The Mental Floss web site recently did a breakdown of some of their favorite miniature shots.
"Filmmakers are, by nature, liars. They’re masters of misdirection and
optical illusion and whatever on-screen flim-flammery is necessary to
get the shot. Which is why, even in our CG-heavy age, the miniature
special effect is still in (occasional) demand. Recent movies like Inception and The Impossible
proved that the use of small-scale models to simulate large-scale
cinematic visuals is not only viable, but can even be preferable to
all-digital approaches. After all, the best miniature effects provide
the sense of weight and realism that computers often can’t."
10 Movies With Mind-Boggling Miniature Effects