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Collecting Monsters => Masks and Busts => Topic started by: Dr Wolfenstein on December 22, 2013, 09:56:34 PM

Title: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on December 22, 2013, 09:56:34 PM
  Hi Monsterkids,

     I thought you guys might be interested in my life size Frankenstein monster build.I've always wanted one but kept putting it off because of work and everyday life.I've seen some nice Frankenstein figures produced by members of this board so I thought it was about time to stop procrastinating and get on with it.

    I thought it would be fun to have a kind of forum build.Now since I live in Australia and the majority of the members are from the US it's not possible for you guys to physically help but you can in other ways if you like.I'd love to hear your comments ,good or bad, on the build.Feel free to post any design ideas you may have.I know there are a lot of talented artists here so post some design sketches.Also please post any links to websites that you think may help with the build,costume sites ,high res photos etc.

    Now the build I'm planing on doing is a little different from most builds in that I plan to build some of electrical machinery from the film.It will be like a giant diorama.Now I have limited space so I can't build it as big as I would like so I'll be taking some liberties with the design.The Frankenstein Monster I would like to make as close as possible to the 31 Karloff version.I was thinking of having the display as a combination of Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein.That way I could also use it for the Monster from Bride as well.The space I plan to display the diorama is approximately Length 2.2m(7'2"),width 1.65m(5'5") and a height of 2.2m(7'2") hope I got my conversions right.
    From what I've read Boris Karloff was somewhere between 5'10" and 5'11".So if you add about 2" to 3" for his boots and possibly !" for his headpiece he probably stood between 6'2" and 6'3" so he should  fit.Please correct me if I'm wrong.

   I started this sculpture about 2 months ago but had to stop because of work commitments.I've spent about two days so far.It's only roughed out at this point,there's still a lot of work to do on it.
  (http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/PC220022asmall.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/PC220022asmall.jpg.html)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/Frankensteinarmature.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/Frankensteinarmature.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on December 22, 2013, 10:30:13 PM
I plan to build to two machines pictured.Machine B will have a working jacobs ladder.I have a 15000volt 30mA transformer to power it,it will be in a box under the discs.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/CliveColinFrankensteinmachineab.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/CliveColinFrankensteinmachineab.jpg.html)
Here's a poor sketch I did in about 5mins at 2am when I couldn't sleep.Feel free to add your own ideas.This was only to get me started.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/frankensteindioramasketch1.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/frankensteindioramasketch1.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: the_horror_man on December 22, 2013, 10:40:10 PM
This is a huge project to undertake. I am amazed at even the rough look. You have done a lot in the past 2 days. I was going to suggest maybe just using the Universal studios Frankenstein mask for the head. However, it appears that you have the talent and drive to hand make the entire project. I was also thinking of making a life size Frankenstein, but using the mask as the head. I can't wait to see this as it progresses.

thm
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on December 22, 2013, 11:02:11 PM
Thanks THM
  I thought about about using a pre made bust or mask but I decided to make my own.The head and hands will either be platinum silicone or slushed cast polyurethane resin.
  Here is a jacobs ladder I made for my monster room.(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/jacosladder.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/jacosladder.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on December 23, 2013, 04:41:36 PM
  I need six insulators for the top of machine B so I moulded one I found on ebay.It's about 12cm (4 1/2") tall.The silicone is called banana skin,it's an addition cured silicone (platinum based),very flexible.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/insulatorpourset-up.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/insulatorpourset-up.jpg.html)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/insulatorpour.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/insulatorpour.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on December 23, 2013, 05:28:09 PM
This is where I'm at the moment on machine B.I decided to make a plywood box as a base to house the 15000volt transformer to power the Jacobs ladder.I wanted it self contained as the transformer is heavy.The box is on casters and is 40cm x40cm x 30cm high(16"x16"x12"high).I found an old cathode ray oscilloscope on ebay and used the faceplate to detail the front.It has no other function although I may add a led to light up the scope(I know these weren't around in the 30's but it looks cool).For the disks I was originally going to cut 6mm (1/4") mdf but found these platters at a local discount store.They are 39cm(15 1/2") in diameter and have a nice ceramic look about them.I had to buy an 11cm (4 1/2") hole saw and drill out each one.These will fit over the plumbing pipe which is 1m (40") tall.I need to cut about 100 spacers to separate the disks.I'm not sure where I'm going to put the switch for the Jacobs ladder yet.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/machineB.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/machineB.jpg.html)

I've started work on machine A.Will post pictures soon.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on December 23, 2013, 05:33:17 PM

   Does anyone have any clear photos of the neck bolts on Frankenstein?Also the size?I want to turn these out of aluminium.

  Thanks

   Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on December 24, 2013, 02:49:14 PM
   Started the second machine (A).I'm making this in three sections so it's easier to move around.The sections will be bolted together with an access panel on the back.
   
    The middle section.You can never have too many clamps.Once I glued on the front panel I realised it should have been recessed.DOH!! Have to fix this.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/machineAmiddle.jpg)
    The middle section on top of the base. marked out where the Edison bulbs and valves will go.I bought some large radio valves (807) off ebay and some Edison light bulbs.These may light up.
 (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/machineAmiddle.jpg.html)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/machineAbottom.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/machineAbottom.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: jimm on December 24, 2013, 03:45:06 PM
Great start, love the Jacobs Ladder O0
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Professor Rumsfield on December 24, 2013, 06:39:01 PM
What a Great Project.  I am wanting to do something similar for Halloween 2014 .  I want to do the Aurora Monsters in 1/1 as depicted by the kits.  Although I am going to use "The Forgotten Prisoner" for my starting project and work up to more of the complex ones.  ;)
I will definitely be following  this one and hopefully be able to give you a few ideas as well.

Your sculpting skills are amazing !

Professor Rumsfield
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on December 24, 2013, 07:04:19 PM

I will definitely be following  this one and hopefully be able to give you a few ideas as well.



  Thanks guys,love to hear your ideas.I've also thought about doing a life size Forgotten Prisoner I have two skeletons.Too many ideas and not enough time. :P

 
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: ActionJax on December 25, 2013, 02:16:03 PM
Wow!  I am really looking forward to this project.  I have the similar idea for my Halloween yard display.  So I'm really looking forward to see how yours turns out.  Keep up the great work!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on December 25, 2013, 05:06:21 PM
 Thanks AJ
  I've cast up the insulators and some knobs.These were cast in polyurethane resin.Also made some spacers for the plates.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/PC2600042.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/PC2600042.jpg.html)

  The woodwork for machine A is mostly done.It is made in three sections and has removable panels on the back for lighting.I recessed the panel in the middle section,I think it looks better.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/PC2600062.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/PC2600062.jpg.html)

 Tested the spacers in the plates before gluing.

access.(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/PC2600102.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/PC2600102.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: slasher on December 25, 2013, 09:10:59 PM
Wow! You're going all out. Can't wait to see the end result. Seems like it'll be museum worthy.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: ActionJax on December 26, 2013, 12:40:17 AM
Slasher,

That's exactly what I was thinking.  This looks like it will fit perfectly in a museum or heck...on a film set. 

Dr. Wolfenstein,

What's your background?  Do you do this professionally?  If not...you sure should.  Looking GREAT!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: demons by daylight on December 26, 2013, 04:02:45 PM
Man, just keep on truckin!! It looks great!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on December 26, 2013, 04:48:03 PM
Slasher,

That's exactly what I was thinking.  This looks like it will fit perfectly in a museum or heck...on a film set. 

Dr. Wolfenstein,

What's your background?  Do you do this professionally?  If not...you sure should.  Looking GREAT!


 Thanks guys.
  Yes I do work in the film industry here in Australia.I sculpt,mould,do prosthetics and the occasional prop making.Australia's not known for it's monster movies which is my main interest.So i thought I'd go over the top with my Frankenstein build ;D
  I was thinking about doing a short film after I finish this diorama,it will definitely have monsters in it.
  These are the two machines side by side.The off white pipe on machine B is not wide enough so i'll have to make it from scratch.I also put a quick stain on the base to see how it looks.These machines will be aged when they are finished.
  Thanks for looking.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/twomachines.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/twomachines.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on December 28, 2013, 05:42:38 PM
 Hi Everyone,
   Just a little update.I gave machine A a base coat of flat black.It still needs to be heavily aged but I'll do that once i have sorted out all the bits and pieces that fit to the machine.The top and bottom panels will need to have a slight shine which i'll do with some satin or gloss paint.I've widened the centre cylinder on machine B but still need to clad it.I bought some polycarbonate at the local hardware store to use.Styrene or acrylic would have been easier to paint but it was all they had.The specialty plastic suppliers are still closed over the christmas break.I've made some "feet" to support this cylinder but have not  put them on yet.I haven't decided where I'm going to put the on switch for the Jacobs ladder.Possibly at the back.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/twomachines291213.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/twomachines291213.jpg.html)

These are some pieces I might use.The knife switch on the top right will be used on the bottom panel of machine A (does anyone know the actual names for these machines???).The switch on the top right will be used to turn on the Jacobs ladder.The 6 thingys at the front might be used on the top of machine A although in the movie they're spring like.As you can seen my electrical terminology sucks.
  Anyway thats it for now.If you have any ideas or comments please post them.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/bitsamppieces.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/bitsamppieces.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Starvas on December 31, 2013, 03:45:24 AM
Hey Gab, really looking great on the Monster sculpture and the props are looking fantastic. You've definitely made great progress. Looking
forward to seeing more soon.

Happy New Year...  :)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: poppydave on December 31, 2013, 02:50:56 PM
Dr wolfenstein, I really do believe it was a good idea at the time. Absolutely love what you are doing, very professional work. "Happy New Year ".
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on January 01, 2014, 04:56:54 AM
 Hi
 Thanks for the kind words Starvas and Poppydave .I've become obsessed with this project.It's been a lot of fun so far.

  Started work on the lower panel for machine A.The copper terminals were made from tap seating valves with the rubber seal removed.
The knife switches and meter are not fixed in place,just seeing how they look.Will have a working light on the panel like the movie.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/machineApanela.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/machineApanela.jpg.html)

  I've painted the insulators that go on machine B as it would have been too difficult to paint once on the machine.I used rustoleum paints.This is the first time i've used them,they seem Ok and cover well.I removed the oscilloscope tube from the base so that I can put in a light.I also removed a knob from the front panel so that I could place a switch there to turn the light on and off.I also aged the box a little.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/insulatorpainted.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/insulatorpainted.jpg.html)

  I did a test with the Jacobs Ladder before putting into the machine.The room is very bright so it's a little difficult to see but am extremely happy with the way it looks.Just need to find some high voltage cable before I can completely install it.Can't wait to see how looks in the machine.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/laddertest.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/laddertest.jpg.html)

 That's it for now will post more photos in a few days.

 Thanks

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Scatter on January 01, 2014, 09:26:50 AM
Ummmmm...............AWESOME!!!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on January 02, 2014, 03:33:55 AM
  Thanks Scatter
 Just a quick update.
 Almost finished Machine B,waiting for some components to arrive so that I can wire up the Jacobs Ladder and lamp.Still have to finish painting and ageing.The acrylic tube on top still has it's protective plastic film on it,this will be removed when finished.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/almostcompleteB.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/almostcompleteB.jpg.html)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/topmachineB.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/topmachineB.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Count_Zirock on January 02, 2014, 04:54:17 AM
Holy guacamole, I'm beyond impressed! These things are killer works of art. That's gonna be an amazing set-up!

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Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: westbatman on January 02, 2014, 11:43:04 PM
Man, this is so cool! I'm loving it!

Andy
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: ActionJax on January 03, 2014, 10:55:56 AM
This is one of the best builds I've every seen.  And its so much fun watching it come together piece by piece.  You are a real artist, and an inspiration!  More pics please! :)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on January 05, 2014, 04:33:59 AM
 Thanks Count Zirock, Westbatman and ActionJax I appreciate the comments. :)

  Not a very interesting update today.Started building the flats for the walls.Used  3" x 1" and 2" x 1" pine.The first photo shows the frame for one of the flats.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/wallframe.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/wallframe.jpg.html)

  The second photo shows the 4 main flats for the walls.The 2 on the ground will be on either side of the door.There will be another small flat sitting above these 2 to form the lintel stone above the doorway.This will be made tomorrow.The 2 flats on their sides will be the rear wall.I was thinking of putting a 20cm x 20cm (8"x8") beam (fake of course) between these so that I can have a join and can separate the walls if I need to without having to break apart the stone blocks that will sit on top of them.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/walls.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/walls.jpg.html)

  Hopefully tomorrow I'll have the walls up and door in place so I can see how it looks.

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: MonsterGuy95 on January 05, 2014, 11:32:41 AM
This looks very interesting! Dying to see the finished result!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on January 07, 2014, 02:56:30 PM
Thanks MonsterGuy95

  I put the walls up.A bit of a struggle doing this on my own.The ends of the walls won't be straight as pictured but will be stepped to give it a bit more character.I'll do this when the stone sheets I've made are up.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/finishedflats.jpg)
 
  Just seeing how the set looks with the machines,I haven't decided on their positions yet.I was thinking of either building a third electrical machine or perhaps a bookshelf to put on some chemistry glassware,old books and small electrical devices.I've been collecting a lot of chemistry equipment over there last 20 years.What do you guys think?

 (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/finishedflats.jpg.html)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/flatswithmachines.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/flatswithmachines.jpg.html)

   This is just a photo of one of the stone sheets being cast.I'm lucky enough to have large latex mould of a stone wall so it makes it a bit easier to do.Without the mould I'd probably glue on sheets of polystyrene and carve out the individual blocks then cover them with casting plaster.(A little hint: to slow down the setting of plaster add some lemon juice)

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/castingasheet.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/castingasheet.jpg.html)

   One of the stone sheets cast out.I added some black oxide to the plaster for the mortar lines.I'll be changing some of the sizes of the stones once the sheets are up.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/stonesheet.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/stonesheet.jpg.html)

   I'm also thinking of adding a small wooden table to the front righthand side of the set to put some of the chemistry and electrical equipment that are in Bride of Frankenstein.The door will be done once the stonework is painted.I'll hopefully have the stonework up by the weekend.

  Cheers
   Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Carts on January 07, 2014, 04:44:47 PM
This is way beyond brilliant!I am literally sitting here slack jawed!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Mord on January 07, 2014, 08:54:53 PM
Are you sure you're not related to Kenneth Strickfadden?
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on January 10, 2014, 11:15:24 PM
Thanks  Carts

Are you sure you're not related to Kenneth Strickfadden?


 I've always been fascinated by Strickfaddens electrical devices in Frankenstein and Bride as well as other monster/mad scientist movies Mord

 Another quick update,been a little busy with work.Put the plaster stone sheets up today.I sprayed some foam on the backs then stapled them up.All the joins still need to be fixed and some of the smaller stones made larger.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/sheetwithfoam.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/sheetwithfoam.jpg.html)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/wallunfinished.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/wallunfinished.jpg.html)

 Thanks
  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on January 13, 2014, 04:18:02 AM
 Hi Guys,

  Ok got a little more done.I've finished most of the plaster repair work to the walls.I probably should have made the stones out of polystyrene but i had the latex mould and some casting plaster at home.These panels weigh a tonne.I've also started painting the walls.They're about 50% complete.
  The walls appear lighter in the 1st two pics.I've adjusted the contrast in the 3rd photo,this is closer to the look so far.I wanted the walls quite dark.Hopefully I'll have most of the painting done tomorrow.I'll finish the painting of the walls once it's on the base.
   The door still needs to be completed and I'll have to start thinking about the base.I need to move the walls out of the workshop so that I can continue with other parts of the project.
   Good news is that my high voltage wire has arrived from the States so I can continue with the Jacobs Ladder.Some other materials arrived as well so I have plenty to do.I'm anxious to get back to sculpting The Monster.I'm thinking of starting a new head sculpt in a different pose.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/paint2.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/paint2.jpg.html)

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/paint1.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/paint1.jpg.html)

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/paint3dark.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/paint3dark.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: ActionJax on January 13, 2014, 01:28:31 PM
Love the stone work.  But I have to admit, I also liked it them with the "grey" color.  Kinda reminded me of a B&W movie print. :)

Looking forward to seeing more of the monster now.  I check back here daily just to see what you've done!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Mord on January 13, 2014, 03:12:04 PM
Wow, now I want the inside of my house to look like that. That's some talent you have there, buddy.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on January 13, 2014, 07:25:43 PM
Love the stone work.  But I have to admit, I also liked it them with the "grey" color.  Kinda reminded me of a B&W movie print. :)

Looking forward to seeing more of the monster now.  I check back here daily just to see what you've done!

  Here's a pic of the wall as it is now plus a b&w version for you ActionJax. Hmmm grey would have looked pretty good.The Frankenstein lab seemed like a dank and dark place to me like a train tunnel thats why I went this way.I'm trying not to add too much colour to the diorama,trying to keep it almost monochromatic.Earthy tones.The door may be coloured in shades of grey like old hardwood.What do you guys think?

Wow, now I want the inside of my house to look like that. That's some talent you have there, buddy.

  Thanks Mord.At one point I was very tempted to do my monster room like this but realised that once the book shelves and poster were up you wouldn't see much.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/wallalmostfingray.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/wallalmostfingray.jpg.html)

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/wallalmostfin.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/wallalmostfin.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: FRANKEinstein on January 15, 2014, 01:07:27 AM
Extremely Well Done!!!
Thanks for sharing all these fantastic pics!!
I had long planned to build a set like this....
but it would Not have been as good!
Thanks for the inspiration!
Jeff
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: houseoftheunusual on January 15, 2014, 05:13:55 AM
Once you finish the project you deserve a free 6 foot Frankenstein full color poster from my company. This is got to be an awesome one of a kind project! Wish you live here in the states....I need a picture of this project when done very impressed!!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: shadowbat69 on January 15, 2014, 09:50:11 PM
This is an amazing project. Beautiful work. I can't even begin to imagine how this thing is going to look when it's all complete.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on January 16, 2014, 07:41:32 AM
Extremely Well Done!!!
Thanks for sharing all these fantastic pics!!
I had long planned to build a set like this....
but it would Not have been as good!
Thanks for the inspiration!
Jeff


  Thanks Jeff. You should start your set,I'm having a lot of fun.I've been collecting bits and pieces for years and decided to stop procrastinating and just do it.If you need some help moulding and casting let me know,I'm happy to share information.

Once you finish the project you deserve a free 6 foot Frankenstein full color poster from my company. This is got to be an awesome one of a kind project! Wish you live here in the states....I need a picture of this project when done very impressed!!


  Wow!!! Thanks for the offer.I'm hopping to get a lot done before work starts picking up.Sometimes I wished I lived in the States it would be a lot easier to source vintage items than it is here.I'd probably have more friends who are into monsters as well.That's one thing I like about this forum you gain friends throughout the world.I'll send you a few shots of the dio when I'm done.

This is an amazing project. Beautiful work. I can't even begin to imagine how this thing is going to look when it's all complete.


  Thanks Shadowbat69.I'm not sure how it's going to look either. ;D

  Ok on with the build.I started the door today.I made some bolt heads out of MDF then coated them with plaster to look like rust,I added some PVA glue to the water before mixing it with the plaster then stippled the surface with a brush.I made 12 then made a mould and cast them out of polyurethane resin.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/bolts1.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/bolts1.jpg.html)

  I used pine for the door.I laminated balsa wood on top of the pine so that I could easily rough up the surface and age the wood.The next photo shows the bolts on the door,these aren't glued in yet and I haven't distressed the balsa yet.I still have to make the hinges,door handle and lock.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/doorwip.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/doorwip.jpg.html)

  Hopefully I'll have the door done tomorrow.I won't paint it just yet I still haven't decided how I want it to look.

  Thanks for looking and I appreciate your comments.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: houseoftheunusual on January 17, 2014, 01:04:47 AM
WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Shear Genius!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on January 17, 2014, 04:27:46 AM
  Thanks Eddie  :) :) :)

  I made the door hinges and lock today.Mainly made from MDF.I dremeled the edges of the MDF to age them. The grey pieces you see in the first photo is 4mm plastic heated with a heat gun and bent into shape for the lock.I used epoxy putty to form the fasteners for the lock and hinges.I wanted them rough looking as if they were hammered in.I also used electrical conduit for the hinges.It pays to horde stuff.  ;D
 
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/doorlockhinges.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/doorlockhinges.jpg.html)

  The next pic shows the almost finished door with lock,hinges and bolts fitted.I still have to distress the timber.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/doorfin.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/doorfin.jpg.html)

  The red wire below is the high voltage wire for the Jacobs Ladder.I bought some switches from ebay,these may be used for the low voltage lighting or just as decoration on the machines.I also bought some old style material coated electrical leads,and 1/4" brass terminal nuts.The green plastic coated wire is for plants,I'll paint it black to use as faux electrical wiring that will attach to the knife switches and meters.The good thing about this wire is that it is thick (5-6mm) , can be bent into any shape and is cheap. :)

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/wiring.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/wiring.jpg.html)

  I'll spend tomorrow working on the top of machine A. After that I want to spend a bit of time on the Frankenstein monster.WOOHOO!!!

  Thanks for looking

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Phantom Dave on January 17, 2014, 07:02:40 AM
WOW, this is amazing!  I cannot wait to see it when it's complete.  Awesome work!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: ActionJax on January 17, 2014, 08:22:56 AM
It's like we're walking onto the Frankenstein set construction in 1931.  You are a real artist.  When you get some time, I'd love to see some of your other work too.

So do you pick up most of the parts from eBay?  Or do you have other places?  And I'm interested in building my own Jacobs ladder.  Got any advice on how best to construct it?  And where to get the materials? ~Thanks :)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on January 18, 2014, 02:44:36 AM
WOW, this is amazing!  I cannot wait to see it when it's complete.  Awesome work!

 
  Thanks Phantom Dave.I can't wait to see this completed myself. ;D
 
  Thanks ActionJax
   I did get a lot of parts from ebay such as the meters,knife switches,radio valves and the transformer for the Jacobs ladder.It will be a lot easier and cheaper for you if you live in the US.I've found some great stuff on US ebay but either the seller won't ship overseas >:( or the postage is way too expensive :(.There's not really much to a Jacobs Ladder,a transformer,power lead and switch connected to the transformer,high voltage cable leading to the 2 brass electrodes.That's pretty much it,the rest of the stuff on there is just to make it look cool.The transformer I have is a 15000v 30ma old neon sign transformer.The newer ones won't work.If you Google "Jacobs Ladder how to"you'll find a lot better information than I can give.If you know an electrician he can check it to make sure it's safe.It's a good idea to cover the electrodes with a clear acrylic tube.You can also try to get a transformer from neon sign shops.
   Here's a link to an Abbott and Costello statue I did as a tribute to the guys.I have a tendency not to take photos of my work so I don't have a lot.

http://www.universalmonsterarmy.com/forum/index.php?topic=23570.0 (http://www.universalmonsterarmy.com/forum/index.php?topic=23570.0)

Started the top of machine A today.Below is a jig I made to bend the 4mm acrylic rods.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/jigmachineA.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/jigmachineA.jpg.html)

This is what I got done.I still have to put something in the middle grey area.I'm toying around with the idea of putting some flashing lights there.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/P1topmachineA180010.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/P1topmachineA180010.jpg.html)

  Hopefully tomorrow I'll get some sculpting done.I'll take a little break from the machines to work on the head and hands.I still have to make the neck bolts.

  Cheers

 Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: westbatman on January 19, 2014, 12:19:05 PM
Gab,

You know, I belong to many boards but I think this is my favorite thread ... ever!

I've always wanted to build a Jacob's ladder for Halloween and after seeing yours I'm going to do it. Iread somewhere that they give off a gas, how long can you run one safely?
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: gracebuster on January 19, 2014, 12:27:33 PM
I am totally on the edge of my seat. Seriously.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: ActionJax on January 22, 2014, 10:51:14 AM
 
  Thanks Phantom Dave.I can't wait to see this completed myself. ;D
 
  Thanks ActionJax
   I did get a lot of parts from ebay such as the meters,knife switches,radio valves and the transformer for the Jacobs ladder.It will be a lot easier and cheaper for you if you live in the US.I've found some great stuff on US ebay but either the seller won't ship overseas >:( or the postage is way too expensive :(.There's not really much to a Jacobs Ladder,a transformer,power lead and switch connected to the transformer,high voltage cable leading to the 2 brass electrodes.That's pretty much it,the rest of the stuff on there is just to make it look cool.The transformer I have is a 15000v 30ma old neon sign transformer.The newer ones won't work.If you Google "Jacobs Ladder how to"you'll find a lot better information than I can give.If you know an electrician he can check it to make sure it's safe.It's a good idea to cover the electrodes with a clear acrylic tube.You can also try to get a transformer from neon sign shops.
   Here's a link to an Abbott and Costello statue I did as a tribute to the guys.I have a tendency not to take photos of my work so I don't have a lot.

[url]http://www.universalmonsterarmy.com/forum/index.php?topic=23570.0[/url] ([url]http://www.universalmonsterarmy.com/forum/index.php?topic=23570.0[/url])

Started the top of machine A today.Below is a jig I made to bend the 4mm acrylic rods.

([url]http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/jigmachineA.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/jigmachineA.jpg.html[/url])

This is what I got done.I still have to put something in the middle grey area.I'm toying around with the idea of putting some flashing lights there.

([url]http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/P1topmachineA180010.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/P1topmachineA180010.jpg.html[/url])

  Hopefully tomorrow I'll get some sculpting done.I'll take a little break from the machines to work on the head and hands.I still have to make the neck bolts.

  Cheers

 Gab


Thanks for the information Doctor!  I've gone to eBay and found a few items I think will work.  I'm going to hit up the local hardware stores and such to see if I can find anything else that might work.

As for the Jacob's ladder, I can't really seem to find what I'm looking for...a true tutorial on how to build one.  Maybe I'm not using the proper search words or something.  So any additional help would be great!

And I'm really looking forward to see what you're going to do next!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: ActionJax on January 24, 2014, 12:05:04 PM
Where's the update?!  Looking forward to seeing what's to come.  Hehehee
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on January 25, 2014, 03:22:53 AM
 Hi Everyone,

Gab,

You know, I belong to many boards but I think this is my favorite thread ... ever!

I've always wanted to build a Jacob's ladder for Halloween and after seeing yours I'm going to do it. Iread somewhere that they give off a gas, how long can you run one safely?


 Thanks westbatman,
  The Jacobs Ladder will produce ozone and nitrogen oxide which is not good to breath they should be in a well ventilated area.I only have these on for a minute or two.They can heat up a lot too.But they are a lot of fun. >:D

I am totally on the edge of my seat. Seriously.


 Thanks Daniel I appreciate everyones comments ,it keeps me motivated.Feel free to post any ideas you might have.I'd love to hear them.

 
Where's the update?!  Looking forward to seeing what's to come.  Hehehee


 Here it is!!! ;D Sorry for the delay,work got in the way again.Also if you have anymore questions about the Jacobs Ladder let me know.I'll see if I can find some info on line and i'll post the links.

  Cast my hands today using alginate.Once it was mixed with water I poured  it into a pvc pipe and put my hand in.I wouldn't recommend doing this without help.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/handcast.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/handcast.jpg.html)

  Once it set (about 2min) I pulled my hand out.The pvc does have a split in it just in case I got stuck.There is a lot of suction when trying to remove your hand,normally the alginate is sliced with a blunt spatula.I melted some oil based clay then poured it into the alginate to give a thin layer,once cool 2 part rigid foam was poured in with a wooden dowel for a stand.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/claypour.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/claypour.jpg.html)

  The clay hands removed from the moulds and ready to sculpt on.The pose isn't exactly what I wanted so may have to do another hand cast.I won't be working on these just yet so I'll decide latter.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/clayhands.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/clayhands.jpg.html)

  Made a quick set of neck electrodes..If you look closely at the Frankenstein photo in the back you can see that the electrode is a little beaten and not pristine like most people make them.I'll mould them and then pour some polyurethane resin in to finish them off.I'll make both a battered set and pristine set to see what looks better on the sculpt.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/neckelectrodes.jpg)

  I bought some wooden table legs off ebay.They only had metal ones at the hardware store.I'll make a small table to put the electrical and chemistry equipment you see in Bride of Frankenstein.Never made a proper table before only workbenches so this should be fun.
 (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/neckelectrodes.jpg.html)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/tablelegs.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/tablelegs.jpg.html)

 Also bought a new camera,well 2nd hand off ebay,so once I learn how to use it I'll post a video of the Jacobs Ladder.Assuming i can figure out how to post a video. ;D

 Thanks again everyone for your comments.Will post more pics soon.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on January 26, 2014, 11:18:53 PM
 Hi,
  Just a small update.This is the first time I've posted a video that I've made so I hope it works.I couldn't resist anymore I had to finish wiring up the Jacobs Ladder to see if it works.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/th_JacobsLaddertest.jpg) (http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/JacobsLaddertest.mp4)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: ActionJax on January 27, 2014, 12:01:45 AM
OMG!  That looks so good.  And you are so accurate with the design.  I just re-watched the original 1931 film and paused at the creation scene, and I have to say that yours looks "dead-on!"  Great job.

As for my quest to build my Jacobs Ladder, could you get me a picture of the neon transformer you use?  Thanks :)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on January 27, 2014, 12:33:58 AM
  Thanks AJ
   The machine I made is a little thinner (400mm wide) than the one in the film (about 600mm wide).I'm just trying to get a feel for the film not an exact copy.It would take me years to copy it exactly and cost a fortune.
 
  This is the type of transformer I used,an old neon sign transformer.This one was made here in Australia so it runs on 240v input whereas the US it would be 110v.If you look at the first page of this thread you can see the one I actually used on this Jacobs Ladder,it is very similar.The type pictured here was used in my small Jacobs Ladder you see one the first page ,this one is a spare I have for another future project.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/nstransformer2.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/nstransformer2.jpg.html)

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/nstransformer1.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/nstransformer1.jpg.html)
 
Another vid of the Jacobs Ladder.Turn up the volume it's really cool.
 (http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/Untitled2.mp4)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: ActionJax on January 27, 2014, 01:22:31 AM
Thank you very much.  That was exactly what to see.

I never meant to imply that you were trying to build an "exact" copy.  But you are doing an incredible job of creating something that would have easily been seen on the set. :)  I've said it before and I'll say it again, you are a real artist my friend.  And an inspiration to me.  I'm wanting to build something (as good as I can) for my yard display this Halloween.  So I really appreciate all the advice and recommendations I can get. :)

I look forward to see your project completed.

Oh and how's the sculpt coming?
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on January 27, 2014, 01:46:32 AM


Thank you very much.  That was exactly what to see.

I never meant to imply that you were trying to build an "exact" copy.  But you are doing an incredible job of creating something that would have easily been seen on the set. :)  I've said it before and I'll say it again, you are a real artist my friend.  And an inspiration to me.  I'm wanting to build something (as good as I can) for my yard display this Halloween.  So I really appreciate all the advice and recommendations I can get. :)

I look forward to see your project completed.

Oh and how's the sculpt coming?


 No problem.If you want more pics let me know.
 
 As for the sculpture it's going slow,I actually haven't touched it yet.Want to finish the neck electrodes and then I'll do a bit more.

 I'm thinking of repainting the walls, I think your right they would look better grey.They are a little overpowering at the moment.

 
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: ActionJax on January 27, 2014, 08:52:50 AM
Ooo the grey I think would look really good.  Not to say that I don't like what you've got now.  But the grey walls would lend itself to the idea of a B&W film.

I'm still surprised that you're going to start your sculpt over again.  I thought you were really capturing the creature quite well.  Are you planning on trying to do Boris even more accurately?  Or more of a generic monster?

And if your not going to be using that first sculpt...I'd love to have it! :)  I'll be sending you may address here in the States.  You can just send it along with anything else you might be getting rid of.  ;)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on January 27, 2014, 02:13:55 PM


Ooo the grey I think would look really good.  Not to say that I don't like what you've got now.  But the grey walls would lend itself to the idea of a B&W film.

I'm still surprised that you're going to start your sculpt over again.  I thought you were really capturing the creature quite well.  Are you planning on trying to do Boris even more accurately?  Or more of a generic monster?

And if your not going to be using that first sculpt...I'd love to have it! :)  I'll be sending you may address here in the States.  You can just send it along with anything else you might be getting rid of.  ;)

   I think grey was a good call it would be less distracting and move the focal point away from the walls and to the Frankenstein monster after all that should be the main interest of the diorama.Plus I can paint the door a wood tone and it won't blend in with the walls.

   I'm going to finish the sculpt I've started and  going to  start another with a different facial expression once I get more clay.I want these as accurate as I can to the Karloff 31 Frankenstein.In the future I may sculpt Karloff from Bride and alternate figures in the diorama this will depend on how this current Frankenstein goes.

   When this project is finished I was thinking of having a competition,if it's OK with the Terry,and giving away a set of Frankenstein parts so that someone here could make their own figure.We'll see it all depends on how the final figure looks I guess and if there is any interest.

  Thanks again for the comments and interest in this project.

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: shadowbat69 on January 28, 2014, 12:15:01 PM
Such an amazing project. Loving it! 8)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: ActionJax on January 28, 2014, 12:35:25 PM
Now after you're done with this one you're going to do make other iconic classic monster diaroma, right?

Dracula?
The Wolf Man?
The Mummy?
The Creature From the Black Lagoon?
Phantom of the Opera? (silent version please)

and then these will all be displayed in the Australian Classic Universal Monster's Museum. :)

Now that would be a trip worth taking to see this kind of work.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Starvas on January 28, 2014, 11:04:43 PM
Great work Gab. The stone work and Jacobs Ladder are looking really fantastic, can't wait to see more. Thanks for posting the video.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Count_Zirock on January 29, 2014, 12:07:33 AM
Mind-boggling! This stuff is film set-ready! When Guillermo del Toro remakes "Frankenstein," you should be building the machinery!

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Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on January 29, 2014, 05:04:49 AM
Thanks Shadowbat69,ActionJax,Starvas and Count_Zirock

  I do have other life size figures planned when this is finished but I don't know if I'll do such elaborate dioramas.Some will be Universal Monsters,some Hammer characters and some original designs.I would love to do a Creature from the Black Lagoon for my back yard. ;D

  I would love to work for Guillermo del Toro on any of his projects Count,he's one of my favourite directors.

  Another quick update,finally managed to spend a couple of hours on the frankenstein sculpt today.Still needs a lot more work.Just roughed in some hair to see if the head shape is correct.The hair will be removed when I mould the bust.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/frank1.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/frank1.jpg.html)


(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/frank2.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/frank2.jpg.html)

  Looks like I might get busy on another film soon which will be filmed in Melbourne (I live in Sydney) so I might have to put this project on hold for a bit,DOH! :( The good news is when I finish I'll be able to devote a lot more time to this project.I'll know next week if it happens or not.

  Thanks again for you kind comments.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: ActionJax on January 29, 2014, 08:33:35 AM
Frankie is look great!  Looks like you're well on your way to capturing it.

Well, I certainly wish you all the best and hope you get the film job.  All of us here will just have to find something else to occupy our time while your off "working" :)

But hurry back.  I'm living vicariously through your work. :)

Cheers mate!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Mord on January 29, 2014, 02:42:19 PM
I am completely overwhelmed by your limitless talent! Great work.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on January 31, 2014, 01:13:35 AM
 
Frankie is look great!  Looks like you're well on your way to capturing it.

Well, I certainly wish you all the best and hope you get the film job.  All of us here will just have to find something else to occupy our time while your off "working" :)

But hurry back.  I'm living vicariously through your work. :)

Cheers mate!

  Thanks ActionJax, The sculpt is getting there I think.It looks more like Karloff in person than it does in photos for some reason.

  Thanks Mord, I've been told I can be a little obsessive when I do things.

  I thought I'd start making some items for the table.I want to make the electrical devices you see on the far left and right on the table in the photo as well as the glass container Dr Frankenstein and Dr Pretorius are looking at.The device on the left will have a light chaser circuit and the device on the right will either have a small Jacobs Ladder or a glowing light.The container seems the easiest to make so I started with that.I need to watch Bride again to see whats in the jar.Anyone have any idea or suggestions of what to put in there?
 
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/1935_BrideFrankenstein_img1copy2.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/1935_BrideFrankenstein_img1copy2.jpg.html)

  I found a large glass bowl at a Thrift store and bought some Premium Belgian Cider with Elderflower and lime (4% alcohol  ;D) once I scoffed I mean disposed of the liquid I cut the bottles to form the glassware you see on top of the bowl.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/brideglass1.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/brideglass1.jpg.html)

  Two of the bottles cracked when trying to cut them so I'll have to drink I mean buy more Cider to replace them.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/brideglass.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/brideglass.jpg.html)

  I would like to put some large anatomical drawings on the tabletop does anyone know where I can download some high res pics?
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Mord on February 01, 2014, 01:20:26 PM
Such amazing attention to detail...really impressive!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: westbatman on February 01, 2014, 01:38:55 PM
Hey Doc,
I might have some drawings that would work. Send an email to futura55(*at*)msn.com with your email and I'll send them on!
Andy
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on February 04, 2014, 10:27:46 PM
 Thanks Mord  Hmmmm maybe I suffer from OCD.

  Thanks for the drawings Westbatman they will come in handy.

  Not much of an update I'm packing for my job in Melbourne so haven't had much time.I started looking through my chemistry glassware collection and found a few pieces that are similar to what appears in Bride.I might use the bell jar on the right for the electrical device with the insulators and install a light in it.I have enough chemistry glassware to do a nice Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde diorama,may have to think about that.The little ruler on the bottom of the pic is 150mm (6") long.

  I may not be posting much on this build until I get back but will be checking in everyday.

  Thanks again for the comments guys if you come up with any cool ideas let me know.

  Gab


(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/glassware.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/glassware.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: poppydave on February 16, 2014, 12:18:53 PM
 I look forward to seeing your work in progress, your work is phenomenal. ( FRANKENSTEIN ) is my favorite of all monsters.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: ActionJax on March 21, 2014, 10:44:17 AM
Just wanted to bump this back to the top.  Can't wait to see what you're doing next.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: universalmonsterkid on March 22, 2014, 07:56:31 AM
Just wanted to add a little something , I love the fact that you're bringing this to life in living color !! The project is amazing, I can't wait to see the completed Karloff. You seem to be dead on with the facial construction .The key will be the indent in the right cheek were his bridge was removed to give him the more hollow look. But then you'd know that, as its  apparent you're  a perfectionist LOL.  I have already shown  the work to several friends who are amazed. Keep up the good work!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: RAGMAN on March 28, 2014, 07:30:56 AM
Such a cool project! Amazing work, buddy!!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: ActionJax on April 17, 2014, 12:39:47 PM
Hope all is well.  Still "patiently" waiting for a progress report on this project.

Ok, maybe I'm not that patient. :)

I'm just bumping this thread to the top.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: ActionJax on July 12, 2014, 11:43:17 PM
OK, OK you've been keeping us waiting long enough!  When do we get to see some more of this wonderful project?  You must really be busy my friend.

Just a bump

~Cheers!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Howler on July 13, 2014, 12:20:35 PM
Amazing work so far. i can't wait to see the completed project!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on July 14, 2014, 06:50:40 PM
 I'm back!!!

 Apologies to everyone for the lack of updates and not responding to posts.I've been busy out of state working on a couple of TV series.Both based on WW1.

 Anyway back to the build.I'll be starting again at the end of the week.The first thing I might do is repaint the set.

 Thanks for the comments guys they keep me wanting to improve on the project.

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on July 18, 2014, 12:38:10 AM
 Hi Guys

   Did a quick repaint on the wall.Needs more work,I'll wait until I've painted the door to see how it looks before I finish it.
 
   What do you guys think?

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/graywall2.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/graywall2.jpg.html) 

  Gab

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Post by: Mord on July 18, 2014, 12:58:56 AM
 Looks like we've stepped right into the actual movie set. Incredible work!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on July 18, 2014, 01:08:29 AM
Thanks Mord

  Hope to start painting the door tomorrow.

 Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: ActionJax on July 18, 2014, 11:18:36 AM
LOVEITLOVEITLOVEIT!!!!

And welcome back.  Can't wait to see more of this project again.  "IT'S ALIVE!"
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Kidagain on July 18, 2014, 11:44:46 AM
Doesn't get any better then that, great work on this project Doc.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on July 18, 2014, 10:44:56 PM
 
    Thanks AJ and Kidagain.
    Good to be back,boy did I miss working on this project.

    Painted the door today.I might add some rust to the metal parts and age it a little more.The photo washed away some of the colour in the wall,it's not that pale in real life.I'm thinking of starting the floor tomorrow so that I can move the set to it's final resting place, I can then concentrate of other parts of the build.This set is taking up a lot of room in the garage.Once I see it all together I will finish painting it.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/doorpainted1.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/doorpainted1.jpg.html)     (http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/doorpaintedBampW.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/doorpaintedBampW.jpg.html)

   Gab

   
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on July 19, 2014, 12:15:28 AM
  Hi
   Couldn't resist,I had to put my skeleton in to see how it looked.I keep thinking of the Aurora/Moebius hanging cage kit.Hmmmm!!!

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/frankset1.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/frankset1.jpg.html)


  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: UncleWalter on July 19, 2014, 06:45:34 AM
  I believe I can speak for the entire torch carrying mob when I say  HOLY (*at*)#$%&!!.  You should make that the new entry way into the house. This set is absolutely amazing. I'm in awe.

Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: horrorhunter on July 19, 2014, 07:32:45 PM
  I believe I can speak for the entire torch carrying mob when I say  HOLY (*at*)#$%&!!.  You should make that the new entry way into the house. This set is absolutely amazing. I'm in awe.

"WHAT HE SAID!"
(http://v014o.popscreen.com/eGhyNjg0MTI=_o_the-torch-wielding-mob.jpg)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on July 21, 2014, 02:25:11 AM
 
  Thanks UncleWalter and Horrorhunter

  If my neighbours knew what I was building in my house they may turn into a touch carrying mob. :o.Where would I run,I need to find myself a windmill just in case. ;D

  Finished building the base and have stained the floor.I may put another layer tomorrow to make it a bit darker.What do you guys think?

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/floorstained1.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/floorstained1.jpg.html)
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/floorstained2.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/floorstained2.jpg.html)

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Mord on July 21, 2014, 10:15:55 AM
 Absolutely perfect! Just don't open that door without a torch in your hand.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: ActionJax on July 21, 2014, 02:02:10 PM
Love it!  I'm so excited to see how this is all going to look put together.  I just know you've got some surprises in store for us. :)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: scott_of_smeg on July 21, 2014, 03:47:11 PM
seriously?! very impressed. can i come over? i would die for this photo op
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Post by: Relic on July 21, 2014, 06:14:46 PM
Absolutely stunning work Dr Wolfenstein!!
I feel like I'm on the set of " Frakenstein " in 1931 !!!!
Your are a MASTER craftsman
This is something on a whole other level!!! Just incredible!!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on July 21, 2014, 11:47:31 PM
Thanks Guys,
   I appreciate all the comments,they help keep me motivated.
   I started building a small table today to fit the electrical equipment and chemistry glassware you see in Bride,should be finished tomorrow.I'll leave the floor the way it is for the moment,it seems to work.

  I may have gotten my scale wrong. :laugh:

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/smallfrankenstein1-2.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/smallfrankenstein1-2.jpg.html)
 
 Please post any ideas you may have to improve the dio.

  Thanks again.

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Kidagain on July 22, 2014, 05:43:31 AM
Hey! I have a great idea, move that to my house.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on July 22, 2014, 07:29:26 PM
Hey! I have a great idea, move that to my house.

  I had enough trouble trying to move this from the garage let alone to another country.Luckily I made it so it comes apart.You may have to pick it up. ;D
  I finished the table.This is the first time I've ever made one ,it seemed to work out Ok.I put a false draw on it to give it a bit more detail.Couldn't resist putting on some chemistry equipment I had.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/tablesmall1.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/tablesmall1.jpg.html)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/tablesmall1.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/tablesmall1.jpg.html)

 Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: ActionJax on July 22, 2014, 07:37:51 PM
That looks great!  I'd like to see a shot of where you have this set at?  Is this on film set?  What else is around this beautiful set?  Where are you again?  Australia?  I may have to book a trip my friend and see this in person.  Beautiful...just beautiful!

MORE Pictures!!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on July 22, 2014, 07:42:20 PM
Thanks AJ

  I'l put the other electrical equipment I made in later today and post some pics.

 Yes i'm in Australia.

  Thanks again

 Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on July 22, 2014, 08:26:34 PM


MORE Pictures!!

  Ok,Here you go.

  Not sure about the layout.May not use the skeleton.I was thinking of making a cabinet to go between the two electrical machines and filling it with chem glassware,old books and smaller elect equipment.What do you guys think?
  The table will have equipment from Bride.I made the table now so that I could see how much room I have.May have to scale down a few things so it doesn't overwhelm the set.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/set1.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/set1.jpg.html)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/set2.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/set2.jpg.html)

 Anything else I should add?

  The Frankenstein monster will be near the doorway.

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: ravenloft on July 23, 2014, 11:18:43 AM
Stunned. It is like my private dreams came true, sadly someone else's house however. Very curious what this labor of love is costing you. If I ever win the lottery I am flying you in ASAP for remodeling no matter what your price may be.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: universalmonsterkid on July 23, 2014, 04:40:56 PM
Toooo exciting , page after page and I become more impressed by the minute . Please tell us when we will see the monster .
I can't stand the suspense.....
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on July 23, 2014, 04:51:12 PM
  Thanks Ravenloft,Universalmonsterkid

Very curious what this labor of love is costing you.
  Prefer not thinking about it.If I did I'd probably stop.I've been collecting bits and pieces for years so it has been spread out over time.The biggest cost at the moment is the lumber for the set.The walls were actually cheaper to build than the floor.Sometimes I'll put token bids on ebay and win sometimes I don't.If I really want or need something I'll bid higher to get it,like the transformer for the Jacobs ladder.It wouldn't be much of a Jacobs ladder if it didn't work.
  It would probably be a lot cheaper to make this in the States than here in Australia.

Toooo exciting , page after page and I become more impressed by the minute . Please tell us when we will see the monster .
I can't stand the suspense.....

  I'm wondering that myself. ;D.I'll return to the sculpt next week,just needed to move the set so that I could work in the garage.I also wanted to see how it looked altogether.

  Gab

 
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on July 27, 2014, 07:04:41 PM
Hi Guys,

  Just a small update today.I started one of the electrical devices you see on the table in Bride.I'm making it a little smaller than the one you see in the film.At the moment I have an Edison bulb in the glass jar.I was thinking of using a small Jacobs Ladder instead.The jar isn't the correct shape but it will do until I find a better one.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/tablemachine1.jpg) (http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Ravenville/media/tablemachine1.jpg.html)

  I've also working on the figure.Does anyone have any Hi res shots of the monsters shoes and hands.I've looked at Dr Macro and Frankensteinia and have downloaded some nice reference but could always use more.

  Thanks
  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Howler on July 27, 2014, 08:37:05 PM
It looks amazing. I was wondering if you are going to age it at all with cobwebs or anything?
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on July 27, 2014, 09:06:45 PM
Thanks Howler,

  I will be ageing everything once all the bits and pieces are done.The machines at the back still need to be finished.The Frankenstein monster costume will be aged and dirtied down.I might add cobwebs as the final touch.

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Howler on July 27, 2014, 09:19:01 PM
Thanks Howler,

  I will be ageing everything once all the bits and pieces are done.The machines at the back still need to be finished.The Frankenstein monster costume will be aged and dirtied down.I might add cobwebs as the final touch.

  Gab

Nice!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on July 31, 2014, 03:01:27 PM
 Hi

 Made the master for the insulator that goes on this machine.The 1st photo shows the drawing i did on Google sketch up.First time I used this program,it would have been quicker using pen and paper. :P The second photo shows the setup for turning the plaster.The ply template is used to turn a rough "core "(pic 3).The fourth photo shows zinc template used to turn the finished shape. Last photo shows the finished insulator.The insulator needs to be cleaned up and moulded so the I can make light weight polyurethane versions.


(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/insulatordrawing1.jpg)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/isulatorplaster1.jpg)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/insulatorplaster2.jpg)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/insulatorplaster3.jpg)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/insulatorplaster4.jpg)[/URL]

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on August 01, 2014, 05:18:17 AM
  Hi
  Made a silicone mould of the plaster insulator and slushed cast two out of polyurethane resin,still need to be painted.Did a test fit of most of the components.I've made the insulator parts that go on the front of the top box they haven't been fitted yet.Still have to make the insulators that go on top.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/elec1.jpg)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/elec3.jpg)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/elec2.jpg)

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Mord on August 01, 2014, 09:12:21 AM
 WOW!! Let me catch my breath. This is perfection. I want to live in that lab.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Monsters For Sale on August 01, 2014, 09:13:43 AM
WOW!! Let me catch my breath. This is perfection. I want to live in that lab.

Sorry, dead only.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Mord on August 01, 2014, 09:22:41 AM
Sorry, dead only.
I'm gettin' there, brother.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Monsters For Sale on August 01, 2014, 09:24:24 AM
I'm gettin' there, brother.

Ain't we all.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: charp13 on August 01, 2014, 09:48:13 AM
Dr W.- I spent the last 30 mins. getting caught up on your glorious project!! Then I was forced to clean up brain matter, after my cranium exploded from excitement!
You are the hero of many, and a true genius & artist! I can't believe how beautifully monstrous your creation is! Your eye for detail, and level of craftsmanship is outstanding! Your walls & door give me chills- they are so perfectly painted and could star in their very own Monster Movie.  WOW! Everyone else has said exactly what I'm thinking....you have created Monster perfection! Please keep posting pictures. We need to see more! Even the metal parts on the door would make a great close up picture, when you have time. Thanks.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: horrorhunter on August 01, 2014, 12:38:06 PM
Dr. Wolfenstein, congratulations on successfully progressing with such a difficult and ultra cool project. I look forward to it's completion with great anticipation. You're gonna do this, brother. And it will be monsterrific!  ededed  8)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: ActionJax on August 01, 2014, 04:42:46 PM
I am constantly overwhelmed by your talent.  And you seem to make these props so effortlessly.  It would take me months or even years to accomplish what you seem to do in hours/days.  And with such talent.  My friend you are an artists, and an inspiration.  If I only had an ounce of your talent, I'd be making props/sets in Hollywood.

Can wait to see what you do next. :)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on August 02, 2014, 11:31:13 PM
   Thanks for the comments guys they are much appreciated.

   Charp,
     I'll post some detailed photos of the door in a day or two.

   Mord,Monsters for Sale,
     I'm sure you two will be around for a long time to come besides what would this forum do without you guys.

   AJ,
     I do have pretty good home workshop/studio so it makes things a lot easier and quicker to build.

   HH,
    Thanks,I hope this project turns out OK

   I started the other electrical device that sits on the table in Bride.The first photo shows a bulb and bezel I'm moulding for the machine.The bezel was moulded from the end of an electrical plug,a urethane resin copy was made and cut down to fit a small bulb I had.These will be cast out of clear resin.I want the machine to light up so I will put a LED behind each one.I counted fifteen bulbs.

   The second photo shows the start of the device.It is made from layers of MDF sandwiched together.Once finished this will be moulded in silicone so that I can produce a hollow cast.The LED's and circuit board will be placed inside.

   

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/bulbs.jpg)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/electmech.jpg)

  Thanks again for the comments

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on August 08, 2014, 06:07:41 AM
 Hi,
   A bit slow going but I finally got some more work done.
 
   Charp13 here are some close-ups of the metal lock and hinges on the door.They still need some more paint work.If you want more close-ups of anything else let me know.

 

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/DSC06893.jpg)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/DSC06894.jpg)

   I've almost finished this device.The first pic shows the MDF master about to be moulded.The second pic shows the hollow slush cast polyurethane resin part with the lighting components sitting inside.The lights are a kit I found at an electronics store we have here called Jaycar.The kit is actually a light chaser like the one you see on the car in Knight Rider.(Kitt)
 

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/DSC06884.jpg)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/DSC06895.jpg)

The last pic shows the almost completed device.It still needs numbers put under the lamps,some sort of volt meter indicator placed  under the clear acrylic and a manufacturers badge in the centre of the volt meter.You can see the fourth lamp lit up.The light travels from the first lamp on the left to the ninth and then back again.The speed of the sequence can be changed.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/DSC06903.jpg)

   Thanks

   Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on August 08, 2014, 06:13:08 AM
   Here's a little video clip I took of the device.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/th_IMG_0011.mp4) (http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/IMG_0011.mp4)

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: ActionJax on August 09, 2014, 09:20:58 AM
OMG!!  You just keep doing it right my friend. :)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: gracebuster on August 10, 2014, 10:20:08 AM
It just get better and better.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: ActionJax on August 20, 2014, 02:36:05 PM
Long time, no post!  I just wanted to bump this thread!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on August 21, 2014, 05:47:20 AM
  Thanks AJ and Gracebuster I guess I'm getting a little carried away but I figure if I'm going to do this I may as well do it as good as I can.I do have a tendency to get obsessive about things.

  Sorry for the lack of updates,been busy with work.

  I've been thinking about the figure lately and have decided to make the arms posable.I was going to make the shoulder and elbow joints myself but found these joints online so I thought I'd give them a try.I've ordered a heap of them so that I can use them on future figures.Hopefully they will be strong enough to support the hands.The hinge can be locked off when tightened.1inch pvc tube can be inserted in both ends and can turn,two screws are used to lock it off.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/ScreenShot2014-08-21at102039AM.png)

  I've also been thinking about the boots.These will be sculpted then moulded and a fibreglass or slushed polyurethane resin will be cast out of the mould.The hard copy will then be covered with a material.The best material I've found so far is a leather chamois used to polish cars,this material has a nice fuzzy texture to it and is slightly stretchy which will make it easier to wrap around the curves of the boot.A member here suggested suede (thanks Adam) but I couldn't find anything I liked (I'm still looking).Another good idea was using an old leather jacket (thanks Andy) and lining up the seams on the jacket to the seams on the boot.I'll keep this in mind for another project I have planned.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/DSC06909.jpg)

  I've bought a black dye to turn the material black.I'll have to do a test to see if it works.

  I will have to take another break from this project,but only a short one,from the 1st Sept to the 20th I have another job out of state.But the good news is I'll be working on the figure when I get back.

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Creepy on August 21, 2014, 05:58:01 AM
Simply amazing work!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: ActionJax on August 21, 2014, 11:53:50 AM
I'm thinking of hopping on a plane and flying to Australia just to see this project in person!  You've got me on pins and needles here. :)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: ActionJax on September 17, 2014, 01:34:06 PM
Ok, it's been far too long again.  We "need" an update please!  :)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Mord on September 17, 2014, 01:43:11 PM
 Maybe the Monster got  him.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on September 17, 2014, 03:02:40 PM
Sorry for lack of updates guys.I finish my current job today and will be back home on the weekend.I'll be working on the figure when I get back.

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on October 01, 2014, 07:49:15 PM
Hi Guys,

 These hinges arrived a few weeks again and I finally had a chance to play with them.They seem strong enough to hold silicone hands,they would certainly hold hollow cast resin hands.The PVC tubing needed is actually 1 1/4" and not 1" as I stated in a previous post.The piece of pine is 200mm,8" long for a size comparison.If anyone wants details of where to get these let me know.


(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/armhinges1.jpg)

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: horrorhunter on October 01, 2014, 08:55:55 PM
Sorry for lack of updates guys.I finish my current job today and will be back home on the weekend.I'll be working on the figure when I get back.

  Gab
Rome wasn't built in a day...and this thing is cooler.  8)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: westbatman on October 05, 2014, 07:38:42 AM
Gab,

Glad that you are back and at it my friend, great work as always. Check your PM!

Andy
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: BRICK on October 12, 2014, 12:44:04 PM
I just saw this thread for the first time. AMAZING!!! INCREDIBLE!!! WORDS FAIL ME!!!
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Post by: John Pertwee on October 27, 2014, 04:02:18 PM
Same here. First time viewer today. I am simply amazed, in awe, and jealous. I was sad the reach the last page, but have anticipation to see what comes next. Bravo!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: BRICK on October 30, 2014, 07:22:32 PM
In addition to my comments above, I should mention that this project almost balances the scale after the loss of the Phantom stage. Also, you may be interested in knowing that Walmart sells a glass container that is a very close facsimile of the brain jar from the original movie (see below). Admittedly, it may be a bit of an after-the-fact paradox if the monster is standing in the same room with it, but it is still a cool artifact. Finally, I have been working on a replica of the heart jar, myself; but I still need the clear, ribbed funnel. Were you able to find it at a local retailer or did you have to special order it online?

(http://imageshack.com/a/img168/8725/pdvd012nv2.jpg)

(http://imageshack.com/a/img168/5547/pdvd004pl9.jpg)

(http://imageshack.com/a/img206/4608/000dsc005830rp0.jpg)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Phibes on November 02, 2014, 11:53:11 PM
Wow! I just saw this post two day ago but was unable to post until now. You've done some incredible work. My congratulations on what you've achieved.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on November 03, 2014, 06:16:34 AM
 Thanks for all the comments guys I really appreciate it.They keep me motivated to complete the project.Started work on a 6 hour TV series called Childhoods End and doing some commission work so have been a little busy lately but will be getting back to the build soon.
  Brick-The jars look great and I would definitely use them if they were available here in Australia may have to see if I can find them on ebay. As for the  funnel I found them on ebay just look up fluted funnel and you should find a few in different sizes.
  If anyone else has any ideas on what I should add or change please post them.I kind of consider this a UMA community build so feel free to add to it.

  Thanks again

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: ForbiddenZone on November 03, 2014, 10:51:21 AM
I'm pretty late to the party...but I'm ready to grab myself a drink and toast your incredible build Dr. Wolfenstein! Phenomenal work!!

One quick question...what did you use to wrap the cylinder at the top of the jacob's ladder?
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on November 03, 2014, 02:08:55 PM
  Thanks FB
   I used polycarbonate sheeting from a hardware store.It's used to make outdoor screens.The copper bands were cut from a copper sheet I had.I've since found out you can get copper tape used as a snail and slug barrier.Just search for copper tape on ebay.

  Thanks

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on November 21, 2014, 11:44:15 PM
 Hi Guys,

   It's been awhile since I've posted anything due to work commitments.I thought I'd start the armature for the boots.Originally I was going to sculpt these out of water based clay but decided on oil based clay so that it wouldn't dry out.That way I can work on them between things and not worry about loosing the sculpture and having to start again.
   I used 3"(75mm) polystyrene board to carve a basic shape.I used one of my work boots as a template to get the outline of the boot then traced it on the foam.These were then cut out and glued together with PVA glue.The foam was carved with old kitchen knives.The pvc pipe was inserted so that I could support the boot when sculpting the underneath,this was then coated with epoxy.If I wasn't moulding the boots (I might make more than one Monster ;D)  the boots could be carefully carved out of foam,coated with epoxy,skinned with material and painted as a cheaper alternative to moulding.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/DSC070002.jpg)
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/DSC070062.jpg)
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/DSC070102.jpg)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/DSC07211.jpg)

   Now I may be getting TOO carried away with this project.You know when you see something on ebay that you want but is too expensive but you REALLY REALLY REALLY want it and you can't decide if you should buy it or not so you wait for the last few seconds knowing that you shouldn't get it but you REALLY REALLY REALLY want it and then your finger hits the But it Now button(my finger seems to have a mind of its own in cases like this) and then you regret doing it.That is until it arrives and then your glad that you bought it.
    I've always wanted a Tesla Coil.What self respecting Mad Scientist would be without one.It's perfect for the diorama.I had to buy a step-down transformer for it since we have 240v power and this was purchased from the US (110v).I couldn't wait to try it out.The sparks reach about 2 foot and is loud.
   I need to make some sort of base for it so that it fits in with the diorama.If anyone has any ideas please post them.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/DSC07209.jpg)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/DSC07210.jpg)

    Bwahahahahaha!!! Now I know what it feels like to be God. Bwahahahahaha!!! Sorry couldn't resist.

   Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: UncleWalter on November 23, 2014, 01:10:07 PM
That is an awesome idea for the boots! And there is no such thing as getting too carried away  :)
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Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on December 06, 2014, 07:30:21 PM
Thanks UW

  Just a small update today.I ordered some custom made eyes for my Frankenstein monster and they arrived this week.I also ordered a set for my Lugosi Dracula project.Haven't started this yet but I thought I would buy them at the same time.I ordered two sets of brown and two of blue.They are Beautifully made,the pics don't do them justice.
  I'll make a silicone mould of these and produce resin copies to place in the sculpture so that I get a perfect fit.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/IMG_00132.jpg)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/IMG_00122.jpg)

  i'm hoping to finish the job I'm on at the end of the year or early Jan.Then I'll take some time off to finish the project.Can't wait.

  Gab
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Post by: westbatman on December 08, 2014, 08:28:13 PM
Gab,
Those eyes look fantastic! I've got my "Lugosi" blue eyes waiting in the wings as well.
Andy
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Post by: Mord on January 14, 2015, 09:27:10 PM
 As I've stated before, everything about this work is incredible! I'm so glad that you've decided to do some figures for Distinctive Dummies. That way, all of us here can own a piece of your fantastic art. Thank you.
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Post by: jimm on January 15, 2015, 10:10:04 AM
Geez what fun it must be to have the talent to create your own set like this...thanks for sharing
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Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on January 25, 2015, 06:34:58 PM
Hi Everyone,I'm back again.

    Decided to take some time off from work to finish this project so I should have regular updates.
 
    Westbatman-Tech-optics make great eyes and are very friendly.I might make my own eyes just for the fun of it.Have you had time to work on your Dracula?

    Mord-Thanks,and I have already started two new sculpts for DD.It's fun to see them produced as action figures.

    Jimm-This has been a fun project and I'm enjoying every minute of it.Normally in film work you only make one part of whatever your building so it's not very satisfying sometimes but here I get to make everything.

    I'm actually learning a lot of new skills by building this set.It's also giving me confidence to tackle other projects I have in mind.One of the projects I want to do is a short film.Actually the opening sequence of an Anthology that involves a miniature cemetery,think Creepshow and Tales from the Crypt.Now do I know anything about Scriptwriting-Nope,Building miniatures-Nope,Cameras-nope,lighting-Nope,Directing-Nope,Acting-Nope,Set building-not a lot,Prosthetics-Yes.Not a lot of Yeses but what the heck It'll be fun to do.Also Google and Youtube are your friend,it's amazing what you can learn from them.

  Anyway what I'm trying to say if you have a project of your own in mind just do it.I had absolutely no idea how this project was going to turn out when I started it,I've made plenty of mistakes which I learnt from and hopefully won't do in the future.

   Gab

   
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Post by: westbatman on February 02, 2015, 02:07:27 PM
Gab,

I haven't started my Drac yet. I'm waiting for spring here in Indiana as my workshop is in my garage and it has no heat!

Andy
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Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on February 03, 2015, 05:49:30 AM
HI Guys,

   Finally got to spend some time on the sculpt,still needs a lot more work but it's getting there.My photography sucks,the sculpt does look better in person.Does anyone know the best way to light a bust like this?

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/frank%20bampw1small.jpg)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/frank%20bampw2small.jpg)

   Gab
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Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on February 03, 2015, 06:16:52 AM
  Forgot to post this earlier.A test of the Tesla coil in my kitchen!

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/th_IMG_0046.mp4) (http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/IMG_0046.mp4)
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Post by: westbatman on February 03, 2015, 10:15:41 AM
Sculpt is looking great and that Tesla coil, WOW! To be half as talented as you would be nice.

Andy
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Post by: UncleWalter on February 03, 2015, 06:15:09 PM
That is an incredible sculpt. Great job!
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Post by: ForbiddenZone on February 05, 2015, 01:53:45 PM
I think that sculpt is beautiful!! And those boots are looking great as well!

Mike
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Post by: Starvas on February 07, 2015, 08:21:28 PM
Hey Gab, the Frankenstein sculpture is coming along nicely, great work.
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Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on February 13, 2015, 07:50:42 PM
Thanks guys.Just a small update.There is still a lot more work to do.I thought I'd have a quick play with skin texture yesterday.This will all be removed as I'm still not happy with the form but it's getting there.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/frank%20test%202jpg%20copy.jpg)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Mord on February 13, 2015, 08:01:12 PM
 That is breathtaking! No matter how many Karloff Frankensteins I see, there's always something new to admire in each. I'm sure glad Martin roped you in to do some DD figures. I can't wait to own one.
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Post by: Count_Zirock on February 13, 2015, 08:29:24 PM


HI Guys,

Finally got to spend some time on the sculpt, still needs a lot more work but it's getting there. My photography sucks, the sculpt does look better in person. Does anyone know the best way to light a bust like this?

Gab
If at all possible, take it outside and photograph it in daylight. Try to get it against a nice, neutral backdrop. If indoors is your only option, just get as much light on it as possible. A three-point lighting scheme is usually optimal. Front, side, and slightly behind (but not pointing into the camera lens). It really is looking great!
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Post by: poppydave on February 14, 2015, 03:52:04 PM
I have said it before and I'll say it again, your project has been and continues to be great work.
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Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on February 19, 2015, 11:04:58 PM
Thanks Mord-Will be starting two more DD busts tomorrow just taking screen captures from the movie now.

Count-Thanks for the photography tips will try it once I get some better lights.Thinking of setting up a permanent photography area at home.When I sculpt I try to match the lighting on the sculpt to the reference pics it helps to get the likeness.

Thanks Poppydave I appreciate all the comments.It motivates me to finish it.

  Ok not much of an update I wrapped aluminium foil around the lower neck and chest area so that I could quickly sculpt the costume.I wanted to see how it was going to look.The foil is used so that I can remove the clay without damaging the sculpt.I changed the head and nose a little and moved the ears in.I think it looks better.He does look odd without the hair.Might quickly sculpt the hair in as well.
  Still needs more work but it's getting closer.Every time I post a pic I see things that need to be fixed. ;D

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/frank%20coat%201.jpg)

  Gab
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Post by: monster_mash on March 22, 2015, 02:15:09 PM
really great stuff, i can't wait to see this finished
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Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on April 06, 2015, 09:10:43 PM
Thanks Monster Mash.

Finally had some time to work on the Frankenstein monster,doing some home renovations at the moment.Replaced the clay eyes with polyurethane copies of the actual eyes I'm using.This way I'll know they fit perfectly.Should have the sculpture finished by the end of the week.Will start another two DD busts after that and then on to moulding the head.Let me know if you want to see the moulding process and I'll take heaps of photos and post them.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/new%20frankie%201small.jpg)

 Thanks for looking

 Gab
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Post by: Mord on April 07, 2015, 09:30:02 AM
 You are a true master, Gab. This is ridiculously good! I'm so glad you're bringing your talent to DD. I'm anticipating owning a Wolfenstein original.
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Post by: westbatman on April 07, 2015, 03:37:05 PM
Yes, I'm interested in the molding process please! The sculpt is amazing!

Andy
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Post by: John Pertwee on April 07, 2015, 07:45:15 PM
Love it! Can't wait to see more.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on April 08, 2015, 02:04:50 AM
Thanks guys.Yours comments keep me motivated.

Andy, I'll be sure to take plenty of pics of the moulding process.

Still tweaking the sculpture.

Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on April 10, 2015, 03:00:56 AM
  Hi Guys,
  Small update today.Worked on his ears today and did a bit more texturing.

  Does anyone have any clear photos of the "staple" on his forehead?

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/frank%2010415.jpg)

  Thanks

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Monsters For Sale on April 10, 2015, 04:07:29 AM
The "Bride" makeup shows his staples most clearly:

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8706/16476443183_078eec0453_b.jpg)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7644/16889271677_3bf05aa78e_o.jpg)


After the fire burned off much of his hair, they were on full display:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7254/7034262371_743b2ba656_o.jpg)
(Click on images to see full size.)


In the 1931 original, his hair covers all but the left forehead staple.  It is allowed to peak through the hairline.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7693/17096045251_6d50ff301e_o.jpg)


I always thought the Bride incarnation looked like the doctor had done some further restorative work which required additional staples.  In the original makeup, there is not a right side forehead staple which touches the open scar.  In the Bride makeup, there is a staple that clearly touches the top of the scar.

By "Son of Frankenstein", the hair has grown back and is thicker than the original wispy hair.  Still, more staples show through than did in 1931.

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8824/17095335442_fc8d6df885_b.jpg) 


Which version are you going for?
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Post by: propman on April 10, 2015, 04:39:18 AM
It really does depend on which version of the monster you want to do. I just finished a Bride version of the monster's head and it has 18 exposed clamps . Along the top of the head there are the 2 big ones with 3 smaller ones in the front, 4 smaller ones on each side, and 3 smaller ones in the back of the head. Plus you have the 2 smaller ones on the side of his head.
If you're doing the 1931 version you only need to worry about doing the one in the front on the opposite side of the scar. And if you are going to do the Son of Frankenstein version you just need to do the 2 larger and 3 smaller ones in the front. Any of the rest of them would be hidden by the hair.
Hope this helps.

"D"
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on April 10, 2015, 05:02:59 AM
Wow! Thanks for the photos Adam,they will come in handy.And thanks for the info Propman. I'm doing the 31 version at the moment,eventually I'll make the Bride version.

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: westbatman on April 13, 2015, 01:09:37 PM
Gab,

When I made my monster from the vinyl version from Cineart I did this:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/westbatman/FrankSmall2.jpg)

I figured in the bride the scare looked kind of like this and that is what would have been on the creatures forehead in the first movie.

He's looking good by the way.

Andy
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on June 11, 2015, 07:11:58 AM
Hi Guys,
   I thought I'd post a quick update to let you know that I haven't given up.I'm pretty happy with the form now so started texturing again.I've textured the bust about 4 times and then realised adjustments needed to be made each time.I've given myself until Sunday to finish the sculpt so that I can start moulding.The electrodes are going to be turned from steal like the ones westbatman made.The aluminium ones I turned awhile ago just don't look right.
 Love to hear any comments and criticisms before I start moulding so that I can make it better.

  Thanks
  Gab

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/FullSizeRender-1.jpg)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Mord on June 11, 2015, 08:41:32 AM
 Gab, I've said it before & I'll say it again...you are brilliant! All your sculpts are spot on.
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Post by: Gory Glenn on June 11, 2015, 10:53:21 AM
It really is spot on.
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Post by: John Pertwee on June 11, 2015, 07:33:30 PM
I agree. It's perfect.
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Post by: Joeynines on June 11, 2015, 09:46:42 PM
You belong in Hollywood, kid.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on June 12, 2015, 05:15:44 AM
 Thanks for the comments guys.

 Spent the day putting on skin texture.Haven't brushed it down with solvent yet that's why the neck looks so bumpy.Still need to put some wrinkles on the neck and around the eyes.I can see from the photos that the dip above the top lip needs some work.I like to take photos of my sculptures and have a look at them on my computer.It gives you a different perspective and mistakes pop out.A little bit more tweaking and it should be done.That's tweaking Mord not twerking. ;D

 If you think it needs any changes let me know.

 Thanks

 Gab

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/FullSizeRendera.jpg)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/FullSizeRender-1a.jpg)
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Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on June 13, 2015, 04:14:16 AM
 Almost done! Brushed down the neck today.Need to put the steel electrodes in and clean up the ears.Once I make the mould I might pour a resin copy and sculpt the coat and hair before making a silicone copy.

  Gab

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/frank%20136_1.jpg)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/frank%20136.jpg)

  Hope I'm not posting too much.
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Post by: horrorhunter on June 13, 2015, 12:42:33 PM
  Hope I'm not posting too much.
We love real posts like this. They are the backbone and real content of UMA. If everyone only posted congratulatory comments with no pictures or links this site would quickly fade away from lack of interest. Please keep posting the updates.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Mord on June 13, 2015, 02:41:58 PM
 When people post photos of their fine work, congratulatory comments are usually in order (especially considering the quality of Gab's work).
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: horrorhunter on June 13, 2015, 03:27:17 PM
When people post photos of their fine work, congratulatory comments are usually in order (especially considering the quality of Gab's work).
Nothing wrong with telling someone that they have done well.

My point was that posts like Gab's updates are the real deal and he should continue to post them as frequently as he wants. UMA would dry up pretty quick if all we did was cyberstroke each other incessantly. Some real content has to be posted in order to be congratulated. You know...info, pics, videos, links. Real content.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Mord on June 13, 2015, 04:02:59 PM
 Well, I don't want to get into it with you again, but I feel that people expressing their thoughts (commentary, opinions, praise, etc.) constitutes real content as well. While the lobby cards, posters, & publicity stills posts are cute; I've seen most of them a hundred times before. I'd rather read (and react to) other peoples views & experiences.  To each his own, I guess.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: horrorhunter on June 13, 2015, 04:14:13 PM
Well, I don't want to get into it with you again, but I feel that people expressing their thoughts (commentary, opinions, praise, etc.) constitutes real content as well. While the lobby cards, posters, & publicity stills posts are cute; I've seen most of them a hundred times before. I'd rather read (and react to) other peoples views & experiences.  To each his own, I guess.
I just made a general statement lauding the worth of quality posts like Gab's updates.

Why so defensive?  ???
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Mord on June 13, 2015, 04:39:30 PM
I just made a general statement lauding the worth of quality posts like Gab's updates.

Why so defensive?  ???
Oh, I completely agree about Gab. I've been praising his work from the beginning.
We love real posts like this. They are the backbone and real content of UMA. If everyone only posted congratulatory comments with no pictures or links this site would quickly fade away from lack of interest. Please keep posting the updates.
It's the second part that wasn't warranted. You don't get to decide what "real content" is. Some people actually read books without pictures. PM sent.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: horrorhunter on June 13, 2015, 04:55:53 PM
It's the second part that wasn't warranted. You don't get to decide what "real content" is. Some people actually read books without pictures. PM sent.

(http://www.toonpool.com/user/4265/files/paranoia_therapy_1380105.jpg)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Mord on June 13, 2015, 05:03:37 PM
 Judging by your response, I guess you're more of a picture book type.
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Post by: horrorhunter on June 13, 2015, 05:12:10 PM
Dude, get back on the meds.
I've never taken any...but it seems like you need to.

I won't respond to any more of your ridiculous posts and contribute to cluttering up Gab's entertaining thread. Seriously, though, you have problems that might require medical assistance.

Apologies, Gab. Now, back to The Frankenstein Project.
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Post by: universalmonsterkid on June 14, 2015, 09:34:30 AM
Now back to the show... Gab its amazing , you mentioned a mold .  Is there a possibility of them becoming available in even a small quantity ?
PS, I realize that you're busy but you are one of the main reasons I continue coming back .... they're for progress reports on the project....thanks
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Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on June 16, 2015, 01:04:37 AM
Now back to the show... Gab its amazing , you mentioned a mold .  Is there a possibility of them becoming available in even a small quantity ?



  Thanks Universalmonsterkid, I was thinking about making a small run of resin copies.I'll see when I make the first pull.

  Once I get a resin copy out I want to sculpt the hair and coat and give it a nice base as well as making a silicone copy for my lab display.

  Finally finished the sculpt (although I keep fluffy around with it).I raised the base by adding a piece of melamine above the board I already had the sculpture on then filled the space with clay.
  Note: At the moment Frankenstein has two left electrodes.I haven't made the right ones yet.Still need to add the "wire" part as well.The ones shown have been turned out of steel.The electrodes will be removed for moulding.
  This is my favourite photo of the Monster.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/FullSizeRender-8.jpg)
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/fin%20frank%202.jpg)
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/fin%20frank%203.jpg)
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/fin%20frank%204.jpg)
  Detail pic
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/detail%20frank%202.jpg)

   Let me know if you think the sculpt needs any changes.Once I get the materials I'll start the mould.

  Gab
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Post by: universalmonsterkid on June 19, 2015, 12:51:56 PM
Keep going dude, its been too long in between posts !!
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Post by: Mord on June 19, 2015, 04:37:37 PM
 It's perfect, Gab. Every pore is accounted for.
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Post by: Gory Glenn on June 19, 2015, 05:05:06 PM
Love it!!
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Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on June 25, 2015, 07:05:34 AM
  Thanks for the comments guys.
  Mould making part 1
  Finally started the mould of the bust.Now since I want to pull both a silicone copy and hollow cast polyurethane resin copies I need to make a silicone mould.There are basically two types of silicones used for mould making and casting.Platinum based silicone (also called Addition cured silicone ) and Tin based silicone ( or condensation silicone).If you just want to pull out a few resin copies a Tin based silicone is fine,it is cheaper and will set against most materials although it will shrink a little (depending on the brand ) and not last as long as platinum silicone.You can also cast other Tin based silicones in the mould if you release it properly.Silicone will stick to silicone if not released.Translucent tin silicones are often used for dummies in films these days.
  I will be using an Addition based silicone for the mould because they have virtually no shrinkage,can cast translucent resins in them(they can come out sticky in tin moulds) and I can cast a translucent Addition cured silicone against it.You cannot cast an Addition cured silicone in a Tin based mould.It won't set.Addition silicones are used for art pieces and prosthetics since they last for years.The problem with addition cured silicone is that they can react with certain materials and not set against them like sulphur and latex.
  Anyway enough with the chemistry lesson.First off let me say that there are hundreds of ways to do this,this is just they way I do it.
  The mould I'm making has different names depending on where you live.A matrix mould,a case mould or a jacket mould.They all mean the same thing.It is a silicone skin backed by a harder shell like plaster,fibreglass or urethane.I'm using fibreglass for the backing since it is strong and light and also because I will be slushing polyurethane resin it will be easier to handle.If you give this a try I would recommend using plaster like Ultracal 30 with burlap.It is much easier to use.With fibreglass please use gloves and a safety respirator.
  Photo 1
  Some of the material used,paper towel,water spritzer,gloves,2"chip brush,spatula and water based clay.The clay has been sliced into slabs about 10mm thick.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/materials%20.jpg)

  Photo 2
  Paper towel has been spritzed with water and placed on the sculpture.This is to protect the sculpture and also it makes it easier to remove the two halves of the mould.You'll see this later.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/paper.jpg)

  Photo 3
  The sliced clay is then carefully placed on the sculpture.Don't press too hard.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/start%20cly.jpg)

  Photo 4
  Cover the whole sculpture and smooth with a sponge.The smoother the better.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/fin%20clay.jpg)

  If you have any questions feel free to ask.

  Gab
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Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on June 25, 2015, 07:37:02 AM
  Mould making part 2
  photo 1
  Keys are made from strips of clay about 25mm (1") wide and 10mm (3/8") thick.A small strip about 10mm (3/8") wide and 6mm (1/4") is placed on the bottom key to make a lip.This will lock into the mould.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/clay%20keys.jpg)

  Photo 2
   I'm trying something a little different here.I've placed one big key in the back.This will eventually be sliced down the centre so that the copies can be removed.I forgot to mention in the first part that i want a one piece silicone so that there will be virtually no cleanup when the copies are made.Anyway you'll hopefully understand why when I finish.If i was just producing resin copies I would place the same keys on the back as I did on the back.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/fin%20clay%20side.jpg)

  Photo 3
   The back with one big key.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/fin%20clay%20back.jpg)

  Photo 4
  Next I made a clay wall around the middle key.This is about 50mm (2") wide and 20mm (3/4") thick.This wall will separate the front of the fibreglass or plaster from the back.Five wedge shaped keys are placed on the wall and two at the base.The keys are made from resin but clay ones can be used I just have these around to save time.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/fin%20clay%20wall.jpg)

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Gory Glenn on June 25, 2015, 11:26:31 AM
This is fascinating stuff Dr Wolfenstein! Thanks for sharing!  :)
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Post by: Anton Phibes on June 25, 2015, 11:32:20 AM
The talent!!  The talent!! So---if we are making a mold....I am guessing a few of these will be made.  ;)
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Post by: Mord on June 25, 2015, 11:44:33 PM
 You are a doctor, aren't you? Brilliant! Love the step by step.
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Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on July 01, 2015, 06:36:57 AM
  Thanks guys your comments are always appreciated.

  Anton I might make some available to members I'll see when I cast one out :)

  Mould making part 3
 
  Next step is to actually make the case for one side.If Using plaster/Ultracal 30 then the only release agent needed is some petroleum jelly on the resin keys then you are good to go.Since I'm using Fibreglass I'll need to seal the wet clay since polyester resin doesn't like moisture.Normally I spray a layer of crystal clear then 2 coats of shellac These are sealers and not release agents.I then spray some wax release on the resin keys,sometimes I also use PVA release as well.
  Once dry I apply gelcoat onto the surface.I've tinted the gelcoat blue so that you can see it better.I normally use two layers then apply fibreglass matt and resin.
  Photo 1
   The two gelcoat layers.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/gelcoat.jpg)

  Photo 2
  The finished fibreglass shell for the first side.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/fglass%20front.jpg)

  Photo 3
   Once the first side has set the clay wall can be removed and the other side released then fibreglassed.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/back.jpg)

  Gab
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Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on July 01, 2015, 07:06:39 AM
  Mould making part 4

  Once the second side has set,normally overnight,I wet sand the surface and then drill holes for the bolts.These will hold the two halves of the mould together.I also drill small holes at the base so that screws will hold the case down when I pour the silicone.

  Photo 1
  Finished case ready to open.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/fin%20case.jpg)

  Photo 2
  Small tile wedges and screw drivers are used to carefully open the mould.I normally screw one side of the mould down so that I have something to push against.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/open%20mould.jpg)

  Photo 3
   The back removed.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/open%20back.jpg)

  Photo 4
  The clay normally sticks to the mould.This is then cleaned out with a wooden tool then a stiff brush and water.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/back%20clay.jpg)

  Photo 5
   Cleaned moulds.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/clean%20moulds.jpg)

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Mord on July 01, 2015, 10:20:57 AM
 Man, that is a lot of work. You are a true mad scientist, Gab!
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Post by: Gory Glenn on July 01, 2015, 10:40:25 AM
Amazing!!
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Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on July 02, 2015, 06:52:21 AM
Thanks Mord and Glenn.

Mould making part 5

  Now for the silicone pour.Small holes are drilled into the fibreglass case to allow air to escape when the silicone is poured.One thing I forgot to mention is that I glassed a 2" diameter pvc pipe into the front half of the mould.This is where I will pour the silicone.

  Photo 1
  The back of the case is carefully placed in position and screwed down.The gap between the case and the sculpt will eventually be silicone.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/1st%20side%20on.jpg)

  Photo 2
  The mould bolted together.I added an extra piece of pipe to the pour hole so that I can pour the silicone in quickly.Normally I use a smaller hole but the silicone I'm using has a very quick set up time.The blue circles on the mould is where I drilled the vents.Hot glue is used to seal the flanges just in case there is a leak.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/front.jpg)

  Photo 3
  I tried something different on this mould.The put some bolts in the big key in the back.Hopefully this will help aline this key when I make the silicone copy.If just making resin copies this is not needed.You'll see why I've made it this way in a future post.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/closed%20mould.jpg)

  Ready to pour the silicone.

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Gory Glenn on July 02, 2015, 11:02:58 AM
Your skill and artistry are a sight to behold Doc!  :)
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Post by: Mord on July 02, 2015, 11:08:19 AM
 Just amazing. How many castings can you get from one mold before they start to deteriorate?  Hopefully enough for everyone here.
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Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on July 03, 2015, 07:34:32 AM
  Thanks guys.

  Mord, not sure how many I can get out of this silicone but will be pouring a master copy just in case something happens.

  Mould making part 6

   Ready to pour the silicone.There are two ways I use to work out how much silicone to mix.First is to weigh the amount of clay you used to cover the sculpture and times it by 0.8.I used 10kg so 10 x 0.8=8kg.The other way is to mash the clay into a bucket and mark a line level to the clay onto the bucket.Then remove the clay and pour the silicone into the bucket until you reach the marked level.

  Photo 1

  The silicone has been poured and left to set.Screw drivers and wedges are used to remove the front half of the case.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/sil.jpg)

 Photo 2

  I slice the silicone down the centre of the back key.This way any seam will be hidden by the hair or coat.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/cut%20sil.jpg)

  Photo 3

  The finished mould ready to pour a master copy.I still need to make a core so that I can make the silicone skin for my display.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/complete%20mould.jpg)

  Will hopefully pour the master copy this weekend.If I have enough resin I'll make a second copy so that I can use this as a guide to start work on the figure.Busy at work so it's a little slow going.

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Mord on July 03, 2015, 11:18:41 AM
We have all the time in the world when it comes to a picture perfect Frankenstein monster. Looking forward to your next pix.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on July 04, 2015, 09:19:11 PM
  Hi Mord I hope to finish this project in the next few months depending on work.

  I pulled a resin copy today.I had hoped to keep this as a master copy but there was some muck in the mould so I will trim this and use this copy to start the figure.My resin supplier won't have resin in stock for a couple of weeks so the master will have to wait.The mould does have a couple of air bubbles in the nostrils and tips of ears which I was expecting.It's an easy fix to cleanup in the resin.Normally I tip the sculpture back when pouring the silicone for the mould but decided against this because a small crack was developing in the neck I didn't want it to open up when I poured the silicone.
  Below the bust you can see my new unfinished steel electrodes.Will be giving away one set of these electrodes as a thank you to  UMA members.So stay tuned,I'll post details soon.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/resin%20copy.jpg)

 Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Mord on July 04, 2015, 11:20:59 PM
 Jeez, Gab, I'm in love with this thing. Pure perfection (and I've seen a lifetime's worth of Frankenstein monsters).
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on July 05, 2015, 12:32:28 AM
 Thanks Mord,I think I get a little (a lot) obsessive about things sometimes,I know when I finish this project I won't be happy with it.I'll pick it apart.Oh well.I'm having fun at the moment.

 I wanted to make the wire parts of the electrode out of steel.I couldn't find anything that worked as is so I decided to make my own. I had some wall hooks about the right diameter so decided to use them as a starting point.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/IMG_0744.jpg)
 
  I basically heated the ends of these and beat them into shape.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/IMG_0746.jpg)

  I used a hammer and vice to flatten the shaft and the end of the hook.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/IMG_0753.jpg)
 
  The hooks still need to be filed into shape.I'm not sure how I'm going to attach these to the electrode yet,either glue or I might try to solder them.They also need to be polished to get rid of the black from heating.You can see a test fit of the wire in one of the electrodes.They are a little long but I think they will work when filed and cleaned.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/IMG_0759.jpg)

  Ok,I'm giving away one set of these electrodes when I finish them (hopefully next weekend) so if you are interested here's what you have to do.Just let me know if you want to enter by posting on this thread.Around this time next week I'll put the names in a hat and draw the winner.These will be shipped worldwide for free.

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Mord on July 05, 2015, 01:19:09 AM
 I'm starting to believe the monster will walk when you're done with it. Obsessiveness is the difference between a good artist and a great one. Keep on going, my friend.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Monsters For Sale on July 05, 2015, 01:49:24 AM
  Ok,I'm giving away one set of these electrodes when I finish them (hopefully next weekend) so if you are interested here's what you have to do.Just let me know if you want to enter by posting on this thread.Around this time next week I'll put the names in a hat and draw the winner.These will be shipped worldwide for free.

  Gab
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Put me in the bucket.

(Been following this thread from the very beginning.  Love to see all the details about how you are making the pieces of this display.)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: westbatman on July 05, 2015, 11:46:49 AM
I'm interested Gab! Project is looking great! Let me know if you will be selling and silicone pulls.
Andy
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Post by: Universalrocks on July 05, 2015, 04:22:41 PM
Put my name in the Hat also.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Gory Glenn on July 05, 2015, 11:38:04 PM
Fantastic work! Such detail!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Monsternutt on July 06, 2015, 12:29:20 AM
I cant wait to see the final product! Your work is Awesome!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on July 11, 2015, 12:23:40 AM
 Thanks for the kind comments guys.Andy,I might make some silicone copies depending on cost.

 Just a quick reminder that the draw for a set of steel electrodes ends soon.

 Member entries so far
     -Monsters For Sale
     -westbatman
     -Universalrocks

  Thanks

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: John Febonio on July 11, 2015, 12:34:23 PM
Gab I would love to add your bolt sets to one of my Franks

Count me in for the drawing
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Gory Glenn on July 11, 2015, 09:21:30 PM
Frankenstein is my fave and you're doing him justice! Can't wait to see him painted up! Count me in on the drawing as well.  ;D
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Mord on July 11, 2015, 11:31:50 PM
 I'm so impressed with your talent, Gab (here & with DD). Since I have no immediate use for those beautifully crafted bolts, I'm not going to sign up. Thanks for the opportunity. I hope one of you guys who already signed up gets to enjoy them.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on July 13, 2015, 08:04:30 AM
  Sorry for the delay.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/IMG_0771.jpg)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/IMG_0776.jpg)
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/IMG_0778.jpg)

  And the winner is Universalrocks.

  Please PM me your Address.

  Thanks everyone.

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Monsters For Sale on July 13, 2015, 10:54:11 AM

Congrats UniversalRocks!  They look like a great set of accessories.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Gory Glenn on July 13, 2015, 03:51:10 PM
Congrats UniversalRocks! That was cool posting pics of the drawing Doc! Fun stuff!  ;D
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Universalrocks on July 13, 2015, 05:09:40 PM
Thank you so much gab, these will become a cherished part of my collection. Can't wait to see them in person!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on July 19, 2015, 12:23:10 AM
Thanks for entering guys,may have another competition in the future.
 Finished the set for Universalrocks.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/IMG_0815.jpg)

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Universalrocks on August 09, 2015, 08:23:41 PM
Gab I received the Neck Bolts and want to thank you again they are great! They inspired me to complete painting my Howard Senft bust of the Monster from the Bride of Frankenstein. I replaced the sub-par resin bolts with yours. I'am 95 percent done with him now just a few tweaks and he will be finished.Once again Thank You ! (http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/08/09/8f3707fdda9f77b24cb177fe9c8ac18b.jpg) (http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/08/09/6163e629e35858dc744dc0ffc4fe8cfb.jpg) (http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/08/09/1369883c8757cfcd7c8b544a961cfacd.jpg) (http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/08/09/0bc37b61c8529a9140bcc2d15a06a7b2.jpg)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Gory Glenn on August 09, 2015, 11:10:12 PM
Man those look great! And so does the bust! You put them to much better use than I would have. Congrats!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Sean on August 09, 2015, 11:48:49 PM
These updates have been a periodical treat much as new issues of FMOFL were when I was a kid.  There should be a TV show dedicated to builds like the 1 you are doing.  Great stuff.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: GMcKellar on August 31, 2015, 11:46:32 AM
Looking really great.  Man that's a lot of work.  A museum piece for sure.

I was hoping you could tell me where to find a set of 1:1 arms for Frank.  I have a client that wants to put a full body together.  They need to be either resin or vinyl.
I appreciate any help you can lend.

Thanks

Greg
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: westbatman on September 01, 2015, 09:31:08 AM
Greg,

There used to be a guy on ebay that went by workshop77 that sold some, he goes by that on facebook but I'm not on FB anymore.

Andy
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: RJ Sevin on September 01, 2015, 09:03:34 PM
Just discovered this, the single greatest thread on the internet today. Spectacular work.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Hermanoids from the Deep on September 03, 2015, 02:12:29 AM
Beautiful work and extremely inspiring Dr Wolfenstein! , especially seeing the whole process from start.  Looking forward to seeing how the bolts in the big key at the back work in the future.

Hermanoids from the Deep
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: bucknutz666 on September 10, 2015, 07:06:52 PM
Looking really great.  Man that's a lot of work.  A museum piece for sure.

I was hoping you could tell me where to find a set of 1:1 arms for Frank.  I have a client that wants to put a full body together.  They need to be either resin or vinyl.
I appreciate any help you can lend.

Thanks

Greg
get intouch with Rob Cametti on Facebook, he made me a beautiful set of arms.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: JarodsPeople on October 22, 2015, 07:49:56 PM
G00d Evening!! I have a  few sets for sale.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on December 01, 2015, 12:27:54 AM
 Hi Guys,
  Thanks for all the comments.Sorry for the lack of updates.Just thought I'd let you know that I'm back working on the Frankenstein project.Just been busy with work for the last few months.Expect more updates soon.

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on December 12, 2015, 06:57:12 PM
Hi Guys,
   I actually made this hollow resin slush copy after I made the mould,just never got around to posting it.I made this master just in case something happened to the mould.I pulled out a second copy to sculpt hair onto.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/frank3.jpg)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/frank5.jpg)

  Should start doing the core for the silicone later in the week.

  Gab
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Post by: Gory Glenn on December 14, 2015, 11:35:06 AM
Such a great likeness!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: westbatman on December 20, 2015, 09:17:00 PM
Gab,
Great to see you back on the project. The sculpt turned out great.

Andy
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Post by: Mike Scott on December 20, 2015, 09:33:16 PM
Beautiful! Can't wait to see one all painted up!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: GMcKellar on December 22, 2015, 04:35:08 PM
Any way you could make available for sale, a silicone version without the hair?
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on January 01, 2016, 03:55:28 PM
 Hi Guys,
  Hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year.

  Gory Glenn-Thanks,normally after I mould a sculpture and pull out a copy I'm not happy with it so I don't finish it.I'm still happy with Frank so I'll keep going. ;D
  Westbatman-Thanks Andy.How is your project going?
  Mike Scott-Thanks Mike,can't wait to see it painted myself.
  GMcKellar-This might be available in silicone without hair. :)

  I found another meter on ebay.It is the right size for one of the machines so I decided to mould it.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/meter%201.jpg)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/meter%202.jpg)

  Started sculpting the boots.I'll probably make a waste mould then pull out a copy to clean up.This will then be remoulded to produce the final boots that will be clad in a suede like material.I still need to sculpt some folds to make it look like soft leather rather than a hard surface.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/boots%202.jpg)
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/boots%203.jpg)

  I bought these two mannequins awhile ago.I'll use the one on the the right.This one seems to have a better pose.I would have preferred to sculpt the body but this would have taken a lot of time.I think I can make this one work.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/mannequin.jpg)

  I'm using Platsil-10 silicone for the skin.It's used a lot in prosthetics these days in film.These are just some colour sample tests for the silicone base.I decided to make two heads for myself.One will be blue/grey death colour the other will be green.The silicone base needs to be light so that colours can be painted on top.Most people who are new to making silicone heads have a tendency to make the silicone base too translucent and the silicone kinda "glows".Skin is translucent but not that translucent.The colours look a little different on the monitor than in real life.I'll make a few more test before I cast Frankie up.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/colour%20test%201.jpg)

  Gab
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Post by: universalmonsterkid on January 02, 2016, 10:47:23 AM
Gab ,
Are you making a mold for the boots ? If so PM me I'd like to get a pair for my build up, thanks
Everything is looking awesome
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Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on January 07, 2016, 06:00:41 PM
  Hi Guys,
    Universalmonsterkid-I'll see how they turn out and the cost of materials and postage before I decide to sell them or not.Keep watching this space.Love to see your build!
   
    Pulled two resin copies of the meter.Need to figure out how to make the inserts with the meter information.Looking into Adobe illustrator.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/meter%20resin%201.jpg)(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/meter%20resin%202.jpg)

  More colour tests.I like the top two on the left.I put some flock in the silicone.It gives it a nice translucent look.The top left has silicone pigment plus red flock the one next to it has the same pigment with red and blue flock.Which colour do you guys like?Will have a silicone copy next week,just waiting for some materials to arrive.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/colour%20sample%202.jpg)

  Did a quick mould of the boots.Will pull out a copy Monday and start sanding them.Will test the suede material to see how it fits.

  It's all starting to come together!Woohoo!

  Gab

 
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on January 31, 2016, 08:14:41 PM
  Hi Guys,
  This is the waste mould I made of the boot sculptures ( not pretty).I just thickened the silicone to build up a nice thickness and backed it up with plaster bandage.Only needed to pull out one copy to fix.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/IMG_1181.jpg)
  Here is the finished master copy of the boots.I used black primer to see how they will look.These still need to be moulded to produce the final copy.Suede material then will be applied the these.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/IMG_1175.jpg)
  I'll scuff the sole of the boots when I get a copy out.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/IMG_1174.jpg)

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Monsters For Sale on January 31, 2016, 08:21:29 PM

Looks good. 

Would like to see more pictures of step-by-step procedures in accomplishing what you are doing.

I'd like to see some pictures of the suede being applied and how you get it to ahere evenly over the curved surface.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on January 31, 2016, 08:37:58 PM
Looks good. 

Would like to see more pictures of step-by-step procedures in accomplishing what you are doing.

I'd like to see some pictures of the suede being applied and how you get it to ahere evenly over the curved surface.

  Will do Adam.I may make another copy out of the waste mould and temporarily glue the suede on to see how it looks before I mould the finished masters,just in case I have to make changes.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on January 31, 2016, 09:15:46 PM
  Just about to cast a copy out of the mould (excuse the blurry pic).I used dish washing detergent as a release agent.I added  99% alcohol to the detergent and then poured it into the mould.I slushed it around to coat the surface and then poured it out into a bucket and let it dry then checked for pooling of the detergent.I coated the mould three times making sure it dried thoroughly between coats.I then rubbed the surface with my hand to make sure it was coated and checked for pooling again.Detergent is a great release for silicone since the copy can be washed with water to remove the release agent.Wax or petroleum jelly can be used but is more difficult to clean.
  I placed resin copies of the eye forms in the mould to take the space of the good eyes I'll be using.I also placed some plasticine behind the eye forms to make them spherical so that I have room to move them around and position the eyes.


(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/IMG_1123.jpg)

  I used some Fuse Fx silicone pigments to colour the silicone.I've just started using this pigment.The advantage is that you only need 2 to 3 drops per 10grams of silicone and the results are repeatable.You can also use other silicone pigments or oil paint.Careful not to use too much oil paint as this can affect some silicones.Always do a test.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/IMG_1132.jpg)

  A good way to check for the right translucency is to draw a black dot with a marker on the end of a tongue depressor.Dip it into the silicone and pull it out and let it drain.You want the dot to have a haze on it.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/IMG_1136.jpg)

  The platsil 10 silicone I used has a ratio of 1:1.I've mixed the pigment in both parts.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/IMG_1144.jpg)

  I also added some wine coloured flock and some blue to gray it up a bit
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/IMG_1139.jpg)
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/IMG_1140-1_1.jpg)

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on January 31, 2016, 11:22:05 PM
  Sorry for the lack of pics.I decided not to core out the head because it was a lot of work.I poured about 40grams of catalysed silicone on the eyes to lock them into place.Once set I poured another 40g on the eyes just to make sure they wouldn't move when I rotated the mould.I placed the mould on it's side and then poured 60g into one ear and let it set.I then flipped the mould and poured the other ear.The Platsil 10 is a pretty fast setting silicone especially in hot weather.I poured it in sections so as not to get air bubbles.I then mixed a larger batch and coated the whole head.I did several coats like this and let it rest on different parts of the mould.Once I was happy with the thickness I let it set completely
  I then slushed the inside with polyurethane resin to support the silicone.I did 4 or five coats.After a few hours it was time to pull it apart.It can apart  fairly easily.The ears are always a problem.I did get some bubbles which I'll have to fix.

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/IMG_1188.jpg)
The eye forms on the right are the ones I place in the mould before pouring the silicone.The ones on the left are the ones I'll be using for the finished head.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/IMG_1186.jpg)
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/IMG_1185.jpg)
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/IMG_1182.jpg)
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/IMG_1187.jpg)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: westbatman on February 06, 2016, 09:18:05 AM
Beautiful work Gab!
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Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on February 07, 2016, 11:17:28 PM
  Thanks Andy,
   I wanted to see how the electrodes fitted on the Monster.I used a piece of brass hobby tubing and sharpened one end on a belt sander.This was used to make a hole in the silicone.A 6mm (1/4")  hole was then drilled into the neck to allow for the bolt.It fits really well.
  I needed to do some repair work on the ears.To do this I used the pre-coloured silicone I had left over from casting the head.I cleaned the silicone head first by washing the detergent release agent with water and then wiped it down with 99% alcohol.Sometimes I use acetone as well.I used some thixotropic additive in part B to thicken the silicone and then added part A.This gives a nice paste that can be spatulated into the air bubble.This is then smoothed with White Spirits and a soft brush.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/IMG_1194.jpg)

  I bought some black human hair wefts for hair punching.I might mix in some finer hair.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/hair%20weft.jpg)

  Also bought some needles for punching.They have a tendency to break so I got few packs in different sizes.These are called beading needles.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/beading.jpg)

  Test fitted the eyes.What do you guys think of placement?I haven't glued them in yet.
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/setting%20eyes.jpg)

   Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Monsters For Sale on February 08, 2016, 01:01:39 AM

Looking great!

I am REALLY loving the details about the process.

Thanks so much for sharing this with us.
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Post by: Gory Glenn on February 08, 2016, 12:09:11 PM
Really looking amazing. Very impressive!
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Post by: johnnyhicks67 on February 08, 2016, 06:45:57 PM
That is looking VERY good...
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Post by: johnnyhicks67 on February 08, 2016, 07:04:42 PM
  So I was wondering about the way you did your eyes,..if one were to make a sculpt using  spheres to act as the eyeballs, and those spheres are the same size as the acrylic eyes that will be used in the finished silicone piece,..then by doing what you did-that is, temporarily affixing the same size spheres into the eye section of the negative mold when you pour your skin, then when the skin is pulled from the mold -you pop out the spheres,..and you will have two sockets that will conform to shape of the acrylic eyes that will be used in the final piece?..Is that correct?..I had heard of this technique before,..and it seems to have worked well for you...
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on February 08, 2016, 08:36:44 PM
  Thanks for the kind comments guys.I appreciate it and it helps keep me motivated.

  Johnnyhicks67-Thats pretty much what I did.Although I moulded the eyes I was going to use in the finished silicone head and made copies rather than use something of similar size.That way you get an exact fit.There are other ways of doing this but this is the simplest.You can drill tiny in the eyes that you use for sculpting and then put some small metal rods in them before you mould the sculpt.That way you can use the same eyes and they will register perfectly.Another way is to drill and tap a small hole for a threaded rod.You put a threaded rod in the resin eye when you mould the sculpture so that it pokes out the mould.Then you can screws the eyes to the mould.I have done this for puppet heads.
    Hope this makes sense.

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: johnnyhicks67 on February 08, 2016, 09:20:37 PM
 Thanks for the reply!..ok then,..that makes sense,..either way your work is phenomenal,..true attention to detail. If you spend that type of care on the costuming and re-creating that slightly padded look that Karloff had -you will have nailed it for sure. Again,..GREAT job, Also,..I sent you a private message on here awhile back..if you don't mind check your inbox and get back to me.. best wishes! Johnny
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Post by: Anton Phibes on February 08, 2016, 10:34:31 PM
Amazing stuff Gab. I dunno how you do it!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on February 09, 2016, 12:09:06 AM
Thanks Anton and johnnyhicks67.

  Having some fun with Photoshop.Just wanted to see how it looked in B&W. :)

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/3bc85a51-a79f-46a2-9838-bfbdf32dcf91.jpg)

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on February 10, 2016, 06:35:56 AM
  Hi Guys,
     Finally got around to painting.Not sure if this was the right way to go.I can always pull another copy out of the mould and try something else.What do you guys think?

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/paint%204.jpg)
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/paint%202.jpg)

  Gab
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: BRICK on February 10, 2016, 06:49:56 AM
Wow!!! Amazing, he looks so lifelike!
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Post by: westbatman on February 10, 2016, 07:04:45 AM
Scares the begeezus out of me, dang that looks sharp!

Andy
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Universalrocks on February 10, 2016, 08:54:17 AM
Great work! I like the positioning of the eyes.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G890A using Tapatalk

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Post by: vayapues on February 10, 2016, 10:08:35 AM
So far, fantastic. The purpley lids & watery eyes are brilliant -- worthy of old Mike Hill (no finer compliment)!
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: steve s. on February 10, 2016, 03:38:10 PM
No need to pull another one out of the mold.  Looks great so far!
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Post by: johnnyhicks67 on February 11, 2016, 05:07:44 PM
Whoa!..I think that's a great paint job, Gab!...looking really good...
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Post by: Gory Glenn on February 11, 2016, 05:29:34 PM
Incredibly lifelike! I also like how he's looking to the side. Makes him seem aware of his surroundings.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: johnnyhicks67 on February 11, 2016, 05:49:06 PM
Gab,
 I think your paint job is right in line,..there are many  ways to approach it where it's still gonna look good..I took your photo into PS and messed with hue & saturation,..I think yours (on the far left) is great,..but either one of the other tones  wouldn't necessarily look bad either,..the main thing is,..you're obviously a very talented individual and your painting skills are awesome. And the position of the eyes  is great  as others have stated! http://imgur.com/mVdKiJG (http://imgur.com/mVdKiJG)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Frankenmummy on February 28, 2016, 05:19:59 PM
Just WOW! You are very talented!  :)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Herr Hussmann on March 08, 2016, 10:07:32 AM
That's right up there with Mike Hill's stuff- fantastic! Can't wait to see it with the hair.
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: the_horror_man on March 08, 2016, 11:37:29 AM
I think it would be almost impossible to get a more realistic looking Karloff piece and this one isn't even finished yet.

thm
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Frankenmummy on March 08, 2016, 08:52:59 PM
I think it would be almost impossible to get a more realistic looking Karloff piece and this one isn't even finished yet.

thm


I totally agree!  :)
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: westbatman on September 13, 2016, 01:35:07 PM
Gab,

Where are you? I miss your additions to this fabulous project.

Andy
Title: Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
Post by: Anton Phibes on September 13, 2016, 02:06:42 PM
  Hi Guys,
     Finally got around to painting.Not sure if this was the right way to go.I can always pull another copy out of the mould and try something else.What do you guys think?

([url]http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/paint%204.jpg[/url])
([url]http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/paint%202.jpg[/url])

  Gab


Gosh, gab...if you think its not good enough for you, just send it to me. I'll take it off your hands. Seriously though: Thats absolutely amazing.
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Post by: FRANKEinstein on October 06, 2016, 03:56:14 AM
I Love this POST!
You're amazing at every aspect of this project;
Thanks again for sharing!
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Post by: ForbiddenZone on October 08, 2016, 06:53:35 AM
I can't believe I haven't revisited this post in over a year! What better time than the Halloween season?!

Gab...beautiful work! I think the sculpt and the paint are incredible!! Neck bolts...so cool. Boots...look great!!

Keep up the great work!

Mike
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Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on October 09, 2016, 08:39:57 PM
Hi Guys,

   Sorry for lack of updates just been very busy with work.Hope to be posting very soon.

  Gab
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Post by: westbatman on October 14, 2016, 08:19:24 AM
I figured that was the case, glad you are ok!
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Post by: Herr Hussmann on October 14, 2016, 03:48:56 PM
That head on closeup reminds me so much of Karloff's first closeup from the film!

Can't wait to see him with hair!
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Post by: Doh! on October 15, 2016, 01:41:34 AM
Stunning work!! I love the offset look he's doing.
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Post by: BRICK on November 21, 2018, 07:21:57 PM
I was just thinking of this thread the other day. What ever happened with this? What does the final result look like? Do I need to buy a ticket to Australia?
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Post by: Kidagain on November 22, 2018, 01:47:56 PM
Wow!A 2 year gap, hope everything is okay with Gab.