Did you build model planes as a kid? I did. F-14s, F-4s, F-18s, even the odd Mig-29. For a kid I like to think I did OK, gluing wings together and painting garish camo patterns on everything, but after seeing these models I feel despondent.

Polish modeller Andrzej Ziober is a master. A planesmith. And the devil is in the details.


Ziober recreates planes down to every last instrument, accessory and component. This means that in addition to the standard stuff like exterior, wheels and cockpit, he adds things like engines, airframes and even ashtrays, things you can't or wouldn't see if he didn't take photos before he put the things together.

What's more is he builds the entire thing himself. They're not based on existing kits. He builds everything from scratch. Which may explain why it takes around five years to complete each model.

You can see a selection of his work in the gallery, and see a lot more (including an interview) at the link below.

Andrzej Ziober [The Internet Craftsmanship Museum, via MAKE]

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