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Escape and creation. Something I used to do a lot when I was a kid, and I refuse to stop it even after 32 years of life, is creating my own states and escape from the misery of our reality. States where the past, the present and the future co-exist. Where "realism" and "being normal" are just jokes and not the rules. With solutions instead of problems, and adventures instead of stagnation. Great thing can happen, even in a state smaller than a room.

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Oooooh, I had that Micro Machines city-van and city-toolbox when I was a kid!! I think they're both still somewhere at my parent's place... They gave me the toolbox as a present when I was still a bit too little and didn't really know how to play with it, the gas station, the diner, or the street lamps were gone after the first years. I cared much better of the city-van, that I got when I was like 8 years old, and looks just like yours.

Also, spotted many of the Micro Machines I had. For some reason, my grandma liked them a bit too, and carried one in her purse (I think she still does) as a kind of reminder of her grandson (me).

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The city-building "urge" goes a long way back to childhood for me too.  You'd probably enjoy a tour of a school of architecture as I did.  The labs are full of models of practical applications, somewhat similar to your display.

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    I remember when I was about 6, maybe 7 I did something like this! it was after I got my first glimpse at SC4 at a cousin's house and of course my folks wanted to see me finish the 4th grade (I'm assuming the equivalent is Year 5?) before I could gain my copy. I used a lot of crude Lego towers, hot wheels and one of those wooden rail sets from Brio. I even made way for a model ship that I poorly painted and reglued some broken masts on!

    The little kid in me wishes he could visit you for old time's sake! The 3D puzzles are a nice touch! Looking back, I would have offered to bring over my 'other' Tomy trainset to chip in an efficient rail system!

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    Between my brother and I, I think we had every one of those Micro Machines sets (probably about twice as many!) except for the motorcycle shop; that one doesn't look familiar.  I used to "close" that big orange bridge and run detour routes.  What a dork.  Amazing the things you remember that you thought you had forgotten!

    Also, I presently have several of those 3D puzzles - Sears Tower and Empire State and I believe CN Tower, Citicorp and Flatiron buildings to go with it.  Had the US Capitol way back as well.  (Similarly, I have a collection of about 30 of these puzzles, most of which I picked up on eBay about 10-15 years ago.  Only one had a missing piece, which I actually managed to somewhat competently reproduce using a copy of the box cover.)

    I used to supplement the MM sets with poster board/construction paper skyscrapers that I'd probably laugh at now if any survived in any photographic evidence.  They ended up being more for show in the end as it got to be impossible to actually push a car through them without knocking the whole assembly down like a bunch of dominoes.

    On 7/22/2017 at 10:37 PM, NMUSpidey said:

    All those flights must begin and end with a prayer.

    That was another thing.  Always having been something of an avgeek, I quickly tired of that tiny little airport with its V/STOL runway barely suited for that little 2-seater 747 and "replaced" it.  I remember doing some kind of urban renewal on that site but I don't remember what.  Its replacement was a 2- or 3-wing terminal I built on a piece of foamcore, probably about 2'x4' in size, maybe 3'x5'.  The thing had so much poster board, paper and Elmer's glue that I probably could have stood on it.  It was darn near indestructible.  For airplanes I had maybe 10-15 of those Wooster desk models (example) and the runway was a string of about 8-10 Lego straight road bases.

    Ahh, the days before virtual airlines...

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