Elgin Park is miniature city created and photographed by artist Michael Paul Smith. In a short documentary directed by Danny Yourd, Smith explains how his miniature street scenes went from a nostalgic personal project, to a viral hit online.
Tilt-shift photography wasn't invented to transform real world scenes into small scale models, but who's complaining? Here are 15 faked miniatures, by you.
If you've ever thought it would be cool to have a miniature figurine of yourself—or maybe a loved one—just hanging out on your desk and doing it's thing, your day has come. The first 3D printing photobooth is due to open in Japan later this month.
At first glance, we couldn't tell if someone rolled a giant quarter in front of NYC's Katz' Deli, or if artist Alan Wolfson painstakingly crafted a miniature of the deli that was so good, it was borderline indistinguishable from the real thing. Turns out it's the latter. Color us impressed. [Alan Wolfson via Andy Baio]
Sometimes you happen upon something on the web and try to divine its greater meaning. Sometimes you just say "OK why the hell not." These meticulous 1:87 scale dioramas inspired by No Country For Old Men? Sure, yes, absolutely!
My wish that future wars be fought adorably with tiny cannons came a bit closer to reality today thanks to a resurgence of the mini-cannon, now in version 2.0. It is still as deadly as ever.
This looks so much like Mars I can almost see the Rover in the background. But it's not another planet—it's one of a series of incredible small-scale models by artist Matthew Albanese. Wait until you see the volcano.
The Warsash Maritime Academy in the UK uses these $245,000 miniature oil tankers to train its pilots—they're incredibly difficult to drive, and simulate all kinds of different emergency situations, all while looking like a coin-operated children's ride.
Out of all the miniatures at Toy Fair, these famous chairs by Eames and many other bigtime designers are the ones I want most. [Toy Fair 2009]
You can use these shrunken game machines to decorate a quasi game lounge to entertain your non-existent train set ghostmen while they're waiting for the 12:10 to Rochester. Or you can decorate your desk.
Looking for a place to park that new Zune? Brando suggests pulling up The Chair, a $6 gadget stand that looks like those stackable chairs you lugged outside to the church picnic back in olden times. Now when you play Bag Lady Barbie with those mini shopping carts Jason introduced you to last week, at least Barbie will…
The SwissMiniGun is a 2.16-inch replica of a Colt Python, and it's a real gun that shoots tiny bullets that are just .35 inches long. This miniature Swiss-made revolver and its ammunition are painstakingly crafted using watchmaking technology.
Our drunk brother-in-law, Kotaku, picked up this wee Sega Dreamcast. No, it doesn't work, but it's so cute. It's actually a little collector's thing that comes in a little bag and you can PRETEND you own a very small obsolete console.