A place to share ideas and thoughts about miniatures, scale models, architecture and display my collections of Tynietoy, Strombecker, Tootsietoy, Halls, Kage, Kilgore &; Arcade cast iron, and a few other antique miniature finds and projects.
My son and I got to spend a little time at a local car show/fundraiser for out local high school this afternoon.
He has taken an interest in building model cars and we took a couple of pictures by some cars that he was currently working on.
His current project is a 1930's model Ford is similar to the red one we saw at the car show and he had already completed this one ( below) which was nearly exactly like the yellow one we saw today at the car show.
On our summer road trip this year, I was once again reminded of the importance of architectural models and miniatures. Not only are they beautiful, but they also help others understand the size, shape, scale, and proportions that are sometimes hard to see in drawings and photographs.
This first model is located inside the South Visitor's Center at Temple Square in Salt Lake City Utah. It is a cut-away scale model of the famous Salt Lake Temple. The actual Temple can be seen behind the model through large windows. This model of the Mormon Temple is built at 1:32 scale.
I came across the photo below on the website of the architecture firm that was commissioned to build the model. It shows the size of the model.
This photo below shows how the some of the floor levels relate to each other and how the model builder chose to represent the "structure" of the building and it's solid stone construction. It took the members of the church 40 years to build the temple and it was completed in 1893. The model was completed in 2010 and took 5 months to complete.
A touch screen video display near the model explains the purpose of each of the rooms. The model contains miniature versions of the hand painted wall murals inside and symbolic details carved into the exterior of the temple, as well as miniature reproductions of all of the light fixtures.
These close ups show some of the detail in each of the rooms. The top two floors contain an assembly room and contains a balcony. In the basement is a large baptismal font that rests on the back of 12 oxen representing the 12 Tribes of Israel.
Part of our journey took us to a small town in Southern Utah called Parowan. Some of my ancestors help build this community. This small model was at a museum there and represents how the city was started with large walls around it. It was also amazing to meet someone at the museum who knew my Great Grandparents and steered me to a photograph of my grandfather at a WWII display at the museum.
This next model below was at the North Visitor Center at Temple Square in Salt Lake City Utah. It is a scale model of the city of Jerusalem around the time of Jesus Christ it covers 14 square feet and boasts over 4,000 buildings and structures.
It is an interactive model and and as you walk around and read about each building, you can press a button and a small light will highlight that part of the model.
The large structure on the hill is the Temple
We came across this last model in the Church History Museum at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. It is a model of Salt Lake City early in its history. Salt Lake City is known for it's ease of directions and laid out on grid of streets with a North and South axis and naming system.