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Dec 31, 2009
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Here's the "cigar store Indian" at the curb in front of the, er, "20th Century Music Company." Huh? It occured to me that Park guests under 30 years of age probably have no idea why this Indian sculpture is here on Main Street. The music store was originally a tobacco shop until 1990. After the change of merchandise type, the Indian has defiantly remained standing proud with his gaze directed towards distant Frontierland. Probably just a coincidence, I suppose. Dec 31, 2009
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Dec 31, 2009
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Dec 31, 2009
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Sep 04, 2009
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Aug 14, 2009
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Here's its location in proximity to the Bank of Main Street.Aug 14, 2009
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This is the souvenir stand which is located just to the right of the Bank of Main Street. It is constructed from styrene and includes N-scle brick and "car-siding" (from Evergreen Models) patterns.Aug 14, 2009
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This patriotically-attired music ensemble was modeled using Preiser and Woodland Scenics figures. Five of the members are Preiser while one -the banjo player- is from WS. Donald Duck, of course, is from the Olszewski Fab Five pack. All band members had their lower portions removed from the waist down and replaced with those from other figures because the Preiser band figures come in Bavarian style costumes. Heads were all exchanged with those having suitable hats. I had to extend the neck of the banjo instrument because it was not formed during the factory molding process. All that was left to do was paint them. My photos taken of this group at Disneyland over different visits revealed that the red, white, and blue costumes can vary in color combinations and patterns amongst the members. This was a fun little project that will add some interest (and color) on our Main Street model. They will be installed in front of the Disney Showcase store on the east side of Town Square. Now, if only I could remember the name of this ensemble! Can anyone help out here?Aug 09, 2009
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Aug 07, 2009
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Jul 21, 2009
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Jul 21, 2009
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This is the souvenir stand that is located next to the Tour Guide Garden. It is interesting to note that the east and west stands are not mirror images of each other but have different construction details -especially concerning the cash register pedestals.Jul 21, 2009
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Jan 19, 2009
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Nov 27, 2008
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Each summer more than a score of popular Disney characters make daily appearances in the Park. One such character is Pluto, well known companion of Mickey Mouse. Pluto is able to sign autographs and draw cartoons himself, holding a pencil between his paws. Incidentally, Pluto's name in real life: Tony Barksdale. (Vacationland, summer 1963) Oct 15, 2008
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Aug 25, 2008
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Aug 25, 2008
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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.Aug 25, 2008
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Aug 25, 2008
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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.Aug 25, 2008
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Aug 25, 2008
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Primered with white matte enamel. White is necessary to keep the orange overcoat appearing really bright. Aug 25, 2008
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A tail of brass wire 'installed.'Aug 25, 2008
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The ears are made from thin slices of .040 styrene rod secured with super glue.Aug 25, 2008
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Aug 25, 2008
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Aug 25, 2008
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Continued refining of the head profile.Aug 25, 2008
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A hole is drilled (no comments please!) to receive a tail made from .020" brass wire.Aug 25, 2008
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Sculpting the basic profile using a hobby knife and abrassive 'sanding sticks.'Aug 25, 2008
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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.Aug 25, 2008
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The first step is to remove Pluto's ears and snout with a needle file and Dremel tool. (following sequence)Aug 25, 2008
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These first two shots are for reference.Aug 25, 2008
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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.Aug 25, 2008
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I began the model by first removing the right arm and replacing it with one from another N scale donor figure. I used paper for making the blanket and the Chief's feather headdress and buckskin tassels. Putty and paint was used to complete the model. The Chief is shown here in a temporary setting.Mar 23, 2008
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The other horse that came with the Preiser set did not really have the proper posture for pulling a Street-Car. Initially, the horse was just put into our box of unused details but after some time, I recalled seeing a horse being changed-out at the park and an idea struck. The horse was almost perfect for modeling one being led to -or from- the Street-Car stopped at Town Square. All I needed was a suitable N scale cast member figure. A little searching through our scale population turned up a Preiser German police officer that had the proper pose, a hat, and tie. A little carving was needed to turn his coat into a vest and then, with the correct paint, he looked just right for the job! I glued the horse and figure to a base made from .010" styrene so they would keep their spacing while I made the reins from .005" styrene sheet. I like the way this little scenario turned out and the scene adds more interest to our model.Feb 23, 2008
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Here's a view of our two working horses and the additional horse and cast member.Feb 23, 2008
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New reins were made from .008" brass wire and new draw bars from .012" brass wire. I also painted the square blinders over Orva's eyes and on our other horse too. I may try to fabricate some blinders from thin plastic sheet but I'll stick with the painted ones for now.Feb 23, 2008
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One of our favorite horses currently working on Main Street is named Orva. She has a beautiful coat ranging from nearly pure white to almost black with light spots scattered amongst the main portion of her body. I tried to replicate this coloring and employ Orva on our model. We have a couple of photos of the real Orva in our "Disneyland's Horse Drawn Street-car" file.Feb 23, 2008
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For our second Street-Car, I took a draft horse from a Preiser N scale wagon set. The wagon I bought came with a team of two horses. Tahnee felt the one with its head down looked more typical of the posture of Disneyland's steeds while drawing guests down Main Street. So, I clipped the supplied reins and carefully removed the supplied horse from the base. Here is a photo of the new horse hitched up.Feb 23, 2008
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With the addition of a cast member conductor we're loaded and ready to roll on up to the Central Plaza. All I need to do now is install 'guests' on the right side lower deck, add the destination sign on the front of the upper deck, and stripe the canopy (yikes!).Feb 23, 2008
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"Yes, you can sit up front. Climb on up here." Note the brass grab rail made from .008" brass wire. The battery has now been 'blacked-out' with some flat black paint and, with the figures added, its intrusion into the cockpit area isn't really noticeable anymore.Feb 23, 2008
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The steering wheel has now been installed along with the headlights. If you look closely in the cockpit views you can also spy the shift and hand-brake levers! The headlights are made from .080" styrene rod with rings of .010" X .018" brass bar. They were attached to the chassis with .012" brass wire "L" support brackets. Each headlight assembly contains four separate parts. Also, a brass radiator cap has been added from .012" brass wire.Feb 23, 2008
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Feb 20, 2008
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Here's a shot of the steering wheel I fabricated from .010" brass wire (for the rim) and .010" ABS for the spokes. This is the second wheel I had to make as I lost the first one into our carpet! Oh well.Feb 20, 2008
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Additional painting has been completed and a driver takes his place. The graphics were made from reducing a post card on a copy machine to the correct size and then cutting them out. This was also done to add the guests in the windows to the lower level. This is a simple but effective 'trick.' The wheels were painted a light ivory and Italian red.Feb 20, 2008
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The removeable canopy was made from .010" styrene sheet.Feb 20, 2008
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It's starting to look like something at this point.Feb 20, 2008
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N-scale 'guests' have taken their place aboard the upper deck. N-scale photo-etched stainless steel mesh has been installed to keep the kids from falling off.Feb 20, 2008
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Feb 20, 2008
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The passenger seat is installed. Note that it has had to be trimmed to clear the battery.Feb 20, 2008
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The front axle assembly has been re-installed, the hood, radiator, firewall and driver's seat fabricated from styrene. The front fenders were made from .010" ABS plastic and supported over the wheels by brass rod. Steps from ABS sheet attached to the chassis also support the fenders behind the wheels. A brass rod here locates the position of the future steering column.Feb 20, 2008
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Here the 'box' that conceals the electrics and forms the first level of the Omnibus has been placed on the chassis. This box was made from .020" ABS sheet plastic and is removeable. Note that a clearance hole had to be opened-up to clear the battery. This is okay as the battery will be hidden by the upper level's bench seats.Feb 17, 2008
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The lower rocker-panel area was made from Bass wood and shaped to form the nice curvature of the body-work. I then created the wheel-wells before attaching the panels to the chassis by sanding the area away with my Dremel tool. Fenders were fabricated from .010" ABS sheet.Feb 17, 2008
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We are installing a working motorized Omnibus on our platform. To do this, we have purchased a Faller Car System N-scale starter set that comes with a Mercedes truck. To build our Omnibus, I first had to remove the Mercedes truck body-work from the chassis. I decided it would be fun to model the original Disneyland Omnibus from 1956 (see "Disneyland's Omnibus" file). I removed about 1/16" from the wheelbase to shorten it up a bit. The chassis was then epoxied back together. The large green object here is the batteryFeb 17, 2008
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Painting underway. I mixed the color from Testors Hobby Enamels using French Blue, #1124 Gloss Green, and Gloss Black. The model was sprayed with an airbrush.Feb 17, 2008
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Here the front axle assembly has been removed and the bench seats masked for painting.Feb 17, 2008
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An N-scale worker has been added here to show the relative size of the vehicle.Feb 17, 2008
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The bench seats have been made from Evergreen brand scribed styrene N-scale passenger car siding and installed. The canopy roof supports are being installed. These are made from .010" X .018" brass bar. The staircase is made from styrene strips with .010" ABS plastic wraps. The white area along the roof of the first level is .010" styrene pieces to 'flush-out' this area with the brass canopy supports and also forms the top of the lower level's windows.Feb 17, 2008
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Feb 10, 2008
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If you look closely, the man at the service window of the truck (left of view) is holding a little girl who is passing the money to the cast member inside the vehicle. The girl second in line is on her celular phone, no doubt informing the party on the other end of the menu selection. I still have another set of table and chairs to add under the third umbrella to the right but, hey, we're almost done here. Feb 10, 2008
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Yes, the corn dog truck is open and already there's a line for these delicious treats. I still have a few more details to add -like condiments, straws and napkins on the table- plus a few more figures. Already the scene on East Plaza Street is "alive" with activity. Creating these scenes is one of my favorite parts of modeling.Feb 10, 2008
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Here is the truck with the separate refrigerator positioned as they will be after I finish painting the street. The 'fridge' was fabricated from styrene with the lid handle made from .006" brass wire.Feb 01, 2008
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Jan 29, 2008
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I made the black diamond trim on the upper panels from brass photo-etched screen. Also, the white air conditioning unit on the roof was fabricated from styrene and installed.Jan 29, 2008
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The truck has just a couple of more details needed to be complete.Jan 14, 2008
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The headlights were fabricated from styrene rod, sheet stock and brass rod. The radiator surround has been painted brass while the rear-view mirrors and door handles have been added too. The mirror arms and door handles were made from .008" brass rod. Tiny holes were drilled to install them.Jan 14, 2008
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Jan 08, 2008
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Windows and the cast member were added and the assemblies have been glued together. Note the service window has been left open so the cast member can reach through. The truck has been posed in its location on East Center Street outside the Plaza Inn.Jan 08, 2008
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The cab is painted too and will cover the access to the corn dog preparation and service area in back.Jan 08, 2008
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Now the truck has received basic painting.Jan 08, 2008
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I made a "Outdoor Vending" department cast member to staff the truck from a Preiser figure. She was shortened and glued onto a base to make it easy to position her inside the truck.Jan 08, 2008
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At this point the basic assemblies (cab, box and chassis) are not glued together so windows and other details can be placed inside.Jan 06, 2008
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Consulting my photos, I constructed the 'box' of the truck from .020 ABS and made the 'wood' trim from .010" X .020" styrene (the ABS is grey in color while the styrene is white).Jan 06, 2008
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A cowl was made from .060" styrene and placed between the hood and the cab.Jan 03, 2008
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Jan 03, 2008
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I began the project of building the Corn Dog Truck by purchasing two N-Scale metal truck kits from GHQ: (1) 56-010, 1941 Chevy Stake Body; (1) 57-006, Model A Pick-Up. Parts from the two kits were combined to construct the basic chassis. Only the hood and running boards/fenders were used from the Model A kit, while the chassis, wheels and flat-bed were used from the 1941 Chevy. The 1941 Chevy chassis and bed was shortened and the Model A's running boards received the same treatment. The two were then super-glued together. The model A's hood was then glued on while the 1941 Chevy's wheels were then applied.Jan 03, 2008
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I then assembled the cab from .020" ABS sheet plastic.Jan 03, 2008
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November 2007, Dapper Dans Singing on the Horse-Drawn StreetcarDec 16, 2007
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November, 2007Dec 14, 2007
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A Magic Shop Trick Being Played on an Unsuspecting GuestNov 14, 2007
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Tahnee was right. The red Dapper Dan looks better on the running board. We have a photo of the real Dapper Dans 'hangin' out' on a Street Car in the "Disneyland's Horse Drawn Street-Car" file.Nov 11, 2007
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Here are the harmonious fellas with just a bit of touch-up left to do. To see them on the Olszewski Street Car look at the "Modified Horse Drawn Streetcar" file.Nov 11, 2007
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After experiencing a Horse Drawn Streetcar ride down Main Street with the Dapper Dans, Tahnee suggested I model a set of them for one of our Olszewski streetcars. Sure, no problem. I selected four suitable figures from our Preiser and Woodland Scenics stock and reposed them a bit for the Streetcar. I then had to "dress" them in the proper attire (they do have to be dapper, you know) by carving them a little with a hobby knife and adding a little putty. Of course, each had to be in possession of a straw hat too.Nov 11, 2007
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I've added six passengers and the Dapper Dans to one of our Street-Cars. Initially, I had the 'red' Dapper Dan posed inside the car. I later decided (okay, Tahnee suggested) he'd be more visable out on the running board, so, he has been relocated.Nov 11, 2007
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We are gutting all of the lighting from the buildings that do not have special lighting affects. We will opt for something more simplistic like using a string of christmas lights or creating a lighting scheme involving a chain of small incandescent bulbs (2-3 bulbs per building). We decided to stay with incandescents because they have a warm look and feel to them.Oct 11, 2007
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Sep 30, 2007
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HeartSep 30, 2007
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When You Wish Upon a StarSep 30, 2007
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When I See An Elephant FlySep 30, 2007
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Here's Orva pulling the Street-Car with the special gold livery in celebration of Disneyland's 50th Birthday, July 17, 2005.Sep 04, 2007
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For Disneyland's 50th Anniversary Celebration, attractions that were present on opening day had vehicles painted in gold-tone liveries. One of the Horseless Carriages got the treatment, shown here resplendent in champagne gold paint and even a gold canopy! Cast member Steve has been chauffeuring Main Street vehicles for many years.Sep 04, 2007
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The Last Photo of Walt & Mickey TogetherAug 22, 2007
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This is a photo taken in 1956 of the original Omnibus. Notice the firewall directly behind the hood and the lack of a windscreen. Note too the old six-pointed wheels distinguishing the original Omnibuses from the current ones.Aug 20, 2007
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Here's a photo of the second Omnibus and you can clearly see the cowl behind the hood and the windscreen. It's a bit puzzling to ponder the necessity for the subtle design differences. Perhaps it afforded additional legroom for tall drivers?Aug 20, 2007
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Underside view of wiring for the lamp light. Gently pull the wiring to remove the bulb from the lamp.Aug 19, 2007
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An original micro-lamp. These are easily replaced by simply pulling them down through the post and unplugging. To replace the bulb one must remove the plug and re-connect it to the new lamp's leads. A small piece of foam rubber (seen here to the right of the bulb) is gently pushed up the post after the lamp has been installed to keep the bulb in position.Aug 19, 2007
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We've opted to replace the lamps on Main Street with smaller Marklin Z scale lamps. The original supplied streetlamp is on the left and the Marklin unit to the right. And yes, they light up too!Aug 19, 2007
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This is a view of a hole where a street lamp once was. We removed the street lamp by gently rocking it from side to side then pulling it from the base.Aug 19, 2007
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Ladies and Gentlemen, we present Orva, our favorite Horse Drawn Street-Car cast member. She's a beaut!Aug 12, 2007
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A 1910 car stereo and quadraphonic too! The Dapper Dans provide sweet harmonies for guests lucky enough to experience a ride with them.Aug 12, 2007
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The Horse Drawn Street Cars have been on Main Street since opening day, July 17, 1955. The attraction was personally funded with Walt's own money and four Street Cars were built. Today, rarely more than two are employed on a given day. The park has used three breeds of draft horses to pull the cars: Clydesdale, Belgian and Percheron. Today, no Clydesdales are corralled at the Circle D ranch. All horses are official cast members and wear name tags. Also, all the harnesses are custom made and sized for each horse's comfort.Aug 12, 2007
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Horseless Carriage Painted RedJul 29, 2007
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Yellow Olszewski Horseless Carriage next to the Modified Red Horseless CarriageJul 29, 2007
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The red Horseless Carriage was the first motorized vehicle to begin chugging up and down Main Street. Patterned after a real 1903 Oldsmobile the car began carrying guests on May 12, 1956.Jul 29, 2007
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The yellow Horseless carriage was the second on Main Street and began service on December 9, 1956.Jul 29, 2007
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"Before" Model of the Indian ChiefI used a Preiser N scale figurine from their #79138 "Police On Horseback, Germany" set. Two horse and riders are included in the set and I chose the horse more closley posed to the Disneyland Chief's mount.Jul 29, 2007
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