Miniatures

Making a Miniature Aquarium

Making a Miniature Aquarium

YouTuber HMS2 is known for creating impressively accurate miniature versions of real-world objects. This build is a spot-on, Lilliputian replica of an aquarium complete with gravel, rocks, plant life, and a weensy little school of fish floating in its simulated water.

Scott Pilgrim Miniatures the World

Scott Pilgrim Miniatures the World

Renegade Game Studios presents a competitive board game which pits Scott Pilgrim and his pals against the League of Evil Exes. The game includes sweet miniatures of the comic’s characters, 3D objects, and colorful game cards, all based on the art of Bryan Lee O’Malley. Available with painted or unpainted figures.

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Miniatur Wonderland Stats

Miniatur Wonderland Stats

We’ve see the amazing tiny worlds of Hamburg, Germany’s Miniatur Wunderland before. The attraction will soon have over 51,558 feet – or nearly 10 miles of model railway track. Guinness World Records tallied up some other impressive facts and figures about the attraction.

Micro Scale RC Equipment

Micro Scale RC Equipment

We’ve seen some amazing remote-controlled vehicles before, but never ones this teensy. Monsterchannel24 shared footage of these 1/87th-scale trucks, excavators, cranes, and other micro machines in action at Germany’s Faszination Modellbau.

Simply Singapore

Simply Singapore

Photographer Joerg Daiber of Little Big World makes another stop on his tilt-shifted miniature tour of the world, this time giving us a glimpse at the small, but wonderful island city-state of Singapore, making it look even more appealing than it already is.

Giant R/C Tank

Giant R/C Tank

RCSparks Studio shows off an epic build – a 1/6th scale, all-metal remote-controlled tank from Armortek. The Ferdinand Elefant weighs in at 240 pounds, has dual 24-volt motors, working tracks and realistic sound effects. In total, this monster cost about $6500.

DIY Popsicle Stick Mini Guitars

DIY Popsicle Stick Mini Guitars

Cath of The Square to Spare shows off a fun little project for guitar players and anyone who appreciates a good musical instrument. In the first clip, she shows us how to make tiny electric guitars using popsicle clips, and in the second, she crafts a mini acoustic.

Miniature NYC

Miniature NYC

Art Insider takes us on a tour of the world’s largest architectural model. Located at the Queens Museum, this incredibly detailed miniature of New York City was first revealed at the 1964 World’s Fair, and was updated with new buildings all the way until 1992.

CoasterDynamix Mini Amusement Park

CoasterDynamix Mini Amusement Park

CoasterDynamix is known for its miniature roller coaster models. But in this video, they show off working O-scale versions of a tumbler and spinning rocketship amusement park rides. They also make a teensy ferris wheel, and a LEGO-compatible roller coaster.

Mini Arcade & Pinball Machines

Mini Arcade & Pinball Machines

33 Games creates teensy (non-functional) replicas of classic arcade cabinets and pinball machines. They’re extremely detailed, down to the mini joysticks and on-screen graphics. They’re built to 1/12th scale, and measure about 6″ tall. They even make a change machine.

Miniature 16-cyl Stirling Engine

Miniature 16-cyl Stirling Engine

JohnnyQ90 shows off a sweet miniature gas-powered stirling engine. It’s powerful enough to spin a propellor to nearly 2,000 RPM, so keep your fingers away. While Johnny made the turbine fan, he’s quick to point out that you can buy the engine itself from Banggood.

Pencilception

Pencilception

Sculptor and builder of things Bobby Duke decided to do something that serves no purpose but to prove that it could be done, as he bought a pack of pencils, then carved a tiny pencil from it’s wood, and then an even tinier pencil from the lead of the tiny pencil.

That But Smaller

That But Smaller

Sergio Jauregui makes detailed miniatures of buildings and other urban objects out of particle board and discarded electronics. Amazingly, he’s been doing this only for a few months, picking up the basics by studying theatrical set design. He’s also open to commissions.

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Making Mini Perrier Bottles

Making Mini Perrier Bottles

Miniature model maker HMS2 shows us how even a complex real-world object like a see-through Perrier bottle can be put through the shrinker ray. The process requires painstaking detail work to create a teeny mold for casting clear resin bottles. Amazing.

Realistic Planet Models

Realistic Planet Models

Artist Adam Makarenko creates incredibly detailed and realistic looking planetary models not using CGI, but as miniature sculptures, lit and photographed for optimum effect. Be sure to check out Adam’s other stunning miniature photography.

Making a Tiny Toaster

Making a Tiny Toaster

Miniature maker HMS2 shows us how to use plastic sheets and rods, and mad X-Acto knife skills to build a teensy toaster which looks absolutely perfect. Of course, you’ll need to make some tiny bread too, and be sure to wash it down with a tiny espresso.

Test Tube Sculptures

Test Tube Sculptures

For her series Micro Matter, graphic designer and artist Rosa je Jong creates intricate models of buildings and trees using an X-Acto and tweezers, then sets them gingerly into test tubes and vials. More on Instagram and Dribble. Sculptures start at €120 (~$130 USD).

The Man Behind Elgin Park

The Man Behind Elgin Park

Danny Yourd’s short documentary about Michael Paul Smith, creator of the highly detailed 1:24 scale 20th century dioramas collectively known as Elgin Park. Michael started making models as therapy, then ended up changing people’s lives.

Toy Boarders

Toy Boarders

The flat platform that toy soldiers stand on makes sense on these tiny skateboarders. Each 24-pack offers 8 different poses. Goes great with these guys. Snowboard and surfboard packs to come.

Adventures of the Eyes

Adventures of the Eyes

Takanori Aiba’s collection of miniature structures were inspired by his earlier experiences in making bonsai and illustrating mazes. The detailed beauty of each work is mind-boggling.

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Tiny Drum Solo

Tiny Drum Solo

While anyone can play tiny drums with a mobile app these days, there’s something that just seems inherently more impressive about a person who can play tiny physical drums with mini drumsticks.

Miniatur Wunderland 2011

Miniatur Wunderland 2011

A new promo video for Miniatur Wunderland, the miniature theme park in Hamburg, Germany which includes the newly opened Knuffingen model airport, railroads, cruise ships and much more.

Canal Street Cross Section

Canal Street Cross Section

It took Alan Wolfson 18 months to finish this 27 x 23.5 x 19.5 inch 5-piece cross-section model. It’s not an exact representation, but Wolfson’s attention to detail more than makes up for it.

Mini Crossbow

Mini Crossbow

Remember the guy who made that tiny functioning cannon? Well, he’s back, and this time he’s got a tiny crossbow that fires little tiny FLAMING arrows. Totally mad, and totally awesome.

Elgin Park

Elgin Park

This like an old photograph from the 1950s, but it’s actually a detailed model from artist Michael Paul Smith, who’s compiled his scenes into Elgin Park, a book about a fictitious retro-style town.

Miniature Street Art

Miniature Street Art

Usually street art involves spray-paint, graffiti or some form of defacing public property. But London artist Slinkachu simply creates intricate miniature dioramas and abandon them in public places.

Mind Boggling 3D Dioramas

Mind Boggling 3D Dioramas

We’re immersing ourselves in David DiMichele’s impressive and disquieting dioramas. He creates the fantastic 3D installations in his studio, using everything from glass and ice to tree bark and coil.

Hot Wheels RC Stealth Rides

Hot Wheels RC Stealth Rides

Is there an age limit for playing with toys? Nope – that’s why we like these cool hot wheels remote control cars (video above), with rc control right on the case, which fits in a pocket. (Thanks Peter!)

Incredibly Small Cannon 2.0

Incredibly Small Cannon 2.0

The mini-cannon that could gets upgraded with an improved bore (to eliminate deviations), a gun sight (to help toy soldiers aim), and an awesome video of it creating holes in things.

Lori Nix Photography

Lori Nix Photography

Photographer Lori Nix works with miniatures and models to create beautifully disastrous scenes and landscapes; her project The City depicts eerie abandoned buildings in a post-apocalyptic world.

Incredibly Small Cannon

Incredibly Small Cannon

Perfect for defending sand castles and bathtub- sized pirate ships, this miniature cannon not only looks totally cool, it can actually do some serious damage to small objects.

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