THE BEST Models

Financial Architecture

Financial Architecture

Artist Jill Sylvia creates incredible models of structures such as the New York Stock Exchange, the U.S. Treasury and the Capital using sheets of financial ledger books with holes cut out of them.

Papercraft Bugatti Veyron

Papercraft Bugatti Veyron

While most of us will never be able to afford the $2 million+ dollar pricetag of an actual Veyron, we can live vicariously through this intricate paper model you can cut out and build for yourself.

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Ichiban BTTF DeLorean v4.0

Ichiban BTTF DeLorean v4.0

Build your own DeLorean, with this 287pc. LEGO brick kit from Ichiban Toys. Their latest DMC-12 refines prior designs, with moving gull-wing doors, retractable wheels and room for two minifigs.

Traxxas Spartan RC Boat

Traxxas Spartan RC Boat

After you’re done racing your 100mph RC car, hit the waters with the world’s fastest ready-to-race RC boat, topping out at speeds in excess of 50mph. Just drop in a power pack and head for the seas!

World’s Smallest V12 Engine

World’s Smallest V12 Engine

This amazing clip shows the meticulous handcrafting of a tiny V12 motor. How tiny? The crankshaft could fit in your palm and the cylinders are only 11.3mm wide. It’s alive at about 8:07.

Lobster Shell Motorcycles

Lobster Shell Motorcycles

We’ve seen motorcycle sculptures made from some unusual materials, but we can honestly say this is the first time we’ve seen one made from a crustacean. Shellfish allergy? No ride for you.

Camper Van LEGO

Camper Van LEGO

The iconic Volkswagen T1 Camper Van gets immortalized in LEGO form. This official 1,332 piece kit has working doors, windows, and a detailed interior and engine. Out this October for ~$100.

Wooden Caterpillar

Wooden Caterpillar

This insanely detailed, working wooden model of a Caterpillar excavator took Rob Fisher’s Woodchuck and Co. 3,000+ hours to build, using 4,000+ handcrafted pieces of cherry and walnut wood.

The Biggest Little Airport

The Biggest Little Airport

You wouldn’t believe it from the looks of this image, but what you’re looking at is an incredible, working miniature model of an airport. More images and videos of the Knuffingen Airport here.

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.

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.

Backyard B-50 Bomber

Backyard B-50 Bomber

Tony Nijhuis’ incredible R/C model plane not only looks just like the real B-50 bomber on which it’s based, it actually flies. The plane has a 19-foot wingspan, and took 2 years and $9000 to build.

Buzz Lightyear x Terminator

Buzz Lightyear x Terminator

What do you get when you take Buzz Lightyear, rip him from his suit, and a T-800 Terminator took his place? The Buzzinator, that’s what. Peter Clute’s toy mashup is truly deviant – and awesome.

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Miniature Dark Knight Armory

Miniature Dark Knight Armory

This incredible 1/6th-scale diorama of Bruce Wayne’s armory from The Dark Knight is an major feat in model-making. Built by Gee-Whiz Customs, it’s just like the original, only much, much smaller.

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