Model Shop

The Museum of Science Fiction model shop is comprised of individuals, companies, and universities from all across the country, ranging from plastics manufacturers and industrial design firms, to electrical engineers, professional seamstresses, and model builders.

Our mission is to build/assemble the highest quality models, costumes, props, and displays from all areas of science fiction, giving Museum visitors a one-of-a kind experience while showcasing the work of these talented professionals. In many cases, original filming props, models, and costumes were not designed to endure the years beyond the rigors of their original production schedule. This presented us with a unique opportunity to re-build these iconic objects specifically for the Museum, using state-of-the-art technology and the highest quality materials, ensuring that they will last for decades to come.

Depending on the project, these objects are either built on-site and delivered to the Museum in Washington, DC or designed and developed in one location, with parts and subsections produced elsewhere and assembled later.
Our first two projects were custom-built specifically for the Museum: the Orion III spaceplane from 2001: A Space Odyssey, built by BP Taylor at ScottModels in Cincinnati, OH and a corresponding spaceplane stewardess costume, made by a team of students and professionals in the MFA program in the Costume Production Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Steve Neill


Marc Elkins