Model Specialties Co, was founded
in 1974 by Martin C. Zeller as a result of a life long interest in radio
controlled model aircraft.
With his experience as a Naval
aviator he went on to become an experimental test pilot for Boeing Vertol,
then to a position in development engineering specializing in helicopter
crew station design. This gave him the background necessary to handle
the vast array of projects for which Model Specialties has become known.
The company principals consist
of Martin C. Zeller, President and his son Martin Scott Zeller, Vice President.
Scott started with the help of his father at a very young age to develop
his skills in model making and design engineering. His first professional
job was completed at age 13.
The clientele for Model Specialties
Co. is large cross section of businesses and museums from all over the
country. From the displays for the opening of Disney's Epcot Center to
Gulf and Western's ADEC division, Model Specialties has been engineering,
designing and fabricating unique projects for more than two and a half
decades and continues to grow in new directions to keep pace with evolving
Some of the projects of particular
18-ft tall DNA molecule sculpture
for the Franklin Institute.
Special lighting and sound effects for the walk though heart for the Franklin
Design and fabrication of an early Rittenhouse papermill with animated
Consultation, design and fabrication of aviation exhibits for Science
Museum of Virginia.
Various props for print advertising, video and motion picture production.
Prototyping medical rehabilitation equipment.
Design, fabrication and flight testing of scale prototypes for experimental
Currently Model Specialties is
involved with projects relating to the design, fabrication, manufacturing
and flight testing of autonomous helicopters for use in the motion picture
industry and in humanitarian demineing and Internet consulting.