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Museum and Exhibition Models

Bringing together modelmaking skills, exhibition considerations and a sympathy for our heritage and history are at the core of our work with museums. In recent years we have had the privilege of working with Historic Scotland, the Science Museum London and other exhibitors and curators.

A representative of Historic Scotland said:  "we commissioned Inver Models to design and manage the production  of a bronze orientation model for Fort George . . . . . Inver Models were excellent to work with delivering the project on time and to budget. The model is finely detailed and of an excellent quality, something that visitors to the fort frequently comment on".


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Museum exhibit scale model steam engine for the Science Museum London

The London Science museum had several times borrowed a Newcomen engine from Glasgow's Hunterian Museum. The historically significant steam engine was used by James watt for experiments in the 1700s and is extremely valuable. Inver Models researched and surveyed the original engine, then supplied a copy for display in London.  

Newcomen engine reproduction (museum exhibit model) for Science Museum London.

A view of the Newcomen exhibit before final colouring and patination. Our model was non-working - but fully-functioning live steam is always a possibility and well within the abilities of our engineer Graham. Copper and brass was used extensively in the reconstruction and woodwork featured numerous hand-cut dovetail joints in the mahogany and oak frame.

Steam engine model boiler made by the model maker in Scotland.

Another view of the exhibit showing the boiler and firebox. At the customer's request we replicated original finishes, then artificially aged them. We stopped short of replicating fire damage and serious dilapidation seen on the original.

Ash timber framing before and after restoration.

We have a particular sympathy to the issues surrounding restoration and preservation. Here we see a badly decayed timber panel alongsdie its "as new" twin.

Scottish islands topographical model for exhibition display.

The Treshnish Isles exhibition was designed to educate the general public into life on the archipelago which lies of Scotland's West coast. The islands are now deserted but remains of castles and dwellings remain.

Our model showed all the islands in full colour and formed the centrepiece of the exhibition. Provided with a plinth and display case. 

Fort Augustus model restoration / exhibit for display.

This timber model of Fort Augustus was passed to us by an organisation that had inherited it. They saw the historical value in the exhibit but found its condition to be almost beyond repair. With a fairly tight budget we opted for sympathetic repair and cleaning of the old model and mounted it on a new plinth and stand to stabilise its structure. It is now on display alongside an architectural model of the current Fort Augustus Abbey.

Oak framed donation box for foyer display area.

A custom-made donation box designed to fit against existing timber panelling in the foyer area of a local building. Machined from Scottish grown oak.

3D printing or rapid protoyping. High resolution powder printing in full colour.

Our skills are broad and diverse. We have recently added high resolution 3D printing to the toolbox of model making skills we use. We can work from existing CAD drawings or arrange drawings to be worked up from your thumbnail sketches if required. Full-finishing and painting service is available if the colour renderings are not suitable.  

Train railway cutting with bridge and smashed window for education.

Our customer in Leicester was organising an exhibition on children's safety, this was one of two models we provided. The large 3m long railway scene highlighted the dangers of playing around trains and was linked to the customers own audio-visual presentation.

Exhibition model produced by model maker for Leicester display.

The second model for our Leicestershire customer - an interactive street scene with "feature zones" in full colour and surroundings greyed-out. Figures are all removable to facilitate quick replacement if damage occurs.

As if to demonstrate the diversity and durability of Inver Models products, this flint cottage endures the ravages of the Scottish climate all year round. 1:50 scale.

As if to demonstrate the diversity and durability of Inver Models products, this flint cottage endures the ravages of the Scottish climate all year round. 1:50 scale.




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architectural models
marketing suite and housing models
topographical / landscape models
engineering, bridges and structures
architectural detail and furniture
pattern making and casting
american austin bantam models
Marketing &
Housing models
Topographical &
Landscape Models
Engineering &
Oil Industry
Detail & Product
Pattern Making &
American Austin
bantam models

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