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

When I was a teenager, I used to build model aeroplanes. 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 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 I kept noticing: the model-builders’ affection for history and technology, and a huge focus on wars, both real and fictional.

Check out my favourites 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