This is always a special time of year for me as September marks another year in business – Actually, it’s also fun as I get a birthday and wedding anniversary thrown in to celebrate too.
I started Ben Taggart Modelmaking & Design in September 1994 and I can’t quite believe that was 29 years ago! I studied Graphic Design at college and really didn’t think about a career in model making until I began working for the sculptor and designer Gerry Judah. He taught me a huge amount about design and model making, as at the time he was running a company making models and sets for film and TV. This was long before CGI when everything had to be physically made. We constructed all sorts of things from a miniature of the set of Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’ for a chocolate ad, to half a cross-channel ferry.
After working full-time for Gerry for a few years I set up on my own and since then I’ve concentrated on creating models of Listed buildings and classical architecture for museums and private individuals. My last model for film and TV was for a BBC production about Hampton Court, hosted by Lucy Worsley in 2015. Thankfully I’ve never had to make another ferry!
Now and Ben…
I have still got a couple of very early models I made as examples when I started out. They are much larger than the scale I work at now. The gothic one is the Master’s Lodge of Balliol College in Oxford and the smaller house is in Cleaver Square, South London.
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).