Is it a standard procedure for you to work with pictures of the originals?
No, the way I work always depends on the model. With a model I know, it is much easier to start building. If I've never modelled the vehicle before, I first have to create a design. To do this, I prepare all the individual parts and send them to print. I also use parts from kits that I have modified. The next logical step is to roughly assemble the whole model. This is how I make sure that everything fits. Then I move on to painting every single part, whether inside or outside. And finally, we put everything together with great care.
Who else are your customers besides car collectors?
In addition to the - mostly famous - collectors of real cars, Formula 1 drivers, actors, singers and star chefs also use my services. Sometimes there are very special orders. Like that of a customer who wanted a model of the Batmobile. Why? Because he also has the real thing! I've had so many bizarre requests.
Why did you never switch from models to real vehicles?
There have actually been a few requests of this kind. But that's simply not my area. It would require completely different preparation, equipment and a huge workspace. My field is precision craftsmanship, but on a small scale. My "lab" is divided into two rooms for this: one for the "dirty" and rough part, the other is reserved for the assembly and finalisation of the model.