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  • "What if" Idea - Working Splash Mountain scale model

    Since childhood (seems like a long time ago...) I always daydreamed of making a working scale model of Disneyland attractions. My ideas included HM, BTMR, SM, Matterhorn, Pirates, Splash, Mine Train through Natures Wonderland.

    Now that I might have the patience, time and budget to start my dream hobby project in the near future. I narrowed the potential candidates down to Splash and HM. The mechanics of trying to scale model tubular steel track (SM, BTMR and Matter) seemed too much a task for me. Mine Train unfortunately does not exist for me to survey scale, ride path and specifics of the attraction...yes there are videos and stills that exist but I need more personal memory snapshots in my head to build it.

    HM would require the show scenes completed immediately to feel like a reprensenation of anything though the Omnimover mechanics (fixed track path and speed) would seem the easiest to replicate in some fashion. But I decided to try Splash at some point in the near future....yes HYDRODYNAMICS, WATER + ELECTRICITY....woohoo!

    So after a little research I found a manufucturer of a scale model log flume (see you tube sample below) to use as a basis of modeling a ride vehicles and track pieces. This set appears to have examples of most all angles that I would need to mold and create more for my project. I've already looked into addional aquarium pumps, filtration and some lift mechanics....

    If I ever get started and replicate the entire ride path and scaled speed...then I'll be off to sculpting school to create the show pieces, scenery and build the mountain over and around the ride path...

    Funny thing is...I would have imagined someone (aside from WDI) has done a working scale of an attraction but my google searches yielded nothing....


    (VIDEO IS A SAMPLE OF TOY...NOT AN ATTEMPT AT SPLASH MOUNTAIN SCALE)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=http:...?v=-RkxJOOOYSw

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    Re: "What if" Idea - Working Splash Mountain scale model

    Ha cool idea! I myself have always wanted to make a WORKING scale model of INDY, with a slot car track as the base for the jeeps...with some extensive Aaron Paul-ification to make it life like and all that. GOOD LUCK! and i cant wait to see progress!


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    • #3
      Re: "What if" Idea - Working Splash Mountain scale model

      OMG, that water flume setup is so cool! I'll have to look into getting one and making it! Thanks for the post!

      ...Joe...

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        Re: "What if" Idea - Working Splash Mountain scale model

        Although I have never been on it, I am currently working on an On30 scale model of the old Mine Train. It's not to scale, but its a good representation of it and it contains all of the scenes. Its still under construction.

        http://s10.photobucket.com/albums/a1...%20Wonderland/

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          Re: "What if" Idea - Working Splash Mountain scale model

          Splash Mountain is a good idea, though the physics of water at such a small scale are almost to hard to figure for me.

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            Re: "What if" Idea - Working Splash Mountain scale model

            Well, that solves the logs, the flume (mostly) and the lift hills (mostly). Now you just have to get a pile of blueprints to get the elevations and layout right, then go to town.

            HO Scale logs & building will work, you can place a chunk of HOn3 scale narrow-gauge track and duplicate that section of the DLRR coming through.

            The lift hills can be a problem because they'll never be the right length - too long or too short. This problem can be kit-bashed around, but it might be tricky to combine two lift section kits and get the end result to work...

            Found it! http://[URL="http://www.faller.de"]www.faller.de[/URL] Article No. 140430 Wildwater Canoeing Course. Now if I can find out where to get it in the US...

            --<< Bruce >>--
            Last edited by Bruce Bergman; 09-03-2007, 03:32 PM. Reason: Found the maker & model
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              Re: &quot;What if&quot; Idea - Working Splash Mountain scale model

              Originally posted by Bruce Bergman View Post
              .......
              Found it! http://www.faller.de Article No. 140430 Wildwater Canoeing Course. Now if I can find out where to get it in the US...
              --<< Bruce >>--

              I found a local reseller in Mission Viejo (http://www.germanaircooled.com/) haven't called them yet..... but based upon average internet prices I've seen, this base set should run about $250 - $300 a set. Not cheap...but I haven't seen anything significantly negative about the quality of their products.

              http://www.faller.de makes some really detailed models....

              If you want to see more FALLER scale models assembled and working...see this individual's channel on YOUTUBE... http://www.youtube.com/user/rileyv
              Crazy stuff....

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              • #8
                Re: &quot;What if&quot; Idea - Working Splash Mountain scale model

                Here's some advice, if you do Splash Mountain, the faller kits are a great start. Though Splash Mountain has three lifts you may need to use two kits and use the fourth lift as a level loading conveyance. That is if you can find the kits in the US, or even afford them, they're kinda pricey! But in the mean time, take at look at Datameister's 3d stuff of Splash and HM, those are pretty good references! Now if I were making a working model of splash thats cost effective, I would probably carve the flume from scratch out of foam and then seal the foam with resin. Then use some garden water pumps to create the water currents.

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