After having such a great time making a tiny Jungle Cruise model, I decided to make a tiny model of a couple of other favorite attractions.
This time around I chose start with the wooden box. Filled it with a block of floral foam and began to carve.
The texture of the foam made for nice rock details. I painted all the rockwork a dark color then dry-brushed a highlight color over the outermost surfaces of the rocks. Painted the water and let it dry.
I then cut and painted a styrene strip to look like the guide track that Disneyland's old Submarine Voyage (and it's replacement, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage) used to keep the subs on course.
Began adding Woodland Scenics Realistic Water to the lagoon.
Using various StripStyrene styrene strips, I shaped the back end of a submarine. The styrene is easily joined using any brand of general purpose plastic solvent cement. I like Plastruct Plastic Weld. TIP: Hold any two pieces of styrene together and brush the solvent along the seams. No need to add solvent between pieces before joinging. Solvent isn't a glue. It actually melts the styrene pieces together then evaporates away.
I chose to paint the submarine the original gray color, much like I wanted the early striped Jungle Cruise canopy in the last model.
Applying generous amounts of green paint to will allow plenty of turf to stick.
I then sprinkled on a thick layer of modeling turf onto the wet paint. Dumped it off once dry.
More styrene strips for the construction of the PeopleMover track.
Tiny little baby PeopleMover cars. Isn't that CUTE??
PeopleMover Construction Update: In response to some question posted below, here's the process I used to construct the PeopleMover cars. After attempting a few different things, I found this to be the most successful. Join a thin strip to the bottom of the thicker strip you plan on using for your cars. The thin strip will help keep everything together. Follow each step below. As for the little roofs, I suggest cutting those separately.
Added pretty bushes.
I wanted some good detail and depth in the the lagoon water. I added small plants between layers of water. After each thin layer of water dried, I colored little details directly onto the dry surface of the water using brightly-colored Prismacolor markers. Marker ink is inherently translucent which added a great effect.
Started adding pretty little trees. Trimmed them like I was Mr. Miyagi. Purple sewing scissors required.
Once the PeopleMovers were painted (VERY DIFFICULT) and were solvent-ed to the track, the model was complete!
I'm so tired. But I can't stop at two. Maybe one more. My wife has requested I make her favorite ride exterior. I can't say no... This is the first time she's ever asked me to make ANYTHING Disney-related for her. \
Also... Am I the only one who wishes they'd just classify the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage as a Fantasyland attraction? Wouldn't that solve the whole "non-futuristic singing fish don't belong in Tomorrowland" argument?? They already "moved" the Matterhorn from Tomorrowland to Fantasyland a few years after it was built for similar reasons. Just do it, Disney. (Then fix Tomorrowland.)