The Thirteenth Hour Podcast #320: Toymaking Updates and Reading The Howard the Duck Movie Novelization Part 8

This past week, I have finally got around to making the mold for the Beverly Switzler minifigure.  I made a two part mold that attempted to protect what I figured would be a delicate area of the figure (the neck of the guitar) but the realized after the facts that certain other delicate parts, like the guitar strap, would probably get caught in the mold and not make it out successfully.  So that part I may have to add later.  Here are some steps involved:


Add a clay backing to make one half…


Then preparing for the second layer, including adding a bunch of air vents … 


A quick video showing the pouring of the mold:


And now, speaking of which, back to the duck!  The zaniness continues in this eighth reading of the movie novelization Ellis Weiner, based on the screenplay by Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz.  This is the infamous section of the story where Howard and Beverly almost hook up … or do they?  🙂  It’s handled here in the novel much less awkwardly than in the film, I must say!

Lastly, all proceeds to The Thirteenth Hour Studio on Etsy over Sept will be donated to the Red Cross ( for Hurricane Ida Relief. Check the link below to support those affected, still in the midst of the pandemic, with 80s retro art (music-books-toys).  Your purchases help those in need get back on their feet!


Stay tuned for more!




There are now Thirteenth Hour toys!  If you’d like to pick up one of these glow in the dark figures for yourself, feel free to email me or go to the Etsy store I set up ( and get them there.

If the past few months have got you needing a break, you may want to chill out to this 80s synth throwback track for a upcoming LP with the accompanying music video:

Empty Hands, the synth EP soundtrack to the novella, Empty Hands, is now out for streaming on Bandcamp.  

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Stay tuned.  Follow along on Spotify!  There is also a growing extended Thirteenth Hour playlist on Spotify with a growing number of retro 80s songs.

Check it out!

As always, thanks for listening!


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