Voyage to the Iron Reef model

Knott’s Berry Farm recently opened their latest addition, Voyage to the Iron Reef. The new interactive and media based dark ride was built by Triotech, who also built Wonder Mountain’s Guardian. You can read all about the new dark ride and get my full review here.

I started this model in late May after the attraction opened. I worked on it for about 9 days total. The majority of the model is built from cardboard. The rock work and ride vehicles are carved from foam, cotton was used to make the fog curtain. The media on the screens is taken directly from the attraction, scaled to the correct size, then cut out and glued in the model. The wavy covering on the outdoor queue was made from cellophane sheets.

The outer walls were constructed first, then the second floor was built. The entire attraction is located upstairs. Then the track and guide rail were placed in. Sets and rock work started to take shape, then were painted. Screens would be the last step of work for the interior of the ride, so they wouldn’t get damaged.  Next, work on the facades and queue began. The blue outdoor covering was the last step, since it is a delicate material.

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I would love to send a huge thanks to our great friends at Knott’s Berry Farm and Triotech for supplying information to help make this model highly accurate. I hope you enjoy my latest creation. I have some exciting news about the opportunity to see one of my model in person, so stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

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