The small model shipyard from Optatus Berlin is located in Berlin Spandau. There the models are lovingly cast by hand and painted by hand. In addition to cargo ships, the portfolio also includes ferries and cruise ships.
The production of the mold
First, a master model of a ship is created based on the general plan. This can be done either by hand or using 3D printing. The master model serves as a template and is then cast in silicone rubber. After the rubber has hardened, the master model is removed and the negative mold remains.
Production of the model ship
The negative mold is used as a mold to fill a hot metal alloy. The liquid metal fills all the fine angles of the shape, making all the details on the model visible later. After cooling, the cast model is removed from the mold and cleaned to prepare it for painting. The painting, painting and decal placement are all done by hand.