Hey Everyone! Here are the detailed plans for the Jet pack project. Keep in mind that this is just the way I did it. You an always tweak things to suit your movie needs and of course improve my design. If you do make a cool jet pack or figure out an improvement let us know. We might even feature you in our special monthly podcast.
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1. An old rigid frame backpack. (I got mine at a flee market for $7 dollars.)
2. A fire extinguisher. (Only needed if you want the blast off smoke)
3. A green screen. (check out the Quick Tip at the end of Episode #1)
4. Spray Paint (Whatever colors you want! I used flat black, chrome and primer gray)
5. Some epoxy.
6. Nuts and bolt. (Check the junk drawer in the kitchen.)
7. F.A.A. flight permission.
8. 45 degree PVC joint (1/2" diameter) (Only needed if you want the blast off smoke)
9. 1.90 degree PVC joint (1/4" diameter) (Only needed if you want the blast off smoke)
10. 1/2" rubber grommet. (Only needed if you want the blast off smoke)
11. A bunch of plastic junk! (This is where the real creativity comes in. Go to a Junk store or garage sale and just look for stuff that might look good as jet pack parts.)
Here's what I used:
- 2 cardboard tubes
- A plastic paper tray (that sits on a desk)
- A plastic paper tray (that mounts to the wall)
- An old cartridge from a slide projector. 2 plastic file dividers. (kind of look like bookends)
- 2 plastic hide-a-key compartments with hinged tops. (I mounted the other junk to this so I could lift up the shell and have access to the fire extinguisher.)
- Some wire mesh I got at an art store.
- A "danger flammable liquid" sticker I got from my friend who works at my local hardware store. (Thanks Elizabeth!)