Monday, February 02, 2009

Submarine Voyage Construction

From Leonard Precision Products of Santa Ana comes this promotional photograph of the Submarine Voyage and Monorail beam under construction. I believe the product being showcased is the lift and work station mounted on the Monorail track in the middle of the photograph. Some nice details including the rock work and coral in the foreground. I did a quick check on the web to find out any information about the company and did not find anything. The address on the photo is 9200 Bolsa Avenue Santa Ana, Calif. By googling the address, the site is now in Westminster and is the Asian Garden Mall in Little Saigon.

14 comments:

Major Pepperidge said...

There's something about this photo that almost feels like a picture of a miniature mode!

Viewliner Ltd. said...

This photo has to be on the top of the rare list. Fantastic.

Katella Gate said...

Funny Major, I was going to say exactly the same thing ... it looks like a model.

Defiantly one of the most interesting photos in the last year.

outsidetheberm said...

Perhaps Leonard Precision Products built architectural models? It sure has that look on a computer screen. How's it look in person?

In either case, it's a real gem!

Pfeiffer Photos said...

It has to be a model...reminds me of the mini train layout my dad had in the 70s. Very neat photo!

Thufer said...

what a wonderful gift. just amazing.

Tina said...

Wow, that is one of the coolest shots I've seen of the park and the b&w just adds to it. Model or not it's still very cool. Thanks for sharing this.

Anonymous said...

The narrow depth of field makes it look like a model, but why would a model have that feature on the monorail trestle that looks like a construction support? In any event, your site is great. Have you ever posted any interior pictures of the sets inside the cave? They seem very rare. I've seen some pictures of the dismantling of the WDW version. They're fascinating but very sad, as they document the wanton destruction of such things as the sea serpent and graveyard of lost ships.

Matterhorn1959 said...

The photo in real life is not a model but an actual photograph of the construction. I am hoping that Chris Jespen (O.C. History Roundup) would chime in here with information on the company.

Anonymous said...

It looks like Leonard Precision Products was absorbed into Conrac Corporation Machine Tool Division.

"PHI has been a leading manufacturer of automatic steel beam welders, benders, end finishers and presses for over forty years. First as Leonard Precision Products, then as Conrac Corporation Machine Tool Division and now as PHI Machine Tool."

http://www.sme.org/cgi-bin/new-evget-booth.pl?&&5248&001760&&FB08-97227&

Eric

Matterhorn1959 said...

Eric- thanks for the further information on the company.

outsidetheberm said...

Good information. Happy for the follow up. Thank you.

Nancy said...

it reminds me of those Godzilla movies when they have the destruction scenes, esp with water, and the miniatures seem to stand out for some reason when the try to do the water effect

its really cool : )

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