my Ghostbusters props

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  1. DocNewborn

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    Hello all,

    Alex 'Doc' Newborn here.

    I've been a Ghostbusters fan since 1984, even did some very fanciful 'interpretation' Hallowe'en costumes beginning in about 1986.

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    But after my wife bought me the Mattel PKE Meter 1:1-scale prop replica, which I received in January 2011 as a birthday present, I began to really want an 'accurate' Ghostbusters uniform.

    And lo and behold, I found out that there were amazing online resources that had studied, researched, and occasionally even sourced every single tiny item on the flightsuit and equipment.

    I still dithered over whether or not to indulge myself in this obsession, but one day in Sept. 2011, having seen an auction for some pieces which would mean no turning back, my wife and I had been discussing my crossroads for twenty minutes when by sheer chance we passed an Ectomobile in traffic on the way to pick up our youngest son from school.

    "It's a sign!" I said.

    Within weeks I had ordered a flightsuit, patches, belt, kneepads for the elbow pads, even a real set of military goggle frames to which I attached a down-and-dirty 'hardware store' faceplate and lens tubes.

    And by Hallowe'en night 2011, I was semi-adequately ready to hang out with Brandon (on the right) and his Ecto.

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    I also began accumulating a lot of other real-world items that had been used in the films. For instance, I have the same model of videocameras carried by Dan Aykroyd in the library scene of the first film and the museum sweep scene of the second film.

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    Then in May of this year, I took the plunge and bought a proton pack shell from the same guy who had sourced the military frames. On GBFans.com's forums he's Vincenzo330.

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    My goal was to construct mine from the same materials used on the movie props, wherever possible. If it was fiberglass on the hero prop, I wanted fiberglass on mine. Aluminum where it should be. Real Clippard valves, etc.

    But if a nice time-saver or freebie was offered to me, I wasn't too proud to take a shortcut. A friend in New Zealand offered me a resin gun kit for the price of shipping, and he threw in several other trim pieces that I needed.

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    This project would mean acquiring some new skills, like riveting and working with epoxy putty, and I was excited about challenging myself... although eventually I outsourced the welding to the shop teacher at the high school.

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    Also in May, I got to meet Robin Shelby, the actress who played Slimer in GB2. My youngest son went with me to this event. Coincidentally, this photo was taken on her birthday.

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    I took my *second* more accurate khaki jumpsuit, but without a proton pack, I decided to do an obscure reference to the GB2 electronic presskit, and dress as a behind-the-scenes Bill Murray.

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    I decided to make another film prop, the one fans call the KUD Meter carried by Winston in the museum sweep in GB2.

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    I got busy directing a local play (Little Shop of Horrors) so when I had the chance to meet Ernie Hudson in person at HorrorCon in Nashville on October 6th of this year, I hurried to assemble the KUD so I could have him sign this Winston-centric prop.

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    It still lacks a blinking red LED, but it looked good enough to unveil to some of the AL, KY, and TN Ghostbusters in attendance, and proved quite popular.

    I had Ernie sign it on the inside of the battery cover.

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    "Alex - Keep Busting! Ernie Hudson (Winston)"

    He even very gamely posed using the prop to scan a nearby Vigo portrait that one of the KY Ghostbusters brought.

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    My friend Jaime Hitchcock of the TN GB saw me videotaping Ernie Hudson scanning Vigo in my own home movie and commented, "Oh Alex. You win!"

    Here's me, my son, Ernie (holding my KUD) and Jaime.

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    My proton pack made a lot of progress between then and Hallowe'en, even though it's still not 100% complete.

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    Here's a pic from October 31st. Stay tuned for updates!

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    Thanks for looking!
    Alex
     
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  2. Tobot

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    Re: my Ghostsbuster props

    Nice pack, and I seriously love the camera I've been hunting for one of those
     
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    I found the Panasonic PK-750 fairly easily, I just typed it into eBay and there happened to be one listed, and I was the only bidder. When it arrived, it was assembled in the right-hand way, so I had to swap the viewfinder over to Aykroyd's odd left-handed configuration.

    Owning one also helped me to notice that one piece appears and disappears in the movie between exterior shots filmed in NY and interiors filmed in LA. It's the part that looks sort of like the stock on a rifle, misleadingly called a 'shoulder pad' in the instructions.

    But I'm having a much harder time finding the same model of shoulder-slung video recorder seen in the film.

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    Luckily, nowadays, most people are used to seeing all-in-one cameras and they just naturally assume it's capable of recording on its own.

    ~~~

    Here's some pics from last month when I tagged along with Brandon in his Ecto to a 'Ghostbusters Quote-Along' screening in Tupelo, MS. During the day, our hosts suggested we take the car to Elvis' birthplace.

    Pulling up...

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    Some of my props in the back of his Ecto (note the Realistic Sound Level Meter). My unfinished pack is behind his on the rack...
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    Getting our packs out...
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    The ghost trap is Mattel's second 1:1-scale prop...
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    Standing on the porch of the little 'shotgun' house...
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    And posing with the 'Elvis at 13' statue.
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    There's something awesome about taking a two-hour drive along the Natchez Trace in an Ectomobile, but it was even cooler coming back in the dark, with ghostly fog appearing in the headlights.

    And the 'Rocky Horror'-esque GB Quote-Along itself was tremendous fun. They had select lines of dialogue come up like subtitles for the audience to shout, and distributed Silly String for everyone to use whenever the proton packs were fired.

    The folks in attendance got a huge kick out of seeing our Matty PKE Meter and Ghost Trap being used simultaneous with the action on the screen, and no surprise, the line "How is Elvis and have you seen him lately?" got a huge roar of approval.

    ~~~

    Since these pics were made, the front plate of my Ecto-goggles has cracked, so I have disassembled them to make a sturdier plate (possibly leftover 1/8" thick aluminum sheet purchased for my proton pack) and probably new straps.

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    I forgot to list my very first 'accurate' GB prop from back in the 80's, a piece of set dressing from the first film...

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    It was just luck that my parents had hung the exact same 'etc.' sign in my bedroom as a kid, and when I spotted it in a photo in the book Making Ghostbusters while I was in college, I rummaged through their attic and found it. It was originally black, so I gave it a coat of gold spray-paint.

    In the above pic, I am holding it up in front of the movie paused on my TV.

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    And my most recent 'set dressing' prop...

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    Yeah, I know, super-obscure.

    I recently found a little notebook that I took to the theatre with me when I saw GB2 on opening day in 1989, to jot down details. One of them said 'Bozo head on cop's computer', and I had no idea what it referred to.

    So I cued up the film, and whattayaknow?

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    "What was chasing you in de park? A park bench was chasing you in de park?"

    How had I NEVER spotted that in any subsequent viewing since that first impression? I got obsessed with it, wanted to know what it looked like from the front.

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    Found this one on eBay for 99 cents, and it looks to be a perfect match.

    ~~~

    I also decided to make a black GB flightsuit out of an old TIE Pilot costume that was worn one time only. Here it is with new patches:

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    I debuted it publicly for the first time at the Alabama Phoenix Festival where I got to meet Robin Shelby.

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    (Left to right: Robin's husband Sean Spence, ALGB webmaster Brock Parker, ALGB's Bo Bearden, Robin, and me.)

    And then this month I decided to add another element to the black suit, inspired by the helmets seen in these early GB storyboards.

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    So I purchased this airsoft helmet with visor, and it gives the whole thing sort of a SWAT look.

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    Alex
     
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  4. MooCriket

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    Great story. It's always cool to find out about someone's love of props. You have some great ones(y)thumbsup
     
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  5. Onkelpsycho

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    Thats a pretty godd alternative paint job for any white car yyou can transform into an Ecto 1...

    If I ever try to make an own GB car, which has no wings, I think I will do it the same way....
     
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    Is that a real lifeguard? II or IV? Really need to pick me up one...
     
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    Awesome!! These are my goal!
     
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  9. DocNewborn

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    Yes, the Lifegard PASS alarm is real. It's a mark II.

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    On the left is how it looked when it arrived.

    On the right is how it looked after I cleaned it, sanded some of the worst scuffs down, and retouched the worn lettering.

    Since the lettering is raised, I just sprayed some black paint onto a Q-tip and applied it to the letters before it dried.

    I wish the 'SLOFD' part hadn't been scratched in by the previous owner, but it's hard to find these without some sort of similar identifying marks.

    And yes, it is fully functional. No, I don't keep a battery in it. Way too loud to risk it going off at an event.

    Alex
     
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    Update!

    Some more Ghostbusters props I've collected since November...

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    Egon's calculator

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    Egon's hardhat (still need to make the sticker, though I have deciphered what the original came from-- a piece of airport runway equipment)

    And a different model of hardhat was obtained for the costume Dan Aykroyd wears when they go into the tunnel. Here's how the hardhat first looked when it arrived: solid white, just like the real painted movie prop's original color beneath its flaking paint.
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    I first tried it with the weathered look...
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    ... as seen on the film prop...
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    But I felt like I overdid it, so I stripped it and repainted it solid yellow before permanently attaching the headlamp.
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    Even the battery pack is movie-accurate.

    I may make a second attempt on the weathering, but the paint is so flaky, it's already accumulated a few real ones anyway. May as well just let time weather it naturally.

    Alex
     
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  11. Norse Iron Man

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    All of your props are simply magnificent! Also, slight envy inducing. lol
     
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  13. Norse Iron Man

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    Indeed. I was emphasizing how impressed I was.

    It also blows my mind how many of the more obscure, lesser known props you've acquired.

    The only interesting piece I have is a lifegard IV that was used in the background of a fan film! lol
     
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    Got the blinking red LED added to my KUD meter yesterday. It's controlled by the flatted toggle switch. I did some of the work, but the main credit goes to my retired electrician Dad.

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    Also, I forgot to update about my Ecto-goggles, which now have aluminum plates and socket-head-cap-screws (replacing the incorrect philips-head screws that I used to secure the acrylic plates). I also made a new pad from foamies and snaps which is interchangeable with my real-military-but-not-movie-accurate facepad seen in earlier photos.

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    I may eventually change the tubes, but for now I am still using the hardware store pieces I made in October 2011.

    Another newly acquired real-world item is this ITT Relay for the ghost trap foot pedal. I'm slowly accumulating parts to make a real trap. I also have some of the knobs and resistors already.

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    Alex
     
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  15. Onkelpsycho

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    Pretty cool pics...
     
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    Some more trap parts:

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    ~~~

    I'm also currently in the process of modding and repainting the Matty PKE Meter. I sanded off the copyright info on the back of the handle.

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    And then gave it a coat of metallic bronze paint.

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    ~~~

    Plus I'm building Janine's alarm button for the desk.

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    My red button arrived yesterday and has been tweaked to match the screen-used prop. Awaiting a chrome clothesline for the dome it sits on.

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    And my pack is nearing completion. It now has the lights installed and working, most of the labels on, and I've replaced the kidney pad and waist straps with versions accurate to GB1. I'm weathering the brand new waist straps now, to match the sun-beaten look of my LC-1 shoulder straps and kidney pad.

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    More to come!

    Alex
     

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    The ecto... mind blown... I priced one of those old ambulances once... i prefer to have a house.... Really great stuff.
     
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    I'll pass along the compliment to Brandon about the Ecto. He got it in a straight-up trade for a Mustang if I recall correctly. It was originally a dove-gray Navy ambulance.

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    Here's his build thread from GBFans.com: '67 Bonneville Ecto-1 Progress Thread - Community - Ghostbusters Fans Forum

    We're planning a road trip in it two weeks from now to 'Alabama Phoenix Festival', where I'll get to see Robin Shelby and Ernie Hudson again, and all the other Alabama Ghostbusters.

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    I completed my 'We Got One' alarm button yesterday. Hopefully one day I'll have the correct antique model of bell to attach to it.

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    I'm also finishing up converting a navy blue flightsuit to a charcoal gray one, as seen in GB2.

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  20. mattrendar

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    Very nice collection . Great pics , thanks for sharing !
     
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    great props
     
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    Thanks, I'm glad you're enjoying them.

    Got the navy blue flightsuit turned into a charcoal gray from GB2. Still awaiting patches for it.

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    UPDATE: Patches arrived, but debating which logo to use.

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    Alex
     
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  23. BillyTheKid

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    Those are some nice pictures and some great stuff
     
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    Well, if you look back up at the pics of my son in a store-bought Ghostbusters Hallowe'en costume, you can see that it's very plain, it's very yellow, the material is too thin, and it has an extra no-ghost logo printed where the name patch should be.

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    Even though he requested a custom name patch after his first time meeting some of the Alabama Ghostbusters, we had to sew it on the wrong side of the chest. And after a full year of wearing this kinda-expensive little thing, he was just about to outgrow it.

    So here's his new one...



    Ironically enough, this authentic CWU-27/P flightsuit (size 40S) was about half the price of the woefully inaccurate Hallowe'en costume. Even with the necessity of ordering a no-ghost patch, it was still a better deal.

    I found this at a military surplus shop about half an hour away, just one of those things I decided to try before going on eBay. At first I didn't see any flightsuits. They used to have them hanging on the racks with all the other stuff. Luckily before I left, I spotted some khaki bundles on a shelf in a dark corner, and found some 40S's and two 40L's.

    I thought about getting a 40L for my older son, too, who has only expressed his own interest in Ghostbusters since my proton pack was finished and he announced he wanted one of his own! But he's almost tall enough that he can wear my first khaki, and I had only 'measured' the younger son before I left for the surplus place, noting where his shoulders were in regards to my own chest so I could ballpark it.

    But the 40S, though a few inches too long in the legs for the son seen above, is actually a perfect fit on my older boy, so I went back and nabbed one more a couple of days later. I also ordered him his own name patch and some more no-ghost logos.

    Now they're asking about belts!

    Alex
     
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    Just arrived...



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    Alex
     
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    One of the more esoteric Ghostbusters props... Egon's Gamma Rate Meter.

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    It can be seen in the hotel scenes:

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    And when they briefly think they've neutronized Gozer:

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    I've had a non-accurate one for a year or so, which I carried in a black camera pouch on my belt because it was so pristine looking (seen at left below).

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    But now I found a beater 'Minirad' off eBay for only a couple dollars more than what an unpainted recast would have cost me.

    I added a belt clip from an old tape measure. It's too small compared to the one in the film, which appears to have a 2" x 3" sized clip added, but it will do for now.

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    And I printed my own label to replace the missing instructions on the battery cover.

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    Alex
     
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  28. allosaur176

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    you have a lot of awesome items!!! I plan on getting a GB2 flightsuit soon, and my preference would be the GB1 logo patch
     
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    Thanks for looking! Glad I'm not the only one who likes the GB1 patch on the gray suit. My patches will hopefully be affixed next week.

    In the meantime, I got a really good deal on a yellow voltmeter similar to the one that can be seen in a few places in the movie, mainly Egon holding it just before Peck comes down into the firehall basement.

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    Alex
     
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    Newest arrival...

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    Purchased from the same guy who makes the shell I'm using... Vincenzo330 at GBFans.

    Alex
     
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  31. allosaur176

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    That's slick!!! I would like to upgrade my wand to aluminum one day
     
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  32. EmmaInCandyland

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    Awesome collection! And omg you met Ernie Hudson! I had the pleasure to meet him too! He's such a nice guy and really available too :D

    I cosplayed as Ramona here! haha

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    Great pic Emma!! Hopefully one day I will get to meet him
     
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    Agreed, he is very available. I've met Ernie Hudson twice now, but the second time I didn't get any personal pics with him, mainly because he was not wearing his flightsuit that day.

    We are both in this group shot, however, along with my son and Brandon and several more friends of mine.

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    And I have some video of us chatting informally but I'm sitting on the fence whether to post it or not. He tells a great anecdote, but I never asked his permission to post it.

    Here's a great pic from that same day, snapped by Robin Shelby's hubby Sean Spence.

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    And then there was this:

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    Another celeb in attendance that day was Gil Gerard, someone I had tried to interview about his participation in a Star Tours TV special back when I wrote a 17-page article on the history of the attraction for Star Wars Insider magazine. Alas, LFL had no contact info for Buck Rogers, go figure.

    The most stressful part of the day was misplacing my still camera right after getting that pic made with my childhood idol. I retraced my steps and asked everyone if they'd seen it, including Gil, who said he definitely saw me leave with it. About twenty tense minutes later, I dumped out the contents of the bag my son was carrying-- with the autographs and photos and spare tapes and batteries for all the cameras-- and there was the still camera in a pocket I'd already checked.

    When I passed Gil's table later, he looked up from signing for someone and called out, "Did you ever find your camera?"

    It dawned on me later, there were nearly 30 people there that day dressed in the same khaki flightsuit I was wearing, so kudos to GG for caring enough to distinguish us all from one another.

    Alex
     
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    Spent a few hours tonight drilling and tapping the metal thrower, and test-fitting some of the trim pieces.

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    Alex
     
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    Doing a parade later tonight, my first one. The metal thrower is still lacking some parts, so I went back to the resin one for the time being.

    BUT the sound card and speakers are all installed!



    Alex
     
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    Make sure you take lots of pics tonight!
     
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    I've only got a couple that were taken during the parade itself, found online, but I've got some before and after pics.

    My youngest wearing the now-even-heavier pack for the first time since the speakers were added:
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    My eldest showing off his own flightsuit for the first time:
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    Me:
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    Khaki-wearing group shot:
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    That's me at left, Brandon driving his car, my boys closest to it, Brandon's wife Lindsey (in Slimer) and his brother Matt (in Brandon's proton pack), and two more guys named Adam and Andrew:
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    This was the W.C. Handy Parade, which kicks off a week long celebration here in Florence AL.
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    We were hot and tired by the end of it. Brandon drove us back over to where we'd parked. My proton pack had lost a 'banjo' screw at some point... the last thing I had repaired that morning, of course... so the red hose at the tip of the gun is dangling free.
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    Big thanks to Brandon for inviting me to march, and extending his invitation to my sons at the last minute as well. We're all very tired here:
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    When I was unloading my own car at home, I dropped my custom-painted PKE Meter on the driveway and knocked a deep chip out of the paint. Dang it.
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    Now back to finishing my aluminum thrower.

    Alex
     
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    Haven't done an update here in a while...

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    My GB2-style suit with the full gear for the first time. With the speakers added, the pack is currently weighing an even 30lbs.

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    The same issue of People Magazine that Janine is reading when we first see her.

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    The article she was reading when Egon climbed out from under her desk.

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    Ironically, the REAL mayor of New York in 1984, the Hon. Ed Koch, can just barely be glimpsed in the movie when Janine folds her pages backwards.

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    Sort of a little goof there. In the GB movie continuity, the mayor of New York is named Lenny (Leonard Clotch if I remember the novel correctly) and is played by David Margulies in both films.

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    Fun ad for The Making of Thriller found in this issue.

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    I have been watching the original movie on the 4K Blu-Ray a lot lately, and just like many other GB fans who've built packs, now my eyes keep going to the tiny details.

    It's sort of ironic... in order to really understand how to build a proton pack, you must first build a proton pack!

    Anyway, I had always been unhappy with my decision to clip the solder lugs off of this Sage resistor on the ion arm...

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    ... and after spotting the solder lug visible in this shot of Dan Aykroyd (on a Dale resistor instead of a Sage)...

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    ... I decided to replace it.

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    While I was placing the resistor order with GBFans.com Shop, I went ahead and got several others for some additional projects.

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    The same day these arrived, I also got something else in the mail...



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    ... so I'm beginning work on an Aura Video-Analyzer helmet. Sometimes known as a Keymaster colander. I just need to source some of the other resistors.

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    Anybody got some Sage m50w's lying around?

    I'll take Dale RH50's too. I have a friend who is doing a parallel build of this same prop.

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    UPDATE! I forgot to report that I found the rest of the resistors I needed at MultiMediaMayhem.net

    Here's the current state of the Aura-Video-Analyzer helmet. I also replaced the first colander with a handle-less strainer.

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    Alex
     
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  40. DocNewborn

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    New acquisition:

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    It's Egon's PC-4 calculator and interface, best seen in this shot:

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    I've got the right camera, I've got a PKE meter...

    If I could just get a Bacharach sniffer, I could visit the firehouse in New York and re-shoot their TV commercial.

    Alex
     
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  41. stevemachine030

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    Great Work!!!
     
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    I now have the Panasonic NV-8410 recorder unit to go with my PK-750 camera.

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    The one for the movie was modified by removing the handle and attaching straps directly to the unit. It was also seemingly painted to obscure the logos.

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    I just got it, so haven't yet begun to tackle any similar conversion. For now, I'm just keeping it in its leather carrying case.

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    Oh, and I also recently got an Izod shirt like Aykroyd wears at the beginning of the movie.

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    Still need a better blue shirt, and then the green jacket he wears to the library. But it's a start.

    Alex
     
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  43. Psicorp7

    Psicorp7 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    WOW! Great stuff man!
    Thanks for sharing!
     
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  44. Contec

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    A swedish guy has the real screenused sniffer.
     
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    Mental image of the Swedish Chef replacing Bill Murray in that scene.

    "That's the bedroom but nothing ever happened in there."
    "Whöǿt ën cröǿmën!"

    I'd love to chat with someone that has a screen-used item and discuss its provenance. Got any more info about this one?

    Alex
     
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    Got this in the mail the other day. There are always a ton on eBay, so bide your time and you can get one pretty cheap.

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    I was surprised how large and heavy it was. I showed it to my youngest and asked if he recognized it.

    He was holding his school-issued iPad at the time, and simply nodded, then instantly pulled up Howard Hunstberry's version of "Higher and Higher".

    Alex
     
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  47. d_osborn

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    Michael Gross auctioned it off through PIH a few years ago.
     
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    Right after dropping off some pieces of my metal gun to be welded, I was invited to march in the UNA Parade. (UNA stands for University of North Alabama, not Unlicensed Nuclear Accelerator.)

    My wand light and sound kits, and their attendant wires and switches, had all been removed from my resin gun to be put into the metal one. But, with insufficient time to complete the aluminum gun, I reassembled the resin one without lights or sound. I installed non-functional switches from some leftover and broken ones, and in fact used about 85% duplicate pieces which were not slated to be used on the metal gun. I put the pack lights into standalone mode and controlled them via the main power toggle on the switch bracket.



    So I was remarkably calm when the gun shook free from the V-hook as my youngest and I jogged to catch up to Brandon's Ecto at one point. I scooped up the three chunks it had broken into, tugged the fortuitously empty loom tubing out of the mousehole of the pack, and kept right on marching. Had the switches been connected, I'd have had to take off the entire pack.

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    My youngest looked at the parts lying on the front seat of Ecto and said, "Oh no, now you'll never have it ready in time for Hallowe'en!" I said it was just the backup gun, it wasn't even going to be used this Hallowe'en, but his comment kept rolling through my head so I decided to show him just how fast and easy the repair to this 'stunt thrower' would be. As I'm still awaiting some parts for my metal thrower, it didn't postpone that work.

    I worked on it some on Monday and Tuesday, and by Tuesday night had it back to almost exactly how it looked on Saturday morning before the Parade. The only thing I didn't repair were some broken heatsink fins, although I do have an extra aluminum heatsink if I ever decide to grind the resin one completely off.

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    The parts that aren't attached are the ones that I don't have spares for, which will be transferred to the metal 'hero gun' soon. Everything else you see assembled on that gun is all duplicate parts, usually of lesser quality than the ones I've set aside for the other gun. I mean, if you're ever gonna drop your gun on the pavement, that was the day you wanted it to happen.

    Alex
     
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    AMAZING! Love absolutely everything about this, dedication!
     
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    On Monday, I got my trigger box/instrument bar back from being welded...

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    By Thursday, it was looking like this:

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    I had a screening of Ghostbusters to attend at the Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville AL (where they shot some of the movie SpaceCamp) on Thursday night, but I was awaiting a set of grips from a seller named Venky and some hat lights from the GBFans Shop, so by about 2pm it looked like I was going to be using the 'Mark I' resin gun again, seen at bottom, with no wand lights installed.

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    But this little bundle was in my mailbox, which left me three and a half hours to get all the lights installed in the metal gun for the first time.

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    Somehow, I just managed to get every switch and light and wire into place and departed on time for the 70 mile drive, arriving ten minutes before the movie started. Here are the same guns, Mark I still on bottom, Mark II on top, with everything transferred that it was possible to do. Unfortunately the resin front grip is incompatible with my metal front tube. They both have the 'lock' block attached, and I didn't want to cut it off the resin grip, so I just went with no grips.

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    My friend Jud Hudson was glad to see me and my sons arrive, as he was the only other person dressed in costume.

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    Now I'm just hoping those grips will arrive in time enough to install them for Hallowe'en! I also need to strengthen the pack around the V-hook mount, as it's got a lot more wiggle now that there's a substantially heavier gun hanging off it.

    Oh, and did I mention I fried my soundboard? So that will likely need to be replaced whenever they're back in stock, which probably won't be until 2014.

    Alex
     
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