Awesome Miniatures

How to Shoot a Miniature Car Action Photo

How to Shoot a Miniature Car Action Photo

If you’re looking for tips and techniques for shooting great photos, look no further than COOPH. Their YouTube channel is packed with great tutorials like this one which shows how to shoot a photo of a miniature Ford Mustang launched off a ramp. This shot required multiple exposures to layer in the sparks, smoke, and dust.

Making a Miniature Airplane from Popsicle Sticks

Making a Miniature Airplane from Popsicle Sticks

We’ve seen lots of things made out of popsicle sticks, but they’re typically larger structures. In this video from 3JWings, they show us how they made a 1:300-scale replica of a Gulfstream G560 jet airplane by stacking, gluing, and carving the wooden sticks.

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Creepy Mine Diorama

Creepy Mine Diorama

What’s worse than the claustrophobic feeling of walking down an old mine shaft? How about adding a human-sized spider lurking beneath a trap door? Boylei Hobby Time created this imaginative diorama of a couple of miners who don’t know what dangers await them. This wasn’t the first time he went mining for giant arachnids.

Miniature Jack Skellington’s House

Miniature Jack Skellington’s House

Devon of MechanicalFiend is an expert at making detailed models and dioramas. She builds them from paperboard, cardstock, foam board, and popsicle sticks. To get us in the mood for her amazing miniature of Jack Skellington’s house from The Nightmare Before Christmas, she kicks things off with a little musical number.

Plasticine Clay Cars and Crashes

Plasticine Clay Cars and Crashes

YouTube channel Handmade features models of cars that were individually hand-built out of Plasticine clay. The artist behind the camera uses a plastic model as his form, then painstakingly traces and cuts out each piece of its body to create impressively accurate miniatures. And then he crash-tests them.

Miniature Photography Ideas

Miniature Photography Ideas

The guys over at COOPH are always sharing interesting photography tips and tricks. This time, they’ve posted a series of playful ideas you can replicate using just your smartphone, miniature figures, and everyday objects to create tiny worlds of whimsy that play with our expectations of scale.

Making a Mini Kwik-E-Mart

Making a Mini Kwik-E-Mart

One of the most iconic locations on The Simpsons is the Kwik-E-Mart. The talented builders of Ouroboros ARQ and made a detailed miniature of Springfield’s convenience store from masonite and spray foam. Though after rebranding, this location sells something other than Squishees and stale hot dogs.

Adam Savage Learns Grass Flocking

Adam Savage Learns Grass Flocking

During a 2020 trip to New Zealand’s famed Wētā Workshop, Adam Savage learned a lot about how they create practical visual effects. Among his experiences was this lesson from Project Supervisor Mona Peters on how to create convincing miniature landscapes by spraying on layers of green flocking with an electrostatic gun.

Clemens Wirth Miniature + Macro Showreel

Clemens Wirth Miniature + Macro Showreel

Clemens Wirth is a talented filmmaker who specializes in building miniatures and shooting macro footage of them. He recently compiled this awe-inspiring showreel of some of his most impressive 1:87 scale builds, including scenes set in the wild west, the big city, the country, the Arctic, and a galaxy far, far away.

Mini Coca-Cola Machine + Fridge

Mini Coca-Cola Machine + Fridge

New Wave Toys’ 1/6th-scale Coca-Cola Classic and New Coke vending machines are accurate down to the last detail, including working coin slots that trigger the release of tiny soda cans with the push of a light-up button. Inside you’ll find a working mini-fridge that chills two 12oz. cans or one 355ml bottle of Coke.

Making a Miniature Mandalorian Helmet

Making a Miniature Mandalorian Helmet

Mandalorian armor is made from a rare metal known as Beskar. Since we can’t get Beskar here on Earth, artist Bobby White created this tiny version of Mando’s helmet out of other precious metals and adorned it with diamonds and black rhodium. He used 3D modeling software to produce castings, then refined the pieces by hand.

Mini Moon Garden Diorama

Mini Moon Garden Diorama

Artist Mugen Woong created this beautiful crescent moon-shaped diorama using natural materials including dragon stone, moss, and tree roots. The display incorporates a self-watering system that uses microfiber cloth as a wick to keep the soil moist and the moss alive.

Building a Steampunk Model Airship

Building a Steampunk Model Airship

Modelmaker Boylei Hobby Time created this fanciful miniature of an airship based on viewer requests. He started with two individual dirigible models and combined them to form the floatation system for a steamboat that hangs beneath them. The finished piece looks like something from Jules Verne’s imagination.

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3D-Printed Folding WALL-E

3D-Printed Folding WALL-E

Fab365 shows off a 3D-printable model they designed of Pixar’s adorable robot WALL-E. What makes the model special is how its main body and gear structure can be printed all at once then folded together. The grey parts and some moving pieces are printed separately. An STL of the model can be downloaded for free here.

Dagobah Swamp Diorama

Dagobah Swamp Diorama

One of the most memorable scenes in The Empire Strikes Back is when Luke uses The Force to raise his X-Wing Fighter from the swamp on Dagobah. Modelmaker Kathy Millatt walks us through her impressive recreation of the moss- and vine-covered scene with shiny resin swamp water, and miniatures of Luke, Yoda, and R2-D2.

Epic Stranger Things Diorama

Epic Stranger Things Diorama

Artist and filmmaker Sebastian Jern creates amazing miniature scenes which he brings to life with lighting and practical effects. Here, he shows off a tiny tribute to Stranger Things, with dark and puffy cotton clouds and a terrifying monster lurking within. His miniature Mount Everest and Moon scenes are similarly phenomenal.

Miniature Automata

Miniature Automata

Artist Penny Thomson makes these amazing moving sculptures of birds, dragons, faeries, and other creatures. Each one uses a crank and precisely-placed stiff wires to bring it to life. Her works go up for sale on her Etsy shop from time to time, but they sell out almost instantly.

Wooden Bugatti Centodieci

Wooden Bugatti Centodieci

The Bugatti Centodieci is an incredible car, inspired by the automaker’s 110+ year history. Just 10 of the cars were produced, at a price of $9 million each. The guys from ND Woodworking Art couldn’t quite afford one, so they built a kid-sized version out of wood. It has working lights, steering, and a basic drivetrain.

World’s Smallest Production V8 Nitro Engine

World’s Smallest Production V8 Nitro Engine

Typical V8 car engines start around a 4-liter displacement and go up from there. On the other hand, this minuscule engine from Toyan has a 0.028-liter displacement. JohnnyQ90 shows of this amazing fully-functional miniature power plant that runs on nitromethane, the same stuff used to power top fuel dragsters.

Miniature Concrete Railroad Bridge

Miniature Concrete Railroad Bridge

After fabricating a miniature suspension bridge, Tiny World built a scale model of a railroad bridge based on the design of the CSX A-Line Bridge that spans the James River in Richmond, Virginia. To create the structure, they poured concrete into foam-core molds with wire supports inside.

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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.

Transforming Train Table

Transforming Train Table

Woodworker Peter Waldraff built this unique piece of custom furniture that conceals a working model railroad beneath its surface. The circular side table has a pop-up center section that houses an N-scale train that chugs along the rails through a scale scenic backdrop inspired by Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

An Hour in Wunderland

An Hour in Wunderland

Germany’s Miniatur Wunderland is home to the most amazing miniature scenery on the planet. This video lets viewers ride along every section of its model railway, offering a 360º view of the tiny world, including the insides of its tunnels. The mounting position of the camera makes the train partially disappear though.

Tiny Minecraft Ocean Diorama

Tiny Minecraft Ocean Diorama

Artist WUZU Clay built this miniature scene inspired by the blocky world of Minecraft. They made the underwater ocean temple by cutting and sculpting precise squares of polymer clay, layering them, and then submerging the structure in clear resin. The level of detail in the characters and plants is truly impressive.

Polymer Clay Peach’s Castle

Polymer Clay Peach’s Castle

Previously, ClayClaim built a miniature scene based on a level from Super Mario 64. Now the Fimo clay artist is back with another build inspired by the N64 game – Princess Peach’s iconic castle. He achieved the low-poly look by cutting lots of sharp, angular blocks of clay. Those Mario, Yoshi, and Cameraman sculpts are adorable.

Making a Miniature Water Bottle

Making a Miniature Water Bottle

We’ve seen the fascinating way in which factories crank out plastic water bottles by the thousands. Now see the level of effort it takes a model maker to create a single bottle that looks just like a bottle of Crystal Geyser water, only after it’s been put through a shrink ray.

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