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Here’s a diorama that will play a trick on your eyes

Featuring the venerable Toyota Sprinter Trueno

Everything looks realistic. See the Sogo banner. PHOTO FROM MERVIN SELEBIO

This morning, we were surprised to find in our mailbox a short video showing a nice-looking Toyota Sprinter Trueno. Lo and behold, immediately after the start of the video, a human hand suddenly appeared and moved the car. Turns out it was a die-cast scale model. The whole thing seemed so accurate that we initially thought we were staring at a real-life motoring classic.

So we asked the guy—a diorama hobbyist named Mervin Selebio—to send us a higher-resolution version of the video so we could share it on our Facebook page. He obliged and even included cool photos of his work.

We wouldn’t have been able to tell that this was just a diminutive scale model. PHOTOS FROM MERVIN SELEBIO

Yep. That’s merely a diorama, folks! And if your attention is drawn to the car, we invite you now to take a closer look at the shrunken tire shop.

We wonder how much time one needs to invest in order to be this skilled. PHOTOS FROM MERVIN SELEBIO

Excellent modeling work, this one. We wish we had the talent (and the time) for this. But maybe it’s not too late to learn the craft.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.