A remote controlled, scale model of a P-51D Mustang, a US single seat fighter and fighter bomber, that first flew in 1940, is outfitted with a camera that films its flight from the perspective of a would-be pilot. Somehow looping the loop, or landing for that matter, doesn’t seem so terrifying here…
Thursday, 21 May, 2015
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.
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.
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.
Friday, 25 October, 2013
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.
Tuesday, 17 April, 2012
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.
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.
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.