A realistic historical landmark miniatures, as we can see from the title, is most generally a physical miniature representation of the world-famous landmarks, which maintains accurate relationships between all important aspects of the model, although absolute values of the original properties need not be preserved. This enables a fully display of the original object without examining the original object itself.
There are so many miniature parks in the world. They are usually open spaces that display miniature buildings and models, but the definition has widened in recent years to encompass large-scale miniature landscapes indoors. A miniature park may contain a model of a single city or town, often called a miniature city or model village, or it can contain a number of different sets of models. They have been developed as recreational and tourist attractions.
To be a true scale model, all relevant aspects must be accurately modeled, such as material properties, so the model’s interaction with the outside world is reliably related to the original object’s interaction with the real world. We’ve seen how artists can take life-sized landscapes and make them appear to be tiny models.
Here we are not talking about how to make the miniature landmarks which are truly amazing and pure handmade by professional technicians. That is how artists who take life-sized landscapes and make them appear to be tiny world of miniature art.
Today, we are talking about to make your own miniature landmarks.
3D Printing–make your own miniature landmarks
- Choose a landmark
You can choose a landmark of your hometown, or one that you truly feel belonging to. That is key to keep you engaged and excited through the process and the reward of seeing it printed will be priceless!
- Learn to use software
Some complicated software and parametric program will be used to model, so it is an adequate challenge to your modeling skills and software.
- Learn more about the landmark
Next, google the building you chose! Save as many photographs or accurate drawings as you need. It also helps a lot to read its entry on Wikipedia to know more about it, or even better, go and visit the real one! Study it, touch it, become an expert. These are mode helpful when modeling.
Then comes with groundwork–Drawing. Before using the software, the drawings you make will make your brain and hands get used to the landmark, you will identify its main characteristics, proportions, etc. Imagine your model is made up of very simple geometric bodies, like cubes. Draw those boxes; you will start modeling like that anyway. Get familiar with it in as many drawings as you need, try different views and details.
Here, the most difficult part–modeling. At MiniWorld, we use scales that allow general details but keep the model small and easy to print. Find a real-life measure that helps you know the real size, one measure is enough (like height or square surface) but if you get more, it is better. Then we need to scale down from right size and get the proportions. Remember, start with general bodies, and get down to detail in the end, although the smallest details won’ t be printed.
- Preparing the file
If you are happy and amazed at how your model looks, do the adequate modifications to make sure it can is printable: make it manifold (water-tight), reinforce thin walls or parts, think of support material (if it applies) and reduce mass where possible. You can use free programs or others to evaluate and even fix errors.
- Print and be awesome!
Print your file or share it somewhere you can print. A piece of your hometown is now in the magical domains of the Internet, where the world can have a miniature of that, isn’t it cool?