British rocker Rod Stewart has been working on a massive, intricate model of a US city for the past 23 years.
“I would say 90% of it I built myself,” he told Railway Modeller Magazine. “The only thing I wasn’t very good at and still am not is the electricals, so I had someone else do that.”
Sir Rod has released 13 studio albums and been on 19 tours during the time it took to build the city, which is modeled on both New York and Chicago around 1945.
“A lot of people laugh at it being a silly hobby, but it’s a wonderful hobby,” he said.
He told Railway Modeller he worked on the skyscrapers and other scenery while on tour, requesting an extra room for his constructions in his hotels.
The 74-year-old singer, who once had a hit with a cover of Tom Waits’ song Downtown Train, put the model city together in an attic at his home in Los Angeles.