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4838 viewsWe 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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Meet Me Down on Main Street by the Mellowmen693 viewsThis song originated in "Crazy Over Daisy", a 1950 Donald Duck cartoon and has been Main Street USA's unofficial theme song since the mid-1950's.
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237 viewsAfter removing the original tree a new hole was drilled to relocate the new one. This was done on both sides.
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"hmmm, which one of these lucky ones will be Rod Miller? Stay tuned..."219 views
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216 viewsThe umbrellas, tables, and chairs removed.
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"Sorry Rod, but you need a make over, and we need to fill Coca-Cola Corner with guests!"215 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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203 viewsRemoving the tables and chairs by snapping them off with a needle-nose pliers.
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199 viewsTo make the speaker 'grill,' I used .040" styrene and cut it to fit the roof outline above the jewelry shop. I then marked the opening to be cut out.
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195 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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193 viewsThe speaker cover was covered with loosly woven ribbon to conceal the speaker after it's been painted.
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191 viewsBased on my experience with modifying the other pieces (mostly the Opera House-Mad Hatter-Bank piece), I decided it would be easier to construct and modify the roofs and backstage areas by removing these areas altogether with my band saw. This is the result of the band saw process.1 comments
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184 viewsOnce all the preparation of the sidewalk and patio areas was completed I could then begin to add our brick paper to create the finished surface. It was a bit tedious working the 'bricks' into all the nooks and crannies -and especially around all the poles! - but I took my time and completed it in about three hours. At the stage shown here, I'm getting close to the point of having to join the brick paper together from the patio to the sidewalk. This will require paying attention to the direction of the lines of bricks where they'll meet-up. Note also that in this view the styrene strips necessary to 'square-up' our Carnation piece to Main Street and to close the gap with the New Century Clock piece are clearly visable.
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179 viewsThe roof extension has been painted to blend with the pre-existing one on the sculpture.
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177 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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176 viewsWhat, no kiosk?! The reception kiosk of our Carnation Cafe' has been removed and will be relocated. The process for removing it is the same I employed with the removal of the piano from the Coke Refreshment Corner project. Our Carnation Cafe' piece required realigning of the sidewalk edge in order for the storefronts to be parallel to Main Street. The edge was corrected by adding strips of styrene and then sanding to the proper angle. Also, the sidewalk needed to be raised towards the Penny Arcade end to keep the curb somewhat even along the entire edge of this piece. Styrene strips were again added and then sanded to the correct contour. Auto body filler was then used to fill and blend the sidewalk level from the storefronts to the new curb edge. Once this was sanded, the sidewalk was now ready for the adding of details like the fireplug, tree gratings, and gas lamp base. The hole shown here is for the gas lamp installation while the X marks the location for a tree to be planted.
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176 viewsHer's the arcade 'box' with the amusement machines intact. The back wall will be completely removed before this 'box' is re-installed so it will be illuminated like the rest of the buildings. We'll also add a couple of scale "guests" while we're at it.
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174 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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173 viewsThe level of the Carnation Cafe's floor (West Center Street) was about .020" lower than the matching level on our New Century Clock piece which forms the other half of West Center Street. I didn't want to raise the entire Carnation piece to mate-up so, I decided to raise the levl of the floor instead. This was accomplished by adding strips of .020" styrene along the edge and also adding pieces in the awkward area around the patio screen shown here. I didn't want to mar the screen by attempting to sand any filler in this location, so, filling this area with styrene was the 'cleanest' way to do this. Auto body filler was again used to fill and blend the patio area to the new level. Note also the sanding of the brick wall which was necessary to close the gap between the New Century and Carnation pieces.
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173 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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169 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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168 viewsI made a new marquee from a photo I took at the Park. It's more legible than the original.
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168 viewsCoke Corner is beginning to look alive with activity.
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168 viewsRemoval of the roof and back stage area is complete. I'll perform some 'clean-up' tasks with some sanding sticks before adding our new roof.
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167 viewsAfter the band saw operations, some refining and removal of material in some of the tighter corners was done with a Dremel tool. The piece is now prepared and ready for the modifications.
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165 viewsRemoval of the last remaining material is performed with a belt and disc power sander.
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164 viewsThe main back stage walls are painted a pale green on the west side structures to help camoflage them from being viewed by guests on the nearby Jungle Cruise.
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163 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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162 viewsThe arcade 'box' has been removed.
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161 viewsThe umbrella locations have been determined and holes were drilled to accept the new poles made from .020" piano wire.
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161 viewsThis overhead view shows the completed construction. Painting and detailing are next.
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160 viewsThis is what's left after the bandsaw operation.
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159 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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159 viewsA decent shot of the large tree. Anyone know the species?
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159 viewsThe structure with the sloping roof (actually housing the restroom facilities at the end of west Center Street) is only about 2/3rds complete because it overlaps the back stage area of the Carnation Cafe piece -which will be worked on next.
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158 viewsThe re-worked roof (dark brown areas) of the Coke Corner piece.
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158 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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158 viewsAs I've discovered working on the other Main Street pieces (Emporium for example), it's easier to model the back stge areas and roofs by removing everything except the facades of the pieces. With this piece, I have to be careful not to damage the actual Penny Arcade 'box' containing moviolas and Esmeralda too.
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157 viewsThe new "cast member only" doors with real brass kick-panels.
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156 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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155 viewsThe roof and walls have been painted.
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155 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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155 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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154 viewsTwo doors installed. These will be painted grey later.
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153 viewsRefuse bins (okay, dumptsters!) are resin cast units from Cal Freight and have been painted.
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152 viewsA 20mm speaker is added to the roof of the New Century jewelry shop to emit the sound of the Omnibus horn sound-effect when the bus (on its south-bound leg to Town Square) triggers a reed switch hidden in the Main Street roadway (the actual sound is stored on a audio playback chip board). One of these speakers will also be installed in the roof on the other side of the street (probably above the Disney Clothiers) to sound when the bus is on its north-bound leg.
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152 viewsI modeled a pair of new "cast member only" doors with kick panels made from brass.
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152 viewsI inlaid a very fine photo-etched brass screen to cover the speaker opening in the roof above "Coke Corner."
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152 viewsI fabricated the three marquee supports from wire and drilled holes to accomodate them.
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151 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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151 viewsI'm assembling our pianist from three different Preiser N-scale figures.
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150 viewsThe 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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150 viewsWhite styrene stips are used to designate where the new rear walls will go.
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150 viewsThe colorful "It's Ragtime!" banner on the piano was made from a photograph I took at the Park.
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150 viewsSome curbing and wood will help contain the refuse bins and proect the structure damage.
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149 viewsThe new rear wall and roof has been added. These are made from .060" styrene sheet stock.
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148 viewsFinally, the last 'stone' (on the tip of my hobby knife) is laid!
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148 viewsHey, where's my piano!
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148 viewsThe umbrellas have not been permanently installed yet to aid with the placing of figures and chairs.
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147 viewsThis is a shot of the original cast member doors.
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147 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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146 viewsThis shot reveals the keyboard detailing -there are actually black and white keys!
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145 viewsCarefully clearing the RR right of way.
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145 viewsThe Carnation Cafe piece (right of photo) has been glued to the Coke Refreshment Corner/Penny Arcade piece (left of photo).
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144 viewsThe three brick steps that lead to the Plaza Pavilion's dining terrace.
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144 viewsOur completed pianist and stage.
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144 viewsThere is a false roof extension (scenic blind) that I suspect was necessary to prevent guests from viewing unsightly roof details from accross Town Square when standing on the elevated portion of the rear of the Main Street train depot. It was constructed entirely of styrene pieces.
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144 viewsThe pieces have now been boxed-in with the rear wall and roof made of .060" styrene sheet stock.
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143 viewsUsing 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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143 viewsThe piano stool is photo-etched brass from Micron-Art and is included with the piano kit.
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142 viewsThe new stage with piano stool and piano.
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142 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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142 viewsHere I've begun adding the new exterior walls made from .060" syrene sheet. I chose this thickness for strength (okay, I have a bunch, too).
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142 viewsThe base of Ultra-Board has been attached to the storefronts and all the walls making up the exterior have been added. Notice I've added a strip of .060" X .250" styrene along the base of the walls for strength and also to serve as a buffer to ease with applying the Bondo putty to 'pave' the back stage area. This buffer allows me to spread the putty without having to worry about getting it on the walls or scuffing them during the sanding operation.
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142 viewsA little spot putty and sanding blends the overlay into the Olzewski sculpture.
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141 viewsThe inside of the New Century jewelry/clock shop was relieved with a Dremel tool to allow a 20mm speaker to be recessed. The speaker will play the sound of the Omnibus horn when triggered from a reed switch hidden in the roadway below.
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141 viewsAs per my photos, the center wall has a door allowing roof access.
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141 viewsThis is the exterior overlay (.020" styrene) that spans the rear wall between the Olszewski piece (Emporium) and the new construction. N-scale windows from Grandt Line were modified and installed.
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141 viewsThe rear of the Emporium/New Century jewelry/clock shop pieces. Notice that the Bondo 'paving' was completed before the shorter extension (to the left) was added.
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141 viewsTo form the rear base and back stage area I've cut a piece of Ultraboard and attached it (super glue) to the Olszewski pieces. The Ultraboard fills-out the back stage area along the edge of our Main Street stage (platform).
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141 viewsThis part of the back stage area supports some really heavy-duty air conditioning units that are situated up on the roof. Located bellow will be some other mechanical facilities and a cast member break area. The poles are brass rodding and the railing is photo-etched brass. This part of the model is removeable for the time being in order to facilitate adding details.
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140 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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140 viewsRed Bondo spot putty is used to fill some minor imperfections.
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139 viewsAerial view of the Carnation Plaza Gardens showing the layout of the area defined by the landscaping.
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139 viewsThe main roof (from .060" styrene sheet stock) has been installed.
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139 viewsA speaker will be installed in the roof to play tracks from the "Five Alarm" musical act that performs between the Emporium and Firehouse.
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139 viewsThe structure with the slanted roof (containing the restrooms at the Park) has been extended now and modeled to mate with that on the Emporium/New Century Jewelry piece.
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138 viewsHere 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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136 views.040" styrene pieces are installed to clean-up the appearance of the back of the Emporium.
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132 viewsThe original trees to either side of the Mickey planter were removed. New replacemants will be made.
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132 viewsI 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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131 viewsThe time had arrived to address the fitting of the Carnation Gardens piece into our model. Because our larger model layout allows for the "de-compressing" of the Olszewski arrangement of the pieces, we can construct all the landscaping areas to fill-out the space created once the piece has been located following our park plan. This meant reducing the Carnation Gardens piece to, well, just the stage canopy and discarding the "gardens." A band-saw made this task easy.
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131 viewsThe track has been installed through our prepared right of way.
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129 viewsBecause 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.
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Alexander's Ragtime Band by Rod Miller127 views
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127 viewsThis is the altered position of the Plaza Inn as it will sit on our model. The front facade is on a 30 degree angle to Main Street and sits farther back from the Central Plaza. The dining patios and landscaping can now be expanded to accurately replicate the prototype. Notice the Hub has been removed; check the Modified Platform files to see what I've done to it.
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127 viewsGreetings 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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Walt Disney's Dedication of Disneyland on July 17th, 1955126 views
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124 viewsCarefully cutting the canopy free from the original landscaping with a band saw.
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121 viewsN 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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121 viewsWhile 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.
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118 viewsThis 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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114 viewsGuests at the east end of the Station platform waiting to board.
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113 viewsNew 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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113 viewsThe 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.
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112 viewsN scale 6' photo etched fencing replaces the original. No line-jumpers now!
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We give the Tour Guide Kiosk a proper home.111 viewsThe 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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108 viewsThe 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.
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108 views3/32" 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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108 viewsThis 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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107 viewsAerial 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.
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105 viewsThe 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" ?
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105 viewsI've temporarilly attached the new courtyard to the City Hall base. You can really see how it will look when finished.
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105 viewsNotice how far back the Plaza Inn sits.
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104 viewsHere 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.
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104 viewsTree, umbrellas, lamps, trash cans and benches cleared out. Next I attack the tables and chairs.
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104 viewsI 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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104 viewsAfter some careful sanding, the gap area will be covered with some brick paper to completely conceal this joint.
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104 viewsThis 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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104 viewsWith 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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103 viewsIn this view I have removed all the trees and small details (except the firebox) to clear the way for applying the brick paper.
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103 viewsI 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.
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103 viewsWe begin to remove the trees. The technique is shown: needle nose pliers grip the trunk and a piece of wood is used as a fulcrum. I push down on the pliers to lever the trees out. Several pieces of wood or plastic were employed to make a fulcrum for some of the harder to reach trees farther in, but the same technique was used for all.
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102 viewsThe 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.
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101 viewsThe holes from all the removed details (benches, lamps, etc.) are filled with putty and sanded.
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100 viewsAnother view of the area looking west. The repainted and 'toned-down' colors of the canopy a very evident.
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99 viewsNew hedges and flowers.
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99 viewsHere is the completed south side (or left) gate and cast member door on the Firehouse.
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99 viewsWith 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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98 viewsSanding 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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98 viewsThis photo shows the standard positioning of the piece on the platform. We will alter this to bring the Plaza Inn into the correct position according to our plot plan of the Park.
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98 viewsI made the flagpole base from styrene tubing and turned them in my Dremel tool in a manner like a lathe operation to shape them. Notice the cleat on the pole with the flag lanyard lines tied off.
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98 viewsThe lattice fencing has been painted and installed.
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97 viewsThe lattice work has been fabricated on the north walls.
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97 viewsEast speaker-tree as viewed from outside the berm
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96 viewsBasswood 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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96 viewsI 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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96 viewsThe 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!
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96 viewsThis photo shows I've now installed the small globe lamp on the brick-work just to the right of the cast member door.
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96 viewsA 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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95 viewsI'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.
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95 viewsOverhead view shows the layout of the courtyard and relationship to the City Hall piece.
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94 viewsOnce 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".
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94 viewsA "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.
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93 viewsDetail painting of the City Hall.
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93 viewsThe tables and chairs were removed by using an X-Acto #5 Heavy Duty knife handle with a 1/4" chisel blade. I am using my pliers to gently tap the knife handle to remove the chairs. I used the same basic technique for the tables, however, the tables have a steel pin to locate them on the piece. Therefore, I used the chisel technique to lift them up a bit and then twisted my knife (like a motorcycle throttle) side to side to lever them out.
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93 viewsHere I've used the brick paper cut into strips two bricks wide to outline the checkerboard pattern. The squares will be filled in with grey slate 'stones' in a manner similar to that used on the Tour Guide courtyard project. I used my park photos to replicate as best I could the the location of the bricks. The entryway has also been outlined. Notice the new tree planters (3) that have been made and installed in their new locations.
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93 viewsThis overhead shows the completed landscaping work.
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92 viewsThis shot shows the Disney Showcase piece prior to removal of the lightposts and trash cans. These are cleared away so the re-paving of the sidewalks with brick paper can begin.
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92 viewsThe 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.
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92 viewsThe 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!
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92 viewsA relief is created to accept the new door and brick wall overlay. The relief only had to be about .015" deep.
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92 viewsI 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.
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92 viewsHere 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.
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91 viewsTo add detail to the back of the stage area, once again I employed the photo trick. During our last visit I took a shot of the back of the stage and then reduced the photo until the area I needed was the correct size. This photo shows my original photo and the reduced copy. I cut the area out from my copy with a hobby knife with a new blade and glued the piece in place with Woodland Scenics Hob-E-Tac adhesive.
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91 viewsHere 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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91 viewsIt 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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90 viewsAfter sanding the right of way there were still several low spots that needed to be filled. Hmmm.
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90 viewsWe 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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90 viewsWhen 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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90 viewsThe key to installing the brick paper is patience. I'll be showing how I do this in an upcoming file.
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90 viewsTahnee has chosen the flowers and guests are begining to file in.
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89 viewsThis 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.
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89 viewsI 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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89 viewsHere I'm testing the amber Marklin gas lamps that were installed to the sides of the Opera House entrance. The Opera House-Mad Hatter-Bank of Main Street piece is nearly ready to install on the layout and the lamps were one of the very first enhancements added. I needed to be sure they still worked!
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89 viewsA clear shot showing a man about to pick up a dollar bill he spotted on the sidewalk. The unsuspecting man is about to be tricked by the young boy, sitting on the stairs, who recently visited the Magic Shop- hmmm I wonder what trick the boy bought from the Magic Shop. Looks like the man fell for it- hook, line, and sinker!
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88 viewsThis 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.
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88 viewsThe completed piece with the new tree planted. Notice the photo etched grating at the base of the trunk. I'll be showing how I do this in a later file. All we need now is the cigar store Indian in front of the Tabacco...err, Magic Shop.
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88 viewsThis 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.
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88 viewsThe flower boxes have been finished. I used JTT Tree fine foliage to represent the plants.
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88 viewsThe Tour Guide Kiosk and courtyard are almost done!
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88 viewsCareful extraction of the trees. The same technique was employed to remove the umbrellas.
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87 viewsThe Tour Guide kiosk in original form. We'll modify this piece later.
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87 viewsThis 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.
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87 viewsThis shot shows the north side (or right) gate attached to the Emporium piece. It also shows the modified street and sidewalk.
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87 viewsI 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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87 viewsThe 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?).
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87 viewsI scratch-built the souvenir stand, the back closes off this corner of the Tour Guide courtyard.
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87 viewsOnce 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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86 viewsSanding the Balsa has begun.
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86 viewsFinally, Mary and Bert have attracted the attention of nearby guests -even the romantic couple on the bench have now noticed the presence of the famous pair. As Mary and Bert pose for a photo, a young boy's parents try to coax their slightly shy son to meet them. At this point there are 43 figures on the Opera House piece. 26 are visable here.
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85 viewsHere is the nearly complete Main Street Lockers and Storage facility with the new cast member gate and modified drinking faucet wall. A new upper latice was made too. The globe lamps are visible to either side of the entance.
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85 viewsThe ground cover in the lawn area has now been added.
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84 viewsThis view shows the replacement of the original trees. Note the grating installed at the base.
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83 viewsThe door and windows on the backstage side were guessed at.
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83 viewsThe larger gingerbread pieces have been installed.
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83 viewsThe Tour Guide kiosk has been removed from the City Hall piece and the courtyard can be laid-out.
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83 viewsThe planters have had all the "flowers" removed.
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83 viewsThis is a photo of one of the new column bases. It is made from 3/32" brass hexogonal tubing with .010" styrene overlays to bring it up to the same size as the originals. Additionally, I used a piece of 1/8" diameter styrene tubing to make the new cap for the support base. After super gluing the tubing to the base, I chucked the brass end into my Dremel. In essence, I had converted my Dremel into a lathe and used a #11 hobby knife to dress (shape) the tubing to form the cap.
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83 viewsHere's a good look at the ADA driveway. It was a bit tricky to install the brick paper around the balcony posts! The base for our Marklin gas lamp has also been installed.
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83 viewsI had forgotten to stipple paint the street curbs (doh!) earlier before all the brickwork and landscaping was added. So, here I've masked the curbs to be painted. This was necessary because I use an airbrush to apply the stippling to the curbs.
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83 viewsA 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
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83 viewsI've made sure to put a bunch of dead leaves on the rear roof too.
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83 viewsThis is the speaker-tree at the east end of the station.
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82 viewsThere were some uneven spots in the face of our loading platform. Plastic styrene strips and putty took care of them.
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82 viewsWith 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.
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82 viewsThis 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.
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82 viewsThe trees and flowers really provide for a park-like atmosphere. If you look closely, the gal on the left is clutching a plush Winnie The Pooh. I love adding these small details.
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82 viewsThis is how the entire Plaza Inn piece now looks with the base fully extended.
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82 viewsHere's a view of some planted shrubs (whoopie :>) It was a bit tricky to drill the holes to install them in the narrow flower beds between the railings! The scratch-built photo backdrop has been installed too.
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82 viewsTHe base of the pole was formed from various styrene tubing and worked on my Dremel tool like a lathe operation. The very bottom is octagonal shaped as is the 'concrete' foundation. I made a cleat from brass stock and made sure to tie-off the lanyard lines -we can't allow Old Glory to hit the ground!
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July, 200781 viewsThere's just something about hangin' out here that's very pleasing. From here, it's just a short walk over to my favorite realm; Adventureland. The atmosphere is always enjoyable with smells wafting out from the Candy Palace, the putt-putt and playful horns from the passing Horseless Carriages, the clip-clop and clanging bells from the Horse-drawn Street Cars, guests relaxing and planning their day, and, of course, the pleasing sound of the corner's pianist. It's a great spot to enjoy a snack and it seems to always have its share of Disney-philes who've also discovered the alure of "the corner." So, next time you're at the Park, drop on over and introduce yourself.
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81 viewsHere I've made the new wall overlay from .020" sheet styrene and have fabricated the window. This is the wall oposite the entrance of the Locker and Storage facility and will be glued to the side of the Hotel Marceline.
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81 viewsI have drawn a line here relocating the curb edge. I then used a Dremel tool to grind away the street to the level necessary to blend it in to the Main Street roadway piece. This created a new curb separating the street from the sidewalk. The photo was taken on a white table so there is almost no visable contrast between the Disney Showcase piece and the work surface!
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81 viewsHere I'm using a Dremel tool with a cut-off wheel to notch the awning to accept the new gas lamps. The original two 'outside' (left/right) awning support columns have been removed. I will make new ones incorporating the operating Marklin gas lamps. Note too, the original color of the brick work on our Main Street Bank facade (peach color on the right). I'll change this later.
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81 viewsIn this view I have constructed new stairs and have intalled the sidewalk curbing. You can also see the new retaining wall and south tree planter.
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81 viewsOkay, it's been awhile since we took some photos and a LOT of work has been completed! First, the grey slate paving stones have been added. These were made by scribing 1/8" squares onto .005" thick styrene sheet. The sheet was then cut into the roughly 1/2" squares to fill between the brick outlines. This was a tedious task. Bases for the yet to be added 11 lamp posts were fabricated from styrene and installed around the dining patio retaining walls. Next, the entry awning received 10 new supporting poles made from .019" brass rod and has been re-installed. The poles are roughly 3/16" shorter than the originals. "Iron" railing was then installed around the retaining walls and flower beds in front of them. The 14 pink and yellow "Happiest Birthday" banners were shortened about 1/4" and "crosses" were added made from .012" and .019" brass rods. New locating holes were drilled and the banners re-installed according to my photos. Next, the Plaza Inn's landscaping was 'planted' with various colored finely ground foams from JTT Tree and Woodland scenics. The two "big" trees are modified 2 1/2" and 1 1/2" "Ash" trees from JTT Tree. Other trees are yet to be installed.
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81 viewsThe main overhead "Plaza Inn" sign needs to be installed. I'm going to do a few modifications to it before it's ready. Also, the birthday reservation cart has undergone some modification and a new paint job carried out. It should be re-appearing soon -stand by.
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81 viewsThis 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.
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81 viewsThis view is intended to show the "restrooms - ATM" sign just to the left of the souvenir stand and over the left shoulder of the guest with the pink hat.
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80 viewsHere the canopy has been masked for repainting. The colors on the real one -especially the red- are much duller. I believe this is because the Disney Art Directors want to blend the canopy into the surrounding landscape so it doesn't detract from the Frontierland entrance stockade in proximity to the Carnation Gardens.
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80 viewsHere the restroom has been installed. It is cut into the landscape mound. Also. the end pillars of the "stone" walls have been installed. These are made from .125" square styrene tubing and, along with the walls, are covered with flagstone patterned paper. The tops of all the walls around the gardens were hand painted to match the pattern of the paper since it is very difficult get the paper to lie flat along a horizontal plane.
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80 viewsIf you look closely you can see the additional guests added to the cues compared with the earlier photos.
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80 viewsDisneyland 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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80 viewsI'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.
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80 viewsA 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.
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80 viewsRod Miller surrounded by young admirers in 1976. On a family visit in 1971, my dad introduced himself to Rod. Being a piano player too, dad expressed his appreciation for Rod's playing. After a few moments, Rod invited my dad to "sit down and play a little." It may have been one of the fewest times Boogie Woogie style piano was heard at Coke corner! Jason
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79 viewsThese are the dormers. The gingerbread trim has yet to be installed.
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79 viewsThis shot shows one of the new column bases (to the right) installed. Holes were drilled to accept the new column bases and to allow the wires from the lamps to pass through to the underside of our platform.
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79 viewsThis shot shows two details: the proximity of the Trolley to our new Town Square curb, and how I had to sand the Trolley tracks level here because our street casting had to much camber through this stretch. After levelling the tracks, I used a hobby knife and a straight-edge to refine the detail of them so they appear as original.
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79 viewsYou'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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79 viewsBefore installing the piece permanently on the layout I took it out into the sunlight to take a couple of photos.
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78 viewsIn this view the new locker building (walls) has been assembled and placed to check position and clearance.
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78 viewsThe newly installed wall overlay for the Hotel Marceline has been painted and the tiny globe lamps installed.
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78 viewsHere is the piece with the newly extended base positioned on our platform. The new landscaped islands and the patio extensions have been drawn to show where they'll go. The line for East Plaza Street has also been drawn. This was accomplished by tracing a stencil created from our scaled plot plans. Note also that the hole from the removal of the intergalactic rocks has been filled with plastic.
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78 viewsAnother conductor has been added. I like the waving pose of this one from a Woodland Scenics set.
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78 viewsHere 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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Main Street Lockers and Storage is usually the first "attraction" I experience at the park. There's not much room but we'll squeeze it in.77 viewsThe first step was to remove the drinking faucet and cast member gate. This was done with a Xacto knife handle with a fine saw blade. The marring of the wall is okay as this will be covered with a new overlay containing the new window. Once the original wall and gate were removed I proceded to remove the landscaping and level the base. This was achieved with careful use of a Dremel tool.
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77 viewsAfter tracing the cardboard pattern onto the plastic, I carefully sanded the shape so it would fit precisely into the enlarged hole (see the Modified Platform files).
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77 viewsAfter 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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77 viewsHere'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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77 viewsThe 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.
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77 viewsI always like to have some fun with the placement of model guests, and here's another example. The selection of commercially available model railroad figurines is pretty good in N-scale (about half of what is available for H:O-scale) but it still is challenging to use some that are intended to populate RR station platforms or bus-stops because many are made burdened with luggage for extended rail journeys. Well, I employed a bit of tongue-in-cheek here, and placed a bunch heading for the Main Street Lockers to store all that extra cumbersome baggage in order to better enjoy their Park visit. 1 comments
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77 viewsOnce the Opera House piece was completed it was installed permanently on the layout. The gap between the Main Street train station piece (to the right) and the Opera House is now filled with Bondo.
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76 viewsThe new Main Street Locker and Storage facility is in place at the end of east Center Street. There is a large tree located just over the drinking faucet wall and I'm testing the look and placement of it here.
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76 viewsNew shrubs for the planters surrounding the dining patios are made. I made two kinds: one with just straight piano wire trunks and others with more detailed trunks. The detailed trunk type was made from JTT Tree branches. The body of the shrubs were shaped from 1/16" thick Balsa wood and sanded to shape. The armatures were painted green before being brushed with white glue and coated with finely ground foam. Finally, the trunks were painted light grey. The detailed trunk shrubs will be planted in more visable areas like around the entrance to the Plaza Inn.
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76 viewsIn order to replce the original landscaping the existing "flower" beds were carefully ground away with a Dremel tool.
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76 viewsGuests are starting to be drawn to Donald and the happy sounds of the "Main Street Straw Hatters."
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75 viewsThis is a close-up of the modified concrete base.
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75 viewsHere the white curvy object is the 'stone' wall leading from the main bridge into the "gardens" and along the Frontireland side of the PLaza canopy. It is made of .060"(W) X .125"(H)styrene strip and secured with CA glue. You can also see the temporary dam I made to prevent the "water" from flowing into the Frontierland pools.
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75 viewsHere I'm extending the scenery base using 1/8" thick extruded ABS plastic to fill the gap in our platform created by repositioning this piece farther from the Central Plaza.
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75 viewsPhoto of the north dining patio. The umbrellas have been modified with .012 brass rod poles and new locating holes have been drilled. The poles have yet to be painted. Looks like I'll have to order about 10 more from the Olszewski Studios! The pedestal bases for the future lamp posts can be seen along with the new railings.
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75 viewsThe canopy on the reservation cart was lowered about 1/16". The entire cart was then repainted, including additional stripes.
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75 viewsI've placed the large tree temporarily so I can adjust its spread -I don't want it to conceal the view of the structures.
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75 viewsHere's a shot of one of the four street lamps that are required with this block of buildings (Disney Showcase and Market House) which has had flower 'baskets' added. The 'baskets' are nothing more than 1/8" X 3/32" slices of styrene rod which were drilled with a #80 bit, painted flat green and glued onto the cross-rods on the posts. They were then covered with fine green scenic foam before two colors of 'flowers' were added. These will add a lot of color down Main Street which will help 'pull' the pink shades of Sleeping Beauty castle towards Town Square. The lamps are Marklin #601224 Z-scale accessories and -amazingly- do light up!
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75 viewsThree flower planters installed.
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75 viewsThe finished lattice-work
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74 viewsView of the stone walls looking south toward the Plaza Hub.
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74 viewsThis is a shot showing the new marquee sign. The original was too long to allow room for the new lights so I removed it with a Dremel tool and cut-off wheel. I replaced the graphics using my photograph trick described in the City Hall gates project. Our marquee now indicates that the 50th Anniversary show, "Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years," is showing.
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74 viewsIn this overhead you can see the finished brickwork. Since no one makes brick sheets in a "Z" pattern for paving purposes, I decided to angle the brick pattern 45 degrees in some areas to represent this -mostly in the circular areas around the flagpole and the coves where the round benches will go.
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74 viewsPhoto of the north dining patio.
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74 viewsA 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.
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74 viewsFinally the flowers have bloomed above the music shop.
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73 viewsHere's the stage structure situated accross the stream from the Central Plaza.
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73 viewsEverything is cleared out except the "PLaza Inn" sign over the main entrance and the two tree planters. The sign is removed in the same manner as the birthday banners and the planters are ground away with a Dremel and a ball cutter bit.
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73 viewsHere's another (better) look at the pedestal benches. Also, we have temporarilly installed the 'right' trees now and they look more correct than the deciduous trees seen in previous photos. I have to detail them a bit and then they'll be 'planted' for good. The two kids are a bit anxious to venture into more exciting areas of the park as soon as dad returns with more cash from the Disneyland Bank located just accross the street. At this point, the popcorn cart and drinking fountains are about all that's left model to complete our Town Square.
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72 viewsI didn't like the original color of the bricks on our Main Street Bank facade -the tone was too 'peachy' to my eye. I mixed up a shade of brownish-red acryllic hobby paint and re-colored them. I also re-painted the roof trim to an ivory hue.
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72 viewsThis is a good close-up of the flagpole base showing the stepping stones to the Dedication Plaque, the roses, the stantions around the landscaping, and the angled brickwork. Now, I'll try to find some miniature chain to run between the stantions to keep our little guests out of the roses.
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72 viewsThe new landscape islands have had their railings installed and fresh 'grass' has grown in. Trees and additional details are on the way. The sidewalk bricks need to be finished. The non-brick pathways have been painted a base matte earth tone and two colors (weathered black and white) have been 'stipple' painted (misted) over to re-create the park's hue. The four blue umbrellas have been modified the same way as those on the patio and re-installed. Looks like I need more of these too!
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72 viewsThe two 'boulders' in the island to the right are actually at the park. East Center Street has been primered. Final painting will happen when all of the streetwork has been completed.
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72 viewsI fabricated a new birthday photo backdrop from styrene and brass mesh. The four planter boxes are shown too. The original is shown to the right.
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72 viewsOh 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.
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September, 200771 viewsCuriosity finally got the better of Anne Salisbury, who works at the Emporium. On several occasions, she had noticed a little old man, cane in hand, obviously enamored with the horse-drawn vehicles of his boyhood days. Finally, Anne aproached the elderly gentleman and asked if he was having fun. "Sure am," he replied. "What do you like best about Disneyland?," Anne inquired. Said the little old man, "I can jaywalk here!" (Vacationland, Winter 1961-62)
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71 viewsIt's time to remove the "My Disneyland Birthday" banners. These are held into the base with small diameter steel wire. Careful chiselling at the base shatters the super glue bond and will allow them to be pulled out.
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71 viewsI also used Olszewski's beautifully sculpted pedestal benches. They were ground down with a Dremel tool and a sanding drum to thin down the base and repainted. I also added the highly manicured miniature trees to them. These were made from piano wire, Balsa wood, paint and ground foam. The wood was glued to the wire and then shaped. I then painted them olive green before brushing on white glue and coating them with JTT Tree finely ground foam. Holes were drilled into the tops of the flower baskets and the trees were inserted and secured with a bit of super glue.
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71 viewsNow, on to our Fall floral Mickey.
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71 viewsAgain 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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71 viewsHere 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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71 viewsMary Poppins and Bert will be featured on the Opera House piece so I fabricated the pair by modifying and combining several Preiser figures. Bert's cane is made from .008" brass wire.
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71 viewsThis is one of three flower planters I made for the patio area from various styrene strips.
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70 viewsThe "stone" wall along the Frontierland side is complete. Note the hand-painted matching stone pattern on top. The small flower bed on the canopy side of the walkway has been defined with a curb made from .040" 1/4-round styrene strip.
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70 viewsOkay, looks like we're now ready to plant some flowers in the islands. As soon as Tahnee selects the colors I'll get right on it. :>)
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70 viewsIn order to extend the area around the Plaza Inn the intergalactic rocks of the Tomorrowland entrance have to be removed. These will be relocated when we work on installing the Astro Orbitor. I used a cut-off wheel in my Dremel tool along with a hacksaw to cut them away.
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70 viewsThis is a little scene I made at the north side exit from the dining patio. The family is attempting to leave but the little boy is holding onto the gate. He had so much fun at his "Disneyland Birthday" at the Plaza Inn that he's reluctant to leave and head into Tomorrowland for his first ride on the Astro Orbitor!
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70 viewsThis view highlights the baggage cart with the luggage installed.
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70 viewsThe 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.
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70 viewsThe white styrene strips close the gap between the City Hall piece and the surrounding road.
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69 viewsThis a photo of the new assembled column incorporating the base and Marklin lamp. Notice the very thin wire running through the hexogonal column and extending from the base. Only the column's base will be glued to the sidewalk of the Opera House piece. This way, should the Marklin lamps ever burn out, they can be replaced by simply pulling them up.
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69 viewsThis shows the original terrain around the dining patio on the East Plaza Street side. This will have to undergo some re-grading in order for the street and sidewalk to be at the same level as the Photo Corner side. This is just fine as there are four steps (stairs) that lead up to the Plaza Inn dining patio from the sidewalk level.
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69 viewsAll the "flower" beds have now been cleared. The next step is to paint these areas a dirt brown color.
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69 viewsI made a copy of Mickey reduced to about the right size to get an idea of how it'll look.
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69 viewsThe 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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69 viewsI'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.
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69 viewsThis 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.
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69 viewsI 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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68 viewsThe 'concrete' base of the structure is straight-lined between the canopy support posts and follows the same lines as the canopy. The next few photos shows the steps I took to model this. A razor saw was used to cut the resin base. Note that I only cut about 3/64" deep and not all the way through the base.
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68 viewsCan you recognize this structure now?
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68 viewsI used my photograph trick again to replace the "Opera House" sign.
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68 viewsThe new columns with the operating gas lamps have been installed!
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68 viewsHere is the completed base ready for the landscaping and details.
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68 viewsI mixed Testors brand #1171 Flat Beret Green and # 1124 Gloss Green in a 50/50 ratio to paint the fencing. Mixing glossy and flat paints results in a nice semi-gloss finish. This is the same color I applied to our Preiser N scale benches to be used throughout the Main Street USA realm. The easiest way to paint the fencing was to use an airbrush.
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68 viewsThe 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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68 viewsHere's the tree with double the number of branches.
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68 viewsHere the pieces have been temporarily installed so you can see their placement.
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68 viewsWith all the flowers and details completed all that's left is to close in the balcony with railing.
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68 viewsThis is an overhead view of the block I'm working on. I have previously expoxied the "Disney Showcase" and "Market House" pieces together -the Showcase is to the upper left with the Market House in the upper right. The large rectangular structure in the lower right is the new locker facility with the roof yet to be painted. If you've been following the progress over the months you'll remember that I constructed a locker facility before. When the project grew from a standard Olszewski Main Street, USA Platform to a model of the entire Park, we now had room for a 'full-size' model of this building and expanded back stage areas on our custom built module. A new facade of the locker facility is was neccessitated too, and this can be viewed in the "Modified Market House" file.
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68 viewsTo 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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67 viewsShims made from bass wood are used to bring the structure to the correct elevation on our layout.
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67 viewsThis is the Plaza Gardens restroom I made from N-scale styrene clapboard siding and other styrene pieces.
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67 viewsHere you can clearly see the tight confines of this alleyway at the end of east Center Street!
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67 viewsAnother shot of the new columns and marquee. Optical distortion from the camera lens in this extreme close-up makes the columns appear to be leaning. Also, the entire facade has been re-painted to reflect the current scheme.
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67 viewsI have a plot plan of the Park that has been enlarged to the same size as the Olszewski Main Street layout. From this I traced the landscaping layout for Town Square onto a piece of paper. I then cut out the landscaping areas to make a stencil. After centering the stencil I then traced the pattern onto my base. This set my flagpole location which I consider the center of Town Square.
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67 viewsHere's a scene of some trickery going on just outside the Magic Shop. The man has spotted a dollar bill on the sidewalk and thinks it's his lucky day. What he doesn't see is the almost invisible line attached to the bill. Just as he's about to grab it the boy on the stairs pushes the button on his spring-loaded recoil device and yanks it back. The is one of the many gags sold at the Magic Shop. Oh, please don't ask why I was inspired to recreate this scenario.
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67 viewsThe north side filled too. Now for some sanding. Things are really shaping up now!
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67 viewsThe fencing on the righthand side of the platform installed. This is photo-etched brass.
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67 viewsThe 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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67 viewsHere'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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67 viewsIt'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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67 viewsHappy Birthday Disneyland!
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67 viewsHere 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.
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67 viewsThis 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.
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66 viewsThe railing surrounding the stage area is cut and sections removed to allow access for the guests.
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66 viewsThe clusters of structures is now done. These buildings ease the transition from Fantasyland to Frontierland with their western style architecture. Additionaly, the palette of colors used towards Fantasyland (to the right in the photo)are brighter and contain shades of pinks and reds, while towards Frontierland they become more subtle with browns and tans.
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66 viewsBoth dining patio walls have been installed and the landscape islands have had their curbing installed. The curbing was created from .030" (height) X .040" (width) styrene strips.
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66 viewsView of the south side with the sidewalks installed.
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66 viewsSome "exit" railing at the base of the steps is yet to be added.
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66 viewsI used the Olszewski artillery pieces. I re-painted them and installed them on my pedestals.
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66 viewsThe 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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66 viewsThe 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.
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66 viewsDonald and the Main Street Straw Hatters.
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July, 200765 viewsTour Guide Whitney Smith told me another one about the Rainbow Caverns. After getting off the train a small girl whispered to Whitney: "I saw my mommy and daddy kissing in the dark!) (Vacationland, fall 1963)
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July, 200765 viewsDisneyland's red-clad Tour Guides are evidently making quite a hit with the visitors. The pretty little misses escort guests around the Park, and provide an especially good way for the first-time visitor to see the Magic Kingdom. Seems like one manufacturer was so impressed with his Guide that he sent her a present: one dozen pair of knee-length red woolen stockings, just like the ones all the girls wear! (Vacationland, fall 1963)
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65 viewsTo create the decorative contrasting stonework surrounding the artillery pieces and the central flagpole area, I used a compass to draw the circles on a sheet of .010" thick styrene sheet. I then used a protractor to 'divide' the circles every 2 degrees. I then cut the rings from the sheet and then cut the individual 'stones.' Using my penciled outlines as a guide, I applied the 'stones' to the Town Squre base using Testors liquid cement.
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65 viewsHere's a view of the modified "Happiest Birthday" banners. Again, they were shortened and 'crosses' of brass rods were added. Note the detail painting over the brass rods.
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65 viewsHere 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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65 viewsThe '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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65 viewsI've added styrene strips along the roof outlines so I can glue styrene sheet over them to clean-up and eliminate several of the roof outlines -there just aren't that many individual roof sections up there :>)
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65 viewsThe structure to the right of the photo is the locker facility (south side). There is a short platform with access to what I speculate to be a maintenance room which contains air-conditioning units and main computers for the locker area.
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65 viewsHere the flower planter above the music shop has had green finely ground scenic foam (JTT Tree) applied but the flowers have yet to bloom.
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65 viewsThe south east side restrooms have received additional paint and the two pay-phones have been made.The black box to the left of them contains an emergency defibrillator, so, if you need one, you know where at least one is located!
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65 viewsHere is the printed brick-patterned sidewalk piece ready to install. It takes a little effort to cut and trim a complex pattern like this.
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July, 200764 viewsThe Disney Showcase as it is in 2007. Notice how street lamps and trees have been moved and relocated; something that continues on Main Street as the park evolves but is rarely noticed by most guests. Also notice that ramps for strollers and wheelchairs have been installed on the corners.
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64 viewsI first made a pattern for the Town Square base by trimming a piece of cardboard to fit. I used this to trace the shape onto a piece of 1/4" extruded ABS plastic known commercially as Celutec and Komatex. A piece of wood would work just as well.
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64 viewsAfter the curbing was in place I then applied photo-etched fencing to the inside edges.
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64 viewsI've obviously added the trees. However, these I temporarily "planted" to get the idea of how Town Square will look when completed. The trees shown here are a bit too full in appearance and don't have quite the right look I'm after. I have other trees on order that have a bit less foliage and are closer to the look we want. The trees are about 1.5" tall.
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64 viewsThis view shows the patio area and the door from Walt's apartment allowing access to it.
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64 viewsHere the piece is upside down to show the framing for the lattice roof shade. All I need to do now is paint them.
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64 viewsThis view shows a complete repainting of all the awnings on the Disney Showcase storefront.
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64 viewsThe Main Street Lockers facility is very busy today.
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64 viewsWith a small crowd of guests gathered around, Mary and Bert pose for a photo. My placement of the star couple was determined by how they would appear when viewed from the perimeter of the finished model. I wanted them to be easily visable and not hidden under a awning or obscured by the trees. Many of the views in the photographs on this website will not be possible when the model is complete, therefore, we shoot them as we progress to document details that can't be seen with these angles and extreme close-ups ever again.
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64 viewsThe pair of trees ready to be painted prior to adding foliage.
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July, 200763 viewsTour Guide Marilyn Hughes was watchin' a small boy named Steve, who was on her tour, leanin' over the water near the Mark Twain dock, watchin' the ducks swimmin' in the river. Fearful that he might fall in, she called to him, "Stevie, what are you doing?" A passin' man looked at her in surprise, shook his head and then approached her. "Do you know all the ducks by name?" he said. (Vacationland, winter/spring 1964)
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63 viewsI know you're tempted too, but please don't pick the roses!
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63 viewsThe new retaing wall for the north dining patio extension is installed. Made from .040" X .100" styrene strips, the same will be done on the south side patio. I used a small level to sand the wall, well, level and to the correct height.
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63 viewsThe lanscape island here in the forground is removable -just like with the Olszewski piece- so the Christmas tree can be set up.
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63 viewsHere is a size comparison between the original flags on the left compared with my reduced flags
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63 viewsI 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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63 views.020" brass rod is inserted through the torso to form his new arms.
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63 viewsMickey'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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63 viewsThe 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.
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63 viewsThe rear facades have been cleaned-up (no expensive brick work back stage) by applying thin styrene sheet stock. Offices and other structures are taking shape. The 'dark' door is the rear of the Disneyana shop.
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63 viewsAlthough not too easy to see, I made a panel from styrene that covers up the lower portion of the side of the Cinema's brick wall. It appears under the awning of the New Century Music shop and has been painted two-tone grey to match the lower portion of the Cinema. The brick wall does not extend all the way down to the sidewalk.
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63 viewsI have installed Donald and the 6-piece ensemble "The Main Street Straw Hatters" where I photographed them performing at the Park. Guests enjoying the entertainment will be added soon. You can see photos of how I created this ensemble in the "Modified Disneyland Band" file. Donald, of course, is from the Olszewski "Fab Five" set but I added a small drum and a drum stick to his 'wings.'
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63 viewsThe photo-etched brass stairways are really nice details. If you enlarge this photo you can see that the steps have the traction holes in them!
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63 viewsThe "Wizard" heads off to Fantasyland. He entered the Mad Hatter shoppe with the simple intention of replacing his baseball cap he left back at the hotel. However, once inside, the boy inside him was more persuasive with his selection than his normally stronger practical side, so, he chose a Mickey "Fantasia" wizard hat. And why not? After all, Disneyland is for the young and the young at heart.
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63 viewsThis view displays the paintwork done to the Disney Showcase: all of the awnings have been re-colored and the roof has been painted copper with jade 'weathering' effects.
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62 viewsThese structures are almost ready to install, however, I need to get to the Park to photograph the backside which is the Rancho El Zocalo courtyard and has Spanish style architecture. Hey, any excuse to go to Disneyland...
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62 viewsThe tops of the brick retainer wall around the dining patios is cut down flush with the patio floors.
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62 viewsClose-up of the south side dining patio wall. It's now time to bring in the dumptrucks and fill the patios with dirt...okay, more Bondo putty.
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62 viewsA shot of the flower beds. We need some tables and chairs!
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62 viewsHere is the new completed backdrop, minus the plants, curtains and signage.
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62 viewsThe flags were simple to make: I cut the Olszewski flags from the pole and reduced them 25% on a color copy machine. Both sides of the flags had to be copied. The sides were then glued sandwiching the thread lanyard line. I was careful to glue both flags to the same line. All that was left to do was to add a bit of curl to them. "Long may yee wave!" Well, at least until 4:30pm :>)
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62 viewsThis view shows the landscaping on the south side of East Plaza Street. The flower pot was made from styrene tubing. The ground cover here is JTT Tree Fine Ground Leaves which simulates the wood chips in this area nicely. I detail painted the laticework to match the others on this piece.
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62 viewsA tail was added made from .010" brass rod.
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62 viewsThe rear landscaping is gone with two cuts.
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62 viewsA 1.5" hole has been cut for a speaker.
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62 viewsThe work on the back stage area is progressing. The appearance of the roofs has been cleaned up by eliminating several of the outlines. Offices, cast member restrooms and storage structures are taking shape. All original landscaping and brick textured walls are gone.
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62 viewsThe back stage offices, restrooms and storage structures are complete. The freestanding rectangular structure towards the bottom of the photo is a cast member break area. The hole for a 1.5" speaker has been cut into the roof of the Disney Showcase store. The speaker will play music from the six piece ensemble that will be performing on the sidewalk in front of the Disney Showcase.
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62 viewsThis view shows the new roof shingles. The original roof texture wasn't molded crisply on our piece. I sanded the original surface smooth and then cut pieces to fit from a plastic N-scale shingle sheet. Before installing the pieces I sanded them to about .015" thick to preserve the original look and prevent the roof from appearing too bulky. I then applied them with CA glue.
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62 viewsThis is the sign that is placed in front of the Opera House when the attraction is not well attended. It is fabricated from styrene and some ornate photo-etched brass trim. The poster is for the "Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years" show and features Steve Martin and Donald Duck. This show is now soon to be replaced by a new Lincoln presentation to observe our 16th President's 200th birthday. It is scheduled to open Fall of 2009.
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62 viewsA decent view of the trees in front of the timber retaining wall.
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61 viewsThe new terrain has been created with a generous application of Bondo putty. It covers the entire plastic base extension. It has been gently sloped from the main entrance area by the awning to the curbs at Main Street. There is also a gentle slope upwards East Center Street towards the main entance. This photo shows that second application of a bit more putty was necessary to create the proper grading. It hasn't been sanded down yet. The dark red spots are small imperfections that have been filled with auto body "Glazing and Spot Putty." This is also made by Bondo.
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61 viewsThe south dining patio extended with Bondo.
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61 viewsUsing 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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61 viewsOnce I had the main portion removed I also removed the right extension. This will be fabricated and made about 3/8" longer and include a couple of doorways. The patio area with the trees and flower boxes will go next.
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61 viewsFlower pots and photo-etched railing being installed.
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61 viewsThis is the new wall with fancy cast member door that will go on the right side of the courtyard. The globe lamps have been fabricated too.
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61 viewsA few "Great Moments With Mr. Bandsaw" and the rear of the Opera House piece is gone.
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61 viewsThree kids -all wearing Mickey ears- wave to passing Main Street vehicles.
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60 viewsI installed one of the Olszewski fireplugs in the appropriate location by drilling a 3/16" hole and then 'sinking' the hydrant to ground level. A base layer of finely ground foam 'grass' from Woodland Scenics was applied to the islands. I used finely sifted real dirt and a touch of fine Woodland Scenics "Turf" for the area surrounding the flagpole base. Everything was secured in place using Woodland Scenics Scenic Cement and a pipette (eyedropper). "Flowers" will be added later.
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60 viewsThe terrain (base) of Plaza Inn has been re-graded to a lower level. This was a messy job accomplished with a Dremel tool with a 60 grit sanding drum. Do this stuff outdoors while wearing a dust mask!
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60 viewsUsing .030" X .040" styrene strips I've continued the curbing to enclose and define the landscaping area.
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60 viewsBelieve it or not, a photo-etched weather vane with a rooster is available and this was perfect to crown our Plaza Inn. Compare it with the photo of the real one in the "Disneyland's Plaza Inn" file. It's almost an exact copy!
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60 viewsIt's okay if the band sawing mars the rear of the buildings as these will all be re-modeled anyway.
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60 viewsA bit more challenging was the separation of the old coffee shop and "site of future sites" portion. This is necessary (for me) in order to re-position this part about 3/8" farther back from the street and to fabricate a couple of cast member only doorways.
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60 viewsFilling the gap with grooved styrene sheet stock.
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60 viewsStairways to allow roof access and railings have been installed. The free-standing rectangular building is a cast member break area.
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60 viewsThe main structure now containing the Lincoln theater was the first building completed on the Disneyland site and was used for the lumber and wood mill for the Park's constuction. My aerial photos show two large warehouse doors on the north side during the Park's early years. However, I doubt these remain today but, since I have no current photos, I went with the original design. The roof pitch is 10 degrees incase you're wondering.
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60 viewsThis is the north east corner. The stairways and railings used are photo-etched brass details.
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60 viewsThe Bank facade facade receives some final paint details too.
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60 viewsThe brick side-walk is in, the trees are planted, the flowers are planted too but have yet to bloom.
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60 viewsOkay, since the Mad Hatter shoppe sells, uh, hats, I wanted to create some scenarios with the figures around the storefront. This required the modeling of some different headwear on several 'guests.' From left to right: a family (3) with Mickey ears; a man with a Goofy hat; a man with a Mad Hatter top hat; a man with a Fantasia style Mickey wizard hat; a little boy with a Mickey costume. Not shown is a boy with a Donald Duck cap and a girl with a Fairy Godmother style hat with veil/cape. Final painting has yet to be done.
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60 viewsAll wearing their newly purchased 'ears,' a family hurries from the shoppe because Dad has spotted Mickey Mouse in front of the Disney Showcase across the street.
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59 viewsWith our Plaza Inn piece positioned on our platform, a .100" X .100" piece of styrene was glued to the Plaza Inn base while butted up against the Photo Corner side of East Center Street. It was gently tapered down along the same line as the Photo Corner sidewalk towards Main Street. This piece of styrene not only sets the level for the Bondo putty but creates a dam to keep the putty in place.
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59 viewsThe shrubs are ready for planting. Notice the two types.
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59 viewsLight maroon foam (here it looks red) around the perimeter on top of the green base.
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59 viewsI 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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59 viewsWith the top of the roof removed the architectural 'ears' and ornate sculpture stand-out much better.
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59 viewsThis is a view of the south side facade with doors for the restrooms (men's to the left) and the center doorway which is an emergency exit from the Opera House lobby. Curiously, in years past the women's restroom was to the left.
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59 viewsThe wife looks a bit surprised at her husband's new Mad Hatter hat. After all their years together they're still discovering things about each other they never knew before.
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58 viewsI drilled a 1/16" hole in the center where the flagpole will be. I then cut a small length of 1/16" plastic rod and glued it in place being sure to leave 3/32" of it from the surface. This will set my elevation for the 'ground' which will taper towards the edges (or curb) of the base.
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58 viewsI used Bondo auto body filler to build up the 'ground' and to create the elevation. I built up a layer that was slightly higher then 3/32" at the center marker and tapered it outwards to the base edge. I then used a Sure-Form tool to remove most of the excess Bondo and to roughly grade the elevation. Finally, I used a 100 grit sanding block to carefully bring the Bondo down, tapering the contour down to the edge of the base until I could just see the top of my plastic marker. I then knew I had the proper elevation for the ground of our Town Square piece.
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58 viewsGreen colored foam appplied to form the base of the flowers.
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58 viewsThe 'lawn' is in place and the base for the gold flowers too.
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58 viewsHere'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.
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58 viewsThe new (future?) Fairy Godmother and her brother with the Donald Duck cap are excitedly expressing their desire to visit their favorite attractions. Of course, the two are not in agreement of which they'll ride first. With her own desire to slow the pace of the day, mom points out, "Oh, Look over there! There's Mary Poppins!"
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58 viewsThe 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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57 viewsOkay. It's beginning to look like something now.
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57 viewsThrough the main aperture on the front is the passageway that guests can use to enter Frontierland from the Plaza Gardens. The exit will place them directly at the entrance for the Rancho El Zocalo restaurant. Restrooms are also located towards the exit to Frontierland. The openings to either side of the main passageway are for cast members only and lead to maintenance facilities (to the right) and the back stage area (to the left) for the Plaza Garden's performers.
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57 viewsNotice the ground floors of these structures have no doors or windows because they merely serve as blinds to keep guests from seeing undesireable views of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and other maintenance areas. The view of the bottom floors is prevented by a fence and several trees that separate Carnation Gardens from this area.
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57 viewsThese are the globe light fixtures that will go on the new wall of the Hotel Marceline. A slightly larger pair were made for either side of the entrance to the locker facility.
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57 viewsHere's an overhead shot showing the layout of Town Square. At this point, just a few more 'stones' outlining the right-hand artillery piece need to be applied.
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57 viewsThe flagpole base was made by stacking 2 octagonal shaped pieces of .040" styrene. The wedge shaped Dedication Plaque base was then notched into the top layer. It was painted using a somewhat thick coat to simulate a concrete texture. The actual Dedication plaque will be made from a photo I took and reduced to the appropriate size.
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57 viewsNote the flower bed is roughly the same profile as the overall Town Square piece.
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57 viewsThe 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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57 viewsConsulting 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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57 viewsThe doorway next to the stairway leads to the Disneyana shop -certainly one of our favorites!
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57 viewsThe courtyard has been re-paved with brick paper and the structural addition with the cast member doors and globe lamps to the right is complete. The planters and other courtyard details will be added soon. I'm probably going to add another character/guest scenario here but I haven't decided on which it will be yet.
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57 viewsSouth east corner.
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57 viewsThis simple box structure is on the roof of the Opera House directly behind the beautiful architectural features.
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57 viewsIllustrated here is the vast size of the entire Opera House block. The three "dots" along the crest of the main roof are large cast resin cyclone-type roof vents. My more recent aerial photos reveal that these are no longer present and they were most likely removed in 1965 when the theater for the Lincoln show was constructed and a full air conditioning system installed. However, I had these really nice N-scale details and just had to use them.
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57 viewsMary and Bert have taken up their pose and passers-by are starting to take notice.
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57 viewsAn overall view of the Opera House piece.
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57 viewsNotice how the cast member doorway connects between the retaining wall and the theater terminating the pathway for guests.
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56 viewsThis piece of clapboard siding styrene is the beginning of the structure that leads into Frontierland from the Plaza Gardens. You can follow along as I fabricate this model in the next few photos. This piece is the front facade.
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56 viewsThe 'wings' have been built up and the facades of some of the other structures begun. At Disneyland, this row of 'fronts' serves to block the view of the maintenance and control area for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The 'flats' employ a good dosage of "forced perspective" and lead guests to believe there is a substantial western style town just beyond the fence at the Plaza Gardens.
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56 viewsAfter drawing the areas to be landscaped I used .040" X .040" styrene strips to form the curbing around these "islands."
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56 viewsInstead of modifying the original entrance sign, I decided to construct our own. I began by folding photo-etched brass diamond pattern screen aound a triangular profile plastic strip. Then .010" X .020" styrene strips were glued to all three corners of each column. Triangle .015" styrene pieces (caps) were then glued to the top and bottom. Holes were then drilled through the caps to allow .020" piano wire "lamp posts" to be run through forming both mounting pegs on the bottom and lamp posts on the top of either column. Flat brass bar (.015" X .040" ) was then carefully bent to form the supports for the "Plaza Inn" sign that connect both columns together. Another short length of .020" piano wire forms the third lamp post in the center. Small plastic spheres from a doll house gumball machine were used to make the white lamp globes. Also, some photo-etched patterns were glued on to add some Victorian charm. More of this will be added before the piece is finished. Currently, I have no good photo of the "Plaza Inn" sign from which to make our miniature version so were done until after our next visit to the park.
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56 viewsThe original hole for a tree has been left because it's in exactly the right spot.
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56 viewsClose-up of the application of the purple 'flowers.'
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56 viewsThe numbers were painted yellow and then yellow colored ground foam was applied. Next, the blue flowers were applied.
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56 viewsThe green object at the sidewalk edge is the base where a Marklin 'gas' lamp will be inserted.
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56 viewsThe four main walls are assembled.
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56 viewsThe model work of the restroom area shows the detailing better after the basic tan color of the building has been applied.
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56 viewsAt this point the flower beds have been cleared with my Dremel tool and are ready for some new landscaping.
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56 viewsThe earthen berm between the RR tracks and the Opera House piece is formed from poly-styrene insulating foam.
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September, 200755 viewsCarl Ritter, Disneyland's Peter Pan, watched as a man walked up to the Mad Hatter's Shop with identical twin boys, about eight years old. The man bought two hats and had the boys' names sewn on them. He told the Mad Hatter: "They're my nephews, and I never can remember which is which." As the man walked off, with his back to the twins, they quickly changed hats! (Vacationland, summer 1963)
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55 viewsHere all the fencing has been installed and is awaiting paint.
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55 viewsThe curbs surrounding the landscape islands have been painted.
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55 viewsThe flagpole was made from a piece of .045" piano wire. The wire was hand filed to a taper. This was a tedious task but was the only way I could think of to create this shape in an almost indestructible medium. When I was satisfied with the shape, I chucked the wire into my Dremel tool and reduced the wire down further to form the thin support for the gold globe on top. The globe was formed from a small length of styrene rod. Lanyard lines were made from thin thread.
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55 viewsThe photo-etched railing has been added and the green ground cover has been sprinkled in.
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55 viewsUn-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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55 viewsNow for the orange flowers.
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55 viewsI 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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55 views"Steps" to elevate the different colored flowers in the pattern are made from card stock.
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55 viewsWay to go, lady! Bags full of Olszewski pieces I hope! I just had to add several window shoppers peering into our favorite shop, Disneyana, of course!
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55 viewsI've cut and used super glue to attach a piece of 3/4" thick Super-Board to the Opera House. I've used strips of styrene to outline and form the foundation for the Lincoln theater addition.
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55 viewsThe two side walls have been cut from .060" styrene sheet. Doors will be installed before permanent assembly.
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55 viewsThe styrene stip foundation alongside the south wall will house restrooms which are located here.
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55 viewsUsing an airbrush I painted the building a light tan color.
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55 viewsA woman is using one of the pay-phones located next to the cast member entrance. Her boyfriend is urging her to get off the phone so that they can go and enjoy the park.
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55 viewsI added a photo-etched brass ladder to provide some extra detailing on the roof.
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55 viewsIt's a busy day at the Mad Hatter Shoppe. There are eight guests with their newly purchased hats.
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55 viewsThis is a good view showing how narrow the pathway is between the south side of the Lincoln theater and the timber retaining wall (mostly hidden by the line of tree plantings).
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54 viewsAn overhead view of East Plaza Street after painting.
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54 viewsThe green texture for the floral pattern is complete.
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54 viewsThe magnet has been installed and secured with a drop of super glue.
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54 viewsHere is the new position of the courtyard area. You can see the 3/8" gap on the left side of the photo.
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54 viewsThe speaker cover in place above the Hotel Marceline.
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54 viewsThe Opera House facade receives some final paint details.
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54 viewsAt this stage the arrangement of the figures is about 75% complete. When done, Mary Poppins and Bert won't look so alone but I have to work from the building facades out towards the curbing.
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53 viewsThese are the left and right 'wings' that will attach to the main facade. The door openings were cut out of the clapboard sides and the doors were fabricated and then installed.
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September, 200753 viewsEarly morning at Coke Corner -perhaps the best place in the Park to make some new "old" friends.
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53 viewsThis view is a closeup of the street painting technique I've developed after many years. The street was airbrushed using Floquil Railroad Colors to achieve a realistic appearance. This is how it's done: for Main Street, after a primer coat has been applied, I chose to paint the base color a medium grey 50/50 mix of Reefer White and Weathered Black. Next, four colors were applied using a very fine stipple adjustment. 1st) Concrete, 2nd) Reefer White, 3rd) Grimy Black, 4th) Antique White. By layering these colors the effect replicates the individual stones that make up an asphalt roadway.
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53 viewsOnce 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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53 viewsThe 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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53 viewsI'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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53 viewsFor 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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53 viewsFlat green and blue paint applied.
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53 viewsWell, about a year and a half has passed since I last worked on this piece. I decided that before this piece was installed on the model I wanted to 'adjust' the area facing towards the Opera House. This would require employing my band saw to make the changes. Here, the saw's 'laser' guide is lined up where I'm going to remove the landscaping on the rear of the piece. Having been a cast member at the park, I can tell you the appearance of the backstage area isn't anything like the utopian look of the standard pieces (you're shocked I can tell). I aim to represent the back stage areas a bit more accurately and, therefore, I have to remove these green patches from the back of the structures.
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53 viewsI've removed the original railings so I can add details to the baconies.
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53 viewsThis view shows the new window pane for the door next to the cinema. It was made by reducing a photograph.
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53 viewsA broader view of the south east corner showing how the two story facilities were added on to the rear of the main theater building.
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53 viewsThree new trees are made from Woodland Scenics plastic tree armatures, polly fiber, and gree/grey finely ground foam from AMSI. I took the time to bend and shape the armatures to resemble those in my park photos.
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53 viewsI had an idea for some special figures to pose around the "Mad Hatter" shoppe and -since it would be a focal point of this side of Town Square- decided to detail the sign by making a hat from styrene and crafting a hoop from .010" brass wire. I drilled out the original hat with my Dremel tool using a 1/8" bit. The actual "the Mad Hatter" sign was taken from a photograph. I would add the chains which run from the facade to the roof of the awning later.
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53 viewsAt this point the landscaping around the south side is taking shape. I made the piece able to slide out for ease of work in this area because of the tight confines around the narrow walkway to the restrooms, the souvenir booth, and the RR right-of-way.
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53 viewsA close-up view of the under construction souvenir booth
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53 viewsA young couple spots Mary Poppins and Bert. The movie, released in 1964 and 20+ years before they were born, is, nevertheless, one of their favorite Disney films. I like it too.
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July, 200752 viewsStandin' next to two refined women watchin' Disneyland's impressive retreat ceremony at sundown, I saw one turn to the other, and in solemn tones say, "I'm so glad Walt Disney was born." (Vacationland, winter/spring 1964)
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52 viewsIn order to construct the very large structure which houses the "Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln" show I needed to remove the rear of the Opera House piece with my bandsaw.
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52 viewsEmploying the bandsaw and a Dremel tool I removed a chunk of the roof top. This opens and improves the appearance of the ornate architectural features when viewed from the front.
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52 viewsI also used my airbrush to paint the vast roof a light gray tone and also applied some light weathering. The rectangular 'box' on the lower left portion of the roof is most likely the remains from a massive early air conditioning unit. If you have E-Ticket magazine #43 (fall 2005), there is a photo on page 38 that shows the unit and a freshly tarred roof.
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52 viewsThe south east corner showing the stairway (external) that allows cast members to access the offices above the Bank Of Main Street. At this stage the drain-pipes and rain collectors have been installed. A bit of trivia here; the upper floors of the Opera House and bank (viewed from Town Square)were the only ones on Main Street built to full-size back in 1955.
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52 viewsPink and white flowers have finally bloomed in the beds.
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52 viewsBetween the south side of the Lincoln theater and the RR right-of-way berm there is a timber retaining wall. Unfortunately, the photo I took of its fabrication on my workbench didn't come out and, therefore, it is difficult to view here. The backing of the wall was made from .040" styrene sheet and faced with strips of bass wood. I used styrene to back the wall because I would be applying water-based landscaping materials (Sculpy Modeling Compound and matte-medium) and needed to prevent any possible warping of the wood. The poles are bass wood dowels. The completed wall was stained brown and weathered with a black India ink wash. In this photo the wall has not yet been built to its full length.
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52 viewsIn front of the timber retaining wall, sapplings (JTT Tree branches) have been planted between each of the wall's poles.
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52 viewsA young man has just purchased a Goofy hat and is rejoining his friends outside. His girlfriend with the pink blouse and hands on her hips thinks he looks, well, goofy.
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52 viewsAdditional globe lamps and an ATM machine on the south side of the Bank of Main Street. An ATM machine in 1910? I don't think so...
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51 viewsThe south side exit railing has been added. These were made from photo-ethched brass fencing. The gate was installed slightly open.
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51 viewsI added a couple of theater-goers heading into the Cinema for some laughs at the old Disney Mickey Mouse cartoons shown inside. Laughs, and to soak up some air-conditioning too! Notice the new graphics on the marquee and the addition of the promotional banners.
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51 viewsThe completed "cigar store Indian."
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51 viewsThe pencil line accross the roofs indicates a bit of surgery is about to take place.
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49 viewsThe new locker facility and drinking fountain/cast member gate are just about ready to install.
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49 viewsThe south side wall of the Bank and Opera House is almost hidden with dense landscaping.
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48 viewsWith all the curbs, fencing, and contrasting 'stones' in place, all that's left now complete the base is to apply the brick paving paper and form the street curb around the perimeter of the piece.
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48 viewsPhoto-etched brass trim installed along the roof edges. The original flag pole base support was cut away and a hole was drilled to insert the pole into.
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48 viewsThese are the speaker covers for the Hotel Marceline (on left) and the Disney Showcase locations. They were made from .040" styrene sheet and covered with an open weave ribbon, then painted.
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47 viewsDisneyland's Market House features an authentic pot bellied stove.
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47 viewsThe speaker has been installed above the Hotel Marceline. Sound effects of "bath time" will be played here.
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45 viewsGuests milling about the Market House.
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45 viewsA little brain teaser for you: what item at the Park is missing from this photo? (hint: it is not included with the Olszewski piece. Looks like I'm in for another fun little side project!) The guest leaning against the Cinema wall under the music shop awning helps to obscure an unsightly gap where the Disney Showcase and Market House pieces come together.
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43 viewsListen in on a party-line on the old fashioned Market House phones.
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An Early 20th Century General Store42 viewsPatrons playing checkers near a pot-bellied stove.
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42 viewsThe 'ring' on the ground is a planter where a large tree will go which gives shade to this area.
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November, 200740 viewsWhile fillin' my new pipe, I saw a short little man come on in to the Market House, and his wonderful brogue identified him as one of our many guests from Ireland. He walked over to the counter and hungrily eyed a delicious-lookin' piece of artificial cheese. He asked the storekeeper how the cheese was sold. She replied, "It's wax, sir." He quizzically looked at her for a moment, then replied, "Well, I'll take a couple of whacks!" (Vacationland, winter/spring 1964)
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