Early in January I saw a pack up for sale on the RPF, and it peaked my interest again and so I fired up gbfans.com and started looking around. And, sad as it is to say, there was a very noticeable decline in the both the fan and prop-replica community. Forum postings are down to a trickle. I saw sellers like Nick-a-Tron had closed up months ago. Ghostbusting appeared to be dying.
It’s hard to say why this is. Maybe it’s because we’re just growning up? Or maybe someone made a terrible terrible remake that’s poisoned the community beyond repair? I don’t know I don’t really keep up with that stuff anymore.
All I know is that I realized if I didn’t build my someday pack today it would only get harder and harder to do as time went on.
And then like a week later they announced Ghostbusters III. So… who knows?
Part 1: The Hero Build
I’m not great at documenting things as I work. Here’s a bunch of random pictures, if anyone has any questions I’ll be glad to answer them.
A few things that I think are noteworthy;
- I permanently embedded screws into the shell to attach the cyclotron lenses
- I made a styrene shelf to hold the blue uppy-downy light lens, and this also evens out the spacing
- I used styrene to make clean recesses where there were empty mounting holes on the screen used packs. I think this gives them a more purposeful look, like it was engineered to be that way and not just pointless holes
- I cut out the n-filter on the Gbfans shell and used a fiberglass patching kit to turn it into an innie instead of an outie