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The wonderful thing about Tiggers is...they're bright! The base will be cut away and a brass wire inserted in a hole drilled up into one paw to allow a clean installation into our diorama.
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First, flourescent orange (Testors Model-Master #FS 28915) was used to replicate Tigger's luminous hide. Then, matte black stripes and gloss black eyes and snout complete this character.
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Primered with white matte enamel. White is necessary to keep the orange overcoat appearing really bright.
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A tail of brass wire 'installed.'
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The ears are made from thin slices of .040 styrene rod secured with super glue.
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Continued refining of the head profile.
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A hole is drilled (no comments please!) to receive a tail made from .020" brass wire.
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Sculpting the basic profile using a hobby knife and abrassive 'sanding sticks.'
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Now this looks pretty scary, huh? I applied a 'drop' of Bondo putty over the head to begin the re-shaping process.
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The first step is to remove Pluto's ears and snout with a needle file and Dremel tool. (following sequence)
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These first two shots are for reference.
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Making Tigger from Pluto was an idea that came while working on the Plaza Inn piece. I wanted to create a scene of a lucky young guest having a "My Disneyland Birthday" celebration on the Inn's dining patio area. These birthdays feature appearances by Disney characters and I needed one for this diorama. After looking over the Olszewski Fab Five pack, I decided on Pluto. However, it became clear that when installed on the Plaza Inn piece, Pluto's neutral tan color wouldn't stand out and the scene would go un-noticed when our model was viewed. Hmmmm. Looking over some photos Tahnee had shot of the Plaza Inn, the answer jumped right out at me. What we needed was a brightly costumed character and there is none more 'luminous' than the bright orange and black Tigger! Trouble was, we didn't have one. Looking at pluto with a bit more scrutiny, I concluded that it wouldn't be too difficult to convert this dog into a cat. Fortunately, we have purchased 'extra' Fab Five packs with the possibility these kinds of projects might arrise. We've used one of our Mickeys for a 50th Anniversary project on the Disneyland RR Main Street station piece. Well, I'm up to the challenge so, here goes.
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