Exhibition Model Making

At exhibitions it's being different that makes the difference.

Modelmakers specializes in designing and building high quality exhibition models and displays that are uniquely tailored to your needs. From concept to construction, we'll help you create a display that communicates exactly what your business is about. If your product or service is difficult to visualize, or awkward or expensive to transport, we can create a custom-built, eye catching model that draws people to your stand and gives you the chance to tell your story.

Half Mini Display
We created this half Mini as the final piece of an in-store green energy display for a large Garden Centre/DIY chain. The model is actually a mock up of an Electric Mini and illustrates how electric vehicles can be charged at home using a standard off-the-shelf charger, available in store. The cable plugs into the vehicle via what would normally be the petrol filler cap. Apart from creating the vehicle we also had to organize and apply the specially designed vinyls. The client was really pleased with the finished result, particularly as we had to rush to get it finished before the bank holiday weekend deadline. As a final point we would like to just add that this is the first and only time we have ever done half a job!

Exhibition Wall Display
This large wall display is actually a 3D realization of a 2D visual that was designed by the client's in house graphics team. They asked us to make 3D version of the image so that it could be mounted on a wall at an exhibition to act as an eye-catching focal point for their stand. Made from Perspex and other plastics, some with painted and lacquered finishes, it is almost 2.4 metres wide and makes quite a visual statement with its strong colours and curved reflections off the shiny spherical surfaces. The client has since mounted it on the wall in his reception area.

Fantasy Ice Cream Machine
The brief for this project was just a rough sketch and a verbal description - a working fantasy ice cream machine to go into a brand new, ice-white themed, children's party room. On a very tight budget we came up with this design featuring lots of buttons to press, revolving poles, moving lights, sound effects, voice-over instructions and incorporating a working freezer in the middle as well as hoppers for dispensing various toppings. Because of the tight budget we had to keep the cabinet design very simple. The idea of the machine is that children can "make their own ice cream" and add whatever toppings they want.

Olympic Countdown Clock
We created 7 of these Olympic Countdown displays for the reception areas of a large organization's main offices. The client's concept design was not very practical to build, or to use, so the first thing we had to do was create a new, simpler system that would allow the boxes to be easily and securely positioned in the different number combinations. Our solution was to incorporate clear acrylic "hooks" on the backs of the boxes that could be universally fitted into precisely positioned slots on the 2 metre high acrylic back wall. It was simple, neat and unobtrusive and meant the client could do the repositioning themselves for each month's number change.

Military Equipment Model PURIBAD
Scale 1:10 Platform, Universal, Rigid Inflatable Boat, Airborne Delivery... the name is an acronym for a platform specially designed for parachuting ready-to-go speedboats (or RIBs) into the sea. The model was commissioned as a demonstration tool for use at exhibitions. The client needed all the working components to be accurately modelled (hooks, straps, spring release clips, etc) so that he could explain the simplicity of the design and what made it such a reliable, proven system. It was a challenging project because of the high level of detail required and the wide variety of model making techniques needed to make all the model components.

Paver System Exhibition Model
This unusual, life-size model was designed to illustrate the technical aspects of the client's product at a trade exhibition. The product is a moulded paver panel that creates durable and attractive parking and vehicle access areas, with a choice of either gravel or grass top filling. Essentially, the model shows a typical construction method from surface to subsoil level. The whole thing comes apart for easy transportation and the client has since added branding to the panel in the centre of the tyre.

Waterproof Tapes Display
The client provided a general sketch of how he felt this exhibition model should look and we turned it into a buildable design, giving him dimensioned technical drawings to sign off before we started construction. The purpose of the model was to show their range of waterproof tapes in typical applications on buildings. The model had removable legs and packed down into a purpose-built flight case to protect it in transit.

Perspex House Model
Scale 1:20 Produced for a major central heating system manufacturer, this set of three Perspex model houses was designed to illustrate the layout and main components of 3 different heating systems. The model houses were made from clear Perspex so that the viewer could see the position and relative sizes of all the major system components within the building walls. Whilst the houses are obviously a very stylized representation, the heating system hardware is modeled to a fairly detailed level so that the units are instantly recognizable. Red and blue lines were used to indicate the hot and cold flow routes between the components.

Revolving Globe Display
To emphasize their strong overseas connections, Nottingham University wanted to create an eye catching icon that visually portrayed their marketing strap line "Closing the Global Knowledge Gap". Their brief to us was to create world globe made up from jigsaw shaped pieces with their logo as the final piece of the puzzle. We took this loose concept and developed it into a fully realized functional display that they could transport and set up easily themselves at any venue. We even threw in the idea of making the globe rotate slowly and up-lighting it from below to add extra visual impact. The globe itself was made from fiberglass (for strength and lightness) with a painted and lacquered finish.

Rain Making Exhibition Model
The main requirement for this display was that it should demonstrate the free draining characteristic of the product, a rail-track ballast stabilization resin. The model also had to be compact and portable as it would be travelling to exhibition venues all over the world. Our solution was to create a "Rain Machine" that showed a sample of the client's product (using clear stones rather than conventional ballast) under a continuous deluge of water, set within a Perspex tank. The clear void underneath the ballast showed the "rain water" draining freely into the collection tank below where it was pumped back up to the header tank at the top to continue the cycle.

Custom Designed Furniture
We were commissioned by Cardiff Castle to design and build some bespoke pieces of furniture for use in their new visitor centre. The three items were an Art Trolley for storing craft materials (pictured above), a Puppet Theatre, and a Costume Rail. Rather than ordering standard furniture from a catalogue, the client wanted unique, original pieces that reflected the nature of the building and its historical links with craftsmanship and detailed design. Each of the units is based on a distinctive element of the Castle architecture and is designed to co-ordinate with the existing wooden finishes in the Visitor Centre.

Food Training Models
This set of five unusual models were commissioned by a college as training aids for teaching about food hygiene and preparation. Essentially the models are three dimensional graphic devices to help give students a better understanding of the composition of different food products. Producing the models required the application of many different model making techniques and materials, as you can see from the diverse character of the finished displays.

Golf Theme Stand
This interactive stand incorporated flashing lights, cheering crowds and other special sound effects, all triggered by the ball going in to the hole. The aim was to attract potential customers on to the stand to "have a go" and at the same time demonstrate the company's ability to produce large format graphics and images.

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