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Bates House is One Creepy Paper Kit
Ray Kleim, of Haunted Dimensions, has released his excellent Bates House paper kit.
Brave souls that build it will be rewarded with a handsome, albeit creepy, replica
of the Bates House from the Hitchcock movie Psycho. If you’ve seen the film, you
know that Anthony Perkins plays a rather off-his-nut motel manager that lives with
his deceased mother in a creepy house on a hill behind the motel.
If you look carefully at Kleim’s Bates House you can see poor Mother Bates propped
in one of the windows. It is eerie.
This free paper kit for download is exquisitely detailed with stained, worn walls,
eerily luminescent curtains in some of the windows, and really beautifully crafted
woodwork. The Bates House appears to be of a Second Empire design, with a mansard
roof and railings around the top to form a widow’s walk. The massive porch is completely
surrounded by weathered, stained woodwork and surrounds the massive tower that dominates
the front of the house.
Instructions for the kit are included in the 11 page free PDF and feature clear and
complete illustrations to guide you through the project. Best of all, there are several
photographs of a completed model to show you how it should look.
This kit features several innovations that will help you produce an accurate model.
First is an optional second set of windows that are designed to add depth to the
walls. You know, of course, that a paper building is merely a 2D drawing folded to
become 3D. These window inserts go a long way towards perpetuating the illusion of
Another innovation that should prove useful is a second set of wrought iron railings
that is designed to be printed on transparent plastic instead of paper. Printing
the image onto a transparency will save you roughly a gazillion hours and six tons
of frustration in carefully and tediously cutting out the tiny spaces between the
rails and uprights of the tiny iron work. Now, finding a printer that will print
a lasting impression on plastic, that might take a bit of doing.
Although no scale is given, the Bates House appears to be drawn to ¼ inch scale,
making it absolutely perfect for O Gauge model railroad layouts. HO Scalers will
want to reduce the image by 55% for their layouts.
Congratulations to Ray Keim on a beautiful model. You can find the link at Ray Keim’s