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DIY Gravity Falls Mystery Shack miniature HO Scale Model Train Set


Gravity Falls.  I can’t say enough about this show.  I truly miss it and honestly don’t think there are has been a program that both my daughter and I both loved so much and so equally.  There are a lot of shows one of watches because the other loves it and we want to spend time together.  But, Gravity Falls was just about the most perfect TV show for us.  It was mysterious and silly and odd and unique and quirky and funny.  It was not stupid annoying humor “funny” it was really smart and clever humor that we both got.  For the uninitiated it like if Mulder and Skully were weird twin kids who got sent to Twin Peaks for the summer.  This was well before Twin Peaks got popular again after its return to television.  It has some of the most original characters on television.  Not only the main characters, who are great, but the whole town is populated by an eccentric group where every bit player is memorable.  The dialogue is so clever and witty that the show has been off the air for a while and we still quote it frequently.  That all doesn’t even come close to the story that is so dense and weird.  I did I mention the codes and ciphers that add another layer to this complex but totally accessible “kids” show.  So, I guess what I am saying is, is that I like the show…a lot.



We have discussed some of our HO scale Disney themed Train with our Lilo & Stitch House, Flynn’s Arcade, and Up House.   So, when we were designing the train we know early on that this train had to make a stop in Gravity Falls.  I started out a bit intimidated by the idea of designing and making the Mystery Shack.  I was new to train modeling and scratch building so for the first year I was content to modify a water tower with the Robbie’s iconic mushroom cloud/muffin.  But, I always knew I would not be satisfied until I made a Mystery Shack.



After some time and lot of builds my skills got to the level where I felt comfortable tackling the scratch building of the Mystery Shack out of sheets of polystyrene.   The devil was going to be in the details as there are so many iconic elements I had to include in the building.  Here is a pic of the house finally assembled before any painting was done.  Remember that the whole building is about 3” tall.


I tried to get every single element I could from the sign with them fallen S, to the lights, and the front porch with the Pitt cola machine.


My daughter painted the roof, did the weathering, and applied the moss to the roof.


To complete the look, I decided I had to have the totem poll as well as the golf cart.



Eventually the entire thing will go on the train table with hundreds of pine trees to really sell the whole effect.


Until next time…



The Imagine Ears features the DIY projects, adventures, and thoughts of a father and daughter who use a shared love of all things Disney to create memories together through encouraging her interests in architecture, design, Imagineering, while exploring history and science.


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