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Uncle Trav's miniature tiki huts....Small Paradise. Diorama-o-rama
uncle trav
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Posted: 2011-12-14 7:23 pm   Permalink

Thank you for all of the kind compliments. Here is a shot from the workbench. A whole lot of thatching going on. It's hard to make out in these photos but each row of thatch has hundreds of tiny cuts to make the detail of the thatch. Thanks again for taking a look.






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BigToe
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Posted: 2011-12-15 3:58 pm   Permalink

lookin good trav, you crazy sum-bitch!!!!


 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2011-12-15 8:11 pm   Permalink

Crazy is right! This thing is sucking up a ton of time! Two Mai Kai restaurants in this world and one is on my kitchen table. I still have some work to do but I hope folks will recognize this model when they see it. Once again not an exact copy but a blend of my imagination and the real thing. I am going to do a sign for this one if I can figure out how. Thanks for taking a look.































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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2011-12-15 8:35 pm   Permalink

Wow, sweet! And now, for the foliage...

 
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Big Kahuna
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Posted: 2011-12-15 10:01 pm   Permalink

Love it! Nice work, my friend.

 
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tigertail777
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Posted: 2011-12-15 11:10 pm   Permalink

WOW. Incredible. What did you use to do the coloring on the thatching? I really like how it is uneven varying tones...just like the real thing!

 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2011-12-16 07:05 am   Permalink

Thanks guys. Haven't even thought about foliage yet. I used amber shellac for the thatch. I think this works best on the paper I used. The amber light is from a small C7 bulb I installed in the base. All hand built and many many hours of work but it has been a fun project. Here is a pop can for scale and a look at the guts.




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Beachbumz
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Posted: 2011-12-16 7:47 pm   Permalink

Unreal Trav!
So Brada... What time Happy Hour start???


 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2011-12-22 07:53 am   Permalink

No happy hour just yet. I still have to get the sign built but it is coming along.
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-12-22 08:21 am   Permalink

Trav, I missed last week's post, the pictures of it all lit up are a thing of beauty! This is definitely one of your best and most ambitious projects.
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-12-22 08:55 am   Permalink

You have found your calling and we have found one fun thread to watch. If you are keeping what you make you could build the best village on earth a place we would all want to go. Thank you, Wendy
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TikiKIrby
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Posted: 2011-12-23 2:30 pm   Permalink

Awesome, just awesome... I love the scale.

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-01-17 10:09 pm   Permalink

Uncle Trav,

Another mini marvel, awesome work! Glad to own one of your masterpieces.

I saw this montage on the web and thought it might be a good look for your Mai Kai scene!



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Beachbumz
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Posted: 2012-01-18 12:00 am   Permalink

That is sooooo Cool Trav!!!
Your detail is amazing. SWEET!


 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2012-03-09 05:07 am   Permalink

Thanks for all of the kind words everyone. I finally hit the creative wall back in January and had to walk away from the miniatures for a bit. I am starting to try out some ideas for the sign for the mini Mai Kai but nothing to post as of yet. Thanks again for taking a look.
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