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"hmmm, which one of these lucky ones will be Rod Miller? Stay tuned..."246 views
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"Sorry Rod, but you need a make over, and we need to fill Coca-Cola Corner with guests!"244 viewsRod and his piano were delicately removed by the following prcedure: 1) Carefully plot and mark the center of the piano on the underside of the base. Carefully measure and draw the outline of the piano base. 2) Use a 1/4" drill to create a hole under the piano. DO NOT DRILL TOO DEEP OR ALL THE WAY THROUGH! 3) Use a Dremel Tool with a round cutter bit to mine-out the area underneath the piano progressing SLOWLY. Eventually you will remove the material to the point when the piano can be broken free with very little effort. 4) fill the hole with a piece of plastic and fill any imperfections with putty.
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243 viewsThe umbrellas, tables, and chairs removed.
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232 viewsRemoving the tables and chairs by snapping them off with a needle-nose pliers.
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222 viewsRemoving the umbrellas is done by using needle nose pliers to grasp the pole and then leveraging them out. A fulcrum was built up from a couple of scrap pieces of bass wood to provide a good angle of attack and to protect the base area from damage.
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205 viewsBecause of the relocation of the Plaza Pavilion (set much farther back and elevated about 3/16") I had to re-work the roof of the Coke Corner piece to mate up with that of the Pavilion. It's not perfect but I'm satisfied with the fit. A large tree (growing here at the Park) will help to conceal where these two sculptures join.
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202 viewsRefreshment Corner has been completely cleared for modification. Re-grading of West Plaza Street (white area in lower left) has been completed to transition the sidewalk and street smoothly into Main Street's elevation. Gone are the flower planters and the Refreshment Corner's ornate metal entryway. The planters and metal structure will be repositioned as part of the modifications.
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201 viewsClose up view of the re-worked roof that joins up with the Plaza Pavilion. I used molded N scale shingle sections taken from an Atlas model RR structure and thinned them to about .020" thick. I then glued these 'veneers' to the original areas of the Olszewski sculpture. The trim -almost an exact match to the Park's- is photo-etched brass from Gold Medal Models. Note the upper 3rd tier (sans trim) that functions only to conceal some unsightly roof-top infrastructure (air conditioners, etc.).
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198 viewsThe same operations to remove material has been performed on the Carnation Cafe piece (to the left of the photo). The two pieces have been glued together to form a single unit encompassing this block of Main Street.
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198 viewsI made a new marquee from a photo I took at the Park. It's more legible than the original.
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197 viewsCoke Corner is beginning to look alive with activity.
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194 viewsRemoval of the last remaining material is performed with a belt and disc power sander.
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191 viewsThe roof and entire 'back stage' portion of the piece are carefully removed with a bandsaw. This will make modifications to these areas easier.
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190 viewsThis is what's left after the bandsaw operation.
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190 viewsThe umbrella locations have been determined and holes were drilled to accept the new poles made from .020" piano wire.
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189 viewsThe couple sitting to the side of the piano (green and pink shirts) were inspired by our friends Sandy and Brian.
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188 viewsThe back stage area behind Refreshment (Coke) Corner is being constructed. This multi-story building occupies a key location between Main Street and Adventureland, providing facilities for both realms. There is a small loading dock for the Plaza Pavilion/Tahitian Terrace kitchen and facilities for entertainers were built when the Tahitian Terrace show (featuring Polynesian dancers) began in 1962. In 1993, the Tahitian Terrace became Aladdin's Oasis and even more additions and remodelling of this structure took place.
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187 viewsThe new "cast member only" doors with real brass kick-panels.
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187 viewsYou can see how the new back stage area's roofline blends into that of the Alladin's Oasis. All I have to do now is thatch the roof.
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186 viewsThe roof and walls have been painted.
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186 viewsHere's the new paving for West Plaza Street (Refreshment Corner dining area) made from N-scale brick paper and .005" styrene sheet. Each 'stone' was cut and laid individually!
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186 viewsThe re-worked roof (dark brown areas) of the Coke Corner piece.
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186 viewsIf you've taken note (pun), I've arranged and posed the guest figures to be drawn towards the direction of the piano and the wonderful notes being played at a rate of 32 per second. Who can play that fast, you might ask? Ragtime specialist Rod Miller! Rod's playing and delightful demeanor always got the attention of guests -many of them visiting the Park solely to hear him play!
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182 viewsI inlaid a very fine photo-etched brass screen to cover the speaker opening in the roof above "Coke Corner."
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182 viewsI'm assembling our pianist from three different Preiser N-scale figures.
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182 viewsI fabricated the three marquee supports from wire and drilled holes to accomodate them.
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182 viewsRefuse bins (okay, dumptsters!) are resin cast units from Cal Freight and have been painted.
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181 viewsI modeled a pair of new "cast member only" doors with kick panels made from brass.
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181 viewsThe colorful "It's Ragtime!" banner on the piano was made from a photograph I took at the Park.
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180 viewsWhite styrene stips are used to designate where the new rear walls will go.
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180 viewsSome curbing and wood will help contain the refuse bins and proect the structure damage.
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179 viewsA piece of Ultraboard (white object) has been cut to fill-out the back stage area to the edge of our Main Street stage/module. This is glued to the Refreshment Corner and Carnation Cafe facades.
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178 viewsThe new rear wall and roof has been added. These are made from .060" styrene sheet stock.
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178 viewsFinally, the last 'stone' (on the tip of my hobby knife) is laid!
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178 viewsHey, where's my piano!
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178 viewsTo blend the Refreshment Corner sculpture into The Plaza Pavilion one, I 'll have to close-up the gap between them and make some adjustments to the roofline. Here I've extended the brick wall and constructed a wall extension from styrene and brass photo-etched screen. The landscaping has also been enhanced.
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178 viewsThe umbrellas have not been permanently installed yet to aid with the placing of figures and chairs.
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177 viewsThis is a shot of the original cast member doors.
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177 viewsThis shot reveals the keyboard detailing -there are actually black and white keys!
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173 viewsThe three brick steps that lead to the Plaza Pavilion's dining terrace.
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173 viewsOur completed pianist and stage.
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172 viewsThe new stage with piano stool and piano.
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172 viewsThe piano stool is photo-etched brass from Micron-Art and is included with the piano kit.
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172 viewsThe piano is a N-scale modified brass photo-etched model from Micron-Art. The height was cut down about 1/8" and cleaned-up with styrene sheet.
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169 viewsHere's our completed (less paint) pianist. I posed him so he'll be gazing towards Main Street. The stage was made from styrene stock and I used a razor saw to create the bunting texture (red) around the perimeter.
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