What is this? A nightclub for ants?
Bottles poppin’, beats droppin’ and glue drying. Less than a year after its opening, California-based model maker Jeff Scott has managed to build a 1:50 scale replica of Rebel Nightclub. The similarities between Toronto’s newest nightlife sensation and its tiny balsa wood counterpart are uncanny.
I was first introduced to Jeff when he was in the process of developing a scaled-down copy of The Guvernment nightclub, Canada’s most iconic nightlife venue – it closed its doors in January of 2015. When operators INK Entertainment announced that they’d be redeveloping 11 Polson Street as their new concert/nightlife space, Jeff informed me that the club (yet to be named Rebel) would be his next undertaking.
“Literally the day Rebel opened I immediately started researching and gathering materials,” says Jeff, who began construction just one week after the venue’s opening last fall. At the time, Toronto-area partiers were new to the concept of this bright super-club nestled in the city’s Port Lands – meanwhile, Jeff was scouring the web for floor plans and details of the curvature of walls.
The miniature Rebel comes complete with miniature CO2 cannon
“Finding a lighting that would match Rebel’s highly sophisticated LED ceiling was very challenging,” begrudgingly indicates Jeff, who started sending me very neon and colourful photos throughout the winter of “mini Rebel’s” central lighting rig. Unlike his first crack at building a model nightclub, Jeff skipped the mockup phase for this one, shedding some of the budget in the process. “It took over 2 months to find the right lighting resources for this model. The ceiling alone cost $3,000.” Jeff’s final cost for the project was $5,600.
The walls are made with quarter-inch pieces of wood, and bars on either side are made with 1/2 styrene. Jeff’s floor has 8 wooden pillars that hold the second level in place to support the 15-pound LED ceiling. Even the texture of the floor is reminiscent of the real deal thanks to handmade tiles implemented using individual square-shaped stickers.
After hearing that Jeff put about 1,200 hours into creating this mini music venue, I wondered what he’d be creating next. Perhaps Omnia Nightclub of Las Vegas? Rather, Jeff’s next undertaking is to create his own super-club, one developed in his own imagination. If you are a half inch in height and are seeking a DJ booking, you know who to ask.
View the full process in the images below. If you’d like to contact Jeff for more info on his model making, hit him up on Facebook.