My Shining Overlook Table-Top Maze Build - WIP

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  1. deck5

    deck5 Sr Member

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    Having watched Adam Savage's recent maze build, I've set out to make my own. There are a number of choices I've made differently, including certain measurements, the overall scale, and the choice of materials.

    I first researched the dimensions, did the photogrammetry, built the maze graphic, and did a little 3D work to be sure I was on the right track.

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    The base for the model is plywood with a beveled basswood frame, with the maze map printed to scale and glued on top -- roughly 3 feet x 4 feet in size. The map graphics include a grass verge around the base of each hedge, and gravel everywhere else.

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    I have almost no experience with either building scale miniatures or working with pink foam, but I figured the miniatures to be the hardest part, so that's where I started. I built the gift-shop first:

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    And then the map kiosk. Seemed like a good idea at the time to mitre the map frame; probably not worth the effort at that scale! I drilled out the basswood uprights with a hand-held pin vise and a very small bit. They're about the size of matchsticks.

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    The maze is built from 1/2" pink foam board.

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    The entrance is built up out of layers of foam glued together:

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    And the front wall is likewise a layered construction. The blind arches came out a little deeper than I wanted, so I've brought the level up with 1/8" white foam inserts. The pilasters are a two-part construction, with the top as a small cube, and the front as a thin strip covering the entire vertical distance.

    The paint is all dollar-store acrylics, with train grass brushed on over spray glue.

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    Here's the result thus far. The little bench is made from plastic and balsa wood.

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    "How do you like it?"
     
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  2. Moviefreak

    Moviefreak Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Pretty awesome. I just don't understand how everyone has so much room to make and display things like this :lol
     
  3. deck5

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    The trick is not worrying about the space until after the build is complete. :)
     
  4. winchester883

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    Sweet I love this maze! I mapped out the maze a bit ago for a project and spotted a difference in Savage's model either done on purpose or by accident I couldn't tell you. I used the map from the map kiosk as my reference for my project and came across the difference. the first image is Savages and the 2nd is the map from the kiosk. Good luck on yours. looks like you got a great start.
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  5. deck5

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    I see. The table-top model doesn't have that difference, either. Perhaps it was part of the adjustments he had to make to get everything to line up.

    Thanks! :)
     
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  7. winchester883

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    Ahh Nice. Great detective work on tracking that down. After looking at this map and all the differences over and over I definitely get that feeling from the movie when they zoomed out of the maze :) Cant wait to see how it goes.
     
  8. deck5

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    One long side done.

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  9. deck5

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    The third wall.
     

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    The fourth wall complete!
     

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    The castellated walls enclosing the central gallery, painted but not yet flocked. These are the last of the complex parts.

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  12. joberg

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    Looking very good so far:) I like your attitude concerning the room for your model " worry after the model is built":D
     
  13. deck5

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    Thanks for the feedback! It's in the middle stretch now, lots of wall building.

    Here's the latest bits, in various stages of completion.
     

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  14. KrokoHunter

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    I'm a bit late to the fun .. but I think I have some pics of the model on display at the Kubrick exhibition when it was in Amsterdam .. pretty sure it wasn't the original model though.
     
  15. KrokoHunter

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    Nope .. definately not the original .... perhaps an early studymodeel ... or just something quickly thrown together for the exhibition.

    [​IMG]IMG_1916 by KrokoHunter, on Flickr

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    Can't remember if there is anything good in the Kubrick Archive book ..... could check
     
  16. deck5

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    Definitely not a studio model -- I believe that was built for the exhibit. It's an interpretation of the enlarged maze that appears when Jack looks down into the tabletop model -- different layout entirely. The original desktop model would have been lost in the studio fire.

    I have the Archive book. There are a couple of good reference shots.
     
  17. joberg

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    It's looking good. Keep up the good work!
     
  18. deck5

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    Thanks! Here's the latest. Slow but steady.
     

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  19. deck5

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    It's just a matter of settling into the habit of building every day.
     

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  20. joberg

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    'gonna be beautiful when done and it'll be a conversation piece also:cool
     
  21. deck5

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    Hope so. Here's the latest:

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  22. dirtydave

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    Looking great.One of my favorite movies.

    Dave
     
  23. deck5

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    Thanks! Here's a milestone achieved: ImageUploadedByTapatalk1436461833.761406.jpg
    every hedge cut!
     
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  24. deck5

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    The greening continues.

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    Next milestone reached: all pink banished!

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  26. deck5

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    And, at last -- all green. This may look nearly finished, but at this point absolutely none of the maze is fastened to the base, there aren't any pyramidal finials yet, none of the hedges are flocked, and the lamps and benches aren't in yet. So there's a distance to go!
     

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  27. deck5

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    A time-lapse animation:

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  28. joberg

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    Love the time-lapse animation and, as you said, a few details before calling it "done":) Keep it up, it's looking mighty good!
     
  29. asemblyrequired

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    I can almost see this being Wall hung really instead of table mounted . Just to see into it etc. Love the build and would love to build one myself oneday

    -James
     
  30. deck5

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    No pics this time, just a quick update -- the hedges are slowly being flocked!
     
  31. ixtore

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    Beautiful work. Adam said he would like to see the results of anyone else's attempt at the hedge maze. He certainly should see this one! I await further flocking developments ....
     

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