The automobile industry is often driven by the exterior design of a vehicle where sales are concerned, and looking at a model on a computer is not always the best way to view it. Even before computer designs were available, full sized car models were used to view the product....

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Ships in a bottle have long been popular items for those who love to build models, but those who now build boat models want more. They have begun to build scale model boats that do not sit passively on a shelf, and some of them even race their models. It...

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Whether a company has taken on a commission to design a single building or a large project, they generally make a scale model to show their customers. Architectural plans are important for those who build, but most customers are not expected to read blueprints. Models are produced to make it...

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There are many different models that are not meant to be the same size the as finished product, so they must be built to scale. Architecture is one area where this occurs, and the scale is generally quite small. A firm that designs a skyscraper would not be able to...

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Bringing home a kit, opening it and assembling the pieces is how many people view model building. This is a fine hobby for those who enjoy creating something from parts, but it is nothing like the job done by professional model builders. They are provided with a set of plans just like the home hobbyist, but they must then build their models completely from scratch. There are no instructions, pre-fabricated pieces or a set of paints included.

Professional craftsmen in this area work in many different shops and professions, and they build the items dreamed up by designers. Their goal is to create a lifelike representation of the design so it can be improved if necessary or passed on to the manufacturing section of a company if the design works. They generally have large shops where they create the models, and some of them are full sized while others are scaled down.