Thursday, April 25, 2013

EPCOT model: Helicopter terminal tower

Sorry, I don't have the process photos for this one. This was another one night scratch build, but it really took all night long! I was too tired by the end to take photos. Basically, what happened was, I drove to Hobby Lobby, bought thin plastic sheets, cut out the shapes, sanded them to a frosted finish, glued them all together and added the black lines with sharpie. It wasn't a difficult build. In fact, I was only tired at the end because I underestimated the project and started far later than I should have. It ended up looking great though!!! This was the final thing I created from scratch for the EPCOT model. The other people I worked with wanted to hide things in the model, which is all well and good, but I was satisfied knowing that my stuff, the stuff I took ownership in, was out in plain sight. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

EPCOT model: Scratchbuilt Goal posts

Not quite as impressive as the carnival stand, I also made two goal posts for the football stadium. It was very easy, I just cut five pieces of styrene cylinder rods, and glued them all together....

EPCOT model: scrathbuilt carnival stand

  So, right in the middle of the carnival section of the EPCOT model, there was this weird, out of place, non-descript cube. So I asked my art director what he wanted done with it (if anything). He responded "It would be nice to make it look like a structure of some kind." And thus my home scratchbuilt project begun! 

I knew I wanted to make it look like all the other surrounding carnival stands, so I quickly took a picture of the most convenient one near me with my finger next to it for size reference.  

With my finger measurements, I outlined how much shorter the new building would have to be to match the others.

Starting off with a simple cut.

I then used scotch tape to mask off where the windows would be.

I spray painted the box and let it dry. Meanwhile, I cut out what I thought would be a very close match for the roof pieces.

Tape removed, I glued everything together.

A little bit of paint and VIOLA!!!! It's done!

Here it is in it's new home. It will probably be there for the next 50 years! So, the next time you ride The People Mover at The Magic Kingdom in Florida, look for my little one night scratchbuild.