I have to say, this thing is pretty darn cool right out of the box but it did need a few changes. I wanted to keep my mods as close to stock as possible, with minimal changes that could be easily reversed.
Firsts off, I changed out the entire wire, loom and stroud to a more film accurate option. I just couldn't stomach that big fat pale yellow shroud they decide to use. After removing the stock rubber piece, I could tell that maybe they had plans to color the loom and shroud as the rubber was formed to look like the complete wire, loom and shroud. This change was the only time I needed to remove the motherboard, which wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.
This was actually the last change to the pack, but really makes a big difference. I sourced this ion arm cover from a shop on Etsy. I chose the weathered option and I couldn't be happier. Not sure why Hasbro tossed the screws on the ion arm as they were shown in the mockup, but this was a quick and easy install using the stock mounting plate, and is easily reversible.
I painted the little screw/button to make it look more like a really screw and washer. I also added a frame spacer I found on Etsy to bring the gap from the ALICE frame to the motherboard a little more prevalent.
I also painted the little mounting plate of the DALE Resistor to make it a little more realistic.
I painted and sealed all the little brass wire ends that were left black from Hasbro. Although they look bright in the pictures, I made sure that they looked dirty and worn. Also added a little silver to the copper wire mounts to break up the contrast just a bit.
I replaced the bumper screws with more film accurate screws and washers. I then splattered them with some black paint like the were on the film used pack. Unfortunately, this is not reversible as the screw holes needed to be enlarge to accommodate the larger screws.
I notice a little hole just under the wand mount and when I checked Adam Savage's pics of the film used Phoebe pack I could see they used it to mount the shell to the motherboard. I added a more film accurate screw and washer, again splattered a bit with black paint.
I replace all the little silver screws on the outside of the pack with #4-40 X 3/8in black Allen socket head screws (which fit perfectly in the stock holes) including the hose adaptor, Clippard mounts, booster frame and the three visible screws on the ion arm. I also changed out the four screws on the bottom of the pack with more accurate screws and washers, and yes they have been splatter with black paint. These four screws require an unreversible change as the screws need much larger holes.
I painted and wrapped the foam pad for the ALICE frame. I also painted all the brackets black to make everything flow better. Still looking to source a motherboard warning sticker, but all the current Etsy sellers only sell them in a set, but I talked to one seller who will be making separate weathered motherboard stickers as soon as he received some more printing paper.
All in all I'm extremely please with the outcome. Hasbro has made it really easy to mod this pack and make it your own. The only thing I may change in the future is changing out the power cell lens to a more smoked lens, and maybe diffusing the four cyclotron lights if I can find an option that doesn't dim the LEDs too much. I'd also like to change out the wand mount to a more film accurate solid piece but I'll wait until someone offers a direct replacement.