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What an absolutely fantastic project, truly inspiring! Suscribed a while back but revisited and read again from the very beginning and was hooked. Can't wait for the next updates, and all the discoveries you guys made along the way with all those obsure, obsolete and rare found parts is mindblowing - that's dedication for you. Awesome stuff! Mentioned a while back was the GB Visual History book, and I remember as I read it for the first time, noting the part where Stephen Dane refers to the aircraft scrapyard in Tucson, where he found all the bits used in the props...well it got me thinking, I wonder which type of aircraft (either military or commercial) were withdrawn/scrapped and sent there by the time he visited? This would have been either late 1981 or early 1982, as he mentioned Bladerunner, which screened in 1982. If the exact types of aircraft were known, then related technical/maintenance manuals could be found, which would reference all the parts...I know this is probably a moot point, since most of the parts have been identified anyway, but I guess I got bitten by the bug after reading about all the in-depth investigative work that's been going on hereThank you for the very kind words (as well as all of the post likes). There is a big post in the works, but I just haven't put the effort into preparing the update yet. My attention has been more focused on updating the plans and creating a definitive parts list. I'm a little over extended on a promise I made so I am trying to wrap that up quickly. Maybe after the next planned build day I will post the picture/video update. I guess I am looking to add a little more meat to the pie first.
Thank you for the very kind words (as well as all of the post likes). There is a big post in the works, but I just haven't put the effort into preparing the update yet. My attention has been more focused on updating the plans and creating a definitive parts list. I'm a little over extended on a promise I made so I am trying to wrap that up quickly. Maybe after the next planned build day I will post the picture/video update. I guess I am looking to add a little more meat to the pie first.You're very welcome! And no worries, I'll look forward to seeing all the forthcoming updates, and all the work you guys are contributing to this forum is much appreciated
The two different places where the parts sourced for the film are the Tucson Airplane scrap yard and APEX in Los Angeles. I have yet to visit the Tucson yard but I have been to APEX several times. While you can find aircraft junk at APEX, it's mostly filled with industrial and electronics pieces. Occasionally you can stumble onto Ghostbusters parts but you're not going to find much. I have been to an aircraft junkyard looking for parts and the stuff we were finding was amazing. Everywhere we turned we were recognizing props. Not just from Ghostbusters but other movies like Star Wars, etc. The place was so awesome and massive! We even needed a golf cart to get around. Unfortunately, the owner of the place was a f****g asshole and kicked us all out. The epitome of a wacky, hoarding-nutjob who I guess felt betrayed that we were even the presence of his precious scrap-pile (long story). Anyways, with that said, I have always wanted to visit another yard like it. I have had my eye set on going out to Tucson and seeing what they've got. I would really like to stumble upon the Ecto-1 heatsink or the GB1 pack cable in the wild someday. Who knows. Maybe we'll get lucky?
As far as the props used in the film go, I don't necessarily think one plane in particular is going to be the end-all find. While there are actually a lot of brand similarities between the equipment, ECU and Ecto-1/1A, some of it comes from completely different sources. Some of it being older than others too. We know the oxygen tanks and other pieces come straight out of WWII era military parts. Then there's Vietnam-era mil-spec, late 70's aerospace parts and even early 80's computer tech. The stuff comes from all over and in a place like that it's all going to be in piles of junk unfortunately. I mean, I was just watching one of the JAWS (I think the 4th one?) films a few weeks ago. I found that the infamously hard-to-find skirted trap knob (that's also used on the ECU) can be sourced from a sonar device that's used on the boat in the film. From some company in Tujunga, CA. where they also filmed E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial. So who knows where this stuff really comes from? I think the best bet is to track the pieces back to the manufacturer. Sometimes you'll discover that they're still manufacturing this stuff. However, if you do some digging in the forums, there are talks about just this and some guys have found pieces in particular planes and do talk about which ones. I'd like to try and find it for you, but it's just before midnight and I am spent.
Looking awesome!! What a complicated project. Had to re-read a few times to understand what was going on with some of those stages lolThanks! Yeah, sorry about that. I rushed the last few updates and even went back and tried to reword the process a little better. It seems like it can be a complicated project (at times it certainly feels that way), but with the headaches aside it really is a fun prop to build. I just wish we had more time to work on it. It's taken how many years to get to this point now? Lol.
No worries! It's great that you're taking the time to record all the steps. Another interesting update and it is certainly a complicated project but yeah, looks great fun! Looking forward to further progress as usualThat wasn't an update regarding this project. That was just some random person who only joined the forums to try to get me to hand them over the labels created for this project. It wasn't going to happen for them but I wish them all the best with their Halloween project.
What a terrific update! This is easily one of the best threads going on any of the prop forumsThanks, that means a lot. We're putting our all into this one, so to read a comment like this helps keep us going. There are a lot of other great builds out there too.
Glad to see this is still being worked on.You and me both, lol. We've come a long way but we're close to finishing.
I enjoyed this post so much! Thanks for sharing - great research on the Burroughs workstation! So little left to discover from these props... Magical when you see a hint of a lead. You must have been so excited to see some of this!Thanks! I am glad that you've enjoyed this post. I feel like I sorta half-assed it, especially towards the end. I have found a lot more pictures of this stuff, but I felt like I needed to use what I had to in order to get my point across. I didn't want to bog the post down with tons of pictures. I needed it to be minimal but at the same time convincing. I think most of it speaks for itself.
Man, talk about a perfect project to have when you need to stay at home...Use your free time wisely but ultimately stay safe or that time doesn't become yours. Man, you have no idea how badly we want to be finished with this. May 5th, 2020 marks 6 years. Uggggh.
I totally know how that feels. It can definitely feel rough when you have a project you love that takes way longer than you’d like. I’ve got a Star Trek fan fiction that I’ve been working on for the better part of the last fifteen years. I’ve worked out plenty of the backstory but can’t find the inspiration to finish the first episode.Man, talk about a perfect project to have when you need to stay at home...Use your free time wisely but ultimately stay safe or that time doesn't become yours. Man, you have no idea how badly we want to be finished with this. May 5th, 2020 marks 6 years. Uggggh.
Also, I am still proof-reading that post so if something is off, I will get to it here shortly.
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