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January 2024

This is the beginning of my 30th year in business and I’m planning all sorts of things to mark the occasion later on in the year. As I’ve been making architectural models so long now I think it’s interesting to see how the methods of construction have changed over the years. I’m often asked how I make my models, what materials I use and how I work out my methods. I don’t want to give too much away, as some of the processes have taken me years to hone and perfect, and I rather like retaining a little sense of mystery. Often, after seeing a model I made a few years ago, I can’t remember how it was made! The one tip I will share for 2024 is the use of 3D printing in my work. Many may see this as the thin end of the wedge towards automation and a sign of letting go of specialist skills and a more hand-made approach, but I don’t agree. Every element of each one of my models had to be designed, considered carefully and made accurately. Being able to employ 3D printing to help me with this simply adds to my ability to create accurate models and enables me to work more quickly too. It would not be possible to make an entire house model this way, and I will always hand paint the models which is what really gives them their personality and individuality, so I am pleased to welcome any advances in the techniques of construction which will be useful.

Any Building Anywhere

Please feel free to get in touch to make an appointment. Remember that it is possible to create models of any type of building, from town house to shop or country house. Without a site visit this makes the ultimate in surprise gifts! This service is not limited to the UK and commissions are welcome from anywhere in the world! Please email me a single photo of your house and I will provide you with an estimate, or give me a call for more information. The usual cost of a house portrait model in a box frame starts at around £2,500+vat.   (more details about ‘small projects’ here).