Who remembers going downtown to Higbees or other department stores and seeing Christmas train displays in windows with merchandise in the windows? Stores have stopped doing them but Country Stove Patio & Spa wanted to bring the tradition back to our store. Since 2012 Country Stove Patio and Spa has put a Christmas Train in one of our front windows. 2014 Christmas Display is dedicated to Universal Studios Theme park. Take a look at these handmade buildings by Country Stove Patio and Spa. Come Take a ride on the Harry Potter Train and visit and see the minions from Despicable Me at Gru’s house, Megatron, Optimus Prime and the Transformers, Blast some Ghosts with Peter Venkman from Ghostbusters, get scared by the Universal Studios Monsters and visit The Simpsons at their house in Springfield.
Making of Universal Studios O Scale Christmas Train Display
This idea of using the Universal Studios Theme came about in January from Joe Federico, creator of the Train Display and a Universal Studios Theme park fan. The buildings were all scratch build which means they were custom made. The process of making the buildings started with going off of pictures on the internet and pictures from being at the park. Then poster board was made to make the pieces and the pieces were then taped together as a template. After All buildings were together, then 1/4′ Plywood was used and cut with a saber saw to the sized pieces from the poster board. All 1/4″ plywood was glued together and held in a clamp for a tight fit. Once the the buildings were together, they were painted with primer then the desired color of the building. Next, I added the windows and doors that were custom made too. This process took 2-3 months to make each building. Dwayne, train enthusist from Ormandy’s Train store in Medina, Ohio came and helped with the setup. The Jurassic Park Gate was handmade by Stan Starry Jr. from the Great Lakes Woodcarving club.