This is the work of a South Korean model builder and diorama maker who goes by the name “Gaia.” Damn, it’s good.
Multiplayer battle arena Paragon shuts down on April 26, but its characters and environments have a chance to live on. Epic Games has released “$12 million worth” of the game’s character and environment assets onto the Unreal Engine Marketplace for free.
While the stereotype might be that Japan is hi-tech, some of its biggest news broadcasters use low-tech dioramas and models to explain current events.
Model builder and Kotaku reader Kevin Derken is back with a new original creation: some Totoro figures made from spare parts leftover from Maschinen Krieger model kits.
Reader Khris, who earlier this year modified some Gundam models to look like mechanised Pokémon, is back with three more. These are based on the legendary birds Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres.
D.Va’s mech is cute, I guess, but she’d do more damage in something out of Gundam.
16 bit Models was an exhibition held in Akihabara over the weekend. It brought model makers together to pay homage to some of the great games from the 16-bit era (and beyond), and included everything from Street Fighter II to Crazy Taxi to Outrun.
Reader Khris likes Pokémon. He also likes Gundam. Here are three model kits that combine both of those things to excellent effect.
In the 80s, manga artist and mech designer Makoto Kobayashi made a custom model kit called the “Special O”. It was so cool that Bandai picked it up and turned it into an official Gundam model.
This used to be a Gundam model kit. Not anymore. Now it’s “Hi2-D2 - Enhanced astromech droid”.
It might have taken two years to make, but this StarCraft 2 diorama is just adorable.
And hamster waiters are the best waiters.
Harrison Krix is a guy who we normally post about for his props work, recreating famous video game weapons, but this piece is a little different.
This is the second model of a giant remote-controlled Cobra attack helicopter, built by enthusiast Josef Schmirl. The previous one was 11.5 feet long, and weighed 52 pounds. This one is bigger.
Get a look at this custom Porco Rosso display, which is as meticulously detailed as the work of the man who created the character.
I've got a soft spot for Maschinen Krieger, the Japanese models that are seeing their influence bleed into video games. And it's very sensitive to stuff like this.
Did you make models as a kid? I did. Plastic cement and messy decals were a weekly duo on my kitchen table. I got better as I got older, but even by the time I stopped (at around 14), I could only dream of putting together kits like this.
About a month back, the PlayStation 3 got its newest Gundam video game. But unlike past Gundam video games, this one takes place not in a fictional future full of giant robots but rather in a modern day setting where Gundams are small-scale plastic models.