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    Prop Showcase: I have a new 3D printer, so I had to use that for...

    I have a new 3D printer, so I had to use that for the joystick. ;-)

    This is the femur piece printed in clear SLA material:...
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    Prop Showcase: Some pictures.... Cabinet "before":...

    Some pictures....

    Cabinet "before":...
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    Prop Showcase: Splatterhouse arcade game custom cabinet.

    This year for our arcade I make a horror-themed videogame cabinet to go with the game "Splatterhouse". I'll keep this top post as the "executive summary" and then show a breakdown of the various...
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    You might give Smooth-On's tech support a call...

    You might give Smooth-On's tech support a call too-- they're really good about helping out with troubleshooting their materials...
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    I've not used the Smooth-On foam, but the Tap...

    I've not used the Smooth-On foam, but the Tap Plastics stuff gets pretty warm too. Do you have a vent hole in the board on the bottom? (If not, I'd add one-- maybe ~3/4" or so-- and see how much...
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    Hey Everybody-- I haven't checked in in a while! ...

    Hey Everybody-- I haven't checked in in a while! (We did a commercial haunt in 2012 and that burned me out on Halloween for a bit!)

    Misc. comments:

    * Yes, you can can directly with foam...
  7. Sooo... We scared someone in to labor. ;-)

    Our (commercial) haunt had an interesting night last night:

    http://www.kgw.com/news/Haunted-house-sends-Vancouver-mom-into-labor-176629011.html

    I guess that means we're doing something right!
  8. Decent deal if you need a nice airbrush compressor (Michaels Crafts)

    Sometime in the last few months Michaels Crafts stores started carrying a more complete line of air brush stuff from Badger Air-Brush Co.

    As Michaels is apt to do, the price is "above retail" on...
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    Hi Terra, did you happen to try the hot knife...

    Hi Terra, did you happen to try the hot knife with any of your glue test pieces? Supposedly the HWFF stuff is compatible, but I'm curious how the others (and the Glidden in particular) get along...
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    I've had good luck preventing...

    I've had good luck preventing pucking/delamination of cardboard by just spraying it with clear acrylic sealer or painting it with epoxy resin. Prevents it from collapsing under wet plaster bandages...
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    Very nice, Terra! I'd been wondering what those...

    Very nice, Terra! I'd been wondering what those foam rasps were called since seeing them on Monster Man-- I can finally buy one now... Thanks! :)

    Have you seen Monster Man by chance? They used...
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    Prop Showcase: I couldn't figure out why the tutorial was...

    I couldn't figure out why the tutorial was getting so many views today, but not this original thread... Then someone on Facebook told me-- turns out my Youtube video showed up on Gizmodo and MAKE!...
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    Prop Showcase: Thanks for the compliments, everyone! Always fun...

    Thanks for the compliments, everyone! Always fun to see people react to your creations. :)

    I just posted part three of the build log/tutorial:...
  14. Part 3: Next up is creating the LED lighting...

    Part 3:

    Next up is creating the LED lighting and Laser Vortex effect. There's various ways to create a laser vortex. The simple/cheap type is to just mount a small mirror on the end of a motor...
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    Prop Showcase: Just a quick update, I put up part 2 of the...

    Just a quick update, I put up part 2 of the build/tutorial in the tutorial...
  16. Part 2: I wanted to use the third (and final)...

    Part 2:

    I wanted to use the third (and final) 1" thick piece of foam as a removable (if need be) back 'cover' to the prop and LCD panel. The front three pieces are already glued together (3/4",...
  17. Hahah... Good eye! Yeah, this time of year it's...

    Hahah... Good eye! Yeah, this time of year it's primary use is "Halloween prop holder-upper". It *is* terrifying though, so I guess sort of appropriate here too. :D
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    Prop Showcase: Hey everyone. I put up the first part of the...

    Hey everyone. I put up the first part of the build tutorial/logbook here: http://www.halloweenforum.com/tutorials-step-step/111710-technological-tombstone-terror-build-log-tutorial.html

    Let me...
  19. Technological Tombstone of Terror (build log/tutorial)

    This is the tutorial/build log for my "Technological Tombstone of Terror" which is shown here:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exwQtq1GEOk

    Part 1:

    A few people expressed interest in a...
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    Prop Showcase: Thanks for the feedback, everyone! (Yes, a corny...

    Thanks for the feedback, everyone! (Yes, a corny name. I was up way too late and getting punchy by the time I needed to name it. :D)

    It's basically finished *before* Halloween which is a...
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    Prop Showcase: The Technological Tombstone of Terror!

    Hey Everyone,

    I did my annual Halloween "make one new thing a year" routine this week and it turned out pretty decent. I present to you: The Technological Tombstone of Terror!

    ...
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    Just a random update-- I've purchased most of the...

    Just a random update-- I've purchased most of the parts for a batch of the controllers, so I'll definitely have these available before the season this year. Hopefully early spring. :)

    We're...
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    They're really consistent brightness in the...

    They're really consistent brightness in the plastic. Even though the LED pattern is wide angle because the 'flame' sits right on top of the LED all the light is captured in the plastic and...
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    Oi... That might be a bit more than I can take...

    Oi... That might be a bit more than I can take on! ;)

    There's an awful lot of disciplines and software behind that relatively simple item. On the one hand there's electrical engineering to...
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    Since the LED outputs are all unique (there's no...

    Since the LED outputs are all unique (there's no pattern or repeats on any of the outputs) I suspect that you could gang several together in a cluster and make much larger flames and/or use brighter...
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