Oh wow! I clicked into this thread because I've been gathering supplies for a mad lab scene with an eye toward doing one in the future. mystic manor that display is gorgeous!
If you have time, would you mind walking us through what props are there, and what their origin is? E.g., unmodified "real medical" items, real world items that have been painted/customized, scratch built props, etc.? Everything looks so amazing.
Thanks for the kind words. The scene is interactive with the TOT's. I've got an air blast above the control unit, e-crackers, X-ray machine, and two scenes that are controlled by a Boo Box. It was a lot of fun to build. This year I will change up the switches and add a few suprises (to keep things interesting).
I personally don't have any pictures but what I'm doing this year is I'm putting Life Sentence from Spirit on the floor and getting a black table cover and putting various lab jars with body parts and bugs. By the way mystic manor that is a awesome display!
Erin, we did a B sci-fi movie theme for our party one year. Here is our mad scientist scene with alien autopsy (chip &dip set with guacamole and salsa in the abdominal cavity). The B-film style "supercomputer" is made of silver faced Celotex insulation with rope lights (animated chaser sequence) and gauges. This was made to cover our dining room hutch and was only about a 2 hour project.
What's authentic: IV tubing, fluids, medical accessories, tools, meters, police light, welding tools, goggles, microscope, lab glassware, fusebox, black cabinet, knife switches, fishing waders, jigsaw, pipes, gauges, and other weird tools -- these items either came from my dad's barn or were used in my line of work (RN/ Medical Sales). Many of these tools are 75-100 years old and were used by both of my grandfather's. My father-in-law is a chemist. My dad's an electrician who wired much of this (I wanted this to be very safe). Most of the scene is low DC voltage. TOT's were separated from the scene by way of a large table. They could work the controls, yet were out of harms reach. My nephew dressed up as the evil scientist. He had a remote control hand that ran across the table.
What was purchased: 2 metal sheets, e-crackers, Boo Box, air solenoid, 5 g air compressor, 2 utility lights, warning sign, aluminum bars/linkage to activate legs, fake arm, various LED's, power supplies. The Boo Box was modified to accommodate 4 different outlets. This way, a prop can just be plugged in and not wired. Based on the max AMPS, 2 props could be plugged into one outlet. Technically, 8 things can be activated at once. This makes it easy to mix things up each year with new scares. I recommend following manufacturer guidelines, however, all electrical was hanlded by my electrician father.
What was constructed:
bubble tower (an old water lamp that bubbles). This was placed on top of a box with gauges and LED's.
Frankenstein Monster (stuffed fishing waders. The legs were attached to linkage that was connected to a jigsaw).
Lab Cabinet: 2x4's and mesh wire. Very realistic.
Room: Plywood and black curtains.
Lights: Cheap shop lights, distressed, with dull orange glow bulbs. These flickered when the main switch was activated.
X-Ray machine: a box with nightlights inside. An "X-Ray" was produced by using a negative effect that was printed and laminated.
Air blast (air solenoid connected to an overhead lab light that shoots down on the victim as they work the controls).
Master Control panel (wooden box with working switches and LEDS. Covered with thin sheet metal. Each switch activates a prop or two scenes).
This is the quick and dirty. Someday, I'll try to post a tutorial.
That was awesome! Thanks for sharing. I appreciate the fact that it appears to be a family production. I'm sure the kids appreciated it and it was a lot fun for you. The monster was pretty scary. Was that a Jacob's ladder in the back?
Those medical instruments are the real deal. Where did you score them? The gurney and steel syringe are my favorites (athough the bone snapper is pretty nasty too). Can't wait to see your progress. Would also make a great autopsy room.
The large "bone" cutter is actually a manual cast cutter I picked up at a flea market along with the antique syringe. The large pliers are actually toenail clippers. The small ones are cutical clippers. The pick is actually from my tool box, it's a automotive repair tool made by Moody. The forceps and scissors I bought at a flea market also. I paid I think $9 for the cast cutter, $5 for the syringe, the pick was free and the forceps and scissors were $1-2 a piece. I paid $20 for the stretcher, also at the flea market.
I also scored an IV stand at a flea market for $3!!!!
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