For those that grew up in the 80’s, Ghostbusters was a major phenomenon. Well, the same could be true with today’s kids, as a new Ghostbusters film hits the theaters this summer.
After catching this flick, instead of purchasing any officially licensed gear, consider making your own Ghostbusters Proton Pack. Your kid could be the first one their block that is fully prepared to capture ghosts. Just remember, if you’re using more than one proton pack at a time, don’t cross the streams.
Imgur user Pics4internet recently posted an example of his own DIY project. He challenged himself to build a proton pack for his son over the weekend, primarily using items he found around the house.
First, the creator of this project gathered a bunch of old junk to see what would work best for constructing the pack. He brings up a good point about these types of projects. You should ignore the original color and purpose of the objects that you find. Focus instead on the shape.
There are two main components of the proton pack – the pack itself and the gun. For the pack, the original poster gathered a plastic dog bowl, a peanut butter lid, an almond snack pack box, a tic-tac container, glue stick, binary clock, paper tubes, and an R/C car wheel.
The binary clock gives a neat little LED show along the back of the pack, once fully assembled. Though, you could use any toy that blinks. The OP chose the binary clock because the blinking of the blue LED lights resembled the rising and falling blue bar on the real packs.
After gathering the supplies, he laid everything out on a table on top of 1/4-inch foam core board. Lay everything out to get a sense of the scale of the project. This will help you position the items and make sure you got everything you need.
From there, he began cutting out the basic shapes out of the foam core board, starting with the cyclotron shape along the back of the proton pack. He traced the shape of the dog bowl and then used a #10 X-Acto blade to cut the foam core board. Two pieces are cut.
Holes were then drilled into the dog food bowl to serve as light sockets. A peanut butter jar is cut and then fitted to the side of the dog food bowl. A series of pieces cut from toilet paper rolls are glued to the cyclotron shape.
Strips of balsa wood were glued to the top of a couple of small cardboard boxes to create the heat sinks. When using cardboard boxes, he suggests stuffing napkins into the boxes. This helps them keep their shape.
A series of balsa wood panels are then cut. These will line the exterior sides of the proton pack, securing the two pieces of the cyclotron shape. At this point, the overall design is starting to take shape.
Additional odd and end pieces are fitted and either glued or taped to proton pack. The original poster appears to have experimented with various layouts and materials before finding what works.
Once the proton pack is mostly completed, you can begin preparing the LED’s that will go inside the dog food bowl. Individual LED lights were attached to 4 bottle caps from what appears to be Gatorade bottles.
The entire LED, battery, and circuit setup get sealed into the dog food bowl with red lens tape. The creator of this project powered the whole thing with a 9V battery hooked to a switch, which should last the life of the proton pack.
The entire contraption is connected to a piece of board that will be used to create a backpack. In fact, an old backpack is taped to the backer board. Before finishing off the project, he added a few final details, such as a printed CAUTION label and blots of paint to create the appearance of wear and tear.
The end result is truly amazing. Anyone, young or old, would be envious of this proton pack. If you would like to give it a try, then check out the original post on Imgur and see for yourself how to build a DIY Ghostbusters Proton Pack.