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  1. Friendly flyer's Avatar
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    Jun 23, 2017, 1:20 AM - Re: Mad Max Fury Road Screaming Skull #51

    That "Mini-Max", is that based off an actual human skull?
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    Jun 23, 2017, 11:37 AM - Re: Mad Max Fury Road Screaming Skull #52

    Friendly flyer said: View Post
    That "Mini-Max", is that based off an actual human skull?
    Yes. It is a hollow resin cast of a real human skull.

    *edit* Wait, did you mean an actual "actual" skull? No. But I am weird enough to do such a thing.... Real human skull are expensive though. Donate yours to me and I'll do it!
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    Jun 24, 2017, 11:46 AM - Re: Mad Max Fury Road Screaming Skull #53

    DeLano80 said: View Post
    Yes. It is a hollow resin cast of a real human skull.
    Did you paint it yourself? If so, you did an amazing job! I work i a natural history museum and have seen my fair share of real and replica skulls. I can usually tell them apart just at a glance, but I wasn't sure looking at your pictures.
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    Jun 24, 2017, 1:16 PM - Re: Mad Max Fury Road Screaming Skull #54

    Friendly flyer said: View Post
    Did you paint it yourself? If so, you did an amazing job! I work i a natural history museum and have seen my fair share of real and replica skulls. I can usually tell them apart just at a glance, but I wasn't sure looking at your pictures.
    I will pass on your compliment to the painter! I didn't do it. But that is good to hear.

    I did paint this one myself as a test to see if I could paint a skull realistically. Please tell me what you think. I used white primer and oil paints.





    Your criticism is welcome!
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    Jun 24, 2017, 3:08 PM - Re: Mad Max Fury Road Screaming Skull #55

    Not a bad paint-job at all! Getting plastic to look like worn and discoloured bone is not easy. Our local preparator sometimes paint up casts of fossils for other museums, and the skull you did is about as good as he does (and he's a professional).
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    Jun 24, 2017, 3:19 PM - Re: Mad Max Fury Road Screaming Skull #56

    DeLano80 said: View Post
    Real human skull are expensive though. Donate yours to me and I'll do it!
    They used to be fairly affordable. Medical students usually bought a "box-o'-bone" from India, but after India enacted a ban on skeleton export in 1985 prices rose sharply. Kina exported for a while, but after they too closed down export to brush up they international image in connection with the Beijing summer Olympics, prices sky-rocketed.
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    Jun 24, 2017, 3:30 PM - Re: Mad Max Fury Road Screaming Skull #57

    Friendly flyer said: View Post
    Not a bad paint-job at all! Getting plastic to look like worn and discoloured bone is not easy. Our local preparator sometimes paint up casts of fossils for other museums, and the skull you did is about as good as he does (and he's a professional).
    Thank you sir! I am still working on my techniques for when i do the neanderthal skull. And you are right, bone is difficult to replicate. I have never tried to paint one before, so it is new to me.

    Friendly flyer said: View Post
    They used to be fairly affordable. Medical students usually bought a "box-o'-bone" from India, but after India enacted a ban on skeleton export in 1985 prices rose sharply. Kina exported for a while, but after they too closed down export to brush up they international image in connection with the Beijing summer Olympics, prices sky-rocketed.
    $1000 and up. That is too much. But for some strange reason, I wouldn't mind having one. Maybe to look at my own mortality or something.
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    Aug 17, 2017, 9:35 AM - Re: Mad Max Fury Road Screaming Skull #58

    It has been a very long time since I last got anything done on the skull. I was stuck on the teeth. After many failed attempts, I found a great custom car shop called Godspeed Fabrication. Look them up! They are in Auburn, Wa. I live in Buckley so it is close. The guy was very helpful and he had the tools to form metal. So I commissioned him to make the blanks for me. They are steel. They fit great! I was so happy to get those done. Then I traced the teeth as best I could from the limited photos I have and cut them with shears. Laid out the hole pattern for the rivets and drilled them.






    Now I have everything I need to finish this dang thing...
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    Aug 23, 2017, 12:33 AM - Re: Mad Max Fury Road Screaming Skull #59

    I got the the white base paint done, as well as the straps and the all the rivet holes to attach the straps and the teeth. What is left is painting the skull, attaching the metal and weathering the metal. That is about it, I think.

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    Aug 30, 2017, 5:27 PM - Re: Mad Max Fury Road Screaming Skull #60

    Much progress has been made. Here is a piece I will show you. It is just about done. Just need to get some appropriately rusty bolts and assemble. I am in the process of testing some different kind of rusts. It will be subtle...
    And also of course, how will I display and where will I put it???????????? I have no idea.

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    Sep 2, 2017, 1:49 AM - Re: Mad Max Fury Road Screaming Skull #61

    A cut-down (maybe?) camshaft "spine" might be a good stand I was thinking. They're pretty cheap.

    Dope
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    Sep 2, 2017, 2:43 AM - Re: Mad Max Fury Road Screaming Skull #62

    DeLano80 said: View Post
    And also of course, how will I display and where will I put it???????????? I have no idea.
    Um, on your car, duh!?
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    Sep 2, 2017, 11:13 AM - Re: Mad Max Fury Road Screaming Skull #63

    I don't think it would look good on my car...
    A reproduction scott hat is too expensive.
    I guess the question is what kind of display would you choose? On a shelf, hanging on a wall, tabletop?
    Not sure if I want to use re-purposed car parts or try a stand that is hidden as much as possible.
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    Sep 6, 2017, 8:01 PM - Re: Mad Max Fury Road Screaming Skull #64

    This is done for now. I originally was going to wait to post pictures because it will take me a while to make a stand or base that suits this beastly thing. Since that won't be done for who knows how long, here is the completed product. Please bear in mind the bolts and turnbuckles are loose, so the jaw moves around. In other words, the stance is not perfect but can be adjusted. After I get a base for it, I will tighten everything up.

    I tried my best to take pictures and the lighting and aspect ratio look good on my screen. I hope they look ok on yours.

    And why so many pictures? I could not decide which ones to put, so I guess I will put them all......... Might take a couple of posts......

    THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED OR ADDED THEIR OPINIONS AND IDEAS

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    Sep 6, 2017, 8:17 PM - Re: Mad Max Fury Road Screaming Skull #65

    And some more... Excessive I know.
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    And I guess that is it. Thanks for looking.
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    Sep 6, 2017, 9:14 PM - Re: Mad Max Fury Road Screaming Skull #66

    You will ride eternal, shiny and chrome.
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    Sep 7, 2017, 3:10 PM - Re: Mad Max Fury Road Screaming Skull #67

    Witness!


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    Sep 17, 2017, 10:27 PM - Re: Mad Max Fury Road Screaming Skull: DONE PAGE 3 #68

    Back to my horrible lighting photos. Everything always comes out yellow or orange?? Pay no attention to the picture quality.... I burrowed the camera I used for the skull pics from a friend.

    Been working on a stand for this. And because I don't have a Ford Falcon to hold the skull up, I still wanted to make it look like something that belongs there. So I went to the junkyard. And I have to say, junkyards today completely suck... It is just not as fun climbing around all those newer vehicles.

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    I wanted it to keep it simple to not take away from the skull.

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    And one more without the chain on the bottom.

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    And again, the jaw and turnbuckles are not tightened yet, so it just flops around for now. I'll tighten it when the stand is fully finished. I think it is close. At least, I am happy with the stand. I might build some sort of display box for it. Not sure, that's a lot more work. But my kids have already had a couple close calls with it doing things that they should not be doing inside the house.

    What do you think?

    Oh, if I get rid of this thing it will cost a fortune in shipping. Super heavy. 15.2 lbs!
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    Sep 18, 2017, 2:11 AM - Re: Mad Max Fury Road Screaming Skull: DONE PAGE 3 #69

    I'd keep the chain on. It makes it look more authentic.
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    Sep 18, 2017, 9:08 AM - Re: Mad Max Fury Road Screaming Skull: DONE PAGE 3 #70

    I tend to agree.
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    Sep 25, 2017, 11:20 AM - Re: Mad Max Fury Road Screaming Skull: DONE PAGE 3 #71

    Stellar job on this build! It looks fantastic!
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    Sep 25, 2017, 8:18 PM - Re: Mad Max Fury Road Screaming Skull: DONE PAGE 3 #72

    Thanks, I appreciate it!

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