STAGE 80

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“In this stage, you fit the door handle and rear view mirror support to the left front door.”

 

Contents


Parts

Materials: Everything is metal here except for the plastic Rear View Mirror Support and Washers. The Ghostbuster Logo is a sticker.

Build


Sun Visor

Step 01

Fit the tab of the Rear View Mirror Support through this slot of the Left Front Door, as shown:

Secure this Rear View Mirror Support into place from the other side with one (1) TP screw:

Fit the pin and post of the Door Handle to the matching holes on the Left Front Door, as shown:

Secure the Door Handle into place from the other side with one (1) AM screw.

This is your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:

Step 02

Lay the ‘bar’ of the Hinge into the groove at the front edge of the Left Front Door with the ‘L’ on the Hinge facing away from you.

There was some debris or something on my Hinge that made both sides look like they were marked ‘L’. Just be sure this angled edge of the Hinge is facing the outside of the door, as shown:

Place the Hinge Cover over the nearby posts on the Left Front Door so it holds the Hinge in place, as shown:

Fit the two Washers over the same posts, as shown:

Secure all of these parts to the Left Front Door with two (2) RM screws.

The tighter you make these screws, the more resistance the door will have to opening and closing. Adjust them accordingly:

Step 03

Peel the Ghostbusters Logo from the backing paper and carefully stick it to the outside of the Left Front Door. The diagonal line through the center of the sticker should be at a 45° angle to the bottom of the door.

This is approximately where the sticker should be placed, however I did not use it:

Instead of the supplied sticker, I chose to install the Door Transfer Kit mod from Mike Lane. This is a set of premium rub-on dry transfer decals that are more accurately sized, colored, and come with a template to get them aligned perfectly. I created a dedicated Door Transfer Kit page for the installation:

Thoughts


There was a small uproar on the Internet among Ecto-1 builders regarding this Ghostbusters Logo sticker. Most feel that the decal should have been pre-applied by Eaglemoss and the correct size. Some of the promotional materials did mention the build would not include any ‘fiddly’ stickers. When Eaglemoss was asked, they responded saying this sticker is not ‘fiddly’. It was also mentioned that future doors would come with the stickers pre-installed. It all became colloquially known as ‘Stickergate’…

In my opinion, only hardcore GB fans would notice that the provided sticker was inaccurate to the movie car. I went with the Door Transfer Kit because I have used Mike Lane’s dry transfers before and they are simply superb. The end result is clean, smooth, and looks painted on.

Next Up


Stage 81 – Left Front Window Frame/Support/Top Cover/Skirting, Quarter Light Window

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