The following pictures are all miniature building facades made for a Skatewave campaign. All images photographed by Ron Crofoot.
Here a bench has been torn out. Hand carved brick using urethane foam. Everything in this image was made in 1/12th scale with no retouching. For scale reference, the mannequins in the window are Barbie dolls.
This library building has a missing hand rail. Everything but the lions was replicated in 1/12th scale.
For this broken fire hydrant image. All was constructed in 1/12th scale. The water was photographed separately and added.
This is a space residence made in miniature for Ruffies brand trash bags.
This is a miniature we produced for Everest gum (no longer produced). Everything from the tree line forward is part of the miniature. Created an aged weather beaten scoreboard with interchangeable score cards. The ice is made using acrylic and wax with scribed lines for skate marks. The snow is baking soda that has been painstakingly styled into place. Go Skins!
This was fabricated as a HVAC unit made in crystal for Johnson Controls. It’s made of clear acrylic sheets ranging from 1/16th inch up to 4 inches in thickness. The details were achieved by several methods such as bead blasting, laser etching, milling and hand scribing. Photography by Chris Sheehan.
Final image as it appeared in print.
Model as it appeared in our shop. Size is approximately 14.5″ x 10″ x 8″.
Another in the Trex deck series that focused on bringing the concept out of fantasy and into a reality setting. The main deck was made in 1/6th scale with the portion in the forefront constructed full size. These elements were then photographed and dropped into a picture containing the house, yard and trees. All of the stonework was made in scale also.
Shotgun toting feline on the loose. What does this have to do with NK-1 Class Soybeans by Syngenta? Click the image below for the full ad.
Photography by Rick Dublin, agency is Campbell Mithun. Product is NK-1 Class Soybeans from Syngenta.
We fabricated a corner of an old farm house room as a small set piece with hand aged flooring and custom trim with man made mouse hole. mnfx also produced the cat sized shotgun for the image by hand carving a walnut stock, adding a few custom laser cut parts and a couple of pvc tubes. It’s a fun ad that also won first place in the Region lll Best of NAMA for Single Page Ad.
This was one of those tough, grueling photo shoots. The kind where you spend the whole day at the beach playing in sand. Here we made a smashed sand castle by carving the various wrecked castle components from EPS foam and applying sand to them. Then it was set up on Lake Nokomis Main Beach with a pneumatic sand cannon buried behind the castle to launch the sand plume into the air. The ad is for Arctic Cat snowmobiles with photography by Kyle Johnson-MacPherson of Periscope.
This image was for Metro Transit, which serves the Minneapolis and St. Paul region. We created a miniature parachute with a harness that could be fastened to an apple. It also had rigging so it could be suspended from overhead. The parachute is fabricated from a thin transparent plastic that we vacuum formed and then painted with translucent paints. Also did a second version that was crumpled a bit for the apple that has landed. We also supplied plastic grass for the image. Photography by Kyle Johnson-MacPherson of Periscope.
This was for a brochure that was folded in such a way that only the sinking ship was shown. As it was opened it was revealed that the ship is in fact a radio controlled toy operated by the boy on the dock. The design of the ship is a fusion of two different historical ships. The entire model is scratch built with working lighting. The power for the lighting was run through pvc tubing from the shore. The picture was shot in Lake Minnetonka by Joe Paczkowski.
A few of the miniature scenes and sculptures we’ve done for Pete’s Wicked Ale.