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D'Snowth's Scale Model of Sesame Street

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by D'Snowth, Jul 20, 2008.

  1. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I've mentioned it several times, but I've never really shared any pictures of it with you guys.

    Well last night I came to a decision... there has just been WAY too many changes to the actual set this year that's going to take A LOT of time, energy, and effort to try to replicate, some of which I wont even be able to pull off like the new back door to 123, the these new iron gates that are all throughout the arbor; so I decided to keep my scale model in permanent Season 38 mode. The ONLY difference with mine is I'm actually going to bring the subway back as well, so no library.

    Now then, since it's already in a state of disarray when I tried to start updating it, I'll have to rebuild it anyway (which is kind of a good thing, as I think it's time the basematerial for the building that has The Fix-It-Shop and Hooper's Store could use replacing). With the state it's in, it shouldn't take me more than a week to fix up, and THEN, and only then will I finally be able to share some pics with you guys, how about that?
  2. Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Can't wait for it!
  3. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I know you can't man, lol!

    For right now, the only thing that's really still standing is the front of 123 and Big Bird's doors, but like I said, give me a week, and it should good as new!

    Lol, even my mom was singing the hallelujah chorus when I told her I decided to keep it as is; it always takes her so long to get used to the "new" street each season, and by the time she finally does get used to it, it's time to change it again. She always loves how I "dress" it appropriately for each season (fall the trees are orange and leaves are scattered on the ground, winter there's snow, etc).
  4. Ilikemuppets New Member

    I really want to so it myself as well.
  5. ISNorden Active Member

    I can understand your frustration, D'Snowth; trying to stay faithful to a show that changes so rapidly these days must be a pain in the neck! :sympathy: (And I thought fanscripts were hard sometimes...*whew*) Still, being able to show your work to a diehard Sesame fan must make you proud when you've finally finished.


    Personally, I wish someone had the time and resources to do a scale model from one of the "Old School" seasons: when the street wasn't strewn with random-ish letters and shapes, when Big Bird had the nifty colored barrels in his nest area, and when Hooper's Store looked as if it had been there since the 50s. (No, D'Snowth, I'm not asking YOU to work on this; doing even the one recent model must take up lots of free time already. :busy: But if there are any other artists who'd like to give an Old School model a shot, I'd love to see the pictures when THAT got finished.)
  6. Ilikemuppets New Member

    Are there any architects in the building?
  7. Redsonga Active Member

    I sooo would love to see one of the 80's SS with the barrels and everything..I loved BB's old nest:excited:! I would try to draw it (just draw it mind you) if the 80's seasons would ever be put out on DVD...
  8. Luke Active Member

    I've missed these mentions of the project. Snowth has a scale model of SS? Way Cool!
  9. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I won't lie to you guys, I've actually considered doing one of one of the old school sets as well, but I DO have the old Fisher Price playset from the 70s, and it's pretty accurate to the set for the most part, so I thought naaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!

    But anyway... wow... I was up till four this morning! I was working on it a little at a time yesterday, but last night, I got into such a groove, that I just kept working and working and working, the next thing I know, like 85% of it's done, and it was after 3:30, lol! Some base material had to be replaced, but that's understandable, I first built it in the summer of 2001!

    So, now all I have left to do is The Arbor, and that might take a little redoing, but I can manage.
  10. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I would've posted this earlier, but we had a FREAK, severe thunderstorm today, which kept me off the computer for a little while, so I didn't get to until now.

    Well, I finally finished rebuilding the model! Either I had less work that I thought I did, or I just didn't think I had the energy to finish it in less than a week, but again, I just got into this groove and the next thing I knew it was finished!

    I managed to replace the base material for three things: the building that houses The Fix It Shop, Hooper's Store, and Bob's apartment, the "carriage house" in the arbor, and the side wall of 123 (where they stash all of those crates).

    So with that said and done, I'll get to those pics for you all!
  11. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Wow... this has been a long time coming, hasn't it?

    The pictures I mean.

    Well, now that I've got a new camera, I'll actually be able to share some clear-cut pictures of my scale model with you guys!

    Now granted, because of the current season and whatnot, I realize this is a bit of a "teaser", as the scale is covered in fake snow, and I've only provided one shot of it - but I WILL provide more pictures at more angles pretty soon, but this is for right now.

    http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k290/snowthbo/sstsnow.jpg

    I realize it's a little out-of-focus in the distance, so I apologize for that. And if you look closely, you can see the tip of Big Bird's beak.

    Now, if this doesn't prove my eccentricity, I don't know what does.
  12. Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Wow, that looks cool!
  13. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Thank ya!
  14. Gelfling Girl Active Member

    That's amazing! :super::insatiable::batty:
  15. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Well, I'm glad you guys are liking it, and like I said, I will have more pictures at different angles when the model is clear of snow.

    In the meantime, here's a little factoid - over the years, just about every little piece of this thing has had to go through some type of base material replacement, all except for the 123 brownstone, which still has the same exact cardboard box underneath as it did when I first constructed it in 2001.
  16. Xerus Active Member

    That's really cool, Snowthy. :) Especially the details of Oscar's can and the stuff that surrounds it.
  17. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Yes, I always was a stickler for details, lol; over the years of updating it as the show's set evolved since I first erected it, I'd spend hours observing even the tiniest details that most people would overlook, lol.

    Speaking of which, as we speak, I'm doing something I never would attempted to do, as I said before, I decided to stop updating the scale with the seasons, so I'm actually DEVOLVING the scale slightly, as right now, I'm replacing Big Bird's modern doors with his old school doors (of the 70s through early 90s.

    I'm also considering redoing the arbor to resemble more of the old school layout, but nothing's set in stone on that one.

    EDIT: Okay, I finished replacing Big Bird's doors, so they resemble more of the doors of 1970 - 1992; as for the arbor, still considering redoing it as well, but I don't even enough material needed, so I'll let it rest for now.
  18. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Quite a bit more maintenance has been done over the last few weeks, albiet the fake snow everywhere - most notably much of the arbor has been converted to resemble the old-school look from 1970 - 1987; the stoop, dumpster wall, and the entire roof of 123 have been updated since they were looking "old"; and the wall behind Big Bird's nest area has been redesigned slightly, but with my own little bit of a touch to it.

    Considering if I don't have anymore issues with my camera, be expecting a butt load of new pics sometime next week or so.
  19. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Sunny day, sweepin' the clouds away, on my way to where the air is sweet, can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?

    No, I can't tell you that, but I can ask Dr. Shrinker to shrink you, and give a tour of a scale model of the same street. :p

    But, in all seriousness, I've gotten the mess of fake snow cleaned up for spring, and took a whole bunch of pictures of my scale model for you guys to see; I've tried to get as many angles as I possibly could, even though it was difficult in some spots (ala trying to get a good shot of Big Bird's nest area), but I hope you guys will enjoy this, though truth be told, I'm not sure the pics do the scale much justice... I think in order to really enjoy it, you have to see it in person... but you can be the judge of that.

    First things first, as I've mentioned, up until 2008, I pretty much kept updating the scale with the show each season, but with the amount of changes and remodeling that was made that year, I decided not to update the scale anymore, however here in the past few weeks, I HAVE made some small changes to provide a mix of both old school and modern Sesame to the scale, as you're about to see - here are three different angles I shot of the arbor.

    Angle One
    Angle Two
    Angle Three

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    I've also taken the liberty of taking two different shots of major areas - one set of shots shows the scale completely bare, while the other set shows the scale dressed. Here's the tenament building that houses the Fix-It-Shop, Bob's apartment, and Hooper's Store; and for the record, these were the best green-leaf trees I could find for the scale, so please ignore the fact that they have patches of snow on them... if fact, when people ask (like my little niece for example), I simply say that it's actually a whole bunch of pigeon poop... see if that helps. :p

    Bare
    Dressed

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    Now here's the lineup of the 123 brownstone, the construction doors that surround Big Bird's nest, and a brief glimpse of the dead-end alley next to it... and you know what I just realized? The dead-end alley is composed of parts of what used to be Finder's Keepers from Around the Corner. Well, from 1998 - 2007 anyway.

    Bare
    Dressed

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    Speaking of which, here are some shots I managed to get of other locations as well, namely the alley where Oscar parks his Sloppy Jalopy from time to time, Big Bird's nest area, and even the roof of 123.

    Alley
    Big Bird's nest
    Roof - Angle One
    Roof - Angle Two

    And just for the record, the layout of the roof is backwards to the building, but that's always the angle of which the roof was shot on the show, so that's all I had to work with for references.

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    Now a while back, Ed asked that I would include pics of the characters I have to see how well they are in scale with their surroundings; really the only flaw is whenever it comes to merchandising, the Muppets are usually depicted as almost human-sized by nature, even in a lot of illustrations I've seen in books, magazines, etc, so while everyone may not be exactly in scale, I still think they look good on the scale (Big Bird especially, lol), so here they are, as well as the really crappy "homemade" Little People I did of Maria, Luis, Alan and Gordon...

    Opening the Fix-it-Shop
    "Me want to buy coooookie"
    Elmo and Zoe play in the Arbor
    "Hey kids! Bird! What IS goin' on?"
    Don't mess with Oscar as he "de-buffs" his wheels
    "My nest... my home..."
    Super Grover and Bert on the roof

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    And lastly, here's an aereal shot of the whole thing...

    Pic

    And to top all that off, here's the scale's timeline, "engraved" into the sidewalk across the street...

    Pic

    It's still not quite complete just yet... there's a few more things I'd like to obtain for the scale; here's my current wishlist...

    Characters
    - Snuffy
    - Count
    - Prairie Dawn
    - Telly
    - Baby Bear
    - Abby Caddaby

    Props
    - Three sets of tables of chairs for outside Hooper's in the arbor
    - A decent worktable for the front of the Fix-it-Shop
    - A better blue mailbox

    So there ya have it, you've waited, and now it's come; if you got questions, ask and I'll answer 'em.
  20. theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    That is SO cool, Snowthy! I love, love, LOVE it! Makes me want to create my own... but I'm not very skilled. :p I really like it all and I'm just beyond impressed. As for what you're searching for... have you checked eBay for the characters? I know some PVCs usually pop up on there.

    Again, EXCELLENT set up! So cool! :wisdom:

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