on a commission build model
I build a lot of models, 25-30 per year. And though I build models primarily for fun, I do offer commission build models. It helps pay some bills, keeps the hobby funded, and keeps my shelves free of stacks and stacks of models collecting dust.
My rates are generally affordable for most commission build models. Though each build will vary, generally I ask for $225-$500 for a model. The cost will vary, depending on kit cost, decal cost, additional parts that may be needed, difficulty of kit, and other factors. If the customer supplies their kit, decals, or other aftermarket parts, that will of course lower the cost.
Please note: I do NOT build World War II German or Japanese aircraft. I would consider building them if they were in the markings of an Allied nation, such as captured examples, or post-war examples in other markings.
What about the quality?
I make no claim to be a “pro modeler”, whatever that is. In the strictest sense, someone who does something professionally simply means they make money doing it. So in that sense, I guess I am a “professional modeler”. Yet modelers who claim to be “pro modelers” do so based on their skill and awards. However, I do not enter contests, so I have no awards. And I rate myself at best an experienced modeler.
And I don’t claim “museum quality” either. I’ve been to many museums, and I’ve seen many models. Some I only wish I could do half as well. Others I’d be ashamed to put my name to. So I’ve always thought “museum quality” was at best a gimmick.
I do try to deliver a high quality, nicely built model, focusing on basic building and painting skills. I do sometimes add additional aftermarket detail at the customer’s request, but to keep things affordable I generally build out of the box.
Getting started on commission build models
If you are interested in discussing a commission build, please fill out this form to request a quote, or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. I ask for a 50% deposit to get started, and invoicing invoicing is through Paypal. (Note: a Paypal account is NOT required to pay with that service.) A typical build takes between three and six months, though that may vary depending on the specifics of any model. Once the model is complete, I send an invoice for the balance, and mail the model out in a sturdy, custom packed box upon receipt of the final payment.
Here are some examples of my work: