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Ghostbusters Proton Pack with Arduino and LASERS!

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Last year, I was a Ghostbuster for Halloween. It was pretty cool, but I had some problems with the costume. I decided to do it again, but get it right this time. I picked up a khaki flight suit instead of blue coveralls, built a trap and some ecto goggles, and made some major refinements to proton pack. Here I will share with you how I went about the various improvements to my costume.


***UPDATE 5/4/10: If you make your own ghostbusters proton pack, post some pictures in the comments below, and I'll send you a patch!***

***UPDATE 9/22/11: Check out the October 2011 issue of Popular Science (which is out right now) to see a brief blurb about me and my proton pack!***
 
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Step 1: Make a Ghostbusters costume

I've seen a bunch of ads this year for a Ghostbusters costume with an inflatable proton pack.  These costumes are crap!  I don't care if you don't want to spend the time and effort on building a good quality costume, if I see anyone dressed up in one of these turds when I go out on Halloween, I swear I will glare at them disapprovingly!  ***Oh, looking off to the right, I see that I'm insulting the sponsors!  I would just like to point out that this paragraph is what is known as HYPERBOLE and should not be taken literally.  I worked my ass off building this thing and it rocks so much harder than those costumes, but I won't really insult anyone wearing one.  I'll just upstage them with my awesomeness. 

There are many resources for building a proton pack out there.  I've got my slideshow from last year, as well as a more detailed instructable on how to make a kid sized Proton Pack, which could easily be scaled up to full size.  I also recommend this instructable, as well as gbfans.com

I picked up the flight suit from ebay member direct-pb.  This company really came through for me.  The suit was good quality and very inexpensive.

szaffarano127 days ago

Another idea might be to use a small cooler, like an insulated lunch box or can. Cut out an area in the back and attach a small fan, like from a computer, and seal it up in the rear. Drop some dry ice in (internet search on where to buy this stuff but be careful! it's very COLD!) turn on the fan, and viola!! Mini FOG dispenser! Not sure how feasable this is, but I use alot of fog for my halloween projects (elaborate garage set-up each year!) and the machines so far don't really give me the effect I want. I'm considering using dry ice this year for the egyptian tomb, complete with a mummy that sits up and animatronic Horus Guard from the Stargate movie (work in-progress!) You're a true Ghost Buster fan with your current setup!! Love it!

szaffarano127 days ago

I didn't read the entire instructable, but loved the idea of the lasers...and thought you could carry around smoke bombs to set off and 'attract' a ghost, then activate the laser to capture it. Just a weird thought from a sci-fi fan!

depotdevoid (author)  szaffarano127 days ago
Thanks! I was considering building some sort of fog machine/fan combination into the pack, and the expel it from the wand at the same time I turned on the laser, but couldn't come up with a way to test it on the cheap.
AARENAARON3 months ago

goin with my Halloween costume :P

hammerhead500010 months ago
here is my proton pack! i made it with pink foam sheets, and pumpkin lights from the dollar store. cant wait to add some lasers!
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depotdevoid (author)  hammerhead500010 months ago
Nice pack, and well done on the full costume! Patch is on the way, and I'll throw in a 3-month pro membership. Thanks for sharing!
andrewha1 year ago
wow wow wow http://www.c4c4.ru
by the sound from the video you have some back EMF coming off the proton pack some capacitors or some shielding would help on the goggles it is quite easy to rip apart a digital camera with display and make it into an inferred camera slash night vision camera then the goggles can do something

now the pack and accessories are awesome to look at.
I want to make one too
urtlesquirt2 years ago
DONT CROSS THE BEAMS!!
ilpug2 years ago
Amazing! Unfortunately, im not going to have time to make a costume this year :/

maybe just a suit and a creepy mask.
depotdevoid (author)  ilpug2 years ago
Yeah, I was going to build a Dalek this time around, but I've since had to scale back. Life keeps getting in the way!
Same here. Senior year and all really ruins my maker-productivity.
b20schill3 years ago

you said to post pictures of our actual proton pack
unfortunately i couldnt find any decent pics of the pack but i did make this costume and i thought id share. (it was a grand total of 25 dollars...10 of those went to the ghost busters patch)
i had the specs and the ghost trap  as well as elbow pads (fellow laxers should think of using volleybal kneepads for elbow pads ...way cheaper and they were legal for international play)
this costume won the costume contest for best over all
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From those photos it looks like the only photo...
not sure what that means but ok.
Hahaha, just realised I put photo instead of costume. You said it was the best costume, but it looks like no-one else is dressed up, 'tis all, lol
oh yeah..hahaha. only seniors were allowed to dress up...wonder if that says anything about my academic career.
dolejniczak2 years ago
Great Job with the costume guy. I would like a proton pack like that for myself. Just curious, about how much is the total cost for everything that is needed to build one?
depotdevoid (author)  dolejniczak2 years ago
Thank you! It's a lot of fun, I recommend you try building one, if you're handy. I'm selling this bad boy over on ebay right now, if you'd rather just get it premade.

Cost to build something like this is very determinate on your own circumstances. I was able to build this relatively cheaply, as I had a lot of the parts and pieces already lying around the shop. If you had to go out and buy absolutely everything, you'd be looking at maybe $150-200, mainly on electronics, the backpack frame, tape, glue, epoxy, paint, plywood, et cetera.

That's not a lot, if you consider how much people are willing to spend on the totally movie accurate reproductions (literally thousands). The real cost is in the labor time, I probably logged a hundred hours or more building this thing. Fortunately, that's what I love to do so it wasn't onerous, but if you don't already like shutting yourself in the shop for hours and hours you probably shouldn't undertake such a project.

If you do, please post some pictures of the results, I love to see it when someone builds something based on one of my instructables!
barriboy2 years ago
How did you rig the lasers up to the switch? Are they constantly on but the switch makes or breaks the circuit?
depotdevoid (author)  barriboy2 years ago
That's exactly right, laser pointers normally have a momentary (you have to hold them down) switch that completes the circuit, I just replaced them with toggle switches.
scion3 years ago
While a little more expensive, a pair of the cheap flip up welding goggles with a coat of paint and some stuff stuck on may be easier and more comfortable then shaping a box for your head. It also has the advantage of having the headband and all that included and mounted already.

Just a thought, can't wait to try this though. good instructions.
depotdevoid (author)  scion3 years ago
This is true, and I did price welding goggles when I was building this. However, I am a cheapskate and decided to build them all out of stuff I had on hand.

Post some pictures if you do try this, I'd love to see the result!
iceng3 years ago
Let me know if ever you want to make an RC trap that opens twirls a light and closes with a hiss sound.
I could help?
Great ible.
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b20schill3 years ago


you said to post pictures of our actual proton pack

unfortunately i couldnt find any decent pics of the pack but i did make this costume and i thought id share. (it was a grand total of 25 dollars...10 of those went to the ghost busters patch)

i had the specs and the ghost trap  as well as elbow pads (fellow laxers should think of using volleybal kneepads for elbow pads ...way cheaper and they were legal for international play)

this costume won the costume contest for best over all
jrme4213 years ago
i have to say its the best ghosbuster costume but cant you give detailed info as well as schematics on how to build it. im building the ark reactor this year for halloween cause there are very detailed plans on how to. but next year i would like to spend it to build your costume.

please share your knowledge
depotdevoid (author)  jrme4213 years ago
I really didn't save too much detail from the actual build process. If you take a look at step one, you'll see a bunch of links, and I was serious about them!  Especially check the link to gbfans, that's where I found schematics, and the link to my kid sized proton pack, as I used the same techniques to build that as I used for the full size one, only I took a lot more process pictures.

I hope that helps!  If  you have any specific questions, I'd be happy to answer and help in any way I can.
Awesome!
now, for next year, you gotta add a sound system so you get that cool turn on noise when you "power up'. there are battery powered devices that will let you store & trigger sound effects. you could also add the "stream" sound effect when you turn your lasers on too.

nice attention to detail on your costume. ghostbusters is the funnest movie ever made!
Oi its not Funny ITs AWSOME!
depotdevoid (author)  zeroemission4 years ago
Thanks zeromission!  I've already added some sound--put an mp3 player in the trap so I can blast the ghostbusters theme.  I've been trying to figure out how to add sound, do you have a recommendation for one of those battery powered devices?

the only one i've seen is this teeshirt
http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-apparel/interactive/a5bf/

hey... the guy in the video even has ghostbuster infrared goggles!

i'm not sure, but i think i've seen a handheld version too.

but i'm sure you can find a cheaper solution somewhere else. if hallmark is making books & christmas cards you can record messages to, i'm sure there are little devices about you could find too. i've never really looked for them, but i bet there are devices out there that let you record and trigger sounds for various reasons.

i found results right away looking for "digital memo" units and i bet if you try enough keyword searches. i found one variation called "audio repeaters"  doing a keyword search for "triggered audio" quickly. those are a bit expensive, but i'm sure you can find cheaper toy grade units & DIY modules elsewhere.

after looking around some trying various keywords like "sampler" & "sound effects toy", i found this link for "noise toys".
http://www.bellscb.com/products/noisetoys/index.htm

i bet you could get better sound out of one of those than the teeshirt & the recording is permanently burned onto a chip so you'll never lose it.

you can get nice sounding 10w+ class D amps that can run off for around $20. if you're on ebay, you could get a nice aluminum cased lepai amp with blue illuminated volume controls you could even integrate into your costume or if you wanted to go stealth, you could get a tiny dayton module (guts from a sonic impact amp) from parts express if you don't mind a bit of soldering.

while i'm adding this reply, here's a neat little gizmo that would REALLY add bling to your unit
www.raveworx.com/Pocket-Plasma-Clip-On-pr-447.html
plasma belt buckles which come in various colors. they'd really make your proton pack look like it's powered up.

a pocket morpher like this
http://www.raveworx.com/Pocket-Morpher-pr-443.html

or even some raw RGB LEDs that similarly  morph colors like these
http://shopping.netsuite.com/s.nl/c.ACCT88394/it.A/id.870/.f

could add some interest to your rig. if you really wanted to stray from the original design, EL wire always looks cool 7 high tech and comes in a rainbow of colors.

oh yeah, one last item that could really trick your rig out cheaply is digital  keychain picture frames! as shown in this "lady gaga glasses" instructable
www.instructables.com/id/Lady-GaGa-Video-Glasses/
you could custom program your own display graphics like "power indicator" & "status" with a little bit of "photo editing" with text. i know i'm getting at least one of those units for my street party bike myself. i'll likely be displaying art but the possibilities are whatever you can picture.

hope SOMETHING here helps or inspires you
an idea for keychain picture frames would be a slideshow with pictures of slimer etc. with stats eg. "class 3 roaming vapor" etc. like you have a "smart proton pack 2.0"
depotdevoid (author)  zeroemission4 years ago
Ha!  It's funny you say that, and I just noticed I never mentioned it in my write up, but if you look at the picture of the trap, you'll see a kind of silver and red thing on the end opposite the handle.  That is one of those scrolling LED name tags.  When it's on it says "Class 4 Free Floating Apparition."
while it's not high tech like your costume, check out this SICK transformers costume!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66wJeG-TOAU

WAIT FOR IT... WAIT FOR IT...

instead of doing daleks, why not use your creativity and design your OWN robot from scratch? if you're not confined to such a big design like a dalek, you could make a modular costume you could break apart in sections when confronted with stairs & still use a knee destroying trike (unless it's an adult sized one like this)
[url]http://www.wackytrikes.com/[/url]


it would seem easier to just get a 12v battery & an electric motor though and put a seat over that for any rolling design. it would be heavy, but would have a low stable center of gravity and could fit in a smaller space. you could probably even hack an electric scooter to run foreward & reverse with a 2 position switch. & use skateboard wheels. if you wanted to do a dalek costume, that could be done lighter than a trike if you remove the battery. you could sit on the motorized rear wheel and make a T shaped front axle with wheels out to the sides like a backwards trike and just steer with your feet pushing the axle and you could put your feet down as brakes for emergency quick stops.
heck, why even use a trike when you could just walk directly on the ground from the seated position just about as fast as you could pedal a trike anyways? you could do something like a modified "baby walker" using off the shelf caster wheels or a variation with skateboard or rollerblade wheels that you could steer and control better.
depotdevoid (author)  zeroemission4 years ago
Wow, thanks for all the ideas!  I actually won a bunch of EL wire in the Halloween contest, maybe I'll trick out the proton pack with it, and man that plasma belt buckle is totally sweet.

I'm thinking of trying to sell the pack I made for my daughter this year, if she wants to be something else for Halloween.  If I do, I could definitely invest some of the profits into some of these gizmos.

Again, thanks a lot, I really appreciate the suggestions!
depotdevoid (author)  zeroemission4 years ago
Oh man, that tshirt is awesome!  I may have to do something like that next year, I imagine it wouldn't be too hard to do.  Thanks for the advice zeroemission!
no prob. that's what instructables is for, right? the sharing of information and ideas.

one thing about that shirt, i wouldn't expect it to have quite the fidelity it does in the demo video, maybe it does, but i wouldn't be surprised if it was recorded "line in" before the "speaker" (probably an audio exciter).

the scrolled LEDs make much more sense on the trap than the proton pack. that was a good use of a message scroller.

i've just found that people are fascinated by blinking lights & shiny objects. that's how i've come across all of those lighting effects. i'm always looking for gadets few have seen to add to my street party bikes. just today i found a PERFECT "audio visualizer" on the cheap. i got a battery powered string of 30 RGB christams LEDs that flash various colors (but the strings just blink red on low batteries) and can be arranged to project nice random patterns on translucent materials. i've tried a plastic lid and a grey teeshirt so far.

i'll order a bunch of them if dealextreme sends me several missing items from my order. for $7, i can get more or less the same effect as i could from the discontinued $40 homedics light therapy cubes i wanted, but with 9 more lights and faster patterns.

BTW once i get my street party "disco bike system" rolling, i'll have larger blue plasma lights like the belt buckles in the amps on the front & back of my trailer & that flash to the beat. plasma lights aren't just for star trek anymore! LOL
daggumit! someone needs to do an instructable about fixing instructables "message preview"!  i just made a reply and lost it when i tried to check my link before publishing. what on earth is the point of having a preview if it destroys your message? it sounds more like a self destruct button! LOL

i was bringing up this halloween costume i saw on youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0oDmAplXXA
at first i thought it was just another cheesy cardboard &  tinfoil costume but once the camera zoomed in on the little details, it really came to life. after i found it, i noticed it used RGB LEDs like i just mentioned to great effect. you could do even more if you have a bunch of EL wire kicking around, especially with your great fabrication skills. if you're doing an EL wire project, look into getting a sequencer for either doing different patterns and/or color changes.
depotdevoid (author)  zeroemission4 years ago
That video is awesome!  I almost built something like that a couple of years back, but it wouldn't have been nearly so awesome--I didn't know anything about electronics then.  You're right, the LEDs really work out well for his effects. 

I especially like the little beer door/straw combination!  I've been contemplating building a dalek costume one of these days, and that would solve 1 of 3 of my major problems (the other two being how to get a dalek attached to a tricycle up a flight of stairs, and how to get it to fit through doors).
didn't you know? stairs are no longer a problem for daleks... they can fly! all you gotta do is build an anti-gravity device into your costume. LOL

i can't do my trailer right now because i wouldn't be able to get it out my 2nd story door since a new railing with a fine wire mesh was installed. if my landlord hasn't freed up the storage unit he SAID he was going to for me to rent last JUNE by next spring, i'm just going to move so i can get my trailer system rolling.

i DO have a slideshow (apparently not enough pics for an instructable) of my first modest system here
www.instructables.com/id/DIY_quotStreet_Party_Bicycle_Stereoquot_anyone/

and at the bottom of the page is a link to my original street party bikes website
sites.google.com/site/takatomon2000/my_street_party_bike
where you can at least see most of the gear and my new chrome on chrome beach cruiser that will be pulling the trailer and the original system from my slideshow here.

if you click on the "here" link under the pic of all of my amps & speakers, you can see the frame i built with the gear inside on another page.

i need to redo the site from top to bottom after google ruined it by switching to their new non-functional page creator. i hate computers, but will learn a WYSIWYG editor and all of the crazy hoops you have to jump through to publish a site once i get rolling. i'll also buy a camcorder to post videos of my system in action.

YOU think it's frustrating waiting to see my trailer built? i've had EVERYTHING (except the LED projectors) shown at my site since fall of '08! i wasted '09 waiting for my landlord to clear out the storage shed he said he'd rent me but never did so i could get rolling. it means so much to me that i WILL move if i have to.

don't worry, when it's done, it will be like no bike stereo system you've EVER seen! i have several secret weapons up my sleeve i'm not revealing so someone can beat me to the punch.

depotdevoid (author)  zeroemission4 years ago
All this talk of your party bike has got me curious!  When are you going to publish an instructable about that?  It sounds totally awesome!
depotdevoid (author)  superhubbardman4 years ago
Thanks Superhubbardman!
JBZG4 years ago
"Look how rad I am, not like a dork who's nearly thirty and playing with toys at all!  All the cool kids are sitting in their darkened shops late into the evening building props from 80's movies that they'll wear for one day and then put into storage!"

Hey I'm over 40...it never goes away...lol
Good props( googles/trap)...and made from the best of recycled/throwaway items...Great work...keep it up..
depotdevoid (author)  JBZG4 years ago
Thanks a lot JBZG!  I'm actually happy to know that the nerdiness never goes away, I don't know what I'd do without it.
scgtrp4 years ago
Some comments on the code: I recommend using meaningful names for the pins rather than just saying "six is 6!" in which case you might as well just skip that part and do analogWrite(6, 220);. Also, #define FADING_LED 6 is the usual way to do it in real C, and will save a small amount of memory by directly inserting 6 in place of FADING_LED at compile time rather than storing it in a separate variable. (Actually, depending on the way the Arduino IDE compiles the code it may be optimized to that anyway, but I can't say for sure.)

loop() will take a bit longer than 6.4 seconds because digitalWrite/analogWrite take time too, but I can't see that making a difference in this case given that you're just making pretty effects with LEDs rather than controlling some ultra-precise piece of equipment. Just letting you know, for future reference.

Other than my general pickiness about code, I must say that's rather pretty :)
depotdevoid (author)  scgtrp4 years ago
Thanks for the advice scgtrp.  Like I said, I'm new at all this, so it's really appreciated!  I've got a lot to learn still.

Glad you like the project!
Right, I just checked it out and #define TEST 1 vs int test = 1; actually do generate a binary of the same size. The difference is that you can't accidentally change it later with the first one, which can help prevent bugs.
Love the lights and wand.  Being on a limited budget this year I am reduced to a $3 set of lights from the hobby store for my pack.  Might look at doing this next year when, like others have mentioned, I am not poor.
depotdevoid (author)  atombomb19454 years ago
Thanks Atombomb.  Are you making a proton pack?  Are you going to post pictures?
The only pics are probably going to be the finished product.  I just started priming the pieces this morning.   Built the majority of it out of styrofoam insulation that they sell at hardware stores. 

I actually didn't think about doing an instructable, but now that you mention it, I think I might.  I am looking at getting everything put together by tomorrow. 
depotdevoid (author)  atombomb19454 years ago
Cool, whether you post an 'ible or not, I'd love to see some pics!
Finished it at midnight on Friday. 
depotdevoid (author)  atombomb19454 years ago
Nice, just in time!  Let's see some pictures!
Sorry, I could never get the pics to show up in my reply, so I just posted them as an instructable.  Hopefully it will show up tonight.  Let me know what you think.
depotdevoid (author)  atombomb19454 years ago
Sweet pack, atombomb!  For anyone following this, you can find his 'ible here.
djswas4 years ago
Any chance you would build/sell one of these?  If so, how much?  I love this but I do not have the time, patience, or competence to make such a thing.  I bought an IRONMAN arc reactor for a costume last year off of here cause there was no way for me to make one....
does the trap do any thing

depotdevoid (author)  MACKattacksnipe4 years ago
Not yet, but I'm thinking of putting speakers in it next year . . .
S1L3N7 SWAT4 years ago
Wow, very cool, good job! Just make you don't cross the streams!
depotdevoid (author)  S1L3N7 SWAT4 years ago
Only if I'm trying to close a portal to another dimension! 
LOL
Find your local gaming, comic book, or whatever-convention and wear your costume there.  Here in Atlanta, the biggie is DragonCon; I think you'd like it.
Oh, and great costume!  I love the pack, with the multiple lights and lighting tricks.  VERY nice.
depotdevoid (author)  Catskinner014 years ago
I've heard so much about DragonCon lately from the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe podcast, I really wish it wasn't on the other side of the country!  I'm sure there's something going on here in the northwest, so maybe I'll find one and attend.

Thanks for the comment Catskinner, it's great to have all this feedback!
The SkepTrack at DragonCon is a lot of fun.  We had The Amazing Randi the year before last, and he was GREAT.  I'm sorry you missed it.
depotdevoid (author)  Catskinner014 years ago
Wow, I am JEALOUS!

I'd like to go to TAM one of these years, since it's a lot closer to me, but that won't be any time soon.  I just bought a house, so I suspect I'm going to be poor for a while.

It's nice to meet a fellow skeptic!


Myself as well!  I've yet to attend TAM (The Amazing Meeting for anyone wondering).  I very much want to, but where you have a new house (congratulations!), we have a new baby on the way and thus are/will be broke as well.
As for TAM, go soon.  Randi isn't getting any younger.  He looked disturbingly frail two years ago, and we* are all worried about him.

* I used to live in Florida, very near him.  My skeptical friends & I are kinda possessive, as though we had some claim on his wonderfulness.  :-)
depotdevoid (author)  Catskinner014 years ago
Randi was on the last episode of the SGU, and he was sounding a lot better, though I know he's into his eighties now and he's going through chemo.  I can understand feeling a little possessive about someone like him! 

Can you believe I'd somehow skated through 29 years of life without ever having heard of the Amazing Randi?  I didn't even really know what a "Big S" Skeptic was until this June when I came across Brian Dunning's Skeptoid podcast.  I've spent the last few months reading Randi, Shermer, and Sagan, while trying not to piss off my friends like some sort of born-again eager to spread the Gospel of Critical Thinking.

Congratulations for the baby!  Being a parent is one of those things in life that's unbelievably difficult but absolutely worth it.
Honus4 years ago
Awesome! Arduino makes adding effects so much easier- the commercially available light and sound packages are big $$$. You could use an Adafruit Wave Shield to add some sounds- I'm currently doing this with some Predator stuff.
http://www.adafruit.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=17_21&products_id=94&zenid=5fbdf1bc25e6091d8e084a2e47f7e808

All you need now is the dangling cigarette! A PKE meter would also be cool but they're some work to make.....
They make a lint brush that is about the same shape as the shoe polisher that they used for the PKE Meter.  Add the arms and a read out and there you go.

I remember trying to track down one of those Iona polishers on eBay back when I made my GB costume and they always sold for too much money.

There's a little write up on a meter here-
http://www.ghostbustersinternational.com/pkehowto.htm
depotdevoid (author)  Honus4 years ago
Wow, the electronics alone are more than $300!  That's a nice kit, but that's more than I've spent on my costume and my daughter's combined.  I'll have to try and do it on the cheap if I continue to upgrade my costume.
The Hyperdyne stuff is nice but it's mega expensive. I'm betting you could easily do it using an Arduino Mini (or the Sparkfun Pro Mini- I have the earlier Wee version and it's awesome.) A couple of micro servos, some LEDs, a bit of code and a tiny LiPo cell to power it and you're good to go for a whole lot less.
depotdevoid (author)  Honus4 years ago
Oh nice, I didn't know ladyada had those!  I've been toying around with the idea of putting a speaker and my mp3 player in the trap, but hadn't gotten around to it.  I may have to invest in one of those wave shields if I'm ever not poor again.

hogtowner4 years ago
Anything creative is not just for nerds!  LOL  You are an artiste!  Great costume!  Thought and execution make the best costumes.  Image if you patented your idea and sold them at local stores where they sell costumes?
And simple is the way to go.  The more complex, the more to go wrong.
depotdevoid (author)  hogtowner4 years ago
Thanks Hogtowner!  Man, what a great idea, actually getting paid for tinkering and making things?  What a beautiful, beautiful dream . . .
pstretz4 years ago
Awesome job, love the trap!!  :)
I wonder if you could simulate the erratic green beam using a motor and mirror like this,
http://www.instructables.com/id/Laser-show-for-poor-man/
so it looks more like this,
http://www.ecto-web.org/~spookcentral/gb1_screencap45.jpg

I realize it wouldn't look anything like the movie but it may be a cool effect if the room was foggy.  Turning the laser on and off randomly combined with this rotating might make it look cool too.
depotdevoid (author)  pstretz4 years ago
That's a really cool idea, I'll have to look into it.  I'm not sure how you'd do it, but if it could be pulled off it would be great!
phinch4 years ago
Outstanding work! keep it up!

I wonder if you could stick a fog machine into the proton pack, and have smoke shoot out so you could see the lasers. maybe a clothes steamer or something like that...
depotdevoid (author)  phinch4 years ago
What an awesome idea!  If I were to do that, I'd integrate an actual fog machine into the proton pack, and run a tube parallel to the electronics conduit, and have the output right next to the laser.  I'd also make sure to rig it so the fog came out at a pretty high rate, for distance.  You'd have to be somewhere with very little air movement, but if you could get it to work it would totally rock!
I was gonna say that :( But yeah that would be awesome, so try it!!
depotdevoid (author)  macmaniac4 years ago
I might just have to try and upgrade again next year . . . I thought I had pushed this costume as far as it could go, but maybe not!
pokiespout4 years ago
 Fantastic.  I cannot tell you how upset I was at you for wearing blue coveralls last year.  I didn't want to say anything because I thought it might be sore area for you, but thank you for switching it out for the right color.

And lasers!  You are so the best Ghostbuster.  And I heartily endorse your plan of attacking anybody wearing a commercial GB costume.  I fully intend to leave a trail of dead Jokers in my wake this year.
depotdevoid (author)  pokiespout4 years ago
Matt, look at this!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xO4LYs_cXbc&feature=player_embedded
depotdevoid (author)  pokiespout4 years ago
No, a "Sore area" is when you've got third degree burns on your junk.  That's nothing compared to the pain of wearing the wrong color coverall with your Ghostbusters costume.  I almost didn't have the costume for the party I went to last week, as the place I bought the flight suit from lost my shipment.  They came through at the last minute and shipped it overnight from Massachusetts, at a loss to them.  Therefore, they win the prize and a plug on Step One.

I'm glad you liked it Matt, and I'll be looking for news reports of Chicago area men brutally murdered this weekend.  The only common thread?  They'll all be found wearing purple suits.
Nice!  That's a tight build.  I like the ghost trap too.  Nice touch!
depotdevoid (author)  rquackenbush4 years ago
Thanks!  I actually have a half constructed foot pedal for the trap as well, I just haven't had the time to finish it up.  Maybe next year, but who knows?  I may just go nuts and build some other crazy costume!
juanvi4 years ago
how did u did the laser beam??
cant find it on the text
depotdevoid (author)  juanvi4 years ago
Do you mean the visible beam in the first picture?  That's just a photography trick, since I couldn't think of a good way to fill a room with smoke.

If you just mean where did I get the lasers, they are just a couple of broken laser pointers that I took the electronics out of and rewired for this project.
Nice job!
depotdevoid (author)  fungus amungus4 years ago
Fungus, do you know why the other instructable I published a couple of hours before this one still hasn't shown up in the recent section and doesn't seem to be searchable?  Here's the URL: http://www.instructables.com/id/Kid-Sized-Ghostbusters-Costume/

Thanks for any help you can give!
Got hung up a bit. You should see it in the recent feed in in 15 minutes or so.
depotdevoid (author)  fungus amungus4 years ago
Thanks again Fungus, you're the best!
depotdevoid (author)  fungus amungus4 years ago
Thanks Fungus, I'm glad you liked it!
 i love it. why has noone thought to put lasers in a proton wand? i mean come on! You're a wonderful person and deserve a medal. (although this is also coming from another 20-something nerd who recreates 80s props as well)
depotdevoid (author)  falcotheimpaler4 years ago
Thanks for the kind comment, Falco.  I'll be looking forward to that award ceremony.  Do you think you can get Carrie Fisher from 1979 to give me the medal?
Oh totally, and you know Jason Alexander is going to MC.