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Rachael, The Flying Crank Ghost

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First and foremost, the originator of the Flying Crank Ghost, Doug Ferguson of Phantasmechanics, deserves the thanks and praise for this wonderful creation. I will not attempt to explain the construction of the FCG; he does a infinitely better job than I could ever do and the full instructions can be found online at Phantasmechanics. I will, however say that it's not a hard project, but one that allows a lot of creativity, experimentation and most of all, is extremely rewarding. This is Rachael and how she is constructed.

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I did several alterations on the basic plan for Rachael. I first painted the face/wig head with glow paint (incidentally, I found that mixing half white glue with half glow paint made the job a lot easier). At least 4 coats were needed to make sure that there were no 'streaks' when the blacklight was on. I soaked the cheesecloth in Rit Whitener and Brightener in plastic bags overnight to make sure that it was adequately soaked. A gentle rinse and a trip though the dryer and she was ready to be dressed in her blue glowing death shroud. I made her arms from three-eighths inch wooden dowels painted black with screw eyes connecting them. Her hands are hand-shaped bent coathanger wires wrapped thickly with masking tape and painted with several coats of the glow paint/glue mixture. I painted her features with plain black acrylic paint, I thought about doing her features in fluorescent paint but decided against it, I didn't want too many colors and glows competing for attention.

She's truly amazing to watch (although it took me about 2 hours to get the strings the proper length and the marionette harness just right so she would fly naturally {or unnaturally, whatever the case may be}). Although it can't be seen, I had to use a counter weight system that goes down the back of her, unseen when she is flying (a full explanation of this is also found in the flying crank ghost instructions).

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Ms. Rachael and her LED eyes. They run off of a 9 volt battery and last forever. I like the jumbo red LED's from Radio Shack just for the look. They're siliconed in place from the back of the wig form.

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The blue shroud with the red eyes and glowing green head and hands are really striking.

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Yes, she has that Joan Crawford thing going on with her eyebrows..

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The glow is still going strong...This is NOT under blacklight, she's pretty bright all by herself!