Who is Model Monkey?
We are scale modelers just like you. We opened in August, 2015 and since our first day in business, Model Monkey has been bringing exceptionally accurate and highly detailed 3D-printed products to scale modelers world-wide.
Model Monkey is a family-run, veteran-owned business offering 3D-printed products in different materials. We do our best to ensure a permanent variety of excellent models is available. Presently, we offer over 2500 products for advanced scale modelers. We offer nameplates for over 1500 modeling subjects including space shuttle orbiters, fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, armored vehicles, ships, boats, submarines and science fiction space ships.
Nearly all of our models are 3D-printed by us in our own workshop in gray resin. Nameplates are 3D-printed in your choice of various real metals or inexpensive, paintable white acrylic plastic.
Our gray resin scale models are 3D-printed on our own 3D printers in our workshop in North Carolina, USA using high-end, state-of-the-art 3D-printing technology. Click here to learn more about our 3D-printed gray resin plastic and support removal advice. Metal and acrylic plastic nameplates, models that are too big for our own 3D printers, and designs that are not suitable for our own 3D printers, are sold by another 3D-printing company called Shapeways (click here). Shapeways prints large Model Monkey designs and nameplates at Shapeways' factories in New York, USA, and Eindhoven, Netherlands, or by Shapeways' partners world-wide.
We design our models using sophisticated computer-aided design (CAD) software from the most authoritative references. Our designs are developed from:
high-resolution scans of original manufacturers', builders' and shipyard blueprints
US Army, US Army Air Forces, US Air Force, US Navy and US Marine Corps plans and technical publications
US National Archives high-resolution scans of official photographs and drawings
Admiralty (Royal Navy) and Royal Air Force plans and technical publications
Imperial War Museum (UK) plans and technical publications
Bundesmuseum (Germany) plans and technical publications
Bureau d'études de l'Atelier d'Issy-les-MoulineauX "AMX" (France) captured plans and technical publications
measurements taken directly from surviving artifacts and museum aircraft, tanks and ships
Many of our designs benefit from the gracious assistance and advice of subject-matter experts, museum staff, researchers and noted historians.
We gladly accept requests for custom text on metal or plastic nameplates.
We do not accept requests for new products, alterations to existing designs, free research, or free products.
Model Monkey makes periodic donations to our local emergency food pantry to help those in need. We do not honor requests for other donations.
Disclaimer: Model Monkey produces a wide variety of scale models representing historically significant subjects for hobbyists. Subjects are selected without regard to political or cultural ideologies. Model Monkey rejects and condemns any political or cultural ideology that promotes harm or hatred to, or exploitation of, anyone, anywhere.
Legal: Model Monkey is registered as a limited liability company (LLC) in the state of North Carolina. A registered trademark for the name "Model Monkey" has been applied for with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Have fun. Monkey around.