We bring you a behind-the-scenes preview of a unique little side project. We show you how this 16” model of Walt’s EPCOT got started.
The fan community excitedly awaits the 30th Anniversary of EPCOT Center this October. Today we go back some 46 years just before Walt Disney’s death when he shared his dream for EPCOT the city. It was to be an extremely efficient city with futuristic modes of transportation. It was to be built in the center of the Walt Disney World property.
Join me in this “making-of” video as I begin creating a scale replica of the city layout Walt presented in 1966:
The model-making process.
Purchase extra fine floral foam and a 16” round piece of wood from the local craft store.
Cut the foam to nicely fit on top of the round wood.
Draw the EPCOT roads in Adobe Illustrator or any vector-based drawing program. Send vector files to someone with a small to medium flat bed laser cutter. Cut design in 1/8” acrylic.
Gently press the delicate acrylic cutout into the surface of the foam.
Remove the acrylic cutout and paint the surface of the foam. Sprinkle fine green static grass flock onto fresh paint.
After paint dries, pour off excess grass and blow out the grooves using a drinking straw.
Prime and paint acrylic cutout.
Use scrap foam as test blocks.
Glue cutout into place. Landscape the rest of the model before adding architecure. Here we see the unfinished city center with pieces loosely placed.
A couple of Peoplemover tracks extend to the residential rings of the city. Monorail tracks will soon be placed.
You might remember the little robot standing in the background.
The process continues with lots of little trees and bushes, walkways, and ponds. After that, parks, schools, churches, city buildings, and little tiny mid-century ranch-stlye houses!
To be continued.....
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