Model Maker FAQS

How much does a model cost?


There are no definitive answers to this question as every model is a unique project. Prices range from less than a hundred pounds to many thousands of pounds. Big complicated models obviously cost more than small simple models but there are no fixed price bands that can be applied to these projects. The only way we can give a realistic estimate for your model is by looking at whatever information you have and getting a feel for how complex the project is - although, if necessary, we can give you a rough ball park figure just from a verbal description.


Does it matter if I am not local?


Not at all. We manufacture models for clients all over the Gauten province. Information exchange and client liaison is all carried out via email or telephone and regular photographs keep you in touch with progress on your model. We usually find completed models can be signed off from photographs (although you may prefer to come in for a final inspection) and there are various options for delivery.


What information is required to supply a quotation?


To provide a fixed price quotation for a model, ideally we require a fairly comprehensive set of drawings but we understand this isnít always possible. As a basic guideline, for an architectural model we would require a site plan with some indication of levels (unless itís flat) plus several elevations of the new development. Site photographs are also very useful. For display models or exhibition models we need as many images, drawings or 3D views of the proposed design as possible. But if you are at the very early stages of a project we can supply a rough cost from very minimal information.


What format should the information be in?


The information can be emailed as pdfs, dwgs, jpgs, etc. Whilst we can open most files it is usually worth a phone call to check for compatibility. If the files are very big and there are lots of them it may be worth sending them on a disc. Alternatively, if itís just for quoting purposes, itís always nice to receive drawings the old fashioned way, as a package of prints through the post.


How long is a model quotation valid for?


A quotation is valid for a period of three months. The only part of the quotation that may change is the proposed completion date. Modelmakers has to book projects in on a first come first served basis so if there is a delay in confirming the order, other projects may well put back the date we can complete your model.


What information is required to build the model?


The better the information you are able to give us, the better the model we are able to give you. A full set of plans, sections, elevations and a detailed finishes schedule will enable us to make your model quickly and accurately. For architectural models in particular we need - An accurate site plan showing boundaries of model - Plan showing levels across site - Plans, elevations, sections of all buildings - Landscaping plan, if available - Any aerial or ground level photos of site. We also need references for colours of Ė Road treatments/ Paviours etc. around site - Main brick or cladding materials - Contrast materials - Roof finishes - Balcony & railing colours/design - Window frame colours.


How long does a model take to build?


Just as there is no fixed price structure for a model nor is there a standard construction time. Each model is different. A simple concept model could take just a few days. A large, complex interactive model could take five or six weeks. Most projects take somewhere in between, typically two to four weeks. However the total turn-around time will depend on our existing commitments at the time of ordering.


If you need high quality architectural models then call us on 011 now.