Tasked with creating a sports themed display model for Kodak and Burton Snowboards, KiwiMill model makers sculpted 15 lb foam into a mountain. Off-the-shelf snowboard figures from Freestyle Max were animated using imbedded cams and levers to simulate sliding and twisting motions, as well as chain and gears to create the effect of grinding on a rail. Computer muffin fans were used to blow chrome ribbon in tubes to suggest wind and snow. A small fan placed inside a model of a snow gun provided breeze to blow decorative flags.
The Team at KiwiMill was asked by their client to create a scale model of Times Square to be used in a Kodak trade show booth at CES. The model makers used Google Earth to download pictures of this NYC icon. Looking at commonly sized objects in the photos such as people, windows, doors and vehicles, the team was able to estimate measurements for the buildings. The model was built primarily of styrene and acrylic, in N scale (1:160). Graphics were then added by using images off the internet, including vector logos, resized to meet the needs of each structure. Finally, a miniature 1.8 inch video screen was imbedded into the model, hooked up to a DVD player.
KiwiMill created 4 distinct model displays for our client, MSM, designers of the Kodak trade show exhibit at CES 2011. The purpose of the displays were to highlight the motion capture abilities of newly introduced cameras. Trade show participants could explore highly visual scenes through the camera’s lens while visiting the Kodak booth.
Our model makers were given the task of designing four separate model displays incorporating motion, color, lights and intriguing visuals. The themes were the following:
- a realistic miniature scale model of Times Square
- a vignette of real objects in a Las Vegas casino
- a stylistic sculpture evoking the atmosphere of a night club
- a whimsical display capturing a snowboarding sports scene
Check out this Kodak video of the 4 models in action at CES 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeSjuggYASI
In the coming weeks we will look at each project more closely as it was assembled in-shop.
The trade show models are finished. Final details have been applied, displays blown off and cleaned up from sitting in the dusty shop and photographs taken for the company portfolio. (Check back for pictures of the final displays in the near future).
Finishing up a project in themodel makingworld means undertaking yet one more assignment : the design and creation of shipping crates. Model makers uniquely know what is the best way to transport their wares. Measurements are taken and boxes are built according to the specific needs of the model itself, as well as the client.
After careful placement in their crates, the trade show model displays go out the door to our valued client and on to the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Safe travels…