WebUrbanist: Itty Bitty Cities
Many cool images of scale city models, with neat stories. A full scale reproduction of the San Francisco Bay seems like the most useful example here, but many of the others are incredibly rich in detail and effort. Like the model of Manhattan pictured above:
It was built over the course of about 2,000 working hours by software engineer Michael Chesko. He wasn’t building the model in a professional capacity; he was simply having fun. He hand-carved each tiny piece from balsa wood using nothing more than an X-Acto knife, a nail file, and a Dremel. The impressive 1:3200 model now rests in New York’s Skyscraper Museum after being hand-delivered by Chesko and his wife; amazingly, neither had ever set foot in the city before that day.