About Us

The Model Unit was founded following the closure of the BBC Visual Effects department in 2003. Run by Visual Effects Designer Mike Tucker, we aim to provide high quality models and miniature effects for television and film at competitive prices.

The bulk of the work handled by the unit has been on factual programming and documentaries, for clients such as the BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic Channel, Pioneer Productions, Lion Television, Discovery Channel and Dangerous Films. We were also responsible for the acclaimed miniature effects featured in the 2005 revival of Doctor Who. 

Offering a complete package – from design and storyboarding, through miniature construction and rigging, to model filming and effects supervision – we are committed to providing cost effective ways of providing exciting effects sequences on screen.

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award-winning models and miniature effects for television and film