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    Nov 17, 2009, 9:22 AM - Re: Rankin-Bass Rudolph puppets - re-creations? #126

    Sounds good Dave.
    Hope the pics help, I didnt get any on Santa...but with the pics of them together, it would beasy to figure out how tall he is.

    Im making a Clarice also. Im also making two of each, as I promised Kevin a set.

    Hopefully they come out.

    I read the book too, I didnt realize it was BALSA. I was looking for "Kusutra" wood, or whatever they called it in the Book. Balsa makes alot more sense.

    Frank
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    Nov 17, 2009, 9:53 AM - Re: Rankin-Bass Rudolph puppets - re-creations? #127

    Yeah, it would need to be relatively light weight to keep the tiny wire legs from collapsing etc.. I also read the eyes both whites and pupils were leather, glued in place. I know they animated the pupils so I am guessing the pupils were stuck on and could be moved about as needed.

    I am also planning a Hermie figure as I am a dentist.
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    Nov 17, 2009, 1:03 PM - Re: Rankin-Bass Rudolph puppets - re-creations? #128

    vaderdarth said: View Post
    Yeah, it would need to be relatively light weight to keep the tiny wire legs from collapsing etc.. I also read the eyes both whites and pupils were leather, glued in place. I know they animated the pupils so I am guessing the pupils were stuck on and could be moved about as needed.

    I am also planning a Hermie figure as I am a dentist.

    Hahahah You got to do a HERMIE.

    The legs are 3mm lead Wire. I bought some..I guess it will last as I wont be animiating mine...too much.
    I have black leather, Ill figure out a way to make it thinner.

    The legs, I was going to sculpt in renshape...then Mold...then fill with a poly foam.
    Remember to keep the legs and Body thinner than they should be to compensate for the thickness of the felt, which is suprisingly significant.
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    Nov 18, 2009, 7:09 AM - Re: Rankin-Bass Rudolph puppets - re-creations? #129

    Ordered felt last night for Rudolph. Got a few items for Santa as well. I've decided to go sculpy for Santa's head and Rudolph's head and torso forms. I'll probably do santa's boots in black sculpy too. I can sculpt way better than I can carve. I found a big wooden goose egg at Michaels that I'll use for Santa's torso. Bought some thin black leather for Santa's belt and Rudolph's pupils. Gonna start the process as soon as the felt arrives.
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    Nov 18, 2009, 7:17 AM - Re: Rankin-Bass Rudolph puppets - re-creations? #130

    One of my favorite Christmas shows, and just loving this thread
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    Nov 19, 2009, 3:21 PM - Re: Rankin-Bass Rudolph puppets - re-creations? #131

    Me too. It's exciting to me to do something that everyone instantly recognizes.
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    Nov 20, 2009, 1:10 AM - Re: Rankin-Bass Rudolph puppets - re-creations? #132

    Looking forward to seeing some replicas!

    Pumpernickel

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    Nov 20, 2009, 10:34 AM - Re: Rankin-Bass Rudolph puppets - re-creations? #133

    It's wonderful to know that Rudolph and Santa are still around. I've watched the show every year since it's debut in '65 when I was six years old. And yes, I still watch it. I have the DVDs, but only watch them at their appointed seasonal times. Got most of the Memory Lane toys, too...!
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    Dec 6, 2009, 5:09 PM - Re: Rankin-Bass Rudolph puppets - re-creations? #134

    I have made progress with my Rankin Bass Rudolph items. I started off easy with a small Christmas Tree forest. I posed the deluxe Rudolph figures which are too large, but they still display nicely. The actual puppets will be smaller than these figures.

    I just wanted to show off the trees.

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    Dec 6, 2009, 5:37 PM - Re: Rankin-Bass Rudolph puppets - re-creations? #135

    vaderdarth said: View Post
    I have made progress with my Rankin Bass Rudolph items. I started off easy with a small Christmas Tree forest. I posed the deluxe Rudolph figures which are too large, but they still display nicely. The actual puppets will be smaller than these figures.

    I just wanted to show off the trees.

    Very festive. I LOVE it
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    Dec 6, 2009, 6:49 PM - Re: Rankin-Bass Rudolph puppets - re-creations? #136

    Nice work on the Xmas trees, VaderDarth. Are you making puppet replicas, too?

    Pumpernickel
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    Dec 6, 2009, 9:53 PM - Re: Rankin-Bass Rudolph puppets - re-creations? #137

    Yep, still gathering materials at present.
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    Dec 6, 2009, 10:14 PM - Re: Rankin-Bass Rudolph puppets - re-creations? #138

    I love the trees, they look great!
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    Dec 7, 2009, 7:13 AM - Re: Rankin-Bass Rudolph puppets - re-creations? #139

    Thanks yt!!!
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    Dec 9, 2009, 10:27 AM - Re: Rankin-Bass Rudolph puppets - re-creations? #140

    Update, have begun making Rudolph to start with. It's going suprisingly well.

    This photo shows my resizing the images of Rudolph to life size, then drawing overlays of the wire lengths needed as well as the armature sizes. The wool felt has a 3mm thickness so the armature needs to be that much less in all dimensions which will give me the correct size of the finished puppet. I drew in the wire armatures and the wood armatures for the head/torso and hooves.



    This next photo shows my armatures that I decided to create from epoxy putty via sculpting rather than carving wood. I know the wood has less weight, but I hate carving and my dremel is blown.......LOL Each armature piece is more or less identical in size to how I drew them on the photocopy. I tested the felt by wrapping a piece around each armature piece and layed it on the drawing and it is exactly the same size as the finished puppet.

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    Dec 9, 2009, 3:04 PM - Re: Rankin-Bass Rudolph puppets - re-creations? #141

    Great start...can't wait for more!
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    Dec 9, 2009, 7:48 PM - Re: Rankin-Bass Rudolph puppets - re-creations? #142

    Got his ears and tail made today, I'll post pix tomorrow. Next I will drill holes for the wire armatures in all the main body parts. Then I will make the legs.
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    Dec 9, 2009, 10:23 PM - Re: Rankin-Bass Rudolph puppets - re-creations? #143

    Vader, what size are you making your Rudolph replica?

    Pumpernickel
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    Dec 9, 2009, 10:55 PM - Re: Rankin-Bass Rudolph puppets - re-creations? #144

    Just under 6" tall
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    Dec 10, 2009, 8:17 AM - Re: Rankin-Bass Rudolph puppets - re-creations? #145

    LOVE seeing these progress pics! Looks great so far!

    -B89!



    vaderdarth said: View Post
    Update, have begun making Rudolph to start with. It's going suprisingly well.

    This photo shows my resizing the images of Rudolph to life size, then drawing overlays of the wire lengths needed as well as the armature sizes. The wool felt has a 3mm thickness so the armature needs to be that much less in all dimensions which will give me the correct size of the finished puppet. I drew in the wire armatures and the wood armatures for the head/torso and hooves.



    This next photo shows my armatures that I decided to create from epoxy putty via sculpting rather than carving wood. I know the wood has less weight, but I hate carving and my dremel is blown.......LOL Each armature piece is more or less identical in size to how I drew them on the photocopy. I tested the felt by wrapping a piece around each armature piece and layed it on the drawing and it is exactly the same size as the finished puppet.

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    Dec 10, 2009, 9:55 AM - Re: Rankin-Bass Rudolph puppets - re-creations? #146

    Here is a pic of the skeleton of Rudolph. All that's left is the wiring work and drilling a couple holes for a lower jaw. then it's just the fur.

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    Dec 10, 2009, 1:31 PM - Re: Rankin-Bass Rudolph puppets - re-creations? #147

    Oh I hate you.

    Now I HAVE to start Mine!

    HAHAHAH
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    Dec 10, 2009, 1:45 PM - Re: Rankin-Bass Rudolph puppets - re-creations? #148

    Nice!
    so, LED, not incandescent?
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    Dec 10, 2009, 7:00 PM - Re: Rankin-Bass Rudolph puppets - re-creations? #149

    It's coming along nicely, Vader. Looking forward to updates.

    Pumpernickel

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    Dec 12, 2009, 8:57 PM - Re: Rankin-Bass Rudolph puppets - re-creations? #150

    Okay, jumped ahead with Rudolph, got on a roll today!!!

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