Mod83 are currently putting together concepts for a Ghostbusters themed build. With the recent announcement that a new film is in the works, being directed by Jason Reitman son of legendary director Ivan Reitman its seems a great opportunity to commemorate the franchise.
Whilst our concepts are not final and we still have a lot of work to do to decide on the final components, we thought we would share this project with you now as we will be working with one of the best Ghostbuster prop manufacturers on the planet, Ben of Kent.
Owner Benarie (Ben) Smith has been building props for over 20 years. At 16 he worked in a theatre college and trained to do set building/prop building and sound engineering. He has also produced props for independent films and music videos.
Mod83 are really excited by this collaboration with Ben and we will bring you more details as they become available.
Over the past couple of months, we have been working behind the scenes on the layout for our Ghostbusters themed project and are today pleased to bring you some updates on the build. There are still plenty of parts to arrive that we will bring you more on in our next update but for now, let’s see what’s arrived.
This build will be based around the Strix X399-E Gaming kindly provided by ASUS. It seemed the perfect motherboard given the dark theme and built-in lighting to mimic the proton streams. Paired with a 2990WX from AMD, this will be an absolute powerhouse. It’s not the first time we will be using the 2990WX, we have one in our Phantom Gaming build that we are hoping to finish off very soon.
We also need somewhere to house this great piece of kit so be quiet! have stepped up once again to provide a Dark Base 900 Rev.2 in black. This will be paired with their Straight Power 11 1000W PSU to provide the juice for the 2990WX.
So for now, that’s as much as we can bring you. We still have parts TBC and are awaiting the arrival of props from our partner on this build, Ben of Kent. We will, of course, have reviews coming later on of all the components to be used in this project and hope once again you will join us for the ride. We may even bring some videos on this one, let us know what you think!
Our new Ghostbuster build is now in full flow and we have plenty to bring you over the coming weeks. For now, we are concentrating on the be quiet! Dark Base 900 and have stripped it down ready for weathering.
Looking at the screen used and many fan built Proton Packs, the weathering is an important and integral part of this project. The picture below is from the GB Fans Sony Lobby reference pictures and shows just how scratched up the screen packs are, hopefully, we can replicate this a little in our case.
Picture credit GBFans
To achieve such an effect for our build, less is more and I have seen this mentioned many times while trawling over the Ghostbusters fan groups and forums. We want our build to look like it has been well used and then stored away for 25 years and forgotten about to some extent. This is building on the theme of the returning Ghostbusters and of course to commemorate the launch of the third instalment planned for 2020.
So with our Dark Base now stripped we took it outside in the boiling heat we are having here in the UK. The basement shroud will be a prominent part of the weathering we are trying to achieve. We set about bashing up our brand new case from be quiet! (much to my dismay) and have now left it out to weather. The rest of the case also has some scrapes and bangs and we will cover those when the weathering is complete.
While the shroud features many scratches and buffs, some will be hidden by decals we have coming from Ben of Kent, one of my partners on this build. The case then got a few coats of water during the day to hopefully start the ageing process and the next morning we have started to achieve what we set out for. The thumbscrews have reacted perfectly and just what I was looking for. The case may take a bit longer and I may even end up using paint and chemicals to get it to the point where I am happy.
Our next update will take a look at some of the props we have from Ben of Kent and more on the weathering. We hope you like the theme on this build so far, please let us know what you think and we can’t wait to bring you more very soon!
Our case has now had most of the internal weathering applied including rust, scrapes, dents and even some slime applied. Leaving it out to the elements has helped to some extent but to help speed up the process I have used a combination of paints and household items to get the effect we were after.
We didn’t want to overdo the effects and think we have struck a good balance to get it just right. Once a lot of the internal components are in place it should help complement the case and the props.
We have started work on the props provided by Ben of Kent and should have some news on these very soon. Once the case has dried thoroughly we can start on the placement of these and drill and fix everything as needed.
Today’s update is more of a focus on one of our partners for this build, Ben of Kent (BOK). Founded by Benarie Smith, BOK have been making props for over 20 years and specialise in Ghostbusters Proton Packs, Traps and more.
BOK were kind enough to partner with us after submitting our idea for this build, we wanted this to be as true to the films as possible and is one of the worlds leading manufacturers, we knew working with Ben would be fantastic opportunity to showcase his prop making skills.
So let's take a look at some of the components we will be using on this build. If you are familiar with Ghostbusters then a lot of these parts may be instantly recognisable. If not then we have a screen used pack reference picture from GBFans that may be of use. This is the Venkman Hero pack used in the films.
Used on the Proton Pack and Wand. (Right middle of Proton Pack).
Custom made lenses for this project to mimic the Cyclotron on the Proton Pack.
Found on the top right of the Proton Pack.
Leg Hose Mount / Crank Knob
Leg hose mount as found on the screen used uniforms and the Crank Knob from the top of the Proton Pack.
The main assembly of the Ion Arm used on the top left of the Proton Pack.
The second part of the Ion Arm.
Power Cell & Injectors
Found on the middle left of the Proton Pack, this will be one of the main features of the project and be backlit as the film.
Used on the bumper over the Cyclotron. We have 4 of these for use as case feet.
Various decals sent over by BOK to finish the projects and add that authentic touch.
Elbows and Hoses
Small elbows and hoses as found on the Proton Pack
Overview of Parts
Now that we have the majority of props here for the build I can move on to getting these prepped and painted. After this placement and final fit can be confirmed. We have a good idea on placement but a couple of aspects may change, this is down partly to our choice of cooling that is yet to be confirmed. Once we have that in place we can get everything put together internally.
We hope you enjoyed this update and that it gives you more of an insight of the parts involved and the mammoth task ahead!
Weathering of our props from Ben of Kent continues so we thought we would share a small update on these so far. Hopefully, now you can start to see the final finish we are going for coupled with the Dark Base 900.
Today’s update includes the assembly of the Injectors and fitment of the blue acrylic window. Other small additions are also being made with stickers to the Clippard valves and some of the resistors attached to the Ion arm. While there is still plenty to do its so satisfying to start to see this come to life and become the real-life version of my original vision. Hopefully, by the end of the week, we will be able to confirm what we plan to do cooling wise and from there this will start coming together rather quickly. Stick around and enjoy the photos!
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