Thursday, June 30, 2011

Blomberg Style Vampire Killing Kit

Patrick Reilly brings us this nicely done vampire killing kit. I like that everything is restrained so the kit can be carried without spilling its contents all over the interior. Even the cork stoppered bottles are in compartments small enough to keep the corks firmly seated in the neck of the glass.

The one small quibble I would make is the machine cut Phillips head screws in the hinge, but that's a picayune detail. A reader with experience using vintage hardware has said that can be fixed by opening up the slots into more of a wedge shape with a Dremel. Screws with cruciform heads existed at least as far back as the 18th century. It's just the regularity of the Phillips pattern that's anachronistic.


Phil said...

The Phillips head caught me as well on my first creation, so its easy to miss.
But yes, otherwise a very fine bit of work, and full of ideas for my ongoing case project. I really like the little wooden compatment lids.

CoastConFan said...

That’s a nice rework of a two tier cutlery box. By building up the exterior with panels, it makes for a nice, old world look. Standard brass screws can be substituted easily for the modern screws. The only addition I might suggest is a small pocket mirror. The overall effect of this kit is quite good.

BTW the phillips head screw does have a slight Lovecraftian association, they were designed for the American Screw Company of Providence, RI.

Anonymous said...

Hey guys, this is Patrick Reilly. Thanks for featuring my latest Vamp kit on your wonderful site.

As for the hinges on the kit, I can assure you that there are no philips head screws on this kit. I actually went out of my way to find flat head screws for the hinges.

If youd like more close up pics of the kit just let me know.


Propnomicon said...

@ Anonymous

My thanks for stopping by Patrick, and my apologies for mistaking the screws for Phillips heads. The glint on the left hand side set is what gave me that impression.

Your case is a beautiful piece of work, and the weathering is masterful.

CoastConFan said...

@ Patrick Reilly (Anonymous) You can Japan those shiny hinges and screws for a more period look. Rather than use black lacquer, simple semigloss black paint works well. Japanning, especially on exposed iron, brass,and copper was very common. A nice job like yours is a standout.

Anonymous said...

Hey, no problem Propnomicon.
Usually I wouldn't comment on such trivial details but in this case I specifically went out of my way to include flat head screws...I'll be damned if I'm going to let a blurry photograph rob me of my efforts! Lol
Thanks for the comments and for featuring my vamp kit.
Btw I've become quite a fan of this site..always find myself browsing through all of the oddities posted on the pages.

Anonymous said...

Patrick Reilly @ CoastConfan-

Thanks fgor the info. Im always looking for new methods of weathering metal. Ill DEFINITELY give the japan method a try next time (Im actually already working on a third kit)
The current method I use for weathering is using "Aluminum Black".
It can be found at most gun shops. It's a liquid for chemecially darkening aluminum (also works on brass). I simply steel wool the metal a bit, then I put some of the Aluminum Black on a paper towel (use gloves!) and then wipe it on the metal. Within a matter of seconds the metal will turn a dark brown or black. Then I use steel wool and rub it on the metal to pull back the darkness and give it a mid range of brown. Sometimes I steel wool it too much and too much brass shows. I might have done that with this project. But I can always apply more Aluminum Black.

Here are some more hi res images of the kit -

ThHanks again for the tips!


Anonymous said...

Oakree, thanks for introducing me to the word picayune, I will be indebted forever more.