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The Mrs. to a MysterE
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. . . HEARSE!:D

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This will be my first official prop building tutorial. My hubby and I have been putting together our own version of a Hearse - and as some of you may know - we are using the tried and true building approach known as "The Fly By The Seat Of Your Pants" Method! I will post just a few pics here and invite you to my profile page where you can check out the albums of pics and progress.

We are nearly done - and are at the "attache wheels and paint" stage. So before we paint over everything - it seems that the time is right to share our step-by-step progress. :)

Besides being made of salvaged, on-sale and super cheap parts, the beauty of our hearse - we hope - its that it can be TOTALLY DISMANTLED for easy storage! At least that is the plan. :rolleyes: It is a slightly smaller scale than the big wagon versions we have drooled over in the past - but that is a bonus for us. It will be much more proportional to our Halloween graveyard set-up. I am hoping that it will ultimately be stable and strong enough to provide a cute Kodak site for parents who want to photograph their little ones in the driver seat!

In any case - hope you enjoy the pics and can follow the progress. The photos download backwards ( help Larry -- I am still a photo newbie :eek:) - so start at the end of each related album to see things in relative sequence. . .
BOO!





 

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Horse Drawn Funeral Carriage?

Impressive! Is this a full size Funeral Carriage mean to be "driven" as an early automobile or by horse? It looks like you're also incorporating some recycled elements- very nice. Do you have any direction you're thinking of going for the carriage wheels? Keep posting pics of progress!
 

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The Mrs. to a MysterE
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Impressive! Is this a full size Funeral Carriage mean to be "driven" as an early automobile or by horse? It looks like you're also incorporating some recycled elements- very nice. Do you have any direction you're thinking of going for the carriage wheels? Keep posting pics of progress!

Hallow Raven! It is meant to be a slightly smaller scale version of a horse -drawn carriage style hearse. And boy did we ever use recycled stuff!! Visit my profile on this Forum and you can see the albums I created to show more detail. Each photo has some descriptive info that may be of help. Wheels go on next weekend, if the weather is kind. . . Stay tuned!
 

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Devilishly Dutch
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Interesting how you used the word 'we' hahaha

Looking great! Can't wait to see the finished pictures :)

MsM
 

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The Mrs. to a MysterE
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Interesting how you used the word 'we' hahaha

Looking great! Can't wait to see the finished pictures :)

MsM

Of course "WE!"
In every good project - there must be some brains behind the builder, right?
( I took mine out of the jar just in time to help plan the hearse! ;) )
OK OK - I guess I streeeeetch the meaning of "we" a bit... a teensy weensy bit. LOL

Besides, somebody has to take all those pictures! :rolleyes:

Keep in mind - MysterE is not the one sending out Skyline surprises...
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Witch Of The West Coast
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I LOVE it!!! I have always wanted one of these.. can't wait to see it all done!!!
 

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Yippeee - Hearse work underway!

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It's Sunday and the sun is out!! Thank you Mother Nature! MysterE and I have been out in the driveway since 9 am and have finished painting the entire hearse! It's amazing how much time it took. Day of rest? I don't think so!

It is drying now - and hopefully we can get the wheels on before the sun sets. Then we can move it into the yard and... well - it will be time to start the toe-pincher coffin! Yikes - we have only three weeks to go!
BOO - hoo hoo....:rolleyes:
 

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The Mrs. to a MysterE
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More Hearse progress pics from today...

Hallow Forum Fiends and Family!

Here is one pic to lead you to my profile page for a visit to Album #4 in the continuing saga of MysterE builds a Hearse :D.
After adding the plexiglass windows and then taking it all apart - we laid everything out on the driveway and went to town with the paint brushes!. Here's proof (Ms Meeples :p) that I do more than just take photos! ;)

We started at 9 AM and painted the entire thing up until our stomachs growling started disturbing the neighbors and we just had to quit at 5:30. As Dr. Frank's monster would moan: "Must have food!!! rrrrrr."

Tomorrow - if all goes well - after work we will put the axles, legs and wheels on the carriage - then take her for a spin into the front yard. Wish us luck!
:) BOO!

 

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The Mrs. to a MysterE
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Hearse finally finished!



Well - we just made it by the skin of our - everything!! The sun has been out for two days and we haven't stopped - -- trying to get our graveyard and hearse set up for Friday night's big blow out party and Saturday's TOT and neighborhood post- TOT party!! WHEW!

This is just one pic. I have two more of the finished hearse at my profile albums - and will be posting the assembly series of photos for any Forum Fiends who may have been following along. "We" (meaning mainly my hubby MysterE) :rolleyes: built the hearse to break down for easy storage. I blame Halloween Forum for giving us the crazy idea that we could actually do this... Put up your dukes HF.. Why yiii otta...crunch!*#!

But the effort was therapeutic to say the least - and worth every minute. We learned sooo much along the way - and had to meet odd build challenges and remedy several set-backs. Plus, we are now even more "up close and personal" with just about every person at our local Home Depot and Lowes. :p

All said and done, we are really happy with the results. Hope you all like it. Stay tuned for more pics from the final building and assembly phase. I just gotta quit and get some shut eye...
Boo! zzzzzzzzzz*
 

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Very classy Susie! Love the wood detail and the clothing details on the driver!
Fantastic work!
 

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The Mrs. to a MysterE
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Very classy Susie! Love the wood detail and the clothing details on the driver!
Fantastic work!
Thanks so much Meeps!! And you will be happy to know that we get to reciprocate with Bozz and his Fam this Friday night! They are coming down to join us for our big party - and we have a few scares for them this time!! hee hee (although - it COULD be the food that scares them... eeek!) Wish you could hop on that broomstick and join us as well. There will be lots of Skyline Chili Party Dip... :p;)

Now if only this rain would give us a break. Forecast calls for severe storms on Friday night... Our hearse will be sinking into the Netherworld if it doesn't stop soon. (Hey - that must be near you!
:D)

BOO!
 
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