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The philosopher Aristotle said that, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

This is so true of the model making world where the individual parts that are constructed together to form one entity, are worth much more than if those individual parts stood alone.

Model making is all about teamwork, involving the collaboration of people with similar skill sets coming together to achieve an objective.

Just like in the sports world, the acronym T.E.A.M – (together, everyone achieves more) can be applied to the model making industry.

We have a tight, dedicated team at Capital, which has made us what we are today – experts in our field and well respected within our industry.

But our business is only as successful as our staff and so we would like to shine a spotlight and share some of their stories and opinions.

We’d like to start with two of our new team members; Rogerio Antelmi and Andy Chichester who recently joined Capital and have quickly become influential drivers within our world of miniature wonders…
Rogerio Antelmi

Andy Chichester

Model Maker – Andy Chichester

How did you come to work at Capital Models?

I’ve been working at Capital for 7 months now but I’ve known Capital’s Founder, Robert since 1989. I’ve been in the architectural model making industry for many years now and can say it’s very labour intensive but I really enjoy the creative side. It keeps things fresh and lively!

What are your main responsibilities?

I guess my responsibilities fall into all aspects of architectural model making, involving both the traditional and technical side.

Do you have a particular specialised skill?

Working with 3D software; auto CAD and Rhino in particular. It’s a tool for the job and if used properly can be very efficient.

What is a typical working day for you?

After a commute from Luton, my early morning walk from Farringdon always sets me up for the day ahead. I like to start early and normally get into the workshop about 7.15am. Over a cuppa I’ll then plan my day and the job in hand.

For 100% productivity, I divide my day into quarters, I find this keeps me focussed and on track.

What inspires you most about your job?

To put it simply, I love making things. It’s an obsession of mine that started at the age of 10 when I first saw Star Wars. All those film sets and model space-crafts set me on my model making journey.

Do you have any advice for someone wanting to work in the model making industry?

I would say it has to be a vocation. It’s hard work but very rewarding and leads to a whole range of skills.

How do you see the future of model making?

Everything used to be made by hand and you would work from paper plans that were also cut by hand. The traditional side of model making will never cease but these days you definitely need to be computer literate and be able to use the 3D software. You also have to constantly train and keep ahead by learning the new software programmes as they come on board.

Who is your favourite artist, designer or architect and why?

I generally love the whole gothic architecture movement and greatly admire the work of George Gilbert Scott who designed the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. I find Antoni Gaudi’s work amazing too and I’m also a big fan of Zaha Hadid.

Describe your perfect weekend?

I know this may sound boring but the perfect weekend for me is to have peace and quiet, maybe watching a TV series and recharging my batteries. I love playing snooker and play in various leagues, so fitting in a few games is the icing on the cake!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

It has to be something my Gran used to always say about people finding reasons to put things off in life. She used to say to me, ‘Don’t tell me what you’re going to do, just tell me what you’ve done’. That has always stuck with me…

Three things that make you laugh?

Oh that’s a difficult one and has put me on the spot. But the first thing that springs to mind, is people running for a train that’s already late, what is the point in that? Also ‘This Is Spinal Tap’, a spoof film about a British Rock Band (I can watch that film over and over again). Oh and also Micky Flannegan, I think he’s a true comic genius!

Rogerio Antelmi

Model Maker – Rogerio Antelmi

How did you become a model maker and end up working at Capital Models?

As a child I had a passion for creating things out of paper and making miniature worlds, and I was always pulling toys apart to see how they were made. I guess this built the foundations of where I am today.

I studied Industrial Design in Brazil (where I am from) and then after a short spell of living in New Zealand, I went on to study Model Making in Ireland. I worked there as a model maker for 6 years before moving to the UK. I now live in London and have been working at Capital for 6 months.

What are your main responsibilities?

My responsibilities lie in numerous areas – everything to do with making architectural models.

Do you have a particular specialised skill?

CNC machining is my speciality.

What is a typical working day for you?

It’s all about tasks being distributed, so lots of progress meetings and targets. My day involves lots of discussions with the team, being able to visualise the final result and identify any problems along the way. Music is a big part of the day and helps us all focus.

What inspires you most about your job?

I’m a team player and I find the importance of communication within the job inspiring.

Do you have any advice for someone wanting to work in the model making industry?

You need to have a multitude of skills, be versatile and don’t just focus on the technology side of things. Be confident, but never assume you know everything. In this industry you’re always learning!

How do you see the future of model making?

I think it’s inevitable that the future will hold more tech and 3D printing. I think today probably 10% of the industry relies on 3D printing and maybe in 10 years it’ll go up to 30 to 40%

Who is your favourite artist, designer or architect and why?

I find Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava inspiring. He uses a lot of metal and is famous for his sculptural bridge designs and buildings worldwide, including the Olympic Games Sports Complex in Athens. I also love Antoni Gaudi’s abstract forms.

Where is your favourite place in London and why?

It has to be Covent Garden, a place I’ll always gravitate to. It holds really good memories, as it was one of the first places I lived in London.

What makes you happy?

Music, a sunny day, time spent with my family and cycling.

I’m a very keen cyclist and whenever I have spare time I get on my bike. My favourite journeys have been cycling around France for 45 days, a London to Brighton night ride and a 10-day trip around Iceland, where I was lucky enough to see the northern lights!

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