Keel Boat Model

Who doesn’t love the Rivers of America, it’s classic Disneyland and a trip back in the American frontier. I thought it would be a great idea to build a model of one of my favorite attractions from the river. I started out by sculpted a small section of foam that would become the river bed and formed some hills for landscaping.

 

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The boat’s cabin was constructed from styrene sheets and strips. I made scaled elevations of the cabin to aid in cutting the styrene.

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The hull is made from yellow 4 LB Sculpting foam, the same stuff that Imagineering and other firms use to sculpt rock work models. The foam has a fine cell structure, making it easier to carve details in comparison to green floral foam.

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Now that both parts of the keel boat were fabricated, it was time to paint and assemble them.

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I began adding foliage and the logs along the river bank.

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I got some tiny moose figures on eBay, I had to have one in the water munching on a snack just like the figures in the Rivers of America at Disneyland.

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I also planned on adding a small skunk and raccoon to this log, like the classic Marc Davis gag for the river, but I wasn’t satisfied how the sculpting turned out so I never added them.

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When it was time to pour the resin for the water, I learned a good lesson. Always make sure the seams between the foam and wood are sealed and seal them again to be safe. After a few frustrating days, I was able to pour the resin again and thankfully it all worked out.

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If any of you are attending the D23 Expo this month, I’ll be displaying my Keel Boat model on Friday, July 14th from 10:00 to 11:30 in Hall A Booth 301E at the Saturday’s Toys booth. I hope to see you there!

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