It’s Just a Model, Right?
Models are one of the most effective ways of communicating large amounts of complex information in an accessible way.
Here at Unusual Projects we are asked to make many different kinds of models and replica props, this might be a historical artefact, a vehicle, a model of a building or a sculpture. Models are one of the most effective ways of communicating large amounts of complex information in an accessible way. This is especially true when they are combined with simple interactives, touch objects or even AV projections.
We love a challenge and relish the opportunity to create something as accurately as possible to the original.
In creating these items the key is precision, if we are to replicate the details we need to know about the details. We work with a huge range of clients and routinely find the same challenges. We hope with a few pointers from us, it might make the process easier for you, whilst keeping to your budget and programme.
A finished model is only as good as the information supplied; this is the key to anything you require us to make. When we first start a project the brief often states that the client will supply all relevant information which is great, except in reality, it can be lacking.
To allow us to give you an accurate estimate at tender stage we need to know everything about the subject at the beginning, not later in the project.
The purpose of the model is key to its design. Is it for orientation to help visitors find their way around a museum/visitor centre? Does it need to demonstrate the changes that a building or an object has undergone through time? Is the model interactive and can be handled by the public? All of these questions influence the different design and material decisions which need to be made between producing an accurate replica which is to be displayed inside a showcase, to a tactile model which is handled by the public.
With the industry adopting new technologies such as 3D printing and CNC machining for production of models it can offer significant cost savings. However, this tool has to be used in the correct way. Our models are handmade, so we can represent every little detail and colour change.
It is important to know what you want the model to show and its role to be able to determine the best methodology from the outset.
In conclusion, if you are commissioning a model for your exhibition, providing all the information you have at tender stage is critical to enable us to provide you with an accurate cost and timescale. We need to know the purpose of the model to allow us to make the correct material, finish and design decisions at the outset of the project to avoid delay and additional cost to the project.
We have many years of experience in creating models and know the vast amount of work and research required to develop a truly outstanding replica or model. Please ring us for a chat, we are always happy to discuss different ways to communicate your message and make sure the model is fit for purpose. Chances are we will have previously made something similar to what you require. If you are not confident at supplying the research material required, let us undertake this for you – it’s what we do!