Ghostbuster Proton Pack Retrospective: A Ten Year Anniversary

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  1. thegreatgalling

    thegreatgalling Sr Member

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    So a neat realization: my proton pack, probably the most sentimental prop replica I own, turned ten years old this past Halloween. It is sentimental because I made it when I was 17 years old. It was probably among a handful of replicas I made with focus and concentration at the time.

    This pack, although not too accurate, was made with a lot of heart. On a 17 year old's budget, I assembled most pieces from items around the house.

    When I look at it now, with RPF accuracy glasses, I see a bunch of places where I could have improved, but there is something about it that I find endearing. I couldn't imagine abandoning it, especially how great it made me feel when I finished assembling it.

    I was an early member of what is now GBfans, but back then, a copy of Venkman71's plans and the pause button was the best we could hope for. Now, with accurate packs filling the web, I still feel the call to build an accompanying pack someday. Maybe I will, but it will certainly sit next to this one, and never replace it.

    Anyway, here it it, my "junk around the house" proton pack:

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  2. protokev DMD

    protokev DMD Sr Member

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    Re: Ghostbuster Proton Pack Rhetrospective: A Ten Year Anniversary

    Far better than my first pack!

    There's something to be said about the first pack attempt.

    I can only imagine what you'd accomplish the second go round
     
  3. ONEYE

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    Freaking amazing! 5 star rated thread!
     
  4. darth_myeek

    darth_myeek Sr Member

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    Re: Ghostbuster Proton Pack Rhetrospective: A Ten Year Anniversary

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  5. thegreatgalling

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    Thanks for saying guys!
     
  6. thegreatgalling

    thegreatgalling Sr Member

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    Thanks DM!!!
     
  7. robn1

    robn1 Master Member

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    Re: Ghostbuster Proton Pack Rhetrospective: A Ten Year Anniversary

    That's great! I love the "stuff laying around the house" approach, that's what the hobby is about.
     
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  8. thegreatgalling

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    Thanks man, appreciate it.
     
  9. tripoli

    tripoli Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That is an awesome home brew pack! I loved doing projects like this, I wish I had been able to keep some of my early works, it is extremely cool to see someone that has such a build from so long ago.
     
  10. thegreatgalling

    thegreatgalling Sr Member

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    Thanks Trip, really appreciate it.
     
  11. iamdrake

    iamdrake Active Member

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    Re: Ghostbuster Proton Pack Rhetrospective: A Ten Year Anniversary

    I am sorry did you say you built that when you were 17? So we're you born on a leap year and only age one year for every four? When I was 17 I couldn't build a bird house in shop class... still can't.
     
  12. thegreatgalling

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    Ha, thanks for saying. I am sure there are plenty of people here that created much more amazing things earlier than that. I am just really happy I found a place with other crazies like me! :lol
     
  13. Sundowner

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    Now I feel horrible. My first pack wasn't this good...I was 26 lol
     
  14. Thibault

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    Nice pack mate !

    I know anything about proton pack, but it looks like a professional build !!
     
  15. thegreatgalling

    thegreatgalling Sr Member

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    Thanks guys!
     
  16. DocNewborn

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    Haha! I haven't yet tackled an accurate proton pack, but I did a fanciful styrofoam one when I was about that same age. Now I want a more researched costume and the pack is definitely on my list. Did the goggles for this year, though.

    I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who thinks Clippards look like White-Out bottles!

    Alex
     
  17. BoozeBeGood

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    TGG, this looks great! Man I never woulda guessed it was from around the house until you broke it down for us
     
  18. thegreatgalling

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    Thanks a lot for the nice comments guys.
     
  19. Norse Iron Man

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    Re: Ghostbuster Proton Pack Rhetrospective: A Ten Year Anniversary

    Forget it's inaccuracies, it's a beauty! Though I may be slightly biased since I freaken love Ghostbusters. I've spent nearly 6 years working on mine, and as you, it's my most sentimental prop. Be proud of yours, man!
     
  20. Weequay

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    As said, I would have never guessed it was made from household stuff!

    I can understand the sentimental nature of the PP and other GB props.

    Please dont ever get rid of that! you will regret it!

    weequay
     
  21. thegreatgalling

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    Thanks guys, means a lot coming from GB fans like you guys.
     
  22. Beeb89

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    I know EXACTLY where you're coming from! When I built mine, plan were spotty at best and reference pics were hard to find. I know I spent many an hour in front of the TV going back and forth over scenes as well. :) Maybe not the most accurate out there but knowing what we put into building them makes 'em priceless!

    Awesome pack, my friend and a great thread! This brings back great memories of my own build!

    -B89! :D
     
  23. everchanging1

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    Great pack! Mine is two years old already, how time files!
     
  24. thegreatgalling

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    Thanks B! Is that the pack in that beautiful glass case you posted?

    Thanks for saying! It's kind of depressing how a decade flashed like a few months. Feels like yesterday!
     
  25. Beeb89

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    It is indeed! :)

    -B89! :D
     
  26. Fuzzual

    Fuzzual Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I would be proud to display that pack! Creativity, budget, and junk we guys hide away for props just like this, is what makes this place special. And we all know that's what the film makers did when building these props.

    Either way man, great build, its a beauty!
     
  27. thegreatgalling

    thegreatgalling Sr Member

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    Well your pack is one of the finest I've seen here, so your comments mean a lot!

    Thanks so much!
     
  28. JoeLuna33

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    I love this thing. I have a soft spot in my heart for the "hardware store" or "junk" type builds. I was spoiled by becoming friends with a GBfans member with a shell mold so sadly, in a way, I never did make a pack like yours. I think I would be very fullfilling.

    Very Nice job
     
  29. thegreatgalling

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