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Dr Wolfenstein

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The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
« 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.
 

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Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
« Reply #1 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.


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.


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Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
« Reply #2 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.

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Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
« Reply #3 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.

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Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
« Reply #4 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.


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Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
« Reply #5 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.



I've started work on machine A.Will post pictures soon.

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Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
« Reply #6 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.

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« Reply #7 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.


    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.

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Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2013, 03:45:06 PM »
Great start, love the Jacobs Ladder O0

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Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
« Reply #9 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 !

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Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
« Reply #10 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

 

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Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
« Reply #11 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!

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Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
« Reply #12 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.



  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.



 Tested the spacers in the plates before gluing.

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Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
« Reply #13 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.

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Re: The Frankenstein Project Bwahahahaha!!!
« Reply #14 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!