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    09-27-2016, 01:46 PM
    MrNightmare replied to a thread it's here! in General Halloween
    I have to agree that the season is ramping up this last week of Sept! My Wife and I just celebrated our anniversary this past weekend and took a trip to one of our favorite Haunts for their opening night. We started decorating the inside of the house and plan to start the outside late next week. And to add this this, we have been dealing with annoying heat and humidity most of this month here in North TX. However, this past week the weather has been wonderful with highs in the 80s and crisp...
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    09-26-2016, 05:18 AM
    Decorating the inside of the house this week and should be done by Friday. Out Haunt is ready to go, but it depends on the weather. Last year, we had to close the walk through because of rain the entire week before Halloween. This year, I have a few different things planned if the weather holds. Feeling the pressure, but should be okay.
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    09-22-2016, 06:24 AM
    MrNightmare replied to a thread Static: Help Identifying A Prop in Halloween Props
    Okay, I found it! The prop is called Clair Voyant. Here is a link from: The Blood Curdling Monster Mask Blog that had a post featuring the 1999 Don Post Studios catalog: http://monstermasks.blogspot.com/2015/02/1999-don-post-studios-catalog.html And a picture:
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    09-22-2016, 06:11 AM
    MrNightmare replied to a thread Static: Help Identifying A Prop in Halloween Props
    That Witch was made by Don Post Studios back in the late 90s and early 2000s. I have a smaller version of her (pictured below in the upper left): The version you have is rare and hard to find. Also looks like it's in great shape! I will try to find the catalog picture of her and post it. Also, try putting it under a black light and see if she glows in the dark... Mine does and I think they was all described as doing so. Great find!
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    09-22-2016, 06:04 AM
    MrNightmare replied to a thread Electronic/Software: Gemmy Wizard of OZ Wicked Witch in Halloween Props
    Well that would certainly explain why so few are out there. I have seen her on eBay a few times, one went for over $400 and the other was a buy it now for $250 (I think?) and was for sale the same time the new version was released. What always stood out to me about this version was it was actually life size and larger than most "life size" props available today.
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    09-21-2016, 12:44 PM
    MrNightmare replied to a thread Electronic/Software: Gemmy Wizard of OZ Wicked Witch in Halloween Props
    I remember seeing that at Spirit Halloween back in 2001. You're right, it's Gemmy made and is quite the collectible. Not sure now since they re-released her a few years ago, but still a great piece and very life-like.
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    09-21-2016, 12:38 PM
    Welcome to the forum! Saw on another Thread your from Terrell... I'm not too far from you in Mabank.
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    09-21-2016, 12:34 PM
    Terrell is right up the road from me (about 45min from Mabank). I'm going to assume your familiar with my favorite Haunt - Verdun Manor.
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    09-21-2016, 07:19 AM
    MrNightmare replied to a thread Static: "Holy Grail" Spirit Witch in Halloween Props
    When I saw that listing, I thought of you. One day you will get your hands on it :) If it's any consolation, I would sell it to you if I had it. I know how much you want it and how hard you've been looking.
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    09-20-2016, 12:30 PM
    Thanks for the Pic Comment! I used Par38 LED bulbs in our landscape uplighting.
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    09-20-2016, 11:40 AM
    My Walmart had the purple version for $16.88 so I picked it up. I'm not impressed with it. It was more Red and Blue (think Patriotic) than purple and did not have a Halloween vibe to it. I am going to keep it and use it as a lighting effect for the 4th of July next year.
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    09-14-2016, 08:52 AM
    Thanks for the picture comment! I use the LED spots for lighting. They really work well!
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    09-14-2016, 08:51 AM
    MrNightmare posted a visitor message on Hilda's profile
    Thanks for the picture comment! Your displays are great inspiration and your work is excellent!
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    09-13-2016, 02:41 PM
    Industen replied to a thread Pneumatic: air compressor question in Halloween Props
    The is the 3/8 to 1/4 reducer. In the pipe section
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    09-13-2016, 02:33 PM
    Look into the Boobox flexmax. It has interruptible triggers and you can make escape rooms very easy. Did a few of them, I would setup a plan. Simple interprets can be weighted switches, break in beam, motion etc. Work backwards from finish to start make things easier
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    09-13-2016, 02:13 PM
    Industen replied to a thread Pneumatic: air compressor question in Halloween Props
    Yes but you would have to work around it. You would take a male inner thread and screw a 1/4 hose fitting into it. Here is a pic.
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    09-13-2016, 01:36 PM
    Industen replied to a thread Pneumatic: air compressor question in Halloween Props
    The only thing that is bad about the manifold is you need 3/8 hose. You would be better using 1/4 throughout your haunt. It is a lot cheaper and hides very well.
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    09-13-2016, 01:32 PM
    Industen replied to a thread Pneumatic: air compressor question in Halloween Props
    You probably should run this off a hose. You have two options you can plug the bottom with a 3/8 plug this would give you two outputs after. I would just coupler the 3/8 down to 1/4(pipe fitting) and attach a male quick connect on the bottom...this ill give you three outputs.
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    09-13-2016, 12:59 PM
    Industen replied to a thread Pneumatic: air compressor question in Halloween Props
    On the bottom is a thread. Place a male 1/4 fitting there. When you branch of to other props make sure you buy the correct fittings for that manifold(automotive, Hiflo, industrial etc)
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    09-13-2016, 11:42 AM
    MrNightmare added 5 photo(s) to album Halloween 2015
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    09-11-2016, 04:47 PM
    Industen replied to a thread Pneumatic: air compressor question in Halloween Props
    Just use 1/4 for all your props, buy union T for three way, four way, or manifold (more then four). These are all 1/4 hose quick connect. This setup would run you two props Attach a male 1/4 threaded quick connect into a female compressor fitting. Plug in compressor Run 1/4 hose to location of split Union T to split to two other props Add a regulator before the prop put two 1/4 hose threaded fitting on each side If you run multiple solenoids for props then you will have to split...
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    09-11-2016, 04:03 PM
    Industen replied to a thread Pneumatic: air compressor help in Halloween Props
    Add regulators or flow control valves before your prop. Most props work on different psi. A splitter or air whip will use about 90-120 psi while a cylinder may only need 40psi depending on size. You can add aux tanks before the prop if you want only that prop to use the air install a check valve. If you want more then one prop to use that same air tank then do not install the check valve. You can also add another compressor but a check valve has to be installed on each compressor.
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    09-08-2016, 06:57 PM
    Industen replied to a thread Pneumatic: 2015 Pneumatic Haunt VIDEO INSIDE in Halloween Props
    Thanks for all the comments. I have a ton of new props in the works for this year. Trying to make a continuous pneumatic scene that will involve four different props. As for the gemmy skulls takes some time but it isn't that hard. The skull is 4.5 volts(been awhile) you need it to be continuous power so hook it to a voltameter to drop the voltage to 4.5 off of a 12v source or get a 4.5 power supply. The lighted eyes can be hooked to the moving eyes because they run together. The mouth can be...
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  • MrNightmare's Avatar
    09-01-2016, 07:20 AM
    I am in the same boat as you. 2014 was out first year in our new house we custom built and I was reluctant to hang props/decor on the inside and outside of the house for the same reasons as you. So I focused on lighting for the outside, props for the windows, and decorating the yard. As for the inside, I used wall decor (heavy duty Command Strips), and standing props. Here are a few pics:
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    Hello..... hello.... Bob.... are you out there??? You dissapeared on me!
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    Bob,

    Hope you are having a good new year. Are you working on any new projects yet? I’m getting ready to start a new big project. I’m going to start building wall panels. I’m fearful the project may be bigger than it may first seem, but I’ll give it a go.

    Anyway have a great 2012!
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    Thanks for looking at my album. It almost feels like Halloween is not over when I get visitors like you. Your comments were greatly appreciated.

    30 TOTs is not bad. That is what I averaged for many years. Honestly I get so much fun out of building the props that as long as I get a few dozen Im happy, although I do get doubts if all the effort is worth it. The answer I always come back to is yes, because this hobby is awesome.

    A video walk though of my haunt would have been a good idea. Unfortunately she is already half torn down, maybe next year.

    I did not hit any after holiday sales. What were you able to get at Spirit? It sounds like a bunch of forum members were going after the zombie sewer tunnel displays. Id have to admit that Spirit did step it up a level with the indoor displays this year. I was impressed. Did you get any animatronics?

    Are you thinking of next year yet, or are you going to take a break for a while? Ive fallen behind on some of my home chores, plus the wife has a project or two for me, but I would like to begin one of my new ideas for next year. Im going to try and make wall panels. The plastic wall covering from Spirit looks pretty good, but Id like to make something that looks like real stone. I hope I can pull it off.

    Well sorry to chat your ear off, but it is always nice to hear from forum members.
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    So how did the big day turn out for you? Did you have lots of visitors? The display looks great.
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    Like your pics. I noticed that in 2010 you used mainly green ligting. Did yo use LEDs ? In the 2011 photos it looked like you may have changed the color scheme. I have tried various colors, but really like the way your green turned out on the tombstones/graveyard. Happy Halloween !!
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    Thank you for the kind comments. The lighting is a lot of work. If I had to guess I probably run upwards of 50 or 60 independent LED lights.

    Looks like you have also been working hard this year. Are you on schedule?
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    They are the new Electric Zombies from Distortions. Here is a link: http://www.halloweenasylum.com/rip_a...onic_prop.html
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    Thanks for the Request and comments! I added some new pics under my Prop Collection album showing my new Animated Zombies! And your right, you can't find them at Spirit! Thanks again man! I look forward to more pics of your display this year, great work, keep it up!
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    Great work! Your pics are very creepy! Great collection you have!
  10. Thanks! I followed the Skull and Bone technique. Here's the link.
    http://skullandbone.com/tutorial_02.htm
    Only thing I did different was use a dark walnut varnish rather then the black spray paint suggested. I also sanded
    down the bucky and put a coat of the varnish on before the
    nylon and latex application. I then waited about a half hour
    and wiped it off leaving only the cracks and sockets dark and a hint of color on the bone
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