Each miniature has its beginning in lengthy documentation. All available research material is studied, the monuments or sites are inspected and precise measurements taken, and numerous photographs are taken so that the colours and state of wear can be faithfully reproduced.
This information is then used by General Display, the miniatures lab in San Mauro Pascoli, where fifteen experts, among them expert craftsmen, set to work. In the past, each miniature was hand-made, by carving sheets made of a special type of resin that is extremely resistant to wear and to climatic conditions. The material we use to make the miniatures has not changed over the years, although our working methods have done. For a few years now, sophisticated technology has been used alongside manual talent in the General Display. We now use photogrammetry and 3D laser surveying in order to create a virtual model of the building.
However, machines have not yet totally replaced people, who have not forgotten who to open the fissures that give shape to mullions, windows and doors, in order to create the façades and other walls of the buildings.
Smaller architectural features are created by drilling, whilst capitals, railings and columns, the only part which can be "mass produced", are made using resin cast in moulds. The frescos are made in the same laboratory, by collaborators who are experts in the Fine Arts. It is from this "magical" place, where the individual pieces are also mounted, that the miniature monuments come, beautiful and ready-made.
The only exception to this rule is "Venice", where the majority of the one fifth scale palaces were built in place ... along the Grand Canal!
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