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A decent shot of the large tree. Anyone know the species?
This photo shows I've now installed the small globe lamp on the brick-work just to the right of the cast member door.
While this is pretty much the same view of the tour group (with much better lighting), I took this photo to show (although out of focus) the sign in the flower bed that instructs guests to "meet their tour guides here" has been added.
A "Walk In Walt's Footsteps" tour is just getting underway. If you hurry you can join-up! This group of N-scale figurines are all from Preiser and custom painted. Though hard to see in the photo, I did place a riding crop in the guide's left hand.
This shows the easement between the Tour Guide courtyard to the left and what will be the landscaping alongside the Disneyland Railroad to the left (over the green wall). The wall is a cast resin N-scale cinder block pattern. You can see how the west side souvenir stand can be re-stocked without having to move product about on-stage.
The lattice blind has too been installed at the top of the staicase behind City Hall. I actually think this blind serves more as a buffer to any harsh weather conditions to this otherwise rather exposed doorway.
The lattice fencing has been painted and installed.
A brass photo-etched weathervane completes the Tour Guide structure. Notice that I had to pay attention to correctly orientate the N,S,E,W. "N" points toward Sleeping Beauty castle.
I scratch-built the souvenir stand, the back closes off this corner of the Tour Guide courtyard.
The tree on the left is new as the previous one I made was too large. This is made from a Woodland Scenics armature with their Poly-Fiber, and ground foam from JTT Tree.
I've placed the large tree temporarily so I can adjust its spread -I don't want it to conceal the view of the structures.
I've made sure to put a bunch of dead leaves on the rear roof too.
The brown stuff along the roof corners represents dead leaves. There are several large trees located along the railroad right-of-way from which leaves drop heavily on this side (south) of the Tour Guide center. (actually, the structure houses nothing more than a cast member break area). The model leaves were made from JTT crushed and finely ground leaves (what else?).
I've installed the Victorian trim along the roof peaks and painted the roof a blue-ish green. The roof was the dry-brushed with flat white to highlight the shingle detail.
This little structure is the west side of the souvenir stand that closes the corner of the Tour Guide courtyard. The door (this is the rear) leads from the interior of the stand into a access area and back stage.
This is the dip the road behind the Tour Guide area takes to allow vehicles -including the Disneyland Omnibusses- to cross underneath the tracks of the Disneyland Railroad. It is made from a piece of 1/8" extruded PVC board.
The white styrene strips close the gap between the City Hall piece and the surrounding road.
A view from the front illustrates how the patio was set-back from the front of Town Square so us Park-guests can't see who's up there.
Here the pieces have been temporarily installed so you can see their placement.
Here the piece is upside down to show the framing for the lattice roof shade. All I need to do now is paint them.
The lattice fence construction for the upper patio is complete. The smaller piece is actually a blind that will be installed on the rear of City Hall at the top of the sdded staircase.
Here's the tree with double the number of branches.
Here the upper patio gets its indoor-outdoor 'carpet.' I've masked of the patio with red vinyl masking tape and painted the area a flat medium blue.
The species of the large tree in front of the restroom area (between City Hall and the Firehouse) is very distinctive with a large number of brances. Sorry, I don't know what type of tree it is! The model tree I had intended to use ( a 2 1/2" umbrella pine from JTT Tree)didn't have enough branches to capture the appearance. So, I stripped the foliage off both the first tree (gray branches in photo) and an additional one (brown). I spread the branches of the brown one, cut the trunck of the gray one, and sliced the two together using super glue. This gave me a good representation of this beautiful tree.
I've begun to construct the lattice fencing that will go around the perimeter of the roof-top patio. The framing is of various styrene strips while the lattice is photo-etched brass.
Oh how I wish someday to be able to ascend this staiway at the Park and enter into Walt's apartment! That'd be an experience for sure.
This view shows the patio area and the door from Walt's apartment allowing access to it.
Additional doors and staircases added.
The next couple of photos show that I decided (yes, at this late point) to re-paint the entire brickwork and trim of the structures. The bricks are a deeper red and lots of additional cream and golden-tone trim has been added. The AGI-District model represents the Park as it appeared on the 50th Anniversary.
A lot of work was done to the "back stage" side of the City Hall piece. Here, the stairs leading up into Walt's apartment have been installed and, of course, a door at the top of the stairs too. Also visable is the fancy lattice fence running across the roof from the Firehouse to City Hall. This area is the patio where Walt would entertain guests and is accessible through a door located in the Firehouse tower. Other details visable here include some piping (from the men' and women's restrooms) and conduits, a drain pipe, while the red box is for a fire hose
Overhead view shows the layout of the courtyard and relationship to the City Hall piece.
This shot shows the hanging flower baskets installed on the trellis. All that's left to do is trim the wires. I'm now ready to install the fixturing (benches, tables and chairs) and some 'guests' waiting for their tours.
The Tour Guide Kiosk and courtyard are almost done!
The flower boxes have been finished. I used JTT Tree fine foliage to represent the plants.
Here are the trellises. I made these from styrene plastic strips. Also, the plastic tube in the center holds the original light so the kiosk will be illuminated.
This photo shows the flower baskets that will hang from the south trellis. The photo was taken upside-down to show how the baskets will look when installed. I made these from .100" diameter plastic rod cut about 3/32" long. I drilled a .012" hole in the center and glued a short length of .008" diameter brass wire into it. I painted the 'baskets' brown and then glued some light green ground foam from Woodland Scenics onto them. I teased the foam out a bit to replicate the basic shape of the flora as per my pictures. Finally, I glued a few small bits of finely ground white foam on to simulate the blossoms. To install them, I drilled a .012" hole through three of the appropriate beams on the trellis and inserted the wires up and through from the underside. I glued them 'hanging' at the correct length and trimmed off the excess brass wire.
Because the Disneyland Street Car Gates have beautiful artwork advertising the "Joy Of Motoring," I felt the best way to model them was to incorporate an actual photograph. During a visit to the park I took a photo of the gates as 'squarely' as I could. I also used a 50mm lens to lessen optical distortion as much as possible. I reduced my photograph 47% on a copy machine to 'scale' them to the size necessary. I fabricated the gates from styrene and then carefully trimmed the copy to fit them. This view shows my original photo (with some glare) with the re-sized copy.
This shot shows the north side (or right) gate attached to the Emporium piece. It also shows the modified street and sidewalk.
Here is the completed south side (or left) gate and cast member door on the Firehouse.
I decided to re-route the Street Car tracks to behind the City Hall structures where they are located at the park. To do this was fairly easy using the Olszewski piece from the platform. This view shows the re-routed tracks with the positioning of the gates. It also shows the notching necessary to integrate the piece with the City Hall base.
This shot shows the section that will bend to the left to lead the tracks behind City Hall. The reddish 'dot' is where I have imbedded a 3/16" diameter neodium magnet which will keep the gates in the proper closed position. Each gate was fitted with a piece of 1/8" long .050" diameter steel piano wire 'plug' inserted into a hole drilled into the bottom at the end. This will provide the necessary 'attraction' for the magnet to hold the gates closed. Some sanding down of the surface was necessary to make this piece the same level as the Main Street piece and also to allow clearance for the gates to swing.
This view shows where I cut the supplied landscaping piece to modify the track route. A portion of the remaining straight section of tracks will be used to extend the tracks behind Citty Hall and into a scratch-built Street Car barn.
I decided to make a pair of operating Street Car gates. First step was to fill the door on the side of the Firehouse using the same techniques described in the Tour Guide courtyard project. A new door with a brick support column for the southside gate was fabricated and attached to the side of the Firehouse.
New hedges and flowers.
The holes from all the removed details (benches, lamps, etc.) are filled with putty and sanded.
Once all the "flowers" have been removed brown earth collored paint is applied. Also, the hedges get a new coat of dark green. I'll add a lighter color of fine ground foam over them to make them come "alive".
I'm using a Dremel tool to carefully grind out the planters. I'm being careful to leave the hedges in place. New landscaping will be "planted" later.
The planters have had all the "flowers" removed.
In this view I have removed all the trees and small details (except the firebox) to clear the way for applying the brick paper.
The brickwork has been added to the courtyard. I used Paper Creek N scale brick paper pattern sheets to accomplish this. I used Woodland Scenics "Scenic Accents" glue to adhere the paper to the base. We're going to use the same paper to eventually "pave" the entire Main Street sidewalks!
I've temporarilly attached the new courtyard to the City Hall base. You can really see how it will look when finished.
The lattice work has been fabricated on the north walls.
Detail painting of the City Hall.
Here is the completed back side of the Tour Guide building showing the relocated rear door and brick wall modifications. All that's left now is to fill the gap in the roof.
A relief is created to accept the new door and brick wall overlay. The relief only had to be about .015" deep.
This is a new brick overlay with the cast member entrance. This too was made from N scale DPM brick material but its thickness had to be reduced to about .020" as to not noticably extend the rear of the building.
The kiosk has been hollowed out and I've opened three of the facing windows. Also notice the top 1/16" of the roof has been removed for accuracy. We're now open for business. Anyone for a "Walk In Walt's Footsteps" ?
The brick planters, cast member door jam, and south side walls have been installed around the courtyard. The slate paving stones have been individually cut from .010" styrene and glued to the base. This was a tedious task but I had no other good option.
The Tour Guide kiosk in original form. We'll modify this piece later.
The City Hall base has been cut away. The original door has been removed and a new cast member swing-door has been fabricated and attached to a brick 'jam.' A Dremel tool with a cutting wheel was used to remove the base material. This is not for the faint of heart!
The Tour Guide kiosk has been removed from the City Hall piece and the courtyard can be laid-out.
The larger gingerbread pieces have been installed.
These are the dormers. The gingerbread trim has yet to be installed.
The gingerbread Victorian trim was hand carved from an .020" ABS plastic sheet. Styrene is far too fragile to withstand removal of material in such proximity! Once I laid out and cut my originals I used an airbrush to create stencils (visable to the left) to expedite production of subsequent pieces. Two of these patterns were needed for the different sizes used on the structure. This is the larger one. This work takes a delicate touch.
The door and windows on the backstage side were guessed at.
With the sub-roof and tower structure in place the scale shingle roof sheets can now be added. These were robbed from an Atlas N scale station kit and re-sized as necessary.
Aerial view showing the curious profile of the Tour Guide structure. The angled wall is necessary to allow clearance for the maintenance road which crosses underneath the railroad tracks to the backstage area behind the west side of Main Street. Also note corner pieces that keep the walls squared-up and adds strength.
The sub-roofing is cut from .020" sheet styrene. It is important that this is kept flush with the walls because later a scale shingle roof will be added on top.
We give the Tour Guide Kiosk a proper home.The walls facing the courtyard have been cut from Evergreen Scale Models #4542 Board and Batten sheet styrene. The lower brick base walls have been cut from Design Preservation Models (DPM) N scale Modular Wall System pieces. Here a square is used to align the walls while the glue dries.
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