This 1/8” scale diorama is for use in a visitors center. It features an under-construction model of one of the first bridges erected on the Alaska Highway north of Dawson Creek B.C. The small scenes illustrate some of the challenges that faced the road builders and the technology available to them at the time. Those subjects are also to be addressed in other displays in the visitors’ center. We had the actual construction drawings for the bridge, which we redrew to enable us to cut the bridge parts by laser cutter from acrylic sheet plastic.
Most of the vehicles and figures were adapted from “over the counter” model kits. These were altered and painted to serve the purposes of this model. The ground plane was contour cut from actual surveys and then smoothed and carved to shape. All trees were handmade and a variety of materials were used to create the model surface. In the final display a backdrop is installed behind the model.