Built To (Miniature) Scale
Features, Seniors

Built To (Miniature) Scale

By Grayson Zoller

Building a helicopter is hard. It would be especially hard for one person. But senior Connor Hobbs has built more than just a helicopter. He’s built the Millennium Falcon, an X-Wing, an AT-ST, and more.

How has he done all this? They’re all to-scale models that he’s constructed.

Connor Lee Hobbs is a part of the class of 2022. (Photo by Zoller)

A scale model is an accurate recreation of an object at a smaller size (such as a 1/24th scale model, which would be one twenty-fourth the size of the original object).

Hobbs got into the hobby during his freshman year of high school. 

“I played with Legos a lot when I was a kid, [but this] is a little more complicated [and a] little more fun,” Hobbs says.

Hobbs gets the models as kits and assembles them piece by piece. Some of them can simply be pressed together (like Legos), while others require parts to be glued together so they hold in place.

Some models require paint, while some come pre-painted. The models come in tiers of difficulty which roughly correlate with the size of the model. Hobbs has a model of an AH-64 Apache helicopter that he estimates is about as long and wide as a Chromebook.

One of the models Hobbs built was an AH-64 Apache helicopter. (Photo provided)

One of the more complex models Hobbs has made is a 1/12 model of the character Boba Fett from Star Wars. He said that assembling a human figure was different from doing a ship or vehicle, because it’s a model of a person.

Hobbs has built a 1:12 scale model of Boba Fett. (Photo provided)

Hobbs said that he enjoys building things, and plans on going to Ivy Tech to study HVAC and welding.

April 26, 2022

About Author

Grayson Zoller Grayson Zoller is a junior at Delta High School. A fan of music you’ve (probably) never heard of, indie games, cathode ray tube televisions, and video editing. He also has a vast amount of outdated electronics that he is more than willing to tell you about and an endless hatred of Hewlett Packard and their printers.


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