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This is the speaker-tree at the west end of the station (first from the left). The speakers are wired to a digital chip-board (from Cowlacious Designs) and the station arrival/departure announcements have been recorded onto the chip. When triggered, the announcements are heard. The sound quality is pretty darn good ...it's also really cool! "Your attention please. The Disneyland limited now arriving from a trip aroud Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom..."
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East speaker-tree as viewed from outside the berm
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This is the speaker-tree at the east end of the station.
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3/32" diameter holes were drilled through the station base to allow the wires to pass through and so the trees could be 'planted.' Here, the two completed speaker-trees have been installed. Can you guess which ones they are?
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Once the poly-fiber is in place the foliage was added by spraying the trees with clear flat laquer (Testors "Dullcote #1260) and then sprinkling on finely ground green foam.
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With the tree armatures painted (light grey and tan), I was ready to apply the poly-fiber (available from JTT Tree or Woodland Scenics) to them. The poly-fiber was cut and then stretched and pulled to give the trees shape and to create an "airy" see-through look. The poly-fiber was attached to the armatures using "Hob-E-Tac" adhesive from "Woodland Scenics."
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To help conceal the speakers I applied a little 'camoflage' of matt green paint. I discovered later that I could just LIGHTLY airbrush the speakers with the same paint without any loss of audio performance.
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The pair of trees ready to be painted prior to adding foliage.
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The tree trunk had a groove cut into it to recess and carry the speaker wires which will pass through a hole drilled through the layout base where the trees are located. In this photo, the wires have been secured to the trunk with CA glue and then a little Bondo putty applied to completely hide the wires and blend them into the trunk.
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I want to have the sound effects of the station announcements play when a train arrives at the station -just like at the Park. To accomplish this, I decided to conceal the speakers in the trees closest to each end of the station platform (at Disneyland, the loudspeakers that broadcast these announcements are located at the end of each platform). Here I'm making a "speaker tree" by installing a 20mm. speaker into the upper reaches of a "Woodland Scenics" tree armature. Two of these speaker-trees are needed. The branches were bent in a way to cradle the speaker and a few small drops of CA (super glue) were used to secure it.
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This aerial shot shows the geographic relationship to Town Square of the area I'm working on. Travelling by train to the left you'll be "entering the wilds of Adventureland."
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A variety of model landscape materials from Woodland Scenics and JTT Tree (the latter now available through MRC)was used to 'go green' along the RR right-of-way. Sharp eyes will spot the extension of the platform railing amongst all the greenery.
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With all the work with the Tour Guide Gardens and nearby west-side souvenir stand complete, I was finally able to work on the landscape along the RR right-of-way to the left (west) of the train station. Just after leaving Main Street Station, there is a short (length) fence amongst the trees and shrubbery that blocks the view of the back stage area around City Hall. I photographed this fence on my last Park visit (July 25, 2009) so I could model it. Also, keen eyes will spot the thin grey form paralleling the RR tracks. This is actually individual wooden RR ties that line almost the entire Disneyland right-of-way nowadays. The ties help to contain the track ballast and hinder erosion of the earthen berm the track is situated upon. I cut the ties from bass-wood strips, colored them, and installed them with white glue prior to adding any lanscape materials along the berm.
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This photo reveals a bit of a story. You'll likely notice all the RR track has been removed! There were some more details I needed to add to the station and I had no other option but to remove the track-work in order to lift the station out. I'm happy to report (as you'll see in subsequent photos) the track has already been replaced. Our station is now permanently installed on our layout.
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Here are the three different floral Mickey pieces. There is another one I want to construct involving some electronics and lighting effects but, for now, we'll move on to finishing some other work to get our Main Street area closer to completion. This fun little project was all Tahnee's idea -and a very good one! It is now very easy to change-out the pieces to represent the different seasons -and the 50th celebration- in just a couple of seconds.
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Here is the completed Fall piece. I'm happier with the contrast between the vines and the lawn as the deatail stands out better.
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I mixed up some different shades of orange paint and randomely re-colored some of the mini-pumpkins to add more variety and detail to them. At this point I wasn't satisfied with the shade of green in the lawn area as there didn't seem to be a desirable contrast with the vines. I carefully scraped out the existing lawn and replaced it with a lighter shade.
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The face details of the Jack-O-Lanterns has been added by applying blue paint. Also, the red flowers have grown in the mask area on Mickey.
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The ground cover in the lawn area has now been added.
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The base piece has been painted with flat enamel green paint and the 'vines' have been covered with dark green ground cover. The Jack-O-Lanterns have been covered with a green ground cover first and then orange over the top.
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Again referring to our Park photos taken during the Fall season, I sketched the decorative floral pattern onto thin card stock. I only had to sketch one side as I would be able to flip the pattern over and trace it for the opposite side. The pattern was cut out with a hobby knife and then glued to the base piece.
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Here's my first attempt at installing the pumpkins. I discovered that the 'oranges' are colored with a water-soluble dye and my water-based "Scenic Cement" made a nice orange gel with them. Not good. I removed the mess shown here and used CA (super glue) instead.
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Disneyland cleverly uses mini pumpkins in the Fall floral Mickey pattern. This presented a bit of a challenge to me to replicate in N scale. Finally, I remembered that the good folks at Woodland Scenics make a "Fruit" pack of apples and oranges for trees used on H:O scale (1:87) models. I thought the H:O oranges would make pretty good N scale mini pumpkins.
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Now, on to our Fall floral Mickey.
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Greetings from Disneyland, July 17, 2005. If you've noticed there are no train tracks (again) well, there's another story to be told as this Main Street Station project moves along. More on that later.
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Happy Birthday Disneyland!
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Mickey's base was timmed away and a mounting rod of .040" piano wire fitted. This was done by drilling a .040" hole and glueing the rod in place.
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A tail was added made from .010" brass rod.
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The 'arms' were bent and then trimmed to length. His thumbs were formed by bending .010" brass rod around his arms the then super gluered in place and trimmed. His hands were actually formed by repeated application of super glue and a little carving.
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.020" brass rod is inserted through the torso to form his new arms.
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It's time for Mickey to prepare for his role. Hey Sweety, where's our box of Olszewski's "Fab Five" character pack? (we bought an extra set for this and other projects) Mickey's arms were removed with small flush-cut wire cutters and the torso filed smooth. Next, I drill a hole (sorry Mickey) in preparation of adding new arms with a .020" drill and a pin vise.
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...with a little watering, the gold flowers surrounding the "50th" pattern have grown too.
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First the ribbon flowers are grown, then...
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The 'lawn' is in place and the base for the gold flowers too.
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Consulting our park photos revealed the rest of the 50th pattern for the landscape area. The gold 'ribbon' was sketched on card stock, cut out and glued in place.
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The numbers were painted yellow and then yellow colored ground foam was applied. Next, the blue flowers were applied.
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I cut the numbers out and carved them a bit. The font had to be more bold than the originals. The numbers were then glued to the pattern.
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I needed to make the "50" numbers so I got the font right off my gold 50th Anniversry day Mickey ears (don't worry, I made a fascimile on a copy machine). I cut the numbers out and traced them onto a scrap of .060" styene plastic.
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Light maroon foam (here it looks red) around the perimeter on top of the green base.
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Green colored foam appplied to form the base of the flowers.
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Flat green and blue paint applied.
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"Steps" to elevate the different colored flowers in the pattern are made from card stock.
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For the next pattern, Disneyland's 50th Celebration, the Mickey face profile has to be altered somewhat. I'm doing this with .020" X .040" plastic strips.
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The magnet has been installed and secured with a drop of super glue.
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I'm beginning another pattern. Any guesses which one it'll be? I forgot to show this step earlier: I drill a 3/16" hole in order to install round -and very strong- neodyum magnets. These make it easy to remove the pieces when we want to change them out.
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Here's our new favorite "leader of the band" greeting our guests as they pour through the turnstiles. This is our spring/summer pattern.
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I found the purple color for Mickey to be a bit on the light side so I darkened the color by carefully painting over the area with a deeper hue. It looks better to me now.
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Now for the orange flowers.
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The green 'lawn' area has been applied and here I've begun the application of the red flowers. Note also that the white (and a little red) has been applied to Mickey to finish the face pattern.
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The green texture for the floral pattern is complete.
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Un-diluted white glue is painted over the pattern and then the green texture is sprinkled on. I lightly press the material into the glue to ensure good, dense adhesion. After the glue sets I gently brush off the excess with a make-up brush.
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The pattern was cut from the card stock with a hobby knife and then traced onto the resin lanscaping piece. Here I've begun applying the green texture to form the base for the flowers which will be applied on top of it. Please excuse the poor quality of these photos as I took them at night under my desk lamp.
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Using my park photos as a guide, I carefully sketched the pattern for the other decorative flowers surrounding Mickey. This was done on light card stock.
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Close-up of the application of the purple 'flowers.'
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Once the mold had been made of the new Mickey landscape filler piece, several castings were made of quick-set resin. Here is one that has been painted with light brown flat latex paint. It is necessary to paint the piece before applying any landscape materials in order for them to adhere to it using water-based glues. I began adding the 'flowers' to the Mickey face by painting the areas with un-diluted white glue and sprinkling on purple colored finely ground foam.
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The actual floral Mickey face is very different than the artwork, so, I traced the original copy and then began to alter the lines to replicate the 'floral' pattern more accurately. I only had to draw half of the face because it is a simple matter to just flip the art over to trace both halves to form a complete face onto the landscaping piece. I have to wait for some silicone rubber to arrive so I can make the mold. Meanwhile, I'll get back to working on the other details.
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I made a copy of Mickey reduced to about the right size to get an idea of how it'll look.
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Here is the new filler piece for the floral Mickey area. It was made of 1/8" extruded ABS and some Bondo work was needed to contour the area to fit properly. After Mickey's face has been outlined with plastic strips a mold will be made and duplicates cast. The castings will be decorated with different colored 'flowers' and patterns replicating Disneyland's seasonal designs.
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You're probably wondering what the heck we're up to now. Tahnee had a great idea to make the floral Mickey design removable so it could be changed-out to reflect different seasons, just like at the park. It was a great idea but, it took quite a bit of work to actually remove the original design as the resin is very thick in this area. Here plastic strips have been glued in to keep the new Mickey filler piece at the correct level.
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This view highlights the baggage cart with the luggage installed.
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It was time to have some more fun and add some figures to the Town Square side of our station. Note the photographer snapping a great shot from this vantage point. He's looking directly down the center of Main Street with Sleeping Beauty castle in the distance beyond the Plaza. At this point, the figure count is up to 48 on this piece! I believe the final count will be around 60 when I'm finished. Also, I replaced the fencing on this side, too, with the same material as used on the front side of the loading platform.
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The original railing around the front of the floral Mickey was removed and replaced with some photo-etched spearhead fencing. This was more difficult than usual because I had to shorten the fence a couple of scale feet.
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The fencing on the righthand side of the platform installed. This is photo-etched brass.
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I like this conductor figure because he can be viewed as either greeting an arriving train or waving goodbye to guests on a departing one.
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This overhead shows the completed landscaping work.
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If you look closely you can see the additional guests added to the cues compared with the earlier photos.
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I replaced the original handrails in the exits. These were made from .015" and .019" brass rod. I also used thin decal striping to make the white and yellow caution lines on the edges of the steps. Tahnee selects the colors for all the flower beds on our Main Street model and we've gone with blue and white in the outside beds and red and white in the center ones. The planting areas were painted a earth color before the 'flowers' were added.
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Here are views of the 'open' platform exits. They're still blocked somewhat by the tree planters which serve to hide the wiring for the L.E.D. lighting. Note that the fence to prevent guests from falling off the platform above the righthand entrance tunnel has yet to be added.
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After some time now, I wasn't happy with the appearance of the original fencing on the platform -it was too low. Also, I realized that the fencing configuration was wrong and blocked the exits! So, it was replaced with some new photo-etched fencing. The re-configuration around the exits now necessitated relocation of some figures waiting in the cues. I also took the opportunity while the fencing was removed to add some additional figures too. The engineers were moved a little towards the depot as well. I'm happy with the new fencing and at least the guests can now exit the platforms!
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Another conductor has been added. I like the waving pose of this one from a Woodland Scenics set.
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All the "flower" beds have now been cleared. The next step is to paint these areas a dirt brown color.
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In order to replce the original landscaping the existing "flower" beds were carefully ground away with a Dremel tool.
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N scale photo-etched railing installed on the west end of the platform. The style of railing on this end is different than that used on the east end. Disneyland engineers and cast members are the only people allowed on the west end while passengers/guests have access to the train cars on the east end. Therefore, a higher fence is used on the east end for added guest security.
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N scale 6' photo etched fencing replaces the original. No line-jumpers now!
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Guests at the east end of the Station platform waiting to board.
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I like to model "life" into my layouts. Here a pair of Woodland Scenics N scale engineers have been appropriately painted and posed interacting with a young "guest." They are commenting on the boy's Mickey tee-shirt. "Hey. He's got our boss on." Other figures were used to load the que area. Keen eyes will spot the man reading his 'Your Guide To Disneyland" picked up a few minutes earlier when passing through the turnstile.
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The park's old gum trees were photographed and modeled. Here is a completed tree. Also, the original cast-in landscaping was ground out and replaced with Woodland Scenics ground foam.
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New trees were fabricated from JTT Trees and plastic tubing. The plastic tubes were notched to allow the wiring for the LEDs. Once the tree armature assembly was complete I used model putty to sculpt the final trunk's shape and texture.
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We decided to replace the original LEDs in the trees with new "warm white" ones from Radio Shack. Here they have been positioned and soldered together to simplify installation and wiring.
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After removing the original tree a new hole was drilled to relocate the new one. This was done on both sides.
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The track has been installed through our prepared right of way.
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There were some uneven spots in the face of our loading platform. Plastic styrene strips and putty took care of them.
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When the sanding was complete all the wood left was in the low areas. The train right of way has now been leveled and is ready for the track.
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Sanding the Balsa has begun.
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I decided to glue 1/16" Balsa wood strips using CA (cyanoacrylate) to the railroad's right of way to fill the low spots. This will be sanded down to level the entire area.
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We decided that the correct height for the station piece (and thus all Main Street pieces) is determined by the Olszewski platform's leading base piece that the turnstiles are mounted to. Since we couldn't alter the height of this piece it set this dimension for the entire layout.
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Basswood strips and ABS plastic has been used to shim the station piece to the proper height necessary to meet our track roadbed.
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Here we've used palstic strips and putty to straighten out the curved ends of the loading platform. Since we've elected to use Z gauge track we won't need to retain these curves as we'll have ample room for the smaller track pieces.
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After sanding the right of way there were still several low spots that needed to be filled. Hmmm.
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Sanding to level the right of way. Notice at this point that the ends of the loading platform are still curved. We will straighten these out later.
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The original trees to either side of the Mickey planter were removed. New replacemants will be made.
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Using a Dremel to further remove material. Always use eye protection. Also, a good dust mask is mandatory when using this tool on the cast resin Olszewski pieces.
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Carefully clearing the RR right of way.
   
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