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This page shows how we calculate the price for an item, using two illustrated examples: Polar Lights' 3ft long Enterprise 1701-A, and Revells Voyager.

Many people think that our prices are way too high. But, when you see what goes into a fully specified model, the prices are comparable to what you pay any professional tradesperson. These models are closer to sci-fi art than they are to most peoples idea of a model. In some cases, we reproduce some of the look that had to be achieved through cgi and special effects on a movie set, such as backlit signage on the Enterprise and spot floods on Voyager.

The level or craftsmanship also extends to colour matching and level balancing of the lights: off-white, tungsten corrected room light l.e.d.'s for example, and also the paint finish, with accurate Aztec patterns and panel detail.

There are no secrets involved - that's why we show each step of making each model in graphic detail. All it takes is a lot of hard, tedious work and attention to detail - and a workshop with about £3,000 worth of equipment at your disposal. That's why most people who tackle models on their own run aground - they underestimate the resources required to tackle a job to this level of detail. The workshop link below will show what I mean.

If you e-mail me, I'm happy to provide a Maplins or RS parts list for any of the models I build and light, but remember, we don't sell parts or kits of parts. The reason for this is quite simple: we only charge cost for materials!

The examples below are set out as follows. Costs are split up into parts and labour. Within of each of these two categories, costs are further subdivided into basic build options - room lights, navigation lights, spot lights, etc., and extras. The extras include such things as pulsing warp cores, moving shadows in lounges, and two or more colouyrs for things like the warp emitters - warping (blue) and charging (lilac), for example - the sort of options that will make a model stunning.

Polar Lights 3ft. Enterprise 1701
Revell USS Voyager
minimum workshop requirements


Polar Lights 3ft. Enterprise 1701

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Basic components

build options

category

description

item

price

number

sub total

basic

kit

kit

basic Polar Lights kit

£ 28.99

1

£ 28.99

basic

construction

balancing balast

lead shot

£ 20.00

0.25

£ 5.00

basic

construction

construction consumables

styrene cement

£ 2.29

0.75

£ 1.72

basic

construction

fixing consumables

mdf alignment jigs

£ 9.89

0.5

£ 4.95

basic

construction

internal light dams

plasticard

£ 8.00

0.1

£ 0.80

basic

construction

l.e.d. framework

plastic 'I' beam, sheet and spar

£ 1.99

1.5

£ 2.99

basic

construction

moulding & casting

epoxy resin

£ 17.45

0.08

£ 1.40

basic

construction

moulding & casting

epoxy putty

£ 3.99

0.15

£ 0.60

basic

construction

spray consumables

solvent cleaners, gloves, respirator filters

£ 10.00

0.75

£ 7.50

basic

finish

fixant

decalfix

£ 1.99

0.1

£ 0.20

basic

finish

paint

primer paint

£ 4.99

2.5

£ 12.48

basic

finish

paint

topcoat black satin paint

£ 4.99

1.5

£ 7.49

basic

finish

paint

laquer

£ 4.99

0.5

£ 2.50

basic

finish

paint

acryllic paint

£ 1.50

7

£ 10.50

basic

finish

AZTEC pattern & superdetailing

masking tape

£ 1.29

3

£ 3.87

basic

finish

surface tone

matt varnish

£ 1.99

1

£ 1.99

basic

lighting

arboretum overheads

pure white 0.5lm l.e.d. 3mm

£ 0.87

6

£ 5.22

basic

lighting

Bussards

ultraviolet l.e.d. 5mm 50mlm

£ 1.49

2

£ 2.98

basic

lighting

cabins

warmwhite l.e.d. 1W Luxeon

£ 3.45

6

£ 20.70

basic

lighting

control

2 pole switch

£ 0.79

11

£ 8.69

basic

lighting

deflector

blue l.e.d. 50mlm 5mm

£ 0.98

8

£ 7.84

basic

lighting

exterior spots

pure white 5lm l.e.d. 3mm

£ 1.25

6

£ 7.50

basic

lighting

fusion dome

blue l.e.d. 3mm

£ 0.93

1

£ 0.93

basic

lighting

impulse exhaust

orange l.e.d. 5mm

£ 0.47

2

£ 0.94

basic

lighting

level balancing

variable resistors

£ 0.47

17

£ 7.99

basic

lighting

lightproofing

reflective tape

£ 2.99

0.25

£ 0.75

basic

lighting

navigation

green l.e.d. 2mm ceramic

£ 0.47

4

£ 1.88

basic

lighting

navigation

red l.e.d. 2mm ceramic

£ 0.47

4

£ 1.88

basic

lighting

planetary and long range sensors

pure white 5lm l.e.d. 3mm

£ 1.25

8

£ 10.00

basic

lighting

shuttle bay overheads

pure white 3mm l.e.d. 50ml

£ 0.87

6

£ 5.22

basic

lighting

shuttle bay tractor emmitter

blue 3mm l.e.d. 50ml

£ 0.87

4

£ 3.48

basic

lighting

strobes

optic guide

£ 1.00

1

£ 1.00

basic

lighting

strobes

programmable sequence/interval strobing circuit

£ 12.75

1

£ 12.75

basic

lighting

strobes

pure white 5lm l.e.d. 3mm

£ 1.00

8

£ 8.00

basic

lighting

torpedo tubes

red l.e.d. 2mm ceramic

£ 0.87

2

£ 1.74

basic

lighting

warp core

blue l.e.d. 3mm

£ 0.93

2

£ 1.86

basic

lighting

warp plasma vents

peach l.e.d. 3mm and light guide polymer

£ 0.87

2

£ 1.74

basic

lighting

warp: warp

blue l.e.d. 1W luxeon

£ 3.89

4

£ 15.56

basic

lighting

wiring loom

verroboard

£ 1.29

1

£ 1.29

2nd light colour

lighting

deflector: idle

white l.e.d. 1lm 5mm

£ 1.35

1

£ 1.35

2nd light colour

lighting

impulse: idle

white l.e.d. 5mm

£ 0.78

2

£ 1.56

2nd light colour

lighting

warp core

programmable sequence/interval strobing circuit

£ 12.75

1

£ 12.75

2nd light colour

lighting

warp core

stacked blue l.e.d. 3mm flatenned

£ 0.93

10

£ 9.30

2nd light colour

lighting

warp: idle

lilac l.e.d. 25lm 5mm

£ 1.12

8

£ 8.96

build options

category

description

item

price

number

sub total

basic

kit

kit

basic Polar Lights kit

£ 28.99

1

£ 28.99

basic

construction

balancing balast

lead shot

£ 20.00

0.25

£ 5.00

basic

construction

construction consumables

styrene cement

£ 2.29

0.75

£ 1.72

basic

construction

fixing consumables

mdf alignment jigs

£ 9.89

0.5

£ 4.95

basic

construction

internal light dams

plasticard

£ 8.00

0.1

£ 0.80

basic

construction

l.e.d. framework

plastic 'I' beam, sheet and spar

£ 1.99

1.5

£ 2.99

basic

construction

moulding & casting

epoxy resin

£ 17.45

0.08

£ 1.40

basic

construction

moulding & casting

epoxy putty

£ 3.99

0.15

£ 0.60

basic

construction

spray consumables

solvent cleaners, gloves, respirator filters

£ 10.00

0.75

£ 7.50

basic

finish

AZTEC pattern & superdetailing

masking tape

£ 1.29

3

£ 3.87

basic

finish

fixant

decalfix

£ 1.99

0.1

£ 0.20

basic

finish

paint

primer paint

£ 4.99

2.5

£ 12.48

basic

finish

paint

topcoat black satin paint

£ 4.99

1.5

£ 7.49

basic

finish

paint

laquer

£ 4.99

0.5

£ 2.50

basic

finish

paint

acryllic paint

£ 1.50

7

£ 10.50

basic

finish

surface tone

matt varnish

£ 1.99

1

£ 1.99

basic

lighting

arboretum overheads

pure white 0.5lm l.e.d. 3mm

£ 0.87

6

£ 5.22

basic

lighting

Bussards

ultraviolet l.e.d. 5mm 50mlm

£ 1.49

2

£ 2.98

basic

lighting

cabins

warmwhite l.e.d. 1W Luxeon

£ 3.45

6

£ 20.70

basic

lighting

control

2 pole switch

£ 0.79

11

£ 8.69

basic

lighting

deflector

blue l.e.d. 50mlm 5mm

£ 0.98

8

£ 7.84

basic

lighting

exterior spots

pure white 5lm l.e.d. 3mm

£ 1.25

6

£ 7.50

basic

lighting

fusion dome

blue l.e.d. 3mm

£ 0.93

1

£ 0.93

basic

lighting

impulse exhaust

orange l.e.d. 5mm

£ 0.47

2

£ 0.94

basic

lighting

level balancing

variable resistors

£ 0.47

17

£ 7.99

basic

lighting

lightproofing

reflective tape

£ 2.99

0.25

£ 0.75

basic

lighting

navigation

green l.e.d. 2mm ceramic

£ 0.47

4

£ 1.88

basic

lighting

navigation

red l.e.d. 2mm ceramic

£ 0.47

4

£ 1.88

basic

lighting

planetary and long range sensors

pure white 5lm l.e.d. 3mm

£ 1.25

8

£ 10.00

basic

lighting

shuttle bay overheads

pure white 3mm l.e.d. 50ml

£ 0.87

6

£ 5.22

basic

lighting

shuttle bay tractor emmitter

blue 3mm l.e.d. 50ml

£ 0.87

4

£ 3.48

basic

lighting

strobes

optic guide

£ 1.00

1

£ 1.00

basic

lighting

strobes

programmable sequence/interval strobing circuit

£ 12.75

1

£ 12.75

basic

lighting

strobes

pure white 5lm l.e.d. 3mm

£ 1.00

8

£ 8.00

basic

lighting

torpedo tubes

red l.e.d. 2mm ceramic

£ 0.87

2

£ 1.74

basic

lighting

warp core

blue l.e.d. 3mm

£ 0.93

2

£ 1.86

basic

lighting

warp plasma vents

peach l.e.d. 3mm and light guide polymer

£ 0.87

2

£ 1.74

basic

lighting

warp: warp

blue l.e.d. 1W luxeon

£ 3.89

4

£ 15.56

basic

lighting

wiring loom

verroboard

£ 1.29

1

£ 1.29

basic

packing crate

protective crate

12mm thick, 80cm long 35cm high 40cm wide mdf, black satin finish

£ 12.87

2.2

£ 28.31

basic

packing crate

protective crate

shock/tip resistant custom contoured styrofoam locking cradle

£ 14.56

0.15

£ 2.18

basic

power

2.5A 6V regulated d.c. supply

regulated p.s.u., IEC plug/socket

£ 26.97

1

£ 26.97

basic

stand

stand including switches

9mm thick, 30cm long 25cm high mdf, black satin finish

£ 11.99

0.85

£ 10.19

basic

wiring

base 6V in

2.5mm jack

£ 1.29

1

£ 1.29

basic

wiring

loom

adhesive pad

£ 1.79

1

£ 1.79

basic

wiring

loom

cable

£ 1.00

3.25

£ 3.25

basic

wiring

model/base connection

30 pin D plug/socket

£ 1.48

2

£ 2.96

£ 299.83

optional extra components

build options

category

description

item

price

number

sub total

2nd light colour

lighting

deflector: idle

white l.e.d. 1lm 5mm

£ 1.35

1

£ 1.35

2nd light colour

lighting

impulse: idle

white l.e.d. 5mm

£ 0.78

2

£ 1.56

2nd light colour

lighting

warp core

programmable sequence/interval strobing circuit

£ 12.75

1

£ 12.75

2nd light colour

lighting

warp core

stacked blue l.e.d. 3mm flatenned

£ 0.93

10

£ 9.30

2nd light colour

lighting

warp: idle

lilac l.e.d. 25lm 5mm

£ 1.12

8

£ 8.96

light dimming

lighting

deflector: dimmer

standard variable pot. and graduated knurled knob

£ 3.89

1

£ 3.89

light dimming

lighting

impulse: dimmer

standard variable pot. and graduated knurled knob

£ 3.89

1

£ 3.89

light dimming

lighting

warp: dimmer

Luxeon digitised dimmer. and graduated knurled knob

£ 12.87

1

£ 12.87

option

packing crate

paint

primer and laquered top coat of your choice

£ 10.00

1

£ 10.00

special

lighting

backlit ENTERPRISE sterm sign

pure white 5lm l.e.d. 3mm

£ 1.25

4

£ 5.00

special

lighting

lounge movement lighting

colour changing l.e.d.

£ 1.25

1

£ 1.25

special

lighting

thruster ports

orange l.e.d. diffuse slab

£ 0.87

10

£ 8.70

£ 79.52

labour charges for assembling basic components

build options

category

description

item

price

number

sub total

basic

labour

circuit board

2x30pin D's, resistors, switches, power jacks

£ 10.00

4

£ 40.00

basic

labour

internal structure

l.e.d. support framework, bulkheads, recessed socket

£ 10.00

9

£ 90.00

basic

labour

kit modification

additional engineering, re-inforcement, bulkheads, balast and conduits

£ 10.00

24

£ 240.00

basic

labour

kit modification

filling and making good surface

£ 10.00

6

£ 60.00

basic

labour

packing crate

construction

£ 10.00

2

£ 20.00

basic

labour

packing crate

cut and set custom contoured styrofoam cradle

£ 10.00

1

£ 10.00

option

labour

packing crate

prep, prime and paint packing crate for use as stand

£ 10.00

4

£ 40.00

basic

labour

painting

priming, AZTEC masking and colour coats

£ 10.00

20

£ 200.00

basic

labour

stand

construction, priming and painting

£ 10.00

2.5

£ 25.00

basic

labour

strobes

assemble programmable sequence/interval strobing circuit

£ 10.00

1

£ 10.00

basic

labour

lighting

installation and resin potting of all basic l.e.d.'s

£ 10.00

12

£ 120.00

basic

labour

wiring loom

wiring for all basic curcuits and switches

£ 10.00

16

£ 160.00

£ 1,015.00

labour charges for assembling optional extra components

build options

category

description

item

price

number

sub total

2nd light colour

labour

deflector: idle

install additional l.e.d.'s, wiring, balast resistors

£ 10.00

1

£ 10.00

2nd light colour

labour

impulse: idle

install additional l.e.d.'s, wiring, balast resistors

£ 10.00

1

£ 10.00

2nd light colour

labour

warp: idle

install additional l.e.d.'s, wiring, balast resistors

£ 10.00

1.5

£ 15.00

light dimming

labour

deflector: dimmer

additional wiring and installation of graduated pot.

£ 10.00

1

£ 10.00

light dimming

labour

impulse: dimmer

additional wiring and installation of graduated pot.

£ 10.00

1

£ 10.00

light dimming

labour

warp: dimmer

additional wiring and installation of graduated pot.

£ 10.00

1

£ 10.00

special

labour

backlit ENTERPRISE sterm sign

additional wiring, switch, preparation of hull

£ 10.00

3

£ 30.00

special

labour

lounge movement lighting

placement of ducted light guide stubs

£ 10.00

2

£ 20.00

special

labour

thruster ports

flush surface placement of l.e.d.'s and drilling

£ 10.00

10

£ 100.00

warp core pulse

labour

warp core

casting l.e.d. stack

£ 10.00

4

£ 40.00

warp core pulse

labour

warp core

assemble programmable sequence/interval strobing circuit

£ 10.00

1

£ 10.00

£ 265.00

Total cost: £1,659.35

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Revell USS Voyager

read the model article

Basic components

build options

category

description

item

price

number

sub total

basic

kit

kit

basic ERTL kit

£ 22.99

1

£ 22.99

basic

construction

balancing balast

lead shot

£ 20.00

0.15

£ 3.00

basic

construction

internal light dams

plasticard

£ 8.00

0.1

£ 0.80

basic

construction

l.e.d. framework

plastic 'I' beam

£ 1.99

1

£ 1.99

basic

construction

moulding & casting

epoxy resin

£ 3.99

1

£ 3.99

basic

construction

moulding & casting

epoxy putty

£ 3.99

0.25

£ 1.00

basic

construction

fixing consumables

mdf and styrene for jigs

£ 10.00

0.5

£ 5.00

basic

construction

construction consumables

styrene cement, glues and screws

£ 10.00

0.5

£ 5.00

basic

construction

spray consumables

solvent cleaners, gloves, respirator filters

£ 10.00

0.5

£ 5.00

basic

finish

fixant

decalfix

£ 1.99

0.1

£ 0.20

basic

finish

paint

primer paint

£ 4.99

0.5

£ 2.50

basic

finish

paint

laquer

£ 4.99

0.5

£ 2.50

basic

finish

paint

acryllic paint

£ 1.50

7

£ 10.50

basic

finish

pattern & superdetailing

masking tape

£ 1.29

2

£ 2.58

basic

finish

surface tone

matt varnish

£ 1.99

1

£ 1.99

basic

lighting

Bussards

red l.e.d. 5mm 50lm

£ 1.49

4

£ 5.96

basic

lighting

cabins

warmwhite l.e.d. 1W Luxeon

£ 4.75

3

£ 14.25

basic

lighting

deflector

blue l.e.d. 50lm 5mm

£ 1.35

2

£ 2.70

basic

lighting

impulse exhaust

orange l.e.d. 5mm

£ 0.47

2

£ 0.94

basic

lighting

intercoolers

yellow l.e.d. 5mm

£ 0.47

2

£ 0.94

basic

lighting

level balancing

variable resistors

£ 0.47

10

£ 4.70

basic

lighting

lightproofing

reflective tape

£ 2.99

0.25

£ 0.75

basic

lighting

navigation

green l.e.d. 2mm ceramic

£ 0.47

6

£ 2.82

basic

lighting

navigation

red l.e.d. 2mm ceramic

£ 0.47

6

£ 2.82

basic

lighting

shuttle bay overheads

pure white 3mm l.e.d. 50ml

£ 0.87

6

£ 5.22

basic

lighting

strobes

optic guide

£ 1.00

1

£ 1.00

basic

lighting

strobes

strobing circuit (Vellmans kit)

£ 12.75

1

£ 12.75

basic

lighting

warp: warp

blue l.e.d. 1W luxeon

£ 3.89

4

£ 15.56

basic

lighting

control

2 pole switch

£ 0.79

11

£ 8.69

basic

lighting

wiring loom

verroboard

£ 1.29

1

£ 1.29

basic

power

1.5A 6V regulated d.c. supply

regulated p.s.u.

£ 17.99

1

£ 17.99

basic

wiring

base 6V in

2.5mm jack

£ 1.29

1

£ 1.29

basic

wiring

loom

adhesive pad

£ 1.79

1

£ 1.79

basic

wiring

model/base connection

15 pin plug/socket

£ 1.48

1

£ 1.48

basic

wiring

loom

cable

£ 1.00

1.6

£ 1.60

basic

base

mdf box with pillar, 25cm high

9mm mdf

£ 11.99

0.25

£ 3.00

£ 176.56

Optional components

build options

category

description

item

price

number

sub total

2nd light colour

lighting

deflector: idle

white l.e.d. 25lm 5mm

£ 1.35

1

£ 1.35

2nd light colour

lighting

warp: idle

lilac l.e.d. 25lm 5mm

£ 1.12

4

£ 4.48

light dimming

lighting

deflector: dimmer

standard variable pot. and graduated knurled knob

£ 3.89

1

£ 3.89

light dimming

lighting

warp: dimmer

Luxeon digitised dimmer. and graduated knurled knob

£ 12.87

1

£ 12.87

£ 22.59

Labour charge for basic components

build options

category

description

item

price

number

sub total

basic

labour

internal structure

l.e.d. support framework, bulkheads, recessed socket

£ 10.00

6

£ 60.00

basic

labour

wiring loom

wiring 12 circuits and approximately 50 l.e.d.'s

£ 10.00

5

£ 50.00

basic

labour

circuit board

2x15pin D's, resistors, switches, power jacks

£ 10.00

1

£ 10.00

basic

labour

kit modification

engine hinge assembly modification, balast and conduits

£ 10.00

4

£ 40.00

basic

labour

windows

punching and making good approximately 250 windows

£ 10.00

12

£ 120.00

basic

labour

windows

making and inserting approximately 250 acryllic windows

£ 10.00

16

£ 160.00

basic

labour

painting

priming, masking and colour coats

£ 10.00

8

£ 80.00

basic

labour

base construction

construction, priming and painting

£ 10.00

2

£ 20.00

£ 540.00

Labour charges for optional items

build options

category

description

item

price

number

sub total

options

labour

installation

extra l.e.d. positioning and switches

£ 10.00

2

£ 20.00

total cost: £759.15

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£

typical workshop requirements

about 10 square metres

enough space for storage and to set things out to dry while getting on with other things

impossible to estimae: I'm lucky enough to use a large converted garage at double that

storage racks and drawers

if you can't find stuff, it's as bad as not having it

£ 200

compressor

a decent compressor will quickly recoup the expense of canned air, and works far better

£ 220

compressor reservoir

compressor is no good without one for small jobs

£ 150

airbrush

Aztec double action minimum

£ 85

selection of airbrush heads

for various spray patterns

£ 75

Dremell drill

for drilling and cut-off wheels in the mm scale

£ 25

Dremell bench saw

essential for precise angled cuts of plastic stock

£ 35

selection of mini drill bits

drills, arbours, wheels, cutters, burrs

£ 45

Dremell power supply

variable power and multiple outlets

£ 50

hand tools

scalpels, Xactos, saws, files, reamers, scribers, tweezers, snips, pliers, etc.

£ 250

bench power supply

for testing circuits

£ 65

digital voltmeter

for testing circuits

£ 35

hot air gun

for heat shrink

£ 20

glue gun

for wires tacking and battery packs

£ 35

band saw

wood, mdf, pcb and styrene trimming

£ 150

chop saw

for accurately and quickly making frames and jigs

£ 180

table saw

for accurately and quickly making panels for bases

£ 210

effective vacuum cleaner

good particulate filter and high capacity

£ 130

respirator and filters

respirator and organic/particulate filters, properly replaced, one per person

£ 45

volatiles storage cupboard

essential for fire safety

£ 125

solvents

essential for cleaning and thinning

£ 40

acryllic paints

large stock

£ 35

spray paints

large stock

£ 65

epoxy resin

large stock

£ 30

polyester resin

large stock and wide range

£ 80

moulding and casting rubbers

for modifying kit parts

£ 60

soldering iron

soldering

£ 25

wire

wiring looms - at least 6 colours (I use 24)

£ 20

assorted electrical components

resistors, switches, jacks, clips, pcb sheet

£ 30

assorted standard l.e.d.'s

wide range of colours, diameters and output levels

£ 200

assorted Luxeon l.e.d.'s

wide range of colours, diameters and output levels

£ 200

assorted Luxeon digital components

constant supply modulesm digital dimmers, lenses, heat sinks

£ 150

first aid kit

health and safety essential, including dated eyebath

£ 60

high density fluorescent lighting

high intensity shadowless flood lighting, selectable for photography

£ 150

assorted construction consumables

lollypop sticks, mixing cups, disposable brushes, benchcoat, cutting mats and 100 more!

£ 50

styrene stock - extruded

large stock

£ 60

styrene stock - sheet

large stock

£ 60

mdf stock

large stock

£ 60

total cost (excluding the garage!)

£ 3,505

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