Scale Models
(click on images to view enlargements)

If your project needs to appear convincingly geologically formed, by Mother Nature, then the photographs on this page show exactly that. Its what were best at, beginning with the model and then built at any scale you wish.
 
Where to start:

If you don't yet have renderings, sketches, or any images of the type of rock or rock-and-water project you are considering, please conduct a quick Google image search and send us the picture or pictures of one in nature that looks like what you envision. For example, you might use the search words: cave entrance; pond; streambed; root bank; cavern; or waterfall. There are such a large variety of rock formations and types of rock that have formed geologically in nature, that your doing so will greatly help narrow the possibilities. In fact, even if you do have drawings, this will still speed things up a great deal and help us more accurately quote you a price.

 

 

 
Others, like the one in the picture above, we built and engineered to actually be realized large scale, a very specific way, in order for all the elements to fully function. This was based on a predetermined set of blueprints and engineering guidelines. As you can see in the images above, naturalistic rock formations, mimicking millions of years of forming and weathering, involves so much more than the instant gratification of piling rocks.

If you do not care about your project being naturalistic and geologically convincing, then the cheapest way to go about things is to hire a local pool builder or contractor and have them stack some boulders for you. In most cases, that is exactly what you will get for your money, however-a pile of rocks, which results in disappointment, especially to a client that appreciates nature.
 

 
If precision and accuracy of proportion are imperative, then we will start out with a computerized routing of foam to ensure the precision you need, as shown here. There are different uses for models. Some are merely used for fund raising, for example, and only need to be aesthetically pleasing. This model was not one of those.
 

 

Others, like the one in the picture above, we built and engineered to actually be realized large scale, a very specific way, in order for all the elements to fully function. This was based on a predetermined set of blueprints and engineering guidelines. As you can see in the images above, naturalistic rock formations, mimicking millions of years of forming and weathering, involves so much more than the instant gratification of piling rocks.
 

To the left is a simulated waterfall, in a naturally convincing hillside, as found in nature, and built around functional train tracks.
To the right is what is called a talus slope, which acts to provide a historical narrative.  It visually tells a story of rock breaking off a mountainside, after millions of years of freezing, expanding, contracting, and splitting-just as monoliths do in nature.
 

To the left here, we added a human figure on the walkway, for scale. This shows an accurate scale relationship between the visitors and the hillside, with streambed.


Again, all of this rock work and subsequent engineering was designed to actually be built outdoors, large scale, at a railway garden in Valparaiso Indiana, and done so to fall within a predetermined budget. We hope you can appreciate the difference between that and a model that is just for looks.
 

To the right, you can see stream beds we incorporated to create opportunities for the horticulturalist to plant in harmony with our rockwork, planned waterfall, and our streambed.
 

To the left is more talus (rock that broke away) and planting, co-mingling amongst our intact monolithic rockscape.
 
And finally, (at right) an overview of the side of the model nearest the visitors center, that shows several train tunnels at various stages of development, a shed that would have sheltered railway workers, train tracks converging, and trees planted as they would be found growing in nature.

To see some of our different types of miscellaneous scale models, please click here.