Kicking around in a vintage car in your hometown

Friday, 11 April, 2014

Last October I linked to a photo collection of a model town built by US archivist Michael Paul Smith, that was inspired by the Pittsburgh neighbourhood where he grew in the 1950s. Now revisit the gallery and take a look at the model vehicles of the period. Incredible right?

I’m fortunate enough to actually see period vehicles, similar to these, on the streets of my “hometown” on the NSW Central Coast, from time to time.

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The manila folder paper model Boeing 777 aircraft

Friday, 31 January, 2014

Luca Iaconi-Stewart builds incredibly intricate scale models of commercial aircraft using only glue and… manila folders. If you want an idea of just how detailed his works are, check out the cargo doors on this Boeing 777 he has constructed.

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Is it a plane, or is it a model? Either way it’s impressive

Tuesday, 26 November, 2013

This flight capable scale model of an Airbus A380-800 aircraft is impressive to say the least. At 4.8 metres in length, with a wingspan of 5.3 metres, weighing some 70 kilograms, and powered by actual jet engines, it could easily be mistaken for the genuine article if observed at a distance.

Watch it taxi and take off like any other commercial jet airliner, but marvel at that landing… that remote controlled landing.

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So I never forget it, a scale model of my hometown

Friday, 25 October, 2013

Elgin Park, photo by Michael Paul Smith

One way to remember your hometown, more or less as it was when you were growing up there, is to build a scale model of it, as Michael Paul Smith has. While the town of Elgin Park is fictional, the beautiful and intricate models of its houses, buildings, and streets, are reminiscent of 1950s Pittsburgh, where Smith spent his early years.

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Elevating culinary art to a miniature scale

Tuesday, 17 April, 2012

Shay Aaron is a Tel Aviv based maker of miniatures, who specialises in crafting scale models of foodstuffs.

Definitely tasty.

Via Colossal.

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A scale model of the Death Star would have to be built in space

Tuesday, 6 March, 2012

If you wanted – for whatever reason – to build a scale model of the first “Star Wars” Death Star using LEGO pieces, so that standard size LEGO figurines could occupy it, you would need a space about four kilometres wide and high, given the finished object would be some three and half kilometres in diameter.

So, a to-scale Lego Death Star (first version) would be 0.022 times the diameter of the REAL Death Star. This would put the diameter of the Lego Death Star at 3.52 km. That’s a pretty big Lego model.

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Home renovation jobs are often more hobby than anything else

Tuesday, 21 February, 2012

A Canadian man, Joe Murray, is excavating the basement of his house using only radio controlled scale model tractors, diggers, and bulldozers, to do the job.

At an average rate of eight or nine cubic feet of earth moved each year, the process has been absolutely glacial. But what do you expect when every morning he drives his little excavator on its transport truck down to the basement, unloads it, and then uses it to dig out the basement walls.

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Did you know that NSFW content could boost your work output?

Monday, 28 November, 2011

A left-of-field remedy for both the Monday blues, and priming your mind for the work day ahead… look at photos of nude, or scantily clad, models. Seriously. Researchers at Finland’s University of Tampere and Aalto University stumbled upon the gender unspecific method of boosting brain function during a recent study into, presumably, workplace productivity.

Professor Jari Hietanen noted that the more undressed the models were, the quicker the gray matter in the brain sprung into action. The brain worked faster and more efficiently to process the nude bodies and was increasingly slower to function the more clothes the models wore.

It certainly gives new meaning to the term morning heart-starter. But better than coffee for achieving the same thing? The jury’s out on that one. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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Apocalypse modelled, the doomsday dioramas of Thomas Doyle

Wednesday, 28 September, 2011

Distillation features a series of dioramas made by New York artist Thomas Doyle that have an ominously apocalyptic feel, and bring to mind films such as The Road or The Book of Eli.

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You can now have your favourite dinosuar bottled

Wednesday, 20 July, 2011

Bottled stegosaurus by Akinobu

On the subject of dinosaurs, Akinobu, a Japanese maker of architectual models, creates all sorts of minuature objects including dinosaur skeletons, and then bottles them.

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