying pressure on the brush.

Something along the lines of:

Pass 1: mix of 70% base color - 30% highlight - Heavy pressure
Pass 2: mix of 30% base color - 70% highlight - Medium pressure
Pass 3: almost pure highlight - Light pressure

Or even more passes.

You can see this on the periphery of the cyclotron on the screen used one.

In other places, where there are chips, it could be as simple as a silver sharpie (screen used trap) but I think that on closeup never looks as good as at least some mix layering.
Thank you for the compliment! This paint job was a pain in the ass. With that said, I did make some small changes to my pack, including taking the time to clean up that blue hose from the PPD to the ion arm. I also retwisted my ribbon cable a little tighter and trimmed down the ribbon cable clamp on the cyclotron.

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#4971383
tobycj wrote: July 13th, 2022, 5:44 am It looks like the screen used pack may have a slightly larger p-clamp when you compare where it comes up to on the booster ladder, unless it's the angle the two pics were taken at?
Yeah, I noticed that too. I am in the process of finding one that is more accurate.
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