Here's a confession: I love Ghostbusters. Ever since I was a little kid, I've been infatuated with the movies and the cartoon. I've always wanted to be a Ghostbuster and so, for Halloween of 2009, I decided to be one.
I made this decision early in the year, in about March, so that I could get to work early. I found blueprints online (which I later found out had been long derided by the larger proton-pack-making community as being not close enough to screen-accurate) and began assembling items. Being that I wasn't all that concerned with being super screen-accurate, I had no qualms with using dimensions largely condemned by the community.
Oh, and one more thing - I wasn't making just one proton pack. No, I was going to make four, for myself and three friends.
I started by making just mine, and then once I felt I'd had it down, I made the other three. I'm basically going to unload a ton of pictures here, with intermittent descriptions because there are just too many. Also, I remember almost *none* of the names for the individual pieces, so please forgive my crude descriptions.
We start with a cardboard stencil of the main plate.
I used some joint compound to fill in the corners and beveled them out.
Finally, all four complete with wands and weathered.
We had a lot of fun on Halloween. My wife dressed up as a zombie bride and posed for photos. Some Photoshop later, and she was a ghost zombie bride, and we four were busting her. We went to a bar later that night for a costume contest and won $300. W00t!
Sadly, the other three packs sit in various stages of ruin in their respective owners' homes. Mine is in tact on the wall in my man cave, with the jumpsuit hanging next to it on a hanger. It's my pride and joy :)