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Scale Models

LEGO Life-Size McLaren Senna

LEGO Life-Size McLaren Senna

LEGO and McLaren worked together to make a life-size model of the Senna supercar based on the Speed Champions’ color scheme. The model is made of 467,854 pieces and took 30 people 2,725 hours to build. It has functioning lights, doors, and infotainment system.

Hank Cheng’s Dioramas

Hank Cheng’s Dioramas

Taiwanese artist Hank Cheng makes incredibly realistic dioramas and scale models. Whether he’s making vehicles, store exteriors or bedroom interiors, the finished work will make your jaw drop. Check out more of his work on his Instagram and Facebook pages.

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Lasercompo Scooter Model Kit

Lasercompo Scooter Model Kit
$70  Buy Comment

theKirkshop makes a laser-cut sixth-scale model kit based on Honda’s folding scooter, the Motocompo. The Lasercompo is made of maple and walnut plywood, walnut veneer and acrylic. It takes about 2 to 3 hours to assemble and has working steering and wheels.

LEGO RC 1:24 Crane Scale Model

LEGO RC 1:24 Crane Scale Model

Dawid Szmandra made one of the best LEGO creations we’ve seen. It’s a fully functioning, detailed and remote-controlled 1:24 scale model of the Liebherr LR11000 crawler crane. It’s strong enough to lift objects as heavy as a dining chair.

LEGO Gundam Barbatos Lupus Concept

LEGO Gundam Barbatos Lupus Concept

LEGO Ideas member demon1408 made this kickass proposal for a 1/60th scale model of Gundam Barbatos Lupus from the hit anime Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. It’s fully articulated and comes with a sword-mace and guns. DIY instruction video here.

Blitzway Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Scale Model

Blitzway Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Scale Model
$1390  Buy Comment

Movie-based toy maker Blitzway outdoes itself with its sixth-scale model of the Ghostbusters’ ride. The Ecto-1 collectible is nearly 46″ long, has 45 LEDs, and an interlocked steering wheel and wheels. It also plays digital audio files via USB and microSD.

Glen English Motorcycle Scale Models

Glen English Motorcycle Scale Models

“No computers, no 3D printers. It’s completely made in the shed.” Tested recently visited the shop of model maker Glen English. A former professional motorcycle racer, Glen makes jaw-dropping motorcycle scale models almost entirely from scratch.

Perfect Grade 1/72 Millennium Falcon

Perfect Grade 1/72 Millennium Falcon
$400  Buy Comment

This 1:72 scale model kit of Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon is the ultimate collectible for fans of Han Solo’s ship. Bandai painstakingly inspected and scanned the movie prop used in A New Hope to create this model kit. It comes with LED lights and a display base.

Jurassic Park Female T-Rex Statue

Jurassic Park Female T-Rex Statue

“Don’t you see the danger, John, inherent in what you’re doing here?” Chronicle Collectibles‘ officially-licensed statue is a 1:5 scale model of Rexy, the female T-Rex from Jurassic Park. It measures 8′ x 4′ x 4′ and weighs 150lb. Instead of meat, it eats money. $4500 to be exact.

Vectorr High-Speed Rail Concept

Vectorr High-Speed Rail Concept

In Ukiah, California, there’s a sixth-scale train set quietly ambling over a vineyard. But it’s no mere toy. It’s a proof-of-concept for Flight Rail’s Vectorr – a rail system that uses vacuum to push or pull a magnetic carriage, which in turn takes the train above with it.

Tested Builds the LEGO Saturn V

Tested Builds the LEGO Saturn V

Adam, Will and Norm got their hands on the awesome LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V scale model rocket a bit earlier than us mere mortals. Watch them unbox, methodically knoll parts, and build the set. Assembly and story time start at 2:25.

LEGO Apollo Saturn V Rocket

LEGO Apollo Saturn V Rocket
$120  Buy Comment

Based on a proposal by LEGO Ideas members Felix Stiessen and Valérie Roche, this model kit features a 3ft-tall (1:110 scale) model of the Saturn V, the most powerful rocketship ever built. It comes with a lunar lander and three astronaut microfigs.

Joshua Smith’s Urban Miniatures

Joshua Smith’s Urban Miniatures

Joshua Smith makes incredibly detailed scale models based on real world buildings, streets or objects that capture the grit and grime of urban life. He recreates everything including the caked dirt on roofs and walls, fallen leaves and even bits of trash. (Photos: Andrew Beveridge)

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LEGO Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Concept

LEGO Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Concept

LEGO Ideas member Chiho Kim’s proposal for a kit based on the iconic off-roader. The model even comes with a net to secure things at the back as well as emergency cones. Chiho has since updated the model with larger tires, a light bar, fog lamps and a winch.

LEGO BMW R60/2 Concept

LEGO BMW R60/2 Concept

LEGO’s new BMW R 1200 GS set is boss, but we think this proposal for a 1967 R60/2 has the potential to be even better. Designed by LEGO Ideas member maximecheng03, it’s a tad skinnier than the actual bike, but we’re pretty sure LEGO can easily fix that.

Racing Heroes Model Cars

Racing Heroes Model Cars
$220-$800  Buy Comment

California-based Racing Heroes makes extremely detailed 1:18 (about 10″) scale models of classic sports cars, race cars and other related vehicles. Each model is assembled by hand and given realistic paint and finish.

Largest Collection of Model Cars

Largest Collection of Model Cars

Former rally racer Nabil “Billy” Karam is once again the Guinness World Record holder for the largest collection of model cars with 37,777 items, 10,000 more than the record he set in 2011. He also holds the record for largest collection of dioramas with 577.

LEGO RC Tatra Dakar 4×4 Truck

LEGO RC Tatra Dakar 4×4 Truck

LEGO enthusiast Sariel’s latest remote-controlled creation is based on the Dakar rally configuration of the Tatra T815 truck. The 12″ toy has a double wishbone suspension in front, a live axle at the rear and has a top speed of 7mph.

LEGO Caterham Seven 620R

LEGO Caterham Seven 620R
$80  Buy Link Comment

Based on a design by LEGO Ideas member Carl Greatrix, LEGO set #21307  lets you assemble an 11″x 5″x 3″ model of the fastest Seven to date. Made of 771 bricks, the model has a removable nose cone, engine cover and engine. Drops 10/1/16 for $80.

LEGO Cargo Train Simulator

LEGO Cargo Train Simulator

LEGO master builder Sariel used Technic components and the SBrick to make an automated train cargo loader and rotary dumper. The dumper requires no human input, while the loader goes to work at the press of a button and can also be controlled manually.

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QMx 2016 Spaceship Models

QMx 2016 Spaceship Models

Tested visited Quantum Mechanix’s booth at San Diego Comic-Con to look at the toymaker’s upcoming spaceship scale models. The highlight of the booth is definitely the cutaway Millennium Falcon, but the Star Trek Beyond ship and Star-Lord’s Milano are awesome too.

LEGO KSC Rocket Launch Site

LEGO KSC Rocket Launch Site

LEGO enthusiast Lia Chan built this masterfully scaled and detailed model of the Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39a. It includes the Space Shuttle Atlantis, the crawler transport system and the launch platform itself.

Massive LEGO Star Destroyer

Massive LEGO Star Destroyer

Redditor raskolnikov- is blowing minds all over the world with his incredible LEGO model of an Imperial Star Destroyer. Not only is it huge – it’s over 56″ long and weighs 70lb – it also has a detailed interior, with rooms and minifigs and even spaceships inside it.

LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS

LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS

An obsessively designed 1:8 scale model of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS. The 2,700pc model has a dual-clutch gearbox w/working paddle shifters, moving engine pistons, exclusive rims and tires, and a plate laser-etched with a serial number unique to each copy. Drops 6/1/16 for $300.

Paper Stirling Engine

Paper Stirling Engine

Paper engine maker Aliaksei Zholner made something different but no less amazing. His working Stirling engine scale model uses ice and hot water to manipulate the pressure inside its cylinder and generate power. It’s made of paper, cardboard, tissue and lots of glue.

Paper Rotary Engine

Paper Rotary Engine

Aliaksei Zholner’s miniature engine factory continues to progress. The papercraft artist’s latest work is a functional rotary engine. It has three main parts and like its predecessors is powered with compressed air.

Put the Pedal to the Paper

Put the Pedal to the Paper

We’ve seen YouTuber Aliaksei Zholner’s papercraft V6 and four-cylinder miniature engines. One of his latest creations is a V8 engine. As if that wasn’t awesome enough he also made a working throttle for it.

RC Boeing 747-400

RC Boeing 747-400

RCScaleAirplanes shot this video of an imposing 18ft.-long (1:13 scale) Boeing 747-400 model plane. Model Airplane News says builder Adi Pitz spent over 2,000 hours making it. Its jet engines sound as amazing as they perform.

Weta x Warcraft

Weta x Warcraft

Weta Workshop will release a line of collectibles based on the upcoming Warcraft movie. The merch includes a 1:10 scale statue of Orgrim Doomhammer, a 1:6 scale footman suit of armor and a 1:6 scale Axe of Durotan.

V6 Engine Paper Model

V6 Engine Paper Model

YouTuber Al Zh made a miniature scale model of a V6 engine using paper, glue, tape, and rubber bands. It “runs” on compressed air, and the sound that it makes is awesome. Like an old boat motor. He also made a paper inline-4.

LEGO Ferrari F40

LEGO Ferrari F40

The LEGO Creator set #10248 is a highly detailed Ferrari F40 model. It faithfully recreates the prototypical supercar’s marks, from the pop-up headlights to the massive – and removable – V8 engine. Drops 8/15 for $90.

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