Created By: DragonQuestZ on June 21, 2010 Last Edited By: DragonQuestZ on June 21, 2010

Model Planning

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A Sub-Trope of Its Only A Model. This is using models to represent the areas used to make plans, given that such things are easier when people have the context of an area to see what to do.

Of course the Unspoken Plan Guarantee means the plan rarely works as expected. But it still lets the audience know not only the plan, but have an idea of what's happening when things go wrong.

A miniature is one of the most common forms of model for this, but CGI models are getting more common. Sometimes the model can even be 1:1 scale, usually if precision in the plan is a must.

The Big Board and Planning with Props are Sister Tropes, and often overlap with this.
Examples from the Its Only A Model page:

A few I just thought up:
Community Feedback Replies: 7
  • June 19, 2010
    The Oceans Eleven remake has the thieves building an exact, full-size replica of the vault they're planning to rob for practice.
  • June 19, 2010
    Used extensively in Erfworld.
  • June 21, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    I remember this happening in a few episodes of The Simpsons, such as when they tried to use a rocket to stop the comet in Bart's Comet. Each time, the model ends with Moe's Bar destroyed in flames.
  • June 21, 2010
    In Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams there is a miniature island with with living miniature monsters corresponding to the big ones on the actual island.
  • June 21, 2010
    ^^ That isn't planning. That just goes to the Only A Model page.
  • June 21, 2010
    Disney's Mulan has one, when the general describes the planned advance to his son.
  • June 21, 2010
    The Reveal in the film of The Kennel Murder Case (S S Van Dine) Order of the Stick has one with miniatures before the battle for Azure City.