ART CORNER: Beautiful dioramas of model cars from Japan

Takupon0816_Nissan Skyline C110 Kenmeri & Toyota Starlet KP61 diorama

Takuji is a Japanese artist who places 1:43 and 1:64 scale minicars into beautifully constructed dioramas. From AE86s on touge roads to Mitsubishis tearing through a rally stage to mechanics tuning Skylines in a garage, each scene is a slice of automotive life, depicted on a desktop. 

Takupon0816_Suzuki Jimny Samurai & Toyota FJ Cruiser diorama

There is a clear fondness for small-displacement runabouts, off-roaders, and rally racers in the work. Starting with diecast models from Ebbro or Aoshima, the cars are sometimes customized to add detail (or dirt), and placed in meticulously composed settings. While still shots, it still looks as if action is taking place. Here are some of our favorites, but you can find many, many more at Takuji’s Instagram account, @takupon0816.

Left: Mazda MX-5; Right: 1987 Toyota Supra Olympus Rally

Left: Mazda 323 GTX rally; Right: Toyota AE86 touge

Left: 1989 Nissan March SuperTurbo ; Right: 1986 Mitsubishi Starion

Left: 1981 Nissan Violet rally; Right: Suzuki Fronte

Left: Honda N360; Right: Toyota MR2

Left: 1988 Mitsubishi Starion Turbo 2000EX; Right: 1992 Subaru Vivio RX-RA

Left: 1984 Toyota Corolla 1600FX; Right: Nissan 200SX 1988 Safari Rally

Left: Mazda Autozam AZ-1; Right: 1972 Mazda RX-3 Savanna & Nissan Fairlady Z

Left: 1978 Toyota Starlet KP61; Right: Nissan Skyline KPGC110 & Fairlady Z432

Left: 1975 Mitsubishi Lancer Celeste; Right: 1978 Mitsubishi Mirage

Left: 1992 Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 Safari Rally; Right: Mitsubishi Galant FTO

Left: 1970 Datsun 510 Bluebird Safari Rally; Right: Datsun 240Z Safari Rally

Left: Suzuki Alto; Right: Honda Beat

Left: Nissan Sunny 1200GX; Right: Toyota Land Cruiser FJ60

Left: Honda Life StepVan & Cub; Right: Mazda RX-3 Savanna

Left: Suzuki Carry Van; Right: Subaru 360 & Mazda Carol

Images: @takupon0816

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14 Responses to ART CORNER: Beautiful dioramas of model cars from Japan

  1. Jac said:

    Love, love, love JNC!

    However, is there anyway that you can offer larger pictures when these small ones are clicked on? I need the details!

    Thank you!

  2. Brad D. said:

    Awesome stuff, I follow him on IG and he has been an inspiration to me. Working on my first real diorama now to step up my miniature photography skills.

  3. Scotty G said:

    Wow, I did not expect to see a Suzuki Fronte and a Subaru 360! Super cool dioramas, mini works of art, no question about it. I could (and, will) look at these all day (weekend).

  4. Randy said:

    Now THERE’S some talent! . . . And patience!

  5. Mike said:

    Amazing eye for detail. Love it!

  6. John M said:

    Very cool. Another guy I follow on fb is Takanori Tetsuda Diecast. He has an amazing collection (lots of 1/18) and does displays and location shoots.

  7. YaBoyYeti said:

    looks dope!

  8. Nigel said:

    The 86 on the mountain, and the “flying” Nissan Violet…awesome.

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