If a picture is worth a thousand words,
imagine how much you can say with a model. TML has been producing
highly detailed scale models for over three decades, and has
established itself as a dependable source for any type of replica
product. Our Master Modeler has over 50 years experience and
works closely with both the client and the model shop team to
ensure positive results.
It was only a few years ago that each piece of a model had to
be created by hand, a slow and tedious process that honed the
skills of artists and craftsmen alike. Once the pieces had been
created they were sanded and fine tuned. Then each piece was
attached to the blank board and silicone was added to produce
a mold. After casting the parts in resin, the model maker assembled
the pieces and built the model.
Sanding, priming, more sanding, more priming, painting, then
the graphics . . .
Creating a highly detailed scale model from scratch is an artform
in itself. It requires a passion for accuracy and attention to
detail. But as with most processes, time and technology often
influence established methods of craftsmanship. 3D printers have
revolutionized the model building industry, and TML has kept
up with the times by continuing to ride this wave of developing
technology. Using this new tool our craftsmen can produce the
individual parts of a model more quickly and accurately, and
in a level of detail unmatched by hand tooling. But we don't
just produce a scale model from parts generated on a 3D printer.
Each piece has to be cleaned, touched up and prepped. Then we
use these parts to create the silicone molds. Resin casting produces
a series of parts that are much nicer than the original 3D printed
parts - cleaner, heavier and more robust. The result is a model
that is museum quality.
. . . in fact we have numerous models located in museums across
For larger models, we still rely on the time proven methods of
building by hand. It's hard not to when you have the talent in
your model shop that we have. Given a set of drawings, schematics,
blueprints or even a sketch, our team of professionals can build
you a replica in any scale you want. From 1/200th or smaller
all the way up to full scale, we have built models over a wide
range of subjects. In fact our Master Modeler often says, "It
doesn't matter what the subject is - everything is made from
either a straight line or a curved line. Now get it done."
Our client list includes countless military and aerospace contractors
as well as NASA, the U.S. Army, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and
Northrup Gurmman to name just a few. In addition, we have built
models for land developers, architectural firms and industrial
clients. Most of our customers become repeat customers, and as
long as they continue to develop new products TML will be on
hand to create highly detailed scale models for them - no matter
what size or how many copies they want.