Creating a diorama of what Santa does before his famous travels. There are a couple of Big surprises in store! Here is a long write-up of what the diorama will eventually show. The last week usually catches Santa performing quality control checks on some of the presents he will soon deliver. Needless to say, it has been a hettic year since his last overnighter. The elves are done with their chores and the goodies are ready for delivery! They still have a few last minute items to catch up on, but the pace is quite slower than the prior 51-weeks! Santa has his Sleigh in the tune-up shop for a last minute once over. While the local speed guru is checking it out Santa has plenty of time to enjoy his favorite week! One huge surprise was shown in the drone photo. Bet you all thought that the reindeer do all the flying work to get the Sleigh in the air. Actually I just found out that the Reindeer actually do fly once he gets to where his travels take him, however for the long distances between stops, he uses a retractable Saturn V F1 engine! The Reindeer are used to guide the long distance craft through the various course changes, they also perform all takeoffs and landings. Soon you’ll see the first ever photos of the F1 Install! Before the photos from the build start showing up, like to mention a few things about how this all came about. Four years ago I saw a Halls Christmas Ornament of Santa launching a model rocket. I decided to build a paper model of the ornament! As I was picturing what it would like, in my minds eye, I started adding things, finally deciding that a Diorama was the only way to get everything together. I started looking for misc items to add. As such, I want to say a BIG Thank You to a Free resource! Canon Creative Park Supplied the Santa, Reindeer, and Sleigh. Also downloaded a bunch of other models to build, but ran into an issue with my base foam poster board! Several items will be added next year when I modify my first try, that I’m about to show you. Here are couple of links to get the Santa, Reindeer and Sleigh: http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/CNT-0010097/index.html http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/CNT-0011992/index.html Don’t forget to change the download for the correct size of paper you will be using! Easy to do before you download. Found the instructions to be easy to understand and follow the build. Part fit is outstanding! I did change from the instructions on the sleigh: I glued the runners together before forming them, this is a little different than the instructions show. Do recomend that you edge color everything. There is so much coloring to do that I cut the tips off of a few of my markers! Most of the other “props” used are some of my own drawings. Before I get to the photos, please understand that two weeks ago I underwent surgery for Nasal Polyps. This was a three hour procedure! Using a stealth guided operation that used Cat Scans to map what need done. The surgeon was not able to complete the whole surgery. Seems that I bled more than normal, loosing enough blood that he had to stop, at about the 2/3 done mark. This gave me time to start the actual building. I was off from work 13-days, yesterday the 18th was my first day back to work. I wanted to have everything done. That just didn’t happen. Issue after issue: 1) The baseboard foam poster sheet is entirely too small for everything, had to drop the plans to show the coal mine, for that bad’uns! You’ll also see I ran out of room for everything. Some models aren’t shown at all, some have been downsized or modified to fit what little space was available. This leaves everything looking busy, and not the right looking scale. Sorry! 2) The Canon models are way bigger than I thought they would be. To try and scale everything properly meant changing whole building to just a side panel drawing, and chopping the Tune-Up shop in 3/4 showing only ¼ of it for this year. Yes, I know it doesn’t look right, I did use the “hanger” door for the mechanic instead of the normal shade-tree… I would not recommend downsizing the Canon models. It took 12-hours to construct the Santa and 8-hours to do the sleigh. Was able to get my fingers inside to perform all of the gluing tasks! Once again the part fit was outstanding! This is the first time I’ve tried a figurine and was very impressed with the model construction! Ran out of time to build the Reindeer, that will have to wait until next year. Plan to modify the Reindeer to show how they actually fly. Might be a surprise to some. Will have to wait until next year to see the how part! 3) Mentioned that yesterday was my first back to work. Well I did a full 8-hour day, got home last night thinking I would be able to get everything done by today, so that I could post the completed build. Well that didn’t happen. My figuring that 4-5 hours would see it all done was way off mark. I started at 6pm last night, finally decided to take a break at 6:30 am this morning. Its now 8:46 Am (typing this much takes time too). My secret for the all-nighter. When I get tired, my mind starts looking for shortcuts. It doesn’t go through all the steps, thinking/rethinking, it goes straight to the best answer usually. When I sit down to design, I’ve been known to start on Friday night and go to Sunday night without sleep. Very little food, but plenty of water and restroom stops. Thinking that the lights are going to be the final item added, also know that they are going to be rather difficult to rig up. 50-ft string of small LEDs! Ok, having said all the above; time for some photos! Will start on the Sleigh, next posts will show the other builds. Not done yet, but have over150mb of photos! Thank you for checking this project out! Best regards, Mike Time For Photos-Sleigh Body First.