1313 Mockingbird Lane: My Munsters House Model

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  1. knightdriver2001

    knightdriver2001 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hey Gang,

    After 6 months (on and off) of research and a few weeks designing, I have done a quick mock up of my Munsters House model.

    I work for a model railroad company here in CT doing model designs and build up kit for production. I have about 150 or so buildings and houses
    done for them so far.

    I did this project for myself but they were so impressed that it may a kit
    that will go into production (without the name of course). They are checking on all the legal stuff involved.

    Anyways, This current model is 1:87th scale (HO railroad) but I plan to do a much larger version. 1:25th perhaps to match the model cars. Eventually, I'll be knocking off a 1:12th version as my Mother is big time into doll houses. What better house to do than this one. LOL.

    The kit is 100% laser cut wood materials (plywood/baswood) Roofing is laser cut paper. Shingles alone took over 12 hours to apply. Not fun. LOL

    Onto the pictures.

    I did a mock up of the whole yard as well as their garage. Seeing as this was never a real house, I had to come up with a design for ther back myself. I took a few liberties but will be making some changes as I left off the extended kitchen on this particular kit. That will be corrected as I continue the design. The fence isn't the proper one either. I used some existing photoetched stuff we had. I am almost finished with the proper fence design which will replace this stuff eventually.

    I threw some items in for scale as well.

    Let me know what you think. Enjoy!

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  2. PHArchivist

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    Totally cool subject. SO refreshing not to see spaceships for once!
     
  3. terryhimself

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    That is so great! I used to love watching that show. You did a fantastic job and I look forward to seeing a kit.
     
  4. Prefect42

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    Brilliant! The 'yard' really helps sell the overall effect. Fingers crossed that the legal issues clear and you get to kit this at a larger scale.

    I had to laugh at the CD used for scale. It looked like a modern day Ed Wood vs. Munsters for a moment.
     
  5. jedimaster

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    Excellent..... Ya know , all I could hear was the theme tune in my head.
     
  6. agliarept

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    very very cool!! this is def a great build! now build a scaled dragster or the munster mobile to sit out front of the house :)
     
  7. Zombie_61

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    Just an fyi, in case you don't already know, Moebius Models is producing a styrene version of 1313 Mockingbird Lane in 1:87 scale, due to be released some time this year I believe. I don't know for sure, but I don't think theirs will include the garage (or the wall around the yard, for that matter).

    Back to your mock up--outstanding! Some extremely intricate and detailed work there! That "through the gate" shot of the front of the house is very reminiscent of what was seen on the tv series.
     
  8. knightdriver2001

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    !

    I didn't know Moebius was doing the Munster house. I just did a search for it and found one prototype picture on their facebook page. Decent looking but many of the details are way off. Looks like they based it on someones scratch build that I have been seen online in the past. Many of the windows seem really small and the bedroom enterance on the tower top seems off to me.

    I don't think many people know but this house existed about 20 years before the Munsters. It was built originally on an indoor soundstage in 1946. It had a bit of a different look (Tower top was way different) and there was no balcony on the other side.

    I am already re-scaling mine for a 1:25th display. Then I can use the Polar lights car kits with it. :)

    Thanks for the comments so far. I have done a few black and white retouches and will post them later today.
     
  9. PHArchivist

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    One of my own favorite personal builds I did was the Psycho house. These are fun subjects.
     
  10. knightdriver2001

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    That one is next on my list. I have it started with most of the walls designed out. Just need to begin the porch and roof sections. This one also crys out for a much larger scale kit.
     
  11. PHArchivist

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    If you don't mind me posting pics, you may like to take a look...
     
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  12. Zombie_61

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    Re: !

    Clearly you have more knowledge about the Munster house than I do. I only mentioned it as it might create a problem getting licensing through Universal for your kit (i.e., "We've already licensed a 1:87 scale Munster house with another company."). Hopefully, that won't be the case, as yours has far more fine detail than a styrene kit could offer.
     
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  14. LMFAOSchwarz

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    Excellent work!
    I kept breezing right past this thread, not realizing what a gem of a miniature lay within! Not to mention that the builder is a fellow nutmegger!
    Mostly styrene, I assume?
     
  15. knightdriver2001

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    Re: !

    I am glad you did mention it.

    Our original idea (which I still may do) was to do some changes to my design so although it would still have the basic shape and layout, the changes would be enough to NOT look like a direct copy of the Munsters house. I did this model for myself originally. Thanks for letting me know on the Moebius one.


    The only plastic/styrene in the kit is the porch railings on the tower. Everything else is laser cut basswood/plywood. The shingles are laser cut paper. All of our buildings are cut in this manner.

    You can see more of my buildings here:

    www.branchline-trains.com

    Thanks for the comments guys. I am working on designing a larger one this weekend.

    PHArchivist - I remember seeing you post that before. Looks great. But of course everything you do looks fantastic. :thumbsup
     
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  16. mechagrover

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    Beautiful work!
     
  17. knightdriver2001

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    Here are a few pictures taken indoors. You get a better look at the over all model in these pictures.

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  18. habuhunter32

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    This is flippin beautifull! I will be getting the Moebius kit when released. I hope that your 1/87 and 1/25's will be available at some point and would love to get them also. Haunted Houses have facinated me since I was young and lived less than 2 miles from the Spratt Mansion in Tarrytown New York. That structure was used as the "Old House" on TV's Dark Shadows. Man what I would'nt give for a kit of that! The structure was burned to the ground in 1969 by suspected "fans" of the show a.k.a. kids but to this day remains unsolved.:darnkids It was built in the 1850's.
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    I hope you don't mind my posting these pics but I believe this is one of the most beautifull TV locations/props ever and one of the saddest tales from my youth. I hope I have not hijacked your thread. Let me know and I will delete my post. Have I mentioned that I would love a kit of this?:love
     
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  19. ReverendCasey

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    Wow... Very nice detail guy... You did an outstanding job. I have a model train collection I recently acquired and some day id love to have it set up with a neighborhood of iconic houses such as this! Keep up the good work!
     
  20. knightdriver2001

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    No problem posting your pictures. That is an awesome looking place. Almost presidential looking. It's a shame when people have to destroy places such as that. Thanks for posting it.

    As for mine becoming a kit, In think that the fact that Moebius is doing one may have put our release out of the running. At least through my job anyways. If I can get the rest of the design nailed down, I may do a few on my own. Time will tell.

    I am currently working on one twice as large. 1:43rd I believe. We have all the material up to this size. Anything else larger, I would have to order custom materials which would take some time. This scale kit would be about 14 inches wide and 12 Inches deep. Deeper if I add the original kitchen extension to the kit. This also does not count the yard and stone wall. The would bring the overall foot print, much larger.

    Again, I'm plugging away at the design as time allows.
     
  21. ReverendCasey

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    Wow... Very nice detail guy... You did an outstanding job. I have a model train collection I recently acquired and some day id love to have it set up with a neighborhood of iconic houses such as this! Keep up the good work!
     
  22. knightdriver2001

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    I've been researching this house for over a year and I thought I would post
    some of the information I gathered on the house. This is how the house
    looked 20 years before being used in The Munsters.

    The house was originally designed and blueprinted for the movie "So Goes
    My Love (1946 - Universal Pictures)" Then later featured in the movie "The
    Brass Bottle", and a couple of episodes of "Leave it to Beaver".

    After the Munsters, it was featured in "The Burbs" with Tom Hanks and
    "Dragnet" with Dan Akroyd. Finally to be used in "Desperate Housewives"
    in which, after a few season, was remodeled again to look less like the
    Munsters house.

    The house sets featured in the film were built on Stage 12, then after
    filming (around April 1950) the sets were moved to the north edge of the
    backlot, where they remained until they were moved to the current Colonial
    Street (Wisteria Lane) in 1981.

    Below are pictures of the house as it originally looked (Before being
    transformed 20 years later for the Munsters.

    Original soundstage build in 1946. Note there was not much to the house
    in this film. Basicly the front and partial sides.

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    The house being rebuild on Colonial Street in 1950.

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    Final look of the house which remained this way for almost 20 years.

    Even the original Munsters Pilot in color used this version of the house.
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    I'll see if I can post some of the blueprints from the 1946 build. I just
    have to save them in another format.
     
  23. Adam Fails

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    This model is fantastic! I love all the little details that make the house look ever so slightly run-down. Great job!
     
  24. habuhunter32

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    Wow! Those pre-Munsters era pictures are excellet! Of course I had seen the house also on the Dragnet film and The Burbs. I believe it has also been on selected episodes of other tv shows from time to time in it's long history before and after Desperate Housewives other than The Munsters. I love that house and always find joy spotting it and the Psycho house in other films and tv shows.:cool

    Good luck with your project and if you do indeed have a go at any scale keep us posted.:thumbsup
     
  25. asemblyrequired

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    I love it. Never have been a fan of that scale , but this is wonderful. I would love one about twice that scale. I always wanted the Addams family railroad set from that show. If yours was a kit I would surely purchase it.


    -James
     
  26. knightdriver2001

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    The one I am working on now is twice that size. The model above was
    1:87th scale. The new one is 1:43rd. I too like the bigger scales as you
    can get far more detail in them.

    I had a ton of detail in the smaller one but it just doesn't show or
    photograph well at that size. Once the 43rd scale one is done, I am going
    12th scale. That one would be roughly 4 feet X 4 1/2 feet just for the
    house.

    Once I sell off my KITT replica this spring, I can use the garage for that
    one. I'll need the space. LOLO.
     
  27. Tiberius Kirk

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    Hey knightdriver2001,

    Did you ever find the blueprint?
     
  28. pickingrinnin

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    If you ever do a run of those, or sell a CD with the laser files, I would be very interested!
     
  29. Corsair Raider

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    Top stuff!Great attention to detail too,I'd buy a kit.
     
  30. Big_Water99

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    Very cool nice job:thumbsup
     
  31. knightdriver2001

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    With Mobius coming out with their plastic model of this, my employer has
    decided not to produce this kit as it is shown above.

    As much as I hate to do this, we are making quite a few some changes in
    the basic design so we can release our version of this house. We are
    shooting to have to ready for Janurary at some point. I'll keep everyone
    posted on the new kit.

    While it won't be 100% Munsters, it will be close in the over all look and
    will still make a cool looking Haunted House type structure.
     
  32. gyxile

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    Brilliant work, You can really see that a lot of research has paid dividends in the end result.
     
  33. knightdriver2001

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    If anyone is interested, I have put this one of a kind display up in the junkyard. :(
     
  34. Tiberius Kirk

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    Very cool! ;)
     

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