Category Archive: Model Making Process

Creating Wooded Areas on a Site Model

Ever wonder how to make wooded areas on a small-scale model? After much experimentation over the years, KiwiMill settled on a method that captures the essence of this particular landscape. Interestingly, it does not involve planting… Continue reading

Weathering a Scale Model

Recently I watched our model makers take perfectly crafted buildings and purposely mess them up. My curiosity was piqued. Why painstakingly create a line drawing on the computer, laser cut it, precisely assemble… Continue reading

What’s In a Custom Model Quote?

Like most scale model shops, KiwiMill prepares free-of-charge quotes to anyone inquiring about a project, big or small. Sometimes we give  ballpark figures over the phone or email, based on basic information about model… Continue reading

Why Scale Models Don’t Have Fixed Prices

Taken from our website FAQ page: How much does it cost? This is the #1 question asked by all clients.  Unfortunately there is no “set price” for model making.  The way we work… Continue reading

A Different Approach to the Same Truck Model

Nearly two years ago, KiwiMill built a model of a five ton FMTV armored cab truck model with a specialized medical hospital payload. The model was 1/10th scale with the truck about 36″ long. It… Continue reading

3D Printed Mold for Casting

KiwiMill has an Objet 3D printer to make scale model parts efficiently, accurately and with greater detail. When the printer is not in use for model parts, it’s available to customers for rapid prototyping… Continue reading

Intricate Build of Manifold Trailer Industrial Model

This scale model of a Manifold Trailer for Forum Energy Technologies involved extensive use of our 3D printer. The result was stunning detail, accuracy, and with the addition of brass structure, great strength. KiwiMill… Continue reading

Is a 3D Printer Like Having an Extra Model Maker?

The team here at KiwiMill is definitely pleased with the addition of our newest Objet 3D printer. While we jokingly refer to it as our extra employee – it is quite a miraculous technology – it’s worth noting the support systems needed to… Continue reading

Model Maker’s How-To: Molding and Casting Model Hands

Model Maker Joe recently shared the process by which he created a total of 300 model hands for a client in the medical field: We had a customer contact us with the need of… Continue reading

Cut-Away Scale Model for Training

Our client, FMC Technologies, requested a working model of a gate valve that would assist with maintenance training. Talking with model maker Scott, it was determined that the best way to serve this purpose would… Continue reading