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Swedish artist Michael Johansson made this life-size dinghy “model kit” from a real boat and related equipment. The pieces of “TOYS’R’US,” as it’s called, are fastened together by a welded tubular frame and painted a uniform gray. Michael has done several of these 1:1 “model” kits made from life-size original objects. [via Dude Craft]

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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  1. Reminds me of the ‘model’ car on the set of Top Gear.

    • Can you give me an episode from youtube or just pictures of the model? I’m planning to make one from cars in the scarp yard and display it in my living room. Thanks a lot.

  2. Phillip Torrone on said:

    this is the coolest thing i’ve seen this year, nice find

    • Gareth Branwyn on said:

      Hah! I was just going to write the same exact thing!

      Incredible. Can’t get enough “sprue art.” I wish the UK cover to Cory’s book, Makers, was the US cover.

  3. Gareth Branwyn on said:

    BTW: If you subscribe to the Make: Newsletter ( ), and read my new Maker’s Dictionary column there, you know that “sprue” is a term generally applied to all parts of the injection molding frame that are not the pieces being cast, when in fact, “sprue” technically only applies to the injection channels that feed the parts directly. The place (or places) where the mold material enters the mold is called the “gate,” and the larger, outer channels that feed the sprues are called “runners.”

  4. Volkemon on said:

    Wow… first Clowder…now all these newly defined words..

    THANKS!! Comments RULE!!!

    As said by a popular radio host- “Words mean things”

    Glad to know what they mean.

    Thanks Gareth.

  5. Meh, James May did a full scale spitfire model on his show Toy Stories

  6. Becky Stern on said:

    Freakin’ rad!

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