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).

January 9, 2010

"Press Shots"


"Intro/'Whale of a Tale"

"The Monster attacks"

"Discovering the monster"

"Burial Ceremony"

"Dinner with Nemo"

"Nautilus heading to the island of Crespo"

"Shark Attack"

"Nemo plays his organ"

"Squid Fight"

"Nautilus approaches Vulcania"


"Looking on/ The End"


Jim said...

This is great stuff. I'm a little confused though. This is all under your Disney Mine Train? Where do you find the time? I love how you did the animation. Would love to hang out and pick your brain for some projects I have.

Sam Towler said...

Yes, this is all under the Mine Train layout table-- maximizing space at it's finest.
I had time last year when I did the project, pulling 15 hour days working on this and school stuff at the same time; I was really rushing to finish it while working on finals for school as well.

This project would never have been built on time during this year since my plate has been much fuller with work, school, and other small side projects.