First post, first mod! I'm constantly looking at these forums (i.e. Bit-Tech, HardOCP)...in awe of the things that people pour time, money, and ultimately a computer into. It's incredible how talented some of you people are...and creative! I've always wanted to build my own PC from a pile of scrape materials into something recognizable as NOT A COMPUTER. The best of the modders always have good themes...Gnome, Crimson Sky, ZapWizard, Mashie, etc. Looking at these works of art, I NEED TO MOD!!! My initial idea the other day was to build a bomb like the one built by the kid in 'The Manhattan Project'...one of my childhood fav's. After finally tracking the movie down after visiting five different rental and movie stores in the area, I realize that that particular bomb casing will not only be too narrow in diameter, but I won't be able to fill it with enough stuff to make it look right. I continued to brainstorm about other objects from some of my favorite movies. There HAS to be something from a movie that I like, that hasn't been made into a PC yet. There HAS to be. So what else is there? Think about good movies! For some reason I have Caddyshack stuck in my head...wtf? A golf bag pc? dumb! What else has Bill Murray been in? He's funny. Ghostbusters? GREAT MOVIE...but what could I use from tha... A PROTON PACK!! EUREKA!! Holy hell! I remember when Ghostbusters first came out, I was obsessed with it! I had the plastic kid's Proton Pack toy with the Particle Thrower and the flimsy foam 'particle stream'. There was even a short time that I insisted on people calling me "Peter" (hey, I was in Kindergarten). What a perfect idea! Plus it will make my pc uber-portable for LANs! Damn! I've seen plenty of computer mods and been to dozens of sites, no way someone's done this before! So cue the research montage! Apparently there's a whole society of nerds that build prop Proton Packs from anything they can find (sound familiar?). There are tons of sites on the internet about these people that dress up and visit places with all their ghostbusting gear. And many of them are kind enough to provide detailed drawings and specs of the things they have built. From Proton Packs to ghost traps to the goggles that Ray wore in both films. Perfect! I perused several sites and chose three sets of plans that seemed detailed enough for my needs. There are even people that provide the original prop pieces that the studio used to build the packs in the first place. What luck! So with a memory stick full of plans, pics and links...and a stop at the office supply store to snatch up some posterboard and foamcore I begin! My attempts at modding in the past have failed due to poor planning, impatience and plain idiocy. NOT THIS TIME FRIENDS! I plan to build a complete foam and posterboard mockup of the pack first, altering the plans I have found to allow the inclusion of a working PC. I'm also hoping that by committing myself to a worklog, I'll be more motivated to follow through to the end on this one. Here's a pic of a finished, home-built prop Pack that I found, I hope that mine ends up this good looking.