A glimpse into my scale modeling hobby

History to Scale

When you put together two things that I love, history and scale models, what is the result? A museum. I love museums. I can’t remember a day of my life when I was not excited to go to a museum. Museums have all the cool artifacts, all the history, and all the scale models. Oh, the scale models. I became interested in the most random topics just because I was fascinated with the models and the dioramas. The Night at the Museum movies were a perfect visualization of my grandest fantasies. I never read much about Native American buffalo hunts or animals of the Upper Midwest, but the dioramas at the Milwaukee Public Museum piqued my interest and continue to leave their imprint on me.  Fortunately, I can live out many of my fantasies when I get to travel to Italy for my job and visit all of the fabulous museums and see all of the fabulous models.

I have spent a good amount of space on this blog talking about my influences as a modeler, so it is only appropriate to step away from my own work for a short time and share some of the great model work from museums and sites in Italy. These models are a wonderful representation of some of my earliest influences as a scale modeler.

This is a huge, perfectly-scaled model of the western portion of the site at Pompeii. The model resides at the Naples Archaeological Museum. No frills, but it is incredibly accurate and detailed.

This is a huge, perfectly-scaled model of the western portion of the site at Pompeii. The model resides at the Naples Archaeological Museum. No frills, but it is incredibly accurate and detailed.

Another topographical model. This time, the model shows the complex of Hadrian's Villa as it may have originally looked. Unfortunately, we don't know a lot about some of the buildings, but this model gives a great overview of the entire, sprawling mini-city.

Another topographical model. This time, the model shows the complex of Hadrian’s Villa as it may have originally looked. Unfortunately, we don’t know a lot about some of the buildings, but this model gives a great overview of the entire, sprawling mini-city.

One of the coolest models from my trip. This shows a reconstruction of the Temple of Isis from Pompeii. The model is built as it would have originally looked, including the locations of all the frescoes that are located in the rooms around it at the Naples Archaeological Museum.

One of the coolest models from my trip. This shows a reconstruction of the Temple of Isis from Pompeii. The model is built as it may have originally looked, including the original locations of all the frescoes that are located in the rooms around it at the Naples Archaeological Museum.

This final model is cool because of it combines a reconstruction with the ruins. This model shows the Temple of Jupiter from the Ancient Greek/Roman site of Cumae. The lower section shows the remains as they are now, and a cross-section of the original temple is built on top. I love these kinds of models because they help me visualize piles of ruins much more easily.

This final model is cool because of it combines a reconstruction with the ruins. This model shows the Temple of Jupiter from the Ancient Greek/Roman site of Cumae. The lower section shows the remains as they are now, and a cross-section of the original temple is built on top. I love these kinds of models because they help me visualize piles of ruins much more easily.

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