Ruben Marcos – Weblog A creative model maker's blog…

28Jul/06Off

Leeds Hotel City Inn

This model is at 1:250. It took me about a month, on and off. I would stop working on it when there were other projects in priority. I found it to be quite an intricate little model, its materials include laser cut veneer (for the facades and base), acrylic, timbers such as maple and pear, metal etching for the tiny chairs, the rest of the furniture (tables, bar and sofas in the lounge areas) were all made from scratch... ideally in the future we could make some silicone molds of those pieces, and when we required them, we can just make lots of casts. Rather than painstakingly make each piece of furniture... Another way would be to draw them in a 3D computer package and then just make them on a CNC machine, whenever we would need them. It would make our life less tedious, and much quicker to make them! Perhaps one day...

Leeds City Inn

Leeds City Inn

Leeds City Inn

Leeds City Inn

Leeds City Inn

Leeds City Inn

Leeds City Inn

Leeds City Inn

Leeds City Inn

Leeds City Inn

Leeds City Inn

28Jul/06Off

Rambert Dance Company – London

This model was commissioned by a supporter of the company who wished to donate money by buying this 1:200 scale model, of the future new building for this modern/contemporary dance company, which was established in 1926 as a ballet company, by Marie Rambert a polish dance pioneer at the time...
Today, due to their demand to expand their dance studios, they are commissioning a new, original building. Which as as a project brief for Allies and Morisson, it needed to suit all of Rambert Dance Company's needs. It will be built in South Bank, the heart of one of the rich cultural quarters in Central London.

The client paid ��3.500 and it took me 2 very intense weeks to build it! Worse is that, as usual, for a model maker, I didn't get much recognition at all, it was a bit like "You're late, but hey thanks anyway!... Perhaps we should have subcontracted a company to make the model quicker and less hassle". - Which is bullshit! Because one needs to be in constant contact with the architect, to ease the making of the model. After all, they take years working on a project (on and off), they end up knowing the project, like the palm of their own hands. But some architects talk to me like I''ve been working on that same project for years!! I was expected not only to learn the drawings, but to make a model, of it in a week. To be sold for that price! Sure I could have just banged a crappy looking building in a week or less. But I wonder how would I feel giving the architect a crap model, or how would the architect feel when handing over a crap looking model to the client/supporter, when he know that the client is willing to pay that amount of money for it? I'm sure who ever payed for it does not regret getting a decent model a week later. I guess it's also about how the "outside" sees the potential of the model department, and part of how clients see Allies and Morisson, the company it self!
Link to Rambert Dance School - http://www.rambert.org.uk/index.html

This model represents the building as a cross section, which enables the viewers to see into the partition walls, includes three dance studios, reception, offices, a terraced garden, cafe, good lift access to truck downstairs, for transporting goods when missioning to concerts and shows away...

Mostly made in acrylic (sprayed white), styrene, chemi-wood and metal etched bits were assembled later.

Rambert school of dance

Rambert school of dance

Rambert school of dance

Rambert school of dance

Rambert school of dance

Rambert school of dance

Rambert school of dance

16Mar/05Off

Started work at Allies and Morrison

Since March 2005, I have started work at Allies and Morrison Architects as a model maker. Some of the work we do include making sketch/working models. To help architects visualize their ideas in 3D and enabling them to develop their designs further. We also make final presentation models. Usually used within exhibition layouts or in meetings with clients. Sometimes we have to digest a few master plan models too... Though, more fun can be in the last stages of a design, when the model can usually be done with more care and attention.

I should hopefully post some images in the near future. But I need to ask for the company's permission due to confidentiality purposes.

8Apr/04Off

Last day of workshop before Easter holidays…

Uni is now shut for Easter holidays and I have been trying to use it as much as I could lately. I should have enough work to entertain me with next week without needing the machines.

This is a shot showing the very light score lines that I made in the front of the train. I will use them as guide lines to glue the front grid later. The slight depth in the lines will also help to retain the super glue in the ridge, avoiding the glue from running down, when I eventually glue the grid... I think.. 58DSCF0001_1.jpg

This on the right of the train is a height gauge, I used it to score straight lines around the model. 58DSCF0003.jpg

Below shows how I am making the shoulders for the pit droid. 58DSCF0001.jpg

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3Apr/04Off

Testing pics

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