Putting Things Into Perspective With the World's Best Miniature Models

By Attila Nagy on at

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

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 that occurred to me: the model-builders’ affection for history and technology, and a huge focus on wars, both real and fictional.

Check out my favourites below.

Do you build scale models? Please show your latest work in the comments!

A weary R2 droid from the Star Wars universe

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


Warhammer 40k Blood Drinker Space Marine

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


Hobos outside an abandoned chapel

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


Tu-70 under construction

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


A badly damaged Soviet T-55 tank

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


A Hungarian Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 fighter jet

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


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

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


HMS Tiger battlecruiser (1918/1919)

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


The derelict spaceship on LV-426, from Alien

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


Apollo 13 Lunar Module (LM) Aquarius

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


Anna Louise P-47D ‘Razorback’ and a Tupolev Tu-160, a Russian supersonic strategic bomber

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


Scenes from World War II are extremely popular

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


T-2 Buckeye, the US Navy’s intermediate training aircraft

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


Supermarine Spitfire’s Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe/Sturmvogel

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


Douglas F4D Skyray, the US Navy’s supersonic fighter

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


US Navy Ling-Temco-Vought A-7E Corsair II

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


This is how a scale model is born

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


U998 U-Boat German submarine surfacing

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


Close attention to detail

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


Fantasy category: Wuzz Air! fighter under attack

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


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

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


Mass Effect heroes

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


Assassin Creed main character

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


Captain Hungary

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


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

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


Another US Navy fighter: F9F-2 Panther

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


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

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


An Air Force Reaper drone

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


A German Panavia Tornado

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


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

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


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

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


A Vietnam war scene

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


The jury

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


A beautifully crafted wooden ship model

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


A Hungarian MiG-29

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


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

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


Latécoère 28-5 ‘La Frégate’ record-break French transport and postal hydroplane

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


Conflicts from the past few decades

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


North American P-51 Mustang

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


Train station somewhere in Nazi Germany

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


And finally: a hippie soldier

Incredible Scale Models of War Scenes, from World War II to Warhammer 40K


Photos: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo