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).

September 28, 2009

9/28/09 Update

I didn't get as far as I would have liked, but work is slowly finishing up on the Organ scene. I made the Nemo figure out of sculpey, and he is now painted and installed. The organ itself is completely finished now that the stops have been glued on.

I did the mirror for the organ as a computer print-out of a shot of Nemo since I didn't actually sculpt his face this time. The only thing is that is comes off as what it is--a picture. So I might paint it back in black or cover it with aluminum foil (I don't want to use a really reflective material, since I don't want the viewer to notice that Nemo doesn't even have a face!)

More details still need to be added, like stanchions with chains and some instruments and dials.

I didn't get around to the squid scene this week, but I'm hoping I will soon considering it's quite a large scene. All I did was block out and mark how the scene will be composed with the viewer looking down the Nautilus deck (dashed lines) and the squid on the left (oval). I can't really do much until I install the structure for the set since this one will be built in place. I also need to build the support structure for the Organ scene and Burial scene as well.