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This is a semi step-by-step guide of how my girlfriend Jess and I built our Ghostbusters proton packs for Halloween 2008! We ended up spending just under a month and just over $200 on each pack. Not including random tools here and there that we needed.

No expensive lightboards or sound packs here. This is 100% homemade and on the cheap.

Here is a couple stills of the final pack.
 
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Step 1: Costumes

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The costumes themselves were simple as hell and only took a night to do.

Flight suits off of Amazon.com
Paratrooper Belts off of Amazon.com
Boots off of Amazon.com

Then a couple custom patches off of Ebay to read 'Hogan' and 'Morrison' and of course the No Ghost symbols and we were pretty much good to go!

Just a few details needed adding like the gloves, circuit board (which were junked old sound cards) and some random tubing which can be found easily at Home Depot.

But in making a Ghostbusters costume remember...90% of the work in the pack.

Step 2: Cutting the Motherboard

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To start off we cut the 'motherboard' out of masonite board we found at Home Depot. This is the same stuff you'll find clip boards made out of. Just a much bigger sheet of it. We then downloaded the blueprints we needed from [ GBFans.com]GBFans.com and cut away using a Dremel. This made a HUGE mess by the way, so do yourself a favor and either cut it outside or in a space that's easily cleanable like a bathroom.
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Would you want to sell it?

what kind of insilation foam did you use? It looks a lot thicker then what I'm finding in my area.

Can you use cardboard instead of masonite board?
halo10112 years ago
dear zombiedug some guy that works for placement says that is his proton pack so can you help me out from beleving him please thank you sincerely cody sucena who ya gonna call?
ZombieDUG (author)  halo10112 years ago
I'm sorry but your comment wasn't very clear. Who exactly is claiming that my proton pack is theirs? Because it most certainly is NOT.

Thanks,
Doug
halo10112 years ago
dear zombiedug i am also trying to build a proton pack as im just wanting you to know that i am inspierd to build one with your premisson could you please email me the instrutions for me to build one. thank you
aliencatx3 years ago
humm...i would have never thought of that, good one :)
klevien3 years ago
Quick question, where did you get the ribbon on the cyclotron? Did you just have it laying around? Thanks!
The ironman3 years ago
stick a flame thrower on it
i like how you roll
what are the values of the capicitors. My friends and are trying to figure out how you did this.
Nik8424 years ago
Which LED kit did you buy? And do you have a video of the lights, battery pack & cyclotron, so we see how yours ended up?
luka11844 years ago
Can you make one for me and send it? PM me ;D
please tell me how big is the pack it self is it 3 feet or what i need to know and the middle is
ZombieDUG (author)  greatscottbttfride4 years ago
Once again, please refer to the blueprints that I linked to over at GBFans.com . It's all right there, you just need to read them. Thanks!
blahblah864 years ago
how much is the final weight? you seemed to use a lot of wood, and in the ones my club and i have always made have as little wood is possible (mostly pvc - we make one or two wood packs then vacuu-form {did i spell that right?}), and they're still a good 10 or so pounds.
ZombieDUG (author)  blahblah864 years ago
Since most of it is made out of insulation foam, the heaviest part is the motherboard and frame. The motherboard is made out of particleboard, so it's very dense but much lighter than your regular milling woods. In the end the final pack only weighs 5 or so pounds.
what kind of window sliding ?
ZombieDUG (author)  greatscottbttfride4 years ago
Just generic plastic window trim
how big is the pack it self is it like 4 feet long im trying to build one to some day as well i love your version of the proton pack so awesome
ZombieDUG (author)  greatscottbttfride4 years ago
check out the schematics over on GBFans.com for all scale questions. It's roughly 3 1/2 feet though.
ZombieDUG (author) 4 years ago
2 years later and I'm still blown away by how much you all like the packs! I'm currently working on a "part 2" to this instructable on how to add arduino controlled lights and sound...and even a rumble pack for the gun! Schematics, code, the works. So keep your eyes open, because I should have it up just after Halloween with pictures and a new demo video!
lysa6134 years ago
really cool
lysa6134 years ago
that is the best proton pack ever i want one
lesh_dude4 years ago
I'm trying to build a proton pack using your instructions, and I was wondering if you could think of any more "wallet-friendly" alternatives to the ALICE pack.
You could probably make a similar frame out of PVC fairly cheap and pick up a used backpack at your local goodwill-type store fairly cheap and find a way to attach the straps to the PVC frame, after you have painted the frame of course.
ZombieDUG (author)  lesh_dude4 years ago
Sorry, not really. That's kind of the one thing that's an absolute necessity for this project. The best thing I could offer would be the check your local Army surplus store though. They might have it for cheaper than what you're finding online. Good luck!
cook$4 years ago
A proton pack is not a toy.........
dramaplay4 years ago
Hi, I have to make 30 proton packs for a special needs camp next summer. Can the mold make many wands can it make? Also, do you think they end up sturdy enough for kids to use the whole summer? Thank you.
ZombieDUG (author)  dramaplay4 years ago
If you follow the recommendation of the silicon grade I used to make the mold of the gun box, you can easily get 30 made. As for the question about the sturdiness of the packs, that really comes down to how much time and care you put into constructing it. Instead of using a glue gun, you could always use epoxy for example. But you still need to be careful or yes, the packs will break since it's made out of foam predominantly. Good luck on your build! Sounds like it's for a great cause.
Thanks, ZombieDUG! - dramaplay
kerry634 years ago
Were you at the Greenville Parade the year before last in costume? If so the costumes looked great.
ZombieDUG (author)  kerry634 years ago
Ha, no I was not. But I'm glad to see there are other Ghostbusters keeping the streets safe out there!
flio1914 years ago
This is so brilliant! Wish I had seen this before Halloween.
matheust5 years ago
What types of cans did you use for the N-Filter and HGA.
ZombieDUG (author)  matheust5 years ago
 They were just Pringles cans that we raided from the Dollar Store. There's a ton of great stuff at that store if you do a little digging.
ZombieDUG (author)  matheust5 years ago
They were both just Pringle's cans we got at the dollar store.
what did you use for the gun mount clip there in the first pic ? i am bulding my pack now and thats kind of a hang up...lol
ZombieDUG (author)  schpadoinkle5 years ago
It's an invisible picture hanger. Basically just a bracket that lays flat with another sister bracket. Pretty much every hardware store should have it, just ask an employee. Because when we were looking for one they were hidden in a weird corner of the store.
What is the can of air for? Did you know that cooling the solder joint is a bad idea? You could be getting bad joints.
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