My name is Rob and I'm a long time lurker who finally decided to post so I could share the results of a project you all made possible. I've been a Ghosthead since I was a baby, Ghostbusters was literally the first movie I ever saw in a theater at the age of three and I've loved it since. Any time I see a piano, I always play with the keys and tell whomever is around that, "They hate this...", usually to blank stares... :[
Anyways! I've always wanted a proton pack but just don't have the funds to buy a shell and aluminum mother board and do it all properly, so I have never gone beyond wanting. When the Afterlife trailer hit it was like a time warp and I was a kid again, I probably watched the trailer two dozen times the first day alone. Ecto's siren gets me EVERY TIME. I decided I was finally going to take the plunge and try and make the pack so I could wear it to the premier. I've spent the last few years tinkering and making other props and it gave me the confidence needed to believe I could build a pack. After scouring these forums and reading Norm's, Stefan's and Sean Bishops plans, as well as seeing the amazing work by Astyanax and the foam speed build by KCGhostbuster I fully believed I could pull it off. So, I printed some plans and dove in.
It took me roughly three months, but my pack is now done, sans electronics. I'm currently scratch building the thrower and making good progress after botching the first go round. I came up with a few scratch built solutions that were unique, hopefully my process can help others like you all helped me.
Anyways, there are dozens of these posts so I'll try to keep it short. I did my best to make it as accurate to GB1 as I could, as that's my preferred pack for many reasons. I weathered it a good deal, with the idea that my pack was an original from '84 that had survived to today with semi constant use. Hopefully my paint job reflects that and doesn't look overwrought. I'm a designer and illustrator by day and it's bugged me a lot worrying that I made my pack look bad with the paint job, lol.
This has inspired me to save up the funds to build a proper pack, but given that I made mine with foam, styrene and PVC, I'm pretty darn happy with it. Would love any feedback, and thanks again for making it possible to accomplish a childhood dream. A 38 year old man giggled like a little boy when he shouldered this pack on for the first time, and it was GLORIOUS.
Pics to follow!