THE WORK OF PAUL WESTON AND IAN PRICE
Labours of love is how I would refer to mine and Ian's work! As they take such a long time to craft our existing models aren't themselves for sale but thats not to say we couldn't be commissioned to create new versions, or in the case of my Portmeirion models new buildings and can contact us via The Unmutual Website for rates.
Ian Price –
Model of Electropass scene from ‘Arrival’
Ian’s forte is taking model kits and bespoking them, because they are never to his own exacting standards of detail!. That’s why when Ian found the Allouette kit in 1:32 scale he had to turn it into a ‘Prisoner spec’ version.
Many of the existing kit parts such as the engine, cock pit canopy, the interior detailing had to be radically enhanced. Those that weren’t actually in the model had to be made from scratch, such as the pontoon floats. See the shots of various stages of the construction to get an idea of the intricate detail involved in the build.
The No. 6 figure actually started life as a pilot from a Spitfire kit, with Ian doing substantial work to the facial features and clothing, as well as making an electropass!
Rover was made by stretching a latex balloon over a clay model.
Ian wanted to devote as much attention to the background of the Hydrangeas as the model itself and as no existing model materials ‘to scale’ existed he had to make them up from materials usually associated with flower arranging!
Ian reckons that he spent all in all about a whole months worth of his time to complete the diorama.
Model of ‘Prisoner spec’ Caterham 7
Ian’s twin love of Sports cars and The Prisoner meant that he couldn’t resist building the Tamiya 1:12 scale kit Caterham 7 kit, and altered the interior - carpet, seats to mimic Prisoner ‘red leather’, added white pipe striping to the tonneau cover, the KAR number plate and ‘readable’ tax disk. The model even has an operating suspension that actually works.
This is not a plastic kit but one made from aluminum and plastic panels - as in the real thing.
Check out the photographs to see how detailed the engine bay is.
Ian had the model displayed in the No.6 shop in Portmeirion for several years, and it is due back there soon. It is based on a 1990s Caterham 7.
Ian has had many offers to purchase it over that period, but the fee wouldn’t be able to cover the amount of time and love invested in it!
Paul Weston –
Model of ‘No.6’s cottage / The Round House and Lady's Lodge’
Back in the early 1990’s Paul got the itch to make a model of part of Portmeirion village, in homage to his favourite TV programme. There were no plans, only his own photographs and those published in visitor pamphlets from visits. He ended up scratch building in 1:82nd scale an architectural model by first creating plan drawings then building the model to the plan using both bought materials such as plastic sheet / balsa wood and also found items such as cereal packets!
As Paul had invested probably hundreds of hours in the model he bought a display case, and, as he had a day trip planned to Portmeirion he decided to chance his luck and call the MD of Portmeirion Robin Llywelyn, who on his arrival was so impressed with it that he introduced Paul and the model to Susan Williams-Ellis (daughter of Sir Clough – this was in 1994) who commented on ‘how much better than those terrible Lilliput Lane models it was’! (Paul’s model is hand crafted with individual roof tiles, glass windows and accurate landscape detailing too).
They ended up discussing plans to create a model made up of sections of the whole village to be displayed in the then empty Green Dome. Measuring at least 2 meters square it would have been quite a sight… however the board of Directors didn’t sanction the costs that would have been involved, and since then the No.6 cottage model has been on display in the village book shop for several years in the 2000’s.