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esg2145
05-09-2010, 01:31 AM
One thing that always bothered me about the 25th Tele-vipers (aside from their hands :( ) were that they did not come w/ the cool back packs like the original '85 Tele-viper ( YOJOE.COM | Tele-Viper (http://www.yojoe.com/action/85/televiper.shtml) ).

So I got a hold of some original '85 Tele-viper backpacks and modified my 25th ones to accept the '85 backpack. The factory hold in the back of the 25th TV is too small and in the wrong position to accept the backpack, so you WILL have to modify your 25th TV to accept the pack. :(

Basically all I did was figure out about where I wanted the pack to sit, take a SMALL drill bit and re-drill a new hold in the new position. Once I had the small pilot hole, I then took to right size bit compared to the post on the pack (DON'T go TOO big!!), drilled out the hole w/ the bigger bit, and I was in business! :)

One thing though, do NOT go too far INTO the figure, b/c then you are going to have a TV w/ a chest wound also. :)


Anywho, here's the final product, along w/ the re-painted HK MP5 that came w/ the 25th Cobra Para-Viper came with. They were originally molded in dark blue and looked like hell, so I just painted them solid black.

Now my 25th TVs look almost as good as the original, I know they don't have the goofy gun and hose the original did, but I was never a big fan of that anyway.

Enjoy -

esg2145
05-09-2010, 01:31 AM
http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj23/esg94045/joe%20stuff/IMG_0734.jpg

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj23/esg94045/joe%20stuff/IMG_0736.jpg

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj23/esg94045/joe%20stuff/IMG_0743.jpg

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj23/esg94045/joe%20stuff/IMG_0745.jpg

Monkeywrench
05-09-2010, 01:41 AM
looks good. They really missed out on the Tele-Viper. If they would have put that on a single card with correct gear and a better head, it would have been a big hit.

Zefram
05-09-2010, 01:48 AM
It might also be that all the communications electronics in the back-back from back then would fit in a kid's cell-phone nowadays. :)

Still, I think they need some kind of pack, so good show on that.

generic trooper
05-09-2010, 01:59 AM
Good stuff. I just used some of those rubber bands on mine.

Side note, I thought the original TV came with a 'scanner' gun rather than an actual weapon.

Sy-Rein
05-09-2010, 02:30 AM
Question, wouldnt it be easier to modify the backpacks instead of drilling a hole into the figure?

Otherwise, looks good and just what the Tele-Vipers needed.

Oh and thanks for the reminder that I need to modify the backpack I have for my Tele-Viper.

esg2145
05-09-2010, 02:48 AM
It might also be that all the communications electronics in the back-back from back then would fit in a kid's cell-phone nowadays. :)

Still, I think they need some kind of pack, so good show on that.


Hell, my Black Berry probably does more than that back does now! :) Regardless, the NEEDED something. This was a really cool figure Hasblow could have sold a LOT more of, even w/ the fubar wrists. :(

esg2145
05-09-2010, 02:49 AM
Question, wouldnt it be easier to modify the backpacks instead of drilling a hole into the figure?

Otherwise, looks good and just what the Tele-Vipers needed.

Oh and thanks for the reminder that I need to modify the backpack I have for my Tele-Viper.

Yeah, but I wasn't in that mind set when I did them and I really just wanted the packs to stay on easily.

Biggest thing about these guys is trying to pose them to hide their wrists. :(

esg2145
05-09-2010, 02:51 AM
Good stuff. I just used some of those rubber bands on mine.

Side note, I thought the original TV came with a 'scanner' gun rather than an actual weapon.

Whatever it was it looked goofy. I think it was some kind of sound capturing thing on the '85 figure, and I KNOW I saw it as a video monitor in the Marvel comics somewhere in Serpentor's reign.

Scoop
05-09-2010, 03:12 AM
Looks great esg2145!

I did something similar when the Tele-Viper first came out.

Here is a link to my thread...

http://www.hisstank.com/forum/g-i-joe-customs/17079-my-custom-tele-viper-backpack-inspired-g-i-eddie.html


Here is another link to a thread by G.I. Eddie who was my inspriration on this custom...

http://www.hisstank.com/forum/g-i-joe-customs/14428-update-tele-viper-gear-tutorial.html


Here are my pics...

http://www.hisstank.com/forum/attachments/g-i-joe-customs/12198d1219370567-my-custom-tele-viper-backpack-inspired-g-i-eddie-tele-viper-1.jpg

http://www.hisstank.com/forum/attachments/g-i-joe-customs/12199d1219370567-my-custom-tele-viper-backpack-inspired-g-i-eddie-tele-viper-2.jpg

http://www.hisstank.com/forum/attachments/g-i-joe-customs/12200d1219370567-my-custom-tele-viper-backpack-inspired-g-i-eddie-tele-viper-3.jpg

I did this by using a BIC pen cap.

Let me know what you think.

VIPER E7
05-09-2010, 03:24 AM
Nice pics of the Tele-Viper with the com-packs esg2145. This was one of my favorite figures as a kid and was really disappointed that they did not include the backpack when it was redone for the 25th line. (He didnít even bring a weapon!!!) It also annoyed me that the cobra insignia was not included on his left shoulder sleeve like the original had, and donít get me started on the wrists.

esg2145
05-09-2010, 03:39 AM
Looks great esg2145!

I did something similar when the Tele-Viper first came out.

Here is a link to my thread...

http://www.hisstank.com/forum/g-i-joe-customs/17079-my-custom-tele-viper-backpack-inspired-g-i-eddie.html


Here is another link to a thread by G.I. Eddie who was my inspriration on this custom...

http://www.hisstank.com/forum/g-i-joe-customs/14428-update-tele-viper-gear-tutorial.html


Here are my pics...

http://www.hisstank.com/forum/attachments/g-i-joe-customs/12198d1219370567-my-custom-tele-viper-backpack-inspired-g-i-eddie-tele-viper-1.jpg

http://www.hisstank.com/forum/attachments/g-i-joe-customs/12199d1219370567-my-custom-tele-viper-backpack-inspired-g-i-eddie-tele-viper-2.jpg

http://www.hisstank.com/forum/attachments/g-i-joe-customs/12200d1219370567-my-custom-tele-viper-backpack-inspired-g-i-eddie-tele-viper-3.jpg

I did this by using a BIC pen cap.

Let me know what you think.



Sweet, I think I remember yall's posts when you did them, I just got lazier on mine, and didn't want to hack up any of the 25 the back packs I had.

I like the re-done arms on yall's, but I like the 25th's wrist guards / pads too much too loose them, even w/ the crappy wrists. :(

Scoop
05-09-2010, 03:46 AM
Sweet, I think I remember yall's posts when you did them, I just got lazier on mine, and didn't want to hack up any of the 25 the back packs I had.

I like the re-done arms on yall's, but I like the 25th's wrist guards / pads too much too loose them, even w/ the crappy wrists. :(

Thanks for the kind words.

Actually I like the fact that you didn't ruin your original ARAH back pack in order to make yours. I didn't want to ruin mine either, but I also didn't want to ruin my figure by drilling a hole into him as you have done. I decided to ruin the back pack because it actually belonged to a Python Patrol Tele-Viper which was stolen from me as a kid, so I really didn't have a use for it any longer. If I had an extra 25th Tele-Viper I would have probably tried your method instead.

By the way I didn't do anything to my Tele-Viper but customize the back pack. G.I. Eddie was the one who went all out and customized his figure in order to make it look more like the original ARAH version. I really like his creation. That's what Hasbro should have given us in the first place.

esg2145
05-09-2010, 03:49 AM
Yeah, Eddie gets the prize for the best 25th T-V :)


..............but mine's still got a cooler gun. :) Hahahaha J/K


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