When I was a teenager, I used to build model airplanes. I spent all my pocket money on kits full of unpainted, unassembled plastic. I wasn’t very good at that hobby, but at least I can appreciate the work of those who’ve really mastered the art of scale modeling.

The following photos were taken at the 13th Bolyai Scale Model Builder Cup in Budapest, where highly skilled model-builders competed in 36 different categories. The two things I kept noticing: the model-builders’ affection for history and technology, and a huge focus on wars, both real and fictional.

Check out my favorites below.

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A weary R2 droid from the Star Wars universe


Warhammer 40k Blood Drinker Space Marine


Hobos outside an abandoned chapel


Tu-70 under construction


A badly damaged Soviet T-55 tank


A Hungarian Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 fighter jet


#86-0314 AK U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 18th Aggressor Squadron


HMS Tiger battlecruiser (1918/1919)


The derelict spaceship on LV-426, from Alien


Apollo 13 Lunar Module (LM) Aquarius


Anna Louise P-47D ‘Razorback’ - flown by Lt. A.H. Rainbow (1944), and a Tupolev Tu-160, a Russian supersonic strategic bomber


Scenes from World War II are extremely popular among diorama builders


North American T-2 Buckeye, the U.S. Navy’s intermediate training aircraft


Supermarine Spitfire’s Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine


Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe/Sturmvogel


Douglas F4D Skyray, the U.S. Navy’s supersonic fighter


U.S. Navy Ling-Temco-Vought A-7E Corsair II


This is how a scale model is born


U998 U-Boot German submarine surfacing


Close attention to details


Fantasy category: Wuzz Air! fighter under attack


‘Snake-Eye’–Super Armoured Fighting Suit (SAFS) Space type II, from the Maschinen Krieger universe


Mass Effect heroes


Assassin Creed main character


Captain Hungary


What if? category: a Japanese twin Nakajima WWII jet fighter


Another U.S. Navy fighter: F9F-2 Panther


... and another one: McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II


An Air Force Reaper drone


A German Panavia Tornado


The Shenyang J-8 81192, the Chinese interceptor that collided with a U.S. Navy EP-3 aircraft in 2001 (the Hainan Island incident)


Junkers Ju 88 German bomber from WWII (with a Focke-Wulf Fw 190 in the foreground)


A Vietnam war scene


The jury


A beautifully crafted wooden ship model


A Hungarian MiG-29


A Caproni-Begamaschi Ca.310 Libeccio twin-engine reconnaissance aircraft


Latécoère 28-5 ‘La Frégate’ French civil transport and postal hydroplane, which set 16 international records in 1930-31.


Conflicts from the past few decades


North American P-51 Mustang


Curtiss P-40 Warhawk


Train station somewhere in Nazi Germany


And finally: a hippie soldier


Photos: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo