Friday, April 15, 2022

Miniature NYC firehouse from the 1984 movie "Ghostbusters"

 This week I completed my latest miniature: a collector commissioned me to make the iconic Ghostbusters HQ building from the cult 1984 movie "Ghostbusters". The real building still stands in New York City - it is a NYFD Hook & Ladder Company firehouse.

Who ya gonna call? ;)

I didn't work to a particular scale (although it ended up being around 1/50 scale) - instead, I knew the rough final dimensions I wanted the completed miniature to be, so I drew up blueprints to match that final size. I used Google satellite view to get the basic dimensions, and then filled in the details using stills from the film, contemporary photos of the building I found online, and Google streetview. I designed this using InDesign, because I used to be a graphic designer and I know the program well, but any CAD or design software would work. Once I had the plans, I started building.

It's such an iconic structure, I had a lot of fun making it. I won't tell you the whole story here - instead, watch the video to get the detail!

Video is embedded below, but in case that doesn't work here is the link:
How I built a miniature Ghostbusters New York firehouse scale model



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