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By Ebobhazard84
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Hello! This is my new build of ecto goggles based off of the GBFans parts. The battery compartment is genuine, however. In order to get it to fit, I had to sand it down a little, but it didn't take much and now it fits perfectly.

I just ordered the paint for the face plate, but other than that, these are pretty much ready to bust some heads! In a spiritual sense, of course


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By Ebobhazard84
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Here are a couple more shots of my goggles. I need to drill the hole on/off dial. Like the battery compartment, I have a real part knob and internals for it.

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By troberts289
#4976481
Looking good. I'm still trying to figure out the face pad on mine. Did you use the snaps, or just glue yours on?

I really can't say enough good things about the reproduction goggle parts from the GBfans store. I mean, just LOOK at em!

Mine's using the GBfans battery cover. The on/off switch is an original from eBay. (The two side knobs are printed and waiting for paint)
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By Ebobhazard84
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Those look great!!! For my face pad, I had read a while back that the creen used prop used some foam. I had extra uncut neoprene from my girlfriend's proton pack, so I rough cut it (being inspired by the rougg cut nature of the same neoprene on the proton packs) then stuck it on using double-sided stitch tape. Since the tape is designed to hold fabric together, it's super strong.

I also got black elastic strapping and I'm going to try to swap out the strap for something more screen accurate. Good luck on your build!
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By Ebobhazard84
#4976672
Ok, here's a little update on my straps! From what I can see, in the movie, the straps were black elastic straps, not the stock PVS-5 straps. And while I like those straps very much, I'm big on screen accuracy so I got some higg quality elastic and a buttons. I got everything installed and I think it looks pretty great! It isn't 100% accuracte, as the top strap should be held on with a d-ring, but it's a lot closer now!
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By Ebobhazard84
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Ok, got a couple more updates. On the screen used prop, there's an extra nickle snap on the side. I drilled out the existing hole and I added the snap. I also drilled a small hole for the on/off knob and got the thinnest screw I could find for the knob then I put a bolt, a few washers inside then below, I put another washer and bolt so it's all sandwiched together.

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I also received my Tamiya paint today for the aluminum plate! But it's way too cold out, so I'm going to have to wait a bit. But then... it's done!
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By Ebobhazard84
#4976948
Do you happen to know what was used if it wasn't the stock knob? I'm going for the end of movie look, where there was a visible knob (and the rubber strip connecting the battery cover to the frames) on the goggles.

Since it's just held on with a screw, if I ever wanted, I can take it off, too. I like having options.
By tobycj
#4977117
Ebobhazard84 wrote: January 15th, 2023, 1:31 pm Do you happen to know what was used if it wasn't the stock knob? I'm going for the end of movie look, where there was a visible knob (and the rubber strip connecting the battery cover to the frames) on the goggles.

Since it's just held on with a screw, if I ever wanted, I can take it off, too. I like having options.
User Dan AKA has used a 3/4" grey thumb knob on his current build, which seems to match the screenshots. If you're on Facebook have a look at the Spengler's 1984 Work Bench group for more info and pics. He's done an LA and a NY version of the goggles, as they differed a fair bit.
By troberts289
#4977219
I was looking a the GB2 goggles when I decided to go with an original power knob. (I think that's what it is, if not it's close)

And I did the GB1 lens kits from GBfans because they look great.

All my stuff is idealized. If there's a detail I like it's going on. My hero pack even has Makita batteries on the back, just cause I like the look.
By troberts289
#4977220
I also sprung for ectotainment's replica face pad on Ebay, and it was worth it. It's a little thicker than The GB1 googles, but it looks and fits great, and I don't mind having it on my head all day.
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By Ectotainment
#4977235
Awesome! I'm glad you like the face cushion! They're definitely more comfortable than the original milspec ones. I tested out a bunch of different materials to get the right balance. Cheers!
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By Ebobhazard84
#4978295
Little late but last weekend was pretty nice here in MA, so I finally got to painting the face plate. Image

I think it looks really nice. I've been looking into different thumb dials and other accuracy upgrades but I think it's a good start!
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By Ebobhazard84
#4986483
So after sitting with my goggles for a while, I decided to make some modifications to move them closer to screen accurate. A while back, I drilled small holes into the frames where the original night vision goggles had screws. That stressed me out a bit but the ABS drills really well and it was easy once I had the spaces all measured out. After a signiciant passage of time, I got ahold of some Mack's Factory dry rub transfers, which were really good. One small caveat to that, though, is I miss when the MF dry rubs were all inclusive. The first set I got back in 2018-19 had enough for like, two proton packs (including Clippard 3814-1 tubing transfer), a trap, and goggles. Now, the sets are pretty limited, but oh well.

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Then I heavily modified the straps. After poking around on Egon's 1984 Workbench, I got a little more info on straps. I'm not convinced my straps are accurate but they work best for me. I tried Nylon straps but the knot didn't stay and they ended up too loose, so I went back to elastic strap. The big step was drilling out the included snap on the top of the housing to make way for the d-ring, but after some deep soul searching I decided, "screw it. What's the worst that happens?" and went ahead. I think they look great.

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Finally, I recognize the power knob is incorrect but I can't find a reliable source for what was actually there. I know a lot of people think it was a thumb screw but even that, there is disagreement on. If anyone knows a good solution, please share a link. As of right now, I'm calling these good until I can find a solid piece of reference for the knob.
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