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Last year (2014) I was able to pretty much finish "phase 1" of our yardhaunt! A few small details didn't get done but for the most part I got the big pieces finished. We are going with a steampunk theme. There is a clocktower, storefront, boiler and crates.

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Phase 2 will aim to add another facade to help give more of an alley feel to the drivway. The third facade will be a steampunk garage that will be 3 panels and will sit next the clocktower. That will cover an extra 4 feet of the garage. The storefront facade will shift to the side of the driveway to start to create a horseshoe shape that will give the haunt the feel of an alley. Along with the extra facade we will be adding more to the center of the driveway to make a longer walkthrough. Also some steampunk oddities for display in the storefront and moving gears for the clocktower. Little things that need to get finished are the lettering on the storefront sign and painting the boiler to look rusted.

I was wondering if anyone had any ideas to make the haunt more "Steampunk ". I will be adding progress pics of the new build.

Updated 10/23/15


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I "Steamed" a wall in my house using sheet metal , nice & shiny, held in place ,by self-tapping short drill screws screwed to wood. i had some big steel control wheels from some kind of large machinery I mounted on this wall, i made a small viewing port with plexiglass "windowing" it,and the wood and sheet metal does keep the squirrels out!
The big steel control wheels turn free if anyone feels like Moving them or giving them a "spin"! FUN!
 

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I have to ask. Where do you store all of that?
 

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When I think steampunk I always think copper pipe, gauges, rivets, leather, glass ports, old glass tv tubes, and of course STEAM. Maybe add some vents with fog coming from them?
Thanks! Great ideas. For sure going to add more steam! Been researching new fog machines. I did have a grate and pipes with steam in 2014. The grate was above the door of the clocktower.

 

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I have to ask. Where do you store all of that?
That is a good question. I would like to sound like I am organized and technical, but to be wholly honest, its all still sitting in the garage. I have some reinforcements in town visiting so it will possibly get stored up in the rafters of the garage while I have some help. That way I can get started on phase 2(and park a car in there as well). :cool: I built the panels to store flat. It actually is not that bulky when broken down.

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This is an example of a single panel. They are 4 foot wide by 8 feet tall. Probably anywhere from 4 to 6 inches deep.

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The sides of the crates break down similarly as well but are a little thinner.

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The boiler splits into two halves. They can stack on top of each other. They housed all the guts. The fog machine, prop controllers and audio components on Halloween night. But they actually become great shelves for storing stuff once stacked!
 

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Holy jeez that's awesome! You could open your own theme park with design work like that!
Can't wait to see the finished product. :cool:
 

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Holy Steampunk Batman that is FANTASTIC!!
Holy crap! That would be an awesome costume!! A steampunk Batman? Whoa cool idea. I actually use Gotham as inspiration but it ends up looking cheerier when I make stuff. I want to be more gritty in the future.
 

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Google stream punk batman yardhauntjunkie, you'll be amazed! I would add more copper accents, rivets, dials and gauges. Lots of them! And Victorian trims for sure.
So I did google "steampunk Batman" and I am super inspired. I don't think I am even remotely talented enough to dream I could do a steampunk Batman costume justice. I am definitely not a costume guy. However I wish I could incorporate it into my theme if I was able to create one. Gotham is always an inspiration for me when I think of my yardhaunt though. I dream of making my work more gritty but steampunk at the same time. I hope to achieve that with the facade I am about to start, which will be a steam garage. Then I would like to make the facades I already have more "gritty". The flyovers of Gotham are what I hope to replicate style-wise.
 

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I would add more copper accents, rivets, dials and gauges. Lots of them!
Oh and for sure with the gauges and dials on my super secret prop after the steam garage is done. The steam garage is the setting for the prop I am most excited for this year!!! Lots of dials, gauges and lights on that one for sure. I am so excited I might start it before I make the garage facade!!!!!:rolleyes:
 

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My rudimentary drawing of the first build I am going to tackle this year. I think I am a better builder then an artist!

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This was just an example of how my drawing turned into one of my facades.

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But it turned out like this so hopefully the next one will be fine. :(

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For some time now I have been looking for a mannequin to add to the haunt because we don't like to have actors. The thing is that they are so dang expensive. I just randomly decided to check Craigslist and saw the same old thing, mannequins were in the $100-$200 range. There was one link for $35. I almost didn't click on it but it was just down the street. Lucky I did!!! We got a full size fiberglass mannequin with realistic inset eyes and eyelashes. Its got plenty of cracks and chips, but its for Halloween so I will make them into scars. We are already cooking up ideas to integrate it into Steamtown 18717!!!

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can't wait to see more pics for this year!
With all the stuff we have been doing to our house I haven't had time to work on Halloween stuff yet. I'm in the process of cleaning out the garage from all our house projects so I have space to work. Then its Halloween time!
It will be in the next week for sure that I get started.
 
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