Model Making and the Wonders of Corian

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Corian, (designed by the chemical company DuPont) is an engineered stone solid surface material similar to quartz. It is made from a blend of acrylic, minerals and stone derived materials unlike granite which is a natural stone pulled from the earth. Incredibly versatile, pliable and not prone to cracking, Corian offers limitless design possibilities and… Read more »

Model Making to Boating – Stories from Big Blue

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The model makers and founders of Capital Models don’t pack up their laser cutting tools at 5pm, power down the CNC machine and go home to have supper in front of the TV. Oh no, when Marcia and Robert Danton-Rees leave Capital’s workshop in Shoreditch, they continue creating and building on their own model, the… Read more »

Model Making in Lockdown

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Our ‘organic’ approach to running Capital Models worked like a well-oiled machine but then we had lockdown! So, like all businesses we have had to adapt our way of working. We were a family of 11 however we are now a small team of seven. Some employees are furloughed, and some we permit to travel… Read more »

Capital’s miniature worlds at 38,000ft

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When Santiago Suarez from Iberia Airline’s press team recently visited our workshop, he was fascinated at the array of miniature worlds found inside our Shoreditch studio. Santiago interviewed our founder Robert Danton-Rees and was so inspired by Robert’s story and passion for model making, that he decided to feature Capital in the May edition of… Read more »

Contour Models

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Originating from the Italian Latin word ‘contornare’, the definition of the noun contour is; “an outline representing or bounding the shape or form of something, a way in which something varies, especially the pitch of music or the pattern of tones in an utterance”. Creating contours from a topographic map is a fundamental element in… Read more »

Model Repair and Refurbishment – a delicate business

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A big part of what we do at Capital Models goes under the radar and un-noticed but a recent project has inspired us to shout out about the repair and refurbishment side of our business. Architectural models are made from various materials that are often lightweight and delicate, so each repair, clean or refurbishment has… Read more »

When our workshop became Punxsutawney

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  Sometimes a project can take over a workshop absorbing you into its world of magic, colour and design. This is what happened when we were asked by award winning set designer Rob Howell, to make 150 model houses for the backdrop of the stage adaptation of Groundhog Day. The musical was based on the… Read more »

Supporting Charity at Christmas

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Every year Capital Models donates money to a designated charity in lieu of printing and posting Christmas cards. This year we have nominated Watford Workshop, a small charity that has been going for over 50 years. The only project of its kind in Hertfordshire, it is based on Century Retail Park in Watford and it… Read more »

A Day in the Life of a Model Maker

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Each day is different at our Shoreditch workshop so maybe that is why our ‘organic’ approach to running the business seems to work like a well-oiled machine. We are a family of 11 with most graduating as model makers from Rochester Kent, Bournemouth & Herts. Some have been here at Capital since they graduated and… Read more »

Building a Sky Rail out of Thin Air

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At Capital Models we love a challenge, so when we were contacted by Pentland Brands to make a bespoke sky rail for an installation at Somerset House, we were inspired! Pentland is behind some of the world’s most innovative sports and outdoor brands and their ‘Materialise’ installation showcased the latest products from Berghaus, Speedo, Canterbury… Read more »