Overland Park man creates tiny replicas of the metro

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Most of us have some kind of hobby like golfing or a regular lunch date with a friend. An Overland Park man’s hobby does the same but what he does can bring back memories for people in a special way.

"This is a hotel room, motel room in Daytona Beach," said Brad Moore as he showed us what he does. "I worked there for a few years in high school and loved every minute of it. Facebook really gets the credit for sharing my work."

He was showing some of the model buildings he has made. Some of them are built on a scale of a half-inch to one foot.

The models he showed us included an International House of Pancakes that once stood on 79th and Metcalf, a Howard Johnson Hotel and Manor Barn.


"For relaxation, some people paint, some people do stained glass, some people wood carve, I get relaxation out of creating miniature buildings," Moore said.

Moore's passion for building models started young and he admits it's not easy.

“That's true. I guess it traces back to third grade when my parents bought me my first Lego set," Moore said.

He completed a degree at KU - fittingly so - in architecture. While in college, a classmate asked for a leftover model he had designed for a Lenexa Apartment Building and they ended up losing track of it until it turned up alongside the train tracks at Union Station.

While visiting the Model Railroad Experience back in 2011 with his son, he spotted the model, even with the same small mistakes he remembered making.

"My instinctive reaction was I grabbed for my cell phone to call my mother, my mother passed away five years ago," he said.

Although his mother is not around anymore to enjoy his work, you'll find models of Overland Park buildings from the past sometimes displayed around town in a small business.

"The hardest thing on most of my models is the roof. Roofs can be challenging," he said.

His most recent re-creation of the now-demolished overland park landmark, the White Haven Motor Lodge, is his prized possession. Now there is this little piece of art to preserve its history. After all, that's why "Model Man Moore" does what he does.

"The end result is usually pretty satisfying and pleases a lot of people so that's what encourages me to build more is the reaction I get from the public," Moore said.

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