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).

August 30, 2009

8/30/09 Update

I've been really busy this week doing other stuff so I wasn't able to get as much progress done as I wanted too, so this will be a short update.

As of last week, I cut out all the drawings at the correct size. Using these drawings, I cut sections of PVC pipe at specific angles and lengths, to create the arching tubes above the set.

I created the recessed area for the organ, and all the pipes were glued and assembled together. As of 10 minutes ago, literally, here is the set with rivets glued on, more piping, and the two walls on the sides test fitted (I had no idea there were aquariums on both sides of the salon)

By the next update, my goal is the get the main bulk of the set done and have a good start on the organ. Hopefully this scene won't take too long, because I want all of September for the squid fight scene. But with the lack of free time that I've been having, the chance of that is pretty slim.