Category Archive: Model Making Profession

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

So You Want to Be a Model Maker?

Model Making is a profession that most people don’t know a lot about. People tend to think of it either as a layman’s hobby or a skill that has been replaced by computers.… Continue reading

Architectural Model Helps Preserve a Bit of History

Back in the 1980’s, KiwiMill’s architectural staff were looking for a project to add to their portfolio as well as for a marketing tool. They looked around the community for an historic, architecturally elegant building that could… 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

Architectural Models Communicate.

Architecture is probably the most frequently modeled item other than modes of transportation (trains, planes, boats and vehicles). Most people have encountered a scale model of a building, house, interior space or community at some point in… Continue reading

Non-Disclosure Agreements in Model Making

Often times in the model making business we are asked to sign a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with a client. NDA’s are legal agreements that give protection and reassurance that the information exchanged during a model build… Continue reading

An Engineer’s Approach To Mechanization In Models

Recently I took a few minutes to ask one of our model makers about his approach to building scale models. I was particularly interested in models that require mechanics – movement or lighting. Our… Continue reading

Not Sure What You’re Looking For in a Scale Model?

There are plenty of clients that are entertaining the idea of a scale model for their sales office, trade show display or company training, but are unsure of exactly what they are looking… Continue reading

Meet Our KiwiMill Model Making Team

Recently we took the time to track down our amazing staff, take their pictures and write a little something about each of them. It’s a peek behind the men and women who live… Continue reading