This blog is here to document my latest 2009 project, an extensive recreation of the Disney 1954 movie 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea through a series of detailed miniature dioramas, all contained under my model railroad table. This will be a "crawl-thru" type attraction (What is a crawl-thru? Read about it here).

Like Disney, I usually tend to keep everything under-wraps until I unveil the final product at the end. However, by keeping everything a secret, I end up not taking any photos of my projects and it is often disappointing to not have any documentation in the end showing how everything worked and was constructed. This time, however, I will document every step in the process of the creation of the project with photos and drawings (and maybe some video) illustrating each leg of the construction. Even though the posts here will be chock-full of spoilers, it will show the amount of work that goes into this and other projects--which is often under-appreciated.

This blog includes weekly updates that consisted of notes, ideas, photos, and maybe some video of what was worked on each week up until the estimated completion date of December 2009. (It was officially finished on December 10th, 2009).

February 22, 2009


After several drawings, modifications and revisions, I've finally come up with a layout plan that I'm satisfied with. The key in designing these attractions, especially this one, is that I want the guest path to have an interesting shape with scenes in the position where someone will naturally look. But at the same time, have the scenes arranged in such a way, that they can be viewed in sequence without getting confused.  In other words, not have scenes directly across for each other that "compete" with each other for the viewers attention. The scenes will be staggered to avoid this issue, a blank space opposite of each scene. 

Here is my current plan, showing the layout of the scenes and the guest path:

So far, the scenes that I have locked in are:

• The Monster Attacks
• Discovering the Nautilus
• The Burial
• Dinner with Nemo
• Divers/shark attack
• Nemo plays his Organ
• Squid fight
• Vulcania invasion (this one will be a painting)
• Nautilus sinking/Vucania exploding