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Model Making Section


The 1/16 scale all aluminum Corsair shown above is a very ambitious model.
The builder, Young C. Park of Hawaii is a recently retired dentist who put
his skills in working with his hands and in forming metal to a new use.


This section includes automobile, ship, locomotive,
aircraft, and other models of mechanical devices other than engines


About Model Makers

Model making has been employed over the years for the purposes of both business and pleasure. Models are often built to demonstrate the practicality of a concept before building the full-size version, particularly before computer modeling was available. For example, before drawn plans were commonly used, naval architects would build a model of a wooden ship for the shipyard to use so the craftsmen to copy in full size. Traveling salesmen who could not carry a line of stoves, guns or harnesses with them would often carry a case of small sales models to show the customer. Patent models were often submitted to prove a concept for the purposes of patents. The models most of us are familiar with, however, are the ones made for fun. There is a real appeal to seeing a scaled-down version of something big. Toy trains, cars and airplanes have been popular for as long as the real objects have existed. Some model makers take their skills past the crude representations of mere toys to create a true miniature version of the real object. The smaller and more detailed the model, the more we marvel. We often feel like giants viewing these tiny models. Included in this section is the work of some of the best model makers around.

"Model Makers" in this museum are differentiated from "Model Engineers" in that the models shown here are made primarily to represent very accurately what something looks like. The motors in these models don't actually function. Model Engineers, on the other hand are usually concerned with modeling the function of a device like a steam or gas engine. More often than not, these models are also very close to representing the real thing, but the overriding goal at the beginning of the project is to represent a function. Model engineers and model makers share many of the same skills and often build models that fall in to both categories, but we have separated them into two different rooms in this museum to highlight the two disciplines.

There is an organization for model makers called the Association of Professional Model Makers (APMM). Their web site can be found at They have been around since 1993 and currently have nearly 800 members around the world (2009). It is a non-profit organization that holds conferences biennially across the country.

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Typical Project
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John Ackerman

Scale Replica Fire Apparatus Modelmaker

Ray Anderson

Dioramas that capture a moment in time and a book on how to create them

Auto Industry Model Makers

Miniature show cars built by anonymous craftsmen from the auto industry's past

Huntly Briggs

High quality paper airplanes

José Brito

Builder of vintage European and American horse-drawn carriages

Bill Brown

Museum quality pedal cars that are too good for kids

N. Roger Cole

Highly detailed wooden ship models based on thorough research

Michael Dunlap

Gold plated trophy cars for the world's best drivers

Joe Enriquez

Super detailed 1/87 scale truck models

Ken Foran

Finely detailed brass and wood aircraft and automotive models

David Glen

Super-detailed giant scale Spitfire and Mustang models

William L. Gould

Industrial Archeologist and model maker who is "re-engineering the past"

Andrew Green

Scale radio controlled ship models with the detail of museum displays

Jan and Joe Haring

Dollhouses and miniature rooms

James H. Hastings

Highly detailed traditional plank-on-frame wooden ship models

Augie Hiscano

A legend in prize-winning 1/25 car models

Clayton Johnson

A superb wooden ship model leads to a hobby of wood carving

Phil Mattson

Museum quality ship models

Will Neely

Miniature race cars from the past

Al Osterman

A shop full of vintage machine tools in miniature

Young C. Park

2002 Metalworking Craftsman of the Year

Scale cut-away aircraft models hand crafted from aluminum

Francisco Pulido

Highly detailed 1/10 scale automobile models from Spain

Guillermo Rivera

A 1/20 scale cannon collection built over a span of 50 years in Costa Rica

William R. Robertson

Miniature tools and tool chests for collectors of dollhouse miniatures plus furniture and more

Guillermo Rojas-Bazan

2013 Metalworking Craftsman of the Year

Custom aluminum aircraft models built with an incredible level of detail

Tom Showers

A lifetime of building model firefighting apparatus that includes over 400 models and the imaginary city of Luna Beach

Larry Simon

A working 1/32 Manitowoc Crane model by a former employee of the company

Michael Paul Smith

Bringing an imaginary past to life in 1/24 scale.

Gerhard Spielmann

Miniature machine tools, boats and airplane models

Pere Tarragó

Museum quality model motorcycles from Spain

William Tompkins

A history of the US Navy in over 300 ship models in 1:600 scale

Philip Warren

An entire fleet of 450 ships made from match sticks and match boxes

Gerald A. Wingrove

2005 Metalworking Craftsman of the Year

Museum quality model cars and books on how to build them

Roger Zimmermann

1960's American cars expertly modeled in Switzerland

Andrzej Ziober

Award winning super-detailed 1/72 scale aircraft models from Poland


R/C Flyers: To learn how Dave Mathews built a very impressive 1/10 scale flying jet C-17 model see This project required skills in many areas from engineering and computer drafting to aerodynamics to airframe construction, all of which were done essentially by one man in a relatively short time.


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