These are just wonderful. My father sent me a link to a slideshow of photos by Michael Paul Smith. He’s a model maker, focusing on vintage cars and buildings. But he takes things one step further by sometimes setting up his dioramas outdoors, so he has a real background for the model foreground. The illusion is quite convincing to me, and he even includes a few photos that show how they were done.
For those who enjoy old cars, bygone eras, model making at its finest, or miniature photography, this is well worth your time. Slideshow below, the Flickr photo set of his models can be seen here.