Model Making Materials

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SKETCH MODELLING

Embarking on a degree in Architecture? if you are then you will need to develop your sketch modelling skills.

Models are divided into two main categories : the sketch/concept (sometimes also called study) model and the presentation model.

The sketch/study model enables you to study, visualise and understand the space in 3D because it looks more real than pen and paper sketches.

These models are made of cheap materials and help you work out your design ideas. They are only used during the initial phase of study.

Sketch models can be made of a variety of materials which you choose for their suitability to represent your design.

FINNBOARD

Finnboard modelling
Finnboard modelling
Finnboard modelling
Finnboard modelling

Our guide to Finnboard modelling (2Mb PDF)

 

FOAMBOARD

Foamboard modelling
Foamboard modelling
Foamboard modelling
Foamboard modelling

Our guide to foamboard modelling (1.4Mb PDF)

 

KAPA LINE FOAMBOARD

KAPA line foamboard modelling
KAPA line foamboard modelling
KAPA line foamboard modelling
KAPA line foamboard modelling

Our Guide to KAPA line modelling 2.8Mb PDF.

 

STYRENE

Styrene modelling
Styrene modelling
Styrene modelling
Styrene modelling

Our guide to styrene modelling 1.4Mb PDF.

 

TOOL KIT

Sketch modelling tools

These items have been picked by the B15 workshop at Manchester School of Architecture to their first year students.

Sketch modelling tools

Self healing A3 cutting mat

Essential to protect your surfaces and give you an even surface to cut on. Always keep your cutting mat clean, especially from glue.

Sketch modelling tools

Scalpel & spare blades

Replace the blades regularly especially when cutting foamboard.
Dispose using a sharps bin

Sketch modelling tools

Safety rule

For measuring and cutting against. Has a shallow indentation to keep fingers firm and safe on the rule when marking or cutting.

Sketch modelling tools

100mm engineers square

Solid steel stock with hardened, tempered and finely polished blade.
For measuring accurate right angles.

Sketch modelling tools

24mm masking tape

A good general purpose masking tape you will find useful for many different applications.
Easy to unwind and tear.

Sketch modelling tools

12mm double sided tape

Strong plastic tape with high tack.
Easy peel and easy tear. 50m roll.

Sketch modelling tools

PVA glue

Fast tack glue is an all purpose adhesive that dries clear & is flexible.

It is a very sticky glue for a fast hold, ideal for card sketch modelling.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

Download our model making guides

Architectural Modelmaking Guides (16Mb PDF)

We have gathered all the model making guides pertinent to architecture together into a single booklet.

You will also find further information on tools and architectural model making products.

Model Making: Material and Methods by David Neat

Model Making: Material and Methods
by David Neat

Models can be used in a wide variety of situations, including theatre production, architecture design, animation, and set design. For each different situation a specific material is often preferable, and this handy guide addresses the best model-making materials.

Architectural Model Making by Nick Dunn

Architectural Model Making
by Nick Dunn

Focuses on the inspiring possibilities for modelling the built environment. In describing the use of different models in different contexts, this book provides a practical guide to how and why models are used, and what they are used for.

Model Making for Architecture by Matt Driscoll

Model Making for Architecture
by Matt Driscoll

Explains the role of the model within the architectural and planning process. With practical instruction throughout, it is an invaluable tool both for the model maker and for the architect seeking to commission a model of their building.

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