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Mid-Century Tiki Architecture Kits for Model Train Sets!
Miehana
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Joined: Apr 03, 2002
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From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2010-12-02 3:21 pm   Permalink



Former Disney creative guru, and awesome good guy, Mike Cozart has unveiled the first prototype in
his tremendous series of classic space-age miniature kits for model train enthusiasts.
His fictitious "Aloha Lanes" bowling alley includes an A-framed coffee shop and cocktail lounge called the "Pele Room".



The series will include several modern department stores, shopping centers, car washes, theaters and more.
Seriously, this is one of the spiffiest new "gotta-have-its" that I've encountered in a long time.
The authentic detail is astounding, and Mike, ever the historian, truly knows his stuff. And obviously,
you don't have to have to be a Model Railroader to appreciate these objets d'architectural art.



No release date announced yet, but you can enjoy more lip-smacking images on Mike's blog:
http://mikecozartdesignandmodel.blogspot.com/2010/11/aloha-lanes-c-1960-southern-california.html



[ This Message was edited by: Miehana 2010-12-02 15:27 ]


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Hakalugi
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From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2010-12-02 3:26 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-12-02 15:21, Miehana wrote:
... this is one of the spiffiest new "gotta-have -its" that I've encountered in a long time...



WOW!!!! Absolutely !!!!


 
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Cool Manchu
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Joined: Aug 03, 2003
Posts: 561
From: San Jose, CA
Posted: 2010-12-02 3:38 pm   Permalink

What scale are these built to?

My dad used to be a Model Railroader of epic proportions and I am sure he would appreciate these.


 
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Trad'r Bill
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Joined: Oct 14, 2008
Posts: 484
From: Hercules, CA
Posted: 2010-12-02 3:50 pm   Permalink

I think I may need to take up model railroading - f'ing cool!

Trad'r Bill


 
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TikiG
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Joined: Jun 17, 2008
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From: Riverside, California
Posted: 2010-12-02 4:08 pm   Permalink

Very very cool. Wish I had thought of that...

 
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WaikikianMoeKele
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Joined: Jun 25, 2008
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From: West Leroy, Pennsylvania
Posted: 2010-12-02 4:37 pm   Permalink

I WANT these very extremely much!

 
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dcman
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Joined: Apr 25, 2009
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From: Upstate New York
Posted: 2010-12-02 5:59 pm   Permalink


holy crap these are awesome!


 
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Hakalugi
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Posted: 2010-12-02 7:47 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-12-02 15:38, Cool Manchu wrote:
What scale are these built to?

My dad used to be a Model Railroader of epic proportions and I am sure he would appreciate these.



1/8Th (HO Scale). A very good choice!


 
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Bora Boris
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Joined: Mar 25, 2005
Posts: 2585
From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2010-12-02 8:10 pm   Permalink

"The marquees will include several laser cut letters to create different names"

Gimme, Gimme, Gimme!


 
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Vince Martini
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Joined: May 02, 2010
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From: Iki Pohaku, Arkansas
Posted: 2010-12-02 8:46 pm   Permalink

I use to be an avid model railroader (HO scale). This is great stuff that Mike is creating! It will be fun to construct these few offerings he is introducing, and create a mid-century city-scape diorama.

 
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Unkle John
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Joined: Oct 22, 2003
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From: Middle-of-the-Ocean, TX
Posted: 2010-12-03 07:21 am   Permalink

As a model railroader, I am VERY excited to see these. Though I don't have a current layout (one is planned), I am eager to snatch up what ever kits he puts out. It has been hard to find mid-century modern homes and buildings. Sure, there are a few kits from the German company Faller, or a few from the Bachmann Plasticville series but they are not enough to have a whole town or a section of a town in the time period to make it stand apart from other layouts. The only other option we've had is to scratch-build or kit-bash buildings. I have been looking for a building to use for a Polynesian establishment, and narrowed it down to the candidate below, but it would need some refining. I would like to thank Mike Cozart for putting the wheels in motion. I look forward to future projects he has in the works for HO Scale modelers.

Potential tiki bar kit-bash front:
http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/933-2854

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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11169
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2010-12-03 2:01 pm   Permalink

Fantastic! If they tear them down, we rebuild them!

In case you didn't know, Germans are train model fanatics, and since A-Frames are my favorite thing next to Tikis themselves, I collect them too. I was inspired to take count of my A-Frame collection, here it is:

Wooden South Seas meeting house:


Resin Disney Tiki Room:


Wooden Maori meeting house:


Metal modernist nativity hut (my fave!)


Plastic DisneyWorld Hotel model:


Ceramic M&M collectable:


Resin Disney Tiki Room entrance hut:


I must note that many of the seven A-frames I own I have thanks to Miehena!

Will the Aloha Lanes have mini Witco furniture inside?



 
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dcman
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From: Upstate New York
Posted: 2010-12-03 2:36 pm   Permalink


Is the nude girl getting spanked by the alien original to the Enchanted Tiki Room resin?

(Somehow I doubt Disney would do such a thing - I'm rather pleased with the addition)

dcman


 
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Unkle John
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From: Middle-of-the-Ocean, TX
Posted: 2010-12-03 3:04 pm   Permalink

Those are awesome BigBro!!!

 
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GatorRob
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Joined: Aug 20, 2004
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From: 3 hrs 33 mins to paradise
Posted: 2010-12-03 3:51 pm   Permalink

Oh my gosh, how wonderful!! I have been fascinated with scale models since I was a child and built an HO model railroad town in our basement. And I built quite a few models after that. My model building skills are a bit rusty, but I would love to build and display this model. And the department store!!! Can't wait til they're available... Please let us know when and where!

Sven - One of the trains I used to run regularly on my basement railroad was a German model my father bought for my older brother while stationed on a U.S. military base in Germany in the early 60s. Here's my brother with the train (no town built yet - that would come much later!) in Germany in 1963.




 
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