JH May Model Makers

J H May are professional and experienced model makers with over 100 years of trading. It has always been our policy to invest in the very best equipment and processes available and today our 10,000 sq ft purpose built factory is packed with the latest technology including 5 axis CNC machining, 3D printing and laser scanning. Manned by highly skilled model makers, engineers and 3D CAD designers we offer an all-encompassing model making service.

Our mechanical engineering background is invaluable today in the construction of interactive and animated models. The model maker in charge of a project can call on the latest SolidWorks design software at the concept stage to demonstrate to a client how a model will function when in use.

Our Model Making Services

We offer a full range of model making services. Our wide ranging model making skills and expertise enable us to offer our clients animated mechanical modelling, architectural and landscape modelling, product prototyping and much more.

From small precision models through to display and presentation models and even very large scale sculptures and models for outdoor use, we have both the skills and the technology to bring your ideas to life.

Click below to find out more about our different model making services.

Mechanical Models
Architectural & Landscape Models
One of a kind models
Scale Model Makers
large scale model of a lockheed airplane

Professional Model Makers


At the production stage the model makers will rely on multiple CNC machining centres including 5 axis and CNC lathes as well as the latest 3D printing technologies.

As well as large CNC milling machines and CNC routers we have also invested in Delcam 3D CNC machining software. This allows us to split large models into smaller, more manageable sections  and enables us to produce huge show stopping pieces to really create that wow factor at exhibitions and shows.

Traditional skills are combined with these high tech facilities to enable us to offer a wide range of models. Our model maker services include exhibition, concept, architectural, wind tunnel, sculpture and more.

We are also able to create working mechanical models, whether as testing prototypes, as animated models for education or exhibition purposes or detail process plant models for operator training.

Following the production stage the model makers will then coordinate the finishing touches and bring the project to fruition. This can include a wide range of paint finishes and textures, metal/chrome plating and anodising.

Skilled & Experienced Model Makers

Throughout the various stages of model making production the team is monitored by a highly experienced management team to ensure that the clients’ expectations with regard to quality and delivery are achieved and surpassed. All of our modern techniques, high-tech equipment and highly skilled model makers are combined with a passion for creating the absolute best models and prototypes. Every member of the team shares the company philosophy of attention to detail, honesty, rapid response and above all the desire to delight our clients in everything we do

At J H May, we pride ourselves on our ability to produce high quality models and prototypes for a wide range of clients. Whether you need an architectural model for a presentation or a concept model for a new product, we have the skills and experience to create a stunning finished product.

We understand the importance of meeting deadlines and staying within budget, so we offer short lead times and competitive pricing without sacrificing quality.

When you commission J H May to work with you on your project you can rest assured that you are working with a dedicated and highly skilled team alongside the best industry practice.

With our broad skill base and commitment to customer satisfaction, J H May is a one stop shop for all your prototype needs.

To find out more about our Model Making process and how we can help you, please call us today on 01277 365500.


Model makers are responsible for creating three-dimensional scale models of objects. This can be for a variety of reasons, such as to help with product design or to create a prototype. The goal is always the same: to create accurate models that meet the customer’s specifications.

In order to do this, model makers must have a strong understanding of both the object they are making and the materials they are using. They must be able to visualise the finished product and figure out the best way to create it. This can be a challenge, but it is also very rewarding. Seeing a project through from start to finish is always satisfying, and knowing that you helped to bring someone’s vision to life is an incredible feeling.

You can find out more about what model makers do here.

J H May was established in 1919 as a central London engineering pattern making business by James Henry May. J H May has a long history of Innovation and craftsmanship, amassing extensive knowledge and experience during its century of trading. The family is still involved today and J H May continues to make models and prototypes for the world’s top designers and manufacturers.

Today, the company uses the latest technology to produce models and prototypes for clients all over the world. The work of J H May can be seen in some of the most iconic products of the last century, from trains and cars to phones and computers.

Although at the forefront of technology, J H May remains committed to its roots regarding quality and customer service. This combination of cutting-edge technology and traditional values has made J H May one of the leading names in engineering and design.

J H May model makers have a broad skill base and so we are able to offer a wide variety of model making services, including:

  • Mechanical models
  • Architectural models
  • Bespoke models
  • Scale models
  • Large models
  • Product models
  • Display models
  • Exhibition models

J H May is at the forefront of technology when it comes to our machinery and manufacturing methods.

We employ the latest technology in our services which include:

  • Large 5 axis CNC machining
  • Acrylic fabrication services
  • CNC milling and turning
  • Laser cutting
  • Large 3D printing
  • GRP moulding
  • Paint finishing
  • Vacuum forming
  • Metal fabrication
  • Vacuum casting

Our experience with using and developing these technologies means that we know how to employ them to their best advantage and make the most of them to meet our customers’ requirements.

We can also assist in product design projects and from scratch design, product development and manufacturing strategy and advice, thanks to the back-up of our SolidWorks CAD design department.

Once you have decided to go ahead and use J H May, we use our experience and knowledge, cutting edge technology and the latest machinery to begin to bring your project to life.

The client brief and design stage is first. The model maker who is in charge of your project can use the latest SolidWorks design software at the conceptual stage to demonstrate and verify with you how your model will function when in use.

After the design stage is complete, the production stage can begin. Our model makers have the most up to date machinery and technology to hand in order to make your model a reality.

Following the production stage the model makers will use the necessary paint finishes or textures, metal or chrome plating, anodising or other finishes to add the final touches.

Throughout the process, the model making team is supervised by an experienced management team to ensure that we meet (and perhaps even surpass) your expectations when it comes to quality and delivery of the final product.

When you appoint J H May for your project you can be certain that you’ll be working with a dedicated and highly skilled team following the best industry practice.

Get in touch today to discuss your project.

In a word – yes. J H May offers an all-encompassing model making service and is equipped to deal with a project from concept design through to the finishing of the final product. However we are also happy to assist with any part of the process that you would like to involve us in.

We can work with you on the design and send the relevant files to you to manufacture elsewhere, or we can take your existing designs and manufacture them for you.

At J H May we are a highly customer-centric company and we always put our customers first. We understand the pressures that you are under with regards to quality, delivery, innovation and cost, and we consistently fulfil our customer’s requirements by offering short lead times and value for money without compromising quality.

Our team is highly skilled and experienced, and they are passionate about delivering the best possible results for our customers. We are always innovating and constantly improving our processes in order to stay ahead of the curve. Our ultimate goal is to exceed your expectations, both with our services and our lead times, and to build a long-lasting relationship with you.

At J H May, we pride ourselves on our ability to take on challenging projects and see them through to completion. Our clients know that they can rely on our experience and skill to get the job done right, no matter how difficult it may be.

We have a long history of successfully completing even the most impossible-seeming projects, and this is what our clients value most about us. They know that when they come to us with a tough project, we will do everything in our power to see it through to the end.

We in fact thrive on the most challenging work and our engineers and model makers love a problem to solve.

Our commitment to excellence is what has made us one of the most successful companies in the industry, and it is something we will continue to strive for in the years to come. It sets us apart from our competition and we would value the opportunity to demonstrate this to you. Put us to the test – give us a call right now on 01277 365500.

You need a model making company that can handle any project, no matter how difficult it may seem. It can be hard to find a company that you can trust to take on any job, however complex, and many companies won’t even consider taking on a challenging project.

While other companies might shy away from complex or difficult projects, we definitely don’t. We love a challenge and our team of engineers and model makers are some of the best in the business. We thrive on the type of work where we solve difficult problems for our clients.

Our experience and skill sets us apart from the competition. We would love the opportunity to show you what we can do.We have a long history of completing the most difficult projects and our team of engineers and model makers love to do the seemingly impossible.

Contact us today to discuss your project and see how we can help you bring it to life.