Awesome Miniatures

LOTR Giant Spider Diorama

LOTR Giant Spider Diorama

Minibricks created this amazing miniature based on the scene in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King where Frodo faces Shelob, the giant spider demon. They crafted the environment by carving foam, while the spider and Frodo were 3D printed then meticulously hand-painted.

Miniature Luigi’s Mansion

Miniature Luigi’s Mansion

Studson Studio is a master at creating miniatures based on video games and animation. His detailed model of Luigi’s Mansion will bring a thrill to any Nintendo fan. He built it primarily out of foam and paper boards, coffee stirrers, and modeling compound. We love his creative use of food skewers for the fence.

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Super Mario 64: Polymer Clay Edition

Super Mario 64: Polymer Clay Edition

ClayClaim is an expert at sculpting objects and scenes out of Fimo polymer clay. In this video, he shows us how he created an incredibly detailed miniature scene based on the Bomb-Omb Battlefield level of the Nintendo classic Super Mario 64. We love all the tiny enemies, especially King Bob-Omb and Chain Chomp.

In our hands.

In our hands.

This commercial by Dorian & Daniel uses incredible miniature scenery to deliver a powerful message about humanity’s impact on the environment, and how we’re the only ones who can change it. The promotional spot is for Erste Sparkasse, the first bank to join the EU Green Consumption Pledge.

Levitating Millennium Falcon

Levitating Millennium Falcon

Glen Makes created this wonderful little diorama of a miniature Millennium Falcon as hovers over a sandy planet below. The detailed ship model’s LED lighting and the backdrop image really bring it all together. (Thanks, Mike!)

Building a Mini Concrete House

Building a Mini Concrete House

OUROBOROS ARQ loves to make miniature models of buildings and other structures using realistic construction materials. In this video, they show us how they built a modern multi-level house with concrete walls, brick details, a wooden staircase, and built-in lighting.

LEGO Ideas x JAWS

LEGO Ideas x JAWS

Jonny Campbell came up with this concept for a LEGO set inspired by Steven Spielberg’s classic thriller, JAWS. The set includes an accurate model of the Orca, loaded up with fishing gear and those iconic yellow barrels. It also comes with Bruce the great white shark, and minifigs of Brody, Hooper, and Quint.

Tiny Nintendo Switch Ornament

Tiny Nintendo Switch Ornament

To celebrate the holidays, software engineer Scottbez1 built a miniature replica of a Nintendo Switch to hang on his Christmas tree. The 3D-printed model is roughly 1:5-scale with a working LCD screen that plays animated GIFs of Switch games and has tiny clickable thumbsticks.

Inside the Mind of LEGO Master Builder

Inside the Mind of LEGO Master Builder

WIRED introduces us to LEGO Master Model Builder PJ Catalano. Since 2013, he’s has been building incredible LEGO structures at LEGOLAND California. In this episode of Obsessed, PJ talks about the basics of LEGO construction, how to make letters with bricks, and how his creations come to life. Also, we need those LEGO pliers.

Squid Game Doll 3D Drawing

Squid Game Doll 3D Drawing

3D Sanago once again shows off their 3D pen skills by creating a miniature of the creepy killer doll from the Red Light Green Light episode of Squid Game. It even has a rotating head and plays authentic sound effects. English subtitles available.

3D Printed Medieval City

3D Printed Medieval City

3D printing technology has been a boon for model makers. Knarb Makes shows off a diorama he built of a medieval city with the help of the tech – though there’s still plenty of artistic talent on display. The impressive Venice-inspired scale city has more than 50 buildings, bridges, canals, and lighting.

Mattel MEGA X Tesla Cybertruck

Mattel MEGA X Tesla Cybertruck
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We’re still not sure when Tesla’s Cybertruck will go into production but starting 10.15.21 at 9am PT, you’ll be able to grab Mattel Creations’ miniature, which snaps together from 3000 pieces. The model of Elon Musk’s angular electric truck measures about 18″ long once assembled, and comes complete with smashed windows.

Making a Sea Dragon Diorama

Making a Sea Dragon Diorama

Minibricks is a master at model making. For their latest project, the created an incredible diorama featuring a tentacled sea beast swimming through an pool of clear resin. The piece, titled SUBNAUTICA conjures memories of The Shape of Water and Creature from the Black Lagoon.

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Making a Mini Stonehenge

Making a Mini Stonehenge

Fans of This Is Spinal Tap will immediately get a giggle out of this even smaller version of Stonehenge created by model artist Luke Towan. He created the detailed replica of the ancient monument with the help of an Anycubic Photon Ultra resin 3D printer.

LEGO Ideas Fender Stratocaster

LEGO Ideas Fender Stratocaster
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Inspired by a fan-submitted design, this miniature model of Fender’s iconic Stratocaster electric guitar is accurate down to the smallest detail. The 1074-piece model features tiny strings, an official Fender strap, and a 1965 Princeton Reverb amp with a visible interior. It comes with bricks for both red and black guitar bodies.

Mini LEGO Arcade Machines

Mini LEGO Arcade Machines
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These teensy arcade and vending machines come from The Brick Show Shop. In order to avoid licensing issues, the machines ended up with names like “Ms. Dot Man,” “Froggy,” and “Astrobricks,” but we still love them, and have already built a whole arcade for our minifigs to play in.

Teensy V8 Engine

Teensy V8 Engine

Simas1014 of Generic Woodworking likes to make working models of car engines from wood. Here, he shows off an impossibly tiny model of a V8 engine, complete with a working crankshaft, rods, and pistons that move. You’d need to measure this engine’s displacement in milliliters.

Making a Sword Inside a Pencil

Making a Sword Inside a Pencil

John Wick and Heath Ledger’s Joker have both proven that a pencil can be a highly effective weapon all on its own. But it’s makeITcool’s job to make things cooler, so they got to work turning a saw blade into a tiny sword that stows inside of the body of a No. 2 pencil.

This Isn’t a 7-Eleven

This Isn’t a 7-Eleven

You might think you were looking at an ordinary 7-Eleven store, but it’s actually a miniature. artist and director Justin Poulsen created this model of the store that’s accurate down to every detail, including the motorized doors. And there’s a surprise waiting inside – a pair of custom-made 7-Eleven Nike Dunks.

Yutani Chainsaw Trike Animatronic

Yutani Chainsaw Trike Animatronic

Danny Huynh Creations shows off one of the sweetest miniatures ever. This mechanical trike features an animatronic android riding atop the rig, which has a chainsaw-style front drivetrain and wheels at the rear for stability. It’s not just for looks – it’s a fully operational R/C vehicle. Just look at all the details on its rider.

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RC Jumbo Jet Build, Flight, Crash

RC Jumbo Jet Build, Flight, Crash

RC aircraft enthusiast Troy McMillan spent countless hours planning, designing, 3D printing, and assembling a scale model of a jumbo jet. Here, he shares the time-consuming build process, its maiden flight, and tragic demise after a battery failure rendered his flight controller useless.

Making a Stop-Motion Animation for Will Smith

Making a Stop-Motion Animation for Will Smith

For Halloween 2020, animator Lawrence Becker created a stop-motion short featuring a miniature Will Smith carving a pumpkin with a tiny sword. This behind-the-scenes look at how he made it is just as awesome as the animation itself. Also, his stop-motion Danny Devito Penguin pumpkin would make Tim Burton proud.

3D Printed Roller Coaster

3D Printed Roller Coaster

This miniature roller coaster is made from 3D-printed parts and has a motorized launch system and working brakes. The cars, twisty tracks, and supports were digitally fabricated. Its motion is controlled by an Arduino, micro servo motors, and a DC motor. It took 3D Coasters roughly six months to complete the project.

Making a Meteor Diorama

Making a Meteor Diorama

4THECRAFT is an expert at making dioramas sealed inside of clear resin. In this video, they walk us through the process of creating a scene of a meteor crashing into a building, combining 3D printing, hand-painting, and model-making techniques to create an awe-inspiring visual. The lighting inside the fireball really brings it to life.

Cigarette Lighter DeLorean

Cigarette Lighter DeLorean

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen an artist carve a model car from a cigarette lighter. In this video, Ank Creative shows how they took the plastic from lighters and cut, sanded, and glued the pieces together to create an intricate model of the iconic DeLorean DMC-12, best known from the Back to the Future movies.

Woodturning a Jet Engine

Woodturning a Jet Engine

We’ve seen lots of beautiful and unusual items turned on a lathe, but we’ve not seen a woodworker use the method to create a model of a jet airplane engine until now. Gao Wood Lab used walnut, magnolia grandiflora, and red cedar wood to create this wonderful miniature engine, complete with a spinning turbine fan.

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