Model World



A collection of miniature 1/36th-scale models of various world landmarks set amongst relaxing gardens.

Location:

Then – Central Park              

Now – Stealth now towers over the area where Model World, the ‘Classic’ Flying Fish and the Sunken Garden used to be.


Official Thorpe Park Description:

From the 2000 Thorpe Park website  “1/36th-scale models are displayed in a beautiful garden setting. Measure the CN Tower against Nelson's Column, and see how The Pyramid of Cheops stacks up against the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Tower of London.”


The Attraction:

Model World was one of Thorpe Park’s original attractions when it opened in 1979. Originally this covered quite a large area, being reduced in size over time. One of the main changes to this area occurred in 1990 when ‘Space Station Zero” was moved outside to become ‘The Flying Fish’.

The majority of Model World had been removed by 2004 and the area was finally closed in 2005 to make way for the construction on Stealth.

Models featured in this area included:

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Bodiam Castle
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The CN Tower
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The Colosseum
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The Colossus of Rhodes
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The Eiffel Tower
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Le Krak des Chevaliers
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The Leaning Tower of Pisa
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The Matsumoto Castle
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The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
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The Motherland Statue
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Nelson’s Column
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Neuschwanstein Castle
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The Pont du Gard
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The Post Office Tower
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The Pyramid of Cheops
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The Pyramid of the Sun
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Saturn V Rocket
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The Sears Tower
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The Shwe Dagon Pagoda
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The Space Shuttle
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The Sphinx of Egypt
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St.Basil’s Cathedral
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The Statue of Liberty
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The Sydney Opera House
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The Taj Mahal
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The Temple of Artemis
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The Tower of London
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And Thorpe Park’s own Mountbatten Pavilion / The Dome/ Port Atlantis



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Facts & Trivia:

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When Model World first opened it was home to more than 40 replicas of famous man made structures and it was one of the Worlds biggest collections of models to the same scale.

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Using the 1/36th-scale a six foot man would only appear two inches tall against the models.

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The model of Thorpe Park’s Mountbatten Pavilion / The Dome/ Port Atlantis was nearly 4 feet across


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Model World (1979 - 2005)

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An 80’s postcard, supplied by Alec Dunn.

An old postcard,

Supplied by Philip Hutchinson.

An old postcard,

Supplied by Philip Hutchinson.

Helen and her Mum pose by the Statue of Liberty in the late 80’s.

The BT Tower taken in 1989. Supplied by Michael Hayes.

The Tower of Pisa taken in 1989. Supplied by Michael Hayes.

The Sydney Opera House taken in 1989. Supplied by Michael Hayes.

The Tower of Pisa, taken in 1981. Supplied by Tim Chaplin.

The CN Tower

Supplied by Philip Hutchinson

(October 1993).

Neuschwanstein Castle

Supplied by Philip Hutchinson

(October 1993).

The Colosseum, the Pyramid of the Sun and the Tower of London. Taken in 2002.

Supplied by Matthew Wells.

Bodiam Castle, taken in the mid 90’s.

Supplied by Desirée.

Model World, Classic Flying Fish and Tidal Wave.

Taken in 2002.

Supplied by Matthew Wells.

The CN Tower and the Statue of Liberty. Taken in 2004.

Supplied by James Salter

The archway that formed the main entrance to Model World, plus the view of Detonator and Nemesis Inferno from Model World. Taken in 2004.

Supplied by James Salter

Nelson’s Column, The Classic Flying Fish and Tidal Wave as seen from Model World. Taken in 2004.

Supplied by James Salter

Uploaded to YouTube by tvfilmglamdirector.

Description: Shots of Model World

filmed in 1980 @ 1m59s.

 

Uploaded to YouTube by themeparkjames.

Description: Over 2 minutes of old cine film

footage of Model World filmed in the early 1980s.

 

Uploaded to YouTube by TubeDragon1.

Description: A video for the 1985 UK Eurovision Song Contest entry filmed at Thorpe Park.

Shots of Model World in the mid 1980’s @ 2m30s.

 

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