Pricing Guide (Commission Builds)

I have put together this guide that allows you to get an idea of the cost associated with me building a model for you. Please note that this is a guide only, and although I always attempt to honour it as far as is possible to keep things simple, there will be exceptions. For example, some base kits or other parts are particularly expensive, or you have other unique requirements that may result in additional work or material costs, or sometimes the kit itself may be particularly troublesome to build. The latter is often true of resin or short run kits for more specialist subjects. More details are provided below, but please contact me for a confirmed quotation.

Please use the tables to work out each of the cost elements of your project (basic build + detailing + diorama + shipping), all prices are in GBP and there are no additional charges or taxes imposed by myself. Converting values to other currencies is easy, quickest way I find for current rates is to use the Google Currency Converter.

Price and Size Bands

Please use this table to identify the price band ("A" through "G") and size band ("S","M" or "L") of the model and scale you are interested in. The example vehicle types are simply there to help you identify which band is appropriate. They do not necessarily indicate availability of the example type in the specified scales, I am at the mercy of the kit manufacturers here (for example, only a few aircraft are available in 1/24 scale). Nor can I guarantee that your desired aircraft is available in any particular scale (or at all if it is a really unusual subject) but I can determine that for you, and propose options if you get in touch. I have used "n/a" in the table where I know that there are no kits of any type matching the criteria.

   Price Band
CategoryExamplesSize Band1/6001/3501/1441/721/481/321/24
Small Military Piston AircraftSpitfire, Bf109, MustangS n/an/aA B C E E
Medium Military Piston AircraftBeaufighter, Bf110, Ju87 StukaM n/an/aB C D E F
Heavy Military Piston AircraftJu 88, He 219, WellingtonM n/an/aB D E F n/a
Large Military Piston AircraftLancaster, B-17, He-111L n/an/aC D E G n/a
Small Military Jet AircraftA-4 Skyhawk, Mig-15, F-86 SabreS n/an/aB C D E F
Medium Military Jet AircraftF-4 Phantom II, F-14 Tomcat, EurofighterM n/an/aB D E F n/a
Small Civil AircraftCessna 172, Piper CubS n/an/an/a B C D n/a
Medium Civil AircraftBoeing 737, Airbus A320M n/an/aC D n/a n/a n/a
Large Civil AircraftBoeing 747, Airbus A380L n/an/aD n/a n/a n/a n/a
Small Military BiplanesSopwith Camel, Fokker DVIIS n/an/an/a C D E n/a
Small WarshipsDestroyer classS C E n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Medium WarshipsCruiser classM D F n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Large WarshipsBattleship classL E G n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

Build Costs

This table converts the price code into a build cost. This cost includes the kit, along with all labour and materials to build, paint and finish the model as it comes "in the box". I can usually provide customised markings for you within this cost as well. However, some specific kits are exceptionally expensive (for example some of the latest 1/32 "superkits", and also some specialist resin kits) and these will unfortunately attract a surcharge if you choose to go with them. I can discuss the options, pros and cons with you should your requirements be met by any of these - there are usually "standard" cost alternatives unless you are asking for something unusual. If you are providing the kit and/or other parts, naturally I will deduct that part of the cost. The table also includes a "Super Detailing" cost. This is an estimate of the additional parts and labour cost associated with adding etched metal and/or resin components, or scratch building to enhance the realism and detail of the model. Bear in mind, however, that such additional detailing parts are not always available for every type of model (for example aircraft detailing parts in 1/144 scale are rare) and I may be limited in what I can do through scratch building. I can provide options for you and this cost will be variable depending on what is available for your chosen aircraft and scale. Detailing is optional, most modern kits will result in a superb model even without it. I can advise you on this.

Price BandStandard Build (GBP)+ Super Detailing (GBP)

Diorama Costs

I am happy to create a diorama base to complement your model, or as a stand alone project to complement any model you may already posess. A diorama is a great way to enhance the presentation of any model, please see some examples here. The costs specified here are for a basic diorama featuring a basic flat surface representing grass, sand, tarmac, concrete, or any combination thereof, mounted within a wood effect base and with an optional name plate (removable), and of a size similar to the footprint of the model itself. The size of the diorama will be appropriate to the model, although I can adjust it within reason if you have specific space limitations. In either case, I will always quote for a diorama specific to your model as sizes vary significantly within my general size bands - these prices are guidelines only. If you want to add more content to your diorama such as landscaping, figures, vehicles or other hardware then please contact me for a quote as these will add to the costs and potentially the size of the base. Please note that the warship scales (1/350, 1/700) are not included here. If you wish to discuss marine dioramas please contact me.

Size Band1/1441/721/481/321/24
S 60.00 75.00 95.00 120.00 150.00
M 90.00 105.00 125.00 130.00 170.00
L 100.00 135.00 150.00 175.00 n/a

Shipping Costs

I use Fedex Priority (1-3 days, depending on location) for international shipping, and TNT Next Day for UK customers. I refuse to ship via Air Mail or surface mail because package size limitations mean only the smallest models are appropriate, and in my experience the model is far more likely to suffer damage. The guideline costs specified here include the diorama base as well if you have requested one, unless you have requested one that is significantly larger than the model, in which case shipping costs may need to increase. Also, please note that shipping is FREE to UK customers if your overall project value exceeds GBP350.00. When you place an order with me, I will always quote shipping specific to your model and location, these figures are for guidance only. Particularly with international shipping, I am at the mercy of variations in currencies and other world events that can affect shipping prices significantly and at short notice.

RegionSize Band1/7001/3501/1441/721/481/321/24
UK S 17.0017.0017.00 17.00 17.00 22.00 22.00
M 17.0020.0022.00 17.00 17.00 22.00 24.00
L 17.0022.0025.00 17.00 22.00 27.00 28.00

Europe S 35.00 42.00 35.00 35.00 42.00 52.00 55.00
M 42.00 55.00 38.00 35.00 42.00 55.00 62.00
L 58.00 74.0040.00 45.00 58.00 74.00 n/a

North America S 45.00 52.0045.00 45.00 52.00 58.00 62.00
M 68.00 75.0047.00 50.00 55.00 68.00 75.00
L 65.00 100.0052.00 57.00 65.00 90.00 n/a

Rest of World S 47.00 52.0047.00 47.00 52.00 75.00 85.00
M 57.00 80.0047.00 57.00 62.00 85.00 100.00
L 80.00 135.0062.00 90.00 105.00 135.00 n/a

I hope this gives you some idea of the costs involved, please don't hesitate to contact me and I will be happy to confirm the cost of your project.