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Tiny landmarks on display at Brooksby

Former civil engineer turns focus to 3D models

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June 26th, 2014
man holding a miniature drum set

The Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Seattle Space Needle—Bob Croft has built them all as tiny 3D metal models. 

In the two-and-a-half years since he stumbled upon his newest hobby, Bob has assembled about 100 models of landmark buildings, cars, ships, airplanes, insects, and musical instruments in his Brooksby apartment home. 

Gift idea turned hobby

The hobby began while Bob was shopping for holiday gifts in 2012. He happened upon the small model kits, manufactured by Metal Earth. Thinking they might make a nice gift, Bob bought a handful of kits. When he didn’t find an appropriate recipient for the gifts, he made the models himself.     

Since then, Bob says, “I’ve bought them all,” with a few exceptions. He has made some models more than once, when he wasn’t able to master them the first time or when he wanted to sell them or give them away. 

Bob is regularly in contact with a representative from Metal Earth to stay abreast of the newest models on the market, but when choosing which to create, Bob says, “I’d rather do what people like to look at.” 

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