Any Professional Model Makers on here?

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Any Professional Model Makers on here?

Postby hammerdivone on Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:45 pm

Long shot I know, but I need some scale model cars made for a Client (one-offs) and thought I'd put it out there as the KUMB Community never cease to surprise......
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Re: Any Professional Model Makers on here?

Postby Denali on Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:08 pm

When I was in architecture school, I worked as a model maker. A lot of developer apartment building models, as well as a few museum pieces and even a model for a judicial case. I haven't built a physical model for quite some time.
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Re: Any Professional Model Makers on here?

Postby hammerdivone on Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:03 pm

I knew there would be someone on here!

I appreciate it is very specialised but if you know anyone who can do this please let me know.
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Re: Any Professional Model Makers on here?

Postby WHU Independent on Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:28 pm

I go to a games club and there are some semi pro model makers there and there are two pro painters there as well.
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Re: Any Professional Model Makers on here?

Postby hammerdivone on Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:31 pm

Could they make scale model cars though Indy?
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Re: Any Professional Model Makers on here?

Postby Burningaham on Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:45 pm

Have you thought about contacting your local ‘men in sheds’ organisation? Anything odd you want building round here they seem to be able to do.
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Re: Any Professional Model Makers on here?

Postby Monkeybubbles on Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:02 pm

It's very likely to be cheaper, easier and quicker to have them 3d printed. I have a work associate who's runs a 3d printing company that specialise in prototypes for auto, aerospace and medical device applications. Lovely feller, he'd be happy to advise or help out. Message me if you want to make contact.
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Re: Any Professional Model Makers on here?

Postby WHU Independent on Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:04 am

hammerdivone wrote:Could they make scale model cars though Indy?


I've put the word out - what scale we taking btw?
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Re: Any Professional Model Makers on here?

Postby Denali on Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:04 am

3d printing is the way to go, depending on scale.
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Re: Any Professional Model Makers on here?

Postby hammerdivone on Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:21 am

WHU Independent wrote:I've put the word out - what scale we taking btw?


Is a very good question. I would think 1/24 but possibly 1/43

3d printing may be the way forward but I want to explore the model route first.
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Re: Any Professional Model Makers on here?

Postby cockney farmer on Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:35 pm

Burningaham wrote:Have you thought about contacting your local ‘men in sheds’ organisation? Anything odd you want building round here they seem to be able to do.



Don't bank on it , I gave them 3 seats from Boleyn last year one claret one white and one sky blue only wanted them to do a bench for the garden and still waiting , lazy old gits
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Re: Any Professional Model Makers on here?

Postby WHU Independent on Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:36 pm

I have one person you might like to talk to. He's good at what he does - he made a 30 foot rocket for Greenpeace once - made of steel and plastic and he makes models and sets for stage plays up the west end. If you are interested pm me your details and I'll pass them on.
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Re: Any Professional Model Makers on here?

Postby Clucking Bell on Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:23 am

HD1 ..... a lot will depend on what you want to use it for.

The scale models used by the auto companies are normally clays or hogged out of aluminium from the actual CAD data. Nissan used to go one step further and press scaled panels out of plastic and weld them together with a hot gun.

Needless to say, either of these costa lotta!

You can 3D print something but, there are two issues. First you'll need CAD surface data in order to create the STL file and the G-code. Secondly, it'll still look a bit ****. Unless you put the model in an acetone tank afterwards, you can still see the layers.

If it's a concept you want, I'd get 3D renderings done in Blender and then, if you really must have a model, get it milled out of aluminum and painted by someone who knows what they're doing.

You might also want to talk to the guys in the automotive design departments at Coventry University or the Royal College or Art. All of the decent designers in the industry went to one or the other and they might be willing to knock something up that doesn't bankrupt you.

Failing that, get in touch with Pete Jarvis at Contechs: I'm sure he can help you out but, it will probably cost a few quid.
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Re: Any Professional Model Makers on here?

Postby hammerdivone on Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:35 am

Thanks Cluck, will try that avenue if other contacts from Monkeybubbles and Indy don't work out :thup:
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Re: Any Professional Model Makers on here?

Postby Magichammer on Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:53 pm

Are you still looking for a professional model maker? I have been a professional model builder for years mainly 1:43 scale of cars including Indy. Let me know if I can help.
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Re: Any Professional Model Makers on here?

Postby hammerdivone on Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:43 am

Cheers Magic, I'm sorted now thanks to monkeybubbles.

PM with your details though just in case :thup:
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Re: Any Professional Model Makers on here?

Postby stevieboy on Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:19 pm

Clucking Bell wrote:... Nissan used to go one step further and press scaled panels out of plastic and weld them together with a hot gun


Small world, one of these very models is a metre behind the screen that I'm typing this on!
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