This story is dedicated to all the Ghostbusters fanatics that have taken time out of their busy lives to assemble a replicated Proton Pack prop from the original Ghostbusters. In this story we give you first hand information and advice on building your very own proton pack from OG GB novices. With diagrams and links collected though out the inter-web we provide you with the history of the Proton Pack with different variations of the evolution of the pack through photos collected from fans around the world.
The beginning the original Proton Pack from the Ghostbusters I movie was designed by Dr. Egon Spengler. Though in reality it was constructed in post-production of the 1984 Ghostbusters movie prop department at Columbia Pictures. The originals were made of molded fiberglass shells on aluminium backplates also known as “motherboards” bolted to military surplus A.L.I.C.E. frames which stands for Advanced Light Infantry Combat Equipment. The first completed prototype props from Ghostbusters I weight approximately 35 lbs. Some of the packs from Ghostbusters I were used in the followup of Ghostbusters II for close-up shots. Midgrade “stunt” packs were made in two variations one of fiberglass and one of rubber for Ghostbusters II movie. Those packs were produced for when actors needed to make that dramatic fall. All three variations of the GB2 pack have been displayed at various Planet Hollywood restaurants around the U.S.
Each Proton Pack energy cell has a half-life of 5,000 years. The Proton Pack is a portable particle accelerator system that is used to create a charged particle beam composed of protons, fired by the proton gun “neutrona wand” or “positron collider”, it functions by colliding high-energy positrons to generate its proton beam. This beam allows a Ghostbuster to contain and hold “negatively charged ectoplasmic entities”. Energy emitted by the Proton Stream helps to dissipate psychokinetic energy which ghosts are made of allowing them to be captured in portable ghost traps. The proton stream is quite destructive to physical objects, and can cause extensive property damage. Knobs on the Proton Pack can perform various functions to customize the proton stream for intensity, length, and degrees of polarization. In the movie crossing the streams was initially discouraged unless you are in the presence of a cross-dimension portal and should only be used as a last resort.
Many movie prop replica communities have collections of several different sets of construction plans for building your very own Ghostbusters Proton Packs. From easy to hard there are step-by-step instructions to stimulate your very own pack. We found that Norm Gagnon has pretty vivid and very intense diagrams while Sean Bishop has a more simpler approach either way both are very well put together and easy and fun to read. Beware you will be absorbing terminology for the beginner Ghostbusters fan who is looking to take their energy to the next dimension. We have complied a set of photos and showcased some pieces of diagrams to introduce to a world beyond the movies.
Building props parts info/resources and links: what you need to know to get you started.
1-2) Gear Box/ Proton Pack (EDA/PPD “Primary Power Distributor”) – normally made of wood or multi-density fiberboard. The Power Cell – plastikote black primer/silicone
3) Gunmount (attaches to “motherboard” and particle thrower)
4) Power Cell – made of blue plexi , Power Cell Window – red plexi for the cyclotron and yellow for the particle thrower, Injector Tubes – circuit boards
5) Ion Arm – consist of parts such as – Dale Resistors (very hard to find, Gary Legris Bows (rare, found at surplus stores)
6) Spacer “the comma” (supposedly the hardest and most time consuming part to assemble) please refer to diagrams ; )
7) Cyclotron “cake pan” (this part contains the nuclear particle accelerator which is fed through Neutrona Filter) you will use blue LED for lighting
8)Proton Gun/Particle Thrower “gunbody” (made hallow for electronic access) there is only one type of pain based used by the pros and is found at PEP BOY called Plastikote gives a metallic like finish.
Lights that are best used come from Linrose Electronics Company and Radio Shack (see links for more info)
9) Sticker Decals – suggested having them printed out from rippedsheets.com on a self adhesive photo paper using a photo gloss resin perm
10) Green Tubing from clippard.com
last but not least…
11) Ghost Trap – need is a red pilot light from Linrose
If making your own Proton Pack seem to much here is a list of respectable prop replica dealers though eBay
many thanks to Shredder565 from gbfans for the pictures!
“There’s something very important I forgot to tell you! Don’t cross the streams… It would be bad… Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.” —Egon Spengler