Copyright CMA Models, Inc. 1982 - 2018
New York, USA
Custom Building Services
PLEASE NOTE: As of January 2019 we have an extensive backlog of orders, and are currently NOT accepting any new projects. This may change in the future, and if it does, then we will make announcements in our Newsletter, and update here. We apologize for any disappointment. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, and thank you for your interest.
Shown are various marque photo albums which feature samples of just some of the hundreds of models we have previously custom built to order. Please note: all models shown were built to order, NONE are stock items.
Our clients have included: numerous private collectors as well as automobile manufacturers, race drivers, celebrities, commercial houses, television, and other model companies.
All models are extensively researched from: our access to many of the actual cars, and our extensive research library which is comprised hundreds of books, over 1000 magazines, and thousands of separate photographs & old magazine articles. We are also in contact with a number of the top automotive restorers and historians, and have a comprehensive knowledge of most types of road & race cars from the early 1920's through the cars of today.
All orders are treated individually - no "toy like" work. We do not build any model in a "box stock" manner - we modify and add detail to every model we build. Typically we will modify and fabricate whatever parts are needed in order to build a proper and accurate miniature. All models are signed and dated. If the model is to be of a version or type of car that we do not have enough information on, then it is important for us to be supplied with as much information as possible from the customer, as well as required photographs of the exact car to be modeled. If needed (and as we have done numerous times) we will travel almost anywhere in the world to see the car in person to gather the necessary photos and detailed information. Note: That is something we always do when taking on a commission for a scratch built model.
We work in all scales. From 1:43rd through 1:8th. We specialize in 1:24th and 1:12th scales. Many of the more popular model kits are available in 1:43rd and 1:24th scales (approx. 4" long and approx. 7" long respectively). The most economical way to start with any custom built is, with an existing base kit or built model. We can make, and have made scratch built models in many scales. The widest range of choices of what we call the "base kits" are in 1:43 and 1:24th scales, and the larger scale you go, the larger the cost becomes.
Literally anything can be built, it is simply a matter of your budgetary constraints. If so desired, we will replicate the interior of a car down to a radar detector of any type, 3 dimensional dash gauges, correctly shaped switches, seats with piping, wood trim, full engine and chassis detail, even machined miniature bolt heads, custom emblems, etc. We have a large selection of parts and accessories on hand, and we do fabricate numerous parts that are not readily available. Naturally all models have gleaming hand rubbed paint finishes.
Our models are ordered by people who want the very best there is. For that reason we have been selected by some of the foremost automobile collectors and corporations to build models for them.
CMA Models Shop Tour - 7:19
The Art of Scale Model Building - 1:42
The Art and Craftsmanship of Model Building - 1:18:52