Miniature Buildings

How To : Gather tools for building miniatures

Here are some of necessary the tools for hobby crafting and diorama making. This model maker uses wood rasps, sanding pencils, wire cutters, small pliers, a box cutter, a wood carving knife, and a Japanese pull saw. When building miniatures you may find yourself making your ow ...more

How To : Use wood for building miniatures rather than foam

Watch this instructional model making video to learn some of the pros and cons of making miniature game terrains out of wood. The wood models are certainly more durable, but they take a lot of work to build. The foam models go rather quickly and can take on more naturalistic c ...more

How To : Use basic building techniques

Papa Tom teaches viewers the basics for building realistic miniature buildings using Scene-A-Rama Building and Structures Kit. This is great for school or art projects. Bricks have been around for more than five thousand years! Part 1 of 2 - How to Use basic building techniqu ...more

How To : Make 15mm scale miniatures

This video provides an introduction to building 15mm scale buildings for Warhammer or miniature dioramas. Simulate roofing shingles and with small pieces of cardboard. Create a haunted scene with real spider webs. Preserve tiny spider webs with a protective spray or make minia ...more

How To : Duplicate diorama pieces with plaster casts

Watch this instructional video to make cheap molds for casting miniatures. You can then duplicate pieces for building your diorama or game terrain. Sculpt original forms using polymer clay, and layer on latex to make a cheap rubber mold. Or, you can use pre-made forms to press ...more

How To : Build a log cabin diorama

Build a log home diorama. Papa Tom shows viewers how to build a log cabin home for a diorama using the Building and Structures Kit. Simple and easy to make a realistic miniature log cabin.

How To : Model railroad scenery using extruded foam

Are your hobbies building model trains? Well, I hope you are building your own model sets the way you want to, but if you're stumped in the model railroading process, check out this nine-part video tutorial to see how to model railroad scenery using extruded foam. If you aren' ...more

How To : Make miniature robots

Check out this Make Magazine segment on building mini robots. Then you can move onto huge ones like Big Dog! John Park builds some lively and inexpensive miniature robots. Starting with a simple vibrabot made from a scrub brush, John assembles a solar junkbot and a slightly m ...more

News : New England Theme

New England theme - Limited Edition items! Update 8/5 Buildings Costal Mansion, Costal Hideaway Decorations Goldfinch Birds, Costal Picnic, Cliff II, Hydrangea, Cord of Wood Update 8/3 Mystery Game Mini Stallion, Pygmy Marmosets, Babydoll Sheep, Mini Goat, Mini Donkey, ...more

News : Summer Theme

The Summer themed items are here! Tuesday 8-24 Today they added 2 new buildings, 5 decorations and new mystery game items. New Buildings Roadside Diner Curiosity Shop Decorations New mystery game! Stone Pool Pig Trampoline Kids Playhouse Pool House Pot Belly Pig an ...more

How To : Things to Do on WonderHowTo (03/21 - 03/27)

WonderHowTo is made up of niche communities called Worlds. If you've yet to join one (or create your own), get a taste below of what's going on in the community. Check in every Wednesday for a roundup of new activities and projects. Thanks to all of our active moderators and ...more

How To : Build Your Own Terrarium

Do you have a green thumb but an extremely limited living space? Try building your own DIY terrarium. All you need is a clear glass or plastic container, a few of your favorite plants, and some cheap gardening supplies to start your own self-contained, self-sustained miniature ...more

News : Help! Child Swarmed by Bots

This kid looks less than pleased (skip to 2:37). The goal of  Swarm-bots is to show how many small robots can work together to achieve a larger task (such as dragging a little girl's body across the floor): "The goal of this project is the study of a novel design approach to ...more

How To : Build extruded foam scenery

Here is a short tutorial for those of who wanting to build miniature scenery using a structure of layered foam. The adhesive not mentioned in the video is PL 300 foam. However, you can use any type of adhesive as long as its foam friendly. This two part instructional video pro ...more

News : 1,200 Hot Wheels in Perpetual (NOISY) Motion

Chris Burden's latest piece is a portrait of L.A.'s hot mess of traffic, entitled Metropolis II. The artist has constructed a miniature highway system, complete with 1,200 custom-designed cars, 18 lanes, 13 toy trains and tracks, and a landscape of buildings made with wood blo ...more

How To : Things to Do on WonderHowTo (06/06 - 06/12)

WonderHowTo is a how-to website made up of niche communities called Worlds, with topics ranging from Minecraft to science experiments to Scrabble and everything in-between. Check in every Wednesday evening for a roundup of user-run activities and how-to projects from the most ...more

How To : Create Amazing Tiny Planet Photos with Your iPhone

In photography, stereographic projection is a geometric technique that projects a sphere onto a plane, which is mostly used in the mapping of spherical panoramas. The most popular type of stereographic panorama is the "tiny planet," where the center view of a panoramic image ...more

News : What Is Augmented Reality?

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that augmented reality (or, AR for short) will "change everything." But what, exactly, is augmented reality? Generally, augmented reality refers to the process of presenting virtual objects and imagery — usually through a wearable lens or external ...more

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