Enormou​s Scale Models of Cities are Mind-Blowing and Gorgeous

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Sometimes the only thing more awe-inspiring than a city is a massive model of the city, rendered down to the finest detail. Here are some of the most obsessively-rendered models of cities that you'll ever see. And of course, they're to scale. Which is itself amazing.

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A 1940 model of the City of Los Angeles, California

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(via Los Angeles and the Problem of Urban Historical Knowledge)

Panorama of the City of New York, built by a team of more than 100 people between 1961 and 1964. It was created for the 1964 World's Fair and contains 895,000 structures.

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1:64 scale model of Cincinnati, Ohio, in the Cincinnati History Museum, full with working trains, streetcards an inclines

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The 1:500 scale (1,550 square feet or 144 square meter) planning model of Moscow, constructed between 1963 and 1968, but still updated. Some of the most important buildings are highlighted with dark wood.

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The Holyland Model of Jerusalem, a 1:50 scale-model of Jerusalem, Israel in the first century, measuring 21,520 square feet (2,000 sqm), designed by Michael Avi Yonah based on historical sources. Since 2006 it stands in the Billy Rose Sculpture Garden at the Israel Museum.

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The 400-square-feet (37.2 sqm) model of Moscow, built in 1976 by Efim Deshalyt

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A 1:1000 scale model of Old Havana, Cuba, made from cedar wood (Habano cigar boxes), cardboard, plastic, sand and sponge. It spans over 1,550 sq ft (144 sqm), weighs six tons and was designed and built by Orlando Martorell and his wife.

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A 1:500 scale (56 sqm or 603 sq ft) model of Dresden, Germany. The darker buildings are purposed developments.

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A 1:500 scale (250 sqm or 2,690 sq ft) planning model of Budapest, Hungary, updated between 1976 and 1990. It was stored in a warehouse for the following 23 years.

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A 1:1500 scale model of Buenos Aires, Argentina

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A 1:750 scale model of Beijing, China in 2020, constructed by a team of 150 in a year

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The 1:3200 model of Midtown Manhattan by Michael Chesko, took 2000 hours to complete, on display at the Skyscraper Museum in New York

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This is how Shanghai will look in 2020. The 1:500 scaled model is now in the Shanghai Urban Planning Museum

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A not-so-lifelike model of downtown San Francisco, built from toothpicks by Scott Weaver, who is working on it since four decades.

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A 1:750 model shows the imagined future Chiongqing, China

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I make architectural models for a living. Just thinking of planing all those trees is making my wrist hurt.

This was the biggest I've done thus far, couldn't fit a bigger model in the shop.