Professionally, I started out in the architectural model industry in 1986 and gained much experience in model shops in Vancouver, BC Canada where I served my apprenticeship. For another 13 years I was exposed to several methods and techniques used to build different types of scale models and displays. I was involved in building topographic models, study and massing models used for museum and city planning, prototypes and museum exhibits.
|"The model arrived in good condition and is beautiful. Your attention to detail is amazing - thank you."
David (collector in California)
"I've unpacked the model and put it I my office. It's absolutely stunning. What
great work you do. Thanks!"
Peter (collector in Massachusetts)
|In 1999 I started Brian Klassen Models in Maple Ridge BC (a suburb of Vancouver) where I continued to build architectural models for new clients as well as subcontract for the Vancouver shops. It was then when we started to branch out into marine models. Beginning with local naval architects and yacht builders, we quickly built up a name for ourselves building custom yacht models. As well as building a reputation locally for building quality superyacht models, we then became known in yachtbuilders circles in the US and overseas. With the convenience of sending and receiving information via e-mail and without the need to be too close to Vancouver, we moved to the Sunshine Coast (known to cruisers as the gateway to Desolation Sound and beginning of the Inside Passage). It is here where we have built a shop to continue to build custom scale models of all types yet specializing in megayacht models.
"...I just wanted to let you know how overjoyed I was to receive the model you made of our yacht. It was my mother's day gift from my sons. It probably doesn't sound like the usual type of gift to your mother, but for me, it was probably the best gift I've ever received. I can just visualize my late husband on the bridge as we made our way to one of our favourite places to anchor. Even though I kept the yacht and ran it for almost 3 years after he passed away, I regretfully sold her. I now feel like I have her back. My sincere thanks for the beautiful job you did working just from limited photographs..."
(private collector in Vancouver, BC)
"The model finally arrived and I finally saw it! It looks very nice, faithful rendition of the project, it is not an obvious boat to understand!"
Mapso Marine Propulsion & Supply SAE
"We did receive the model . . . it was in perfect condition upon arrival and David LOVES it!
You are a master modeler!"
Erin (assistant to collector)
"Just let you know that we received an email from the Owner of the Yacht stating how delighted he is with the model, (its on display in his living room, which is a great honor we can assure you!).
Many thanks for your patience with us with regard to all the extra detail we requested, main thing for us that we have a very happy Client in the end."
"Hi Brian! As previously discussed, Mr. SCOTT FREE was thrilled with the model and can't decide whether to leave it on the boat or take it to the office."
Merle Wood & Associates