Needs a Better Title
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
A few I just thought up: