4840Re:Professional model builders.
- Jul 30, 2001Take a look at http://architecturalmodel.com/. I spent a couple of
days at their studio in Detroit in the spring. I found that
professional models are very expensive to build since they are so
labor intensive. A presentation model can cost several thousand
dollars. Often they aren't even that detailed. Too bad there isn't a
market. I'd love to do that. I estimate the Knox building took 150
hours. At even 5 dollars an hour that would be $750. I've used the
experience to do some estimates on what it would cost to build the
Gloversville depot. I'd say 400 hours would be a good estimate,
depending on the amount of detail included. Most buildings built to
full scale would be way too large for the average layout. Soon as you
add one though, it's really impressive, but it makes everything around
it puny. I'm looking at a couple of other structures along the FJG.
Several years ago, I did a set of drawings of the J&N Warehouse at the
Kingsboro crossing. That would make an interesting building because of
its odd shape. I'm looking at something smaller that won't eat up a
lot of time. One of my favorites is the old GLF Farm Feed store in
Johnstown. It was Tag's Used Furniture for a number of years. I
submitted a plan and manuscript to Railroad Model Craftsman over a
year ago. They liked the project but have not bought it yet.
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