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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by D_Lazaris, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. D_Lazaris
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    Started building the facade of the house.

    A little off topic, but will serve as a great backdrop to the flying Model T!

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  2. Damn, that's cool
     
  3. Thanks for the update. Often wondered if your,d strung that thing up yet. Very cool.
     
  4. D_Lazaris
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    A little update:

    Got the support boards up to hold the shingles.

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  5. D_Lazaris
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    Got the first few rows of shingles up.

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  6. dragsled
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    Just noticed this Thread D, This is great, my folks took us to see this at the drive in, Tim Jones
     
  7. D_Lazaris
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    Just finished the facade of the period house that Fred MacMurray will be flying in front of.

    Next step is to build the steel structure that will then be disguised as the tree next to the house.

    We are planning to build the steel "tree" on the left side of the house, and put a steel beam that will act as the support and tree limb. The Model T will then be set on the limb (which we may also include a metal like frame as well) and a second "tree limb" from the right side of the house.

    One last safety precaution will be a steel cable that will be run from the ceiling.

    Very excited how this is coming out!

    Hope it's not too off topic!

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  8. D_Lazaris
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  9. dragsled
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    D I'll PM you my number , We build alot of FAKE tree for the displays at the Omaha zoo, Lots of light weight materials you can use for the bark texture,, Tim Jones
     
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  10. D_Lazaris
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    We got the Model T hanging in our house!

    And boy oh boy what a job that was. First we had to rent scaffolding to reach the ceiling (16ft) to design the main beam that will hold up the Model T.

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    With some good friends we built the beam and winched it up to the ceiling bolting it with lag bolts. One side of the beam goes all the way to the floor and is bolted to the concrete and it takes the pressure off the house, and it is mainly the beam holding up the T. The other side is bolted to the main support in the house, but we are probably going to run another beam all the way the floor on that side as well.

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    Now we were ready to winch the flubber car up. So once we cleared the scaffolding we got the T in position and slowly brought it up. It was tough because the mounting points on the car don't coincide with the center of gravity and it is very front heavy (we had the same problem when we lowered it at the Wax Museum)

    But a foot here, and a foot there we were able to slowly get it up. At this point though it was 5am in the morning, we had to get it done that weekend because of the help from friends and all the equipment we rented. But sure enough we got it up!

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    The next morning we were able to get the Model T in its' final position.

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    We then bolted the wheels up and got the drive shaft and muffler hooked up underneath. We ran all the power to the wheels, the lights, and Charlie the Dog.

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    And finally we got Charlie the Dog and Fred MacMurray inside (which was a job itself! Fred weighs a lot!)

    We are extremely proud how it came out. The next step is to build the tree that was in the museum to the right of the car to hide the beam and the leaves will be on the ceiling. And to the left we are going to build a period street lamp which we also light the car during the evening. We also have all the studio lighting from the museum which I will be able to relight the car and give it same mood and tone of how it was in the museum. Enjoy!!

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  12. dragsled
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    D that's the best house decoration ever!!! Tim Jones
     
  13. Done a great job, totally cool. JW
     
  14. 62rebel
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    wow.... excellent job!
     
  15. MAD 034
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    One of my all time favorite comedies. Wonderful job and thanks for sharing!
     
  16. T&A Flathead
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    Damn that's cool.
     
  17. That is cool as hell. Your lucky I want to get a old gas pump and my wife says I can't put it in the living room. I'll have to show her this and say "hay it could be worse it's just one gas pump"
     
  18. D_Lazaris
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    Well the Model T is officially flying! It was a 10 year endeavor and it was all worth it!

    We finished off the set with a tree that hides the metal frame and we used the leaves we were able to save from the Movieland Wax Museum.

    Enjoy!

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  19. D_Lazaris
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    Here some addition build pictures of the final details of how we built the tree attached leaves and the street light.

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  20. You are a mad man!

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  21. 49ratfink
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    very cool... does it make that little flubber noise while it is flying across the room?
     
  22. That was a very big job to get the framework and all the facade/trees/electrical all completed. Came out great, now you can never move! I think your plan of the framework to carry the car weight was very smart, so it does not affect the house structural loading.
     
  23. exterminator
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    I Congratulate you for the worlds best man cave.Also have you ever thought about switching Fred for a skelton for Halloween?Just asking LOL
     
  24. harpo1313
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    That came out sweet,back when you started i thought you were nuts.Confirmed!!
     
  25. 64 DODGE 440
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    So cool seeing it up and functional. Truly amazing house.
     
  26. D_Lazaris
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    Yes it does! I made a soundtrack that includes the flubber noise, the dog bark and the ahhoga horn.

    Then every few minutes Fred MacMurrary says lines from the film.

    I'll post a video soon.


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  27. Blue One
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    I think it's pretty neat and you went through a lot to get it done.
    I also think that I am feeling a good deal of pity for the people who will eventually buy your house.
     
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  28. That's great to be finished.
    I found a copy of a movie or show, with the car on the cover recently, and didn't buy it. Wish I had now, but its probably still there.
    Guess yourll have lots of Hamb visitors in the future.
     

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