So.... where were we? PART 2 of the JetPack project! Ah, yes....
I found some old electrical tape in the basement and used it to embellish my rocket boosters...
I also cut the strap off an old messenger bag (that I've been "s'posed to fix"for about 4 years), cut it into two equal lengths, and affixed them to the "back plate" using duct tape. *I decided on duct tape so I could easily remove it and expand the straps if Sammy grows. Chances are he will.
(Will the JetPack --or it's appeal-- last that long? Who knows?)
I threaded the straps through the slits and taped them to themselves.
A also crossed them in front in order to insure it stays on well while playing!!
Then came the gluing of the bottles onto the back plate...
This was somewhat of a momentary debacle. I tried Hot Glue first. Now, I'd actually tested hot glue on a plastic coke bottle at work the night before, because I thought it would melt. Well, apparently my glue gun is hotter because the bottle at work was fine, but mine warped and started to melt. Cut to: Gorilla Glue. That worked! I also added a bit more electrical tape to hold the two bottles together...
...I DID use the Hot Glue in the mouth of the bottle to attach the flames. I felt confident that the plastic was thick enough there to withstand the heat....
Then I thought, "Oh! What if one of the straps was snapped or velcro'd on so that it was easier to get on and off?! So I tried.... but the hot glue was not good for snaps. Lesson learned. They came off almost instantly. I ended up doing the duct tape method on all four! Just made it all a bit looser so that Sam didn't stress about getting it on and off over his head!
(Hot gluing snaps: BAD IDEA)
WELL.... ALL WAS ASSEMBLED AND IT WAS TIME TO TRY IT OUT!!!
My little Rocketman was very eager and even grabbed a helmet! Safety First!
On it went:
And... BLAST OFF!!!!
(The helmet was cramping his style apparently...)
The inhabitants of this planet must be Yankees Fans!
All in all... a successful mission! Now I have to make some matching Adult-Sized ones and one for our 3-month old, so the whole family can fly!!!!