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, I will always need to quote for your specific project before the price is fixed. Kits vary in their complexity and individual challenges, and also if you have any specific "off menu" requirements (e.g. conversions, scratch building) this will add to the cost, but please contact me for a confirmed quotation.

Please use the tables to work out each of the cost elements of your project (build + diorama + shipping), all prices are in GBP and there are no additional charges or taxes imposed by myself. Don't forget to add the cost of the kit and any other required aftermarket parts unless you already possess them. Converting values to other currencies is easy, quickest way I find for current rates is to use the Google Currency Converter.

Model Build 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. If you are wanting me to procure the kit, please bear in mind that this table does 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 subject 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 (or very few) kits of any type matching the criteria. This table is not exhaustive, for example ships and cars come in a variety of scales but I have attempted to illustrate the most common ones.

   Price Band
CategoryExamplesSize Band1/6001/3501/1441/721/481/321/241/12
Small Military Piston AircraftSpitfire, Bf109, MustangS n/an/aA B C E E n/a
Medium Military Piston AircraftBeaufighter, Bf110, Ju87 StukaM n/an/aB C D E F n/a
Heavy Military Piston AircraftJu 88, He 219, WellingtonM n/an/aB D E F n/a n/a
Large Military Piston AircraftLancaster, B-17, He-111L n/an/aC D E G n/a n/a
Small Military Jet AircraftA-4 Skyhawk, Mig-15, F-86 SabreS n/an/aB C D E F n/a
Medium Military Jet AircraftF-4 Phantom II, F-14 Tomcat, EurofighterM n/an/aB D E F n/a n/a
Large Military Jet AircraftB-52, C-130, HP VictorL n/an/aC D n/a n/a n/a n/a
Small Civil AircraftCessna 172, Piper CubS n/an/an/a B C D n/a n/a
Medium Civil AircraftBoeing 737, Airbus A320M n/an/aC D n/a n/a n/a n/a
Large Civil AircraftBoeing 747, Airbus A380L n/an/aD n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Small Military BiplanesSopwith Camel, Fokker DVIIS n/an/an/a C D E n/a n/a
Small WarshipsDestroyer classS C E n/a 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 n/a
Large WarshipsBattleship classL E G n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Cars(general)R n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a D E

Build Costs

This table converts the price code into an example build cost. This cost covers all labour and consumables, but NOT the kit, third party decals or any after market items. It includes shipping to the UK, but not internationally - I will quote separately for that if required. If custom printed decals are required, I will quote for that as part of the build cost. It may be a kit you already possess (or would rather procure yourself) or you may prefer me to source it, or indeed you may wish me to recommend the most appropriate kit for the model that you require. I am happy to source kits and aftermarket parts, I have a good relationship with a number of suppliers and can usually get the best prices. I will of course only pass on to you what these cost me (including any shipping). The labour costs below assume that I will be using a reasonable degree of aftermarket detailing, which I would always recommend where such parts are available. I can advise you on this.

Price BandBuild Cost (GBP)

Diorama Costs

Diorama bases are a major part of my business, and 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 Band1/1441/721/481/321/241/12
S 120.00 140.00 160.00 180.00 210.00 n/a
M 150.00 180.00 220.00 250.00 290.00 n/a
L 190.00 230.00 270.00 320.00 n/a n/a
R n/a n/a n/a n/a 120.00 150.00

Shipping Costs

I normally ship free to the UK mainland (as long as the value of the project is over £250), however particularly large models, or destinations in the Scottish Highlands and offshore UK addresses may attract an additional fee (I can advise). I use TNT Next Day services for the UK who have a good record of looking after the packages well. I refuse to use Royal Mail because of many bad experiences in the past. Also, I will refuse to use one of the "no frills" courier services such as Hermes and Yodel because although they are cheap they have an appauling reputation in looking after the packages.

For international customers, I use Fedex Priority, which takes between one and three days to deliver, depending on your location. The cost of this will depend entirely on the destination and the size of the package. Bear in mind that the package size usually is significantly bigger than the model because of the need to protect it. There are cheaper wasy to send packages, e.g. Air Mail, but again I refuse to use this because of past experience, and it is only suitable for the very smallest models anyway.

The following table is designed to give you a feel for international shipping costs based on the size of your model and/or diorama and your location. However this is for guidance only, there are many exceptions and please be sure to confirm the cost with myself. For example, there is much variation in costs between European countries and also exchange rates do have an impact.

RegionSize Band1/7001/3501/1441/721/481/321/241/12
Europe S 35.00 42.00 35.00 35.00 42.00 52.00 55.00 n/a
M 42.00 55.00 38.00 35.00 42.00 55.00 62.00 n/a
L 58.00 74.0040.00 45.00 58.00 74.00 n/a n/a
R n/a n/an/a n/a n/a n/a 35.00 45.00

North America S 45.00 52.0045.00 45.00 52.00 58.00 62.00n/a
M 68.00 75.0047.00 50.00 55.00 68.00 75.00n/a
L 65.00 100.0052.00 57.00 65.00 90.00 n/an/a
R n/a n/an/a n/a n/a n/a 40.00 50.00

Rest of World S 47.00 52.0047.00 47.00 52.00 75.00 85.00 n/a
M 57.00 80.0047.00 57.00 62.00 85.00 100.00 n/a
L 80.00 135.0062.00 90.00 105.00 135.00 n/a n/a
R n/a n/an/a n/a n/a n/a 50.00 60.00

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.