Michael Chesko built this scale model of NYC’s midtown using balsa wood and a love for detail –

This scale miniature of Midtown took 2000 hours to complete. As reference, he used blueprints, old photographs, digital reproductions, and satellite images. On a good day, he’d work his way through four city blocks. The entire model is 36″ x 30″… a good deal smaller than most office desks. At the 1:3200 scale, the Empire State Building Chesko’s favorite skyscraper) roughly reaches the dizzying height of a Campbell’s Soup can.

– Check out Tinselman’s blog for more pics and info – Stop and Smell the Miniatures

Collin Cunningham

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!

  • QuantasNeverCrashed

    Very nice job. Reminds me of this stunningly detailed painting of downtown London, made by an autistic painter after a 30 min helicopter ride:

    It sounds almost to great to be true.


    Very nice! – Robert Moses commissioned a scale model of all 5 boroughs of nyc that you can visit at the Queens Museum of Art. There is a little elevated walkway that takes you around it and there are tours. Hasn’t been updated since 92, as there is no funding for it.

    Highlights to you just how inaccurate the subway map is, since Staten Island fills a huge portion of the room.