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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 05-30-2009 12:20 PM 2780 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I continue to be amazed by how many amazing things there are out there by which to be amazed. I find new ones every day online, and have for the last decade. One I found this week is a 1/500th scale miniature of all of Moscow, built in 1988, and maintained ever since. It looks to be all balsa, or basswood. If the city changes, or a new house is built, they correct the model. It’s stayed current for the last 2 decades. Tons more pictures here.

1/500th scale miniature of a Moscow building

1/500th scale miniature of a Moscow bridge

section of a 1/500th scale miniature of Moscow

1/500th scale miniature of Moscow

I’m off now to start my 1/1000th scale miniature of Los Angeles. How hard could it be?

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator



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spanky46

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#1 posted 05-30-2009 12:48 PM

That’s probably going to use up the rest of your weekend Gary!
Thanks for sharing.

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#2 posted 05-30-2009 01:03 PM

Gary,
Don’t forget Mike’s on de Soto and Washington…and oh yeah, there was a great little Mexican restaurant on Washington not to far away- across the street from Meat Packer’s Supply “Jose Cuervo, you are a friend of mine…” I’m also wondering if the City of Hickory couldn’t take lessons on road lay out from the City of Moscow. Great find!

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NickTobis

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#3 posted 05-30-2009 02:28 PM

Ive been to Moscow twice, and I think id almost rather visit this…..Just kidding, Moscow is an impressive city but this model just about beats all that Ive ever seen

-- T&G, West Palm Beach

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#4 posted 05-30-2009 06:06 PM

Hey Gary
Wow so impressive. when do you start the LA version?

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#5 posted 05-30-2009 07:38 PM

Crazy

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#6 posted 05-30-2009 10:07 PM

I HEARD THEY WERE GOING TO UPDATE ALL THE FIRE HYDRANTS THIS SUMMER…AND WERE GOING TO HAVE TO MOVE THEM TO ACCOMADATE THE NEWER WATER LINES…...IM SURE YOU WOULDNT WANT TO BE INCORRECT ON THAT ONE…..SOMEONE HAS TO MUCH TIME ON THERE HANDS…I ALWAYS THOUGHT IT WAS ME….I DONT EVEN COME CLOSE.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 05-31-2009 12:28 AM

The US military uses this type of model to strategize urban defense.

What WAS Moscow thinking?

Lee

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 05-31-2009 06:10 AM

Jim, he said he was going to start, that’s why he gone!! ;-)) I wonder how they get in there to make changes? Seems like hanging upside down would suck :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 05-31-2009 06:14 AM

Hey Gary, are you done yet?

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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Gary Fixler

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#10 posted 05-31-2009 06:22 AM

Dale – just finished! I had to add Mike’s on de Soto for Elaine, but that was it. I also hope when the neighbors get back from their Saturday night dinners and/or movies they will not be upset. I had to extend into – okay, entirely across – their yards.

Topamax – looks like it’s all in sections. They may be able to remove each one as they go to get to the middle. What a pain!

grizz – OH GREAT. Now I have to be ready for a monumental hydrant change. The paint is still drying on those, too.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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