I've gone down a bit of a rabbit hole, but I'm having fun immersing myself in Lone Ranger stuff.
I found some interesting stuff about the transition from radio to TV. The worry was that the TV show would come off seeming small and limited because the radio show could do virtually anything they wanted to do. Herds of buffalos, trains, calvary, etc. just required some clever sound effects and narration.
As an attempt of limiting the radio program, the 1948 storylines found the Lone Ranger and Tonto sticking around one town. This went in tow with a marketing promotion called "The Lone Ranger Frontier Town." The four individual sections of the map could be purchased for a Cheerios box top and a dime. They came with pop-out buildings and landmarks that could be assembled and placed on the map. Additional buildings were available from the backs of 9 special boxes of Cheerios.
The completed town was 52"x40" (each section being 26"x20") and kids could use it to visually see the locations on the radio program.
This extended to the TV show, whose first three episodes (shot together as an origin story, that could have been released as a movie if the pilot wasn't picked up) retold the Frontier Town storyline and featured many of the same names and locations.
I thought it would be fun to try to recreate the model in 3D and use it as an inside joke in my parody. It's turned into an enormous amount of work. :-)
In the real world, it would have been much easier to put together the pop-out models that came with the maps. The kid didn't have to cut them out. Doing it digitally, it's a pain, because they required bleed on the print (to account for shifts on the press) and the trimlines and fold lines are in most cases invisible. Not to mention, the images I've found of the sheets are fairly small. The Cheerio box images were a good bit easier, since cut lines and fold lines were clearly marked on them.
I think I started on Friday, but even after working on it all weekend and yesterday, I've barely made a dent in it! I've placed all of the models from the Cheerios boxes (28 of them) and completed the pop-out models from the northeast section (another 11 models), but I still have the pop-out models for the other three sections.
I can only imagine how cool something like this would have been for a kid in 1948 ...assuming they had someplace they could put it. :-)
Anyway, here's my progress so far...