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Free Gift #5

When you sign up for the subscription-based Eaglemoss 1:8 scale Ghostbusters Ecto-1 model build, you will receive five FREE gifts along the way. The first four gifts were a Collector’s Binder, a License Plate, a Baseball Cap, and a T-Shirt. For the fifth and final gift, I received this Display Base which arrived with Issue 13 (Stages 43-46).

The Display Base consists of a mirrored surface (under a protective film I am told, I am waiting to this remove later) inside a wooden frame. The frame is finished with a matte lacquer paint and the corner seams are filled pretty well. It is huge; more than 37″ long! At the front, there is a glossy faceplate with the Ghostbusters logo in full color (also under a protective film in this image):

This design is slightly different than what is shown on the Eaglemoss website, but it is very close and perfectly acceptable:

 

Free Gift #4

When you sign up for the subscription-based Eaglemoss 1:8 scale Ghostbusters Ecto-1 model build, you will receive five FREE gifts along the way. The first three gifts were a Collector’s Binder, a License Plate, and a Baseball Cap. For the fourth gift, I received this T-Shirt which arrived with Issue 8 (Stages 23-26).

This T-Shirt is black cotton and has a two-color silk screened imprint on the front (nothing on the rear or sleeves). I received a size XL, but I did call Eaglemoss in advance to make sure I got the right size. It is a nice gift and that will surely get used.

 

Special #2

Throughout the subscription build of models like our 1:8 scale Ghostbusters Ecto-1, Eaglemoss typically includes ‘Special Offers’. These items are automatically sent, and are billed in addition to the monthly subscription. If you do not wish to receive them, you must notify Eaglemoss in advance via phone at (800) 261-6898 or via email at customerservice@eaglemoss.com.

Special #1 was the four Proton Packs and a Ghost Trap. This time around, it is a limited-edition 12 x 16″ color-printed poster. Each poster includes a unique numbered Certificate of Authenticity signed by artist the artist, Brian Williamson. Eaglemoss will charge us $42.95 for these items.

Sadly, I have already reached out to Eaglemoss and turned this offer down. I am not paying that much for a little poster I know I will not use.

Header image by Eaglemoss.

 

Free Gift #3

When you sign up for the subscription-based Eaglemoss 1:8 scale Ghostbusters Ecto-1 model build, you will receive five FREE gifts along the way. The first gift was the Collector’s Binder, the second was a License Plate, and this third one is a Baseball Cap. This cap arrived with Issue 6 (Stages 15-18).

This Baseball Cap is a cloth stitched cap with an adjustable strap at the back. The logo on the front is a multi-color silkscreen effect:

This is not the same hat as the one advertised on the Build the Ghostbusters Ecto-1 website:

It is a decent hat, but I don’t wear hats, so there is not much I will do with it. Perhaps one of my visitors wants it?

Special #1

Throughout the subscription build of models like our 1:8 scale Ghostbusters Ecto-1, Eaglemoss typically includes ‘Special Offers’. These items are automatically sent, and are billed in addition to the monthly subscription. If you do not wish to receive them, you must notify Eaglemoss in advance via phone at (800) 261-6898 or via email at customerservice@eaglemoss.com.

This particular Special Offer contains the parts and instructions to build four (4) 1:8 scale Proton Packs as well as a single Ghost Trap. My fellow builders outside the US received two of these packs and the trap a while ago, and I really believed we would not see them at all here in the US. Well, it turns out the US does receive them and they shipped us all four packs and the trap all at once. I am very happy we got them so let’s get to assembling!

Contents


Parts

Magazine – Special

  • Model Instructions
  • Proton Packs: The Nuclear Particle Accelerators
  • Neutrona Wands: Also Known As Particle Throwers
  • Ghost Traps: Capturing Ghosts

Build


Proton Packs

There were four identical packs of Proton Pack parts supplied in this issue. The steps to build each one are the same; just repeat the process:

Step 01

Fit the post and pin of the Bumper into these matching holes of the Proton Pack Body:

The blue label should be towards the right side of the pack, as shown:

Secure these together from behind with one (1) HP screw:

Step 02

Fit the Ion Arm Rear into the Ion Arm Front as shown, and secure these together with two (2) EP screws:

Be careful not to over-tighten the screw closest to the ‘cylinders’. I noticed that if this screw is too tight, it causes the ‘cylinder’ ends to split apart. If you see this happening (example in the photo below), just back out the screw a little:

Slide this tab of the Ion Arm assembly into this slot of the Proton Pack Body as shown, and secure these together with two (2) EP screws:

Step 03

Slide one end of Vacuum Hose 1 (the short black metal spring) into this hole of the Vacuum Pump:

Fit the keyed post of the Vacuum Pump into the matching socket at this location of the Proton Pack Body:

Secure the Vacuum Pump to the body from behind with one (1) HP screw:

Push the free end of Vacuum Hose 1 into this hole of the Proton Pack Body.

I cut about 1/4″ off the end of this spring (using wire cutters) to make it fit a little closer to the pack:

Step 04

Fit the post and pin of the Particle Thrower Rear Plate to the bottom of the Particle Thrower as shown, and secure these together with one (1) HP screw:

Push the smaller pin of the Clippard Minimatic Modular Valve R-701 into this hole of the Particle Thrower.

This should stay in place on its own, but if not, just use a small drop of glue on the pin:

Fit the ends of the Short Black Hose over these two pins at the rear of the Particle Thrower.

All of these hoses are going to be a pain in the butt, so grab your tweezers and some patience. To make it easier to push these hoses on to each pin, I widened both ends with the closed tip of my precision tweezers. I only needed to barely ‘poke’ the points of the tweezers into the hose ends to open them up a bit:

I found these hoses slide on to the pins better if you wiggle them side to side as you press them on:

Step 05

Fit the ends of the first Long Red Hose over these two pins of the Proton Pack Body, as shown.

Fit the ends of the Long Black Hose over these two pins of the Proton Pack Body, as shown:

Fit the ends of the second Long Red Hose over these two pins of the Proton Pack Body, as shown:

This is a closer view at the pin I used on the top edge of the Proton Pack:

These are all the hoses we have installed so far:

Fit the ends of the Long Blue Hose over these two pins of the Proton Pack Body, wrapping up and around the Ion Arm assembly as shown:

Fit the ends of the Short Blue Hose over these two pins of the Proton Pack Body, as shown:

Fit the ends of the Short Red Hose over these two pins of the Proton Pack Body, as shown:

This is the hose install step completed…

I was not really happy with the big looping hoses. They just don’t look right and are not very accurate. So, I removed them all and started a bit of modification. First, I trimmed all of them down to shorter lengths to fit closer to the Proton Pack body. These are the lengths I ended up with:

  • S1K – Long Red Hose = one at 44mm (the one closer to the bottom reactor) and one at 48mm (the top one)
  • S1L  – Long Black Hose = 52mm
  • S1M – Long Blue Hose = 71mm
  • S1N – Short Blue Hose = 25mm
  • S1O – Short Red Hose = 25mm

Then, I inserted a piece of 22 gauge Craft Wire into each one, cutting the wire shorter than each hose to allow space for the mounting pins. For example:

This allowed me to form each hose to the shape I wanted. After shortening and ‘wiring’ each hose, this is the end result:

Here is a comparison side-by-side with the stock version on the left, and my modded hoses on the right. For me, it is cleaner and more accurate to the real movie prop:

Step 06

Fit the small ‘gap’ at the end of the ‘spring cable’ of the Particle Thrower assembly into this notch of the Proton Pack Body, as shown.

I also inserted a long piece of the 22 gauge Craft Wire inside this ‘spring cable’ to allow me to shape the thrower cable as I see fit:

Fit the Proton Pack Body Rear into the back of the Proton Pack Body (trapping the cable ‘gap’ from the Particle Thrower).

Secure the Proton Pack Body Rear into place with four (4) HP screws, as shown:

Fit the A.L.I.C.E LC-1 Pack Frame to the Proton Pack Body Rear, aligning the locating pin and two screw holes, and then secure it into place with two (2) HP screws:

This completes our first Proton Pack:

Repeat all of these steps again with the other Proton Pack parts until you have completed all four:

Ghost Trap

The parts for the Ghost Trap arrived in their own separate packaging:

Step 07

Remove the backing paper from the Top Doors label sticker and apply the label to the top of the Ghost Trap Body, as shown:

While the trap itself is not functional and the top doors do not open, I used my hobby knife to carefully score this label to make the seam between the top doors a little more visible:

Push the pin on the shorter leg of the Handle into this hole of the Ghost Trap Body, as shown:

Press the tab of the Bar Graph down into this matching slot of the Ghost Trap Body, as shown:

Step 08

Fit the ‘gap’ at the end of Vacuum Hose 2 (the long black metal spring) into this notch on the underside of the Ghost Trap Body:

I also inserted a length of the 22 gauge Craft Wire into this ‘spring cable’ so I could bend the hose into any shape I want:

Fit the Ghost Trap Base into the opening of the Ghost Trap Body, trapping the Vacuum Hose 2 into place, as shown:

Secure the Ghost Trap Base to the body with two (2) IP screws:

Step 09

Fit the small tab on the base of the clear RT Box into the matching slot on the silver oval part of the Pedal Housing, as shown:

Secure this RT Box into place from below with one (1) BP screw:

Fit the post and pin of the Pedal Vector Plate into the matching holes of the Pedal Housing, as shown:

While holding the Pedal Vector Plate in place, turn the entire assembly over and fit the ‘gap’ of the free end of Vacuum Hose 2 into this notch of the Pedal Housing

… and then fit the Pedal Base into the Pedal Housing, trapping the end of Vacuum Hose 2, and secure all of these parts together with one (1) IP screw.

It is a little tricky to hold all of these parts together while the base is installed, so you may want a second set of hands to help:

With that, the Ghost Trap is complete!

Thoughts


Completing this Special Issue took a few hours of work. The hoses are finicky and not easy to work with. Magnifying glasses and tweezers are almost a necessity here. Heck, I might have even sworn a few times during the assembly. Still, they have a respectable amount of detail and look pretty darn good! I am pleased with the result.

On a side note, I am aware that many other builders have added the missing ribbon cable and some are even adding magnets to hold the Neutrona Wand to the pack. However, I know that the fantastic people over at Model Modz are working on a whole new set of 1:8 scale Proton Packs with lights, animation, and sound! I will surely end up purchasing them, so I did not want to spend a lot of time on these stock pieces.

All of the materials are plastic, except the long black ‘spring cables’ which are metal.

Delayed for a Hat

My next shipment of the Eaglemoss 1:8 scale Ghostbusters Ecto-1 should have arrived by now. I am on an ‘bi-weekly’ shipping schedule, but my last issue arrived three weeks ago and I have no pending charge/shipping notifications. When I reached out to Eaglemoss US customer service, I was first told that my next issues (15-18) are being held up because they do not have Free Gift #3 (the Baseball Cap) in stock.

I don’t wear hats so I told them to skip this gift. They said they could not skip the gift, then changed their story to say some of the stages were unavailable instead. I’m leaning towards the missing hats being the real problem.

This has happened before on my Mercedes-Benz 300SL and Nissan GT-R builds, where they held up issues 27-30 because of out-of-stock Display Bases. Strangely enough, they skipped over other gifts (like the spec stands) and kept shipping issues. I guess Eaglemoss does what they want when they want. Since they make no money on these partworks when issues do not ship, I would think they would want to send out issues constantly in order to keep the income flowing in, regardless if some freebies are unavailable.

Sadly, this means my Ecto-1 build is currently delayed. I will let you all know when I hear anything…

UPDATE July 9, 2020: I finally received Stages 15-18 along with the Baseball Cap gift.

Free Gift #2

When you sign up for the subscription-based Eaglemoss 1:8 scale Ghostbusters Ecto-1 model build, you will receive five FREE gifts along the way. The first gift was the Collector’s Binder, and the second is this License Plate. This plate arrived with Issue 4 (Stages 7-10).

This License Plate is a full size metal replica of the plate seen on the car in the first film. It arrived loose in the shipping box, but was wrapped in plastic. It is embossed around the letters and appears to be painted with the graphics. Not too bad for something free. Do be careful though, the edges are extremely sharp!

3-in-One Oil

If you are building any of the die-cast metal large scale models out there, you are probably familiar with the pain around driving screws into metal parts. In my experience, some of these screws have a tendency to bind up, strip threads, or simply snap off. Not only does it cause frustration, but it could cause a long delay in your build waiting for replacement parts.

For a while now, I have read about other builders that were using a little oil on their metal screw threads to help reduce the risk of damage and the effort needed to seat these screws fully. Up until this point, I had taken my time to carefully pre-thread metal screws, but it turns out they were on to something. I recently picked up some 3-in-One Multi-Purpose Oil (from the WD-40 Company) and it has changed everything!

I simply dip the tip of each metal screw into a tiny drop of this stuff and they go right in and without any drama. I should have done this sooner! If putting a little oil on the end of a metal screw is not feasible, you can also use a toothpick or other small tool to apply the oil directly into a screw hole before installing the screw.

I highly recommend grabbing a bottle of this oil (or other similar lubricant). It will surely save you time and headache!

Free Gift #1

When you sign up for the subscription-based Eaglemoss 1:8 scale Ghostbusters Ecto-1 model build, you will receive five FREE gifts along the way. The first gift is this Collector’s Binder to safely store your issues. This binder arrived with Issue 3 (Stages 3-6).

It is a full-color hard cardboard binder with detachable pins inside that can hold up to 16 issues. While the first Collector’s Binder is included for free, future binders are $7.99 USD each and will be charged to your credit card automatically during the build. Since they only hold 16 issues, we are going to need at least nine of them so let Eaglemoss know if you are not interested.