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Old 06-09-2019, 04:39 AM
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Great looking build project.👨*🚀
I love how your Disneyland is an evolving entity.😸😸😸
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Thanks guys! Considering how I built so much in just a short amount of time (six months from when I decided to do it till it was time to set it up) I had to cut a lot of corners. But I also knew that left me with a lot of room for improvements!
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Well, it's off to Pepakura!











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Old 07-26-2019, 06:14 PM
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Time for an update!



The last of the "originals" has been getting a facelift.






On the left is a photo from 2011 when the treehouse was new and the image on the right shows the enhancements I always wanted it to have.
Most important to me was finding a way to add the water scooping system to the wheel:





Here's the real deal:








And my impression of it:





The trick was finding a "ladder-like" material that would be rigid enough to span the distance yet flexible enough to curve around the wheels of the "motor" if you will. I settled on plastic canvas. I cut out several rows of unwanted squares and was able to carve away the little nubs that remained well enough to be convincing. The bamboo scoops are just skinny plastic drinking straws with holes punched up top for attaching to the "rope ladder" and circles of cardstock glued to their bottoms. Painted a nice shade of banana they mimic bamboo well enough. The top ends are glued directly to the tree branches and there's actually a sort of mast hidden on the roof of the house that let me pull the tree limb taught with piano wire.





For water I stuck with hot glue spread over a painted surface. For an area this size it's fairly convincing and not as messy as the polyeurethane I used in 2011 (which soaked into the landscaping and left me with only damp sand rather than a shallow stream).






The bridge was originally a pale green but I decided to update it too.
But watch out!






Yes, that's a cannon peering out at you!



The other big "planned but never built" improvement I finally tackled involved a bit of cooking:





Ever wonder what happens when you overbake Sculpey clay?






It swells up a bit and starts smoking! Or maybe it was steam, at any rate, it stunk up the joint! This is WHITE clay by the way.
Oh well, the stove came out looking pretty good after I carved it back a bit!





The table is toothpicks, popsicle sticks and a tongue depressor but the china is dollhouse miniatures and cardstock discs.






Finally, the kitchen floor is real shale rock. I laid it on a bed of Elmer's Glue-All and brushed the same glue over the surface of the flakes to give it a wet look. Then I went back and painted in the grout.


So there you go. A new and improved look for the last of the un-enhanced or un-replaced original models of 2011.
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Old 07-26-2019, 09:04 PM
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Bravo! BRAVISSIMO!
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Old 07-28-2019, 02:06 AM
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Wonderful work - as always. A treat to see.😺😺😺
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