It’s no secret that professional model makers often use the same plastic model kits you can buy at a hobby shop, they’re just highly skilled at painting them to look incredibly realistic. Tristan Elliott instead started with Hasbro’s Battle Action Millennium Falcon toy, and with a little extra paint, turned it into a…
Unless you’re a model maker who works for Industrial Light & Magic, your skills at gluing bits of plastic together probably never turn out like this. But you don’t need skills to put this magnificent replica of the 2009 USS Enterprise on your fireplace mantle—just $7,000.
Meet the titanosaur. It’s the newest exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, and it’s a dinosaur cast so large it doesn’t even fit into a single room.
Airshows are always really awesome to visit, but what if you could walk up to your favorite science fiction spacecraft? That’s the aim of the Sci-Fi Air Show, a digital project that puts fictional spacecraft on display.
The 1965 model of the U.S.S. Enterprise usually hangs in the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum, but right now it's being restored. It's still a thing of incredible beauty, even after 50 years. So artist Nick Acosta took photos of the original model as it is now, and inserted it into iconic shots from the Star Trek …
Christopher Nolan's quest for realistic-looking space travel in Interstellar was achieved partially through the amazing models of New Deal Studios, which used a lot of ingenuity to achieve Nolan's very specific requests. One solution included a lot of salt.
While many of the chase scenes in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight may have looked larger than life, some were actually quite a bit smaller. Take a look at the model mobiles that sped and smashed through the streets of Gotham.
Check out the Marquis. This is a humongous "superscale carrier" ship created by the Hexans in their search for uninhabited parts of the galaxy. Author Peter Mowry created this ship for his novel in progress — and then he built a huge LEGO model that won "best spaceship" at Brickworld 2013.
In order to get the wonderful range of physical expressiveness we see in each episode of Archer, the animation team took thousands of photos of real people who would serve as models for the two-dimensional characters. And there are some interesting stories about the faces behind the faces—and why the production team…
We want scale models of NASA's Curiosity Rover, and we want them now.
Every now and again the internet has the capacity to blow our dinky craniums to smithereens — this happens to be one of those moments. Some unplaceable Herculean conviction drove LEGO architect Ryan McNaught to build a 5.76-meter-tall recreation of the Saturn V rocket used for Apollo 11 out of 120,000 plastic bricks.
Famous movie spaceships can have a rough time once the camera stops rolling. For instance, the Nostromo from Alien was discovered with a dead possum inside. The eponymous spaceship from Serenity had been consigned to a similarly undistinguished fate...until recently.
We've always loved Ian McQue's incredible jalopy ship designs, and now Industria Mechanika is selling a super limited-edition version of this Remora ship as a model. If you love putting together models and painting them, this beauty could be your next project.
Check out this amazing statue of a dinosaur made out of LEGO. This guy is 8.5 feet tall, and made out of 62,500 individual LEGO pieces. The amount of detail and coloring is pretty phenomenal.
Where you and I might walk our dogs around the block, retired engineer Jack Clemens walks his own working airship, a perfect model of a naval airship that was destroyed in 1935.
We're used to marveling at the painted concept art that comes out alongside a big space epic. The incredible spaceship images, the gorgeous planetscapes. But back in the day, practical model builders created some views that were just as lovely.
If Transformers came out in the 1800s, Bumblebee would become a velocipede, Megatron would turn into General Custer's mustache, and Optimus Prime would transform into a stately locomotive. Check out this anthracite-fueled Optimus by Encline Designs.
What terrifying swirl of chemicals created this dark tornado over an alien plain? Cotton and steel wool, mixed with parsley and moss. If those ingredients can make a storm, imagine what's required to recreate the plains of Mars.
Naturalist and modelmaker Andrew Scott creates sculptures of Lovecraftian horrors, alien embryos, and brain-sucking critters so eerily plausible that you half expect to find them on your next space mission — or simply rooting through your garbage.