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I agree with lewlew! Haven't been on the forum in quite a while and just saw this thread. Your hearse is gorgeous! I like the variations you put into it. Having it break down will be one of the best things. We'll be getting ours out of storage and setting it up in the next couple days. Really looking forward to seeing yours come to life (or death, as the case may be)! My two cents on the color is that black is very traditional and lends an ominous look to the carriage, but it's a matter of personal preference. Strong work!
Thank you! It was your build and how you guys put it together that set off a lot of light bulbs for me. I think I am going to stick with black. I am hoping the glossy finish will help with the lighting.
 

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I got the hearse done just in time to get it out in the yard. I had intended on making a harness for the horse, but I fortunately had a friend who had one sized for a pony and she lent it to me. I did decide to stick to my original plan and paint it black. It worked out pretty well with the yard lighting.
Hearse30 by Riff_JunkieSFR, on Flickr
Hearse31 by Riff_JunkieSFR, on Flickr
Hearse32 by Riff_JunkieSFR, on Flickr
Hearse33 by Riff_JunkieSFR, on Flickr
Hearse34 by Riff_JunkieSFR, on Flickr
 

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For the record, I know the night pics don't do this justice... which is the issue with black, but I'll bet in person it's fantastic even black at night. It looks like the real deal, Riff. Excellent work! I've enjoyed watching the build. 😁 Btw, where's the skeleton driver?? 😁
Thank you so much! The hearse has been the center of attention all weekend. I do have plans for a driver, I'm thinking a three axis skull build for him.
 

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I got the hearse done just in time to get it out in the yard. I had intended on making a harness for the horse, but I fortunately had a friend who had one sized for a pony and she lent it to me. I did decide to stick to my original plan and paint it black. It worked out pretty well with the yard lighting.
Hearse30 by Riff_JunkieSFR, on Flickr
Hearse31 by Riff_JunkieSFR, on Flickr
Hearse32 by Riff_JunkieSFR, on Flickr
Hearse33 by Riff_JunkieSFR, on Flickr
Hearse34 by Riff_JunkieSFR, on Flickr

Just beautiful!!! 🎃 🎃 🎃 🎃
 

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Thank you! It was a pretty fun build, and it has definately taken the display up a couple notches.
You gotta do this community a favor. 😁 I was gonna say "do me a favor", but again, I'm just some dude on a keyboard. 🤣 Anyway, after you take it down and apart, you need to take a picture of it taken apart and stored. I honestly don't believe that sucker comes apart. The seams just seem too solid and perfect. Btw, is that a gloss finish? It looks like an automotive finish. 😁 Most people stick with a simple flat black. You seemed to have driven yours into a paint shop.
 

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You gotta do this community a favor. 😁 I was gonna say "do me a favor", but again, I'm just some dude on a keyboard. 🤣 Anyway, after you take it down and apart, you need to take a picture of it taken apart and stored. I honestly don't believe that sucker comes apart. The seams just seem too solid and perfect. Btw, is that a gloss finish? It looks like an automotive finish. 😁 Most people stick with a simple flat black. You seemed to have driven yours into a paint shop.
LOL, I actually meant to take photos of it apart while I was painting it but I was in one of those "oh crap Halloween is a week away and I have to paint this thing" modes. I will take photos of it when I break it down. The outside of it does have a gloss finish & I did flat black on the underside & interior. The hope was that the glossy finish would look authentic & help it show up in the dark and it seems to have accomplished both.
 

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This is gorgeous! I built a hearse in 2020, inspired by others on this forum and after a lot of planning. I also needed to be able to dismantle it for easy storage, and I wanted it to be lightweight while still looking solid. I framed the panels with 1x2s and skinned them with that plastic stuff that is internally corrugated like cardboard (can’t remember the proper name). The windows are cut from thin acrylic (cheap poster frames from the thrift store) and I used horrible gaudy plastic frames and furniture trim to decorate. To cover the bolts at the corners, I made spiraled 3/4 columns out of pool noodles and foam pipe insulation, which attach with Velcro. Carriage lights were wired and attached to supports inside the frame.

I went traditional glossy black on the paint job but highlighted all the trim by drybrushing with gold, which really helped with the nighttime visibility.
We used a 6’ banquet table as the base, with wagon wheels and pvc axles obscuring the legs. We made a coffin for the interior using more traditional woodworking techniques, so it was good to have a solid base.

Overall, I was happy with my lightweight build—what it lacks in authenticity, it makes up for in the fact that my 80 year old father and I can easily carry, assemble, and store the pieces!
 

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I broke the hearse down after work today so as requested here photos of the breakdown and parts Slasher
Hearse Breakdown1 by Riff_JunkieSFR, on Flickr
Hearse Breakdown2 by Riff_JunkieSFR, on Flickr
Hearse Breakdown3 by Riff_JunkieSFR, on Flickr
Hearse Breakdown4 by Riff_JunkieSFR, on Flickr
Hearse Breakdown5 by Riff_JunkieSFR, on Flickr
Hearse Breakdown6 by Riff_JunkieSFR, on Flickr
Hearse Breakdown7 by Riff_JunkieSFR, on Flickr
Hearse Breakdown8 by Riff_JunkieSFR, on Flickr
Hearse Breakdown9 by Riff_JunkieSFR, on Flickr
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This is gorgeous! I built a hearse in 2020, inspired by others on this forum and after a lot of planning. I also needed to be able to dismantle it for easy storage, and I wanted it to be lightweight while still looking solid. I framed the panels with 1x2s and skinned them with that plastic stuff that is internally corrugated like cardboard (can’t remember the proper name). The windows are cut from thin acrylic (cheap poster frames from the thrift store) and I used horrible gaudy plastic frames and furniture trim to decorate. To cover the bolts at the corners, I made spiraled 3/4 columns out of pool noodles and foam pipe insulation, which attach with Velcro. Carriage lights were wired and attached to supports inside the frame.

I went traditional glossy black on the paint job but highlighted all the trim by drybrushing with gold, which really helped with the nighttime visibility.
We used a 6’ banquet table as the base, with wagon wheels and pvc axles obscuring the legs. We made a coffin for the interior using more traditional woodworking techniques, so it was good to have a solid base.

Overall, I was happy with my lightweight build—what it lacks in authenticity, it makes up for in the fact that my 80 year old father and I can easily carry, assemble, and store the pieces!
Thank you so much! It sounds like you have a pretty nice build yourself. It's the portability & storage that really complicate a project like this, and it's tough sometimes to find that perfect balance between practicallity & authenticity.
 

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Thank you so much! It sounds like you have a pretty nice build yourself. It's the portability & storage that really complicate a project like this, and it's tough sometimes to find that perfect balance between practicallity & authenticity.
So true! It’s the first question people usually ask (and it’s almost always the women that ask)—where do you store all this stuff?! I moved last year to a new house with a 2 car garage and a 3 bay workshop, and I still have storage problems (if only my husband didn’t insist on being able to put cars in the garage…) We really need someone to figure out pocket universes!

I wish I could have gone all-in as you have—and I hope I’m not stepping on your toes—but here are a few pics of how ours came out.
Plant Window Tree Cemetery Building

Wheel Window Vehicle Motor vehicle Plant

Plant Window Vegetation Biome Grass
Plant Window Tree Cemetery Building
Motor vehicle Wheel Green Mode of transport Grass
 

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So true! It’s the first question people usually ask (and it’s almost always the women that ask)—where do you store all this stuff?! I moved last year to a new house with a 2 car garage and a 3 bay workshop, and I still have storage problems (if only my husband didn’t insist on being able to put cars in the garage…) We really need someone to figure out pocket universes!

I wish I could have gone all-in as you have—and I hope I’m not stepping on your toes—but here are a few pics of how ours came out.
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That looks amazing, the gold really makes all of the trim pop. I get asked the same question about storage alot as well. We moved almost two years ago and have a storage unit we have been using to store most of the display in the off season but we plan to eventually build a shed in the back yard to hold it all.
 
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