September 2020


People really are at the heart of everything we do here at Ogle – and, most importantly, The Ogle Factor. Making models is the name of our game, and when it comes to paint and finishing, Harvey Bahra is the go-to guy.

Having originally worked in the automotive industry, paint technician and model maker Harvey joined Ogle in 2018 where he has been putting his skills to good use on a wide range of projects ever since.

Tell us more about your role at Ogle?

“I get the opportunity to work on a variety of different projects, and I have to use a range of paint, processes and techniques in order to achieve the best results possible. It’s inspiring to be part of the paint and finishing team where we get to use such a range of skill and creativity. Ultimately knowing that our persistence for perfection will result in a very happy customer.” 

What made you choose Ogle?

I was always aware of Ogle, the reputation and history of the company within the industry and how other model making companies look to Ogle as something of a standard bearer in the market, so I thought if you want to be best, you have to work for the best.

Ogle has been trading for a quite a few years – have you noticed any changes in the industry?

“Not just at Ogle but generally across the industry, the models have become a lot more realistic and closer to production than before and I guess that this is down to the rapid advancements in technology and production methods.”

What advice would you give to someone starting off in model making?

“Work hard, show willing and have a good attitude towards work and learning. Working within a company that wants to advance young people within the industry is very important and align yourself with a good mentor who is willing to teach and pass knowledge onto you, but that’s a two way street!”

Do you think machines will ever replace people?

“As advanced as 3D printing gets, I think there will always be a need for the human element when it comes to the finishing elements of model making.  Despite this they both have their places within the design and prototype process.”

Finally, tell us something we don’t know about you please?

“One of my projects is on display in the Design Museum. Knowing that thousands of people will be looking at and admiring your work is a great buzz. In my spare time I play the Indian drums for various functions and I have actually been in a music video!”

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