BUILD

This 1:8 scale Ghostbusters Ecto-1 model by Eaglemoss can usually be purchased in two ways. In many countries, it is available for purchase directly at local newsagents. But, here in the US and a few other countries, it is only available by signing up for a monthly subscription service online at sites like Eaglemoss US. Therefore, everything here is based on the subscription version.

Over the span of almost three years, Eaglemoss delivers 141 ‘stages’ that contain a few parts of the model along with magazines explaining the build instructions, images, and information about the movies. These are weekly stages, but after the introductory shipment of the first two, they are delivered in groups of four stages about every four weeks (at least here in the USA). Unfortunately, it is not possible to order any stages in advance.

The subscription is perpetual and automatically charges your credit card every month when the stages ship.  If necessary, however, the subscription can be suspended or cancelled at any time. This subscription version includes some FREE gifts and some ‘extra cost’ Special Issues along the way, which I will include below.

I created this site to share my own build progress and hopefully offer hints and tips I discovered along the way. It is not intended to be a step-by-step replacement for the instructions, so please read the magazines carefully! Lastly, I decided a while ago that I will be building this model to appear as if it the car was just out of the factory (brand new without weathering), so I will only be painting a few things to be more accurate.

Below are links to the articles for my build:

2020


February 2020
  • Issue 1
    • Stage 1 – Hood, Hood Rims, Front License Plate, Ghostbuster Sticker, Air Inlets
  • Issue 2
    • Stage 2 – Front Grille/Strips, Strobe Lights, Headlights/Housings/Lenses
March 2020
  • Issue 3
    • Free Gift #1 – Collector’s Binder
    • Stage 3 – Front Bumper, Fog Light Casings/Frames/Lenses
    • Stage 4 – Left Front Tire, Hub Cap, Center Cap, Outer/Inner Wheel
    • Stage 5 – Bell Housing, Bell Housing Connector/Plate, Gearbox Housings/Connector, Oil Pan
    • Stage 6 – Left Engine Block/Cylinder Head/Cover/Support, Dipstick, Left Exhaust Manifold, Ignition Wire Junction
April 2020
  • Issue 4
    • Free Gift #2 – License Plate
    • Stage 7 – Timing Belt Cover, Water Pump, Oil Sump, Engine Top/Cover, Distributor, Intake Manifold, Right Engine Block/Exhaust Manifold
    • Stage 8 – Right Cylinder Head/Valve Cover, Ignition Wire Junction/Coil/Spark Plugs, Fuel Pump/Filter, Dipstick, Starter
    • Stage 9 – Fast Idle Cam, Fuel Inlet/Pipe, Choke Cap, Carburetor, Air Filter, Air Filter Side/Inlet/Cover/Screw
    • Stage 10 – Generator, Generator Supports/Connectors/Pulley, Water Pump Housing, Oil Filter
May 2020
  • Issue 5
    • Stage 11 – Power Steering Pump/Support/Cap/Pulley/Hose, Crankshaft Pulley
    • Stage 12 – Engine Fan/Pulley, Coolant Pipes, Belts, Spark Plug Wires, Air Filter Control Pipe, Hose
    • Stage 13 – Front Chassis Frame/Cover, Brake Distributor
    • Stage 14 – Front Left Suspension/Brake Drum/Tie Rod, Steering Rack
June 2020
July 2020
  • Issue 6
    • Free Gift #3 – Baseball Cap
    • Stage 15 – Front Right Suspension/Brake Drum/Tie Rod
    • Stage 16 – Stabilizer Bar/Links, Idler Arm, Steering Column/Gear/Case/Base, Pitman Arm, Steering Hoses
    • Stage 17 – Right Front Tire, Hub Cap, Center Cap, Outer/Inner Wheel, Brake Hoses
    • Stage 18 – Front Chassis/Parts/Skeletons
  • Issue 7
    • Special Issue #2 – Poster
    • Stage 19 – Front Middle Chassis, Oil Pipe Covers
    • Stage 20 – Middle Chassis, Oil Pipes/Splitters
    • Stage 21 – Middle Chassis Frame, Propeller Shaft/Cover, Slip Yokes, Universal Joints
    • Stage 22 – Rear Chassis Frame, Leveling Valve, Battery Box Frame
August 2020
  • Issue 8
    • Free Gift #4 – T-Shirt
    • Stage 23 – Rear Chassis, Rear Fender Liners, Shock Absorbers/Bracket
    • Stage 24 – Front Fender Liners, Radiator Front/Rear/Cap/Tank, Overflow Tube
    • Stage 25 – Radiator Beam/Struts, Engine Front Walls, Horns/Bases/Brackets, Junction Box/Cover/Cable
    • Stage 26 – Control Box/Lid, Battery/Base/Terminals, Oil Reservoir/Cap, Ground Terminal, Battery Cables
September 2020
  • Issue 9
    • Stage 27 – Engine Bulkhead/Struts, Blower Unit, Power Brake Reservoir, Windshield Washer
    • Stage 28 – Left Exhaust Pipe/Muffler
    • Stage 29 – Right Exhaust Pipe/Muffler
    • Stage 30 – Rear Axle, Differential, Brake Drums
  • Issue 10
    • Stage 31 – Left Rear Leaf Spring/Shackles/Clamp, Shock Absorber
    • Stage 32 – Left Rear Tire, Hub/Center Cap, Outer/Inner Wheel, Brake Fluid Hoses/Bracket
    • Stage 33 – Right Rear Leaf Spring/Shackles/Clamp, Shock Absorber
    • Stage 34 – Right Rear Tire, Hub/Center Cap, Outer/Inner Wheel
  • Issue 11
    • Stage 35 – Battery Box/Covers/Bracket
    • Stage 36 – Steering Wheel/Cap, Indicator Stalk, Control Lever, Fuel Tube
    • Stage 37 – Dashboard Lower Panel/Supports, Brake Pedal/Cover
    • Stage 38 – Switches, Dashboard Light
October 2020
  • Issue 12
    • Stage 39 – Glove Box, Steering Column Cover, Control Panels
    • Stage 40 – Dashboard Upper Panel, Ammeter, Clock, Spotlight Handle, Hydramatic Quadrant
    • Stage 41 – Radio Receiver, Instrument Panel/Box, Switches, Dashboard Trim, Radio/Display
    • Stage 42 – Gentec Antenna, Fuel Gauge, Battery Indicator, Switch Panel, Emergency Brake Pedal
November 2020
  • Issue 13
    • Free Gift #5 – Display Base
    • Stage 43 – Dashboard Support Walls, Speakers
    • Stage 44 – Front Inner Floor, Headlight Dimmer Footswitch, Gas Pedal
    • Stage 45 – Speakers, Front Carpets
    • Stage 46 – Front Seat Base, Front Seatback Support/Bracket
December 2020
  • Issue 14
    • Stage 47 – Front Seat, Front Seat Sponge/Inner/Base Bracket
    • Stage 48 – Front Seatbacks, Front Seatback Bases/Inners/Sponges/Sides
    • Stage 49 – Driver’s Side Rear Workstation, Phone Cradle/Bracket
    • Stage 50 – Jump Seat, Jump Seat Seatback/Base/Sponge/Connector/Foot Rest
  • Issue 15
    • Stage 51 – Sono Channel ASA-20/Base, Switch Panel, Flex Tubes
    • Stage 52 – Cargo Area Floor
    • Stage 53 – Analog/Digital Simulation Panel, Tektronix Oscilloscope, Control Panel Supports
    • Stage 54 – BGM-340 Guidance System/Base/Knobs, Oscilloscope Support Strut

The following deliveries are expected soon…

2021


  • Issue 16
    • Stage 55 – AN/PRC-41 Radio/Control Panel, H-33 Handset/Cord/Receiver/Diaphragm
    • Stage 56 – Jump Seat, Jump Seat Connector/Support/Base/Sponge/Interior
    • Stage 57 – Jump Seat Seatback, Jump Seat Seatback Frame/Interior/Sponge
    • Stage 58 – Martin Marietta UHF Signal Base, Power Control Unit Sides/Cylinders/Supports
  • Issue 17
    • Stage 59 – Martin Marietta UHF Signal Panels/Top
    • Stage 60 – Astrodate Peripheral Body/Front/Monitor, Martin Marietta UHF Signal Cover/Knobs/Strut
    • Stage 61 – Rear Left Interior Panel/Speaker Base/Speaker
    • Stage 62 – Rear Right Interior Panel/Speaker Base/Speaker
  • Issue 18
    • Stage 63
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* = Exact parts may vary

Building the 1:8 scale Ghostbusters Ecto-1 from Eaglemoss