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Here are the three different floral Mickey pieces. There is another one I want to construct involving some electronics and lighting effects but, for now, we'll move on to finishing some other work to get our Main Street area closer to completion. This fun little project was all Tahnee's idea -and a very good one! It is now very easy to change-out the pieces to represent the different seasons -and the 50th celebration- in just a couple of seconds.
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03_Meet_Me_Down_on_Main_Street.mp3
Meet Me Down on Main Street by the MellowmenThis 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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While this is pretty much the same view of the tour group (with much better lighting), I took this photo to show (although out of focus) the sign in the flower bed that instructs guests to "meet their tour guides here" has been added.
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I mixed up some different shades of orange paint and randomely re-colored some of the mini-pumpkins to add more variety and detail to them. At this point I wasn't satisfied with the shade of green in the lawn area as there didn't seem to be a desirable contrast with the vines. I carefully scraped out the existing lawn and replaced it with a lighter shade.
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The ground cover in the lawn area has now been added.
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I like this conductor figure because he can be viewed as either greeting an arriving train or waving goodbye to guests on a departing one.
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I 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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Here'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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I 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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New 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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In 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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This is how the entire Plaza Inn piece now looks with the base fully extended.
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Bath TimeThis tune is played from the 2nd story window at the Hotel Marceline.
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The track has been installed through our prepared right of way.
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This photo reveals a bit of a story. You'll likely notice all the RR track has been removed! There were some more details I needed to add to the station and I had no other option but to remove the track-work in order to lift the station out. I'm happy to report (as you'll see in subsequent photos) the track has already been replaced. Our station is now permanently installed on our layout.
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It was time to have some more fun and add some figures to the Town Square side of our station. Note the photographer snapping a great shot from this vantage point. He's looking directly down the center of Main Street with Sleeping Beauty castle in the distance beyond the Plaza. At this point, the figure count is up to 48 on this piece! I believe the final count will be around 60 when I'm finished. Also, I replaced the fencing on this side, too, with the same material as used on the front side of the loading platform.
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I replaced the original handrails in the exits. These were made from .015" and .019" brass rod. I also used thin decal striping to make the white and yellow caution lines on the edges of the steps. Tahnee selects the colors for all the flower beds on our Main Street model and we've gone with blue and white in the outside beds and red and white in the center ones. The planting areas were painted a earth color before the 'flowers' were added.
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04_Alexander_s_Ragtime_Band.mp3
Alexander's Ragtime Band by Rod Miller
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Tahnee has chosen the flowers and guests are begining to file in.
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Greetings from Disneyland, July 17, 2005. If you've noticed there are no train tracks (again) well, there's another story to be told as this Main Street Station project moves along. More on that later.
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Using a Dremel to further remove material. Always use eye protection. Also, a good dust mask is mandatory when using this tool on the cast resin Olszewski pieces.
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The lattice blind has too been installed at the top of the staicase behind City Hall. I actually think this blind serves more as a buffer to any harsh weather conditions to this otherwise rather exposed doorway.
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Here 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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