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Little Round Top Civil War Diorama

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Project: Little Round Top Civil War Diorama

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Project: Little Round Top Civil War Diorama

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“Little Round Top . . . was the site of an unsuccessful assault by Confederate troops against the Union left flank on July 2, 1863, the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg.” —from Wikipedia.

This historical miniature was based on a number of assorted renderings of the battlefield as well as Google Earth views of the exact area, which were used to generate accurate elevation data.

The final touch will be the addition of scale figures to bring this historical locale to life.

Scale: 1/35
Dimensions: 22 in x 30 in

Location: Eastern US

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Burnside Bridge War Diorama

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Project: Burnside Bridge War Diorama

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Project: Burnside Bridge War Diorama

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Burnside Bridge, located in Sharpsburg, Maryland crossing the Antietam Creek, was the site of the Civil War Battle of Antietam, a key battle between the North and South. This project was built around a prefabricated foam bridge that was then cut and modified and embedded in the scenery and water feature. The client will add an extensive collection of 1/32 lead soldiers to bring this scene to life

Scale: 1/32 or 56mm (lead soldiers)
Dimensions: 22 in x 30 in

Location: Eastern US

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Pearl Harbor – Ford Island 1941 Diorama

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Project: Pearl Harbor – Ford Island 1941 Diorama

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Project: Pearl Harbor – Ford Island 1941 Diorama

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The client has a collection of waterline WWII battleships that he wanted to display in a realistic setting.

This display recreates Ford Island, the location of “Battleship Row” in the Pearl Harbor Naval Base as it appeared just prior to the December 7, 1941 attack by the Imperial Japanese forces that launched the US into World War 2.

Sources for the geographic design included Google Earth and period photos available online, one of which was an aerial photo from a Japanese plane. The large building, the BOQ or Bachelor Offices Quarters was designed in 3D and 3D printed.

Scale: 1:1250
Dimensions: 22 in x 30 in

Location: Eastern US

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Marc Jacobs Fashion Week 2012 Volcano

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Project: Marc Jacobs Fashion Week 2012 Volcano

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Project: Marc Jacobs Fashion Week 2012 Volcano

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Marketing experts know that they sometimes have moments to capture the attention of the modern shopper. What better way to pull someone out of their path than with an exciting combination animated train display/ showcase shelf for featured products?

This was the idea behind the tropical island volcano dreamed up for Marc Jacobs’ prominent New York location for Fashion Week 2012!

This project seamlessly combines a lush tropical island, a glowing smoking volcano, a modern train that circles the island, a stone viaduct bridge, and a number of “Easter eggs” for the alert viewer. The lava trails down the side of the caldera glow and slowly pulse bright orange. To further the effect, a ring of orange LED’s sits inside the crater rim to light up the smoke that puffs out. Interspersed among these elements are deliberately flat and vacant areas intended to display small fashion items to the customers, like purses, shoes, jewelry, etc.

Because the location in the shop may not have had immediate and easy power access, the display runs on rechargeable batteries that can be swapped out via a hidden hatch in the rear.

Although only scheduled for a one week appearance, the volcano was so popular that it remained on display for many months. Another SMARTT choice!

Scale: HO Scale
Dimensions: 40 in x 40 in

Location: NYC

Features:
  • Operating HO train

  • Lightweight, sturdy construction

  • Illuminated lava

  • Operating smoke generator

  • Rechargeable battery power source

  • Detailed figures and vignettes

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Philippine Fishing Village

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Project: Philippine Fishing Village

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Project: Philippine Fishing Village

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On a recent project, SMARTT was asked to design and include a replica of a Philippine Fishing Village. While much of the layout that included this project was scaled at 1/24, this section needed to be build in HO (1/87) scale to feature the large water area and beach. Everything in the scene was hand fabricated just for this diorama, and the stilt houses and docks were embedded in a clear water compound for realism. You can see more from this layout here…

Scale: HO Scale
Dimensions: 36 in x 10 in

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Hobbiton

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Project: Hobbiton

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Project: Hobbiton

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In J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, the small Middle Earth folk known as the Hobbits live in a village called Hobbiton, part of as the region called The Shire. Each hobbit lives in a hole in the ground, as described in the narrative … “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”


The creators of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film series went to great lengths to bring Tolkien’s narrative to life, and for a recent project, we did likewise from their bold example!

This diorama is part of a large fantastical model railroad project featuring a number of movie based dioramas. Each was completely custom fabricated. You can see more here…

Scale: 1/24
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Hagrid’s Hut

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Project: Hagrid’s Hut

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Project: Hagrid’s Hut

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In the amazing imagination of writer J.K. Rowling, Rubeus Hagrid is the loyal half-giant groundskeeper at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Hagrid lives on campus in a stone hut at the edge of the Forbidden Forest, although his hut has, through the magic of changing film decorators and set dressers, moved around several times. The hut, as shown, was designed from numerous photo references, mostly based on the later film appearances, when the look finally settled.

This diorama is part of a large fantastical model railroad project featuring a number of movie based dioramas, including several from the Harry Potter universe. Each was completely custom fabricated. You can see more here…

Scale: 1/35
Dimensions: 8 in x 48 in

Location: Florida

Features:
  • Hagrid’s Hut was completely designed in 3D before fabrication. The roof spires were 3D printed from an original design.

  • Note the tiny Ford Anglia caught in the Whomping Willow!

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G Scale Diner Car

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Project: G Scale Custom Pullman Car

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Project: G Scale Custom Pullman Car

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Custom kit-bashed from a standard 1:24 scale G-gauge Pullman Car, this one-of-a-kind, super-detailed, fully lit model is a replica of the type of vehicle beer magnate Adolphus Busch would have used to travel the country.

The fully furnished interior features lacquered doll’s house furniture, a cloth rug, bottles, glasses, and even a wine and cheese platter—just the thing for those long weekends riding the rails in style. The paneling is real wood too, and the light fixtures all illuminate.

The wooden base hides a socket for the plug-in AC power supply to provide power through the rails. Finally, completing the ensemble is a plexiglass acrylic display case.

Scale: G Scale
Dimensions: 6 in x 24 in

Features:
  • Gold lettering reading “Adolphus”

  • Custom illuminated Busch logo on end of car

  • Faux “stained glass” clearstory

  • Detailed ballasted G-scale track with weathered rail on polished wood base

  • Custom acrylic Plexiglass cover

  • Wood paneling

  • Wood furniture with cloth seats

  • Cloth rug

  • Cloth curtains

  • Detailed glasses, plates, vases, fruit, bottles

  • Operating illuminated Tiffany lamps, wall sconces, hanging light fixtures

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DARPA-tech Trade Show Model

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Project: DARPA-tech Trade Show Model

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Project: DARPA-tech Trade Show Model

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An underground command facility is the subject of this elaborate display model, built especially for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) trade show.

Enclosed in this subterranean world are a full laboratory, waste and physical plant, and a mission control center. The model features full fluorescent lighting in hidden pull-out drawers and light-up electro-luminescent mission control consoles and view-screens.

SMARTT can turn your trade show idea, concept, or prototype into a physical three dimensional model.

What better way for thousands of visitors and guests to remember you than the touch and feel of the real deal!

Scale: 1:48
Dimensions: 24 in x 24 in

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Spaceship Shooting Miniature

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Project: Spaceship Shooting Miniature

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Project: Spaceship Shooting Miniature

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This is an award winning original model of a futuristic fantasy spaceship. It is designed to function as a shooting miniature for film and television production. It includes multiple concealed hard-points to enable it to be mounted from several different angles for versatility in filming. Additionally, the model is loaded with electronic lighting effects all operated via wireless remote control. It can be disassembled into three sections for easy transport.

Whether shot from close-up, as a fly-by, or from a distance, the intricate detail and weathering on every inch of the model’s surface holds up — on a par with the greatest spaceships of epic film history.

Scale: Unspecified Size: Approximately 6 feet long
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