WIP: Ghostbusters 1 & 2 Particle Throwers!!

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  1. Hotshot

    Hotshot Sr Member

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    The particle throwers from Ghostbusters are one of my favorite props out there since I was a kid. I've made many versions, some bad, some good, but I've always found them to be a rewarding challenge. I've also found that they are probably one of the hardest props out there to replicate correctly.

    I've been toying with a redesigned kit for about 9 months, having had the oppuruntiy due to a job I took doing a fan film. My biggest redesign targets were a stronger front of the gun box, more accurate heatsink, better light covers, and better castings of Clippards and bolts.

    So, bascially, everything . . .

    I was happy to get the final bits and bobs from the real world to make this as accurate as possible, and at this point, the only real piece I'm missing is a heat sink. Mine was scratched from plastic. Everything else on my throwers that has a real world counterpart is there. I think my biggest 'thank you' has to go to Exoray for getting a set of hat lights to me, and getting those id'd.

    What's really fun about these, is the initial parts are plain enough that you can make either version. After alot of my own research and file compiling, I've chosen to emmulate the two throwers that have been around and on display for the last two years.

    Here's a few shots of the two I've got done, which are actually getting finished up as I type!

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    GB1 features:

    1. Sharp cornered heat sink with socket head screw details
    2. Uncovered Nycoil ends
    3. Correctly curved edges on front of gun body
    4. Correct bolt and screw placement on handle lock, push button block, roller mounts, and handle mount.
    5. Screws on front handle mount also have brass spacers
    6. Adjustment knobs all have the correct screws detailing each.
    7. Slo-Blo bar has accurate empty space under the red light space. This is if someone wants to make a real beat up replica.


    So, assuming we know what else a GB1 wands got on it, here's what's added to the GB2

    1. Repaired weld on trigger tip
    2. Covers on the banjos
    3. Bolt hole on the push button block
    4. Pop rivets added to grip
    5. Added/removed bolt & hole detail to handle lock
    6. Added/removed bolt & hole detail to handle mount
    7. Sanded down heat sink edges
    8. Added button cap screw to front knob
    9. Added to the post and welding on the steam adjustment knob
    10. Made the trigger box a solid piece to the main gun body and handle
    11. Added pop rivets to rear gun handle
    12. Side roller mounts angle placement made to match, screws removed

    More to come, as I finish painting, and get a lighting kit ordered. The GB1 is for me, the GB2 is for someone else.

    Enjoy!
     
  2. Hotshot

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    Cruddy cell phone pic . . .

    GB1 on left, GB2 on right.

    It's difficult to see, but the GB1 has a much darker and glossier paint job. The GB2 has a rougher, matte finish with a bit of grey to it.

    More pics coming, with much more focus on all the details.

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  3. WYGC6152013

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    Looks great cant wait to see mine all done up.

    How easy is it to get to the trigger box to mount the swtiches?
     
  4. Hotshot

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    It's open on the bottom same as my old part. One well placed hole in the side, and bam, you're in.
     
  5. GeneralFROSTY

    GeneralFROSTY Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Those look really good!
    I'm still in "parts buying" phase. Id like to have everything before I start but it's going to be a few months - I'm waiting on a shell run...
     
  6. Hotshot

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    Thanks! I'm so happy to have the parts phase all done. i've picked up just about every real part for the pack, trap, and gun that I've been able to. It's a huge relief!
     
  7. WYGC6152013

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    I cant wit to hold this wand.
    Any updates on these? lol
     
  8. SirNedKingsly

    SirNedKingsly Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Any updates - the wands look amazing!
     
  9. Hotshot

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    They're done, just gotta get some pics taken. I'll see if I can accomplish that tonight.
    Looking forward to tossing in a light kit!
     
  10. WYGC6152013

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    Cool cant wait! Let me know once you can ship mine out.

    Thanks
     
  11. GeneralFROSTY

    GeneralFROSTY Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    It's going to be at least another four months before I can get all the parts I need.
    I kinda want to start my pack with everything, and I'm currently waiting on a shell and a few metal parts.
    I was happy to pick up the majority of what I needed from Nick-a-tron whos replutation is stellar within the community.
    This project is going to be a real challenge for me, one which I am up for and really look forward to sharing my build progress as you are.
    Keep up the great work!!
     
  12. WYGC6152013

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    Sorry to be a pest but i am dying to see a update on these. lol
     
  13. Hotshot

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    Just a tease or two of the GB1. Tweaking some stuff on yours Joe.

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  14. Bowelrock

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    id like to see the GB 2 thrower in detail :) Also how are you casting the gb2 thrower? Is it In 2 pieces joined like the screen used?
     
  15. Hotshot

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    No casting secrets ;) I can tell you its a multipart mold. It looks pretty neat.
     
  16. Bowelrock

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    lol. Sooner or later i will mold an aluminum thrower so i can recreate the Gb2 style semi hero accurately
     
  17. WYGC6152013

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    Come on not fair now I want a GB1 as well. Seriously. ttyl
     
  18. Hotshot

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    Here's the GB2, ready for mailing! Lots of fun details on this one, and alot of dirt and dust in the corners. Wiped the main areas with some Armor All to make the recesses look that much dirtier. Hope you like Joe!!

    Really proud of the piece on the interior uf the tube. The Jupitor Electronics thatwill go in will fit inside perfectly.

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    View from the top. Some nice chips in the paint, with many small and light scratches. Subtle wonkieness in the vent suggests hand cutting. Edges on the side are sharper that the forward edges, that if made of metal would probably be bent to shape instead of welded. Nearly all of the screenused gun bodies out there look like this. Subtle detail, but nessecary.

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    View from the top rear.
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    Right side rear
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    Left side rear, note the trigger box shape continues underneath the handle, fully connected.
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    Underneath. Nice little belt hook, weathered and scratched up. Joe will be adding a metal pack hook. Buttonheads on the corners are real, middle two fake. They screw into two rails mounted inside the body. Rivet details added on both grips, and front grip has some simulated paint chipping.

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    Last edited: Feb 2, 2012
  19. WYGC6152013

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    ahhh thanks!!!!! but only one image is working. grrr.
     
  20. Hotshot

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    Fixed 'em
     
  21. WYGC6152013

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    Thanks. Wow!!! now thats a wand there.

    I could only imagine what the gb1 looks like wow.
     
  22. Hotshot

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    Glad you like!
     
  23. GeraldBarnacle

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    Very, very nice. The dedication put into creating authentic props is staggering on this site. I'm relatively new to RPF but I can see that it's somewhere I'm gonna enjoy visiting! Keep it up, I'm looking forward to seeing the whole suit ensemble! G
     
  24. Onkelpsycho

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    Pretty nice, Rhett...

    Will start my thrower as soon as the backpack is finished... But I think I will go with a set from one of the trusted sellers over gbfans.

    Would love to have an aluminium thrower, but I think that would be a little bit out of my price range. So, just the standarts purchaes concerning aluminium...

    But really nice work of you... The front grip could be a little bit better for my taste...

    What about brown grips? Or is it a GB2 thing? Never ask anywhere, but one day everywhere brown grips pop up...
     
  25. WYGC6152013

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    cpu on gbfans is selling alluminum wands. For the base body with both handles and bottom plate only 200.00 not bad.

    I am in the same boat and wanted to go with something I can afford.

    Once I get my wand I will post more pics with it on my pack.
     
  26. Gold

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    Such a shame these pics are down... I would have loved to see his interpretation of GB1 and GB2 wands
     
  27. Gold

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    Bump... Anyone? :p
     

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