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Hearn
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From: Washington DC
Posted: 2016-02-08 11:47 am   Permalink

Mahalo Fellow TC'rs!

Inspired by the recent discussion regarding the "State of The TC Union", I decided to post some pics of the latest goings ons in The TomAndrea Lounge.

(I apologize in advance for the lengthy post).

Even though no tiki room is every really "done"...I found myself mostly complete with all of my walls, flooring, ceiling etc and decided to start construction on the one last major piece: A Mai-Kai Molokai inspired bar and an accompanying back-wall shelf for liquor and mug storage with a built in center old-fashioned tiki diorama.


"Classic Book of Tiki Diorama"

By that very nature...its a piratey theme. I know that this is not PURE tiki...but believe me...there's enough tikis in the room to offset this slight offense to purism.

Here is a "very rough" sketchup model showing the basic conceptual layout


Ok....Phase One: The Back-Bar Shelf. Frankly, I just needed room for more rum and tiki mugs. With the help of my step-dad, we knocked out this shelf in 4-days. Here are some shots:



"Detail Shot of Lighting"


"Homemade Shroud Line Detail"

Once the back-bar shelf was mostly complete, we were able to celebrate New Years Eve with some zombies and suffering bastards...now onto Phase Two.

Phase Two: The Diorama
I've never built a model railroad or any type of realistic diorama before..so armed with lots of youtube videos by Woodland Scenics I decided to tackle this somewhat scary task.

I thought long and hard about what the "theme" of the diorama should be. Should it be a deserted island with a volcano? (ala Trader Sam's) Should it be just a beachfront sunset? In the end I decided I wanted a backdrop that was somewhat different/unique to what I have seen built/posted before. Since it was a pirate theme (by way of Molokai Bar) I decided to dig deeper into the lexicon and recreate the opening relaxing moments of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLZAejMTZVo
"Watch from 0:30 to 1:30"


"Overall Image Inspiration...a big shout out to Daveland Blog for images!"


"Bayou Hut"


""Fishing Boat"

Now that I had my inspiration...the hard work started. Step one: an illuminated backdrop. I cottaged together an image in photoshop and had it reverse printed on vinyl. I then applied the image to (3) pieces of plexiglass...to achieve a 270 degree backdrop.


"Illuminated Backdrop Collage"

I ran some cheap colored LED strip behind the plexiglass and PRESTO...a spooky bayou at night!


"Light Test 1"

Next step: Building the Bayou Hut and Boat. A little flashback to my architectural school model-making days. Took the better part of a weekend, but its mostly done.


"View from ashore"


"Front porch"


"house and boat spacing test...boat is temporary"

Next step: Lighting tests. The mood in the ride is a combination of blue and red/orange/purple lighting...so its a good thing I got color changing led strips!






Well folks...that where I'm at!
Next steps:

A. Build Boat
B. Distress Paint House and Boat
C. Landscape Trees and Swampy Ground
D. Landscape Water

I hope you guys like/are interested in this project...if so, I'll post more...

Aloha!
Hearn









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8FT Tiki
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Posted: 2016-02-08 2:50 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the updates. Love your place and the gusto you have found to work the details and dioramas. WOW. keep it up!

Why are the coolest home tiki bars so far from me? Or why am I so far from them??
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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2016-02-08 4:21 pm   Permalink

That is one of the coolest things I have seen here yet.

 
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swizzle
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Posted: 2016-02-08 11:35 pm   Permalink

That diorama is very cool. What material/s did you make the boat out of?

 
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swizzle
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Posted: 2016-02-08 11:36 pm   Permalink

Double post.

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Hearn
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Posted: 2016-02-09 03:40 am   Permalink

Boat was an eBay purchase ($10) it's made of wood.

I'm planning on salvaging the hull and building and adding on the "shack" portion.


 
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El Jefe
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Posted: 2016-02-09 05:20 am   Permalink

Heran,

Nice work. Can you elaborate a little more on the background? Was it printed on clear vinyl? Attached on the front or back? I'm guessing back since it was reverse printed. Thanks.


 
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Hearn
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Posted: 2016-02-09 07:49 am   Permalink

Image was reverse printed on semi-translucent (not clear) vinyl. You want it to be opaque enough to conceal the lights (especially if there isn't a large gap between plexi and lights).

It was then CAREFULLY applied to the back of 1/4" thick acrylic. The application was tricky since you only have one shot. I used a window vinyl applicator kit purchased at Home Depot. You spray an alcohol based solution onto the back of the acrylic and film itself...this allows some "play" with the film once you apply it to plexi. You can move it around and align image etc. you then, working from center out, use a credit card to "squeegee" the excess liquid from the plexi-vinyl sandwich.

Cutting plexi is a bear so I shopped around and found a company that cuts to your specs. It was like $50.
In retrospect 1/8" thick might have been ok (and cheaper)...but 1/4" works great with little deflection.


 
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JackLord
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Posted: 2016-02-09 2:38 pm   Permalink

Love it!

 
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faztiki
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Posted: 2016-02-09 7:03 pm   Permalink

Fantastic work/play!
that was my favorite part of building a bar, getting to learn new techniques and trying new things, knowing how I wanted it to look when finished but no idea how to get there..
love the starry sky! love the diorama. both give great contrast to the lighting and i'll bet they make the room feel bigger. nothing like a view to the big outside world from the comfort of a bar stool!
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Thortiki
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Posted: 2016-02-11 04:07 am   Permalink

VERY inventive! (-:

 
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TabooDan
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Posted: 2016-02-11 10:32 am   Permalink

Hey Hearn!! Its been a while since I've posted on here but I had to say what a great job on your lounge! It's a true classic! And what an awesome addition with you deciding on a diorama. Great idea. I think the big man Sven will be impressed with that one. We're interested so keep posting!
Mahalo, TabooDan


 
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hiltiki
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Posted: 2016-02-11 12:28 pm   Permalink

Love what you have done with your tiki room, keep posting.

 
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Hearn
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Posted: 2016-02-11 5:55 pm   Permalink

Thanks for all the positive feedback guys!

 
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pwest71
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Posted: 2016-02-12 06:26 am   Permalink

Really great work, on the background, boat, everything thus far. Thanks for sharing.

Paul


 
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