I'm a professional model maker / theatrical scenic
Like so many people now working in theatre I got the bug as a child through
my toy theatre and went on to become stage designer and scenic artist.
About 15 years ago I was siezed by a desire to use my adult skills to
make the model theatre I had always wanted as a child. I decided to
base it on a real theatre and settled on London's 'Old Vic' where all
the greats of British heatre had performed and which has one of the most perfect
and exhuberant mid Victorian interiors. Flat cardboard would not do.
It would need to be three dimensionally sculpted with the finest detail I
could manage. After nine months I had the prototype and I have subsequently
made 16 versions two of which live in the USA, Two in Switzerland and Norway
and the others in the UK. Most have a miniature lighting rig
with a laptop control board with around thirty dimmers operating three colour
battens and spotlights - about 140 lamps in all. Most also have a flying
system, some have a revolving stage and / or working traps. The decorative
auditorium is contained in a cabinet of one of three designs.
I call it 'The Victoria Model Theatre' . Prices start at £2300
( $3450) The models are made to commission and can be seen on two websites.