Miniatures

Noah Kuehnast positions miniature trees.

A Cutaway Model’s Journey, Part III

January 4, 2024

In the previous articles, Greenpoint Technologies, a premier business jet completion center, seeks Pacmin Studios to create a 1/20th scale cutaway model of their Japanese Zen Garden-inspired interior and exterior concept of a B777X aircraft. The creators encounter and conquer several difficulties along the way, including complex starscape flooring and negotiating which details to omit…

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Paula Rodriguez applying touchup paint.

A Cutaway Model’s Journey, Part II

December 7, 2023

Read the first article in the series here: This intricate miniature airplane model is brimming with… In the previous article, Greenpoint Technologies, a premier business jet completion center, seeks Pacmin Studios to create a 1/20th scale cutaway model of their Japanese Zen Garden-inspired interior and exterior concept of a B777X aircraft. As Ryan Keiser, exhibit…

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Miniatures in Mythos

May 26, 2023

In his book Hero With A Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell coined the term monomyth to describe the “common heroic narrative in which a heroic protagonist sets out, has transformative adventures, and returns home.”1 The monomyth provides a formula for comparing myths across time and culture. The monomyth’s existence suggests that a set of similar traits…

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Miniature dolls sitting in Pacmin aircraft model next to miniatures cleaning tools and molds

Conservation: Preserving History and Fostering Legacy of the United Air Lines DC-8

September 14, 2022

What is Conservation? According to ICOM (International Council of Museums), conservation includes “all measures and actions aimed at safeguarding tangible cultural heritage while ensuring its accessibility to present and future generations.”1 Additionally, Alisa Eagleston-Cieslewicz, Curator of Conservation at SFO Museum describes conservation as “providing an ethical framework” that guides the decision-making process regarding the treatment of…

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United Airlines Boeing 377 Stratocruiser Cutaway Model

Miniatures Part II (Collectors Edition)

August 12, 2022

In our quest to uncover the secret to humans’ fascination with miniatures, we explored The Remarkable History of the Miniature. In this installment, we’ll look at the motivations of those perhaps most captivated by miniatures—collectors—and see what they can tell us about our own fascination. Why Do People Collect Miniatures? Nostalgia. Miniatures allow the collector…

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old miniature model of airplane interior with human figures

The Remarkable History of the Miniature

June 24, 2022

Miniatures have fascinated and educated for thousands of years. They are focal points for galleries, museums, private collections, and tradeshow floor rooms. Why do miniatures entrance us, what can they teach us, and what value do they provide? The earliest known miniatures were created over five thousand years ago to be placed in Egyptian tombs.…

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