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_biggerthanthesound_

These are better than any model I have ever been paid to do lol.


Jake-robs

at least you’ve been paid to do them!


salty3690

I’m interested in paying for them. DM me if you’re interested.


Jake-robs

Sure! I’ll get to that later tonight when I’m off work. :)


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Jake-robs

Absolutely


meghancols7

Your work is so incredible! Do you know the name of the song?


RadioAktivitat87

what the heck, this is SO COOL. are you scale model builder? Or otherwise work in some type of construction/arts? These are amazing.


Jake-robs

I just do it as a hobby. I love looking at my little city in different angles and settings. Like cities skylines but irl.


Mitchford

I too do this, except I have no hand coordination So instead have a massive collection of tourist trinkets I’ve built up


Jake-robs

I used to use rocks, sticks and shells and whatever I could find as a child and build little villages in the woods. It’s just as fun 😂


Mitchford

Especially when you get to running a hose and digging them canals


Jake-robs

Legitimately the best one I ever did was alongside a creek. Built a dam (another fascination) and then created a costal city with canals and islands. Oh to be young. I know I have pictures of it somewhere.


RadioAktivitat87

Well, I hesitate to encourage people to turn hobby into something profitable because it always ruins the joy. But your work is just stunning, and beautiful, and so intricate. I hope you make more of these models for other cities!


Jake-robs

That’s exactly why I’ve been wary of selling them. We”ll see if I can manage it though.


kornkob2

very nice! what is your typical method of construction?


Jake-robs

Sketching everything out in Illustrator, printing out on paper, cutting and scoring where needed, folding and gluing.


HCBot

These are PAPER? Dude you have some serious art skills, they look like they are made out of solid materials.


Jake-robs

Yup! Makes for extremely fragile models but it’s the easiest way to get details like this that I know of at this scale.


thanksforcomingout

Do you colour before gluing? Are the corners folds or separate cut pieces then glued? Very awesome!


Jake-robs

Yes, everything is printed out with a normal printer. Corners are about 50/50 folds and glued tabs, just depends on the shape. Usually a box will have one vertical corner glued and the rest folds and then all horizontal roof corners are glued except one will be a fold. All floor corners are glued. 😅 sounds more complicated than it is.


ClapSalientCheeks

Turns out paper is a gas, y'all


HCBot

Haha I think I could've used a better term, but you know what I meant


iohbkjum

the "paper skyscrapers" part kinda gave it away


shr1n1

Do you paint the paper models afterwards or they are colored in Illustrator and printed in color ?


Jake-robs

All printed in color, much more efficient and detailed.


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Jake-robs

One day if there are cybernetic printing implants, I will say yes.


Absolut_Iceland

Do you go off of pictures, or do you get the plans from somewhere, or something else?


Jake-robs

Plans if available, also pictures and google earth. Some good elevation plans are the easiest though. Willing to teach people how if interested, I want more paper skyscraper friends 😢


Perca_fluviatilis

I wanna be your paper skyscraper friend. lol I'm unironically fascinated by models.


Jake-robs

Guess I’ll have to do a how to video for my next film project! :)


shortymcsteve

You should make a tutorial. I’d love to give this a shot.


Jake-robs

Bet! I guess that will be my next project!


eaglessoar

RemindMe! 6 months


cpeterkelly

It would sure make a hella interesting youtube channel...


Vela88

This would be awesome


Absolut_Iceland

Hey, it's me, ur new skyscraper friend. But seriously, you obviously have some cinematography skills, have you considered a YouTube channel? It'd be great for longer form stuff like tutorials. ~~Edit: What scale do you do your buildings in? 1" = 300'?~~ Edit 2: Nevermind, saw you posted 1:2000 elsewhere.


Jake-robs

I’ll get right to it haha


shopdog

I would love to know how you do this.


Jake-robs

I’ll work on a tutorial real soon!


junaidx7

Can I be your paper skyscraper friend please ;) I'm applying for masters in Architecture and this seems helpful


Jake-robs

Sure! I’ll try to get some tutorials done this week!


sgtpepperslaststand

I’ve been waiting to see someone do this stuff I’m so interested in model architecture and you’ve done exactly what I envisioned haha. I’m obsessed with model sports stadiums but can never find anyone actually making this stuff.


Jake-robs

Stadiums sound tough. Organic shapes and spherical curves are something I still don't know how to do well. Once I get some how-to videos made, maybe you could try to create some?


Otherlife_Art

I want to do this but for Star Wars cities like Mos Eisley! I already do tiny paper spaceships but I usually left them white because I build them addictively from layers or tiny detail pieces. I'm the "world's smallest paper Millennium Falcon" guy who went viral some years back.


Jake-robs

Imagine coruscant… 💀 do you have pictures of your stuff?


Otherlife_Art

Oh yes, Coruscant would definitely be on the list... You'll have to scroll back a little, but check out @otherlifeart on Instagram.


Jake-robs

They look amazing!


hambleshellerAH

What patience. Wonderful,


Jake-robs

the amount of time it takes is disgusting


letmepostjune22

How long do they take? They're incredible


Jake-robs

Starting from a blank screen to a finished file, ready to be printed is a good 10-25 hours of work, but I never do it all at once. So that might be off a bit haha. Then to assemble is usually a couple of hours.


theycallmecliff

It's such an indication of the disconnect been school and the profession that practicing architects (and clients) would love these models but almost every professor I had would have dismissed them as "too literal." Great work!


Jake-robs

Well tbf, this is an exact replica of Austin. So not really anything visionary or new.


Tzunamitom

Has some serious City Building sim vibes, like Sim City 2000


elchet

Sim Copter 1 reporting heavy traffic.


SupremeDictatorPaul

I’m not an architect, and I rarely go anywhere near downtown Austin, but it was immediately obvious what buildings/skyline these are. Incredible work.


Jake-robs

Thank you! Austin is a beaut!


maxn2107

As an Austin architect, I think this is great.


Jake-robs

Being from San Antonio, it’s my adopted home skyline. SA has its charms, but there’s not much in the terms of height.


maxn2107

With the prominence of 3D printing, model making is becoming a lost art like hand drafting. I myself haven’t made a model since architecture school 16+ years ago. You do have some talent, maybe offer up your services as a side gig.


Jake-robs

I definitely agree. I'm all for it though. Bring on a full-color 3d printer that doesn't cost as much as a house and can replicate colors and how materials i.e. glass look. However, they're still 100k and I still feel like my prints look more vibrant. One day!


rywolf

Hey! Nice work. I worked at the firm that designed the Austonian, your model looks great!


Jake-robs

Oh how neat! How did you like working there?


rywolf

It was OK. One of my first jobs after school. Didn't care for management too much, and they had a lot of layoffs during covid because of some short sighted practices. It was a helpful experience overall.


octopod-reunion

They made a thumb drive


PleaseBmoreCharming

Do you sell these? I would pay for one if you did Baltimore.


Jake-robs

I don’t at the moment, and they are very labor intensive and would probably be priced as such if I ever do sell. It does get easier for models I’ve already created though. I can replicate a new one in 1/10th of the time it takes for the first one.


Cheesewheel12

These are so good and detailed, my jaw literally dropped! I had no idea Houston had such a nice skyline!


Jake-robs

Yeah I’m actually not even close to finishing. This is only about 1/6 of the main big buildings area


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Yooo you have so much talent! What’s the type of paper you use or just regular photo gloss? # weight? An inspiration to us all. What’s the scale of these?


Jake-robs

I use a mid weight paper 120g/m as my basic one and I was using a laminate cover to create a gloss effect guy I’ve switched over to printing on a gloss paper for the glass facades. Also around 120/130g/m. Everything is at 1:2000 scale. :)


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Your detail is incredible, amazing work!


Tzunamitom

Amazing. You are an architect. You’re just not employed as one.


Jaredlong

A literal paper architect.


Tzunamitom

Personally think he’d make a model employee


Peaches4Puppies

These are very cool but no. There is a lot more to architecture than models.


Jake-robs

Yeah what I do is more art than architecture


CoochieSnotSlurper

Very true. Could easily find work in the industry with these skills


Jake-robs

Not many purely model creation firms out there. :’(


Williamnotwillorbill

Start one. Don't work for somebody else. It sucks.


Jake-robs

If a ton of people suddenly became interested in these, that could happen.


e_sneaker

Put a portfolio together and reach out to firms. Also do different scale models. There’s a few model making studios out there that provide these services. Also look into other fabrication methods like 3D printing etc. Firms get models made all the time. There’s definitely a business need.


Jake-robs

I wish full color 3D printers weren’t so expensive. :( I would get one in a heartbeat. I can’t stand white massing 3D prints, they have no soul.


I_Makes_tuff

I don't want to work for myself. Not a fan of the guy.


Reggie4414

can we get this model off the lazy Susan please


Jake-robs

Yes it’s off on my IG haha


GibbonOwl

Wow! That's awesome, dude!


just-1other-user

these are awesome man!


Jake-robs

Thank you!


A161992J

(1) Epic. (2) Do You Do Your Own Models (Creative)As Well? (3) Do You Have A YouTube Of Their Construction?


Jake-robs

Thank you! I have in the past! The first city you see briefly in the video was one I made completely myself with pencils only. However, atm my project is mainly doing the Austin Tx skyline. Not at the moment, but I might in the future. Right now I just have an Instagram. @tabletopmetropolis


Virtual-Chocolate259

THIS IS SO COOL 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻


inkovertt

How did you learn to do this?? Can you please make tutorials lol


Jake-robs

Been messing around with this kind of stuff off and on for about a decade. So it's kind of just stuff I've put together and figured out. Its a tiny niche hobby and there's a handful (like really, just a handful) of other people who make stuff like this. Nobody has really made much in the way of tutorials though, so I just had to see their end products and work backward.


Eugene9099

Very cool, do u have any channel or video of how you made them?


Jake-robs

I have my Instagram @ tabletopmetropolis. There are some things on there, but I really only started documenting a few weeks ago, so still new. Will be posting more how-to and behind-the-scenes stuff soon!


764hero

Wow so sick.. what’s your set up for shooting the rotating videos? Is the tilt-shift added post??


Jake-robs

I've really got like 0 experience shooting video. XD Know my way around a dslr and Lightroom and have an artistic eye, but that's it. This setup was my canon 6d on a tripod in front of a lazy susan contraption I made. Then I just filmed every scene I knew I would need and just spliced them back together in post. Technically, this is a natural tilt shift. Depth of field like that can only occur with small-scale items, where there is a noticeable blur. This is what adding tilt shift in post is trying to replicate. But anyway, no, it's not something added in post, that is how it was shot.


PaintedRimrocks

I am just awestruck. Scratchbuilt or kits?


Jake-robs

I wish they were kits, I'd gladly have bought them. Drew every facade by hand (in adobe illustrator).


baba77Azz

What is this song ?


songfinderbot

**Song Found!** **Name:** Harleys In Hawaii **Artist:** Katy Perry **Album:** Smile **Genre:** Pop **Release Year:** 2019 **Total Shazams:** 3813999 `Took 1.53 seconds.`


LazyZealot9428

r/miniworlds


Jake-robs

Ooooh looove this subreddit, just joined


loves2sploo

What an incredible hobby, thanks for sharing!


fuossball101

Do Cincinnati


ATX_native

Amazing work!!! What a relaxing and detailed hobby. Love it!


djfjriejsm

Check out the M&B board game Hotel


Jake-robs

Looks like the monopoly City edition game I had as a kid!


Smintini

That’s sick af


huggles7

I hate how to videos but I would totally be interested in this how to video


BounceGD

I didn't see the sub at first and panicked


Jake-robs

Lol why?


BounceGD

r/jschlattsubmissions Look there for a few minutes and you'll see


Jake-robs

Oh I see 💀


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Jake-robs

my reaction when I saw I hadn’t posted the og but instead grabbed the stupid watermarked shit


10sboysf

Looks great but not all that glitters is gold! The field of Architecture sucks!


Jake-robs

ps that's why when I get the recurring question of "Why don't you go into architecture??" I tell them I wouldn't really want to be an architect.


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xsnyder

Why do you find US high rise architecture to be "disgusting"? I live in Fort Worth Texas and many of our older high rises were built in the Art Deco period and I love their aesthetic myself. Now I will admit the more brutalist styles of the 70s and 80s aren't my favorite, but some of our more modern high rises are quite nice.


Jake-robs

🔊sound🔊 on for best effects btw


PortableCom

What’s the song name


Jake-robs

It’s a remix of Harleys in Hawaii by Katy perry that I found on the webs


Jake-robs

u/meghancols7


dr_toke

These are super cool. How do you make them? This seems like a hobby I could get behind.


Jake-robs

A lot of fiddling around on illustrator, printing, cutting and scoring, folding and gluing. :)


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Jake-robs

I wish more people would get into it. So I can build more models. :P


protoopus

john merrick (elephant man) made [a model of st. phillip's church](https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3035/2862285944_10e858b51e_z.jpg), of which only the top of the steeple was visible from his hospital room; the rest he had to invent.


OpeningOnion7248

So you have website? Do you make these for sale?


Jake-robs

Right now just an Instagram ( @tabletopmetropolis ) page as the main account. I will be building up other socials and a website eventually, but have to juggle with my time atm.


squee_bastard

I love these, I’ve seen you posting them in the Austin sub for awhile now. Do you ever show how these are made, they’re so intricate! The attention to detail is phenomenal.


Jake-robs

I’ll probably end up making a tutorial or behind the scenes Timelapse in the next month or so. :) thank you so much!!


MidwestOrbital

Great work. So if you're not selling PDF's of these for people to cut out and make themselves, why not?


Jake-robs

I would 100% have to make instruction videos for them and clean up my files to be more user friendly, which would probably involve a website too. It’s definitely been something I’ve thought of, but I just haven’t had time to get to that in the short time I’ve been making these. Also, I’m not sure how many people would be that interested. Generally this has been a micro niche that has mainly existed on one skyscraper subforum. There’s only a handful of people that ever make these and even smaller those who are actually making them still. But it seems like a lot of y’all think this is cool, so maybe I can spark some interest to join!


ScottTheHott

I recognize those buildings anywhere, pass by them on the commute often


JohnWasElwood

Fantastic! I used to build 1/25 scale models of hot rods and muscle cars years ago and loved super-detailing under the hoods with hoses and wires, etc. But this is amazing!!!


Jake-robs

Did you keep your old stuff you made?


JohnWasElwood

I still have a few. Unfortunately the many cross country moves have made some of the pieces fall off into the storage boxes... I really should get them back out.


they_call_me_Mongous

Me thinking I’m smart for recognizing the Austin skyline, then to my surprise seeing it in the title and feeling like a dumbass…


Jake-robs

Bet you did recognize it though. Props for that, most people can’t. I realized I delved too deep into this hobby when I can probably guess with 90% the skyline of any major city anywhere from just a picture.


ATreeHerder

Incredible, please do Portland!


Jake-robs

I’ll see what I can do! Maybe a building or two.


hellohoworld

Cute, very professional, great craftsmanship, astounding work gj


Jake-robs

Thank you!


octopod-reunion

You’ve got the thumb drive. You’ve got the nose clippers. Now for the janga tower


Jake-robs

Soon soon!


kallan0100

I'm not an architect either. Absolutely love this.


Celebrated_Eggplant

These are amazing! Great job!


powfuldragon

Moloch at 0:13


LeCorbusier1

Very nice work!


nebula_pollux

I'd love to see a scale model of MASP museum ❤️ Superb! It's like a kids dream coming to reality


Jake-robs

Oh boy, those red columns would end up being so tiny. I'll keep it in mind though!


Whats_Water

I didn't read the entire title but recognized so many Austin buildings. Love them!


Mixedbysaint

Just start building new sky skrapers, we’ll all move into them.


BrotherBrad

Crazy! I worked in 100 Congress for 9 years and I’d say you’re spot on


Banana_Pankcakes

Did you come up with this concept? Can you patent this? This is brilliant.


Jake-robs

No, I didn't. Some guy started doing stuff like this in the early 2000s, I doubt he is still around doing them. Been messing around with this kind of stuff off and on for about a decade. So it's kind of just stuff I've put together and figured out. Its a tiny niche hobby and there's a handful (like really, just a handful) of other people who make stuff like this. I'd rather not have it patented so that other people can get into this and make models so that I can build more than just the ones I've made.


2T7

We will watch your career with great interest.


TopoChicoPoPo

Where is the Jenna building


Jake-robs

Jenga building? I have a ton left to do for Downtown. At my current pace, it'll take me well into 2024 to get all the blocks finished.


acetic1acid_

Do you also do origami?


Jake-robs

I did a long time ago! Do you consider it not origami if you have to glue it?


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shredkelly

Great work! These are friggen awesome!


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OP do Melbourne !!!


Jake-robs

Ngl, I realllllly love Melbourne and Brisbane skylines. I might do a few buildings from there for fun as a break from Austin.


remlapj

Curious about your process. Do you print out all the textures and most of the detail?


Jake-robs

Everything comes out as just printed color and lines, then I have to cut out the pieces to fold and glue them together. So every 3D shape was created by hand, but all the coloring is printed.


ParadigmTossOut

301 Congress is an underrated building and you did an amazing job. First job I had in college was in that building (2006)


Jake-robs

It’s actually my favorite model I’ve built, it just came out so nice looking.


parralaxalice

Excellent work!! I’m actually an architect IN Austin, and the firm I work for is producing many of the upcoming high rises that will soon be a part of the skyline. There is always a need for independent model contractors, if that’s something you were interested in marketing yourself towards.


Jake-robs

Oooh which ones? All I know is paper at a small scale, only really looks good when you create a whole cityscape. From what I’ve seen, you guys usually need something with a larger scale?


parralaxalice

I used to work for Andersson-Wise, who did the W hotel. Now I work for Rhode Partners, who did the Independent (jenga tower). We are currently in the process of moving all of our model building in house, and you’re right the full size models can be up to six feet. But we had been sending away for high quality 3D prints for study models of our schematic designs which are usually only up to 10” tall. There is very good money in architectural photography and modeling.


Jake-robs

I bet there is! I’ve thought about the possibilities of full color 3D printing, but the price tag of those printers ended that train of thought.


Yttrical

This is a cool concept and your execution is really good! Looks like you’re working at 1:2400 scale or maybe smaller? Your illutrator work and attention to details are what really pulls it off. Very nice work! Edit: definitely way smaller than 1:600. More like 1:2400.


Jake-robs

Very close! 1:2000 simple numbers makes for simple head calculations haha


mmart23d

I think this is professional quality. It would be ideal if you somehow manage to be paid for your hobby.


comrademasha

So incredibly cool!! I'd love to see more. You're so talented.


No_Frame_4582

Skyscrapers also amazes me, anywhere around the world it always fascinates me. Wondering how it was built and the idea and concept behind it.


SkyeMreddit

These are so gorgeously detailed! What scale is that?


Jake-robs

1:2000!


BarberryBarbaric

Love this. Very nice work!


VisibleAd9445

Love this build of ATX!


schwartz881

great job..ist laser cutting or by hand?


Jake-robs

Cut out of paper by hand, drawn with illustration software. :)


AllHailThePig

So awesome! You may like to do my town, Surfers Paradise Queensland Australia. A lot of interesting high rises on the beach front.


Jake-robs

I really do love the style of Australian high rises. 😩 so many good ones in your city, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane! I may pick an Aussie city next, but I probably won’t finish Austin till 2024


One-Bike6661

Would 3d printed models be easier? Or is paper on paper better to work with?


Jake-robs

Once there is better technology for full color 3D printing, yes. But right now the cheapest full color 3D printer is $40k (much less than all the others) and is fairly expensive materials wise.