In order to access an exceptionally high level of details, the scale our models is typically 1:200 and above. Depending on techniques we use, we distinguish three types of models we produce - scratch build models, serial models and models from a commercial kit.
Scratch build models
We found that there is some uncertainty in definition of scratch build model within the ship modelling community. Our definition of scratch build model is that it is a model, which doesn't involve serial produced details. Typically, the hull of our scratch build models is made of wood, while superstructures and other details are cut and soldered metal. An example of scratch build model is a model of Soviet tanker "Konstantin Tsiolkovskiy", where the only details, which were not handcrafted were anchor chains and bollards. Naturally, scratch building is the most demanding way to make models. The level of details of such model should carefully be planned before the beginning of the project and does largely depends on the available time frames and targeted budget.
In order to make production faster and cheaper, we developed a number of models of historical ships (Titanic, German WWII battleship Bismarck, Imperial Russian cruiser "Askold", Essex class carriers and others) with a goal to be able to produce them within a reasonable time and at the same time to achieve a highest possible level of details. Such models do typically employ such techniques as fiber glass forming for the hulls, resin casting (for the base of superstructures, gun towers etc), high quality double-sided photo etching (for railing, antennas, bridges, reels, ladders eta) and bronze casting for tiny 3D details (small guns, lifebuoys, spotlights, periscopes etc) . Employing these techniques allow us to speed up the production of the models 2-3 times, compared to a scratch build model. However, even our serial models do often contain elements of scratch building of some tiny details of complicated shapes, which are hard to produce by either casting or etching. However, also we call it serial production, it still requires 3 to 12 person-month construction time for craftsmen with very high handcrafting skills.
Kit based models
Recently, some very high level resin based kits appeared on the market. Like our serial models, the components of the kits are produced by resin casting, brass casting, photo etching and fiber glass forming for the hull. The price of such kits can be as high as few thousand USD, while the assembly requires up to 6 month. However, the final look of the model still depend on your handcrafting skills. Therefore, we decided to offer our skills to those who need help to assemble their kit in order to achieve the best look possible. We can also offer you to modify your kit by replacing or introducing some extra details. Note, however, that we do not work with injection molded plastic kits due to some issues with their thermal stability and long time storage.