A couple of years ago I sculpted and modeled the Thrusterpack in Zbrush and Fusion 360. I saw a picture of the original model when it was auctioned off and thought to myself that would be a cool thing to have. Nowadays why have the prop when you can simply make one yourself? I set about to model it and simply placed it in my portfolio as I was trying to find Sculpting and modeling work in the toy industry. Fast forward a few years later, I finally pulled the trigger on a 3D Printer, an Ender 3 Pro. First thing I did was print up parts that I had separated out for another fellow who was interested in the model. Some parts would take 10 minutes to print, large parts would take anywhere from 5, 10 to 70 hours to complete. There was modifying and reprinting along the way to make assembly easier. Being from an FDM printer I had to sand down the resolution lines, by doing that I used a primer with filler and sanded it down smooth. Then I would use regular spray paint to fill the areas in better and sand down again. Then I would use Rustoleum primer to give it a final primer coat before applying paint with an airbush. I used paints from a few companies, Vallejo, Model Master and Tamiya. I used my trusty Paasche double action to apply the paint. For the hoses underneath the engine bell I used a threaded USB-C cord and a rubber infused CA to glue it down. My goal with this build was to create a middle ground with the model built by Apogee and the full sized prop.
BELOW: Jared Wynn’s Completed Build
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