MODEL MANIA: How diecast construction equipment models are made and a look at some of the largest collections (PHOTOS)

Marcia Gruver Doyle Pix
Leon Thompson
Leon Thompson has a 3,000-square-foot building housing more than 60 one-of-a-kind large scale models.

Go into a contractor’s office and you’re more than likely to see at least one. Sometimes it’s tucked into a corner of the bookshelf or a desk. Other times, a collection of them will take up a wall or even an entire office. Yet, as much as manufacturers like to give them away and contractors prize them, there are those who claim the world of construction models is an unseen one.