Cos of the give-away and Simons inspiration i found myself having a renewed interest in Edward Lutyens. I knew him for Queen Mary's Dolls house of course, but in doing so I came across another miniature of his. Not a dolls house, but an architectural model of "The Cathedral that never was".
In the early 1930's Lutyens had designed a huge Cathedral for the centre of Liverpool. In efforts to raise funds for the build a model was made. Building commenced but unfortunately the second world war broke out, keeping the project on hold. And as time went by the cost involved kept rising. The cathedral was never erected (only the crypt) and the 12 foot model lived a quiet life stored away. That was till 1992. A full restoration on the model took place. Because the inside of the Cathedral wasn't finished they had to build those parts from drawing. This video shows some of the stages and challenges during that process. Except for scale (it's huge!) I think many of us miniature builders out here can recognize how they went about.
The Cathedral was build from wood and the modern day architectural model makers were not so common to work with it anymore. And I can imagine why, it's relatively heavy and today we have all these modern materials we can work with and use. All sorts of plastics, hard- or cardboard and paper that is less heavy and works a treat to simulating things.
There's lots to find about it on the web. For instance The Liverpool Museums has a website, at the bottom of the page are many links to stroll. Especially the castings of figures used in the model took my eye. Cos of my recent casting adventures with plaster and resin it was sort of comforting to see in the video and pictures that the craft men encountered some of the same issue's and problems.
I hope you enjoy,