These days I’m worrying about my friends in
Ukraine. And I'm probably not alone. Each of
us can think about how to help people who are
on the run or in a war zone. The response from
neighboring countries has been absolutely
wonderful. I have helped in similar situations
before and I am helping now.
I think of my former colleagues from the international consulting and engineering firm
where I worked for twenty years. I know there
are at least ten modelers in that company, so
I assume they will be reading these lines. Their
international team of over two thousand people includes more than a hundred Ukrainians.
They have offices in Kyiv and Lviv. I'm in touch
with some of them. To give you a little idea of
what they do, they design buildings, mostly industrial, in 3D software and then manage their
construction. In some disciplines, they have
become a hub that is used by the entire network of that global firm. Thanks to them, manufacturing plants of well-known companies
are being set up in Europe and Asia. They are
excellent international consultants, designers,
and project managers. About a third of them
work on projects in Russia. I hope they will all
be all right.
I realised there are some parallels with our
modelling industry. In fact, Ukraine is one of
the world's model manufacturing centers.
There are about twenty companies with international stature producing kits and accessories. And many of them also work with 3D
software and other advanced technologies in
I'll try to list the Ukrainian companies and if
I forget someone, I apologize: Ace, Aim Fan
Model, Amodel, Armory, Arsenal Model Group,
Art Model, Avis, Clear Prop., Condor, Dora
Wings, Master Box, Military Wheels, MiniArt,
Modelsvit, ICM, ResKit, Skif, Roden, Unimodel, USCP and Wingsy. Not to forget the model
retailers and companies that produce kits for
customers in the European Union.
Some of these companies we work with,
others we compete with, but we keep our fingers crossed for all of them and offer help if
their teams need it.
They need your support too.