In this general guide, I will provide some basic rules for architectural model making, but I won’t go into too much specific detail on techniques and materials as this is a broad area that requires a separate article.
It is essential to be realistic about what you can achieve with the time, materials, and facilities available to you. Trying to show every detail of your design can result in an unfinished model or a rushed presentation. Instead, focus on submitting a coordinated, fully realized overall presentation.
Color can also be a tricky area. It is better to stick to monochrome, such as white, unless you’re confident with color or it’s a crucial part of your model’s purpose.
Always present your model on a solid base with a clean edge finish. This enhances the overall appearance of the model and acts like a picture frame.
It’s best to work with easy-to-cut materials such as card or foam-board unless you have access to a workshop and experience with machinery. Keep everything square to achieve a neat, crisp finish. Investing in a metal ruler is also worthwhile.
When cutting, use several light passes instead of trying to cut all the way through in one go. This will result in a cleaner cut and reduce the risk of injury.
Sourcing materials can be challenging, but local art and craft shops or hobbyist model shops are good options. Ordering from online model making supplies companies is also a viable option. Plan ahead and order early, as materials can quickly run out.
In conclusion, following these basic rules will help you create a realistic architectural model within the time, material, and facility constraints, resulting in a coordinated, fully realized presentation.