Featured Custom viv at Escape the Old Post

Discussion in 'Members Frogs & Vivariums' started by Bernie Hale, Jan 29, 2018.

  1. Bernie Hale

    Bernie Hale Contributing Member

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    Have not been posting on here a whole lot lately. Been very busy designing and building an Escape room in my small town’s original Post Office. We opened about a month ago, and things have been going great. Our grand opening is Friday and my goal is to try and finish off the last feature. The frog vivarium.
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    Everything has been ready to go for awhile. Just needs the sculptures, plants and frogs. I made the fairly hasty decision awhile back to incorporate the vivarium as part of the Escape room. Thought it would be cool to sculpt a scale replica of The Old Post. That decision has turned out to be a much bigger undertaking than I had anticipated. Oh well. I stuck with it...
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    It’s one thing to do a scale model of a building. It’s quite another to do one that is waterproof.
    Ready for paint today.
    There’s plenty more sculpting to do to build the surrounding landscape. I’m hoping that goes more quickly.

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    Absolutely amazing.


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    A bit more detail work to do and the mini Post will be ready for some clear coat. Then it can go up to the Old Post and worked in to final sculpture design.


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    Cool

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    I’ve been making some progress up at The Old Post. The carvings/sculptures are finished and grouted. Some are painted. They’re all made to be removable.
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    I’m being rather whimsical with the paint job for reasons pertaining to the puzzles in the Escape room. I have done several pieces throughout the room using the foam/grout technique that I’ve picked up because of this crazy frog hobby.
    Here are a few:
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    Capped all beams in styrofoam, carved, grouted, painted, cleared.
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    Sunny is definitely part of game play.
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    As is Moony.

    We’re pretty booked up for the weekend so I have to temporarily shut down work on the viv.
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    This has been the biggest single custom viv I have attempted. It’s at a great working height.
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    Once I get all the paint jobs done on the sculptures, I’ll be doing a fairly extensive background painting. Not really sure yet what I have planned for it yet. The finished project will certainly play a part in solving the Postmaster’s Riddle.
    Can’t wait to add all the plants, microfauna and frogs. Hoping to have everything completed for next weekend’s sessions.
    Also hoping to get the live streaming video up and running this week as well.


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    Crazy talented my friend. Can’t wait to see it finished.



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    That's pretty cool. You must have some serious amount of time invested on those carvings! You certainly have a talent for it!


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    Thank you. Got everything assembled and planted yesterday. Will post pics soon.


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    Everything is finished, just have to get some pics. Here are a few from along the way:
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    Checking placement before doing background painting.
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    Channelled my inner Bob Ross. Some happy little trees...
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    Much of painting will be hidden by structures.
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    Ready for plants.


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    Looks awesome!

    Nice hair by the way. Lol


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    Some pics of the finished project. Will be adding more plants and mosses. MistKing is working well and the ventilation fan seems to be keeping the glass very clear.
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    Thanks for looking.
    Cheers


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    Bernie your design are out of this world. It is so nice to see someone go this far from the norm.
     
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    love it.
     
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    Thanks Drew. Was a cool opportunity to do something a little different.


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    This is a screen shot from the video camera mounted inside viv. Captures a pretty good percentage of the viv. Hoping to get the live link up this week.
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    You never know who you might run into whilst getting the mail...


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    That was the most amazing experience! It was so fun and exciting! I have never been to a place like that and want to go back. If you haven't been to Escape the Old Post, go! It is something you will remember for the rest if your life. It is a real work of art.
     
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    Featured this post. Very cool viv!
     
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    Cool.


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