(first posted 9/24/2016) In December 2015, I showed you a number of the the amazing miniature street scenes by Ken Rouet. He sent me some more the other day, so lets get back to Miniapolis and see how traffic is faring there.
More Amazing Miniature Streets Of Ken Rouet
– Posted on September 24, 2022
Wow!!! That’s dedication and very good modelling. I’m going to say 1/43 to 1/48 perhaps. But if it is it would be a huge diorama so my head says 1/87 and you can get some very detailed models in that scale. I’m a model railroader in winter and there’s lots of modern city buildings in 1/87 that would fit the 70’s without much modifications. If it is the 1/43 to1/48 those vehicles would be on the order of 4″ inches long and up. No matter what scale very very impressive..
hi yes 1/43
The detail work there is simply amazing!
I love it! The newest car is a 1978 or so
Amazing. Lot’s of talent, patience, and especially time was invested in this, and it looks great.
Illumated brakelights! This guy thinks of everything.
Not a single Japanese or German car in sight. It’s like a vision of Paradise.
Be careful what you wish for; by those rules Paradise could be overrun with Ladas and ancient oil-burning Saabs. Paradise would get smoggy in a hurry. 😉
Beautiful work. Especially the three Oldsmobiles that I found: a 1957 yellow hardtop wagon, a red and white 1959 2 door (not sure if 88/S88/98), and what looks like a 1964 Starfire.
There is also a Toronado, but those are too new for me to id by year (*).
(*) anything after 1964 is a guess, unless I owned one.
Also, in some shots, a realistic percentage of Checker and full-size Chevrolet yellow cabs, just like the real NYC back when I lived there. Of course, when it was raining, they were all occupied or “not in service”.
A true craftsman.
And the chevy cabs are bel airs, not a caprice made into a cab like they do on tv
Look closely at the tail lights
Yeah, I spotted that too. The details are amazing. How about the illuminated emergency lights on the fire truck!
Follow Up: He had to have gotten those ’73 Chevy Bel Air taxicabs at a fleet discount price. There are so many. ?
Ken, thank you for sharing your beautiful obsession.
Beautifully done, yes, but realistic? Drivers are merging politely, nobody’s leaning out the window to scream at other motorists, no one’s running a red light…. They’re even making room for the fire truck! Clearly this is a fantasy city. Amazing work though, seriously.
Incredible…! Great work, the models are in 1/43 scale.
What about “Elgin Park” with 1/24 scale american model cars from the 40´s to 60´s.
Author: Michael Paul Smith. To be seen; It is simply sensational.
Amazing work, I missed the original post but went back to see the photos there too. I love the variety of cars especially the more common cars that you don’t typically see in model form. I didn’t even know they made models of some of the cars on there, like Chevy Bel Air cabs or Clam shell wagons.
This is fantastic,its like a model version of the Joseph Dennis In Motion shots in Chicago, without the modern cars to get in the way.
I can’t recognise any of the model brands though, maybe Ertl ?
There are a ton of manufacturers in 1/43, and most of them being resin, there is a staggering variety of cars offered. Autoart, Neo, Minichamps, and others do very nicely detailed examples (which aren’t cheap!) as well as others that can be a little more reasonable.
The quality of work here is fantastic! I love that parking garage in particular, just because it’s totally full…
Yeah, its been a long time since I shopped for these, I have to be careful,model cars can be like drugs to me. Love the gold Riviera with the light colored roof.
I lived near there. It is spelled Minneapolis. Feel free to delete this, if you make the correction.
Mini-apolis, as in mini-ature. 🙂
I have no idea if Monsieur Rouet has any particular city that he’s replicating. Me thinks not.
This puts my diorama to shame. What scale, and who made the Checkers, the Fleetwood 75, and that ’60 Ford Wagon?
The ’60 Ford is by Precision X and I think the Fleetwood is an American Exelence
I can’t envision a world in which a 1960 Ford hasn’t dissolved into rust particles by the mid-seventies.
he has a 69 marauder x100 in there. half the free world doesn’t know what that is and he has a miniature of one in traffic!
this is my definition of car heaven!!
The only detail that I can see that is out of place is in the second to last picture with the Belair Taxi, Checker, and Toronado/Riveria lined up….The woodgrained vehicle behind this row looks to be a newer generation Jeep Grand Wagoneer…….If this scene was to be from the mid 70’s, that Jeep would not have the full woodgrain treatment……Wagoneers had a narrow woodgrain strip back then……The full woodgrain panels did not appear until the late 1970’s on Wagoneers..The Jeep also has the hood ornament used from 1987 and newer along with the dark cherry paint which was a color used in the final years of production…I bet if the grille of that Jeep were shown, it would have rectangular headlights which did not appear until 1979 on full sized Jeeps……Aside from this, the diorama is very well done and provides a time capsule to a typical city day in the 1970’s.
I also see a Lincoln Mark V in the 2nd to last shot which would date the scene as no earlier than 1977.
If indeed the gods live in the details, this is Mount Olympus.
Gave me a great idea how to display my 1/25 models. But how does he keep the dust off them?
Amazing! I though the first shot was a real cityscape!
Picture 5 – Is Ken a 1970’s jazz-funk fan?
Just incredible. These are 1/43 model cars (some of them by Minichamps and Neo Scale Models I think). Can’t help wondering how big Mr Rouet’s apartment is.
– I am posting a few pictures that will bring back the memories of the days when beautiful cars personalized America.
hello to all, here are other photos that you will like, know that everything is on a 1/43 scale, that I am a fan of soul and jazz funk and of the 70s. in any case, thank you for all these praises on my work which is taking I admit it.
If only the streets and cars were not that clean, it would look more convincing.
Here is another fantastic artist working on scale models which do NOT look new at all:
Great weathering. Making a showroom model is one thing – my builds are in that direction.
Weathering is another story.
Dion – That DS is very convincing. Without the hand holding it and correct scale placement I’d be fooled.
Ken Rouet – While this was posted in 2016 if you’re still reading CC replies I have a couple questions for you.
1. What are some of your own thoughts on what makes a small scene believable?.
2. Did you have a hand in building the buildings, streets or other infrastructure?
first question, a credible scene must give the impression that there is life that things are always in motion like traffic for example. second question, yes I participated in the construction of all the buildings since it was myself who made them with my hands as well as the stores, streetlights, road network, yes me alone at home
have nice day..!
I seem to have missed this one the first time ’round .
Very nice, I know how time consuming it is and I’m really enjoying them .