THE BEST Models

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.

Abandoned LEGO Houses

Abandoned LEGO Houses

Artist Mike Doyle creates amazing and unique LEGO models, including these awesomely spooky abandoned homes, made even more creepy through the use of a monochrome black, white, and grey pallette. Be sure to check out his incredible 200,000 piece City of Odan too.

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UGEARS Wooden Safe Kit

UGEARS Wooden Safe Kit

Despite providing virtually no real security for your possessions, the UGEARS plywood safe construction kit is still super cool. You’ll spend 6 to 7 hours assembling this intricate 179-piece punch-out model, which has a working combination lock when finished.

LEGO Jaguar E-Type Roadster

LEGO Jaguar E-Type Roadster

LEGO Ideas contributor Ozzyeatingbats presents a concept for a model of Jaguar’s greatest design achievement, the car Enzo Ferrari once called “the most beautiful car ever made.” It’s appx. 1:10 scale, made from 1664 bricks, and has a big inline 6-cylinder engine.

Spacedock

Spacedock

A behind the scenes look at the Smithsonian’s restoration of the original model of the U.S.S. Enterprise, used on screen in all 79 original episodes of Star Trek. The care that went into bringing this sci-fi icon back to life over the course of 2 years is truly impressive.

Shark & Diver Models

Shark & Diver Models

Designed by Matt Cavanaugh for Kontextür, these awesome vinyl models offer lots of points of articulation, and a fun and easy assembly process using plastic screws to attach their parts. The shark and diver each measure 14″ long when swimming.

Making Tiny Cup Nooodles

Making Tiny Cup Nooodles

YouTuber HMS2 makes accurate, but teensy replicas of real world items for dollhouses. Out of all of the creations on their channel, these miniature cups of instant ramen are our personal favorites. Though the tiny Pocky sticks and potato chips are equally impressive.

How to Make a Tiny Tree

How to Make a Tiny Tree

Modelmaker Luke Towan walks us through the painstaking process of building a tiny tree for a model railroad. It requires time and patience, but the end result is quite realistic, and the video is as soothing as watching Bob Ross paint. His teensy hay bales are nuts too.

Vehicle Sculptures by Jamie Schena

Vehicle Sculptures by Jamie Schena

Artist Jamie Schena handcrafts amazing metal scale models of automobiles and motorcycles. His vehicle builds are amazing, but we were blown away by his massive green mech which envisions a Transformer that started out as a Lamborghini Aventador.

Ken Block R/C Truck

Ken Block R/C Truck

We’ve seen an R/C model of Ken Block’s Ford Fiesta. But this builder created something even more impressive – a working scale version of the 18-wheeler that transports Block’s car. Be sure to check out many other amazing R/C vehicles on monsterchannel24.

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).

Holorama

Holorama

Filmmaker Jeff Desom teamed up with model maker Oli Pesch to recreate miniature sets of famous movie scenes, and then populated them with “holographic” images of actors projected onto an angled semi-transparent screen. This is how 3D movies should look. More here.

Giant LEGO AT-AT Time-Lapse

Giant LEGO AT-AT Time-Lapse

The largest official LEGO AT-AT kit you can buy measures has about 1,100 pieces. Peter “Cavegod” Brookdale’s design uses over 6,000 bricks and is enormous. Charlie Goldberg of BrickVault acquired all the parts to replicate the giant walker, and recorded the build process.

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LEGO Concorde Concept

LEGO Concorde Concept

ABStract’s proposal for a mid-sized LEGO Concorde. It’s 31″ long and has an adjustable nose. It also comes with mobile ladders and a model of the plane’s engine. Check ABStract’s Updates tab for the latest mockups. 개인창작 made the physical prototype.

World’s Largest LEGO Ship

World’s Largest LEGO Ship

Dan Siskind of Brickmania has spent countless hours (and dollars) building a 25.5 foot long, historically-accurate model of U.S. Navy vessel the USS Missouri from over 1,000,000 LEGO pieces. More on Flickr. (Thanks Orion!)

Ittyblox

Ittyblox

Build tiny, intricate urban landscapes with these full-color 3D printed blocks, inspired by architecture from major cities around the world. They snap into a special baseplate which can even house LED illumination for their windows.

Minimundus Space Shuttle

Minimundus Space Shuttle

This incredibly detailed model of the Space Shuttle Atlantis resides at Minimundus, a theme park in Klagenfurt, Austria. The model isn’t just static – the shuttle has a full countdown sequence and actually “lifts off,” without leaving the ground.

Intricate Can Cars

Intricate Can Cars

Sandy’s CanCars takes the art of aluminum can sculpture to a whole new level. His intricate cars are handmade from dozens of cans, along with balsa and custom metal parts. The models sell for thousands, Sandy sells DIY plans for just $10.

LEGO Mini Cooper

LEGO Mini Cooper

LEGO follows up the VW Camper with a model of another classic car, the Mini Cooper. It’s made of over 1,000 pieces, some of which have never been made before. It comes with a picnic basket, blanket and a spare tire. Available 8/1 for $100.

LEGO V-8 Engine

LEGO V-8 Engine

This intricate, pneumatic-powered LEGO Technic model built by Huib van der Hart replicates the inner workings of a V-8 engine – and is nearly as loud as one – so you might want to turn your speakers down for this one.

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Manila Folder 777

Manila Folder 777

This amazing 1:60 scale model of a Boeing 777 airliner is being crafted from thousands of meticulously cut pieces of manila folders by papercraft artist Luca Iaconi-Stewart. The doors even have working hinges. WIP videos here.

MakerBot Digitizer

MakerBot Digitizer

A desktop device that uses lasers to small objects into 3D digital models in minutes. Combine it with a 3D printer to make your own home replicator system. The Matterform is much cheaper, but it’s too soon to tell which is better.

WW II LEGO Battle Scene

WW II LEGO Battle Scene

Brickmania’s incredible recreation of the deadly WWII beach landings at Peleliu, created from over 500,000 LEGO parts. Includes the massive USS LST 325, tanks, airplanes, tons of custom minifigs and weapons, and even a shark.

LEGO Sydney Opera House

LEGO Sydney Opera House

LEGO extends its collection of architectural icons with this 2989-piece expert model of the world famous Sydney Opera House. Measures 25″(w) x 11″(h) x 15″ (d) when complete. Coming 9/2013 to the LEGO Shop for $319.99(USD).

LEGO Red Five X-Wing Starfighter

LEGO Red Five X-Wing Starfighter

An awesomely detailed 1559 piece LEGO kit based on Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing Fighter. The 20″ long model has wings which open and close smoothly, a see-through cockpit, and a tiny R2-D2 minifig.

Master RC Pilot at 17

Master RC Pilot at 17

Most people take it slow their first time performing in front of a crowd. Not Joe Smith though. He was just 17 and had only been flying for 2 years when he put on this amazing RC plane demo.

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