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Ex-Ithacan Mar 1, 2009 12:13 AM

Models of Cities
I've been fascinated by city models ever since I attended the New York World's Fair (way back when). Anyway, I've decided to post a few I've found on the net. If you find any, please feel free to add them.

Shaghai (pics by Andrew Currie at flickr)

London (pic by Halder Stream on flickr)

Sydney (pic by mpgilbert at flickr)

Havana (pics by nfolkert at flickr)

Singapore (pic by mikeleecs at flickr)

Moscow (pics by Natalia Grishkina)

Nanjing (pic by paul ark at flickr)

Cincinnati (pics by srhbth at flickr)

Here's a link to the Queens Museum of New York model:

Chicago (pics by J. B. Spector)

New York (again)

Chesko's NY
Although the skyscrapers are the attention grabbers in Chesko’s Midtown Manhattan model, the real effort was in the details. Tackling the block-by-block miniaturization of this district called for the creation of more than 380 individual blocks.
Photos: Zachary Zavislak

bnk Mar 1, 2009 4:18 AM

This is some really cool shit Ex.

I will spend some time looking at these and trying to find some others.

I know the work that goes into building a thread like this. Your effort is to be....


Ex-Ithacan Mar 1, 2009 7:26 PM

^ Thanks bnk, look forward to your finds. :)

photoLith Mar 1, 2009 7:43 PM

That Chicago and Cincinatti model looked incredibly detailed and awesome!

NYguy Mar 3, 2009 3:02 PM

City of NEW YORK

The Levy's Unique New York


Joe Shlabotnik


From unixsource


John J. Genna

Ex-Ithacan Mar 3, 2009 3:12 PM

Great additions NYGuy. This one is amazing:


fleonzo Mar 3, 2009 11:32 PM


NYguy Mar 4, 2009 1:24 PM


Originally Posted by Ex-Ithacan (Post 4120047)
Great additions NYGuy. This one is amazing:

Yeah, I haven't paid an actual visit to the Panorama myself (hard to believe) but I do find it amazing that you can view the entire city intact, all boroughs included. You get a feel for the true nature of the city. The Shanghai model is amazing. It should be mandatory that all cities include a citywide model for public viewing. I'll get to the Panorama, eventually.

ethereal_reality Mar 4, 2009 4:00 PM

Ex-Ithacan, this is a great thread.

Do you have photos of the model that inspired you at the NY World's Fair?
Was it Democracity......Futurama?

emathias Mar 4, 2009 5:54 PM

Hefei, Anhui, China
Most Chinese cities have a city model I think.

Here's one from the capital of the Anhui province, Hefei:

More can be seen here:
More angles of the Hefei model

shakman Mar 4, 2009 8:15 PM

I use to do stuff like this as a hobby. Except I would create my own skylines and design my own buildings.

My next project will be an airport.

Ex-Ithacan Mar 4, 2009 10:25 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 4122175)
Ex-Ithacan, this is a great thread.

Do you have photos of the model that inspired you at the NY World's Fair?
Was it Democracity......Futurama?

Yep, it was Futurama. I could have stayed there all day. The rest of the family wasn't as into it, alas, I lost the vote.

JManc Mar 5, 2009 1:56 AM

here's one i took of chicago:

i spent at least an hour staring at this thing.

peanut gallery Mar 5, 2009 6:50 AM

This is the coolest idea for a thread. I love these models. That NY one is just amazing.

Here's an out-of-date model of a small slice of SF. It was done primarily for the Mission Bay development, but it includes some of the Financial District as well:

LAsam Mar 5, 2009 6:46 PM

That NY model is rediculously detailed and awesome. Wow. I've seen the Cincinnati model in person... it's at a museum in the old Union Terminal building (art deco gem)... very very cool in person. The lighting changes from day to night, lights come on in the models, streetcars run around, and a fire breaks out in one of the buildings only to be put out by the Fire Department.

BigBird9 Mar 5, 2009 10:50 PM

The very first picture of Shaghai is incredible....

Awesome thread :yes:

ColDayMan Mar 6, 2009 12:23 AM

Well done. The Cincinnati model I've seen in person and it's a fantastic piece.

anm Mar 6, 2009 3:19 AM

This was posted once here

A wooden model of central Moscow, scale 1:500

photo by MakZer

The model area is 144 sq meters (about 1500 sq feet).

It has been created in 1986 and is updated as buildings are torn down/erected/renovated.

St. Basil's Cathedral is misteriously missing
one of projects for Zariadje reconstruction

a model of a building has been removed for update

and the last: SCC forumer jst whose pics I often repost here and a map of Moscow - the central pink area is roughly what is represented by wooden model (slightly more than within Garden Ring)

Ex-Ithacan Mar 6, 2009 11:16 AM

^ That Moscow model is awesome, especially since it's made of wood. Thanks anm.

And thanks to all you other folks who've added pics, good stuff.

bbeliko Mar 8, 2009 7:36 PM

Wow those pics NYguy posted are amazing.

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